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  • National Fire Protection Association
    The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

  • San Antonio Fire Department
    The origin of today's department: "The San Antonio Fire Department had a very humble beginning. On June 6, 1854, a group of 20 young San Antonians met and organized the first volunteer fire department. They called it the Ben Milam Company. The company was comprised of only a bucket brigade, but with a lot of vim and vigor and determination to do something about protecting life and property against the demon "Fire.""

  • Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
    From the site: "The Texas State Association of Fire Fighters was established in 1938 and it is Texas’s only professional, career fire fighters organization, representing over 15,000 fire fighter members and 172 affiliate locals. We are affiliated with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)."

  • USFA: U.S. Fire Administration
    As an entity of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the U.S. Fire Administration is to provide national leadership to foster a solid foundation for our fire and emergency services stakeholders in prevention, preparedness and response. This site has links to Training & Professional Development; Fire Prevention & Public Education; Operations Management & Safety; Data; and Grants.


  • Anatomy of an Arson Case
    Guy E Burnette presents an introduction to arson investigation, and why arson is so difficult to prove in court.

  • Fire and Arson Scene Evidence, a Guide for Public Safety Personnel
    Written and Approved by the Technical Working Group on Fire/Arson Scene Investigation for the National Institute of Justice.

  • A Guide for Investigating Fire and Arson
    Another manual from the National Institute of Justice, which includes the following steps: Arriving at the scene; Evaluating the scene; Documenting the scene; Processing evidence at the scene; Completing the investigation.

  • 10 Famous Arsonists and Why
    From the site: "Arsonists are some of the most stealthy, mysterious and down-right malicious criminals in history. Revenge, insurance money and boredom are just some of the reasons why arsonists attack. With thousands of acres ruined, millions of dollars in damage and thousands of innocent victims killed, arsonists are to blame for much of America’s destroyed lands and financial woes. Here are 10 famous arsonists and why they made it on the list." The first arsonist is especially surprising, but then this list also includes the Son of Sam.

  • 10 Mysterious Case of Arson That Will Horrify You
    Fires in schools, homes, bars, and amusement parks, killing from one person to 90 people.


  • 50 Fantastic Fire Science Resources
    List with links of agencies, blogs, and programs.

  • Five Surprising Facts About Wildfires
    Erin Cassidy does indeed give us 5 facts, including how animals escape.

  • Forest Fire Prevention
    Tips from the West Bend Mutual Insurance Company. Forest fires in the news, statistics, causes of wildfires, and prevention of wildfires.

  • Home Fire Safety
    According to this American Red Cross site: "Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape? The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. 60 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives."

  • About Wildland Fire
    Sections on Benefits of Fire, Fire Science, and Fighting Wildfires, About Wildland Fire, Prevention How-Tos, and Smokey the Bear's History. Only YOU ... well, you know the rest.

  • Fire Houses and Fire Fighting
    Jeff Mayhew presents a nice history of firefighting for Weird Facts. For example, why firehouses have circular stairways.

  • Firefighter Facts for Kids
    Amy M. Armstrong gives interesting facts for all ages, such as when the first firefighting department was founded; how much the gear weighs; they drive cool trucks.

  • Safety Tip Sheets
    From the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA offers free safety tip sheets on a variety of fire and life safety topics. The topics are extensive and include Causes, Escape Planning, Fire and Safety Equipment, Household Equipment, Seasonal, Occupancies (Barns, Apartments, Campus, Hotels/motels, Manufactured homes), Outdoors, Populations (Babysitting, Hoarding, Pets, Disabled, Shabbat, Young firesetters), Transportation, Unintentional Injuries.

  • Top 15 Brush Fire Prevention Tips
    Each year, an average of over 140,000 fires start in our forests, grasslands and other outdoor areas destroying homes and thousands of acres of land. Don’t add fuel to the fire! Learn the best ways to prevent brush fires and how to protect your home from getting caught in the blaze.

  • 25 Interesting Facts About Fire
    Where Ray Bradbury got the name of one of his most famous books; how old is the Eternal Fire (hint: not Hell); where is the gold painted hydrant.

    From the site: " Welcome to, the premier resource for volunteer professionals nationwide. Developed to provide a place for volunteer firefighters to come and share information, was built to address the unique issues that all volunteer departments share. Members of VolunteerFD benefit from an active community of first responders who, like themselves, balance their professional life with the life of a firefighter. (If you're looking for information on becoming a volunteer firefighter, visit the how-to page)." Coming from a small town with a volunteer fire department, these folks have all my admiration and thanks, which is the way I feel about all fire departments.

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