• North Carolina fire chief hangs up his helmet after 50 years

    Don Oliver was just 2 years old when he had his first encounter with firefighters, but it was a pairing that lasted a lifetime.It all started when Oliver’s mother had the toddler stand near the Christmas tree for a New Year’s Eve photograph in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. Oliver said he decided to imitate his dad by flicking one of the bulbs on the tree while his mother changed the film.
    - PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wilson Times
  • New Jersey state overseers ask judge to reconsider Atlantic City firefighter ruling

    State overseers of the city have asked a a Superior Court judge to reconsider his shutdown of a move to lay off 50 city firefighters, saying the city can’t afford their salaries.The state filed its motion last week, asking Judge Julio Mendez to reconsider his late August ruling preventing the layoffs.
    - PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
  • Michigan's oldest operating fire department looking to get global recognition

    VIDEO - A northern Michigan fire department may soon get some worldwide recognition.
    The city of Manistee Fire Department is the oldest operating firehouse in the state of Michigan.
    Firefighters and city officials have now applied to the Guinness World
    They hope to get recognized as the ‘Oldest Continuously Manned Fire Station' in the world.
    - PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGTU-TV Up North Live
  • Las Vegas mayor ‘shocked’ at claims of firehouse sex

    Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said Friday she was “shocked” at another round of allegations of sex in a city firehouse because the issue was “very clearly addressed” earlier this year.
    Months after claims of sexual misconduct, city officials are investigating allegations that a firefighter violated department policy in August by having sex at a fire station.
    - PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Las Vegas Review-Journal
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  • Controversy over fire department's 'rolling bypasses' continues in Delaware city

    As Buster Snow watched flames jump from his burning SUV to the back of his and his neighbor's adjoining home, the 42-year-old Wilmington man wondered where the fire department was.He remembers seeing ambulance workers and police officers watching the fire that afternoon, but Engine No. 3, the Wilmington Fire Department pumper engine stationed less than five blocks from his home, was nowhere in sight.
    - PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
  • Smoke Alarms Installed by Missouri Firefighters Help Residents Escape Fire

    Several escaped a burning apartment home Thursday morning, just three months after Springfield firefighters installed smoke alarms in the structure. 
    The smoke alarms sounded, notifying residents in two first-floor apartment of a fire that engulfed the second floor apartment Thursday morning.
    During a safety canvass in June, firefighters installed a new smoke alarm and replaced a dead battery in another alarm in that building.
    - PUB DATE: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.
  • Former New York fire chief files suit against city

    Former Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette has filed a complaint against the City of Canandaigua, saying his constitutional right to a fair hearing was violated.The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages that include compensation for the loss of reputation and back and future pay. Marentette, who was terminated from his position in April, is also seeking reinstatement as Fire Chief.
    - PUB DATE: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: RochesterFirst.com
  • Fired Rhode Island firefighter testifies he’s victim of retaliation

    A fired East Greenwich firefighter testified Wednesday that he learned of his termination during an emotional late-night call from his brother.James Perry said he was in bed when his brother, William Perry, called his cellphone around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 19. “He said, ‘I got an email you were terminated tonight,’” James Perry said.
    - PUB DATE: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal
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  • Family plans to sue FDNY for refusing to acknowledge that firefighter died in line of duty in 1935

    Eight decades after a New York City firefighter's death, his family says the Fire Department needs to finally acknowledge his sacrifice — and they're ready to take their case to court.Firefighter Thomas O'Brien responded to a two-alarm blaze on W. 26th St. in October 1935. He returned to Engine Company 3, and was found dead in his bed at the W.
    - PUB DATE: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Daily News
  • California county fire union backs opposition to public safety tax

    San Bernardino County Fire’s union has put undisclosed sums of money into the campaign opposing the city’s proposed half-cent sales tax for public safety, the Daily Press has learned.
    The contribution by Professional Firefighters Union, Local 935 — confirmed recently by the organization’s president and by the taxpayer group leading the anti-effort — forges a potentially awkward dynamic moving forward since the union represents one of two reported agency benefactors
  • Video: ‘Only the Brave’ cast pays tribute to first responders

    The cast of an upcoming film highlighting the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots paid tribute to first responders by giving an inside look at the unsung heroes.The cast, including Taylor Kitsch, Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly, teamed up to speak of the bravery the Hotshots showed when they battled Yarnell Hill wildfire that blazed through Arizona in 2013.
    - PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Pennsylvania fire chief recounts past flood response efforts at U.S. Senate hearing

    Wilkes-Barre Fire Chief Jay Delaney testified Wednesday in Washington about why he believes Congress should fully fund two key agencies and invest in weather-related surveillance tools.Delaney, who is also the city’s emergency management coordinator, was one of four panelists to make recommendations to the U.
    - PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Citizens' Voice
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  • One dead in crash involving Kentucky fire truck; 4 firefighters injured

    PHOTOS - One person is dead in a crash involving a car and a Louisville Fire & Rescue fire truck.The crash happened on Algonquin Parkway near McCloskey Avenue about 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
    Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the fire truck was headed to an emergency with lights and sirens, when it collided with a green car.
    - PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:WDRB-TV Louisville
  • Indianapolis firefighters 'stupefied' that motorists keep driving over water supply lines during an actual fire

    VIDEO - The house fire was a familiar scenario for Indianapolis firefighters.An electrical appliance sparked a blaze in a two-story home. One person got out, but another was trapped. Crews manning a fire hose kept the flames at bay while other firefighters made their way inside.What happened next, unfortunately, was a familiar scenario, as well.
    - PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Indianapolis Star
  • Death of Kentucky firefighter creates debate over line of duty deaths

    The passing of a Louisville firefighter is creating debate over what counts as a line of duty death.Sergeant Tim Groft, a 15-year veteran of Louisville's fire department, passed away Saturday from an extended battle with cancer."He served them with honor, pride, loyalty and dedication," Louisville Division of Fire Chief Gregory Frederick said.
    - PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3 Louisville
  • Tragic lesson inspired new Nevada fire chief

    Shawn White was working as a 28-year-old paramedic when he was called to the home of a young family.
    As he rushed past the balloons, presents and baby shower decorations he found himself by a backyard pool where all eyes were on an unconscious 2-year-old boy.
    “The father grabbed me by both arms, looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Save my son,’ ” White said with tears in his eyes.
    - PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Texas becomes largest state to make FirstNet ‘opt-in’ decision

    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott today announced that he has accepted the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) deployment plan offered by FirstNet and AT&T on behalf of his state, making Texas the 21st state—not including two territories—to “opt-in” to the FirstNet system.“The safety and security of Texas communities is my number-one priority, and I want to provide our first responders with the best technology possible,” Abbott said in a prepared state
  • Rhode Island city has been without a permanent fire chief for more than two years

    More than two dozen individuals have applied to lead the Providence Fire Department over the last two years, but the city still hasn’t found its next chief.Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare confirmed this week the city has offered the job to “a few” candidates, but none of them have been hired.
    - PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12
  • North Carolina city's council reverses course and restores benefits for first responders

    Two weeks ago, city council members raised the ire of police officers and firefighters with a unanimous vote that would have changed the city’s employee benefits plan and reduced their holiday pay and vacation time.But on Tuesday, after an apology to city employees from City Manager Ruffin Hall, the mayor and council members unanimously approved an amended benefits plan.
    - PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Observer
  • Bees, angry man with shovel stymie Massachusetts firefighting efforts

    Angry bees, low water and a disturbed man armed with a shovel were all hazards firefighters had to deal with on Tuesday while they tried to fight a fire on an island in the Sudbury River.In the end, firefighters decided to let the rain extinguish the fire, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Leporati said.Firefighters got the call about the fire on the island in the Sudbury Reservoir off Central Street around 10 a.
    - PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Metro West Daily
  • Texas firefighter dies in accident while driving tractor to help Harvey flood victim

    Houston firefighter Brian Sumrall, described by friends and co-workers as "an amazing person" on Sunday, was in the midst of doing what set him apart: helping others.
    He was traveling southbound on FM 770 about two miles from the rural town of Batson in a Kubota tractor when he was hit from the rear by a Chevrolet pickup driven by Joe Patton, 35, of Hull.
    - PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
  • Report: Houston Fire Department has inadequate equipment to handle floods

    A City of Houston Hurricane Harvey Preparation Plan, obtained by Channel 2 Investigates, shows the Houston Fire Department has shockingly little flood rescue equipment, and it appears to have contributed to millions of dollars in losses for the city in totaled fire trucks.“The reason I think we sank six engine companies is (that) they’re not built for a high-water environment,” said Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena.
    - PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
  • NFPA launces Policy Institute to support fire and life safety efforts

    The National Fire Protection Association announced the launch of the NFPA Fire and Life Safety Policy Institute.The Policy Institute will look at a range of issues and advise policymakers on how to improve safety for their citizens, according to NFPA.“We have made tremendous progress in reducing loss from fire since NFPA’s inception, but we are painfully reminded every day that there is more to be done,” NFPA President Jim Pauley said.
    - PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE
  • 'It was time to get him': Washington chief rams gate to save man from pit bull attack

    A fire chief said he had to take matters into his own hands when a UPS driver was attacked by pit bulls.
    Orting Valley Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Steve Goodwin said he rammed a gate when someone at the house refused to open it. The rolling chain-link gate in question is back upright now after the Fire Department crashed through it Wednesday.
    - PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4
  • Bulletproof body armor and helmets coming to Florida paramedics

    Broward County’s firefighter-paramedics are used to wearing protective gear for battling blazes. Now they’ll be getting new protection — body armor vests and helmets — for when they’re assisting victims in incidents involving guns or other dangerous weapons.It’s a sign of the times, officials say, with the proliferation of active shooter and mass casualty cases across the country, including deadly incidents at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in
  • Surveillance Video, Records Offer New Perspective On UConn Student's 2016 Death

    Alarms were ringing inside a dormitory at UConn in the early morning of October 16, 2016, and as firefighter Dana Barrow began driving out of a firehouse garage, the right front tire of his Chevy Tahoe bumped into something, bringing the SUV to a sudden stop. One second passed.And then Barrow, focused on a possible fire emergency, pressed the gas pedal, inching the 7,130-pound vehicle over the obstruction blocking his way.
    - PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant
  • New Jersey city approved to layoff 64 firefighters to plug budget hole

    The city of Trenton has approval to layoff 64 firefighters who are currently being funded by a federal grant that runs out at the end of October, according to a plan approved by the state.The layoffs are set to occur Nov. 1, 2017, and affected firefighters would need to be officially notified no later than Saturday, Sept.
    - PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
  • Former Cleveland firefighter says city discriminated against him because he's white

    A former Cleveland firefighter has filed a discrimination lawsuit claiming the department and city officials mishandled a complaint he filed following an altercation with two other firefighters last year.Samuel Livingston, who was hired as a firefighter in 2000, is seeking an unspecified amount in damages accusing the department of reverse discrimination after an April 5, 2016 physical altercation with his coworkers June Colon and Larry Gray.
    - PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland
  • California firefighter awarded Medal of Valor posthumously

    Santa Cruz firefighter Clayton Ogden died, at age 47, after a short bout with cancer this summer.This week, Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley posthumously awarded Ogden the Medal of Valor for his involvement in protecting a civilian during the fatal Feb. 26, 2013 shootout that left two Santa Cruz police officers dead.
    - PUB DATE: 9/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Annual memorial honors 190 fallen firefighters from the U.S. and Canada

    When Alexander Bingham graduated from the Houston firefighter training academy in 2016, one of his classmates was missing.Steven Whitfield, a cadet in Bingham's class, had perished in a training accident in March 2016 and would not graduate alongside those who had become his brothers.Bingham and his classmates still mourn Whitfield's death, but on Saturday, Bingham said, he felt uplifted by the celebration honoring Whitfield and 189 other firefighters during this year's Fallen Fire Fighter's Mem
  • Garden Apartment Fire Simulation - Firefighter Training

    Ted Nee offers a new fire training simulation for you and your company, this time responding to a reported fire in a garden apartment complex. 
  • Verizon dropping rural Montana could affect emergency services

    In rural Montana, where you and your neighbors are your own first responders come fire, flood or heart attack, being dropped as a customer by Verizon Wireless could have serious impacts, readers told us.Kim Barlogio lives southeast of Hammond in the remote southeastern corner of Montana. She was among the Montanans who recently received a letter from Verizon informing her she would no longer be a customer after "using a significant amount of data while roaming off the Verizon Wireless network.
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  • Philadelphia Fire Department mourns the loss of firefighter

    The Philadelphia Fire Department is mourning the loss of a firefighter who served the department for 23 years.According to officials, 60-year-old Lt. Kenneth Greene Sr. died Thursday at Einstein Hospital after being transported to the hospital September 3 while on-duty at Engine 37.Lt. Greene, a veteran of the United States Army, had served the Department for 23 years on several engine and ladder companies.
    - PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTXF-TV MyFox 29 Philadelphia
  • New Hampshire Chief Questions Value of $39K Fire Dept. Study to Save Money

    City Councilor Eric Spear will ask the City Council on Monday to authorize spending $39,000 for "consultants to come in and do an assessment of the Fire Department."Spear noted "a similar assessment was done on the Police Department.""In all these cases, we're trying to provide services but also control spending.
    - PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Former Louisiana fire chief reaches settlement with city; reinstated and then resigns

    Former Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford, who lost his job after being accused of impeding a police investigation into the mistreatment of two mentally challenged men who were regular visitors at a fire station, has reached an agreement with the city where he was reinstated with back pay and then immediately resigned.
    - PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPXJ-TV & KTBS-TV
  • Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

    The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation's worst fire seasons.Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including 21 fires in Montana and 18 in Oregon.
    - PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
  • Body cam footage shows police officer threatening to report Ghost Ship two years before deadly Oakland fire

    “I will be talking to the city, and we’ll be dealing with this place.”That is the grim threat made by Oakland police Officer Hector Chavez in March 2015 as he stood in the open doorway of the Ghost Ship warehouse, talking to a party promoter and looking over the inside of the cluttered firetrap for 20 minutes.
    - PUB DATE: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Without official order, Houston firefighters were undermanned for Harvey flood rescues

    With Tropical Storm Harvey lashing at his city and no official word from headquarters, Houston Fire Capt. Scott Wilkey took matters into his own hands and drove the 35 miles from his home to the Houston fire station he commands.It was Saturday, Aug. 26, and meteorologists were warning of catastrophic flooding in the city.
    - PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
  • North Carolina firefighters angry over new city policy

    A slap in the face is how many Raleigh firefighters and police view new changes to a city policy. It involves all city employees and centers on vacation time, sick leave, holiday pay and promotions.The changes were made as part of the consent agenda that passed at the last City Council meeting.“If I have to work on a Saturday, I already have to take two days off to have that weekend off.
    - PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV NBC 17
  • New Massachusetts fire station could cost close to $20 million

    A brand-new Lexington Fire Department headquarters may cost the town about $19.3 million, according to project architect Jeffery McElravy of Tecton Arcitects.McElravy presented his schematic design for the new facility to Selectmen on Sept. 11.The new facility will go in the same location as the current fire headquarters on Bedford Street.
    - PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Lexington
  • London fire probe chief: Survivors feel 'anger and betrayal'

    A government-ordered inquiry into the London tower fire that killed at least 80 people opened Thursday with a minute of silence for the victims — and with its leader acknowledging that survivors feel a "great sense of anger and betrayal."Retired judge Martin Moore-Bick said he hoped his investigation would "provide a small measure of solace" by discovering how such a disaster could occur in 21st-century London, and preventing it happening again.
    - PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
  • Arizona firefighter recognized for going the extra mile for veteran

    Mesa firefighter Jesse Simpson, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, knew he had to do something, anything, to help “George,” a fellow veteran who had lost everything.In May, Simpson’s crew found George sitting on a toilet in a rundown west Mesa apartment that had been heavily damaged when a maintenance crew accidentally struck a water pipe, causing a flood.
    - PUB DATE: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Valley Tribune
  • Humpday Hangout: Fires in Strip Malls

    In this week's Humpday Hangout, the crew will discuss various, different
    scenarios and obstacles involved in fighting strip mall fires, focusing
    on the two-story buildings with offices or living quarters. 
  • Rhode Island Deputy Fire Chief arrested following verbal/physical fight

    Court documents are shedding new light on the incident that left Union head and Deputy Cranston Fire Chief Paul Valletta facing simple assault and disorderly conduct charges.It happened Saturday. An affidavit says problems started when Valletta made "degrading" comments against Lt. Scott Bergantino in front of fellow firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 9/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNE-TV ABC 6
  • Pennsylvania firefighter claims she was demoted because she's a mom

    A female firefighter who claims she was demoted and told to stay home with her young son has filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit against the Lower Swatara Fire Department.Jessica Etzle contends in the U.S. Middle District Court suit that she was stripped of her post as lieutenant and told by the fire chief in January 2016 that, "'You have a 6-year-old son' and she needed to be home and be a mother to her son.
    - PUB DATE: 9/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive.com
  • Interior Secretary directs more aggressive approach to prevent wildfires

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday directed all land managers and park superintendents to be more aggressive in cutting down small trees and underbrush to prevent wildfires as the smoke-choked West faces one of the worst fire seasons in a decade.In a memo, Zinke said the Trump administration will take a new approach and work proactively to prevent fires "through aggressive and scientific fuels reduction management" to save lives, homes and wildlife habitat.
    - PUB DATE: 9/13/2017 12:00:00 A
  • House Passes Bill to Develop Firefighter Cancer Registry

    The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a registry of firefighters who develop cancer in an effort to study the risks they face on the job.The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, introduced by Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, would provide $2 million in federal funds from 2018 to 2022 for the CDC to gather and study data, including the status of a firefighter who developed cancer (volunteer or career, fo
  • 3 dead, 4 hospitalized with carbon-monoxide poisoning from generator after Hurricane Irma

    Three people died of carbon-monoxide poisoning on Tuesday from a generator that was running inside their Orange County home after Hurricane Irma, the Sheriff’s Office said.Four other members of the multigenerational family were taken to Florida Hospital in very serious condition.Neighbors in the Kingswood Manor neighborhood near Lee Road — who were still without power Tuesday night — found out about the incident mostly through word of mouth, as helicopters and media arrived on
  • Training Minutes: VEIS: The Entry Firefighter - Firefighter Safety

    In this new Training Minutes video,
    Sean Gray, Kevin Lewis, and company discuss fire dynamics and flow path
    considerations for the initial entering firefighter during VEISoperations.
  • New York Governor Approves Unlimited Sick Leave For 9/11 Responders

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation that expands unlimited paid sick leave benefits for 9/11 first responders.First responders to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, who later developed an illness as a result, could now be eligible for unlimited paid sick leave.“When the towers came down, those big clouds that people breathed in, there may be people who ran from that scene, who may be diagnosed with the 9/11 disease and not even know it yet,” Clifton Park Fire Chief Art Hunsi

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