firefighter_stories500Officials say that an investigation into why 19 firefighters died in Arizona in June may help prevent future firefighting deaths. NASA says climate change is making wildfire season even worse. And if you know of a well-designed fire station, nominate it for Fire Chief Magazine’s 13th Annual Station Style Design Awards. Read more in the “5 Firefighter Stories You Might Have Missed.”

County in Virginia Recruiting More Female Firefighters

The Arlington County Fire Department has set up camps and has spearheaded other efforts to bridge the gender gap in this profession. Read more from NPR.

Climate Change “Largely” to Blame for Increase in Wildfires

NASA says the rise in wildfires is due to hotter temperatures and is now “the new normal.” Read more from

Investigators Looking into why 19 Firefighters Died in Arizona

Experts hope that what they learn from the deaths in June can help save firefighter lives in the future. Read more from USA Today.

Woman is “Firefighting’s First Female General”

Jeanne Pincha-Tulley worked her way up and is now a Type 1 incident commander – the highest rank in wildland firefighting. Read more from NPR.

Fire Chief Magazine’s 13th Annual Station Style Design Awards

The award “recognizes architects and fire departments for their achievements in public-safety facility design and construction.” Deadline is Aug. 24. Read more from Fire Chief Magazine.

Dustin Coleman is a brand journalist for Norix Furniture and a contributor to the Safe Environments blog.