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National Holistic Institute (NHI) Offers Free Massage Therapy to California Firefighters

The National Holistic Institute (NHI) is offering firefighters one free, 50-minute massage therapy appointment at any of its five California campuses during the month of July. "Firefighters are working long and stressful hours battling the hundreds of wildfires raging throughout California," explained Tim Veitzer, co-owner of NHI. "Massage therapy has been proven to relieve stress, relax muscles, increase joint mobility, lower blood pressure and boost productivity." NHI was the first accredite...

"Make It A Fire Truck Birthday Party This Year With Tampa Bay's Old Cracker Fire Company"

Finding a unique and exciting birthday party idea can be a difficult task. These days pool parties and bounce houses are mainstream party choices. But what if you could have a real, big, red fire truck arrive with lights and sirens? What if all the girls and boys could pretend to be real firefighters for the day and squirt water from a real fire hose? What if the birthday girl or boy got to go for a ride in a real fire truck? Sound like the ingredients to a good birthday party?Old Cracker Fire C...

Area firefighters will turn up the heat as part of Essex FD's 175th anniversary

This summer, the Essex Fire Engine Co. No. 1 will celebrate its 175th anniversary. As part of this momentous occasion, area fire departments will gather on Sunday, June 1, for the 2nd Annual Old Saybrook Firefighters Competition and Family Fun Day. As part of the celebration, this year's event is being held behind the Essex Fire Headquarters. The daylong event, which is free and open to the public, has been designed to test firefighters skill levels through drilling, training and competition. T...

2008 Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial Celebrity Golf Tournament Benefits LAFD Historical Society

The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society's (LAFDHS) 2008 Fallen Firefighters Celebrity Golf Tournament will take place March 24, 2008 at Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge.... only a few foursomes remain available. Funds raised will benefit the Society, help launch educational outreach programs for elementary school children, and finalize the Fallen Firefighters' Memorial in Hollywood."Let's make this year's tournament the event that allows us to complete our Fallen Firefighters'...

Second Round of Spring 2008 IAFC Awards Open Their Nomination Cycles

Every year, the IAFC honors members of the fire and emergency service with a number of different awards, recognizing outstanding efforts in arenas such as fire-prevention practices, hazmat response, and firefighter health and safety, among others.  The IAFC is now seeking nominations for the awards listed below.  For nomination forms and more information about each award, go to www.iafc.org/awards. International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference Awards - The IAFC's Hazmat...

Royal Oak Michigan Fire Fighters Pioneer Education System

Two Fire Fighters from Royal Oak Michigan, Dan Phillips and Cary Thompson, have launched a national campaign of Fire Safety education. Fire departments nationwide are failing at teaching escape planning. Only 23% of households practice a fire escape plan. Dan and Cary are using a system called "Escape and Wait" which makes escape planning as easy to remember as Stop Drop and Roll. The "Escape and Wait" system uses a catchy song and reflective signs to help children remember their job during a...

Strike The Box -- A Virtual "Art Gallery" of Firefighter Tattoos Surpasses 3,000 images

StrikeTheBox.com, a Web site that allows firefighters to share images of their tattoos, is quickly reaching a world-wide audience. Each week numerous new tattoos are added to the online gallery which includes over 3000 tattoo images from firefighters in the United States, Australia, Israel, Croatia, Germany and other countries."The Web site is uniting firefighters from around the world," said Strike The Box founder Roger Hall, who has been a firefighter for 20 years. "It's the best job in the wo...

Shawnee NF and Illinois DNR donate fire trucks to local fire departments

The two federal wildland trucks acquired by Shawnee National Forest The Shawnee National Forest, with assistance from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), has acquired two surplus federal wildland fire trucks. The Shawnee National Forest, with assistance from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), acquired two surplus federal wildland fire trucks. These trucks were subsequently donated to the Pope County Fire Protection District and the Cypre...

Southern California Firefighters Get Morale Boost from Texas Supporters

Firefighters battling deadly Southern California wildfires last week got an extra measure of comfort and support from people in Texas they've never met.Sandra Dinkins, of Dallas suburb Garland, was struck by the overwhelming task the California firefighters faced combating fast-spreading fires in gale-force winds. She, and the Garland Prayer Support Team she leads, wanted to do something tangible to show their support. The group supports and prays for community leaders, especially police and fir...

New Training for Firefighters Could Save Firefighter Injuries, Careers, Lives

Washington State firefighter, Tom Corrigan, has designed a unique kettlebell-based exercise program, 'KB Fire: Kettlebell Training for Firefighters', that promises to dramatically reduce firefighter injuries, potentially extending or saving their careers, while saving the nation millions a year in unnecessary medical expenses. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) estimates that 80,100 firefighter injuries occurred in the line of duty in 2005. The leading type of injury received durin...

JK Harris & Company Helping Families of Fallen Firefighters

JK Harris & Company President and CEO John Harris announced today that the company will lead an effort to collect contributions from employees and the funds will be donated to the City of Charleston Fireman's Fund to help the families of the nine Charleston firefighters who lost their lives battling a fire at a furniture store in Charleston, SC, Monday evening.Harris stated his North Charleston-based company, which is the largest tax resolution firm in the nation, is collecting voluntary don...

Texas Fire Training Takes Off This July with World's Largest Annual Firefighter Schools

Thousands of firefighters from across the globe will travel to Texas this July to participate in the nation's premier fire training schools at the world's largest live-fire fueled training facility - The Brayton Fire Training Field. Hosted by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the schools include the 40th Annual Spanish Fire Training School, July 8-14; the 44th Annual Industrial Fire Training School, July 16-21; and the 77th Annual Municipal Fire Training School, July 23-28. TEEX i...

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