• Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter with cerebral palsy inspires other first responders

    VIDEO - Riding in a ladder truck bucket 67 feet in the air, Newberry Township volunteer firefighter Cody Zinn kept repeating the same thing."Holy crap," said the 21-year-old as smoke from the home below reached high above his head.Zinn, who has cerebral palsy, was surprised with the ride in the ladder truck by Don Young, the assistant chief of the department.
    - PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
  • Nebraska Fire Marshal: Living room fireplace ignited fire that killed family of 6

    An investigative team with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office says a living room fireplace is what started a fire that killed all six members of the Speer family on October 20th. Mike and Michelle Speer, with their four children all died in the blaze. A family member said firefighters found each of their bodies in beds.
    - PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KETV-TV ABC 7 Omaha
  • Massachusetts Firefighters Spend Five Hours Removing Bodies from Fiery Wreck

    A heartbroken dad whose son was killed in a fiery head-on collision on Interstate 495 in Middleboro said "I love them all" as he spoke of his boy and three college buddies who died in a midnight crash police said was caused by a wrong-way driver. State police said the Sable was struck head-on by a 31-year-old woman behind the wheel of a 2011 Infiniti G37 headed southbound on northbound I-495 just after midnight yesterday.
    - PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Boston city fire marshal files lawsuit against the Red Sox

    A black Boston Fire Department inspector filed a lawsuit against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, six months after a black co-worker sued the team over an incident in which both men allege they were denied entry to Fenway Park to perform a safety inspection because of their race.Rhoan Dalmar, a city fire marshal, filed the civil complaint in Suffolk Superior Court.
    - PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Globe
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  • Arizona Hotshots memorial trail nearly complete

    A trail that will lead visitors to the site where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died fighting the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire is now nearly complete.Arizona State Parks officials reported this week that the Yarnell park that will honor the fallen Hotshots is expected to be finished and open to the public by late November.
    - PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
  • Search continues for bogus Florida fire department chief

    Will the real, um, no, the fake Chief Don Bock please stand up?Commissioners on the Key Largo Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services District want to know who has been calling the U.S. Department of Labor pretending to be the chief and telling the feds that the handful of paid members on the volunteer fire department are breaking the law by covering some volunteer shifts.
    - PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Keys Reporter
  • FDNY firefighters disciplined for hazing African-American member

    Seven Midtown firefighters have been disciplined for violating the FDNY’s “zero tolerance” hazing policy, The Post has learned.Five firefighters and two officers at Engine 40-Ladder 35 near Lincoln Center — a firehouse that goes by the nickname “The Cavemen” — allegedly ridiculed an African-American member, sources said.
    - PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
  • Boston Fire Department targeting cancer risks for firefighters

    A Boston firefighter is diagnosed with cancer every three weeks, the city’s fire commissioner, Joseph E. Finn, said in a keynote address at a conference in Nashville.Speaking at the annual Firehouse Expo on Thursday, Finn said the Fire Department is working hard to reduce cancer risks among firefighters, according to Firehouse.
    - PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Globe
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  • Body of missing Washington firefighter found

    A body recovered Saturday in western Grant County was identified as the King County firefighter missing since last Saturday, authorities said.There were no signs of foul play, sheriff’s deputies said.
    Ken Ward, 43, was last seen October 15 in Roslyn, Wash. Dozens of people joined the statewide search.
    - PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
  • 13 killed when California tour bus hits truck

    A tour bus returning from a casino crashed into the rear of a semi-tractor trailer on Sunday near Palm Springs, California, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, according to state police.The bus driver was among those killed and the truck driver was injured, California Highway Patrol division Chief Jim Abele said at a press conference.
    - PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
  • 10 years later: How the Esperanza fire became a raging inferno that killed 5 California firefighters

    The call woke Jess McLean about 2:30 a.m.His boss wanted to know whether he could help with a fire, even though it was his day off.It’s a big one, Capt. Mark Loutzenhiser told McLean, Engine 57’s fire engine operator.McLean, always eager to help, turned to his wife, Karen.“Can I go?” he asked.
    - PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Redlands Daily Facts
  • Wyoming fire chief announces retirement following apology for landfill fire email

    Casper Fire Chief Kenneth King announced his retirement Wednesday, hours after apologizing for sending an email asking an investigator to delete “bad parts” from video evidence of the Cole Creek Fire.King will step down Jan. 2, 2018, the city announced. City Manager V.H. McDonald received and accepted his retirement letter Wednesday.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Casper Star-Tribune
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  • Pennsylvania fire chief leaving post he's held since 1953

    Edward Hutchinson wants to make a fitting exit after more than six decades as fire chief.“I want to get on a horse and ride off like John Wayne into the sunset, and wave,” said Hutchinson, who will turn 95 in November. “I want a little humor.”The man popularly known as “Hutch” will not run for a 22nd term, leaving the fire department to find another leader for the first time since 1953.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Ousted Utah fire chief blasts 'toxic' city governance, elected officials

    Thomas Graydon says he must have fought back for his firefighters one too many times.The South Weber fire chief was forced out Monday night by Mayor Tammy Long after a conflict between Graydon and City Manager Tom Smith over the handling of a firefighter disciplinary case.In an interview Wednesday evening, Graydon unleashed a series of complaints about Long, Smith and city council member Marlene Poore and described the South Weber City work environment as “toxic” under its current le
  • Minnesota firefighter responding to fatal car crash discovers that 16-year-old victim is his son

    As a member of the volunteer fire department in the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Ada, Randy Peterson has a routine when his pager goes off. He checks to see if his kids are at home.At 10 p.m. Sunday, when he was called to a two-vehicle crash with one car on fire in the neighboring town of Borup, Peterson had a sinking feeling.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star Tribune
  • Application Period Open for the Fire Service Executive Development Institute

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has received a significant grant award as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s public safety grant award program. The grant will make it possible for the IAFC to provide a fifth year of the highly successful Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Two St. Louis firefighters rescued after falling through stairwell in burning home

    Two firefighters were rescued after falling through a stairwell in a burning home Thursday morning at Eichelberger Street and Wherry Avenue.Authorities say they fell through a stairwell about 10 feet into the basement. They were being evaluated for injuries. No further details were immediately available about what injuries they suffered.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Portland fire chief praises firefighter: He 'saved the lives of a lot of citizens'

    A brand new lieutenant in the Portland Fire Bureau acted heroically and put his life at risk Wednesday morning to save lives when an explosion destroyed a building and injured several people, the bureau’s fire chief said.
    Chief Mike Myers said during an afternoon news conference that Lt. Peter St. John was injured in the explosion and had been taken to a hospital.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
  • Phoenix firefighter responds to his own father in cardiac arrest

    A Phoenix firefighter was called to the home where he grew up to help in the effort to save his father's life.Derek Dee was on Engine 20 when he realized he was headed to his parents' home on Sept. 10.Dee's father, 71-year-old Tommy Dee, was suffering from cardiac arrest.
    His mother called 911 and his parents' neighbor performed CPR.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 5 AZ KPHO
  • Oregon fire chief praises firefighter: He 'saved the lives of a lot of citizens'

    A brand new lieutenant in the Portland Fire Bureau acted heroically and put his life at risk Wednesday morning to save lives when an explosion destroyed a building and injured several people, the bureau’s fire chief said.
    Chief Mike Myers said during an afternoon news conference that Lt. Peter St. John was injured in the explosion and had been taken to a hospital.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
  • New York firefighter dies from 9/11-related cancer

    Active duty Yonkers Fire Lt. John "J-Rod" Rodriguez died Tuesday night from a 9/11-related cancer. He was 53 years old.Rodriguez leaves behind a wife and two children."John Rodriguez was first and foremost a family man, a loving and devoted husband and proud father," said Yonkers Fire Union President Barry McGoey, who joined the department with Rodriguez in October 2000.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:NY Journal News (Lohud.com)
  • Mom of missing Washington firefighter: 'He can come home and be safe'

    Off-duty firefighters are searching on both sides of the Cascades looking for Ken Ward. He is a fellow firefighter who has been missing since Oct. 16.
    Ward has been a firefighter at Mountain View King County Fire District #44 for 10 years and always shows up for work. When he didn't show up Monday, fellow firefighters and his family knew something was wrong.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4
  • Chicago Fire Commissioner Defends Suspension of Lieutenant

    Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago on Wednesday defended his 60-day suspension of a lieutenant who refused to send underlings into an area where they might be exposed to Ebola but said the city will accept an arbitrator’s ruling overturning the suspension.Santiago said the decision not to appeal the arbitrator’s ruling had nothing to do with the no-confidence vote taken Sept.
    - PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
  • Utah chief and deputy chief dismissed after investigation over call sheets

    Mayor Tammy Long dismissed South Weber Fire Chief Thomas Graydon after he refused to terminate the deputy chief following an investigation into allegedly falsified payroll sheets, City Manager Tom Smith said Tuesday.The investigation by Graydon determined Deputy Chief Frank Patrick entered inaccurate information on South Weber Fire Department run sheets, which are records of firefighter participation on fire calls and are used to fulfill payroll, Smith said.
    - PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM -
  • Three Children Killed In Oklahoma Mobile Home Fire

    According to the Arkoma Police Chief, three children were killed in an early morning mobile home fire Wednesday morning (Oct. 19).Neighbors said it happened around 4 a.m. on Lowery Street."I saw the fire starting on the front porch of the trailer," said neighbor Rick Deguzman. "I immediately rushed upstairs and got my mother.
    - PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith
  • Texas Attorney General challenges City of Austin's labor agreement with firefighter union

    Attorney General Ken Paxton has intervened in a lawsuit filed against the City of Austin, challenging the city’s labor agreement with the Austin Firefighters Association, his office announced Tuesday.Paxton’s office said the agreement with the firefighters association allows for “release time” and therefore allows firefighters to work for the union at taxpayer expense.
    - PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC Austin
  • NFA’s Growing Impact on Community Risk Reduction

    One of the goals of the U.S. Fire Administration is to reduce risk and increase resiliency through programs and training in preparedness, prevention and mitigation. As part of USFA, the National Fire Academy (NFA) has offered courses focused on prevention since its doors opened in 1980.Strategic Analysis of Fire Prevention Programs was one of the four courses offered in the original Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) in 1985.
    - PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Associat
  • Massive explosion at NW Portland building; 5 injured, including 3 firefighters

    PHOTOS - A massive explosion, apparently ignited by a natural gas leak, ripped through a building Wednesday along the popular Northwest 23rd Avenue shopping district, causing destruction and injuring five people, including three firefighters, authorities said.Initial reports indicate no fatalities.
    - PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: OregonLive.com
  • Firefighter injured in second fire truck rollover for Louisiana dept. this week

    PHOTO - Another Shreveport firefighter is injured after another fire truck rollover Tuesday night. This makes the second rollover for the department within 3 days. More than a dozen first responders were at the crash scene just before midnight in the 300 block of Montana Street in Shreveport's MLK neighborhood.
    - PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSLA-TV Shreveport News 12
  • No serious injuries after Shreveport ladder truck rolls on highway

    PHOTO - Two Shreveport firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries early Monday afternoon after their fire truck rolled over on Kings Hwy.It happened just after 12 p.m. near Linwood Ave. It was not immediately clear what caused the ladder truck to wind up on its side, but Shreveport Fire Chief Scott Wolverton said they were responding to an EMS call when it happened.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSLA-TV Shreveport News 12
  • Kansas court: Fourth Amendment violated by firefighter's search

    The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled an area woman cannot be prosecuted for drugs found during a warrantless search of her purse by a Shawnee Heights firefighter. Lt. Brian Dodds responded to a home east of Topeka on Sept. 19, 2014, after the homeowner complained a woman she didn’t know was showering in her basement.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Topeka Capital-Journal
  • Injured first responder property tax relief proposed in Florida

    For 32 years, James "Rick" Beale put his life on the literal line, battling blazes to keep homes, properties and most importantly, lives safe.Although not injured or disabled himself, over those years, Beale knows other fellow firefighters around Polk County, Florida and the United States weren't as fortunate and ended their careers permanently disabled from a work-related incident.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Ledger
  • Follow Up: Family describes Florida firefighter's battle with PTSD before death

    The veteran firefighter who committed suicide Saturday aggressively fought post-traumatic stress disorder for years, his father said.Indian River County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief David Dangerfield, 48, drove to a rural area of the county and shot himself, the Sheriff's Office said. Before his death, he made a Facebook post about the perils of PTSD for firefighters and advised family and friends of firefighters to assist their loved ones with getting help.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - S
  • Firefighter cancer research: What's next

    Research over the past couple decades has reported some mixed results about the relationship between firefighting and cancer, which has been used to argue against supporting firefighters who contract the disease. Recent research that has reviewed and combined data from previous studies, weighing the studies based on the size of the sample, has found increased risks for several different types of cancer.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • $37K later, taxpayer-funded study of Rhode Island fire dept. nowhere to be found

    Ten months after hiring an outside consultant to review staffing in the city’s fire department, the Providence City Council is refusing to release the much-anticipated findings from the report.Records reviewed by Eyewitness News show Massachusetts-based MMA Consulting Group was paid $37,600 on June 22, but the report remains in “draft form,” according to the city’s law department.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12
  • University of Connecticut student killed by university fire vehicle

    A University of Connecticut student was hit and killed by a university fire vehicle on the Storrs campus, early Sunday morning.Police say 19-year-old Jeffny Pally, of West Hartford, was killed after sitting on the ground with her back against the garage door to the public safety complex, just after 1 a.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
  • Florida battalion chief commits suicide shortly after PTSD post on Facebook

    Firefighters and paramedics are mourning the death of a man who worked alongside them for nearly three decades.Indian River County Sheriff deputies went to a wooded area off State Road 60 west of Interstate 95 about 10:30 p.m. Saturday following a 911 call from Indian River County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief David Dangerfield, Sheriff's spokesman Lt.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TCPalm.com
  • Colorado firefighter in long battle back from injuries

    It was supposed to be a routine training session for Tom Albert, who has been fighting fires for 25 years.Albert and other members of Boulder Fire Rescue were near the area of 17th Street and King Avenue on June 13 to do some wildland fire training."We were just going through what we would do in case there was a real fire," Albert said.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Camera
  • Baltimore County fills 911 center vacancies with cops, firefighters, paramedics

    Baltimore County officials say they are using firefighters, paramedics and police officers to temporarily fill staffing gaps at its 911 center. Eight employees from other departments were transferred to the 911 center in September and will be working there until March, county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler said.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
  • 50 Years Later, Recalling a Blaze That Killed 12 FDNY Firefighters

    Oct. 17 is a sad day for the New York Fire Department. Monday is the 50th anniversary of the fire that, until the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, claimed more firefighters’ lives than any other disaster in the city.The short trip that the firefighters made from nearby firehouses on Oct. 17, 1966, started around 9:30 p.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Times
  • Wyoming officials remain silent on whether fire chief faces discipline for email

    City officials remain mum on whether the fire chief faced discipline for writing an email in which he asked one of his inspectors to delete the “bad parts” of video of the Cole Creek Fire.City manager V.H. McDonald declined to comment Tuesday about the email fire chief Kenneth King sent as firefighters continued to battle the flames.
    - PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Casper Star-Tribune
  • Wisconsin Firefighter and 3-year-old Son Diagnosed with Brain Tumors

    In the town of Delafield a firefighter and his three-year-old son are having a shared experience no one would wish for. Both have been diagnosed with brain tumors and critical treatment lies ahead for the young child especially.Nicholas Stacey and his three-year-old son Brayden have found support in the firefighting and emergency responder community.
    - PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee
  • Michigan firefighters union calls conditions on acceptance of $1.67 million grant 'unreasonable'

    The Jackson firefighters union called the conditions the City Council placed on its acceptance of a grant to hire nine firefighters "unreasonable" and "detrimental to our membership.""The city of Jackson council and mayor have failed the residents, business owners and firefighters of the city," Scott Stoker, president of the Summit-Jackson Professional Firefighters Union Local 1306, said in a statement.
    - PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive.com
  • Man granted retrial in 3 Pittsburgh firefighters' deaths now seeks dismissal

    Lawyers for an East Hills man awaiting a retrial for a 1995 fire that killed three firefighters say his murder case should be dismissed because investigators' misdeeds in the first trial trigger Pennsylvania's “double jeopardy” protections.Gregory Brown, Jr., 39, was convicted in 1997 on three counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of firefighters Patricia Conroy, Marc Kolenda and Capt.
    - PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Houston 911 dispatcher charged for hanging up on calls because she didn't feel like talking

    When Hua Li called 911 to report a robbery, the woman on the other end of the phone answered with a sigh - and then hung up.
    Now, 911 operator Crenshanda Williams, 43, of Houston, is facing two misdemeanor charges for allegedly hanging up on concerned callers just because she didn't feel like talking.
    - PUB DATE: 10/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
  • Texas fire safety clowns not backing down

    Clowns might be scaring kids across the country, but the Mansfield Fire Department is calling their bluff.Since 2003, Mansfield firefighters have dressed up as clowns to produce fire safety shows for the city’s elementary schools, and they aren’t going to let a new creepy clown trend stop them. But the firefighters don’t want to scare anyone.
    - PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star-Telegram
  • Kansas City fire chief reflects on a year of emotion and change since firefighters’ deaths

    Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi was so overcome by a wave of emotion Wednesday morning that he couldn’t make it through a promotion ceremony at Fire Department headquarters.Berardi said his thoughts raced back to a year ago when firefighters Larry J. Leggio and John V. Mesh died fighting a blaze in a building at 2608 Independence Blvd.
    - PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com
  • Injured Delaware firefighter's condition downgraded to critical

    The hospital where a Wilmington firefighter is recovering following a deadly Canby Park rowhouse fire said her condition has become more serious.Firefighter Ardythe Hope was downgraded to critical condition Wednesday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, where she was taken after the Sept.
    - PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
  • Former Oklahoma firefighter suing for $3 million after ‘wrongful termination’

    A former Oklahoma firefighter is suing his former department after he says he was wrongfully terminated.Greg Chapman was a firefighter with the Tulsa Fire Department for nearly 20 years when a Facebook comment brought his career to a halt.According to FOX 23, Chapman commented on a viral video of a police officer threatening to take a man’s child away after mistaking him for a fugitive.
    - PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma City
  • Connecticut fire union drops complaint against emergency management official

    After finding common ground with the city, the fire union Local 825 has withdrawn its prohibitive practice complaint regarding safety and labor concerns related to Office of Emergency Management Deputy Director Rick Fontana, who the bargaining unit alleged had been performing the duties of Fire Department employees.
    - PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register

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