• Woman turns to Indiana firefighters for help with stoned raccoon

    People turn to firefighters for help during all kinds of emergencies, but this one might actually be a first.Wayne Township firefighters woke up in the middle of the night to a woman frantically pushing their doorbell."As many times as the doorbell on the firehouse was pushed, the firefighters were quite certain that something bad was going on outside," said Wayne Township Fire Capt.
    - PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:WTHR-TV NBC 13 Indianapolis
  • Texas Firefighter Rushed to Save Woman in Plane Blast

    A firefighter from Texas is being lauded for his heroic efforts after he helped pull a fellow passenger back inside a plane when she was sucked outside during an emergency landing Tuesday in Philadelphia.According to the Daily Mirror, Celina firefighter Andrew Needum was nearby when debris from the engine explosion on Southwest Airlines flight 1380 ripped a hole in the window where 43-year-old Jennifer Riordan was sitting.
    - PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Judge rules Illinois city violated contract with firefighters union

    Firefighters are breathing a sigh of relief after a nearly year-long struggle.The Mattoon Fire Department will have to hire a handful of new firefighters. It's after a judge ruled that the city violated their contract last year.The fire department is supposed to have more than 30 firefighters, but right now they're at 24.
    - PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIA & WCFN-TV CBS 3 Champaign
  • ‘God was with us that day’: Crews recount rescue of Texas firefighters surrounded by brush fire

    For about 10 minutes, Emergency Services District 1 firefighters Jessilyn Davis and Lt. Brannon Stengel found themselves surrounded by a brush fire April 11 in western Travis County. The winds, which had shifted toward them, and 20 percent humidity that day only made matters worse. They tried to stay positive, but Stengel said in the backs of their minds, they thought they had come face-to-face with the blaze that would take their lives.
    - PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin America
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  • Former Rhode Island fire chief escapes prison but must repay taxpayers for illegal pension

    A judge has sentenced the former fire chief of the Coventry Fire District to three years of probation and ordered him to repay nearly $200,000 for fraudulently receiving retirement benefits.
    Paul Labbadia, 52, of North Providence, pleaded no contest in January to three counts that he filed false documents to obtain a public pension.
    - PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12
  • New questions emerge about retired FDNY firefighter who was refused 9/11 aid while suffering from severe PTSD

    New questions emerged Monday about the FDNY’s denial of 9/11-related disability benefits to a retired firefighter who labored at Ground Zero and then suffered severe psychiatric illness before dying in a mental hospital.Joe Battista spent months at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks and developed serious health issues, and severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder that led to repeated hospitalizations.
    - PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily Ne
  • Massachusetts fire chief scolds neighboring town manager over limit on retirement party publicity

    The Auburn fire chief has chastised the Oxford town manager for allegedly prohibiting the use of any town emails or social media to distribute a retirement party flyer for the Oxford fire chief.A retirement party for Oxford Fire Chief Sheri R. Bemis is scheduled for 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 754 Southbridge St.
    - PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
  • Five years after blast, West, Texas is rebuilt but emotional tripwires remain

    The memories of the blast five years ago that robbed Kirk Wines of his friends and first responder colleagues remain vivid as ever, but he keeps them filed neatly away. The amiable owner of West’s Old Corner Drug Store stays busy filling prescriptions, chatting with customers and minding his emergency pager as a captain of the West Volunteer Fire Department.
    - PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waco Tribune-Herald
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  • California firefighter mourning unexpected death of wife after giving birth to twins

    Nick Reeder's life was just coming into focus last week--four years ago, he found Amanda Sawyer."We met on an online profile, yeah and we had a blind date and were inseparable after that date. It was love at first sight definitely," said Nick Reeder.Nick says she did it all--mother, worker, wife and she loved that he was a firefighter, even decorating their home with fire memorabilia.
    - PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
  • A new generation is shaking up the fire service

    Just as fire departments are getting used to working with millennials, another generation is coming along. This generation is significantly different from their predecessors and will require some adaptations in leadership and management for them to contribute to their fullest.The newest generation, born after 1995, is just now entering the workforce.
    - PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Two Texas firefighters, water utility worker injured, hospitalized in natural gas leak

    Two Arlington firefighters and a Arlington Water Utilities crew member were injured while responding to a gas leak that occurred Sunday afternoon in central Arlington.All three were transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. The extent of their injuries is not known.According to Arlington Fire Department spokesman Mike Joiner, Arlington Water Utilities crews were repairing a water line leak at the intersection of Ditto Avenue and Dugan Street.
    - PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE
  • Ohio fire department continues to serve untaxed residents

    Whenever a fire breaks out in a home within the northern portion of this village, the affected residents can be assured a rescue crew is on the way.Being that the north end of Meyers Lake falls within Plain Township has led to concern among township officials because nearly 200 village property owners are not paying a fire-protection property tax.
    - PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Canton Repository
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  • Los Angeles police and firefighters rush to join controversial retirement program

    The controversial program that pays veteran Los Angeles police officers and firefighters nearly double for the last five years of their careers received a flood of new enrollees in February, records show.The rush to join the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP program, coincided with a Times investigation in February that found the program, which was created in 2002 to keep veteran officers and firefighters on the job, allows participants to file workers' compensation claims and then take e
  • Legendary, long-serving Pennsylvania fire chief Ed Hutchinson dies

    Ed Hutchinson became Greensburg's fire chief when Harry Truman was president and retired 53 years later, and through those decades he was a community leader whose impact stretched far beyond the city's fire halls.“He was not only a fire chief, but a great community servant. I am stunned today,” Greensburg Mayor Robert Bell said Sunday of Hutchinson's death Sunday morning at age 96 at Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg.
    - PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tr
  • FDNY no longer has ‘zero tolerance’ policy for drugs

    The FDNY’s “zero tolerance” for drug abuse has gone up in smoke.Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro has quietly abandoned the department’s once-trumpeted policy calling for the firing of anyone caught using illegal or prohibited substances, The Post has learned.In the last month, 26 firefighters who had tested positive on urine tests since 2016 were returned to full duty, insiders revealed.
    - PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
  • Veteran Pennsylvania firefighters say chief chasing away volunteers

    Whitehall Township commissioners were alarmed Monday to learn that several veteran firefighters have left the Whitehall Township Fire Department over disputes with how the new chief is running things.Don Dreisbach, a volunteer who left after serving for 37 years, told commissioners that Chief David Nelson’s treatment of members and training requirements were driving away longtime volunteers like himself.
    - PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Allentown Morning Call
  • Texas firefighter launches national effort to help cancer-stricken first responders

    Chris Conner knows the struggles of cancer-stricken firefighters who are often overwhelmed with high medical bills.“I know for a fact that a primary need is for financial help,” Conner said. “There is a misconception that [firefighters] have great insurance these days, and we don’t. We all have high deductibles.
    - PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Teleram
  • Radioactive material washed off 3 firefighters after sludge barrel ruptures at Idaho nuclear site

    A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state.The U.S. Department of Energy said the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory, one of the nation's top federal nuclear research labs.
    - PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 12:00:
  • Florida school rescuers scrambled to save lives while fearing shooter would strike again

    As first responders rushed to the Parkland high school where Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and wounded 15 more, one thing quickly became clear: People were dying."This is going to be a big event," a Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department commander said in newly released audio recordings from the Feb.
    - PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
  • A firefighter's quest to becoming the first Colorado above-the-knee amputee firefighter

    On March 25, 2016, Berthoud Fire Protection District Fire Investigator Josh Macdonald was performing inspections when a call came in about a house fire with an occupant trapped.Once on scene, Macdonald hopped out of the engine and started taking pictures to find a potential origin and to get a clear picture of how the fire was behaving.
    - PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Widows of Pennsylvania firefighters initiate legal action following fatal fire, collapse

    The widows of two York firefighters who died from injuries they suffered in a building collapse have initiated legal action against C.S. Davidson Inc., which the city contracts with for engineering services.Casey Flanscha and Allison Hoffman, who are also the administrators of the estates of York City Fire/Rescue Services firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony, respectively, each filed court documents on Tuesday in the York County Court of Common Pleas.
    - PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 12:00:00 AM
  • Tower ladder collapses as firefighters battle blaze in Boston

    A firefighter who was standing on a telescoping ladder when it collapsed onto a three-story building in Boston suffered no serious injuries.Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said the firefighter was suspended about two feet above the building Wednesday night when the ladder buckled. He was able to safely climb out of the ladder's bucket onto the roof.
    - PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
  • Texas fire union submits three petitions to change city charter, reduce mayor's pay

    The San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association submitted three petitions to potentially change the city charter.On Wednesday morning, the fire union held a press conference on the back steps of city hall before submitting the signatures.The first petition is to reduce City Manager Sheryl Sculley's salary and only allow a city manager to serve a maximum of eight years.
    - PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
  • Suicides left more officers and firefighters dead last year than all line-of-duty deaths combined

    Suicides left more officers and firefighters dead last year than all line-of-duty deaths combined — a jarring statistic that continues to plague first responders but garners little attention.
    A new study by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization that works for the rights of people with disabilities, looked at depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues affecting first responders and the rates of suicide in departments nationwide.
    - PUB DATE: 4/12/2018
  • Report: Feds warn of fire dangers a year after Atlanta's I-85 bridge collapse

    Federal investigators have concluded the Georgia Department of Transportation is partly to blame for the fire that destroyed part of I-85 in Atlanta and crippled the region’s traffic for weeks.
    Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board released a report that found the department’s decision to stockpile construction materials under I-85 contributed to the inferno that destroyed a section of the highway in Buckhead.
    - PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-
  • New York councilman unsuccessfully lobbies for firefighter building inspections

    Councilman Cody J. Horbacz would like to see city firefighters go out and complete commercial building inspections during their downtime when they’re not fighting fires.He found out on Tuesday night that’s not possible because of a 1993 agreement with the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191 that specifies two firefighters must complete those duties out of the city’s Code Enforcement office.
    - PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
  • Memorial Saturday to honor Washington’s first female firefighter, a self-effacing pioneer

    Capt. Jeanette Woldseth thought of herself as just a firefighter.She didn’t want to be remembered as a female firefighter, even though she was the first in the state. She also didn’t want the attention or focus on her, even when cancer consumed her body.
    Yet, it’s clear part of Capt. Woldseth’s legacy is that she paved the way for other women to not only join the firefighting ranks, but to succeed in the male-dominated profession.
    - PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURC
  • Making performance reviews relevant again: Change up the process

    Most fire departments are still doing regular performance reviews, and a few of them may still be happy with the process. However, many departments are clearly not. Some fire departments have even gone so far as to eliminate the performance review process altogether.What’s wrong with the way many fire departments do performance evaluations? And how can the process be improved as to be truly meaningful and valuable for those who use it?When I became a firefighter, decades ago, the performan
  • Former Missouri firefighters union treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement

    A former treasurer for the Gladstone, Missouri firefighters union pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to embezzling more than $26,000 from the union.
    Charles Duddy, 58, of Platte City, Missouri, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to information that charges him with the embezzlement and theft of union funds.
    - PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City
  • Chicago suburban city lays off 40 police and fire employees, union officials say

    Harvey police and fire department employees were hit with major layoffs Tuesday, one day after an adverse court ruling spurred city officials to convene an emergency meeting with workers. Officials did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday but the lawyer who represents both Harvey’s police and fire unions said 18 rank-and-file firefighters and 13 patrolmen are believed to have been let go.
    - PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
  • How Arizona fire department is reducing ambulance rides and saving money

    A groundbreaking program at the Tucson Fire Department to help people and save money is showing significant progress in its second year.The Tucson Fire Department receives hundreds of 911 calls each day. The department’s infrastructure of people and machines is designed to handle around 65,000 calls per year but Captain Brian Thompson says the actual number of calls is more than 92,000.
    - PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
  • Former San Francisco firefighter gets probation after alleged on-duty drunken crash

    The long-tangled case against a San Francisco firefighter accused of drunkenly plowing his fire rig into a motorcyclist in the city’s South of Market neighborhood — only to then run to a nearby bar to chug water — ended in a guilty plea on a significantly lesser charge, prosecutors said Monday.Michael Quinn, who resigned from the San Francisco Fire Department after the 2013 crash, pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor count of delaying an arrest and was sentenced to two year
  • Filmmaker lives, breathes firefighting for Indiana fire department promotional film

    The firefighters wore full gear, including their breathing systems, and carried a hose as they waited outside the front door to enter an abandoned house and put out a fire.Brian Cox wore a black overcoat and carried a camera as he approached the front door to record video of the firefighters extinguishing the fire.
    - PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Palladium-Item
  • Dramatic video shows children escaping from balcony of burning building in New Jersey

    VIDEO - Several girls leapt from the balcony of an Edgewater building early Monday evening to escape roaring flames that ripped through their dance studio and other businesses as people rushed with ladders to mount a frantic rescue effort.None of the girls was seriously injured, though 10 to 15 suffered minor injuries in the harrowing escape, which was captured on video, according to borough Mayor Michael McPartland.
    - PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
  • Bus Driver Who Killed On-Duty Louisiana Firefighter Gets 15 Years

    The bus driver convicted of negligent homicide in January for a 2016 crash on Interstate 10 in LaPlace that killed an on-duty firefighter and two other men received the maximum 15-year prison sentence on Monday.Denis Amaya Rodriguez, a Honduran immigrant who was in the country illegally, also was fined $5,000.
    - PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Advocate
  • One dead after fire breaks out at Trump Tower apartment in New York City

    A man found critically injured after an apartment fire at Trump Tower in New York City on Saturday has died, police said.President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and their son, Barron, were in Washington, D.C., a spokesperson said.The Fire Department of New York commissioner earlier said that firefighters found the occupant of an apartment on the 50th floor and he was transported to a hospital and was in critical condition.
    - PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
  • North Carolina fire chief killed after car overturns, catches fire on interstate

    A North Carolina fire chief was killed after a car overturned and caught fire on I-40 in Iredell County Sunday.Chief Richard Sales, 52, of Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department was killed in the crash.He was on his way to accept an award on behalf of the fire department at Child Passenger Safety Conference in Wilmington when the crash happened.
    - PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTV-TV Channel 3
  • ‘I’m a hot mess’: USS Miami blaze ended Maine firefighter’s career

    When Eric Hardy read about the emotional suffering of Kathy Fury, mother of submarine arsonist Casey Fury, he thought about himself and many others hurt by the fire.“I’m sorry Mrs. Fury is having a hard time,” Hardy said, during the two hours it took the former Portsmouth Naval Shipyard firefighter to summarize the impact the fire had on him, his family and other firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seacoast Online
  • Connecticut fire chief proposes funding cut for volunteer departments, says volunteers came to fire without water

    The Board of Public Safety members balked at the idea of level-funding the Torrington Fire Department budget after Chief Gary Brunoli said a firefighter would have to be laid off to reach the mark. His solution was to lower funding provided to volunteer fire departments.Brunoli presented cuts to his original proposal Wednesday, saying he had eliminated $665,673 in proposed expenses to bring the budget into line with the current year.
    - PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Torrington Register
  • A nasty dispute between firefighters and California city has gotten nastier – and costlier

    Firefighters best known for passing out candy to children at Christmas are embroiled in a battle with the city of La Verne and their department’s management. The feud is so fierce, it’s resulted in two lawsuits and has prompted the cash-strapped city to spend money on an outside lawyer.La Verne Firefighters’ Association, Local 3624 alleges Fire Chief Peter Jankowski has targeted union members in retaliation for supporting the mayor’s opponent during the 2017 campaign.
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  • Texas fire department, hospital, team up to better treat sepsis in the field

    Sepsis is a serious medical condition striking more than a million Americans every year. It happens when the body over-reacts to an infection causing blood clots, leaky blood vessels, and organ damage. As many as 30 percent of the people who get it die. But a hospital in Texas has teamed up with a local fire department to identify and treat sepsis in the field.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT
  • Opioid Crisis in Huntington, West Virginia and Manchester, New Hampshire

    PODCAST - In this episode we focus on what two communities are doing to help mitigate the opioid crisis. First, we talk with Fire Chief Jan Rader from Huntington, West Virginia. Chief Rader was featured in the Netflix, Oscar-nominated documentary Heroin(e) by filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon. Chief Rader discusses how different parts of the community came together to tackle the growing crisis in Huntington.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vision 20/20 - CRR Radio
  • New evidence in lawsuit filed by family of 4 firefighters who died in Houston fire

    New evidence was revealed Thursday in a lawsuit filed against Motorola by the family of four Houston firefighters killed in the Southwest Inn fire in 2013.The lawsuit on behalf of the families of Robert Bebee, Robert Garner, Matthew Renaud and Anne Sullivan filed suit in 2016, seeking punitive damages.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Click2houston.com
  • New data dispels charges of racism in New York fire exam

    The Buffalo firefighter exam is coming up May 1, but the Common Council’s immediate focus is on finding someone to administer the psychological portion and re-evaluating 41 potential recruits rejected during the last hiring process on the recommendations of the city's former psychologist.About a dozen African-American applicants – most for the Fire Department – complained to a Council committee in late February that they passed other parts of the fire or police test but were re
  • Colorado first responders can now train to quickly and safely clear crash sites at new practice facility

    A silver Honda Civic, tipped on its side, spills shattered glass onto the road. Behind it, a Hyundai Elantra is wedged into the rear of a Buick LeSabre, while a mangled Chevy Cavalier, sideswiped by a minivan, adds to the sense of chaos overtaking the pileup.This was the scene Thursday in Douglas County, at a facility that officials hope will teach emergency personnel across the state how to clear crash scenes quickly and, in turn, stay alive.
    - PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Po
  • Off-duty Houston firefighter helps save man's life in Facebook Live shooting

    A Houston firefighter says his instincts from training immediately kicked in when he was off-duty Easter Sunday and helping to save a man's life.Chas Martin is still emotionally and mentally shaken from the gas station shooting that was on Facebook Live.As he gained his composure during an interview with Eyewitness News he said, "I'm sorry, it is just kind of rough talking about it.
    - PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
  • Minnesota firefighter dies hours after 2 emergency calls

    Firefighters from around the state are expected to gather this weekend for the funeral of a southern Minnesota firefighter who died in the line of duty hours after answering two emergency calls last week. Timothy Royce, 58, responded with fellow Mapleton firefighters to a traffic crash and then a medical call Thursday.
    - PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • Massachusetts firefighter tees off with Tiger during practice round at Masters

    Brockton firefighter and amateur golfer Matt Parziale had a dream come true on Wednesday when he hit the links alongside his inspiration, four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods.Parziale, Woods, and professional golfer Fred Couples set off around noon to share a practice round on Wednesday at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the first round of the Masters.
    - PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brockton Enterprise
  • Fire Politics: We Can’t Be Used as Pawns

    The imagery of firefighters is a valuable commodity for anyone trying to sell a product, advance an issue or even influence politicians. We are coveted coalition partners with interests ranging from climate change to wireless carriers. There are times when the fire service chooses to partner with other organizations or an industry on an issue, lending our image to a worthy cause or even supporting a commercial product.
    - PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • California firefighters start, end careers together

    On the same day in June 1980, Phil Hadley and Terry Lamb were hired to work the hand crew of the Ventura County Fire Department.Last week, the two retired together, ending their final shifts at 8 a.m. Thursday in Simi Valley. Both are 55.“It’s a blessing working with your best friend each day,” Hadley said Wednesday, hours before the end of their last shift.
    - PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star

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