• Washington fire department revises hiring policies after firefighter’s drug-related death

    Tacoma Fire Department leaders have revised their hiring practices in the wake of a News Tribune story about a firefighter who died of a drug overdose in July 2016 after showing up for work impaired. Deeper scrutiny of criminal background check information and broader questions about illegal drug use are the key changes the next round of job applicants will face in April, when the department will begin filling 16 positions — 12 new positions authorized in the city’s latest budget and
  • Texas fire chief punishes union president over records violation

    Last summer, as the Austin fire union was preparing to represent one of its members at a disciplinary hearing, department officials permitted union president Bob Nicks to review confidential documents in the case under a provision of the city’s labor contract with firefighters.
    With a couple of clicks, Nicks secretly downloaded the information onto his personal laptop — but says he disclosed what he’d done a few days later to top department officials.
    - PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:0
  • Teaching Children to Play With Fire

    At a Berlin day care center, a little boy lights a match and touches it to another, making a sudden flare. The girl sitting next to him shouts a word that is the same in German and English: “Cool!”The two children, both under 6, aren’t breaking any rules. They are taking part in a fire workshop designed by Kain Karawahn, an artist who, as part of a performance piece about freedom in 1987, once set a blaze at the Berlin Wall.
    - PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York
  • Oklahoma Firefighter Dies In Crash On Way To Fire

    PHOTO - A firefighter with the Leach Fire Department died Wednesday morning in a single-vehicle crash on his way to a structure fire, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.Troopers say Michael Dale Russell, 68, from Rose, Oklahoma, was pronounced dead at the scene with massive injuries. The crash occurred at about 7:30 a.
    - PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTV-TV CBS 6 Tulsa
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  • FDNY Firefighter James Lee Jr. Named 2017 Courage and Valor Award Recipient

    Firefighter James Lee Jr. of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has been named the 2017 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award recipient. The award will be presented on Wednesday during the Opening Ceremony of FDIC International 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Firefighter (FF) James Lee rescued an 81-year-old man from the top-floor rear window of a five-story Old Law tenement that had two railroad flats per floor.
    - PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Engineering
  • Firefighters Content with Ravena (NY) Garage Fire

    Sidewinder photography shared some photos and video from a fully involved garage fire in Ravena, New York.
  • Woman is first in 10 years to pass firefighter test for Georgia county

    Wearing 60 pounds of equipment, Jessica Vanegas on Tuesday became the first woman in 10 years to pass the physical agility test to become a Paulding County firefighter.She’s expected to graduate the fire academy in two weeks, Channel 2 Action News reported.
    And it’s a career the young woman told Channel 2 she’s wanted her whole life, while growing up in Paulding County.
    - PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ajc.com
  • Power struggle at Delaware fire department prompts lawsuit

    For 47 years, former Fire Chief Lynn Rogers was an active member of the Milton Fire Department but that legacy is gone, stripped away by the action of the fire company board.His photo still appears on the department's website but his record as a past chief, lifetime member, and chief emeritus is gone.
    - PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: delmarvanow.com
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  • New York firefighter who shot own hand won't face criminal charges

    The on-duty city firefighter who accidentally shot himself in the hand Feb. 10 will not be criminally charged, city police said."Our investigation determined that it was an accidental discharge and no crime had been committed," Albany police spokesman Officer Steve Smith said.The fire department is still conducting its own investigation and may take disciplinary action against the firefighter, Fire Chief Warren Abriel said.
    - PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Union
  • Mississippi firefighters learn to be eyes and ears in catching sex traffickers

    Interstate 20 is the corridor for sex trafficking from Dallas to Atlanta. The City of Clinton sits roughly in the middle.It now has more eyes being trained to look for victims who are trapped in the prostitution and labor system.The message to Clinton Firefighters and first responders is to take a second look at the scene and the people there, especially minors.
    - PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: msnewsnow.com
  • D.C. Fire Response Times Improving, Fall Short for Critical Care

    Nearly one year into the District’s use of a private ambulance service to improve 911 response times and the fire chief is acknowledging the department is "struggling" with the availability of advance life support medic units.
    Those are the ambulances staffed by paramedics who are supposed to respond to the most critical emergency calls like cardiac arrest.
    - PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbcwashington.com
  • Wyoming fire chief dies at home after helping remove ice jams

    A statewide fire group says the longtime chief of the Greybull Fire Department died Thursday.Worland Fire Chief Chris Kocher of the Wyoming Local State Assistance Team says Chief Paul Murdoch died at home on Thursday after he had spent the day helping to remove ice jams from the Big Horn River.Kocher says Murdoch, 53, was found unresponsive at his home.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Casper Star-Tribune
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  • Three Pennsylvania firefighters shocked at house fire

    Three firefighters were hurt and a family of four displaced during a fire in Conewago Township Sunday afternoon.Emergency crews found a fully involved fire when they responded to a call at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Buck Road in Conewago Township.Photos from the fire show a home completely engulfed in flames.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
  • Shots fired into Wisconsin fire station, forcing it to close

    Gunfire struck a Milwaukee Fire Department fire station on the west side Friday afternoon, forcing the station to close, fire department officials said.Multiple shots were fired into Engine Co. 13 at 2901 N. 30th St. about 1 p.m., a news release from the department said.No department members were injured.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Sentinel
  • Phoenix fire captain dies after battling prolific injuries from 2009 on-duty crash

    A Phoenix fire captain who suffered prolific injuries in an on-duty accident almost 8 years ago died Saturday after "amazing display of courage," fire officials say."This is really a difficult day for us because it marks the end of a 7 or 8-year battle," says Phoenix Fire Capt. P.J. Dean.On Aug. 10, 2009, Crystal Rezzonico, who was aboard Engine 910 traveling near Interstate 17 and the Dunlap overpass, was ejected after a car slammed into the fire engine that was responding to an emergency call.
  • California Fire Truck Falls Off Edge of Crumbling Interstate

    VIDEO - Repairing a section of the 15 Freeway that washed out in the Cajon Pass amid Friday's storm will cost about $3 million, officials said.The crumbling roadway caused first a big rig to go over the side of the freeway - and then a fire engine that was dispatched to assist the truck driver also tumbled down over the side.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
  • Update: St. Louis Fire Dept. Instructor Lied about Helping Boston Marthon Victims

    St. Louis Fire Department instructor falsely claimed that he ran to the aid of victims at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.Shawn Daniel, a paramedic training officer for the city's fire department, had said he was among the emergency workers who hurried to help the injured.A statement from the St.
    - PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com
  • New York fire chief's son files discrimination complaint over hair length

    The son of Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks has filed a federal civil complaint against the City of Utica alleging the city violated federal and state anti-discrimination laws.On Dec. 2, John Brooks filed the federal civil complaint saying he was subjected to a hostile work environment at the Utica Fire Department — where he has been employed as a firefighter-paramedic since 2006 — because he requested an accommodation as a practicing Nazirite.
    - PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOUR
  • New report says there isn’t adequate warning, escape route outside Oroville Dam

    Communities just downstream of California’s Lake Oroville dam would not receive adequate warning or time for evacuations if the 770-foot-tall dam itself — rather than its spillways — were to abruptly fail, the state water agency that operates the nation’s tallest dam repeatedly advised federal regulators a half-decade ago.
    - PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sun
  • Michigan firefighter facing additional charges in accident that killed 2 fellow firefighters

    An Upper Peninsula firefighter who is being held responsible for the deaths of two of his fellow firefighters is now facing additional charges. Micheal Allen Johnson of Baraga is said to be the man behind the wheel on August 27th, 2016, when the Beartown Fire Department bus he was driving suddenly struck the median, killing Alan Schwartz, 25, and James Shelifoe Jr.
    - PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 10 - Ishpeming, MI
  • Firefighters raced to battle Nov. Tennessee wildfire, only to find some hydrants were running dry

    Firefighters from across Tennessee flocking to Gatlinburg to battle a growing firestorm couldn't be sure the fire hydrants they uncapped would provide any water.And within two hours of the mega wildfire reaching the city Nov. 28, the hydrants were running dry."Water loss occurred in certain areas as early as 8:30 p.
    - PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
  • Fire truck drivers: How not to get creamed at intersections

    You’re driving your engine to the scene of reported structure fire as part of a multi-company response. You’re navigating traffic on a heavily traveled thoroughfare and you’re fast approaching a controlled intersection. What should you be prepared to do?Stop! That’s the first lesson I always imparted to firefighters when I was teaching them how to drive fire apparatus.
    - PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Review of Virginia fire department finds workplace bullying

    A six-month study of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department found on-the-job bullying, harassment and other problems, issues that were raised after 31-year-old firefighter-paramedic Nicole Mittendorff took her own life last year. No one knows if cyberbullying played a role in Mittendorff’s death, but she had faced online harassment and bullying, possibly by colleagues.
    - PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
  • Mississippi fire chief dies at scene of brush fire

    A long time servant of Jefferson Davis County and the town of Bassfield died in the line of duty on Tuesday.Bassfield Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Matthews, a retired Marine, was found slumped over in his fire truck on the scene of a brush fire. Mayor Patricia Courtney said a firefighter was manning the hose and called to Matthews to move the truck and got no response.
    - PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Clarion-Ledger
  • Convicted man ‘prays every day’ for six Kansas City firefighters killed in 1988 explosion

    It was a crime that thundered across Kansas City, took the lives of six firefighters, and 28 years later, still resonates as a shattering, life-changing moment for countless people. And on Wednesday, many of those people packed a Kansas City courtroom — and an overflow room with a monitor — for a hearing to determine if Bryan Sheppard, one of those convicted of that crime, will one day walk out of prison.
    - PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kansas City Star & KansasCity.c
  • Confusion on official procedures could impact Massachusetts fire chief's situation

    A selectman called attention Tuesday night to the town's potentially flawed and confusing policies and procedures, which might come into play in deciding the fate of the town's fire chief, who has been on paid administrative leave for over a month.On Jan. 10, the selectmen alleged Fire Chief Peter Martell did not have the authority or the selectmen's approval to spend $33,814 of town money for a 2017 Ford Expedition.
    - PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Telegram & Gazette
  • 2 Omaha battalion chiefs file lawsuit over hiring of fire chief

    Two Omaha firefighters sued the city Tuesday over Mayor Jean Stothert’s hiring of Fire Chief Dan Olsen, alleging she failed to follow the correct selection process.Battalion chiefs Robb Gottsch and Dan Stolinski, both finalists for the chief position, asked that a court declare Olsen’s promotion to be void.
    - PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Omaha World-Herald
  • Video shown at California chamber dinner ‘demeaned, degraded’ firefighters, complaint alleges

    A video shown at the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Jan. 20 in which chamber employees jokingly refer to “hot,” “full monty” and “shirtless” firefighters has resulted in at least two personnel complaints filed against the city, naming fire Chief Garret Olson and City Manager Katie Lichtig.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
  • Real life fire drama on New York set of Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron flick

    The dramatic final scene of a new flick starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron turned a little too real when an inferno broke out on its Brooklyn set, witnesses and fire officials said Tuesday.Jackman was among the roughly 150 people on the Brooklyn Navy Yard set as “The Greatest Showman’s’’ climatic staged fire spiraled out of control, sources said.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
  • Oregon firefighters first ever to take AEDs home when off duty

    Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue just announced a cutting-edge program to save lives. They’re the first fire department in the world to start taking home Automated External Defibrillators on their days off.TVF&R already has one of the highest survival rates in the country for patients who have cardiac arrest or heart attacks.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV Northwest News Channel 8
  • No charges filed against driver in firetruck rollover crash that killed California firefighter

    Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced in a press release Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed against the driver of the fire truck involved in a fatal crash.Ventura County firefighters, Ryan Osler and Adam Price were driving to Vandenberg Air Force Base to work on the Canyon Fire back in September 2016.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
  • Collective bargaining fight rages at Iowa Capitol

    Legislative debate stretched several hours Tuesday night at the Iowa Capitol as Republican lawmakers tried to fast track votes on a bill that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state.In the end, one key vote from the GOP-controlled Senate was put on hold until today after Democrats led hours of discussion over an amendment to gut the bill.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
  • Wisconsin fire chiefs urge governor to make code changes

    Fire chiefs and firefighters on Monday urged Gov. Scott Walker to require new homes to have more devices to prevent fires, saying a new electrical code being considered by his administration doesn't go far enough."This is a reckless disregard for safety," said Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste, president of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal
  • Texas Bill would let firefighters, EMTs carry guns on duty

    McLennan County’s state representatives have expressed support for a bill that would allow first responders with a state License to Carry a Handgun to carry while responding to emergencies, but local officials have differing views.
    Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum, said he’s adamantly opposed to firefighters caring guns on duty.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waco Tribune
  • In memory of a fallen comrade, Wyoming firefighters push for new law

    After he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, Casper Fire Captain Jeff Atkinson wanted to spend his free time creating lasting memories with his two boys — he didn’t want to waste precious hours filling out paperwork or arguing his claim for worker’s compensation.The captain filed for workers’ compensation after he became sick, his wife said, but he was denied.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Casper Star-Tribune
  • Idaho fire chief 'outraged' over decision on fireworks bill

    Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan said he is outraged after the House State Affairs Committee voted, 6-9, on Monday not to move forward with legislation that would close a fireworks loophole in Idaho.Meridian Fire Chief Mark Niemeyer also echoed Doan’s concerns in a statement released Monday afternoon, and Nampa Fire Chief Phil Roberts has also stated in the past he is among those in favor of banning the sale of aerial fireworks.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Idaho Press-Tribune
  • Connecticut firefighter candidate sues city for disability discrimination over high blood pressure

    A city resident, who was rejected as a firefighter because he has high blood pressure, has filed a $500,000 federal discrimination lawsuit against the city.
    Antonio Dias, 30, claims that although the city’s own doctor said he can perform the duties of a firefighter as long as he takes medication for his high blood pressure the city’s personnel director refused to clear Dias.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Connecticut Post
  • Washington State Supreme Court decides in favor of firefighters in skin cancer case

    The Washington Supreme Court moved this week in favor of two Bellevue firefighters battling melanoma whose insurance benefits were rescinded by the city and state Department of Labor.“I thought [the verdict] was great. The fact that skin cancer is a presumptive disease for firefighters, there’s kind of this promise made to us… When it was denied, it was a hard deal.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellevue Reporter
  • Veteran Missouri firefighter ejected in firetruck rollover crash

    PHOTO - A firefighter with the Southeastern Randolph Fire Protection District was seriously injured in a crash while heading to a fire Saturday afternoon. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the crash happened on Business Highway 63 near Renick.Troopers said the Kenneth McCune, 57, was driving eastbound when he went off the side of the road, hit a culvert and the firetruck overturned.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMIZ-TV ABC 17 Columbia/Jefferson City
  • Former FDNY rookie claims firefighters made his life hell

    Another FDNY rookie has come forward to complain he was hazed on his first day in a firehouse — and viciously bullied on many occasions afterward.Former probationary firefighter Michael Troina, 24, was fired while his alleged tormenters at Tribeca’s Ladder 1/Engine 7 firehouse escaped punishment.“At first I sloughed it off as ‘I’m the new guy.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
  • FBI investigates Wisconsin fire department station; officials remain tight-lipped

    The Milwaukee Division of the FBI has announced an investigation into Milwaukee Fire Department Station 29 on the city's south side. As a result of this, MFD officials are launching their own investigation -- looking into any possible employeeOfficials are remaining very tight-lipped as to the circumstances surrounding the investigation -- leaving many with more questions than answers.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:WITI Fox Channel 6
  • 29-year Iowa fire department veteran dies

    On Saturday, the Des Moines Professional Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 4 President Joe VanHaalen announced that a 29-year-veteran of the Des Moines Fire Department died Saturday morning after having a medical emergency while on duty Friday.Fire Engineer Douglas McCauley, 58, died because of an unknown medical problem.
    - PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Des Moines Registeer
  • Settlement reached in lawsuit over Missouri firefighter's death

    Almost three years after a Columbia Fire Department lieutenant was killed while on duty, the University of Missouri Board of Curators and the man’s widow and daughter have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.A hearing for approval of a settlement in the case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in front of circuit Judge Jodie Asel.
    - PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Daily Tribune
  • Legislation Unveiled to Establish a National Firefighter Cancer Registry

    U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) announced the introduction of the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act with 76 bipartisan original sponsors. The bill would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with this deadly disease. The creation of this registry would enable researchers to study the relationship between firefighters’ exposure to dangerous fumes and harmful toxins and the increased risk for several major cancers.
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  • Kansas City Fire Department using unusual music video to boost recruitment

    VIDEO - The Kansas City Fire Department has a catchy new way to attract potential firefighters to the field. The KCFD recruits every two years – and it’s that time again. They’re targeting two groups of people, and they’re hoping their new video catches on fire.Miss G doesn’t usually rap about heroes.
    - PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMBC-TV ABC 9 Kansas City
  • Houston firefighter's death reflects problem of suicide among first responders

    At first, Jason Hamilton's death seemed like a tragic accident.The 12-year veteran Houston firefighter was eastbound on I-10 near Brookshire just after the morning rush hour on Jan.27 when suddenly his truck swerved across the median into oncoming traffic, striking another vehicle.At first, authorities thought it might have been a tire problem that sparked the crash that also killed Shelley McKay, 61.
    - PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
  • Atlantic City Firefighters: State using 'delay and intimidation' to avoid court date

    The union representing Atlantic City Fire Fighters says the state is resorting to "delay and intimidation" to avoid a date in state court that could block themfrom unilaterally imposing contract changes.The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 198 has challenged the state of New Jersey's authority under the recently adopted Atlantic City rescue and takeover law that gives the state vast powers, including the right to ignore or rewrite collective bargaining agreements.
    - PUB DATE: 2/1
  • Wisconsin town may bend rules to keep fire chief

    Brian Schmitt is still facing questions about his long-term future as the head of the Town of Wilson’s fire department. But elected officials are considering giving him some wiggle room around a firefighting certification requirement he currently doesn’t meet.The town last year agreed to a set of bylaws for its new municipal fire department that would require its fire officers to have a certain certification.
    - PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press
  • Oakland warehouse fire: Cop responded to reported rave, told of illegal housing in 2015

    In the two and half years before a deadly warehouse fire killed 36 people, Oakland police made regular visits to the Ghost Ship artists’ collective. They investigated an illegal rave, a pistol-whipping incident, thefts, reports of child abuse, a stabbing, threats with guns, drug sales, illegal housing, storing stolen property, allegations of rape, even reports of people barricaded inside.
    - PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
  • Illinois firefighter dies after suffering medical emergency after call

    A 46-year-old Homer man died this morning, apparently from a medical problem that happened as he drove his pickup truck on Illinois 49, hitting three parked cars.Champaign County sheriff’s Lt. Brian Mennenga said John Mike Cummins was taken to Carle Hospital following the accident, which happened about 12:45 a.
    - PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Champaign News-Gazette

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