• White FDNY lieutenant in iconic 9/11 photo files discrimination claim against head of black firefighter group

    AN FDNY lieutenant immortalized in a photo at Ground Zero has filed a complaint against the head of the fraternal group representing black firefighters, sources told the Daily News.Lt. Daniel McWilliams, who is white, filed the equal employment opportunity complaint after he appeared as part of the ceremonial unit at a memorial service Nov.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
  • Virginia Fire Department's new vending machines don't dispense candy – they provide medical supplies

    Vending style machines are making an appearance at Chesapeake fire stations, but they are not there to supply the firefighters with chocolate bars and soda.The machines at three stations are part of a new, secure, web-based vending system for medical supplies.Chesapeake is the first fire department in Hampton Roads and just the fourth one in the commonwealth to adopt the supply dispensing system UCapIT.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Virginian Pilot
  • Signs point toward California city reactivating fire department

    San Bernardino County Fire was welcomed this week to submit its second “best and final offer” to the city for handling services beyond June 30, when its contract officially expires. But elected officials were still proceeding with plans to reactivate a city-run department.Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox was clear to temper Tuesday evening that an absolute decision had not been made, a suggestion that the Council still maintained a collective open mind to renewing a contract with County Fire.
  • Ohio ambulance service revamped for quicker response times

    The City of East Liverpool is getting closer to having the area’s first public-private ambulance service. This comes after several incidents where no ambulance was available for emergencies — some of which ended in tragedy.East Liverpool’s fire crew is looking forward to the department’s new additions.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBN.com
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  • California sheriff grabs control of air rescues in turf war with fire authority

    The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken over the county’s helicopter rescue operations after talks disintegrated with the county fire authority in the turf war over who should conduct air rescues.Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said this week that her department has not renewed an agreement that named the Orange County Fire Authority as the primary agency in handling air rescues in remote wilderness and park areas.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
  • The effect of repeated exposure trauma on firefighters

    Many research studies have focused on firefighter mental health challenges due to a sinAcross the country, firefighters are responding to fewer fires but are increasingly called upon to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS), perform search and rescue, and react to hazardous materials incidents and natural disasters.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
  • Texas Department Places 'Blocker' Apparatus in Service

    Firefighters and other responders working on some of the busiest stretches in Texas now have an added level of safety with apparatus that were recently placed in service. The Irving Fire Department has placed two “blocker” apparatus in service and the department will be adding three more blocker units in the coming months.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Phoenix Fire Department increasingly taps taxis to take 911 callers to hospital

    In Phoenix, not every medical 911 call results in an ambulance ride to the hospital.Sometimes, the fire department calls for a taxi to take the person to the hospital instead.The number of taxi rides is growing — overwhelmingly so for people in poor neighborhoods — as fire officials wrestle with more calls and limited resources.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
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  • Louisiana deputy chief dies after being struck while working at accident scene

    The deputy chief of the West Feliciana Fire Protection District was killed Wednesday morning north of St. Francisville while responding to a crash on U.S. 61, according to State Police and Fire Protection District No.1 of West Feliciana.Deputy Chief Russell Achord, 48, of St. Francisville, was responding to an 18-wheeler that had run off the side of U.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baton Rouge Advocate
  • California Supreme Court refuses to reinstate San Francisco firefighters’ award

    The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate a San Francisco jury’s $3.7 million damage award to 15 firefighters who claimed age discrimination in the city’s scoring of a 2008 exam on promotions to lieutenant.The Superior Court jury agreed with the firefighters in 2013 that the Fire Department’s exam unit had weighed some parts of the test more than others, and ranked the test-takers, in ways that were unrelated to fitness for the promotion, and that had an adverse ef
  • Texas firefighters aim to make state senator pay political price for union bill

    A Houston Republican is starting to pay a hefty price as she runs for re-election for running afoul with police and firefighter unions in Texas.In the last to Legislature sessions, State Sen. Joan Huffman has sponsored legislation to make it harder for many public worker unions to collect membership dues.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
  • Rappers used Kansas fire truck without permission, official says

    The Wichita Fire Department has completed an administrative investigation and concluded that no employee gave a rapper permission to use a fire truck in a music video posted to YouTube.In the video, rappers Blue Scrilla and Pj can be seen rapping both inside of and in front of a Station 15 Wichita Fire Department truck.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com
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  • Proposed Florida law would grant first responders worker's comp for PTSD

    Break a leg on the job and workers compensation will pay the medical bills and cover lost wages. But suffer emotional or psychological trauma after a failed attempt to revive an infant or hours processing dead bodies in the wake of a mass shooting and you're out of luck.Families of first responders and a bi-partisan group of lawmakers are behind a proposal to include post traumatic stress disorder in workers comp coverage.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat & Ta
  • New York attorney warns firefighter minimum manning dispute could last much longer than hoped

    The bitter contract dispute between the city and the firefighters’ union could last much longer than the year deadline that City Council members hope.Syracuse attorney Nathaniel Lambright, who is representing the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191, warned on Tuesday that the labor dispute may not be resolved for another two to 2½ years while it continues through the lengthy appeal process.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
  • Florida firefighter gets the ax after investigators find ties to motorcycle gang

    Hillsborough County officials fired a Fire Rescue medic Tuesday after an internal investigation concluded he had "unwavering loyalty" to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club — the state’s dominant biker gang.Clinton Neal Walker, 33, of Bradenton is the first Hillsborough County employee to be investigated for gang activity under a series of countywide ordinances sparked by Walker’s own arrest last September over starting a bar fight in Key West.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURC
  • Video: Texas firefighters barely escape dangerous 'flashover'

    Firefighters battling a house fire on the East Side Saturday night were forced to make a hasty retreat through the home's windows as the blaze got out of hand, almost trapping them inside, officials said.According to the San Antonio Fire Department, at least 12 units responded to the 900 block of Virginia Blvd around 7:55 p.
    - PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My San Antonio.com
  • Trends Remain Same in Annual Line-of-Duty Deaths

    Taking a look at the 93 on-duty firefighter fatalities in 2017 reveals similar trends from previous years, with cardiac and health-related issues marking a bulk of the fire service's losses.According to numbers provided by the U.S. Fire Administration, the overwhelming physical stress firefighting has on the body remains at the forefront of modern firefighter health and safety.
    - PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Second-gen Colorado firefighters step down from career ‘few regret’

    Wiith the retirement of two familiar faces, Aurora Fire Rescue will lose more than 80 years of firefighting experience at the end of month.And it’s not just the knowledge Capt. Mike Ackman and Capt. Clint Mitchell picked up during their decades spent on the line, training or managing fire crews that Aurora firefighters will say goodbye to this month.
    - PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Aurora Sentinel
  • Former California volunteer firefighter suspected in fire truck vandalism

    It was the banging about 7:30 a.m. Sunday that caught the on-duty engineer’s attention and drew him to a rear window of the Hopland fire station on Feliz Creek Road.Outside, a woman with an aluminum bat was whacking two vehicles in the parking lot, smashing windows, mirrors and lights, and puncturing all the tires.
    - PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat
  • Florida fire chief rescinds resignation, claiming he was coerced

    Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Collins attempted to pull back his resignation Monday just three days after it was announced.Collins rescinded his resignation in a letter sent from his attorney to county officials, claiming he was coerced and intimidated into resigning his position during a meeting with County Administrator Verdenia Baker, Assistant County Administrator Nancy Bolton and Human Resources Director Wayne Condry.
    - PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Su
  • Stolen lock box master key prompts security upgrades for Texas buildings, fire and EMS units

    Thousands of Austin buildings -- including high-rises and retail stores -- are expected to receive security upgrades after a man somehow got his hands on a master key to their lock boxes and broke into at least two medical facilities.The lock boxes are attached to the outside of buildings that have fire protection systems.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC Austin
  • Show of unity for fallen Philadelphia firefighter

    Boston Firefighter Daniel MacAuley and four of his colleagues drove eight hours — some making the lengthy road trip after completing an overnight shift — to pay their respects to fallen Philadelphia Fire Lt. Matthew LeTourneau at a viewing Thursday evening at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com
  • Important Request for Active Firefighting Moms

    While this may seem like an unusual request, many of the researchers involved in combating firefighter occupational cancer are leaving no aspect of this important issue uncovered.In this case, researchers from the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research and University of Arizona are looking for new Moms who are also active Firefighters, running/responding to calls.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firefighter Close Calls
  • Georgia fire department preserves ladder, contract from 1901 fire truck

    In 1901, Dalton firefighters rode horse-drawn trucks to fires. They probably never imagined climbing ladders more than 100 feet tall to battle a blaze, and they'd probably marvel at the high-pressure hoses and other equipment their modern counterparts have.But they'd share a common bond of professionalism and courage, and they'd probably be honored to know that a piece of their history has recently come home to Fire Station 1 on School Street, which contains the department's administrative offic
  • Bronx fire victims planning $110M lawsuit against city, FDNY

    The city should have taken the toddler who started last month’s deadly Bronx inferno away from his inattentive mom long before the horrific blaze, several victims claim in court documents filed Thursday.Eleven victims of the fire that killed 13 people, filed a notice of claim saying they intend to sue the city for a combined $110 million for failing to keep track of several problems inside the doomed apartment building.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
  • Veteran firefighter and 2-time chief of Florida fire department dead at 91

    Miles Richard Bowers' first job as a firefighter in 1948 was to help tackle one of Jacksonville's worst fires at a paint factory.One of his last jobs was in 2003 when he was named the city's fire chief for the second time. He had previously led the department from 1984 to 1988.Bowers, who served longer than any other firefighter on the force, died Tuesday after a stroke.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com
  • Public Safety Advocate: One Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN)

    The recent milestone of all 50 states and 5 of the 6 U.S. territories having opted in to the FirstNet NPSBN is significant and signals widespread support for nationwide public safety interoperability never before possible. It has always been FirstNet’s goal to convince all the states and territories to opt in to the FirstNet network.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AllThingsFirstNet.com
  • Judge sets two sessions for state of New Jersey, Atlantic City firefighters to negotiate cuts

    Attorneys for the state and the city firefighters union will have two court-approved mediation sessions this month to try to resolve issues regarding salary cuts and a possible 10 to 12 more layoffs.Both parties were back in court Wednesday, as Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez reviewed state-proposed staffing and salary cuts for the Fire Department in the ongoing case between International Association of Fire Fighters Local 198 and state.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atl
  • Helmet camera records Georgia firefighters catching children trapped on balcony during fire

    VIDEO - Fire crews in DeKalb County are investigating what caused a massive fire at the Avondale Forest Apartments that displaced dozens of families.The two alarm fire in Decatur damaged more than twenty units one week ago.
    "We never know from shift to shift what we're going to end up with so it pays for us to be ready," said Eric Jackson with Dekalb County Fire.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 46 Atlanta
  • Firefighter, police and EMT: Wisconsin town's volunteers triple up on public safety duties

    In Palmyra, Wisconsin, a town of about 1,800 people, a firefighter is a police officer is an EMT. They're hiring people to be public safety officers and do every job.If you're sick or hurt and you call 9-1-1, you want someone there quickly. Across the country, budget cuts are making it more difficult to staff departments and keep up with demand.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV 4 Milwaukee
  • New Jersey firefighter's family lives in firehouse after blaze consumes home

    Last week, a South Jersey firefighter arrived at a fire call to find his very own house consumed by flames.Five days later, he and his family are trying to pick up the pieces, and fortunately, they are getting some much-needed help.The donations have been pouring in so quickly that Stephanie Penwell doesn't even know where to start.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
  • In response to rising toll of active shooter and hostile events, NFPA to fast-track a new standard for unified response

    A rise in active shooter incidents and the escalating impact of hostile events has prompted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as April, 2018.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association
  • 'I Thought I Was Dead': Girl Rescued From House Destroyed by Mudslide in California

    VIDEO - A 14-year-old girl was one of several people rescued by firefighters who fanned out across a flood-ravaged Santa Barbara County community after a night of powerful downpours and mudslides.The girl was trapped for hours in the home, destroyed by mud and debris flows that were powerful enough to move boulders, fire officials said.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
  • Heated negotiations between California county and firefighters coming out of deficit, critical report

    The County of Kern will go into negotiations with its fire union in the next few weeks, if not the next few days, and the stakes will be high.On Tuesday Kern County Supervisors received a report from the Center for Public Safety Management that called for major changes in funding, operations, contracts and administration at the Kern County Fire Department.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bakersfield.com
  • After heading Pennsylvania fire company since 1971, 'old-school' chief steps down

    Unique. Dedicated. Old-school.A straight-shooter. Quite a character.Those are just some of the ways people describe Al Ewing Sr. Ewing joined the Fawn No. 2 volunteer fire company when he moved to the township from Arnold in 1966, and had been its chief since 1971.At the end of 2017, Ewing stepped down and let a younger generation take over.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • 5 fire service trends to watch in 2018

    Constant innovation and improvement – these are just a couple of buzzwords that can be used to describe what’s trending in firefighting services and products.I asked my contacts on LinkedIn what’s new in the fire service that has positively impacted service delivery capabilities, and what they would like to see in the way of new products, equipment or technologies to improve service delivery.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Pennsylvania firefighter turns heads in T-Rex costume

    VIDEO - Steve Moore typically wears a different kind of uniform when he shows up for work at the Fairfield Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department in Harborcreek Township.On New Year’s Day, though, the volunteer firefighter showed up on his ATV to plow out the on East Lake Road station’s parking lot wearing a T-Rex costume.
    - PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Erie Times-News
  • Mayday called when 'flash over' sends flames over firefighters in Chicago

    A "flash over" sent flames over firefighters at a home on the West Side Monday, prompting an emergency mayday call to make sure everyone was accounted for, officials said.One firefighter was missing for several minutes but finally walked out of the home in the 4800 block Van Buren Street and went to his truck, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt at the scene in Austin.
    - PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
  • Louisiana firefighter put on leave after raising complaints about fire chief

    Firefighter Tom Williamson, whose complaints about Covington-area Fire Chief Steve Krentel triggered a probe of the chief, is now under investigation himself, and he's claiming it's in retaliation for his outspoken criticism.Williamson has been put on paid administrative leave by the board that governs St.
    - PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Advocate
  • Funeral Arrangements Set for Fallen Philly Firefighter

    Funeral arrangements have been made for the Philadelphia Fire Department lieutenant who died Saturday after being trapped under rubble and debris while battling a blaze that engulfed a two-story North Philadelphia rowhouse.The department announced Monday that viewings for Lt. Matthew LeTourneau will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.
    - PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Florida paramedics were in and out of deadly nursing home as temperature climbed, but didn't see the crisis coming

    Hollywood Fire Rescue crews were inside a hot nursing home to rescue dying people on the Monday after Hurricane Irma, then again Tuesday and twice Wednesday before forcing an evacuation. What they saw and how they responded inside the nursing home where 12 people died after 62 hours without air conditioning is the subject of a deposition examined by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
    - PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sun Sentinel
  • Cal Fire releases preliminary report on firefighter fatality at Thomas Fire

    CAL FIRE has released a “Green Sheet” preliminary report for the line of duty death of CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer Cory Iverson of the CAL FIRE San Diego/San Diego County Fire Authority. Engineer Iverson was overrun by fire and killed December 14, 2017 while battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County north of Fillmore, California.
    - PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WildfireToday.com
  • Virginia fire engine driver charged in New Year’s Eve crash with septic truck

    A James City County firefighter is charged with reckless driving after police say he failed to obey a red light while driving a fire engine, causing a crash with a septic truck and injuring four people, including himself.Christopher D’Annibale, 32, was driving the fire engine to a structure fire in the 9500 block of Richmond Road Sunday when the engine was hit by a septic truck at Anderson’s Corner, according to James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.
    - PUB DATE: 1/8
  • Two Oregon firefighters pulled out of burning collapsed home

    VIDEO - Two firefighters were injured after a burning home collapsed on top of them Saturday morning in Southeast Portland.The fire was reported at 5:19 a.m. in the 2400 block of Southeast 89th Avenue. Flames were coming out of the front of the house and garage when firefighters arrived. Crews entered the home to make sure all residents were safe and it was determined no one was home.
    - PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV Northwest News Channel 8
  • Tennessee chief temporarily demoted, told actions were inappropriate

    VIDEO - A Nashville fire chief has been demoted to captain for six months and assigned to a different shift after a complaint was filed that he had been hostile and discriminatory to fire recruits. The News 4 I-Team obtained the disciplinary actions taken against Captain Trey Nelms.The action was taken following last year’s “Firefighter Survival Week” in which recruit Jennifer Lockhart fell during a training exercise at the department’s new training tower.
    - PUB DATE: 1/8
  • Philadelphia firefighter, resident killed in rowhouse blaze, collapse

    Firefighters were dispatched early Saturday morning to a narrow street in North Philadelphia, where flames danced menacingly in the front windows of an old two-story rowhouse.Lt. Matthew LeTourneau was among the members of Engine 45/Platoon A, located on 26th Street near York, who scrambled when the call came in at 8:51 a.
    - PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com
  • Los Angeles Fire Dept. unveils 'SOBER Unit' aimed at reducing unnecessary emergency room visits

    Seeking to crackdown on unnecessary emergency room visits, the Los Angeles Fire Department has launched a new program called the Sobriety Emergency Response — or SOBER — Unit that will transport publicly intoxicated people to a sober center located on skid row in downtown. The one-year pilot program, which has been in operation since November, includes an ambulance crew housed at Los Angeles Fire Station #4 on Temple Street, city officials said.
    - PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOU
  • LAFD graduates next wave of firefighters, including first woman to snag top recruit honors

    Caroline Carpenter of Long Beach became the first woman to earn honors as top recruit and class leader Thursday during graduation ceremonies for 52 Los Angeles Fire Department recruits at the Valley Recruit Training Academy 81. “I’m small,” said Carpenter, 26, “but I got a big heart.”“She stands out,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas to an audience that included Carpenter’s family and friends.
    - PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Da
  • Kansas mayor reports social media threat by firefighter

    KCK Mayor Mark Holland said Thursday he was threatened on social media by a member of the KCK Fire Department and reported the threat to local and state law enforcement authorities.In a statement, Holland, mayor of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., said he contacted the Kansas City, Kan.
    - PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Kansas City Star
  • Former Pennsylvania fire chief calls demotion political

    Jeannette Council demoted its fire chief this week in a move the department's former leader called political.Council unanimously decided Tuesday to move Vance Phillips back to captain and elevate Bill Frye to the role of chief.“I'm not a Democrat and that is obviously a big motive in the reversing of all that was built in the last number of years,” Phillips said in a statement.
    - PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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