Fallen firefighting trio in Washington state mourned by thousands

Aug 31, 2015

Fallen firefighting trio in Washington state mourned by thousands

Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell in a eulogy says the three dedicated their lives to protecting national forests and the communities around them, and for that ...

Explosion rocks warehouse at U.S. military base in Kanagawa

Aug 24, 2015

Explosion rocks warehouse at U.S. military base in Kanagawa

An explosion rocked a warehouse at a U.S. military base in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, about 40 km southwest of Tokyo, but there were no reports of injuries, fire officials said on Monday. The local fire department said it received a call just after midnight ...

Raging Washington state mountain blaze claims three firefighters

Aug 20, 2015

Raging Washington state mountain blaze claims three firefighters

Three firefighters in Washington state were killed and four injured while battling a wildfire threatening the north-central town of Twisp, Gov. Jay Inslee said on Wednesday. The deaths came as a fast-moving wildfire forced authorities late on Wednesday to order the evacuations of Twisp ...

Aug 28, 2013

Fire agency looks to upgrade volunteer firefighter clothing, equipment

The central government will reportedly improve protective clothing and equipment provided to volunteer firefighters across the country after 254 such volunteers were killed in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The internal affairs ministry’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency has decided to review standards ...