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Wildland Firefighter Pay

According to CBS, firefighting is considered one of the most dangerous jobs. Being a hazardous occupation, how much do wildland firefighters make?  This article will go over what the average wildland firefighter makes, common benefits, wages state by state, and recent pay increases.  How Much Do Wildland Firefighters Make? The average salary across the US …

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Types of Fire Trucks and their Purpose

Fire engines have advanced throughout the last four centuries. The first fire engines were human-propelled water pumps with no room for personnel. Around the end of the 1800s, the threat of fire within densely populated areas brought about paid firefighters equipped with horses to pull the early apparatus.  The modern-day fire engine emerged in the …

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Reading Smoke Signals: How Firefighters Use Smoke Signals

One of the most important skills all firemen should possess is the ability to read smoke signals. The ability to read the smoke at any position within the company can help those responding to the incident make better tactical decisions. Smoke can help first responders determine the fire’s location, growth, toxicity, the direction of travel. …

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How to Become a Wildland Firefighter

  Wildland firefighters are tasked with the strenuous task of combating wildfires. US Wildland firefighting jobs operate at a federal, state, and local level. Some positions are year-round, and others are seasonal. As the fire season continues to burn more wildland and last longer, the need for wildland firefighters has become more evident.  How to …

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Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) releases studies, each year, on firefighter deaths and injuries. An important part of the yearly study helps better understand how these fatalities and injuries occur to help minimize the risks of firefighting. A recurring reason cited in the study is the incorrect use of or absence of firefighting personal protective …

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BME Joins Strategic Alliance with Pierce Manufacturing

Press Release Boise, ID (September 16, 2021) – BME Fire Trucks announced today that it has entered into a strategic alliance with Pierce Manufacturing Inc. This alliance will facilitate greater collaboration between BME and Pierce within the wildland market. BME will be moving from a factory-direct model to an independent dealer distribution model, which will …

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Firefighters Have Twice the Risk to Develop Mesothelioma, Says Study

Mesothelioma: Firefighters Have Twice the Risk

Guest Post By: Mesothelioma Guide   Written By: Andrew Devine The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have teamed up to study the causal relationship between firefighting and diseases such as mesothelioma. The study found that firefighters have a substantially higher risk of developing mesothelioma than the …

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