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Department Adds 12 New Firefighters Who Aid In Staffing New Station

Cedar Hill Fire Department CEDAR HILL, TX -- An agreement among three cities with shared dispatch often left the Cedar Hill Fire Department understaffed for service calls.

Frederick County Recruits More Than 900 Volunteers Thanks to Grant Assistance

In 2010, fire and rescue services in Frederick County, Maryland, desperately needed more volunteer firefighters.

New Firefighters Help Fight High-rise Blaze Thanks To SAFER Grant Funding

Winter Haven Fire Department WINTER HAVEN, FL -- Just a few weeks after adding eight new fire fighters to the Winter Haven Fire Department, the crews were called on to fight a large structure fire.

Additional Firefighters Improve Effectiveness and Response Time

Eagle River Fire Protection District AVON, CO -- Dropping temperatures, a fully engulfed mobile home fire and a frozen fire hydrant almost created the perfect firestorm.

All-volunteer Fire Department More Than Doubles Staff

Grant aids with recruitment and retention efforts MARIPOSA, CA -- Responding to calls for service is what Jim Wilson wants the Mariposa County Fire Department to do best.

Trained Firefighters Complete Successful Swift Water Rescue Poarch Creek Indians Fire/Rescue

Poarch Creek Indians Fire/Rescue ATMORE, AL -- Torrential rains left the already-soaked community of Atmore as well as the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation flooded and in danger.

Newly Installed Smoke Alarms Saves Family of Six

Hermon Fire Department Hermon, ME -- In January 2005, the Hermon Fire Department received Assistance to Firefighters Grant funding for a community fire prevention program.

New Brush Truck Helps Put Out Fire, Saves Popular Restaurant

Hatley Volunteer Fire Department HATLEY, Miss. -- The Hatley Volunteer Fire Department was strapped for money, and their firefighters were using unreliable brush firefighting equipment and outdated breathing apparatus and protective turnout gear.

New Wildland Engine Is First New Vehicle In 20 Years

Georgetown Fire Protection District GEORGETOWN, Calif. -- One of the Georgetown District's biggest problems is wildland fires. "Of the fire calls received in 2003, about 80 percent were for wildland or forest fires," said Chief Rick Todd.

Hazmat Training Put To Use Within Weeks of Classes

Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Department FAIRFIELD, TN -- The members of the Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Department are older than your average firefighter, having retired from their professional careers, says Fire Chief Dave Allstaedt.