• Texas Firefighters Plan to Challenge Houston Pension Reform

    The Texas House sent Houston's pension reform package to the governor's desk Wednesday, marking what Mayor Sylvester Turner hopes is the beginning of the end of a 16-year fiscal crisis, and giving him a landmark achievement in his second year in office.Turner, who has made passing the reforms the centerpiece of his tenure, alternated between grins and gravitas Wednesday night.
    - PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com
  • South Carolina fire chief proposes 24/7 paid coverage

    Inman Fire Chief Chris Cothran said Tuesday the city council should begin thinking about funding a 24/7 fire department. At Monday’s budget work session, Cothran proposed $243,000 in new funding to pay for roughly 10 firefighters to cover two 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.He said the number of volunteer firefighters has dropped in recent years, jeopardizing quick response times to a fire.
    - PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: goupstate.com
  • Ohio firefighter shows strength of brotherhood through kidney donation

    It’s no secret that firefighters have a special relationship. They spend every other day together and rely on each other to have their backs. Two firefighters from West Licking Fire Department are proving that bond goes further than just the firehouse. One man needed a kidney, so another firefighter gave him one.
    - PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCMH-TV Columbus
  • Indiana first responders receive emergency doses of naloxone

    First responders in Miami County have access to more of the overdose-reversing antidote naloxone than ever before after officials received 50 dosages last week from the state’s emergency stash of the drug.The Indiana State Department of Health last year set up emergency caches of naloxone kits at five sites around the state in the event first responders ran out of the drug and were unable to obtain it through normal means, according to ISDH Director of Public Affairs Jennifer O'Malley.
    - P
  • Advertisement

  • $3 million program would help Chicago police, fire, paramedics buy inner-city homes

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday took a page out of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s playbook, creating a $3 million program to help up to 100 police officers, firefighters and paramedics purchase homes in “targeted” Chicago neighborhoods.Daley did the same thing in the early 1990’s with only mixed results.
    - PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
  • Two In-Flight Rescues for Washington Department this Month

    A Renton firefighter, along with firefighters from Nampa, Idaho, and Grants Pass, Ore., aided an unconscious man aboard a flight from Baltimore to Sea-Tac on Friday night. This is the second in-flight rescue by a Renton firefighter this month.On Friday, Firefighter Chris Kyrstofiak was traveling back to Seattle from training in Baltimore when Alaska Airlines flight attendants made an emergency announcement asking for help from any doctors or firefighters aboard the flight.
    - PUB DATE: 5/24/2017
  • Texas chief says San Antonio firefighters will be able to attend funeral, dispelling rumors

    San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said Tuesday that any firefighter who wants to attend the upcoming funeral of firefighter Scott Deem will be able to, dispelling rumors to the contrary.Hood said he alone made the decision to not use outside agencies to staff SAFD stations on Friday because other firefighters aren’t familiar with San Antonio’s operating system, air refilling systems, radios or terminology.
    - PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mysanantonio.com
  • Ohio Firefighter's Death Puts Cancer Risk in Focus

    The death of a Butler County firefighter serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers firefighters face long after the flames are extinguished and the smoke clears."It was a badge of honor back in the day to be a smoke-eater and to have the dirtiest fire gear," Cincinnati firefighter Gerald Rosemeyer said.
    - PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com
  • Advertisement

  • Injured Georgia firefighter dies after hose accident

    A Macon County firefighter died Tuesday after suffering a traumatic brain injury in an accident on the job Saturday afternoon.Darrell Plank, 29, was hit in the head by a metal coupling as a fire hose snagged on the truck at the scene of a fire off Ga. 128 near Taylor County.The 10-year veteran’s skull was seriously fractured and, according to a Facebook page devoted to prayers for his recovery, he suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain.
    - PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
  • Fix for troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension System passes Texas Senate

    The Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that seeks to fix the broken Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. The bill barely made it out of committee last week but was saved by last-minute negotiations between the city, police and fire associations and pension officials.
    "This is not just a Dallas issue.
    - PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas News
  • Jury awards $9.5M in case involving Washington fire engine

    A King County Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded $9.5 million to the family of a Kingston man who died in a collision with a fire truck.On the morning of July 4, 2014, Jason Foster was was riding a motor scooter on Miller Bay Road, approaching its intersection with West Kingston Road. The traffic signal turned yellow, and he continued.
    - PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kitsap Sun
  • Georgia firefighter critically injured after mishap with fire hose at house fire scene

    A Macon County volunteer firefighter is in critical condition after he was struck in the head by a fire hose.According to Macon County Fire Chief Micah Kauffman, it happened around 4 p.m. Saturday.Macon County firefighters are keeping vigil at the hospital after one of their men suffered a traumatic brain injury Saturday afternoon.
    - PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Telegraph
  • Advertisement

  • City pumps $30M into FDNY and EMS operations

    The city is pumping $30 million into FDNY and EMS operations in the Bronx, officials said Monday.The investment will include funding for new ambulances and equipment, as well as $17 million toward construction repairs to EMS Station 17 at 109 Ogden Ave., which has been experiencing structural deterioration and lacks sufficient space for crew and equipment, according to a joint statement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
    - PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Yo
  • Atlantic City Firefighters Haul 14 People Trapped In Elevator Over 100 Feet To Safety

    Atlantic City firefighters rescued more than a dozen people trapped in an elevator.The Atlantic City Fire Department posted on Facebook that 14 people were stuck in an elevator for several hours at the Tropicana Casino & Resort on Saturday. The elevator suddenly stopped between the sixth and seventh floors.
    - PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Philly
  • 57-Year-Old Woman Fights Stereotypes & Fires In New York

    A mother from Mamaroneck, New York has decided to reinvent herself in a field dominated by men, most of whom are a whole lot younger.Suburban mom Robin Nesdale showed CBS2’s Lou Young some of the new equipment she’s learned to use to rescue other people, and perhaps, herself. At 57 years old,she’s decided to play against type and become a volunteer firefighter.
    - PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS New York
  • Virginia firefighter hit, killed by fire truck after responding to crash scene

    Botetourt County and regional first responders are mourning the death of an Eagle Rock volunteer firefighter who was fatally struck Friday by an emergency vehicle at an accident scene.Roger D. Johns, 63, of Eagle Rock was serving as a ground guide at a auto wreck on U.S. 220 at Catawba Creek Road when he was injured at around 3 p.
    - PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Roanoke Times
  • Vermont fire chief lambasts workplace culture in resignation letter

    Fire Chief Ken March's "personal reasons" for resigning last week were illuminated in a letter submitted to the interim town manager."I can no longer subject myself to the absence of integrity, morals and ethics that are an ingrained part of this department," March wrote after stating that the workplace "has manifested into an environment that is toxic as well as hostile.
    - PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brattleboro Reformer
  • Memorial Park Opens at Site of Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire Where 100 Died

    Hundreds gathered Sunday at the opening of a memorial park at the site of a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed 100 people.At least 500 people, including loved ones of the victims, local leaders and state officials walked into the Station Fire Memorial Park for the ceremony. The park was formally dedicated to the victims of The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick.
    - PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report
  • Florida Fire Department Using Virtual Reality Training

    VIDEO - The way firefighters and paramedics undergo training is changing and now entering virtual reality. Instead of working with a dummy, students face a more realistic scenario as they are armed with a headset and a cursor. Robert Moore is the CEO of Virtual Education Systems, which has partnered with the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department to provide EMS assessments using virtual reality.
    - PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Miami
  • Dramatic video shows Michigan firefighter trapped underneath burning gas station

    VIDEO - Dramatic video shows the moment a gas station facade came falling on top of a firefighter in Iron Mountain, Michigan.It happened at about 3 p.m. Saturday at a Mobil gas station and Burger King on Stephenson Avenue, off US-2 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.The video was captured by photographer Jason Asselin.
    - PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ-TV ABC Detroit
  • 3 Pro-Firefighter Amendments Stripped from Houston Pension Reform

    The Legislature is expected to take its final votes on Houston's pension reform legislation within days after a group of House and Senate lawmakers Sunday night hashed out the differences between their chambers' versions and produced a final bill.Stripped from the proposal that emerged Sunday evening were three amendments backed by firefighters and opposed by City Hall, said state Sen.
    - PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
  • Oklahoma City Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant Named U.S. Fire Administrator

    Oklahoma City Fire Chief G. Keith Bryant was named U.S. Fire Administrator Thursday.Bryant, who was named chief in 2005, was appointed to the the Department of Homeland Security by President Donald J. Trump. He will replace Dr. Denis Onieal, who has been acting U.S. Fire Administrator.Bryant started with the fire service as a U.
    - PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Did Oakland’s ‘laissez-faire approach’ to abandoned library cause firefighter injury?

    The city’s management of its vacant properties and communication between departments is under scrutiny after a fire battalion chief complained that little to nothing was done to secure an empty library building after a fire there in April and a second, larger blaze weeks later where a firefighter broke his ankle.
    - PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
  • Dallas Fire Truck Involved in Crash, Three People Injured

    A Dallas fire truck was involved in a crash Thursday morning while responding to a call for help, officials say.Dallas Fire-Rescue officials said the fire truck was responding to a call about a structure fire at about 11 a.m. when the driver slowed down due to a red light.
    As the fire truck driver began to move through the intersection of Jim Miller Road and R.
    - PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth
  • Colorado fire department leading the way on new firefighting technology and tactics

    Breaking from tradition can be difficult in many situations, even if it is for the sake of improvement.But a new tool that has been extensively researched and recently employed by the Loveland Fire Rescue Authority is reducing the danger local firefighters face and improving their results with battling flames.
    - PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Longmont Times-Call
  • 1 firefighter dead, 2 injured in 4-alarm fire at shopping center in Texas

    One firefighter is dead after a massive 4-alarm fire at a Northwest Side shopping center Thursday night, the San Antonio Fire Department said.Fire crews responded to the blaze in the 6700 block of Ingram Road about 9:12 p.m. Due to the time of day and there being a gym in the shopping center, crews performed a search and rescue to make sure no one was inside.
    - PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
  • Ohio fire truck hit by an explosion while responding to three garbage trucks on fire

    VIDEO - An alert Cleveland EMS crew discovered three garbage trucks on fire just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday.The fire was burning at Republic Services on Jones Road just north of the intersection of Broadway and Harvard Avenues when the EMS crew saw flame and smoke from Broadway Avenue.The three trucks were spewing thick black smoke and a few explosions were seen and heard in the area.
    - PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV IBS 5 Cleveland
  • Oakland fire officials upset over blazes in city-owned building

    The second time an Oakland fire crew rushed to a city-owned historic building to put out a blaze, Battalion Chief James Bowron nearly lost it.He and his fire crew had been at the site two weeks earlier, on April 8, to put out a fire on the first floor of the vacant building that squatters apparently had started.
    - PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
  • Nevada fire chief terminated without cause

    During a brief 10 minute meeting on May 16, the Mesquite City Council cast a split vote to terminate Fire Chief Kash Christopher “without cause.” Three councilmen, David Ballweg, George Rapson and Brian Wursten, voted in favor of the action. Councilman Rich Green voted no and Councilman Geno Withelder voted to abstain from the proposal.
    - PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mesquite Local News
  • Five Canadian firefighters face union charges for 'double-hatting'

    Mandy Gould has spent nearly 13 years as a volunteer firefighter in Caledon, Ont. – a sprawling municipality northwest of Toronto – following her father into a vocation that she aspired to since high school.For the past 11 years, Ms. Gould has also been a full-time firefighter in nearby Brampton, a suburban city of more than half a million.
    - PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Globe and Mail
  • Arizona department's one-handed firefighter does the job

    For most, a mid-life crisis consists of buying a sports car, or burying yourself in some expensive new hobby.For Jeffrey Williams, his involved a change of career into the fire service.And moving into the fire service presents some unique challenges for him, seeing as he was born with only one hand.
    - PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona City Independent
  • Seattle firefighter injured in explosion files lawsuit against utility company

    A Seattle firefighter who says he was knocked out by the force of the Greenwood natural-gas explosion last year is suing Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and its contractor over the blast.In the lawsuit filed Friday, Jeff Markoff said he was about 90 feet from the epicenter of the alleyway explosion that leveled two buildings and damaged dozens more.
    - PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
  • Mississippi departments discuss assistance protocol after one department reportedly on 'lunch detail'

    Jones County Volunteer Fire Department (JCVFD) battled a Mother's Day duplex fire Sunday, where the fire completely destroyed the building.During Sunday's call JCVFD requested back-up from Laurel city firefighters, but they did not get the response it needed.The fire happened on Redbud Drive off Highway 11 around 11 a.
    - PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Fox 23 Hattiesburg
  • Michigan senator favors federal funding to promote part-time firefighters

    U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., introduced legislation today that could help local fire departments promote part-time personnel with federal grant funding rather than being forced to hire new employees and train them.Peters introduced the legislation along with U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, as a way to help save money and hire and promote first responders who have already been trained.
    - PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
  • Entire Maine volunteer fire department quits

    All 11 members of Newburgh’s volunteer fire department quit their jobs after the town selectmen refused to reinstate the former chief, officials said.The selectmen met Monday to vote whether to reinstate former Chief Glen Williamson, who officially resigned in August. He worked for the department for more than 20 years, the last 10 as chief earning $4,000 a year, he said.
    - PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bangor Daily News
  • After Action Video on Berkeley, California 2016 Mayday Call

    In this, the second episode of After Action Video, we explore the Berkeley Fire’s mayday event on September 30th 2016. The event occurred at a commercial fire while crews were engaged in transitioning from offensive to defensive in their approach.
    This episode looks at the firefighters' mindset both before and during the event as well as highlighting the “chain” of events that contributed to the need for a mayday.
    - PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cahill Multimedia
  • Berkeley (CA) Mayday Review

    As fire conditions rapidly changed as viewed from the Command Post, IC ordered an “Abandon the Building” on all channels.
  • Unreliable Houston fire trucks force crews to shuttle to emergencies in SUVs

    The Houston Fire Department has resorted to shuttling firefighters to emergencies in SUVs because reliable fire trucks are increasingly becoming a rarity.The fire department internal memo, describing the policy, was first released in 2013, but highlights a growing problem that poses a threat to public safety: not enough reliable equipment to outfit the city's fire department.
    - PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
  • Ohio officer accidentally ODs; firefighter says it's a new time for emergency personnel

    An East Liverpool patrolman was recently rushed to the hospital after becoming exposed to fentanyl and carfentanil.Chris Greene was obtaining evidence during a traffic stop when fentanyl attached to his shirt. Police say driver Justin Buckle and passenger Cortez Collins had tried to get rid of evidence in the car.
    - PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ToledoNewsNow
  • Lawsuit claims Kansas City skirting court mandate on overtime pay for EMTs, paramedics

    Three years after Kansas City settled claims that it had failed to pay certain overtime wages, Fire Department medical staff are back in court saying the city is circumventing the court’s ruling.A lawsuit filed Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court on behalf of certain emergency medical technicians and paramedics says the city has lowered some pay scales — so that the plaintiffs continue to work overtime hours but haven’t seen higher wages.
    - PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • Judge Rules Massachusetts Firefighter's Firing Justified

    A federal judge has found that the town of Sandwich was within the law when it terminated former firefighter Andrew Davison, but has left open the question of whether his immediate superiors intended to restrict his free speech when reprimanding him for other misconduct.Davison alleges the town fired him in April 2014 in retaliation for a sign he posted on his Quaker Meetinghouse Road property objecting to a proposal for a public safety complex.
    - PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fireho
  • Husband of former Virginia firefighter ‘disappointed’ by union speculation over wife’s suicide

    An effort by the union representing Fairfax County firefighters to reassure the community that bullying and workplace harassment aren’t commonplace struck a painful nerve for Steve Mittendorff — the husband of a former county firefighter who was the victim of online bullying and who died by suicide last year.
    - PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
  • Update: Maryland firefighters in brawl acquitted

    Competitive tension between volunteer and career firefighters, which boiled over at the scene of a fire and landed inside a Prince George’s County courtroom, has been resolved.Two Maryland firefighters charged with attacking two colleagues at a house fire in 2015 have been acquitted by a jury of all charges.
    - PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
  • Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter facing DUI after crashing fire truck into telephone pole

    A volunteer fireman is facing driving under the influence charges in connection with an incident that ended with a damaged fire truck, a crash into a telephone pole and a small geyser of water from a fire hydrant.At 11:51 a.m. Saturday, Sharon police officers M. Paul Lehman and Adam Zazado were dispatched to South Dock and Budd streets in response to a call regarding a disabled West Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department fire truck.
    - PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sharon Herald
  • North Carolina fire chief was slated to lose his job last year, but City Council saved it

    The former city manager wanted to fire Charlotte Fire Department Chief Jon Hannan last year, but the City Council blocked the move, according to a deposition from this week’s whistleblower trial that ended with a $1.5 million verdict against the city.Ron Carlee wanted to fire Hannan because of the chief’s “lying” to him over leaking part of a personnel file to retaliate against a firefighter union leader, according to his deposition.
    - PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SO
  • New York Fire Chief Placed on Leave after Making Sept. 11 Ground Zero Health Claim

    Utica fire Chief Russell Brooks says he was “blindsided” when he was placed on paid, indeterminate, nondisciplinary leave by the city of Utica Friday morning.Brooks, who has been chief for 13 out of the 41 years he has been with the Utica Fire Department, said he was told of the decision during a meeting with Mayor Robert Palmeri and two city legal representatives.
    - PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Utica Observer-Dispatch
  • Groups oppose move to restrict new Ohio firefighter cancer law

    Five weeks after Ohio made it easier for Ohio firefighters diagnosed with cancer to qualify for workers’ compensation and pension benefits, House Republicans are proposing more restrictions.Firefighters, trial attorneys and Democrats oppose the amendment added this week to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget bill.
    - PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbus Dispatch
  • Arizona fire department taking strides to ensure mental, physical health of troubled employees

    For years, Tucson-area fire departments have been working with a local health-care program to create a comprehensive medical plan that addresses stress and mental health in first responders.April was a difficult month for the Tucson Fire Department, with a murder-suicide perpetrated by one of its own taking place days before the sentencing of a former captain for three murders.
    - PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
  • North Carolina jury awards former fire investigator $1.5M in whistleblower case

    In an embarrassing verdict for the city of Charlotte, a jury Thursday found the Fire Department retaliated against former fire investigator Crystal Eschert for raising questions about the safety of construction work at a new office building, awarding her $1.5 million.The jury rejected Charlotte’s claims that Eschert’s firing wasn’t retaliation.
    - PUB DATE: 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
  • Investigation into New Jersey fire chief lifted; lawsuit pending

    A heated legal battle is still simmering between two high-ranking city firefighters.The lawsuit, filed by Plainfield Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Courtney, is claiming that Chief Frank Tidwell racially discriminated against him because he is white. The lawsuit also names the City of Plainfield and the Plainfield Fire Department as defendants.
    - PUB DATE: 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyCentralJersey.com

Follow @FirefighterNwsl on Twitter!