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2014-10-29 12:21:34

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Members of the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Associaion (AHSAFA) have generally reported greater utilization of fixed wing and helicopter assets, as highly destructive wildland fires raged across much of the Western US this year. "The amount of flying we have done during this year's fire season has already exceeded what we did during the comparable 2013 period," said Dan Snyder, Chief Operating...

2014-10-14 08:22:05

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Members of the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) are extending their sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt, who died in the crash of an airtanker in the line of duty, on Wednesday, October 8. A long-time contract pilot for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE), Hunt had been piloting a CALFIRE-operated Grumman S-2T, dropping...

2014-10-07 16:29:55

Kidde Fire Safety Urges Renewed Focus on Working Smoke Alarms During Fire Prevention Week as NFPA Reports 16 Percent Increase in Home Fire Deaths MEBANE, N.C., Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Working smoke alarms save lives, but results from a recent survey show that many Americans don't know how long a smoke alarm will protect their families. According to the survey(i), conducted by ORC International on behalf of Kidde Fire Safety, nearly five times as many Americans know the shelf life of a...

2014-09-25 16:22:09

Utility Provides $5.5 Million to Local Fire Safe Councils SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As thousands of firefighters battle extreme fire conditions fueled by near-record drought across California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) responded today announcing $5.5 million to local Fire Safe Councils. The effort is a private, public and community partnership aimed at preventing even more fires from sparking during the traditional September-October peak of...

2014-09-24 12:21:44

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Aerial firefighters have continued to battle a record number and sizes of wildland fires in California, as drought and high temperatures persist with little to no relief in sight. Of the seven major wildfires still uncontained in California, the King Fire, which has burned 82,000 acres over 130 square miles in the El Dorado National Forest--just east of Sacramento--since Friday, September 12, is the most destructive, and remains just...

2014-09-19 23:01:34

Collaboration aims to protect employees and prevent tragedies due to unsafe working conditions. Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 19, 2014 The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety today announced an important partnership with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a recognized international leader in fire safety. The collaboration, formalized today in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both organizations, will empower Alliance Members, factories, workers and other...

2014-09-12 23:04:24

The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge is coming to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this weekend. Firefighters from around the country will be there to compete in this physical endurance competition to promote fitness within the firefighter community. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (PRWEB) September 12, 2014 We are proud to announce the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge will be coming to the Milwaukee this weekend. The event is being offered to promote the physical fitness of firefighters, and will be part...

2014-09-12 12:20:55

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Fixed wing air tanker and helicopter operators are helping firefighters get the upper hand on a massive fire which has been burning for the past month in the Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border. Known as the Happy Camp Complex fire, the lightning-sparked conflagration has torched nearly 100,000 acres and is currently just 30 percent contained. "Of our 10 tankers working right now throughout California and...

2014-09-04 23:01:40

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) raised more than $28 million over the past year to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease. CHICAGO, (PRWEB) September 04, 2014 The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) raised more than $28 million over the past year to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association save and improve the lives of people fighting muscle disease. “For 60 years, the men and women of...

2014-08-25 08:21:22

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In what appears to be a record-setting year for wildland fires in the West, aerial firefighters are battling more wildfires in the Pacific Northwest states, and deploying their aircraft and crews accordingly. For example, CHI Aviation has spent more time on wildfires in Washington State compared to previous years, according to Larry Kelley, the operator's Director of Fire Operations in Boise, Idaho. In that regard, the company's...


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