• Woman admitted she set blaze that killed two Kansas City firefighters, according to testimony

    The woman charged with arson, murder, assault and causing a catastrophe in a blaze that killed two Kansas City firefighters admitted her guilt to a fellow detainee soon after being arrested, according to testimony given Wednesday.Thu Hong Nguyen told Misty Levron that she set a fire that killed people by using liquid in her nail salon, Levron testified Wednesday at Nguyen’s trial.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kansas City Star
  • New Texas fire chief wants department to do more than fight fires

    As as assistant fire chief in Columbus, Ohio, Jim Davis battled the opioid crisis and trained firefighters to recognize public health issues when they answered calls.When Davis starts as Fort Worth’s new fire chief in September, he plans to bring that same collaborative approach.Davis’ unique background — he has a 20-year history as a critical care nurse and flight nurse — helped him become Fort Worth’s 13th fire chief.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fo
  • Florida fire chief actively recruiting women to join firefighting ranks

    Kyleigh Lough, 12, held a large fire hose and opened the nozzle, shooting a powerful jet of water 20 feet into a green traffic cone and knocking it over.
    “It looks really fun, I think,” Kyleigh said when asked if she might like to be a firefighter one day. “They don’t just fight fires — they help people.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Winter Haven News Chief
  • 4 ways to reduce firefighter injuries and prevent fatalities

    Firefighter fatalities are occurring at the same rate today that they were 20 years ago. Although the number of fatalities has dropped, it is simply because there are fewer fires. The following graph shows fireground fatalities per 100,000 fires over the last 20 years. Despite all the efforts that have been made to reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries over the last two decades—such as changes in command and control procedures, improvements in personal protective equipment, and deploy
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  • 1 dead, more evacuations ordered as Oregon wildfire grows to 50,000 acres

    A fast-moving wildfire has grown to more than 50,000 acres in Wasco and Sherman counties, burning through structures and forcing people to evacuate their homes.Deputies said they found a person dead Wednesday afternoon near a tractor that had been burned by the flames.The Substation Fire broke out on Tuesday near The Dalles.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
  • Two Texas firefighters suspended after damaging equipment, memos say

    Two Austin firefighters received four-hour suspensions after damaging department equipment during incidents in May and June.
    The first happened on May 16 when fire specialist Chad Benestante closed a bay door on a fire engine while leaving a station to respond to a call, suspension paperwork said.The second happened on June 10 when firefighter Dustin Mills was working with an aerial ladder.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman
  • Tiny California town lines up to salute as hero firefighter’s body passes by

    Braden Varney was coming home, but not in the way anyone expected.His body was going to be carried through his hometown in the back of a white SUV. Its destination: the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office.The Varney family has lived in Mariposa for decades, longer than anyone could remember, although no one could say exactly how long.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFGate.com
  • Massachusetts town's officials defend 49 percent raise for fire chief

    Selectmen said a 49 percent raise for Fire Chief Fred Mitchell Jr. is justified because the town "got a great deal" and "a bargain" when it hired him three years ago.Mitchell, 51, a Rhode Island native, was hired in October 2015 at $63,359 with a contract that boosted his pay annually at 3 percent per year.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newburyport Daily News
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  • Indiana fire chief recalled as 'great human being,' tireless community man

    Many residents of Sullivan County are in mourning following the unexpected death of a long-time community leader.Clay Shidler, chief of the Hymera-Jackson Township Fire Department, died Monday at Terre Haute Regional Hospital after crashing his vehicle in northeastern Sullivan County.Shidler, 60, of Hymera, was a 31-year member of the fire department and volunteered for many community organizations.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Terre Haute Tribune-Star
  • Florida county approves settlement in fire chief lawsuit

    The County Commission approved a proposed settlement agreement Tuesday in a two-year discrimination, then retaliation, lawsuit filed by a Marion County Fire Rescue employee against the county.Marion County Fire Rescue Division Chief Shari Hall filed suit against the county in May 2016, claiming the county discriminated against her based on her gender when she was passed over in 2015 for the fire chief position, which was given to now-retired Paul Nevels.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURC
  • Ohio Deputy Fire Chief Selected for 2018 Training Officer Recognition Award

    TargetSolutions, a Vector Solutions brand offering the leading operations and training management software for the fire service, and the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Volunteer & Combination Officers Section (VCOS) are proud to announce Deputy Chief Josh Blum, of Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department (LSFD), as the recipient of the 2018 VCOS Training Officer Recognition Award.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Former Pennsylvania fire company leaders accused of stealing $46K from company

    Two former presidents of Falls Township Fire Company No. 1 were charged on July 16 with stealing more than $46,000 from the volunteer organization.Christopher J. Carlin, 48, who served as president in 2017 and treasurer before that, is accused of taking $34,896.59.His predecessor, Gary Margerum, 61, president from 2009-2016, is charged with stealing $11,198.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bucks Local News
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  • Emotional testimony on first day of trial for woman accused of arson, murder in death of two Kansas City firefighters

    Emotional testimony capped the first day Monday in the arson and murder trial of a woman accused of setting the fire that killed Kansas City firefighters John Mesh and Larry Leggio.Capt. Steve Davis remembers instructing firefighter Leggio to pull a fan out of a window facing the alley so they could throw more water at the fire within.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kansas City Star
  • Cleaning Lady, Firefighters Hurt In California Bee Attack

    A 52-year-old cleaning lady and four firefighters were hurt Monday after they were attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees, leaving the woman in critical condition.CBSLA’s Stacey Butler reported Monday night that the woman’s son said that it appears she will survive her injuries from the bee attack.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
  • Body of California firefighter killed near Yosemite is retrieved from steep ravine

    Crews on Monday extracted the body of a firefighter from a steep ravine that his bulldozer had rolled into days ago as he fought a wildfire west of Yosemite.The body of 36-year-old Braden Varney, a 10-year-veteran with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, remained in a mesh of mangled metal for three days in a site near El Portal that was too remote for bulldozers and too precarious to allow an immediate extraction.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFGate.com
  • Two arrested after stealing California fire engine, leading officials on 2 hour chase

    VIDEO - Two suspects are in custody after an hours-long chase of a Sacramento County fire truck stolen in Rio Linda ended Saturday near Oroville, authorities said.Several agencies pursued the truck Saturday afternoon as it traveled nearly 100 miles across four counties and reportedly swerved into oncoming traffic.
    - PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC Sacramento
  • Texas city sues cancer-stricken firefighter to avoid paying insurance claims

    A firefighter battling cancer is being sued by Baytown's city government, which seeks to deny paying him insurance coverage for his treatment over the last 18 months.Patrick Mahoney, a battalion chief for the Baytown Fire Department, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2016, forcing him to have half of his thyroid removed and undergo continued treatment, including thyroid hormone supplements and regular blood work.
    - PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
  • Second-generation firefighter killed battling California wildfire near Yosemite National Park

    Officials say a firefighter killed while battling a wildfire near Yosemite National Park was driving a bulldozer and trying to prevent the fire from spreading. Braden Varney, 36,was a second generation firefighter, state fire officials told CBS Sacramento.California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Chief Nancy Koerperich said Saturday that Varney was cutting a "fire break" with the vehicle to prevent the blaze from spreading when he was killed.
    - PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURC
  • Philadelphia's first fallen female firefighter honored with not 'just any headstone'

    Philadelphia firefighter Joyce Craig gave the ultimate sacrifice — her life — in helping save others from a house fire in West Oak Lane in December 2014, becoming the city’s first female firefighter to die in the line of duty.That is why getting a headstone for her grave took 3½ years.“We didn’t want to put just any headstone there,” said Lisa Forrest, a captain in the Fire Department and president of Club Valiants, an association for black firefighters
  • 2 plead guilty to manslaughter in house explosion that killed FDNY battalion chief

    Two men have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in an explosion at a marrijuana grow house that killed a New York City fire battalion chief, prosecutors said."This is an extremely rare instance where someone is being held criminally responsible for conditions that caused the death of a firefighter in the line of duty in New York City," Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said Friday in announcing that Garivaldi Castillo and Julio Salcedo had admitted to manslaughter and marijuana possession.
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  • Unnamed contractor 'responsible' for Wisconsin explosion; injured firefighter makes grand return to station

    Verizon Wireless and a Kansas-based construction company said Thursday that they were responsible, through an as-yet-unnamed subcontractor, for work being done at the site of a massive natural gas explosion Tuesday that rocked Sun Prairie’s downtown, killing a volunteer firefighter and critically injuring another.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal
  • Teenager's death leads to major change at Cincinnati 911 center

    A major upgrade called Smart 911 was launched Thursday to help improve Cincinnati’s 911 operations in the wake of a teenager's death.“This will be able to save lives,” said Cincinnati Councilwoman Amy Murray. When someone calls 911 from a cellphone key information will now be displayed on the dispatcher’s screen about the caller if they've signed up for the program.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati
  • New York firefighters speak against open search for new chief

    Andre Esposito, chairman of Utica’s Civil Service Commission, believes the board has a tough decision to make within the next few months.The commission is considering a request from Mayor Robert Palmieri to authorize an open competitive exam to vet candidates for Utica’s next fire chief. This would open up the test to internal and external candidates for a fire department historically led by internal promotion.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Utica Observer-Dispatch
  • Deputy district chief demoted in latest Chicago Fire Department timekeeping scam

    A $156,360-a-year deputy district chief has been demoted –– and faces a lengthy suspension along with a paramedic-in-charge for their participation in, yet another timekeeping scam in the Chicago Fire Department.Sources identified the demoted deputy district chief as Edgar Ignacio Silvestrini, who was in charge of the fire department’s Medical Administration Regulatory Compliance section.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times
  • California wildfires: End in sight for Klamathon, County fires

    An inferno that has burned from California into Oregon over the past week and is believed to have killed one person should be fully under control by Sunday, officials said.The Klamathon Fire, which started July 5 in Siskiyou County, was 75 percent contained Thursday evening at 36,500 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SF Gate
  • Virginia department hires new fire chief amid turmoil

    Fairfax County’s next fire chief will be a veteran firefighter who has led Howard County’s fire department for the past four years and served two combat tours as a Marine, the Board of Supervisors has announced.John S. Butler is set to take over the 1,400-strong department in September, replacing Richard Bowers, who retired in April.
    - PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington Post
  • New Hampshire councilor draws ire for remarks at meeting during exchange with firefighter union head

    City Councilor Bob Hamel is facing criticism for his remarks at a Monday night meeting during a prickly exchange with the head of the union that represents city firefighters.It is the height of budget season in Laconia, which has a tax cap in place, and the council and fire department have clashed in recent weeks over the cost of overtime for firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Manchester Union Leader
  • Massive fire destroys Arizona Safeway supermarket

    Fire destroyed a Safeway grocery store in Phoenix Wednesday evening, engulfing the building in flames for more than an hour and producing a tower of smoke that could be seen for miles.Phoenix fire officials said a roof on the building apparently had collapsed during a storm that brought a heavy downpour in the area prior to the fire.
    - PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
  • Houston proposes sharp hike in ambulance fees

    Houston Fire Department leaders on Tuesday proposed a sharp hike in ambulance fees, floating several new charges they hope will prevent repeat callers from using the city’s emergency medical services as a convenience.Ambulance transport fees would rise 70 percent, to $1,876; the accompanying $14.36-per-mile fee would not change.
    - PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
  • Coding team develops app to turn smartphones into smoke detectors

    A team of coding students from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have developed an app that can turn your smartphone into a smoke detector. 'Smoke Detective' is programmed to allow a smartphone camera to detect smoke from a fire, then sound an audible and visible alarm upon detection.
    - PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
  • Wisconsin firefighter killed, several injured in explosion

    One firefighter was killed and several other people, including police officers, firefighters and civilians were injured in an explosion in Sun Prairie Tuesday night.The explosion happened at 7:05 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Bristol streets after police said they were called to the area around 6:20 p.
    - PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison
  • The Last 9/11 Fire Chief Bows Out

    Joe Pfeifer had a date in mind for retiring from the job he has done for 37 years. It would be the second Wednesday after Labor Day. After schools were back. Sept. 12.He could hardly wait.Then he decided, no, he wouldn’t delay.“Do some sailing,” he said. “Decompress.”So this will be his last week with the Fire Department, retiring as an assistant chief from the agency where he started as a 25-year-old from Queens in 1981.
    - PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
  • President Trump signs firefighter cancer registry bill

    President Donald Trump on Monday signed legislation to set up a national registry for firefighters to help track links between exposure to fumes and cancer.The Firefighter Cancer Registry Act requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to set up a database in order to study possible links between cancer and the fumes and toxins firefighters are exposed to.
    - PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
  • Maryland firefighters lose rank by failing to meet deadline for certifications

    About 20 ranking officers at Harford County volunteer fire stations lost those ranks after failing to submit new required certifications July 1.Roughly 200 officers completed their certifications on time, said Rich Gardiner, a spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association. He declined to release the names of those who did not qualify.
    - PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
  • Florida firefighter hospitalized after falling out of fire truck responding to a call

    A Hillsborough County firefighter was flown to the hospital as a trauma alert after falling out of his fire truck, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
    Hillsborough Fire Rescue says that around 5:28 p.m. Tuesday, they received a radio alert that one of their own was injured.Eric Seidel with Hillsborough Fire Rescue says the firefighter left HCFR Station 28 at 4551 Sun City Center Boulevard and was in the process of responding to the scene of a fire when he received the injuries
  • Video shows Arizona firefighters rescuing woman from car submerged in canal

    Mesa firefighters rescued a woman whose car had plunged into a canal during a storm that blew through the area Monday afternoon.The woman's car veered into a canal near Alma School Road south of the Loop 202 freeway in north Mesa, according to the Mesa Fire Department.When responding units arrived they found the car submerged upright.
    - PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
  • The dangers of mixing alcohol consumption and firefighting

    Just like in citizens, drinking and driving is not a new problem in public safety. For some volunteer fire companies, having volunteer firefighters show up at the scene of a fire while under the influence of alcohol is also not a new problem. Even organizations with career staff may have to deal with crewmembers showing up to a shift planning to firefight while under the influence (FFUI) or while intoxicated (FFWI).
    - PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • State launches probe into Houston Fire Department safety procedures

    A state commission has opened an investigation into the Houston Fire Department’s safety standards after the firefighters’ union accused the department of failing to protect its members from carcinogens to which they are routinely exposed. Texas Commission on Fire Protection investigators will examine whether HFD complies with state laws requiring departments to clean protective clothing, called bunker gear, and maintain a standard operating procedure to do so.
    - PUB DATE: 7/10/2018
  • New Hampshire to fund presumptive cancer law for firefighters

    Portsmouth Fire Lt. Russ Osgood was next to firefighter Sarah Fox the day she died from cancer at Concord Hospital when he learned another fire brother, Jeff Bokum, had the disease as well.The toll Osgood faced in that moment at the hospital was emotional, but a financial one came shortly after. Osgood and firefighters worked to raise thousands of dollars for Bokum’s out-of-pocket costs during his six-month battle as they had for Fox in the months before her death, cancer benefits not yet
  • In dispute between Missouri city and fire district, both sides warn of potential dire consequences

    City officials here and those of a fire district that serves part of the city both say a dispute over their longtime agreement could have dire budget consequences.In December, the city canceled its 23-year-old pact with the Robertson Fire Protection District, saying the contract’s rising cost was jeopardizing other city services.
    - PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Wyoming Supreme Court Rules Firefighter Unions Must Include Volunteer Firefighters

    The Supreme Court of Wyoming has ruled that in a combination fire department, part-time and volunteer firefighters are entitled to vote on whether or not firefighters can form a union. The decision was handed down Friday, July 6, 2018.The case involved two IAFF locals, Campbell County Firefighters IAFF Local 5058 and Jackson Hole Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 5067, who sought to collectively bargain with their respective municipalities.
    - PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireLawBl
  • Video footage surfaces raising new questions about San Francisco Fire Department’s response to the Asiana plane crash

    Video footage that surfaced Thursday raised new questions about the San Francisco Fire Department’s response to the Asiana plane crash on July 6, 2013, particularly its handling of a subsequent incident in which a fire rig ran over a 16-year-old girl.“I mean, s— happens, you know?” San Francisco Battalion Chief Mark Johnson appears to say in footage from the camera attached to his helmet, according to a report published late Thursday by ABC7 investigative reporter Dan Noy
  • New York fire chief, city spar as retirement nears

    It has been about 14 months since Russell Brooks last served as Utica’s fire chief.With Brooks on administrative leave, the Utica Fire Department has had three interim chiefs in that span. Retired Utica fire Capt. James Barefoot, the latest appointed to the role, officially started July 2.Through it all, Brooks continues to challenge the city’s decision to place him on paid, nondisciplinary, administrative leave due to concerns with Brooks’ health.
    - PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 12:00:00
  • Is Station 31 making Seattle firefighters sick? Study hopes to find answers about ‘Cancer House’

    For years, firefighters at Seattle’s Station 31 have worried that the place where they barbecue steak and try to sleep between calls might be making them sick.Red flags were first raised in the early 2000s, after a string of firefighters were diagnosed with cancer. But a subsequent study found no link between the station and the illness.
    - PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
  • Arizona fire captain found dead on National Guard base

    A Phoenix firefighter was found dead in his quarters Friday while on duty at the Arizona Army National Guard Base, the Phoenix Fire Department announced Sunday.Juston Doherty was 45, according to public records.Phoenix Fire Capt. Rob McDade described the technical-rescue technician, a 15-year veteran of the department, as "heroic" and committed.
    - PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
  • Texas firefighter involved in severe firetruck crash returns to work after long recovery

    A Lake Travis firefighter has returned to work more than six weeks after a severe firetruck crash on FM 620 left her injured.According to Lake Travis Fire Fighters, Lt. Rachel Zambrano returned to work Tuesday after a six-and-a-half-week recovery.Lt. Zambrano was riding in the fire engine on May 16 when she noticed its engineer was suffering a medical emergency.
    - PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE.com
  • South Dakota Department Addressing Paramedic Shortage

    Finding people willing to work as emergency responders is getting to be a tough task.A lack of trained paramedics and emergency medical technicians stresses emergency networks in Aberdeen and surrounding rural areas, said Keith Sharisky with Aberdeen Fire & Rescue. That's why the department is striving to become a paramedic education center that provides new training programs.
    - PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com
  • Pennsylvania Fire Company suspended over racial slurs, bullying

    A Swatara Township fire company is suspended and no longer responding to calls after an investigation into reports that some members were being subjected to racial slurs, harassment and bullying.
    Director of Fire Services Mike Ibberson said the Lawnton Fire Company was taken out of service on May 31.
    - PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Penn Live
  • FDNY may pull firefighters from busiest companies to cut costs

    The FDNY is considering stationing one less firefighter at its busiest engine companies as part of a cost-savings measure to cover rising medical leave, officials said Thursday.As early as next week, the Fire Department might stop assigning a fifth firefighter to the 15 engine companies that had the extra help.
    - PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
  • At least 22 killed, including 4 firefighters, in explosions at a Mexican firework factory

    At least 22 people were killed and 40 injured Thursday when explosions ripped through several fireworks factories in a Mexican town that has a long history of deadly blasts.The explosions occurred in Tultepec, a town in Mexico state known as the country’s pyrotechnic capital and the site of a blast that claimed 42 lives in 2016.
    - PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles TImes

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