• Oklahoma Firefighter Assaulted At Scene Of Trailer Fire

    A firefighter was assaulted by a man while on the scene of a travel trailer fire just north of Tulsa early Wednesday.The man was identified as 48-year-old Michael Fisher.The incident happened in the 6200 block of North Wheeling at around 3 a.m.The Turley Fire Department was called to the fire involving a 5th wheel trailer being used for storage.
    - PUB DATE: 3/29/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTV-TV CBS 6 Tulsa
  • FirstNet board votes to proceed with contract, AT&T award expected this week

    FirstNet board members today voted unanimously to authorize FirstNet CEO Mike Poth to finalize the 25-year contract this week—an award to AT&T, although the carrier was not mentioned during the special board meeting—to build and maintain the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN).“This is a very, very special day,” FirstNet Chairwoman Sue Swenson said during the board meeting.
    - PUB DATE: 3/29/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications
  • Deadly fires spark fight over manufactured home regulations in Ohio

    Fire officials across Ohio are backing a proposal by Gov. John Kasich to abolish the industry-controlled agency that regulates manufactured homes, saying the commission does too little to protect manufactured home residents from deadly fires.The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association last week sent a letter to Ohio lawmakers expressing support for a provision in the state budget that would do away with the Manufactured Homes Commission and fold its responsibilities into the Ohio Department of Comme
  • Court upholds minimum staffing decision for Pennsylvania firefighters

    The state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Allentown firefighters, finding that their union can negotiate the minimum number of firefighters on a shift because it has a direct impact on safety. In a unanimous decision Tuesday that affects municipalities with professional fire departments across Pennsylvania, the court rejected Allentown's argument that shift staffing was an issue for managers to decide because of its impact on city finances.
    - PUB DATE: 3/29/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Allento
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  • California battalion fire chiefs get 15.5% raises

    Palo Alto’s four battalion fire chiefs will get pay raises of 15.5 percent under a labor deal the City Council approved Monday.Three council members, Eric Filseth, Lydia Kou and Greg Tanaka, objected to the raises.Filseth commended the Fire Department’s good work, but characterized the raises as “excessive” especially because of escalating fire service costs.
    - PUB DATE: 3/29/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mercury News
  • Audit finds Massachusetts fire chief's spending was justified

    A recent "forensic audit" ordered by the selectmen and conducted by the town account found nothing substantial against Fire Chief Peter Martell. He had been placed on paid administrative leave for 10 weeks awaiting the results of the audit. On Jan. 10, Chief Martell was chastised for spending $33,814 of town money, funds approved by town meeting, for a 2017 Ford Expedition without consulting selectmen and for submitting an electric bill from his home address along with two Fire Department bills.
  • Volunteer fire companies struggle to survive as California county plots future of service

    Knights Valley resident Bud Pochini runs his welding business, owns a Christmas tree farm and helps coach high school softball. And for the past 25 years, he has been a mainstay of the Knights Valley Fire Co. volunteers.Fallen trees, neighbors’ medical emergencies, car crashes. Some of the calls are so grim the assistant fire chief wonders why he sticks with it.
    - PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Petaluma Argus Courier
  • Three confirmed dead in fire at Oakland building with complaint history

    People were hanging out windows and running barefoot for their lives early Monday morning as a fire raged through a three-story West Oakland residential building with a history of complaints, killing at least three people and sending another four to the hospital, authorities said.Three were confirmed dead and one was still unaccounted for on Monday night, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.
    - PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
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  • Texas Chief Finds the Good in Fire that Damaged Station, Destroyed Apparatus

    The chief of the Lake Arrowhead, TX, Volunteer Fire Department said his worst nightmare came true this weekend when he received a call that his fire station was on fire Saturday night. Fire Chief Mike Hall was just two bites into dinner when his cell phone rang around 7 p.m."The ambulance crew called and asked 'Are you alright?' and I asked why and they told me the fire station is on fire," Hall said.
    - PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Illinois department leads national study to improve firefighter safety

    More than half of firefighters' line-of-duty deaths are caused not by external dangers such as flames or building collapses, but from cardiovascular reactions to the physical stress of the job, experts say.Hanover Park Fire Chief Craig Haigh believes his department can help bring down those numbers as the main test subjects of a 21-month national research project.
    - PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald
  • Hartford Fire Chief breathes life Into diminished department

    Milan or Hartford? That was the choice Reginald Freeman was faced with when the job of Hartford fire chief was offered to him more than a year ago."I was poised to go to Italy for 14 months," said Freeman, who was the fire chief of Lockheed Martin's aeronautic headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, at the time.
    - PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant
  • GPS in Georgia firefighter’s stolen car led police to alleged chop shop

    Several people were arrested and detained Friday after a Clayton County firefighter found his stolen car at an alleged chop shop, Channel 2 Action News reported.
    The firefighter’s car was stolen outside Fire Station No. 1 in Morrow, where he works. He used an app to find his car, the news station reported.
    - PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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  • Washington city to settle volunteer firefighter’s race discrimination lawsuit for $250K

    The city has agreed to a $250,000 settlement in a lawsuit by a volunteer firefighter accusing Lynden and its assistant fire chief of discrimination and creating a hostile work environment.Damon Winters, a volunteer firefighter, filed the lawsuit against the city and Assistant Chief Robert Spinner in U.
    - PUB DATE: 3/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald
  • ‘Unacceptable’ working conditions ignored at Fort Bragg fire station, firefighters say

    Firefighters at Fort Bragg’s Fire Station No. 7 have been complaining for years that their building is deplorable — even sickening.The roof leaks. Exhaust from the engine trucks wafts into sleeping quarters. Carpets are soaked with water when it rains. Holes in walls are covered by steel sheets. The problems have been documented by building inspectors, federal occupational safety regulators and Fort Bragg leaders since at least 2014, yet the building continues to fall into disrepair.
  • Treasurer of Ohio city's firefighters union charged with theft

    The treasurer of the Akron firefighters union has been charged with felony theft and is in jail in North Carolina, arrested as he fled Akron after the charges were filed on Thursday.
    Joe Ruhlin, 40, treasurer of Local 330, is accused of stealing perhaps as much as $100,000 from the union. The exact figure has not been determined because the union and investigators have just begun combing the books.
    - PUB DATE: 3/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal
  • Pennsylvania Firefighter Reportedly Caught in Flashover

    A fire on Sunday morning destroyed a three-story building that was home to a diner and apartments in Butler. Emergency dispatchers said the fire was reported shortly after 9 a.m. at a building on Center Avenue that houses Hutch's diner and two floors of apartments.One firefighter was reported caught in a flashover by the rapidly spreading flames and exited through a window and onto the roof of a neighboring building, where other firefighters helped him to safety.
    - PUB DATE: 3/27/2017 12:00:00 A
  • Charleston mayor wants to promote police chief to oversee police and fire departments

    The city of Charleston has a plan in the works to create a new Department of Public Safety to oversee the police and fire departments, and Police Chief Greg Mullen could be promoted to lead it.The concept was announced in a written release Friday.
    Next week, Tecklenburg plans to ask the City Council's Public Safety Committee to study the feasibility of such a department.
    - PUB DATE: 3/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Post and Courier
  • Modern Fire Attack: Room and Contents - Structural Firefighting

    Room-and-contents fires are staple responses for firefighters. But what happens when complications arise on the fireground during such "bread-and-butter" operations? Mark Cotter has some thoughts. 
  • ‘Oh my God, it’s terrible’: Frantic 911 calls tell of devastating Kansas fire

    A construction worker called 911 as he frantically honked his horn to warn other workers away from a fire at an unfinished apartment building in Overland Park — one of 69 calls reporting a massive blaze and flaming embers raining down on nearby homes.The 911 dispatch recordings, released to The Kansas City Star on Thursday, reveal workers’ and residents’ frantic pleas for firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kansas City Star
  • Kansas City firefighter watches intruder rummage through his home in real time as he’s on duty

    VIDEO: A Kansas City firefighter is anxious for an arrest, after someone broke into his home and stole his belongings while he was on duty. The break-in happened Tuesday night around 9 o’clock in a South Kansas City neighborhood near Little Blue Road and Breckenridge Avenue. The victim, Sammy Belgiere, is an 18-year veteran and captain with the Kansas City, Mo.
    - PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAF-TV Fox 4 Kansas City News
  • How fire chiefs can head off 'stickergate' problems

    A fire chief in Kansas finds himself the target of anger and frustration over, of all things, stickers. Sedgwick County certainly isn’t the first fire department to wrestle with a "stickergate" controversy. I’m guessing most departments have had at least one.That helmet and apparatus decals could set off a department-wide dust up is not surprising.
    - PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Calm in the chaos: It’s always rush hour for Seattle firefighters and paramedics

    She was blue when her neighbor found her at lunchtime, unconscious and slumped in an overstuffed leather chair.Minutes later, her studio apartment is crammed with people in uniform who have been summoned to save her. Getting there after the 911 call had been excruciating, even with light afternoon traffic: an 11-block drive with sirens wailing, followed by a cramped ride in a slim elevator that crept slowly toward the ninth floor, as if powered by AAA batteries.
    - PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
  • California fire district backs off plan to seize parcels for station expansion

    Pushback from Belle Haven residents forced Menlo Park’s fire district to drop a plan to seize two residential properties to expand its station.About 50 residents packed Tuesday night’s meeting of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, held inside a small classroom at its 300 Middlefield Road fire station.
    - PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mercury News
  • New York state court will hear firefighter demotion case

    Lawyers for the city and the firefighters’ union will present their arguments before the state Appellate Court on May 24 on whether an issue over eight demoted fire captains goes to arbitration.
    Union President Daniel Daugherty said the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191 has been waiting for the case to move forward in the state Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester since last fall.
    - PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
  • Miami Fire Rescue’s First African American Chief Retires After 32 Years

    Talk about big shoes to fill.Standing at 6’9", City of Miami Fire Chief Maurice L. Kemp is not only literally a towering figure at the department, but the 32-year vet is a respected leader within the city of Miami.After more than decades of service with the City of Miami Department of Fire Rescue, Chief Kemp is retiring.
    - PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV and WBFS CBS 4 Miami
  • Maine town board debates firefighters washing personal vehicles

    Selectman Raquel Welch told the board Monday evening that she wanted to speak with the fire chief about firefighters washing their personal vehicles at the Fire Station. Welch said when she drives past the station on nice days, she sees people washing their private vehicles.“It’s not a car wash,” she said.
    - PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sun Journal
  • Florida wildfire started by book burning destroys at least 10 homes

    At least 10 homes in Nassau County, Florida, were destroyed in a wildfire caused by a man who was burning books Wednesday.Only a few minor injuries to emergency personnel have been reported in what's being called the Garfield Road Fire, according to the Florida Forest Service. But it has burned an estimated 350 to 400 acres near Bryceville, about 20 miles west of Jacksonville.
    - PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
  • Firefighter from iconic Oklahoma City bombing photo retires; ‘It’s still tough to talk about’

    Memories come in all shapes and sizes. Chris Fields has a trunkfull, packed away from a 31-year career as an Oklahoma City firefighter. From fighting infernos to rescuing pets, Fields has done it all."You roll up and prepare yourself for what you're going to see," Fields says.But nothing could have prepared Chris for April 19, 1995.
    - PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 6 Now
  • Fired California firefighter suit to move forward despite city, fire district denials

    The lawsuit filed by a fired firefighter against the city and its fire department is still ongoing, despite both agencies denying his request for permission to present a late claim.Former American Canyon firefighter/paramedic Carlos Teruel, 34, says he was let go shortly before his probationary period expired and since officials declined to tell him why, assumes it can only be because he took time off to care for his sick wife and small children.
    - PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Valle
  • Massachusetts fire chief reinstated after audit

    The fire chief who has been on paid administrative leave for more than two months has been reinstated.In a 3-0 vote Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen reinstated Fire Chief Peter Martell and took him off paid administrative leave, which he has been on since Jan. 10. On Jan. 10, Chief Martell was chastised by Stephen J.
    - PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Telegram
  • IAFC wildland fire expert dies suddenly

    Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the unexpected death of a wildland fire expert who died while attending the IAFC Wildland-Urban Interface conference Sunday.
    Christina Randall, who gave an insightful interview for the latest Fire Chief Digital edition, was an expert in mitigating wildland and WUI fires and a member of IAFC’s Wildland Fire Policy Committee, IAFC stated in a press release.
    - PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Firefighter Completes Los Angeles Marathon in Full Gear to Raise Money in Honor of Fallen Colleagues

    Dressed in full gear and carrying an American flag, Ventura County firefighter Rudy Marin completed the Los Angeles Marathon Sunday as he raised money for a memorial honoring his fallen colleagues. Marin was one of thousands who made the 26.2-mile trek from Dodger Stadium near downtown L.A. to the Santa Monica shoreline.
    - PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
  • Entire New Hampshire volunteer fire department quits after vote

    A Town Meeting Day vote caused an entire volunteer fire department to resign. At Unity, New Hampshire's Town Meeting Day on Saturday, a 65 to 38 vote ruled in favor of an article giving selectmen the authority to appoint the fire chief and firefighters.Selectboard members said the article was petitioned by many residents, which is why it appeared in the town warrant.
    - PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC5: Burlington, VT and Plattsburgh, NY
  • Connecticut firefighter applicant files complaint alleging discrimination based on prior federal conviction

    A former Branford firefighter convicted of federal embezzlement charges has filed a state complaint alleging the city illegally rescinded a conditional employment offer after learning about his past criminal charges.A Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities complaint dated March 2 and filed by Andrew Konspore said the City of New Haven violated state statute when it withdrew its conditional offer of employment in September.
    - PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register
  • WPI, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and U.S. Coast Guard Successfully Test a Novel Oil Spill Cleanup Technology - Fire Research

    Recent tests were conducted of a novel technology that can greatly accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water.
  • Why Cancer Is Killing Boston’s Firefighters

    It was nearly 100 degrees outside when the emergency call reached Engine Company 39. A triple-decker in Savin Hill had erupted in flames, and a haze of thick black smoke was all but blanketing the sky. Firefighter Glenn Preston, a burly father of four who had only recently returned to action after breaking his neck on the job, was among the first to arrive.
    - PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Magazine
  • Video shows Michigan fire truck consumed in flames

    New video shows Highland Park firefighters battling intense flames inside their own fire truck.It happened last week near Woodward and 6 Mile in Detroit.Highland Park Fire Chief Kevin Coney said fire officials were responding to numerous calls due to last week's wild wind storm.Coney said their engine caught fire as they were returning from a scene assisting with downed power lines.
    - PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ-TV ABC Detroit
  • Police suspect driver high on PCP in crash that killed Pennsylvania firefighter

    An 18-year-old from Harrisburg is facing charges for causing the crash that killed Lt. Dennis DeVoe of the Harrisburg Harrisburg Bureau of Fire.Khanyae S. Kendall, of the 1900 block of Bellevue Road, faces more than a dozen charges, including six felonies and one count each of homicide by vehicle and homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, according to charging documents.
    - PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
  • Pennsylvania city will ask state Supreme Court to revoke firefighters' right to unionize

    Emmaus Borough Council has decided to take its three-and-a-half-year legal battle with organized firefighters to the state's court of last resort. Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to authorize its solicitor to appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania a lower court ruling that Emmaus firefighters have an unusual employment relationship with the borough allowing them to form a union and negotiate contracts.
    - PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Allentown Morning Call
  • Massive 8-alarm fire destroys multiple homes in Kansas

    VIDEO/PHOTOS - An eight-alarm fire that began at an unoccupied apartment complex in Kansas on Monday injured three firefighters and destroyed multiple homes, according to emergency officials.The fire broke out at an apartment complex under construction in Overland Park, Kansas at around 3:30 p.m. Monday before quickly spreading to several homes nearby, Fire Department Chief Bryan Dehner said Monday evening.
    - PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
  • FDNY EMTs, paramedics face burnout in intense, high stress job for low pay

    Wanted: Self-starters who can take high stress with low pay, handle a daily grind coupled with bouts of life-and-death intensity and deal compassionately with all types of personalities — plus complete state-required training.An average day for a city EMT or paramedic includes all of the above — and never have the dangers of the job been as visible as they were in the death last week of Yadira Arroyo.
    - PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
  • Sheriff: Man pulls gun on Tennessee firefighters

    Two Gibson County firefighters had a gun pulled on them after responding to a two car wreck in Kenton Saturday afternoon, police said.Gibson County Fire Chief Bryan Cathey said a station chief was the first to respond to the wreck near Baseline Road and Morilla Road. The chief checked on a woman in a vehicle that had rolled over to make sure she wasn't trapped inside.
    - PUB DATE: 3/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Sun
  • Oakland denies prosecutors access to Ghost Ship fire report

    In an escalating legal feud over the investigation into the Ghost Ship tragedy, Alameda County prosecutors have tried without success in recent weeks to pry the completed draft report of the deadly fire from the city’s hands.The District Attorney’s Office has been seeking the critical report for the past month from the Oakland Fire Department and City Attorney’s Office, and legal experts contacted for this story say the city’s delay in handing it over may violate the law.
  • Massachusetts firefighter, father of 5 dies battling two-alarm blaze

    A veteran of the Watertown fire department died today during a two-alarm blaze while helping rescue an elderly man, the man's niece and their dogs as flames shot out an upstairs window, city officials and a neighbor said.Joseph A. Toscano, 54, a firefighter with the department since Sept. 26, 1996 and a married father of five children, succumbed to injuries after rushing into the single-family home on Merrifield Avenue, the city's deputy fire chief said.
    - PUB DATE: 3/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURC
  • Maryland firefighters injured after tanker overturns

    PHOTO - Two firefighters from the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department were injured Saturday morning after their tanker overturned while responding to a house fire in Huntingtown. The fire department reports both men have since been released from the hospital.At about 8:10 a.m. March 18, deputies from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office responded to Robinson Road in Huntingtown for an overturned tanker.
    - PUB DATE: 3/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
  • Judge rules for U.S. government in FirstNet court case, clearing path for expected AT&T award

    A federal judge today ruled against Rivada Mercury’s protest against the FirstNet procurement protest, a move that is expected to set the stage for AT&T to be awarded the 25-year contract to build and maintain the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN). U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Elaine Kaplan issued rulings denying Rivada Mercury’s motion to have the proposal from its bidding consortium considered in the “competitive range” stage
  • Apology, but no discipline after Washington fire commissioners make insensitive racial remarks on video

    Two Snohomish County fire commissioners apologized Friday night for making racially insensitive comments when they joked about hiring “cheaper” Mexican laborers for a paramedic position. But an attempt to impose disciplinary action failed on a 2-2 tie vote by the commissioners for Fire District 1. Commissioner Jim Kenny asked that the two board members, David Chan and Bob Meador, receive a written reprimand.
    - PUB DATE: 3/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
  • RISE Report Examines Risks for Alternative Fuels in Road Tunnels, Underground Garages

    RISE Research Institutes of Sweden has conducted a research project to review and update current knowledge regarding alternative fuels, provide guidelines for the operations of rescue services, and offer recommendations for the creation of regulations.
  • Texas firefighter who refused vaccination sues to get job back

    A former Leander firefighter who refused to get a vaccination because of his religious beliefs has sued the city for firing him.
    The termination came in March 2016, after firefighter Brett Horvath refused to get the vaccination or wear a surgical mask for his entire 24-hour shift or transfer to a “less desirable” position, said his lawyer, Matt Bachop.
    - PUB DATE: 3/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Statesman
  • Georgia lawmakers pass bill in honor of firefighter who died of cancer

    State lawmakers passed a bill Thursday to give firefighters special insurance in case they get cancer from the job.Currently, firefighters who get sick may lose their jobs and health insurance.
    "When we run into these houses to try and put out the fire to save lives, we're being exposed to very toxic carcinogens," said Capt.
    - PUB DATE: 3/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wsbtv.com

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