• Witness in lawsuit tells of inconsistent treatment of Florida female firefighter

    In August 2015, a firefighter broke protocol and went outside his chain of command to email then Division Chief Jace Kohan.In a regimented organization like Tampa Fire Rescue, chain of command is part of daily operations. But Kohan told a judge and seven-person jury Wednesday that firefighter Mark Pattison wasn’t reprimanded for his email, or even scolded.
    - PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay.com
  • Wine Country requested hundreds of engines in firestorm’s first hours but less than half came

    In the early hours of the most destructive firestorm in California history, officials in Napa and Sonoma counties knew their local first responders would be overwhelmed and turned to a statewide mutual-aid system designed to swiftly brinThey got help, but they didn’t get what they asked for — not nearly.
    - PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
  • Ultimatum issued to North Carolina fire department over Confederate flag

    A North Carolina county has given a rural volunteer fire department an ultimatum after its refusal to take down a Confederate flag waving over its station.The Charlotte Observer reports that Montgomery County commissioners have decided to restrict funding for the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department if it will not take the flag down and end a dispute that has simmered for months.
    - PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Charlotte Observer
  • Ohio State Rep: Firefighters must accept responsibility in cancer prevention

    The 80 new firefighters Columbus plans to hire next year could be among the first to really understand the risk of cancer they face on the job. For the 50 city firefighters who are expected to retire in 2018 and thousands of others, it could be too late.For years, firefighters have shed their masks and other gear after flames were knocked down, not knowing they were breathing carcinogens and exposing their skin to chemicals that could lead to cancer.
    - PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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  • New York fire chief to battle city in court over 9/11 benefits

    Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Utica fire Chief Russell Brooks will take the city to court.Brooks has sought to be recognized by the city for compensatory benefits due to a medical condition he says is a product of his response to ground zero in New York City following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
    - PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Utica Observer-Dispatch
  • Massive inferno at Pennsylvania senior living community; At least 20 injured

    VIDEO - At least 20 people have been injured in a massive, multi-alarm fire at a senior living community in West Chester.Numerous residents have been displaced. Fire officials have refused to say if there were any fatalities.The blaze was reported at 10:46 p.m. Thursday at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community on the 700 block of North Franklin Street.
    - PUB DATE: 11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV 6 ABC.com
  • Training Minutes: Smoke Curtain for Flow Path Control

    In this new Training Minutes video on fire behavior, John Ceriello of the FDNY demonstrates two scenarios in which use of a smoke curtain can help control the flow path until firefighters are ready to engage the fire.
  • Retired FDNY firefighter who 'never let cancer define him' dies at 49 from 9/11-linked illness after three-year battle

    A retired FDNY lieutenant and father of five is the latest first responder to succumb to cancer, contracted during his time working the pile at Ground Zero, authorities said Tuesday.Lt. Edward (Eddie) McDonagh died Sunday after a three-year battle against stage 4 colon cancer, relatives said. He was 49.
    - PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
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  • Former Illinois Fire Chief Who Was Inspiration for De Niro's 'Backdraft' Role Passes at 77

    Not many people have had Robert De Niro star as them in a blockbuster film, but that is the case for a former Sandwich Fire Chief who passed away, this week.Donald Rimgale was 77 years old when he passed away peacefully in his Elmhurst home on Monday. WSPY reported in July of 2016 that Rimgale retired as Sandwich Fire Chief.
    - PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSPYNews.com
  • Fire truck smashed by collapsing wall as huge blaze spreads through St. Louis warehouse

    PHOTOS - St. Louis firefighters are battling a huge, five-alarm fire in a warehouse that sent a plume of thick black smoke up from the Botanical Heights neighborhood.A fire truck was smashed when a wall of the building collapsed about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The fire started small in the basement of the warehouse near 39th Street and Park Avenue about 10:15.
    - PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • City of Dallas to pay $61.7M in back pay to firefighters, police

    The Dallas City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $61.7 million settlement for four of six long-running back pay lawsuits filed by police and firefighters.
    The sizable agreement avoids hundreds of millions in claims that would have been owed if a Collin County jury had ruled in favor of the public safety workers.
    - PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
  • California fire district's volunteers want chief dismissed and board president recalled

    The volunteers who make up the Julian Fire Protection District have demanded their fire chief be dismissed and have served recall papers on the board president.The move escalates an already volatile situation in the historic mountain town where the community and leaders of the fire district have been at odds with each other for years about whether to join the county's Fire Authority or remain independent despite ongoing financial problems.
    - PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego U
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  • After action reviews: The good, the bad, and why we should care

    Work within the fire service involves frequent encounters with occupational hazards. Many fire departments try to minimize accidents and injuries through after action reviews (AARs). A recent study1 explored what makes for a good or bad after action review, what makes a review satisfying to attendees, and its impact on group safety norms.
    - PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
  • South Carolina city administrator, fire chief indicted after allegedly knowing fire department building contained asbestos

    A Marion County grand jury has handed down indictments against the Marion fire chief and the city administrator, alleging they knew the Marion Fire Department building contained asbestos and allowed staff, volunteers and community members to come inside. According to court documents filed earlier this month, city administrator and building inspector Alan Thomas Ammons and fire chiefRalph Walton Cooper III were each indicted on charges of misconduct in office, conspiracy to violate the Pollution
  • Oakland can be sued over deadly 2016 Ghost Ship fire, judge rules

    An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled that Oakland officials have a duty to act when they come across unsafe conditions in buildings such as the Ghost Ship warehouse, which burned a year ago, allowing a lawsuit against the city stemming from the fire to proceed.
    In his ruling, Judge Brad Seligman permitted some allegations — such as the mandatory duty claims — to stand, while tossing others.
    - PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com)
  • Nebraska fire chief pours cold water on steamy calendar of firefighters

    Omaha Fire Chief Dan Olsen has put the kibosh on plans for a steamy 2018 charity calendar.Last year’s calendar of shirtless local firefighters was a hot seller.But Olsen said the calendar isn’t in line with the department’s mission statement that calls for its members to act with integrity, professionalism and compassion.
    - PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Omaha World-Herald
  • Maine chief resigns over ‘unsafe’ firetruck

    Medway Fire Chief Jon Buckingham has resigned in response to the town’s failure to replace a firetruck that he says is unsafe.The fire department’s front-line pumper-tanker, a 1988 Pierce, has had repairs to its electrical and steering systems, has body rust and and lost its transmission during pump tests.
    - PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bangor Daily News
  • Iowa city councilman admits to leaking confidential memo on fire chief

    A Mason City councilman acknowledged Monday to leaking a confidential memo on the fire chief's employment status.
    Mason City Fire Chief Al Dyer Jr. was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 2 pending an administrative investigation. Dyer didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from the Globe Gazette Monday afternoon.
    - PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mason City Globe-Gazette
  • Virginia Fire Department Purchases First Ambulance in 50 Years

    The Charlottesville Fire Department is in the process of purchasing its first ambulance in more than 50 years.The addition to the department's fleet will help meet a growing demand to provide around-the-clock medical services in the city.The last time the CFD had its own ambulance was in the 1950s.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC29
  • Update: New York firefighters’ union tries to block new sick time policy

    The firefighters’ union is seeking an injunction in state Supreme Court to block the city from a new policy that prohibits firefighters from being called into work when their colleagues call in sick.
    The City Council last week decided in executive session to establish a new policy that will not allow firefighters to be brought into work when others call in sick, a move that City Manager Sharon A.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
  • In Pennsylvania for toddler's cancer checkup, family in wreck gets firefighters' surprise

    It was a routine call for the Springfield Fire Company: a T-bone accident with minor injuries.In the early afternoon of Nov. 6, six firefighters arrived at the Sproul Road entrance to the Target store at Springfield Mall and met the Blackburn family.Mother Krista, father Kevin, 5-year-old Isaiah, and 2-year-old Aria, of Kannapolis, N.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com
  • Homebuilders Push Texas Lawmakers To Block Fire Sprinkler Requirements

    When every second counts, a fire sprinkler system can be a live saver but most homes in North Texas do not have them.The Texas State Fire Marshal says every home in Texas should have fire sprinklers but state lawmakers have refused to make it a requirement for new homes.In fact, state lawmakers have made it illegal for Texas cities to mandate sprinklers be installed in all new single-family homes.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Dallas Fort Worth
  • Florida fire district may settle sexual harassment suit

    A former Greater Naples Fire Rescue District officer who sued the district and its fire chief last year, alleging she was subjected to years of "repeated sexual harassment" by colleagues, could receive $82,500 from the fire district, according to a draft settlement agreement.The district's board of commissioners is scheduled to vote on authorizing a payment of $17,500 from its reserves at its Tuesday meeting, according to the meeting's agenda.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Naples
  • Pension reform could force dozens of Dallas cops and firefighters to retire in January

    At 64, Jim Aulbaugh has long been eligible to retire from Dallas Fire-Rescue. He loved working too much to call it quits, but he says he might have to now.A new state law aimed at fixing the ailing pension fund contains a provision -- a vestigial part of the original proposed fix -- that could cause him and dozens of other police and firefighters to finally leave their shrinking departments in January.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas News
  • Ohio paramedic overdoses driving OD patient to hospital

    A Fairborn firefighter-paramedic driving a suspected overdose patient to the hospital Thursday night began showing symptoms of an overdose himself, prompting his partner to jump into action and stop the ambulance in the middle of the road.
    This is the latest — and perhaps most dramatic — case of a public safety employee exposed to an opioid.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mydaytondailynews.com
  • New York EMT unions sue city in push for parity with cops, FDNY after securing line-of-duty death benefits

    When EMT Yadira Arroyo was killed March 16 by a crazed man who stole her ambulance and ran her down, she didn’t qualify for line-of-duty death benefit.Arroyo, 44, a veteran of 14 years, left behind the five boys she was supporting on her Emergency Medical Service salary: $48,000 base pay, $66,000 with overtime.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
  • Indiana volunteer firefighter killed at crash scene by fellow firefighter

    A volunteer firefighter was killed at the scene of a crash Friday night after being "run over" by another responding firefighter who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.Colby Blake, 26, of Cannelburg was arrested Friday and preliminarily charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and reckless driving.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Courier & Press
  • Emergency warning system that Northern California didn’t use in fires set for overhaul

    Federal authorities knew technology used to broadcast official emergency warnings from cell towers was outdated years before deadly fires ignited last month in Sonoma County and throughout Northern California, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee for their lives, many with no warning.Messages were too short, didn’t support web links and had the potential to be broadcast too widely, according to Federal Communication Commission members charged with regulating how cellphone companies
  • New York town stops backfilling for sick firefighters

    The Fire Department no longer will be able to have firefighters fill in for colleagues who call in sick, a move that City Manager Sharon A. Addison admits violates the union contract.
    Ms. Addison directed Fire Chief Dale C. Herman on Wednesday morning that firefighters cannot be called into work to fill in for their colleagues who are absent because of illness.
    - PUB DATE: 11/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
  • Indiana firefighters save infant left in 'Safe Haven Baby Box'

    An infant was left in a Michigan City Safe Haven Baby Box late Tuesday night. Emergency responders were dispatched to the Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Department at 10:24 p.m. after receiving an alert from the box.Coolspring Fire Chief Mick Pawlik arrived at the station within five minutes and found the newborn infant.
    - PUB DATE: 11/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNDU-TV NBC 16 South Bend
  • Firefighter’s traumatic fall during training sparks policy changes and self-reflection at Alaska fire department

    After a weekslong investigation, Anchorage fire officials still can't say for sure what caused a firefighter to fall more than 70 feet from a fire truck ladder in June. No one, not even security cameras, saw the fall that left 29-year-old Anchorage firefighter and paramedic Ben Schultz hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury.
    - PUB DATE: 11/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Firefighter sues Texas city, fire chief, alleging employment discrimination

    A former Travis County firefighter who sought employment with the Austin Fire Department is now suing the city of Austin and Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, arguing that he wasn’t hired because of his role in negotiations to expand AFD’s jurisdiction.
    Andrew Garcia, the former union president for the Travis County Emergency Services District 4, claims in his lawsuit he was discriminated against because of his input in Austin City Council discussions regarding a possible merger betw
  • California firefighter writes song in aftermath of wildfires

    VIDEO - When Terry Sanders saw the glow on the horizon on Oct. 8, and felt the heavy wind in his face, he knew there was trouble.But the Santa Rosa resident and Oakland firefighter didn’t realize the magnitude until he headed a few hundred feet down the road from his home to talk to the only man left at Fire Station 5.
    - PUB DATE: 11/9/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • What caused Ohio firefighter's death? Greed, money and pills, prosecutor says

    When Lester Parker’s daughter visited him on Christmas Eve, family pictures decorated his television.Three days later, his daughter came back to take Parker and his wife to the airport. They were headed to Las Vegas to celebrate their anniversary.
    While inside to help load luggage, Parker's daughter noticed the pictures had been taken down and cabinets that were once full were nearly empty.
    - PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cincinnati Enquirer & Cincinnati.com
  • Tennessee town unveils monument to honor wildfire first responders

    “If you had not been here and we hadn’t had that rain, we don’t know what would have happened to our little town,” said Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster.She was speaking before a group of first responders from fire and rescue departments throughout Tennessee who came to Sevier County to battle the fire that swept through the area on Nov.
    - PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Salt Lake City Fire Department officials torched for demoting city’s first female battalion chief

    The Salt Lake City Public Service Commission has issued a blistering report regarding the lack of evidence and apparent manufactured allegations by fire department brass in the demotion of the city’s first female battalion chief.
    The commission said that it appeared Assistant Fire Chief Robert McMicken was “looking for reasons” to discipline Martha Ellis, a 22-year-veteran firefighter.
    - PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune
  • New York firefighter files amended civil complaint, gets new lawyers in religious discrimination case

    A Utica city firefighter who is alleging discrimination based on his gender and religious beliefs has filed an amended civil complaint with the help of new religious-rights lawyersJohn Brooks, son of former Utica Fire Chief Russell Brooks, said in court papers he's been subjected to a hostile work environment, threatened with disciplinary action, harassed and ridiculed because he refuses to cut his hair.
    - PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com
  • Arizona Fire board: Accusations against chief ‘unfounded’

    Things have returned to some degree of normalcy for the Central Yavapai Fire District board now that a six-month internal conflict has come to a definitive close.On March 14, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) Chief Scott Freitag lodged a written complaint against ViciLee Jacobs, a member of the CYFD board, claiming she had made “unsubstantiated accusations” against him and his command staff, some of which he warned were potentially defamatory.
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  • White House releases first responder fentanyl safety recommendations

    The White House released their official guide to first responder safety in cases of fentanyl exposure.The White House said in an announcement that the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders “provides unified, scientific, evidence-based recommendations to first responders so they can protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected during the course of their daily activities such as responding to overdose calls and conducting traffic stops, arrests and searches.
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  • Rhode Island city to pay nearly $6M to firefighters to settle shift dispute

    The city will pay firefighters $5.9 million to settle multiple legal complaints regarding overtime and shift changes filed in recent years, according to the mayor’s office.The deal, which still needs to be approved by members of the Local 799 of International Association of Firefighters and judges in Rhode Island Superior and U.
    - PUB DATE: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal
  • Nebraska city's police and fire unions seek assurances their ranks will grow

    The fire chief and labor union president agree: Lincoln's 249-member firefighter force is stretched thin.Lincoln Fire and Rescue has added eight full-time firefighters since 1990. In the same period, the city's population has swelled by nearly 87,000 — equal to two Kearneys and a Papillion.Overtime for firefighters has surged, injuries have increased and response times have dragged as demand for their services continues to climb, said Ron Trouba, president of the Lincoln Firefighters Assoc
  • Longtime New York firefighter dies following response to warehouse fire

    A longtime fire department volunteer and active community member will be remembered during a Line of Duty funeral service on Friday. David E. Carr, 62, a firefighter with the Brasher-Winthrop Fire Department, passed away Saturday morning after returning home from a massive fire at Curran Renewable Energy, 26 Trade Drive.
    - PUB DATE: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily News
  • How worn tires kept San Francisco fire truck from fighting Wine Country blazes

    San Francisco Fire Department officials are investigating why worn tires kept a special strike team’s fire truck from rolling to fight the Wine Country blazes when an emergency call for help came in. Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said the engine captain at Station 9 on Jerrold Street in the Bayview cited the truck’s tread-poor tires as the reason for not joining four other San Francisco strike teams rushing to Santa Rosa to battle the deadly Tubbs Fire early Oct.
    - PUB DATE: 11/7/201
  • Veteran Seattle firefighter speaks out about PTSD

    VIDEO - A veteran firefighter is doing his part to help first responders come to terms with post-traumatic stress.In a video by Starbucks, 29-year veteran firefighter Mike Washington, with the Seattle Fire Department, said keeping stress in after difficult calls is like holding a “ticking time bomb.
    - PUB DATE: 11/6/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
  • Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead, including 8 members of one family

    The gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history had in-laws who attended the church he targeted, the local sheriff said."We know that his ex- in-laws or in-laws came to church here from time to time," Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN Monday. "They were not here yesterday. So we don't know why he actually showed up yesterday.
    - PUB DATE: 11/6/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
  • Ohio firefighter saves 10-month-old from apartment fire

    Lockland Firefighter Michael Allen said he could feel his heart beating in his chest when he heard a 10-month-old was trapped in an apartment fire.A mother had been cooking at her apartment on North Wayne Avenue Sunday when a fire started in the kitchen. She was able to get three of her children outside, but the smoke was too thick for her to get to her baby.
    - PUB DATE: 11/6/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati
  • Former Virginia fire chief and philanthropist dies at 86

    A beloved former fire chief and city councilman who spent his retirement dedicated to philanthropy died Saturday.Robert “Buddy” Bagley, 86, served 16 years as fire chief before he retired in 1986. He had been with the department for 35 years, according to his obituary, and was the city’s longest serving chief.
    - PUB DATE: 11/6/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com
  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of Utah firefighters' suit over police access of their prescription records

    An appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of separate lawsuits by two Unified Fire Authority firefighters who alleged their constitutional rights were violated when a Cottonwood Heights police detective accessed a state database containing their prescription drug records.
    Assistant Fire Chief Marlon Jones and firefighter Ryan Pyle sued after Detective James Woods ran queries in 2013 on all 480 UFA employees after prescription drugs disappeared from some ambulances.
    - PUB DATE: 11/6/2017 12:00:
  • With 'Angel's Night' over, Detroit Firefighters Focus on Kids

    For decades, the sights and sounds in Detroit around Halloween were not those of costumed children frolicking in the streets as they went door-to-door seeking sweets from neighbors.The view in the Motor City consisted mainly of flames, the sounds were that of blaring fire apparatus sirens and the smells those of soot and ash.
    - PUB DATE: 11/3/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
  • Ohio medic, patient stuck inside while suspect takes stolen ambulance for a joyride

    VIDEO - Cruiser cam video just released by Dayton Police shows the chase with a stolen ambulance.
    A paramedic and a patient were in the back at the time police say 44-year-old Jeffrey Brown stole the vehicle. The paramedic called 911, frantic for help.
    FOX 45 talked with a veteran paramedic about how he would handle the situation should it arise.
    - PUB DATE: 11/3/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 45 Now

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