HELPFUL STUFF FOR FIREFIGHTERS
Here is a list of resources we find to be helpful for the fire service - we hope you will too! We constantly update this firefighter resource guide, so be sure to check back!
Social media/WEB material
Ready.gov Social Media Toolkits - Pre-assembled social media toolkits for your fire department to use from the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready.gov site. Toolkits range from flood safety to hurricane safety to pet preparedness. After downloading, you can add your fire department’s logo to the graphics before uploading to social media.
FEMA Social Media Accounts - Consolidated links to FEMA’s most popular social media accounts. Like their pages for quality information and for content your fire department’s social media accounts can re-post or share.
National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) - There is debate about how useful the NTAS actually is, but DHS still uses it to inform the public and it can look professional on your website in the eyes of your community. Use the link to install the NTAS widget on your fire department website.
Flashsplash.org - Content and toolkits for your fire department’s social media accounts and website. Content focuses on preventing scalds and burns. They also have resources to create flyers. Five national organizations – the International Association of Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation Burn Fund, the American Burn Association Burn Prevention Committee, the Federation of Burn Foundations, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Safe Kids Worldwide have joined forces to create the National Scald Prevention Campaign.
Do 1 Thing - A “12-month program that makes it easy for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters. If you do 1 thing each month, by the time a year has passed, you will have taken big steps towards being ready for the unknown.” Because of the monthly structure of their program, new content is often relatable to season and current events. They have many shareable resources, including graphics, images, articles, brochures and flyers, and PowerPoint presentations on emergency and disaster preparedness.
DATA & Helpful Firefighting Information
ResponderHelp - Volunteer Firemen’s Insurance Services, Inc. (VFIS) recently activated a new one-stop-shop online resource for fire departments. Free of charge, VFIS has consolidated a vast library of resources, ranging from sample standard operating guidelines (SOGs), technical bulletins by industry experts, checklists, informational flyers, and articles/research papers on a variety of fire service topics.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Data, Research, & Tools - This is an excellent consolidated source of data and statistics, all critical to conducting assessments, providing background information for reports, and for budget development & justification. NFPA also produces easy-to-understand graphics to help display data. Resources range from the annual Firefighter Injuries Report, to the Fire Loss analysis, to Fire Experience by Region.
US Fire Administration (USFA) Data, Publications, & Library - Another excellent resource full of data and analysis from what is essentially one of the definitive sources of information in the fire service. USFA collects data from a variety of sources to provide information and analyses on the status and scope of the fire problem in the United States. In addition to their reports and analysis, USFA provides raw data in excel files so you can run an analysis specific to the needs of your fire department.
Fire Department Run Profile (USFA) - To understand the full role fire departments play in a community, this topical report profiles fire department run activity as reflected in the 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) data.
Asbestos and Natural Disasters - This page provides an overview about risk of asbestos exposure to first responders (firefighters, police, residents, and clean-up crews) during natural disaster recovery efforts. The risk is particularly high during the immediate recovery. Disaster recovery is a complex topic that requires significant thought and planning, but this is a good resource to get your fire department and community thinking about the asbestos risk and how your fire department will start to mitigate its impact.
Top 25 Uses for Set of Irons - This Back to the Basics: Uses for Irons from Fire Engineering, provides a helpful overview of the top 25 uses for a firefighter’s set of irons (with pictures). Particularly like the uses they cover for the halligan bar. Additionally, this list can provide some good drill ideas for your fire department.
NEWS & Current events
Daily Dispatch - “Daily News for America’s Fire Service.” In our opinion, this is the best fire service newsletter, delivered once each weekday, usually in the early afternoon. It provides a consolidated summary of top fire service news stories from around the country. When subscribing, you can select your state to tailor the first half of the newsletter news specific to your state (will still provide national headlines as well). The Daily Dispatch is produced by Western Fire Chiefs Association staff and brought to the fire service in cooperation with all seven U.S. Divisions of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
CT Fire Academy Listserv - This is specific to firefighters in CT. Not sure what other states run a similar service (if you know, please share!), but CT Fire Academy produces the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control produces the news listserv once each weekday, usually in the afternoon. It is a great source of information for CT firefighters and regularly includes educational opportunities, job postings, local events at other departments, retirements, etc. Signing up is a little complicated, so be sure to read the instructions on the page.
Broadcastify - Stream live audio for firefighting, public safety, aircraft, rail, and marine related communications.
Inspiration & Entertainment
TED: A Life Lesson From A Volunteer Firefighter - “Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn't go quite as expected -- but that taught him a big lesson: Don't wait to be a hero.” This video is only about 4 minutes long, but provides an impactful reminder about what we do. Great storytelling too.
TED: Hacking Possibility - “Shelli Varela is a trailblazer and pioneer in the hyper-competitive world of firefighting. She delivers a compelling and entertaining argument for not only rethinking what we believe is possible, but hacking how to get there.”
Town of Vernon Fire Department - This 15 minute documentary, created and produced by firefighters, highlights the history of the all-volunteer Vernon, CT fire department and what service has meant to its firefighters.
Long Island Fire Trucks - A non-profit group formed by firefighters and collectors to produce a “historic firetruck photo collection and history for all Fire Departments on Long Island, New York.” The website is a work in progress, but overall they’ve done a great job cataloging firefighting/fire apparatus history of the region.
Connecticut Firemen’s Historical Society Apparatus Database - A great historical resource for the Connecticut firefighting community. They maintain a growing database of Connecticut’s active and defunct fire departments’ apparatus, inclusive of pictures, make and model, and facts about each fire truck. Recommend checking out their collection on Hartford Fire Department!
New York City Fire Museum - The Fire Department of the City of New York has a long history, extending back to the days of Dutch colonization. The New York City Fire Museum tells this story through our vast collection of objects and photographs. Follow link to find out more about the history and heritage of firefighting in New York City.
Jon Stewart slams Congress over healthcare for 9/11 first responders - watch Jon Stewart, former late night host and long-time 9/11 first responder advocate delivery a powerful testimony to Congress on June 11, 2019 while surrounded by firefighters regarding authorization of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. This is a must watch.
If you have any recommendations for this list, please contact us!