Monday, January 26, 2009

Del. Volunteers Poised To Beef-Up Standards

(New Castle County, DE) - January 26, 2009 -- A report in today's News-Journal paper and Delaware Online indicates that Delaware's volunteer fire companies will soon consider the establishment of minimum training standards for firefighters, officers and fire chiefs. Currently training minimums are set by individual fire companies.

Many of Delaware's volunteer departments base their training programs on NFPA-1720, which sets minimum requirements for fire suppression operations for volunteer firefighters. Boston-based National Fire Protection Association is a watchdog agency which develops standards for fire operations, EMS and building construction. The agency is not affilated with government and therefore has no enforcement powers.

A special note: The introduction of minimum requirements may result in the loss of volunteer members. who have little additional time to devote to lengthy training courses which, for the most part, are conducted at the State Fire School in Dover. Perhaps the Fire Commission and associations would consider a European model, which allows volunteers to conduct specific tasks on the fireground based on their level of training.

Read the story written by Mike Chalmers (here)

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Inaugural Pumper 2009

Inaugural Pumper 2009
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This pumper from Elsmere, Delaware was one of three fire engines featured in January 20's Inaugural Parade's Line-of-March in Washington, DC. With 300 television million viewers, that's a lot of name recognition. Congratulations to the Delaware Volunteer Firemen's Association and Pierce Manufacturing for being chosen to represent the nation's firefighters. (photo by Lou Angeli)