• Massachusetts Fire Chief: “Miraculous” That None Died In 10-Alarm Cambridge Blaze

    Firefighters battled a 10-alarm fire Saturday in Cambridge that started in the afternoon and raged on into the night.The fire was reported just before 3 p.m. on Berkshire Street and reached nine alarms about 30 minutes later, and eventually hit 10 alarms. The flames were lessened but still burning as of 11 p.
    - PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Boston
  • Illinois town settles with firefighter dismissed following on-duty phone sex probe

    An Oak Lawn firefighter who was dismissed in February after being accused of dialing phone sex providers while on duty has reached a six-figure settlement agreement with the village over his termination, officials said. Robert Lanz, a 15-year veteran of the Oak Lawn Fire Department, will receive a combined $100,000 — $42,040 for his accrued paid time-off benefits and an additional sum of $57,960 — and have all records of being disciplined over the phone sex allegations rescinded and
  • Ceremony for fallen Worcester firefighters stirs memories

    PHOTOS - Seventeen years ago, Crystal Jackson stood outside the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire certain that her brother, Tim, had gone into the building to help find fellow Worcester firefighters trapped inside.Ms. Jackson and hundreds of others returned to the scene Saturday night, remembering Lt.
    - PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
  • AT&T is apparent selection to build FirstNet; Rivada Mercury files protest over elimination from bid

    Rivada Mercury is protesting its elimination from consideration to become FirstNet’s contractor to build and operate the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN)—an action that points to AT&T as the selected bidder, although court documents indicate that the award likely will be delayed until at least March.
    - PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications
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  • As death toll rises to 36 in Oakland fire, hazard halts search

    The death toll in the devastating Oakland warehouse fire climbed to 36 early Monday as officials said the search for more bodies had to halted due to precarious conditions just after they found what they suspect is the area where the blaze started.
    The number of victims recovered from the gutted building grew by three overnight, but work on recovering more bodies was stopped just after midnight due to a “wobbly” wall that was leaning inward and making the situation too dangerous for
  • Arizona fire department hires first woman chief

    The City of Mesa has hired a new fire chief, a trailblazer for individuals in her department. Mary Cameli was among the first women firefighters hired by Mesa 33 years ago, and now she is the new chief of the Fire and Medical Department. She was appointed the interim chief on Oct 4 to replace retired Chief Harry Beck, and her permanent position as chief became official on Thursday.
    - PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
  • VIDEO: Oxygen tank explosion blows helmet off West Virginia firefighter

    A strong explosion in Eastern Kanawha County this morning blew the helmet off a firefighter. "It sounded almost like a cannon going off," Malden Fire Chief, Squeak Peterson told WSAZ.The tank burst, sending pieces flying through one neighbors home and another neighbors shed, according to firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ.com
  • Online Petition Opposes Hiring Paid Fire Chief in South Carolina Town

    Residents wanting to head off the hiring of a paid fire chief in Lake Wylie are making a late push, though they may not have much time.The same day the Lake Wylie Pilot posted a letter online from the Bethel Rural Fire Tax Board explaining its reasoning for hiring a paid chief to lead Bethel Volunteer Fire Department, a change.
    - PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald Online
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  • New Ohio fire chief committed to fighting opioid epidemic

    When he likely retires in 4½ years, Clarence Tucker will remember Dec. 1, 2016, for two reasons:
    It was his birthday; he turned 55.
    And he got to spend it with his family inside Akron Fire Station No. 7 as Mayor Dan Horrigan swore in the 28-year firefighter as the 19th Fire Chief and only the second African-American to lead the fire department in its 180-year history.
    - PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal
  • Forest Service firefighter testifies about assault, retribution and pervasive bias

    A Forest Service firefighter from California’s Eldorado National Forest blew another whistle Thursday on sexual harassment and gender bias inside federal public lands agencies.Reinforcing claims previously made by many others over many years, Fire Prevention Technician Denice Rice told a House panel of repeated problems facing women, who remain greatly outnumbered by men in the Forest Service.
    - PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • California state high court to review curbs on public pension ‘spikings’

    The California Supreme Court jumped into a high-stakes dispute over public employee pensions Tuesday, agreeing to decide whether laws aimed at limiting preretirement actions to inflate future benefits can be applied to millions of government workers.
    A state appeals court in San Francisco ruled in a Marin County case in August that the new laws could be applied to current employees — a potentially major setback for the workers and their unions, and a victory for local governments facing mo
  • 3rd Delaware firefighter dies from injuries suffered in September blaze

    Ardythe Hope, a firefighter injured in Canby Park blaze in September has died, according to the Wilmington Fire Department. She is the third firefighter to die as a result of the Canby Park blaze in September. Hope was injured after entering the rowhome in an attempt to save a trapped Leach when the floor gave way.
    - PUB DATE: 12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal
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  • University of Arizona College of Public Health to study cancer in firefighters

    Researchers from the University of Arizona’s Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will create the framework for a project to study cancer in firefighters.Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters who are exposed to toxic chemicals while on the job, according to a news release.
    - PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
  • Tennessee fire chief recounts rescue of 12 tourists trapped by wildfire

    As the flames roared from ridgetop to ridgetop Monday night, a crew of Oak Ridge and Maryville firefighters battled blocked roads and downed power lines in a late-night rescue of a dozen visitors staying in rental cabins behind Dollywood.Huddled in three cars with their four dogs for at least two hours on Mitchell Road, one of the victims told firefighters they were trapped by fires roaring on both sides of the road and debris blocking the road.
    - PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Knoxvi
  • Oregon smokejumper critically injured on Alabama wildfire

    A Redmond smokejumper is fighting for his life after being critically injured in a fall while fighting a wildfire in Alabama.Ray Rubio, a smokejumper with the Deschutes National Forest, was one of many from the area who were sent to an assignment in Birmingham, Alabama, as more than 30 wildfires are burning in the South.
    - PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVZ.com
  • Lax Ambulance Rules Put Paramedics, Patients at Risk

    When an ambulance driver using her phone’s GPS got distracted and crashed through a guardrail, rolling off an embankment in north-central Ohio in August 2014, the consequences were dire: A 56-year-old patient was ejected and killed, and an EMS worker was injured.The emergency medical service worker was not strapped in, and the patient was only partially restrained, a situation that is all too common in ambulances across the nation.
    - PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stateline.org
  • Georgia firefighter, wife killed in Tennessee tornado

    A Bloomingdale firefighter and his wife were killed overnight after a tornado hit the mobile home they were staying in in Ocoee, TN.According to Bloomingdale Fire Chief Ferman Tyler, Mark Faulk, Jr. and his wife Saundra were staying in a mobile home in Ocoee when a tornado passed through between 2:30 a.
    - PUB DATE: 12/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus
  • FDNY mechanic to be honored for saving department $700,000 with engineering feats

    This may be a first — an auto mechanic that saves people money.A city-employed mechanic with the heart of an inventor is being hailed by the FDNY for doing more with less — and saving the city a bundle in the process.Jomar Pichardo, 31, who’s responsible for keeping the city’s fleet of EMS ambulances running 24 hours a day, has saved the department more than $700,000 by engineering ways to refurbish ambulance batteries and car parts that the city would normally toss away
  • VIDEO: Vehicle rams fire truck in South Carolina

    One person was transported from the scene after a car rammed into a fire truck near the Coastal Carolina University campus multiple times Tuesday afternoon, according to officials and witnesses at the scene.Lt. Brian VanAernem with Horry County Fire Rescue said no firefighters were injured in the crash, which happened on Highway 544 and Founders Drive, just outside the university campus.
    - PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV Charleston Live 5 News
  • New Mexico firefighter catches suspect stealing his gear

    When Miguel Rivas woke up before dawn Monday and went for a drink of water, he noticed a burglar taking some of his firefighter equipment from his car in the driveway. He grabbed his shotgun, ran outside with his two terrier- and pit bull-mixed dogs and held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived, according to a police report.
    - PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The New Mexican
  • Georgia firefighters want override after veto of cancer legislation

    Georgia firefighters still hoppin’ mad over Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto earlier this year of cancer legislation related to their work have vowed an even stronger comeback for the coming legislative session that begins Jan. 9 — including a push to override the veto.Jim Daws, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Georgia, sent a notice Monday calling on colleagues to contact their state lawmakers to back the effort.
    - PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journa
  • Extent of Tennessee fire damage comes into grim focus

    Flames tore through the Great Smoky Mountains, killing at least three people, scorching hundreds of homes and businesses and sending more than 14,000 fleeing from the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.Tourists and residents scrambled Monday night and early Tuesday to outrun the blaze, which was pushed from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into the towns by wind gusts of almost 90 mph.
    - PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
  • Delaware fire chief urged to seek more funds, reconsider station closures

    Two Wilmington City Council members say if the city's Fire Department needs more funds to keep stations open, all it needs to do is ask.Council members Bob Williams, who has been a vocal supporter of the Fire Department, and Sherry Dorsey-Walker joined members of International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1590 on Tuesday afternoon across from Station 6 on North Union Street.
    - PUB DATE: 11/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
  • Humpday Hangout: UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Updates - Fire Behavior

    This week, four members of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI)--Dan Madrzykowski, Keith Stakes Dr. Craig Weinschenk, and Robin Zevotek--join Bobby Halton to discuss their ongoing research.
  • Training Minutes: Transitional Attack

    In this episode of Training Minutes, Sean Gray, Chad Christenson, and company explore the application of exterior hose streams in fire suppression.
  • Lost FDNY helmet missing from Bronx firetruck ends up on eBay

    A New York City firefighter’s helmet went missing from a Bronx fire truck, and wound up listed hours later on eBay.The auction ended before anyone put in a single bid, though, and the seller, who claims to be a teenager, says the helmet is now in the hands of police.“(I’m) just 15 just wanted to make money out of it,” eBay user “sellinhelmetsasa0” told the Daily News in a message Sunday night.
    - PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
  • Hotels, homes destroyed in Tennessee wildfires

    Hundreds of structures have been destroyed by wildfires in Tennessee and more than 14,000 people have been evacuated from the Gatlinburg area, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency reported Tuesday morning.About 100 homes have been damaged or destroyed by flames from spreading wildfires, state emergency officials said.
    - PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
  • Former New York fire chief ‘died doing what he loved’

    Merle L. Nell. For 51 years, he dedicated his time and service to his community as a proud member of the Vernon Fire Department, responding to hundreds upon hundreds of calls. Merle joined the department in 1965, when members were required to live within one mile of the station in order to hear the fire whistle from their homes.
    - PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oneida Dispatch
  • Depression & PTSD Shown to Be Strongest Predictors of Suicide

    Although the firefighting profession is among the most stressful jobs, and it is widely believed that firefighters are at greater risk for suicide, few studies have looked at the reasons why some firefighters consider suicide as an option. With so many fires, line-of-duty deaths and other critical incidents, the wear and tear of daily life may become unbearable for some.
    - PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • 2 former firefighters sue Rhode Island fire district, chief alleging gender bias

    Two former firefighters are accusing the Harmony Fire District and its chief of firing them from their volunteer posts after they voiced concern that women were not being treated as equals. Linda Ferragamo and Kimberly Perreault filed suit in federal court against the Glocester-based fire district and its chief, Stuart D.
    - PUB DATE: 11/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal
  • Watch video as 3 firefighters bail from Michigan apartment fire

    Raw video from an apartment fire Tuesday at the Village Shores Apartments in Flint, Michigan that left three firefighters injured. Shortly after the 2:00 mark in the video above you can hear the evacuation order. This is followed by firefighters rushing to get a ladder to a balcony where two firefighters are trapped.
    - PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: STATter911.com
  • Washington fire captain contests discipline after incident with patient

    A Spokane firefighter is contesting a three-shift suspension he received after being charged with assaulting a patient on a medical call.Capt. Greg Borg, who has been working for the department since 1979, threw a patient to the ground during a June 25 call after the patient spat and swore at him, according to an Oct.
    - PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
  • For Firefighters, Emotional Stress Often the Deadliest Enemy

    Battalion Chief David Dangerfield's nickname was "Super Dave," a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done personality. The leader of a fire department dive team in a quiet Florida beach community of 15,000 volunteered for charities helping kids and families and was the 2013 Treasure Coast Emergency Service Provider of the Year.
    - PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
  • First responders deeply affected by Tennessee bus crash

    While hospital and emergency response officials praised the actions of paramedics, firefighters, police officers and emergency room staffers in responding to Monday's school bus crash that left five children dead, there was general agreement that the horrific accident left many emotionally scarred."I've never seen a more upset group of ambulance workers," said one emergency room staffer, who asked to remain anonymous.
    - PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1.com
  • 16-year-old Pennsylvania junior firefighter dies of gunshot wound at fire station; man charged

    A man has been charged with homicide after a 16-year-old junior firefighter was shot and killed inside the Republic Volunteer Fire Company in Fayette County on Sunday afternoon. State police said Parker Hess was found by Redstone Township police after they received a report of a person with a gunshot wound inside the fire station on Republic Road at about 4 p.
    - PUB DATE: 11/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
  • Firefighter, Civilian Injured in West Babylon (NY) Fire

    A firefighter and civilian were hospitalized with burn injuries after a fire Sunday evening in West Babylon, New York.
  • Former Colorado fire chief pleads guilty to theft, official misconduct

    The former chief of the Sterling Fire Department pleaded guilty last week to theft over $20,000 — a felony — and first-degree official misconduct following accusations he stole more than $120,000 over several years while leading the force.Kurt Vogel, who was fired from his most recent job as head of the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District following his August arrest in the case, also agreed to pay back all of the money and give back the items he stole, prosecutors say.
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  • Delaware city to idle fire trucks to save on overtime

    The day after a Canby Park blaze killed two firefighters, the Wilmington Fire Department suspended a controversial program in which a fire truck was taken out of service on a particular day to save on overtime costs.Although no link was found, a fire engine nearest to the Sept. 24 deadly blaze had been placed out of service that day.
    - PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal
  • California Firefighter Facing Backlash Over Controversial Facebook Posts

    Facebook messages posted by a member of Sacramento Metro Fire have been widely received as offensive and racist.Don Martin, a Sac Metro Engineer, posted a message in August that said in part:"Integrate the border with prisons…and shooting ranges…allowing American citizens to hone their skills…our tag line: illegal immigrants welcome.
    - PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
  • Black firefighters lead push for more diversity in Omaha Fire Department

    When Pete Andrews became an Omaha firefighter in 1995, he says he was one of 42 black firefighters.In 2016 that number has dwindled to 34, which is a little more than 5 percent of the force. And there are no black firefighters ranked above captain.Andrews, who leads the Omaha Association of Black Professional Firefighters, says that’s a problem.
    - PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Omaha World-Herald
  • After a year of fighting, New York town's mayor moves to replace fire chief

    Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow is preparing to replace the city's fire department chief after a contentious year between the two that included battles over layoffs and overtime expenses.
    Barlow said he has no ill will toward Oswego Fire Department Chief Jeff McCrobie, just the culture he's created. Barlow is referring to the chief's former policy of prioritizing senior firefighters when offering overtime shifts, which is pricier for taxpayers in the long run.
    - PUB DATE: 11/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOUR
  • Indianapolis Firefighters Control Apartment Fire

    Firefighters worked for well over an hour to gain control of a large fire that broke out early Monday evening and quickly travelled through the attic space of a fully occupied apartment building in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Indiana firefighters underpaid for years, will get $235,000 back pay

    The city of Bloomington has discovered that its firefighters have been paid on the wrong overtime system, leading many to be underpaid by thousands of dollars.The men and women who put their lives on the line every day thought they were being paid incorrectly, and they were right. Chief Jason Moore said it was one of the first things his employees told him about when he took over this year, and he worked with the city to confirm their suspicions.
    - PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIN
  • For women wildland firefighters, the job carries risk of abuse

    The burn boss scanned the snaking trail of the Swasey Recreation Area through thick black sunglasses.She saw firefighters scurrying on a hill above in a smoky blue haze. They were setting dozens of fires to burn away piles of sticks and shrubs that a lightning strike or cigarette butt could use to grow into a wildfire.
    - PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
  • Five Children Killed, Several Injured in Tennessee School Bus Crash

    Five children were killed and more than 30 others injured, some critically, in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Monday afternoon, officials said.Twenty-three of the 37 students on-board the bus were transported to area hospitals, according to Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher. The immediate cause of the crash was unknown, but no other vehicles were involved, police said.
    - PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
  • FDNY aims to douse its own workplace disputes with new equal employment policy

    The FDNY is unveiling a new way to resolve problematic workplace disputes — let members handle some issues themselves.Under the new equal employment opportunity policy, the FDNY is training some 35 volunteers from all its ranks — including EMS, fire marshals, firefighters and its high-ranking officers — to be a resource for those needing help with on-the-job problems.
    - PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
  • Dallas Stares Down a Texas-Size Threat of Bankruptcy

    Picture the next major American city to go bankrupt. What springs to mind? Probably not the swagger and sprawl of Dallas. Indeed. Dallas has the fastest economic growth of the nation’s 13 largest cities. Its streets hum with supersize cars and its skyline bristles with cranes. Its mayor is a former chief executive of Pizza Hut.
    - PUB DATE: 11/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Times
  • Utah Paramedic, Nevada Firefighter Killed in Fiery Air-Ambulance Flight Crash

    An air-ambulance plane taking a heart-disease patient to a Utah hospital crashed in a parking lot in northern Nevada, killing all four people aboard and sending up explosions and flames.Three crew members and a patient were killed in the Friday night crash in Elko, American Medflight said Saturday in a statement.
    - PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
  • Misbehavior, leadership issues cloud South Carolina fire department

    Firefighters in a firetruck pick up a drunken, off-duty fellow fireman who was walking from Columbia’s St. Pat’s Festival. They ferry him to a nearby fire station that has a frat house reputation, where he causes trouble.A fire captain gooses a young firefighter and dismisses it as typical horseplay.
    - PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The State
  • Georgia firefighter dies saving victims in ramp collapse

    A firefighter has died after attempting to save several people who fell from a collapsed ramp into the Savannah River on Saturday.The incident happened off of River Street where, WSAV reports, a ramp collapsed into the water.As many as 55 people were involved and 30 injuries reported. Of those 13 were hospitalized.
    - PUB DATE: 11/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

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