• Why is a Ghost Ship victim listed as casualty in different Oakland fire?

    On March 24, less than 72 hours before a blaze killed four people at a San Pablo Avenue halfway house, a fire inspector ordered immediate service and certification of the building’s fire sprinkler system, among 11 severe fire hazards he documented.But that sprinkler system was not fixed in time. It failed to operate because of damaged components, allowing the early morning inferno to grow unchecked and eventually destroy the entire four-story building, firefighters determined in their post
  • Pilot ‘lucky to be alive’ after vintage military jet crashes in Nevada

    A vintage military plane on its way to an Air Force exercise in Washington state crashed Monday in Henderson, but the pilot survived with minor injuries and no one on the ground was injured, authorities said.The BAC-167 Strikemaster jet crashed around noon, half a mile south of Volunteer Boulevard, shortly after taking off from the Henderson Executive Airport and caught fire, Clark County Department of Aviation spokeswoman Christine Crews said.
    - PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Las Veg
  • Ohio fire department seeks emergency levy for $398K per year

    The Bethel Twp. Fire Department wants to put an emergency five-year, 2-mill levy on the November ballot, the first time it’s asked for new tax money since 2002.
    Bethel Twp. trustees are expected to vote tonight on putting the issue on the ballot. If approved by voters, it would generate about $398,000 a year.
    - PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Springfield News-Sun
  • New England Firefighters See Risk in Large Wood Structures

    A proliferation of lightweight engineered wood in flooring and ceiling structures in residential developments in the Boston area poses more risks and challenges for fire departments, according to fire experts and fire officials.
    Two large apartment buildings that have burned in the last month — one in Dorchester in June and the other in Waltham on Sunday — used the material in their structures.
    - PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NECN
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  • 2 Detroit firefighters were diagnosed with whooping cough, continued to work with public

    At least two Detroit firefighters were diagnosed with pertussis - better known as whooping cough.Detroit Police Department officials say both were treated and cleared, but the problem is - FOX 2 learned the fire fighters were exposed on June 28 and continued to work with the public, and several other firefighters within the department.
    - PUB DATE: 7/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX43.com
  • Some urge sprinkler mandates across U.S. after Honolulu fire

    When Moon Yun Pellerin's parents bought a 27th-floor apartment in a high-rise overlooking Waikiki about 15 years ago, they didn't realize the wave-shaped building had no fire sprinklers."We didn't even consider it," Pellerin said.But a week after a massive fire broke out one floor below her apartment, killing three neighbors, Pellerin and her family "definitely want sprinklers" installed - even if it means spending thousands of dollars.
    - PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHNL/KGMB-TV Ha
  • Minnesota fire chief to step down amid so-called 'culture of hostility'

    Brooklyn Park’s fire chief is stepping down from a position he has held since 2008, driven out by what some city leaders have described as a “culture of hostility.”In a memo sent Thursday to city staffers, City Manager Jay Stroebel cited the “unique dynamic” between Fire Chief Ken Prillaman and some City Council members, and said it would benefit the city’s “overall culture” to accept Prillaman’s resignation at Monday’s council meeting.
  • IAFC, VCOS Release Report on Behavioral Health in the Fire Service

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section (VCOS) today released a Yellow Ribbon Report exploring emotional and behavioral health issues in the fire and emergency service. “Under the Helmet – Performing an Internal Size-up: A Proactive Approach to Ensuring Mental Wellness” brings awareness about the fire and emergency services’ emotional and behavioral health problem and emphasizes the importance of changing
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  • Former New York firefighter says 'stupidity,' not racism, made him torch black firefighter's home

    A former New York firefighter said stupidity, not racism, spurred him to set a fire that destroyed a black colleague's apartment.Matthew Jurado was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for the blaze at Kenneth Walker's home last August. Jurado pleaded guilty in May to arson."What happened was a moment of stupidity and not thinking," Jurado said Friday.
    - PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com
  • Firefighter injured, airlifted after firetruck crash at California wildfire

    A firefighter battling the Detwiler blaze in Mariposa County was airlifted to a Fresno hospital after a firetruck crashed Friday morning.The truck reportedly rolled down an embankment and crashed through a gate into a field next to Mt. Bullion Cutoff Road.The firefighter, an unidentified male, was taken to Community Regional Medical Center.
    - PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee
  • 10-alarm blaze destroys Massachusetts apartment complex under construction

    It could be days before a 10-alarm inferno that ravaged an apartment complex under construction off Elm Street in Waltham early this morning is sufficiently extinguished for investigators to begin combing through the destruction, fire officials said.All 264 units in five residential buildings on the banks of the Charles River, which were slated to begin accepting tenants later this year, were lost, Waltham Fire Chief Paul Ciccone said.
    - PUB DATE: 7/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Herald
  • Wildland firefighter was a scholar and standout athlete, but fate and the forest still took his life

    Fresh from a two-day break in his first season as a wildland firefighter, Trenton Johnson was about to begin his first initial attack on a fire when disaster struck.The 19-year-old Missoula man had just finished a two-week deployment mopping up a fire in Utah for Grayback Forestry Inc., an Oregon-based business with a firefighting contract to the U.
    - PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPVI-TV NBC 6
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  • Video shows fisticuffs at fire scene in New York town

    A 40-year member of the Jamesport Fire Department was temporarily suspended and could face departmental charges for his role in a fight that broke out at a fire scene July 3. Tom Brady, 65, a former chair of the Jamesport Fire District board of commissioners, says he wasn’t the aggressor in the fight, which was caught on video by a Riverhead Town employee.
    - PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Suffolk Times
  • Two rescued from fiery Illinois crash

    PHOTO - A young man and boy suffered serious burns Thursday when the sedan in which they were traveling on Landmarks Boulevard left the road, hit a light pole base and burst into flames.The unidentified victims are being treated in St. Louis; their conditions were not available late Thursday.The Alton Police Department’s Traffic Division continues investigating the crash.
    - PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alton Telegraph
  • Grant funding: 5 networking steps for fire, EMS leaders

    In a society that is flooded with email, text messaging and tweets, forming strong relationships with grant makers can be the difference between funding your initiative or cutting it due to your continuously decreasing budget. Relationship currency can be the most vital strength for a grant proposal.
    - PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Evolving construction putting firefighters in greater danger

    Firefighting is an evolving career and adapting is essential when someone's life depends on it.
    Construction has changed. Buildings are now more efficient and eco-friendly. That is great for many community members, but most people don't realize it puts firefighters in much more danger."If you look at the traditional woods, mill wood, lumber, things they used to build houses with, and then they would fill in the gaps with plaster, with lath materials to make it insulated.
    - PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 12
  • Backlash over hiring outsider as New Hampshire fire chief

    Recently retired Rochester Fire Chief Norm Sanborn says he can’t stay silent about his shock and displeasure that a longtime colleague wasn’t chosen to replace him.The city announced this week that Bedford Deputy Fire Chief Mark Klose will succeed Sanborn as the head of the Rochester Fire Department.
    - PUB DATE: 7/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fosters.com
  • U.S. hotel, NFL arena may sport flammable panels

    In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore's Inner Harbor that "soars 33 stories into the air."Those same panels — Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core — also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment building in London.
    - PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore
  • New Hampshire boy, 6, believed to be state’s youngest OD case revived by firefighters

    Firefighters sprayed Narcan up the nose of a 6-year-old boy this week, reviving the unconscious child from a suspected opioid poisoning — a traumatic event that, according to authorities, could be the youngest overdose victim ever in the Granite State’s biggest city.“The fact is that it’s a kid that could be our own kids’ age,” said Christopher Hickey, who oversees the Manchester Fire Department’s emergency medical services.
    - PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 12:00:0
  • Montana firefighter dies on the fire line in Lolo National Forest

    A firefighter has died while fighting a fire in the Lolo National Forest.
    According to a press release sent from Grayback Forestry, a 19-year-old and a Missoula resident was killed in the line while fighting a fire on the Seely Lake Ranger District.
    The Grayback Forestry employee was part of a 20-person attack crew.
    - PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KULR-TV NBC 8
  • Illinois town mourns fire battalion chief called 'cornerstone' of department

    The village of Carpentersville is mourning the unexpected death Tuesday of Fire Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf. "He was basically one of the cornerstones of the department," Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling said. "He was well-loved within the entire region."Middendorf, 46, was a resident of Carpentersville and member of the local fire department for 23 years, starting as a part-timer in 1994 and moving to full time in 1997, Schilling said.
    - PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribu
  • Florida Fire Truck Involved In Deadly Crash On Expressway

    VIDEO - Miami-Dade firefighters were saved by one of their trucks during an emergency call on the Palmetto Expressway. Overnight, fire crews were called to assist in a hit and run accident in the southbound lanes of the highway between Okeechobee Road and NW 74th Street.Arriving crews used a fire engine to block off two lanes of traffic while they helped the injured driver.
    - PUB DATE: 7/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Miami
  • Wildfire forces evacuation of 2,000 from California town

    An entire California town was evacuated on Tuesday evening due to a 25,000-acre wildfire that had already destroyed eight structures, officials said.California fire officials issued an evacuation order for the town of Mariposa, which has a population of about 2,000, on Tuesday as the wildfire threatened to burn some 1,500 homes and structures, according to fire officials.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
  • Three rookie Ohio firefighters save one of their own

    It didn’t take long for some local firefighters to save a life, even though they had just finished their training.The three new hires made a life-saving rescue in their own fire station.Brock Trimmer, of Beloit, Sebastian Zlotkowski of Cleveland, and Ronnie Simone, of Warren, were all hired as Warren City firefighters earlier this year.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJW-TV MyFox Cleveland
  • Rural North Carolina fire departments face technological challenges

    Some experienced volunteer firefighters have a tough time adjusting to technological advances that are being used on emergency vehicles, the chief of a rural department said Tuesday.Cumberland County’s Public Safety Task Force talked about computer software and how it is used by emergency workers at the task force’s meeting Tuesday.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fayetteville Observer
  • No fire alarm at Virginia senior living complex where 3 died in massive blaze, fire department says

    A senior living complex where three people died and six were injured in a blaze this weekend did not have a fire alarm, according to the city’s Fire Department.Chesapeake Crossing Senior Community Apartments was not required to have such an alarm, said fire department spokesman Capt. Scott Saunders.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Virginian-Pilot
  • Honolulu fire officials detail horror, challenges of deadly fire in hopes that building codes will change

    New details from fire officials paint the dangerous, and ultimately deadly, scenario at Marco Polo as changes are considered that could prevent a future disaster.Assistant chief Socrates Bratakos says the five-alarm fire that broke out on Friday, July 14, on the building’s 26th floor posed a major challenge for firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHON-TV FOX 2
  • Trump Asks 'Where's the Fire?' from Aerial at White House Event

    President Donald Trump jumped behind the wheel of an aerial ladder that was parked on the front lawn of the White House Monday morning during an event showing products made in America."Where's the fire," Trump said gripping the wheel of the aerial made by Pierce MFG. "Where's the fire? We'll put it out fast," he quipped.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • New Jersey shore towns brace for impact of federal inquiry into firefighters, city workers

    Mayor Michael Becker says that his city has complied with an FBI subpoena asking for information on Margate city employees and prescription plans and that he is concerned about the possible disruption that may result from a wide-ranging grand jury investigation.In nearby Ventnor, meanwhile, Mayor Beth Holtzman said Monday her city is also cooperating, though she declined to say whether there had been any subpoena issued.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com
  • IAFC, PulsePoint Foundation Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Increase Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the PulsePoint Foundation (PulsePoint) today announced a strategic partnership to reinforce the use of mobile phones and apps to connect nearby CPR-trained citizens and off-duty professional rescuers with people in cardiac arrest. The collaboration also endeavors to develop strategies for utilizing public safety data in new and innovative ways.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • 'Houston firefighters are at a breaking point': The fight for equal pay continues with HFD

    "Houstonians deserve a strong fire department." A Houston firefighters group delivered a strong message Monday in front of city hall as they continue to fight for equal pay among firefighters.The Houston Professional Firefighters Association turned in a petition with more than 32,000 validated signatures to ask the City of Houston to put the equal pay ballot initiative on the November 2017 ballot.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
  • Firefighters standing vigil over body of Washington fire chief

    In a tradition as old as the service, firefighters from Lynden and around Whatcom County are standing vigil over the body of Lynden interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner, who died Friday of an apparent heart attack while on duty.It is the first line of duty death in the Lynden Fire Department’s 107-year history, according to a statement issued late Sunday, and the second on-duty firefighter death in Whatcom County – the other line of duty firefighter death was in March 1950, when Whatcom
  • Two dead, six injured — including three firefighters — after SUV collides with Ohio firetruck

    A sport utility vehicle collided with an Akron firetruck Friday afternoon, killing two people inside the SUV, including a 16-year-old girl, and injuring three firefighters.
    Fire Engine No. 3 was southbound on Rhodes Avenue about 3:45 p.m. when witnesses say a burgundy Chevrolet Trailblazer westbound on West Exchange Street drove through a red light and struck the firetruck, Akron Police Capt.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com
  • Tragedies Like London Tower Can Bring Change

    Terrifying images from London remain fresh in many minds: Flames rapidly consuming the exterior of the 24-story Grenfell Tower while trapped residents frantically cried out for help from the upper floors, and firefighters physically and emotionally exhausted from the intense battle and loss of life they confronted.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • ‘Huge failure’: 80 percent of Oakland firefighter warnings of unsafe buildings go unchecked

    In what an expert calls a “huge failure,” hundreds of residential and commercial buildings across Oakland were never inspected after firefighters flagged fire dangers and referred them for followup, including more than 200 apartment buildings housing thousands of residents, an investigation by the Bay Area News Group has found.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
  • Firefighting robot being developed in Florida

    About 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty every year. A robot being developed at Pensacola's groundbreaking Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) might one day save lives.
    Researchers at IHMC are specifically working on a robot that could fight fires on ships.
    Research Associate John Carff said, "When you're on a ship, there's a good chance if you're a firefighter in there fighting a fire you could get a hatch closed behind you and you're going to be stuck in a ship that's
  • 3 dead in 5-alarm fire at at Honolulu high-rise with no sprinklers

    Three people are confirmed dead in a massive fire in the Marco Polo building on Kapiolani Boulevard.The initial alarm came in at around 2:15 p.m. By 3 p.m., four alarms had been called. By 4:30 p.m., the fifth alarm was called.Officials say the fire initially started on the 26th floor, and that’s where three bodies were found.
    - PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHON2.com
  • Truck full of eels overturns on U.S. 101 in Oregon, dousing sedan with slithering sea creatures

    PHOTO - In a scene straight out of your nightmares, a truck full of "slime eels" lost its load Thursday on U.S. 101, causing a five-car crash, dousing sedans with goo and sending sea creatures slithering across vehicles and the highway.Technically, the fish were not eels, but hagfish, which have a skull but no jaw or spine and they secrete slime when distressed, earning them the nickname "slime eels.
    - PUB DATE: 7/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
  • South Carolina firefighter was up for a promotion, then former co-worker spoke to his boss, lawsuit contends

    Court documents in a lawsuit filed against the city of Conway and Conway Fire Department reflect one man’s struggle to be promoted in the fire service after a former co-worker, who now serves as chief, mentioned he was “defiant” in the past.That description cost him a promotion, Larry Carter says in a second lawsuit against his former employer that alleges the department breached a settlement agreement that required he get a “neutral employment reference.
    - PUB DATE: 7/14
  • Florida firefighting veteran named chief in Wyoming city

    Mayor Marian Orr has named a Florida fireman to be Cheyenne’s new fire chief.Greg Hoggatt, a Boynton Beach Fire and Rescue deputy chief, will take the helm Sept. 1, pending City Council approval. Interim Chief Tom Schingle has led the department since former Chief James Martin retired in February.Hoggatt brings nearly three decades of experience to the top job at Cheyenne Fire and Rescue.
    - PUB DATE: 7/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wyoming Tribune Eagle
  • California fire chief dismissed amid complaints from agencies he is supposed to work with

    The chief of the Burbank-Paradise Fire District was fired Wednesday night following a unanimous vote by the district’s board.Mike Hillar, 55, who had been with the district for 26 years and chief for seven, had been on unpaid leave since June 23.In March, Scotty Douglass, the executive director of Stanislaus Regional 911, which dispatches for the district, sent Hillar a memo regarding “deprecating tone and language” he used with a dispatcher on a call the week before.
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  • Cal Fire Hired Man Twice Convicted of Impersonating Firefighter

    Brandon Visyak used a stolen state firefighter badge in a ploy to rob a woman the first time he got caught impersonating a public safety officer.Two years later, he again claimed to be a Cal Fire firefighter while he tried to get out of a traffic arrest.Both incidents led to criminal convictions on charges that he illegally impersonated a California public safety officer.
    - PUB DATE: 7/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Battle on the horizon in Michigan over police and fire retirement benefits

    Now that Gov. Rick Snyder has signed major changes to retirement benefits for new teachers into law, another contentious battle is on the horizon for the fall when legislators hope to extend those changes to other public employees.Those affected would include police officers and firefighters, as well as other municipal employees.
    - PUB DATE: 7/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
  • Restaurant Fire Simulation - Structural Firefighting

    Ted Nee presents a new training simulation for firefighters: response to a fire in a restaurant in a strip mall.
  • St. Louis firefighter dies from injuries sustained in July 5 blaze

    A St. Louis fire captain who sustained injuries while fighting a fire during the Fourth of July holiday has died.Capt. John Kemper, 59, died Wednesday after he was injured while battling a structural fire in the 3600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue early the morning of July 5, the department said.Kemper didn’t suffer any burns.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Kansas City Wrestles with Huge Firefighter Overtime Costs

    An accounting firm’s new report confirms what Kansas City officials already knew through the budgeting process — firefighter overtime is a huge expense, and a few individuals rake in an oversized share of those wages.But the report from BKD, released publicly on Wednesday, doesn’t offer a magic cure for the millions of dollars in overtime that Kansas City government shells out annually to the Fire Department.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kansas City Star
  • IAFC: AFG, SAFER Grants Help Local Departments Protect Communities

    Fire Chief John Sinclair, IAFC president and chairman of the board, testified today before a Congressional panel that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, including the Fire Prevention and Safety grant, and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant programs provide valued assistance to local fire departments across the country and help them protect their communities.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Houston firefighters asking for voters to approve parity with police officer salaries

    Houston firefighters are in search of higher pay.It's part of a "firefighter pay initiative" launched by the firefighters' union. As we first told you last week, Houston firefighters want pay parity with the city's police.They're circulating petitions to try to get the parity issue on the November ballot so voters can decide.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
  • Connecticut Firefighter Fired Following Internal Investigation

    A city firefighter has been fired following an internal investigation into alleged workers' compensation fraud, Hartford's fire chief said Tuesday. Lt. John Moree, a 21-year veteran of the department who city records show has been unable to perform firefighting duties since July 2015, was seen on surveillance video loading building materials onto a vehicle at a home improvement store, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
    - PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Coura
  • Humpday Hangout: Discussing Firefighting Tactics with Our Brothers Abroad

    In this week's Humpday Hangout, Bobby Halton, Mike Dugan, and Bill Gustin discuss firefighting tactics with veteran fire officers from Australia and Germany.

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