First Responders

It's hoped this technology can eventually be used by first responders of every stripe.

3/28/2017

NASA tech could help keep first responders safe

New tech developed by NASA has the potential to save the lives of first responders and other professionals working in dangerous environments. read more »

First responders and their surviving family are now eligible for property tax exemptions in Florida and Virginia.

2/17/2017

Voters in 2 states approve property tax exemptions for first responders

In a show of dedication to their efforts, two states have recently passed amendments that reduce the tax burden for first responders and their families. read more »

Winter is an especially tough time for first responders.

1/6/2017

Winter shows first responders' mettle

During the winter, it's good to take a moment and appreciate the tough work first responders put in to keep communities safe. read more »

IT solutions will help first responders do their jobs.

1/3/2017

Cutting-edge tech set to assist first responders

First responders will be able to improve their emergency responses with cutting-edge tech. read more »

Support groups can help first responders deal with the stress of witnessing trauma.

12/29/2016

First responders can band together to deal with trauma

Dealing with trauma is critical for first responders today. read more »

PTSD can have a severe impact on first responders.

12/21/2016

PTSD among first responders receives attention

First responders' work can induce PTSD, so programs to help individuals cope are indispensable. read more »

Education may be the key to first responders' community relations, whether they learn or teach.

11/7/2016

First responders connect with communities by learning, teaching

As either learners or teachers, first responders can benefit from educational programs in their communities. read more »

With Veterans Day right around the corner, city officials across the country are putting the final touches on celebrations to honor American service members.

11/7/2016

Cities gear up for Veterans Day

With Veterans Day right around the corner, city officials across the country are putting the final touches on celebrations to honor American service members. read more »

A get-together with Texas police and the community included a visit from a friendly K9 officer.

10/7/2016

Fun and togetherness are themes of first responder thank-yous

Lighthearted outdoor get-togethers can improve the mood in a community. read more »

Communities are finding ways to honor their hard-working first responders.

9/9/2016

Communities' public tributes can honor first responders

Two different types of public installations show ways communities can salute their first responders. read more »

A neighborhood celebration can show first responders they are appreciated.

8/30/2016

More communities organize gatherings to salute first responders

It's easy to put on a great community celebration in honor of first responders. Here are a few examples of this kind of party. read more »

First responders and stress

8/22/2016

First responders and stress [Infographic]

It should come as no surprise to first responders and their families that stress can be a major factor in their lives. read more »

There are many ways to salute first responders.

8/17/2016

Programs nationwide honor first responders' sacrifices

Through unorthodox displays, groups around the country are showing their gratitude to first responders. read more »

First responders do so much for their communities. Recent events have sought to make connections and give back.

8/3/2016

Events bring first responders together with their communities

Multiple events for first responders and their communities, each taking different forms, are being announced across the nation. read more »

First responders are learning to deal with mental strain in their communities - and within their own ranks.

7/26/2016

First responders at risk of PTSD

First responders are learning to fight back against mental trauma, both in their own ranks and among those they are called to assist. read more »

Here are some recent examples of events that let first responders know their efforts are appreciated.

7/22/2016

News roundup: Events to recognize first responders

Here are three recent stories from different parts of the country about efforts to recognize first responders' efforts. read more »

First responders give so much to their communities - you can thank them for this in several ways.

7/20/2016

6 ways to thank first responders in your community

It's always a good time to thank the first responders in your community. Here are six ways to do this. read more »

First responders' selflessness clear in Orlando

6/13/2016

First responders' selflessness clear in Orlando

First responders have long been at the front lines of their communities, working to protect and serve the civilians in their jurisdiction and often putting their lives at risk to do so. read more »

More support for first responders taking shape

5/19/2016

More support for first responders taking shape

First responders are on the front lines of tragedies in communities across the country, and many advocacy groups have called for greater support of these individuals on the municipal, state and national levels. read more »

First responders making a difference in upper midwest

4/26/2016

First responders making a difference in upper midwest

First responders are, by their very definition, on the front lines of major events in communities that put civilians at risk, including floods, fights and drug overdoses. read more »

First responders pivotal in Texas floods

4/21/2016

First responders pivotal in Texas floods

The floods in Texas have been deemed historic in the past several days, with several individuals losing their lives in Houston and damages to homes and infrastructure rising rapidly. read more »

On March 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 802. This legislation approved $1 million for the First Responders Presumed Coverage Reimbursement Fund.

3/18/2016

News article: Senate greenlights firefighter cancer fund

On March 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 802. This legislation approved $1 million for the First Responders Presumed Coverage Reimbursement Fund. read more »

An Indiana couple, along with firefighters in MA, made sure vets had warm winter coats for the holiday season.

12/29/2015

News article: Collecting coats for vets

Matthew and Cori Maple had long dreamed of establishing a nonprofit organization to help veterans. An Army veteran himself, Matthew finally got the opportunity to do so this holiday season.  read more »

As the holidays hit full swing, firefighters and other first responders across the United States work to keep people safe and make the season a little brighter for some.

12/21/2015

News article: Firefighters help make holidays a little special across the country

As the holidays hit full swing, firefighters and other first responders across the United States work to keep people safe and make the season a little brighter for some. read more »

Veterans were cheered on at recent parades in Texas and Kentucky.

12/11/2015

News article: Parades honor veterans, first responders

Veterans Day isn't the only day of the year veterans are honored with parades. In San Angelo, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky, veterans were at the center of parades recognizing them for their dedication to service read more »

A Mississippi firefighter receives the world's most extensive face transplant after being disfigured on the job.

11/18/2015

News article: Firefighter from Mississippi receives "miracle" face transplant

A Mississippi firefighter receives the world's most extensive face transplant after being disfigured on the job. read more »

When a house fire broke out in Queens in mid-November, the New York Fire Department responded promptly to assist the family. What the firefighters on scene did not realize was that they would soon be hailed as heroes for their efforts.

11/18/2015

News article: New York firefighters save infant from flames

When a house fire broke out in Queens in mid-November, the New York Fire Department responded promptly to assist the family. What the firefighters on scene did not realize was that they would soon be hailed as heroes for their efforts. read more »

A veteran was rescued after four days spent lost in the Oregon wilderness.

11/13/2015

News article: Veteran, lost for days, rescued by another veteran

A Gulf War veteran still wasn't totally at ease with his recent relocation to Oregon when he got lost and ran out of gas while driving through the state's heavily forested coast on Saturday, Nov. 7. read more »

By taking the time to cultivate good working relationships in your station house, you have a better chance of building a stronger unit.

11/4/2015

Blog: 6 ways to improve relationships at your station house

By taking the time to cultivate good working relationships in your station house, you have a better chance of building a stronger unit. read more »

It does not matter if you are fighting on the front lines of a combat zone or working to keep your city safe, teamwork is crucial. Any seasoned military servicemember or first responder will tell you that you cannot do the job alone.

11/3/2015

Blog: Quotes to inspire teamwork

It does not matter if you are fighting on the front lines of a combat zone or working to keep your city safe, teamwork is crucial. Any seasoned military servicemember or first responder will tell you that you cannot do the job alone.  read more »

Television is the window into different lives for many viewers. Sitcoms, dramas and reality shows give audiences the chance to experience an adventure they would not otherwise have the opportunity to. Recently, AFBA did an article called "5 of television's most popular shows based on military life." However, first responders get a good amount of airtime as well.

11/3/2015

Blog: 5 of television's most popular shows about first responders

Television is the window into different lives for many viewers. Sitcoms, dramas and reality shows give audiences the chance to experience an adventure they would not otherwise have the opportunity to. Recently, AFBA did an article called "5 of television's most popular shows based on military life." However, first responders get a good amount of airtime as well. read more »

Over 600 firefighters showed up to compete in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge. Not all the competitors were men, though. Sarah Fraiser wants people to know she can hang with the "big boys."

10/23/2015

News article: Mississippi woman competes in World Firefighter Combat Challenge

Over 600 firefighters showed up to compete in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge. Not all the competitors were men, though. Sarah Fraiser wants people to know she can hang with the "big boys." read more »

As gun control becomes a hotter topic and society faces the very real threat of active shooter situations, first responders have been forced to change the way they handle these incidents.

10/23/2015

News article: Wisconsin first responders change the way they approach active shooters

As gun control becomes a hotter topic and society faces the very real threat of active shooter situations, first responders have been forced to change the way they handle these incidents. read more »

Whenever an area in Bastrop County, Texas, is in need, Mission U-Too shows up to help. The non-profit organization is known for bringing meals and comfort to their community members when disaster strikes.

10/21/2015

News article: Texas organization hand delivers meals to first responders

Whenever an area in Bastrop County, Texas, is in need, Mission U-Too shows up to help. The non-profit organization is known for bringing meals and comfort to their community members when disaster strikes. read more »

On Oct. 20, the Charleston Public Safety Council, a non-profit organization that supports local safety initiatives, hosted its annual “Salute to Public Safety” luncheon.

10/21/2015

News article: First responders honored with annual luncheon

On Oct. 20, the Charleston Public Safety Council, a non-profit organization that supports local safety initiatives, hosted its annual "Salute to Public Safety" luncheon. read more »

Over 10,000 military medics entered life after service in the last year, according to the Daily Journal. Many of those medics have the skills and training to work in first responder jobs. One Act of Congress hopes to make it easier for these veterans to pursue careers as emergency medical technicians.

10/21/2015

News article: Act could make it easier for veterans to become first responders

Over 10,000 military medics entered life after service in the last year, according to the Daily Journal. Many of those medics have the skills and training to work in first responder jobs. One Act of Congress hopes to make it easier for these veterans to pursue careers as emergency medical technicians. read more »

The events that firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians experience on a daily basis can lead to things like post-traumatic stress and other neurological disorders if they are not properly addressed. To keep the members of your station happy and mentally healthy, you should establish a safe zone.

10/20/2015

Blog: Ways to make your station a 'safe zone'

The events that firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians experience on a daily basis can lead to things like post-traumatic stress and other neurological disorders if they are not properly addressed. To keep the members of your station happy and mentally healthy, you should establish a safe zone. read more »

First responders are trained to deal with a variety of situations, but until recently, very few had received training on how to handle emergency situations in which a person with autism was involved. A Northern Nevada group called JUSTin Hope is trying to change that.

10/15/2015

News article: Organization provides unique specialized training for first responders

First responders are trained to deal with a variety of situations, but until recently, very few had received training on how to handle emergency situations in which a person with autism was involved. A Northern Nevada group called JUSTin Hope is trying to change that. read more »

On Oct. 11, Tony Constanzo completed his mission to run across Texas in honor of fallen first responders. Constanzo worked as a firefighter for 31 years was inspired to make the journey so that people would remember the sacrifice of first responders everywhere.

10/14/2015

News article: Texas man makes massive run in support of first responders

On Oct. 11, Tony Constanzo completed his mission to run across Texas in honor of fallen first responders. Constanzo worked as a firefighter for 31 years was inspired to make the journey so that people would remember the sacrifice of first responders everywhere. read more »

When football players take the field, they are usually deep in their own thoughts and focus. They may be psyching themselves up for the game or running through assignments in their head. However,  one high school football player in Louisiana recently chose to direct his attention to the veterans in attendance at the game.

10/14/2015

New article: High school football player greets veterans in attendance at game

When football players take the field, they are usually deep in their own thoughts and focus. They may be psyching themselves up for the game or running through assignments in their head. However,  one high school football player in Louisiana recently chose to direct his attention to the veterans in attendance at the game. read more »

Many U.S. citizens proudly fly the American flag in show of support for the country and its servicemembers. One Pennsylvania woman wanted to create a flag that would also show support for first responders.

10/7/2015

News article: Pennsylvania woman creates flag for first responders

Many U.S. citizens proudly fly the American flag in show of support for the country and its servicemembers. One Pennsylvania woman wanted to create a flag that would also show support for first responders. read more »

First responders often describe their units as "teams." This is an excellent analogy because it inspires trust and comradery in a difficult work event. However, no team is successful without a strong and reliable leader.

10/7/2015

Blog: 5 ways to be a stronger leader in your station

First responders often describe their units as "teams." This is an excellent analogy because it inspires trust and comradery in a difficult work event. However, no team is successful without a strong and reliable leader. read more »

Recently, Beaufort County in South Carolina has been witness to historic flooding. Heavy rains and thunderstorms flooded the area, but the dangerous conditions and high waters did not stop local first responders from suiting up for work.

10/7/2015

News article: First responders in South Carolina work through flood conditions

Recently, Beaufort County in South Carolina has been witness to historic flooding. Heavy rains and thunderstorms flooded the area, but the dangerous conditions and high waters did not stop local first responders from suiting up for work. read more »

First responders understand tight knit communities and stressful job situations. Perhaps that is why first responders are often the first to offer support to veterans. In Dearborn, Michigan, the firefighters and police officers show this support every year at a charity softball game.

10/6/2015

News article: Michigan first responders show support for local veterans

First responders understand tight knit communities and stressful job situations. Perhaps that is why first responders are often the first to offer support to veterans. In Dearborn, Michigan, the firefighters and police officers show this support every year at a charity softball game. read more »

Ohio first responders took to the streets to cut loose and perform a fun dance routine to the popular song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)."

10/6/2015

News article: Ohio first responders show off their dance moves

Ohio first responders took to the streets to cut loose and perform a fun dance routine to the popular song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)." read more »

First responders serve their communities on a daily basis, but because they are so busy protecting their friends and neighbors, they do not always have a chance to bond with them. The people of Nolanville, Texas, wanted to change this by organizing the town's first civilian vs. first responder baseball game.

10/6/2015

News article: Texas town hosts first ever civilian vs. first responder baseball game

First responders serve their communities on a daily basis, but because they are so busy protecting their friends and neighbors, they do not always have a chance to bond with them. The people of Nolanville, Texas, wanted to change this by organizing the town's first civilian vs. first responder baseball game. read more »

On May 10, the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department in Delmont, Pennsylvania, lost a newer portion of its fire station to the Mother's Day tornado that swept through the area. Recently, an anonymous donation was made to help the fire department rebuild the section it lost.

9/30/2015

News article: Pennsylvania fire department receives anonymous donation

On May 10, the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department in Delmont, Pennsylvania, lost a newer portion of its fire station to the Mother's Day tornado that swept through the area. Recently, an anonymous donation was made to help the fire department rebuild the section it lost. read more »

Firefighting is one of the world's most dangerous professions, and firefighters put their lives on the line daily for the safety of others. However, many firefighters do not make a salary high enough to support their families.

9/30/2015

News article: Officials lobby for firefighter pay increase

Firefighting is one of the world's most dangerous professions, and firefighters put their lives on the line daily for the safety of others. However, many firefighters do not make a salary high enough to support their families. read more »

For 75 years, the West Ridge Fire Department in Erie, Pennsylvania has been keeping the community safe and protecting the local residents. On Sept. 27, the station opened their doors to the public for tours and an anniversary celebration.

9/29/2015

News article: Pennsylvania fire department celebrates 75th anniversary

For 75 years, the West Ridge Fire Department in Erie, Pennsylvania has been keeping the community safe and protecting the local residents. On Sept. 27, the station opened their doors to the public for tours and an anniversary celebration. read more »

The Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge took place on Sept. 27, and the firefighters who were involved used the challenge as an opportunity to raise money for cystic fibrosis patients.

9/29/2015

News article: Portland firefighters use stair climb as fundraiser

The Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge took place on Sept. 27, and the firefighters who were involved used the challenge as an opportunity to raise money for cystic fibrosis patients. read more »