• Three generations of Ohio firefighters share one badge

    VIDEO - Three generations of Columbus Fire Fighters, all privileged to wear the same badge.For the Smith family, Columbus Fire badge number 220 was held by Lauren “Grandpa” Smith Sr., since 1948. Years later Lauren Smith Jr., would join the force in 1988. His father passed on the badge to him in 1989.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCMH-TV NBC 4 Columbus
  • Former Arizona hotshot supervisor sues feds, says Yarnell Hill Fire records are being concealed

    A former Arizona hotshot superintendent is suing the federal government to obtain aircraft radio transmissions that may help explain the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013.Fred Schoeffler alleges in his federal court complaint that the Department of Agriculture has denied a public-records request for recordings and transcripts of U.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
  • Dallas pension director blasts city's plan to end pension as 'worst display' of ethics she's ever seen

    The executive director of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System blasted city officials for unveiling an alternative plan that would cast off the failing retirement fund — and thousands of retirees and active workers — and create a new plan.
    Kelly Gottschalk said in an email to pension trustees Wednesday that she was shocked by the city's latest move.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
  • California fire station evacuated after mercury exposure

    The Newbury Park fire station on West Hillcrest Drive was evacuated Thursday evening after a resident brought mercury into the building, officials said.Capt. Ron Oatman, a spokesman for Ventura County Fire, said a resident had vacuumed up mercury after a spill at a storage facility and brought the vacuum bag to the station mistakenly believing firefighters could dispose of the toxic liquid metal.
    - PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
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  • What happens to EMS when Trump, Congress repeal Obamacare?

    President Barack Obama began meeting with prominent Democrats in early January to develop a strategy to keep his signature domestic policy, the Affordable Care Act, intact in the hands of a new administration. Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Republican Congressional leaders have been strategizing and meeting since the election to develop an alternative to the ACA.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: EMS1
  • Washington firefighter's death from cancer considered in line of duty

    A firefighter died Tuesday morning from a type of cancer that he likely got because of his job, according to colleagues.
    Jimmy Hendryx, 47, is Bremerton's first firefighter to die in the line of duty in the history of the department, which stretches back 114 years.
    Hendrix was an avid bag pipes player, and would often perform at memorials for fallen firefighters and police officers.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
  • The $243,000 firefighter: Rhode Island fire rescue captain in 2016

    The city paid three Providence fire captains more than $200,000 each in 2016 and paid a total of 220 firefighters more than $100,000 apiece during the same period.Fire rescue Capt. Vincent J. D'Ambra had the biggest payout, $243,000, according to a Providence Journal analysis of the Fire Department's payroll, apparently making him the highest-paid employee on the city's payroll.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal
  • Seattle Arsonist Martin Pang on the hook for nearly $3M in restitution, other legal costs

    Martin Pang, the arsonist who set the deadliest blaze in the Seattle Fire Department’s history, will have to pay nearly $3 million in restitution and other legal costs when he’s released from prison, according to an opinion published Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals.Pang, who is serving a 35-year prison sentence for setting a massive warehouse fire in January 1995 that killed four firefighters in the Chinatown International District, filed a motion in King County Superior Court
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  • Real ID compliance issues cause headaches for Maine firefighters

    Maine firefighters are missing out on a training opportunity at the National Fire Academy this year because the state is not in compliance with a decade-old federal ID law regulating state-issued driver’s licenses.Maine is among 23 states and five U.S. territories not in compliance with the Real ID Act, and the Legislature in 2007 passed a law prohibiting the state from complying with law amid concerns that it would create a de facto “internal passport.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 12:00:00
  • Audit says former Utah fire authority leaders misued funds; criminal probes recommended

    Unified Fire Authority officials should seek criminal investigations of their former chief and deputy chief for a dozen potential violations and attempt to get half a million dollars in reimbursement from them and three other former fire department administrators, said two state audits released Wednesday.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune
  • At least 30 Iranian firefighters killed, dozens injured after high-rise tower catches fire and collapses

    A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported.The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar.Iran's state-run Press TV announced the firefighters' deaths, without giving a source for the information.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
  • Update: New Jersey city ordered to pay nearly $1M in firefighter lawsuit

    The final judgment in a long-awaited civil lawsuit against the Trenton Fire Department was released last week, ordering the city to pay nearly $1 million in damages and fees, according to the court document.The judgment stems from a 2014 lawsuit filed by former firefighter Jesse Diaz, who alleged that he overheard a racial slur made by a co-worker of his at the department in 2012.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Trenton Times
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  • South Dakota Department Reflects On Training Following Scary Incident

    A Tea family of six is now homeless after a devastating fire Sunday morning.Fortunately, they still have each other as no one was seriously hurt in the blaze.However, Tea Volunteer Fire First Assistant Chief Steven Oberle said there was a scary moment after a firefighter fell through the floor of the burning home.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDLT-TV Sioux Falls
  • Multi-agency panel to review deadly Tennessee wildfire

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said a team that will review the forest fires that spread from the park into Gatlinburg and beyond has been activated and “should be here in the next week or two.”Fed by near-hurricane-force winds, the flames swept through Sevier County on Nov.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Los Angeles firefighters save 4 children from burning home

    Four children were hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday morning after being rescued from a burning home in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Firefighters found the front of the home in the 800 block of West Manchester Avenue heavily involved with flames when they arrived about 10:51 p.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
  • California department delays reductions in firefighter staffing after union objections

    The Kern County Administrative Office has delayed, for now, a plan to reduce staffing at nine largely rural fire stations after the Kern County Firefighters union objected."The union requested a 'meet and confer' on the staffing adjustment late last Friday afternoon. We've temporarily delayed implementation due to their request," County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said in an email Monday.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bakersfield.com
  • 8 firefighter SAFER grant priorities

    The goal of the SAFER grant program is to assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to respond to emergencies and to assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.Local fire departments accomplish this by improving staffing and deployment capabilities so they may more effectively and safely respond to emergencies.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Firefighters Quell Spencerport (NY) Basement Fire - Structural Firefighting

    Fire photographer John Spaulding shared some photos from the scene of a recent house fire in Monroe County, New York.
  • Texas fire department uses cancer-sniffing dogs to catch disease beforehand

    Dogs have long been used to sniff out drugs and bugs and even bombs! But can these furry friends also identify the smell of cancer?A special program in San Antonio has been designed to help protect some of our most vulnerable heroes, firefighters."Everything a firefighter does is a calculated risk," San Antonio firefighter Joe Arrington said.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CW39 Houston
  • Former Utah firefighter's sexual harassment suit headed to federal court

    A woman’s lawsuit over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination in the Farmington Fire Department is headed to a jury trial in U.S. District Court.Judge David Nuffer recently denied Farmington city’s motion for summary judgment against Sarah Mojazza, who sued the city in February 2014, saying a fellow firefighter sexually harassed her and that she was fired after she complained about it.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ogden Standard-Examiner/StandardNET
  • Firefighter injured, 3 workers killed after being overcome in Florida manhole

    An unimaginable tragedy struck in a small community of a few dozen homes on Long Key Road in the Florida Keys Monday morning, when three workers from a private contractor tasked with fixing a roadway climbed into a hole in the ground and, ultimately, to their deaths.By the time a Key Largo firefighter climbed into the same hole near Lake Surprise in a desperate attempt to save the men, they were dead.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
  • Delaware city loses insurance gamble, must pay $9M for firefighter injuries

    The Sept. 24 fire in a Canby Park rowhome will go down in Wilmington as one of the most traumatic events in city history. The tragedy ultimately took the lives of three firefighters and injured four more, leaving the department and community reeling.In the days that followed, city officials realized they had another "very serious" problem, said Mayor Mike Purzycki.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
  • Cow Trapped In Swimming Pool Rescued By Oklahoma City Firefighters

    VIDEO - Oklahoma City firefighters were called Sunday morning after a homeowner reported hearing some sort of "snorting" noise coming from his swimming pool. Emergency responders arrived and discovered a hole in the swimming pool's liner and a cow trapped in the water.Oklahoma City Fire Department Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson says firefighters used their pumps to remove about 5 feet of water from the pool so the cow wouldn't experience hypothermia.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:K
  • Alabama fire chief killed in accident

    The Mt. Olive Volunteer Fire Department confirms their fire chief Tracy O. Sanders, 44, has passed away following a wreck near Mudd Street and Highway 77 near Ohatchee Friday afternoon.Sanders was in a truck when she trying to turn left off of Highway 77 and her vehicle was struck from behind by a tractor trailer.
    - PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV Action News5
  • Firefighter Training: Pump Operations and More

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  • Wisconsin fire department former chief, icon dies

    The Fond du Lac County fire service community is mourning the loss of one of its own. Rodney Menne, the former Town of Eldorado Fire Chief, was found dead at the fire department early Tuesday morning. His death doesn’t appear suspicious.Menne’s death won’t just leave a void at the fire department, but in the community as well.
    - PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY.com
  • Raises climb quickly in new Cal Fire contract

    California state firefighters will receive substantial raises of up to 13.8 percent this year, according to newly released details from a proposed contract that their union negotiated just before Christmas.The big pay raises have two objectives: Slowing turnover among mid-career firefighters and reducing wage compaction, a term that refers to shrinking gaps between salaries for entry-level firefighters and more experienced ones.
    - PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
  • NFPA Seeks Nominations for Mission Advocacy Award

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is accepting applications for the 2017 James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal to recognize outstanding advocacy efforts that further NFPA’s mission of helping to save lives and reduce loss with information, knowledge and passion.The James M. Shannon Advocacy Medal honors an individual or group that shares the values of former NFPA President Jim Shannon.
    - PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Michigan fire truck falls down embankment en route to crash

    VIDEO - Crews are working to clear a Zeeland Township fire truck that fell down an embankment while en route to a crash.The fire truck was heading southbound on 72nd Avenue near Chicago Drive when the driver lost control on the ice. The truck slid across the northbound lane and drove into a ditch before rolling on its side.
    - PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:WLNS-TV CBS 6 Lansing
  • Firefighter copes with grief, tragedy after Oakland warehouse fire

    A firefighter who helped pull bodies out of the rubble of the Ghost Ship warehouse over a month ago is speaking out about how the blaze has affected him.
    East Bay Incident Management Team Lt. Mark Tait helped remove the last 10 bodies from the warehouse, including two victims who were found to be embracing when they died in the late night blaze on Dec.
    - PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
  • 'Chicago Fire' Actor Rescued by Firefighters After Becoming Trapped in Elevator

    VIDEO - What does a “Chicago Fire” actor do when he’s trapped in an elevator? He calls the Chicago Fire Department.
    Actor Joe Minoso, who stars on the hit NBC show, said he was trapped in an elevator Wednesday. “Slightly embarrassed cause I know who I’m gonna have to call,” he wrote on Instagram. “But less than 15 minutes later the #chicagofiredepartment was there when I needed them.
    - PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago
  • Volunteer Firehouses Struggle to Find Recruits

    Everybody in this fire station was sleeping one recent morning when the alarms started blaring. Six firefighters hopped out of their bunks and pulled their gear over their pajamas. The sun was still coming up when they reached a house where smoke was rising from the basement.Afterward, back in their pajamas, the young men gathered in the station’s control room.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Police: Pittsburgh firefighter suffered drug overdose at station

    Pittsburgh police records indicate that a city firefighter suffered a drug overdose while on duty in a Brookline fire station on New Year's Eve.A police officer was dispatched at 6:23 a.m. to Station 26 on Brookline Boulevard to investigate the report of an overdose, according to a police incident report.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • One child dead, 5 other children presumed dead after Baltimore fire

    One child has died and five other children are presumed dead after a fiery house collapse that injured four others who escaped from the home in Northeast Baltimore's Cedmont neighborhood Thursday morning, the city Fire Department said. Heavy construction equipment arrived after sunrise to clear debris and aid crews in searching for the children, but Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Chief Roman Clark said the missing are presumed dead.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
  • Ladder truck malfunctions as New Jersey firefighters battle commercial fire

    VIDEO - A ladder truck malfunctioned as city firefighters responded to a “deep-seated” fire at a building housing a paper recycling company on 7th Street on Tuesday evening, authorities said.No one was injured in the blaze, Chief Patrick Trentacost said.Firefighters responded to a paper recycling factory on 7th Street at approximately 6:30 p.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
  • In push to end pensions, Florida mayor offers more lucrative deal for police, firefighters

    Mayor Lenny Curry, pushing for Jacksonville to become the first major city in America without pensions for its future employees, made a remarkable counteroffer to the city’s public-safety unions Wednesday that would restore more costly pension benefits to current employees, while creating 401(k)-style investment accounts for new employees with hefty 25 percent matching contributions from the city.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Florida Times-Union
  • Fire official: 6 children dead after Baltimore fire

    Six children were found dead after a fiery house collapse that injured four other family members who escaped from the home in Northeast Baltimore's Cedmont neighborhood Thursday morning, the city Fire Department said. The first of the children's bodies was recovered about 10:30 a.m., Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Chief Roman Clark said.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
  • Crews Battle Fire at California Fire Station; Firetruck destroyed

    A fire broke out at a fire station in Buena Park early Thursday morning.
    The blaze broke out at around 3:30 a.m. at the station on the 800 block of Western Avenue, according to Captain Larry Kurtz, spokesman of the Orange County Fire Authority. Five firefighters, including the batallion chief, were asleep at the station when they heard an explosion coming from the garage.
    - PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
  • Stung by online posts, Maryland department leaders limit broadcasts

    Harford County fire and emergency medical services leaders, stung by critical and negative social media posts, have limited how much incident information is broadcast via an app, which all of the county's roughly 1,100 fire and EMS volunteers and workers can use to follow emergency calls. The anonymous administrator of the Harford Fire Facts page on Facebook made a series of posts between Dec.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Carroll County Times
  • South Carolina firefighters Talk About Massive Blaze, Rescue

    A massive condo fire, a man trapped inside, and firefighters climbing a 35 foot ladder and battling through flames to reach him. All as a bystander recorded amazing video of the rescue.It’s video thousands of people saw on Facebook, of a large fire inside a Sea Cloisters condo. But what it’s like to be inside that fire, fighting it and trying to save the elderly man inside.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAV-TV
  • Metro Blames DC Fire for Failed Response to Deadly Smoke Incident in 2015

    Metro asked a court to dismiss legal claims against it for a deadly smoke incident at L'Enfant Plaza in 2015, arguing that it has immunity from the lawsuits -- and putting the blame on D.C. first-responders.
    In a filing in federal court Monday, Metro denied all liability, arguing it is a government-created agency that can't be sued and adding that the D.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Washington
  • How firefighters can win the 'Citizen Jerk' battle

    This past summer, a bicyclist slapped a firefighter who tried to stop her from passing a fire truck that was backing up. The woman was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer.This incident reminded me of something that happened to me and my crew near the end of my fire department career.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Delaware mayor keeps ex-fire chief on to collect pension

    Former Fire Chief Anthony Goode has been demoted, but not fired, the city announced Tuesday, a move that will allow him to work the additional months required to collect an early pension.Goode will become a senior firefighter when he returns from vacation this spring, according to Mayor Mike Purzycki's office.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
  • Arizona firefighters want 10 more types of cancer added to workers’ comp coverage

    A potential battle over firefighters, cancer and who is responsible for paying the treatment bills could be brewing in the Arizona Legislature.In Arizona, if a firefighter develops one of seven types of cancer, state law assumes the disease was caused by his or her job. That means the firefighter is eligible for workers’ compensation.
    - PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR News
  • Ohio department using $1K bonuses to attract firefighter candidates

    Washington Twp. is offering a $1,000 signing bonus to new firefighter recruits, in an effort to help fill approximately 30 part-time positions.Deputy fire Chief Scott Kujawa said the need to fill the positions in the department comes out of necessity with there being a shortage of available firefighters in the region.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News
  • New York town manager, chief clash over fire union

    City Manager Sharon A. Addison has given Fire Chief Dale C. Herman an ultimatum about his involvement in a bitter contract fight between the city and the firefighters’ union.
    In a heated telephone call on Friday, Ms. Addison threatened his job if he didn’t become more of a team player in the city’s ongoing contract battle with the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
  • New York City’s Fire Deaths Reach Lowest Point in Over 100 Years

    Forty-eight people died from fires in New York City last year, the fewest at any point in more than a century, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.The decline — with the total far below the peak of 310 people in 1970 — was attributed by officials to a combination of initiatives undertaken by the Fire Department, including improved response times, fire inspections, a program to hand out smoke alarms and expanded fire education programs.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New
  • Minneapolis to settle discrimination lawsuit brought by former fire cadet

    A City Council committee decided Monday that Minneapolis will pay $175,000 to a former firefighter cadet who sued the city for discrimination. Dominique Sabas, of St. Paul, was a probationary firefighter cadet in 2013, but in the final week of training the Fire Department dismissed her, arguing that she had failed to disclose a previous medical condition.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • Former firefighter targets Michigan fire captain in scathing flier

    A former Birmingham firefighter mailed a flier to 1,000 homes this week that’s critical of a captain on the city’s fire department.In a series of emails, Mike McIntyre admits he’s responsible for sending out the flier. McIntyre became a Birmingham firefighter in June 2015 and served with the department until several weeks ago, when he accepted a resignation settlement.
    - PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
  • Washington firefighter’s overdose death raises questions about how he got hired

    Ramsey Mueller dreamed of saving others, but he couldn’t save himself.A year ago, he took the first steps toward his lifelong dream of becoming a Tacoma firefighter. Seven months later, he died in his Tacoma home of a heroin overdose at the age of 27, a day after resigning from the department, two days after coming late to a morning shift, slurring his words and nearly hitting another vehicle while briefly taking the wheel of a firetruck.
    - PUB DATE: 1/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News

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