A bill that would increase penalties for Scott's Law violations has passed both chambers of the General Assembly.
Democratic Rep. Marcus Evans, of Chicago, said the 2002 “Slow Down or Move Over Law” was passed in memory of the death of Lt. Scott Gillen, a firefighter who was killed by a passing motorist while assisting a traffic accident.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Herald
VIDEO: Soon, fire fighters will be the only first responders rescuing people from Panama City Beach's Gulf waters.
Right now, police officers, firefighters, and parks and recreation officials all share the responsibility. Handing the torch to the fire department aims to save more lives in the end.
It's a trend throughout the state.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyPanhandle.com
A new mural at the Ogunquit Fire Department -- a colorful, expansive depiction of three key moments in the department's long and proud history -- will be unveiled after Monday's Memorial Day Parade.
The mural is the result of a collaboration between Nathanael Pierce, a firefighter and paramedic, and local artist John Stand, who owns Out of Sight, Out of Mind, a gallery at 622 Main St.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SeaCoastOnline.com
An emerging class of toxic chemicals is getting more attention in Madison as worries about contamination from the compounds is growing in Wisconsin.
Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, said Thursday he was supporting legislation to give state regulators more enforcement powers over the chemicals.
Also, two Republican legislators — Rep.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Sentinel
Something more than 100 years old was discovered in the north Valley: A Merced Fire Department badge from 1916.
This badge has great significance to the city of Merced. It belonged to a volunteer firefighter and on Thursday, it was returned to his family.
"One of my neighbors found a Merced fire badge that was dated 1916 and had the fella's name on it," says Lloyd Pareira, Merced County Supervisor for District 4.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyCentralValley.com
A man walked directly into the path of a bus in Lake Nona on Wednesday.
The 15-passenger self-driving shuttle came to a halt and let out a loud beep – preventing a collision and turning heads from the firefighters in attendance.
The demonstration was part of a training session meant to teach Orlando's first repsonders how to handle emergency situations involving Beep autonomous vehicles, soon to hit the roads in the southeast Orlando community.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel - Metered Site
As communities in southeast Wisconsin continue to grow, so does the need for volunteer firefighters. Fire Chief Tim Allen of the Union Grove Yorkville Fire Department has been in the business for decades, so firefighting is in his blood.
"I grew up in this business. My dad did it for 34 years, so I have been here since I have been a kid," said Allen.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee
According to some Heartland first responders, a feature on your smart phone could save your life.
“Medical ID” shows information about your health, especially important if you're ever unresponsive or unable to communicate.
“Everybody never thinks it's going to happen to them until it's done,” said Quentin Goode, Stoddard County Ambulance District EMT and Strike Team.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFVS-TV 12 CBS Cape Girardeau
VIDEO: New cutting-edge technology to help firefighters and first responders was developed right here in the Bay Area.
It's called "C-Thru" and it allows firefighters to see through thick smoke when battling fire -- and a man from San Francisco came up with the idea.
The Menlo Park Fire Department has tried the technology and say it's a game changer.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRON-TV 4 San Francisco
It was an accident that changed policy and the way firefighters protect us.
Four Cincinnati firefighters were putting out a fire 28 years ago, when all of a sudden the ladder they were on snapped. Almost three decades later, for the first time, one of those firefighters is talking about that day and the changes that followed.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati
VIDEO: Legislation passed the New York State Senate Monday that would allow law enforcement and firefighters to carry EpiPens to help save lives.
Under current law, they're not allowed to carry or administer EpiPens.
“There are a certain number of individuals who are identified in the law, which says you can carry an EpiPen and they weren't on the list unfortunately,” said Senator Jim Tedisco (R).
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYT-TV NBC 13 Albany
The Phoenix Fire Department is mourning the loss of a 31-year-old Phoenix firefighter who lost his battle to occupational cancer on Sunday morning.
Brian Beck Jr., a third-generation firefighter, was an eight-year veteran with the Phoenix Fire Department, while mostly working at Fire Station 33 in north Phoenix, according to the United Phoenix Firefighters, a nonprofit organization.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Central - Metered Site
VIDEO: The Ankeny Fire Department is hosting its first Special Needs open house for people with disabilities.
The idea to have a separate night for families with disabilities came when community members saw a need for it.
Ankeny Fire Department Public Education Coordinator and Firefighter Karen Peters said, “They really are a high-risk group as far as fire and fire safety.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines
Less than 700 feet from Millvale's Ethel M. Taylor Academy, a Cincinnati public elementary school, bombs have been going off for years and a building is often on fire.
Don't call emergency responders. They already know.
For years, the Cincinnati Fire Department has been setting cars and a specially-designed $3 million building alight to train fire recruits at 1898 Mill Creek Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CityBeat
VIDEO: The Navarre Beach Fire Department wants to become a state-recognized fire district.
Right now, they're privately owned.
Fire Chief Danny Fureigh is asking the county to approve a non-binding referendum on the county's special election ballot in August to gauge how voters feel.
Fureigh said state lawmakers want to know they have the community's support before they ask the legislature to make the Navarre Beach Fire Department state-recognized.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAR-TV ABC 3 Pensacola
VIDEO: Fargo police officer and president of the city's police organization Mike Clower "absolutely" thinks action taken Monday night, May 20, to raise salaries for most police officers and firefighters in the city will help attract and retain employees.
Clower, interviewed after a 4-1 favorable Fargo City Commission meeting vote, said he believes officers will be "quite pleased" with the decision to increase step pay for workers in the two departments with increases starting in the second year and continuing until they reach a maximum salary after about eight years.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: INFORUM
Jacksonville Beach city leaders met Monday night and voted in favor of a plan to merge the city's fire department with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
The City of Jacksonville still has to vote. If the merger happens, JFRD would provide services to people living in Jacksonville Beach. The proposal has been faced with opposition.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 4 JAX
A Minnesota woman has given a kidney to a firefighter who once answered her call for help.
Becca Bundy spotted Bill Cox tending bar last fall. The Bearville volunteer firefighter was wearing a T-shirt on which he wrote a plea for a donor.
“I couldn't get it out of my head,” Becca said. “I just said, ‘I'm the one and I know it.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE 11
VIDEO: A bill in the New York State legislature aims to help volunteer first responders out with their bills.
EMTs and firefighters often put themselves in dangerous situations to keep others safe.
“I love comforting people. I love being there for people, saving people. I feel like it's what I'm meant to do,” Emily Evans, volunteer firefighter & EMT, said.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News 10
Manpower and resources are at a premium inside the Tucson Fire Department.
The city is looking to minimize the high call volume firefighters face.
“We are doing this for firefighter safety,” interim Tucson Fire Chief Joe Gulotta said. “It's having an impact on their health. We're seeing higher levels of sick leave, we're seeing increase response times because crews are out of service in different areas all over town.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV 4 Tucson
Officials in California are crying foul over a Trump administration plan to slash firefighting assistance payments to the state, which could amount to millions of dollars in lost income for fire departments.
The U.S. Forest Service, in turn, is accusing the local fire departments in the state of over-billing the federal government as part of a federal-state partnership, the California Fire Assistance Agreement (CFAA), that was inked in 2015 and expires in 2020.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Tribune
There's controversy over a bill that restores worker's compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder for police and firefighters.
The bill, as it stands now, does not include the state's EMTs, and they'd like that to change.
They say they want to be included in the PTSD legislation.
When tragedies occur in any community, whether it be a mass casualty incident, a deadly fire, or a vehicle wreck, many see police and fire fighters as first responders.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3
The job of paramedic conjures up the image of a someone rushing to an emergency in an ambulance, lights flashing and siren blaring — not Shelly Brown. She's a certified community paramedic with Regions Hospital in St. Paul who drives a Volkswagen Beetle, stops at red lights and leisurely enters clients' homes for check-ins.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MPR News
Pueblo Fire Departments crews will soon be getting new technology to help them navigate through situations where fires create limited or no visibility at all.
The city has set aside $30,000 from a public safety grant match fund to purchase thermal imaging cameras that will attach to firefighters' self-contained breathing apparatuses.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Pueblo Chieftain
A state district court judge has ruled the proposition to match firefighter's pay with police officers unconstitutional.
Judge Tanya Garrison ruled the city can't pass a law that goes against the state's existing collective bargaining law.
Mayor Turner shared the news during the middle of Wednesday's city council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11
The Sampson County Fire Marshal's Office has a game-changing piece of aerial technology that allows for more efficient fire suppression and improved safety for those attacking flames from the ground.
Sampson County Office of Emergency Management has been the beneficiary of grants from local electric membership corporations, specifically South River EMC and Four County EMC, that were used to purchase state-of-the-art drones.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sampson Independent
An effort to develop a better fire shelter following the deaths of 19 wildland firefighters in Arizona six years ago has failed.
Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise in a decision on Wednesday said the current fire shelter developed in 2002 will remain in use.
The Arizona firefighters had deployed that same type of shelter in 2013, but still died in the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVA-TV CBS 11
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation's communities. NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to lead annual EMS Week activities. Together, NAEMT and ACEP are working to ensure that the important contributions of EMS practitioners in safeguarding the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities are fully celebrated and recognized.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NAEMT
VIDEO: The Town of Waterford is making firefighters in town decide whether they want to work part-time and get paid or fight fires as a volunteer.
Currently the town has overlap between part-time and volunteer firefighters.
First Selectman Dan Steward said the issue was raised after a local part-time firefighter requested to be paid for decades of volunteer service, citing a potential violation of an old federal labor law.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30
VIDEO: The Appleton Fire Department says the firefighter who was shot Wednesday night has died. The firefighter's name has not been released, but the statement says the firefighter had been with the department for 14 years.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen and Mayor Hanna will make a statement to the media on Thursday at the Appleton Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2
VIDEO: A quick CPR lesson and an app could be all it takes to save a nearby person's life.
Wake County EMS District Chief M. Wells demonstrated chest compressions a person would use on someone whose heart has stopped. He reminded people that even if they think they're not strong enough or are afraid of hurting the person, it's still worth it to perform CPR.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17
Gary Fire Chief Paul Bradley was just 18 years old and a recent graduate of Lew Wallace High School when he applied for a job with the city's Fire Department, his lifelong employer.
But if Bradley were coming along today, he wouldn't be able to apply. He'd be regarded as too young, even though he doesn't think the extra years would make much of a difference in his on-the-job abilities.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
Fire Departments and EMS in Santa Rosa County will observe the Fifth Annual “We Remember” Night, sponsored by the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, Friday, May 17, 2019, at 9 p.m.
The event will be demonstrated by pulling fire apparatus and ambulances onto the apron in front of their stations while activating emergency lights for one minute to remember brothers and sisters in the fire and EMS service who have taken their own lives.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRG-TV CBS 5
Dramatic new body camera video shows police engaging in a gun battle with a man inside a San Diego condo complex, resulting in two officers being struck by bullets and the suspect taking his own life.
The suspect, 28-year-old Joe Darwish, was wearing a bulletproof vest and was armed with a homemade assault weapon and a homemade 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7
Sometimes fighting a fire takes more than water.
Firefighters across New Jersey — particularly those working on military bases and at airports — use a special type of foam which smothers fires that water would be otherwise ineffective against. The foam is called aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).
Not all AFFF products are the same, but for decades many of them were made with toxic chemicals known as PFOS and PFOA (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid) that today are being found in drinking water systems across the Garden State.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
When Marion Fire Station No. 2 went into service in 1991, firefighter Deb Krebill spent the first night there.
Back then, Marion was a town of roughly 20,000, served by two fire stations. Today, the city has doubled in population — and Krebill is now the fire chief — but it still is served by those same two locations.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette
VIDEO: On Tuesday, a well-known R&B singer thanked the people who saved his life. Peabo Bryson had a heart attack April 27.
He had no pulse and was not breathing. Only 13% of victims found in this condition survive the ordeal. Bryson did and made it his priority to visit the local fire station to hug and thank those who helped save him.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta
The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to put Smithsburg EMS on probation after the ambulance company notified the county last week it needed immediate financial help.
Smithsburg EMS previously warned the county of its dire financial situation, anticipating it could close its doors by September without assistance.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald-Mail Media
After years of mechanical problems plaguing the District's emergency response vehicles, the D.C. Council is moving to fund $65 million in fixes.
The Council's Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety wants the District to replace old and broken down ambulances, fire engines, and ladder trucks with the funds, as well as build a new repair shop.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DCist
So much of Lower Manhattan has transformed since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: 1 World Trade Center has risen again to help fill a glaring gap in New York City's skyline. Closer to earth, thousands each day pass through the Oculus, the photogenic transit hub and shopping mall that is adjacent to a site of the attacks.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The New York Times - Metered Site
Firefighters from all over southeast Iowa came out to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department and 50th anniversary of the Henry County Fire Department on Saturday, May 11, with an open house and training session.
The department brought in a simulation and training trailer from the Fire Service Training Bureau to train firefighters and inform the public about the kinds of training the firefighters have to do.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mt. Pleasant News
Kristi Walters said her husband David endured many “close calls” in his two decades as a Dallas firefighter.
But David Walters, 49, last year didn't die at a blaze or a car-wreck scene or at the fire station; he collapsed suddenly after playing a little football with his family the day after Thanksgiving.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas News
The Payson Town Council last week voted against merging the Payson, Hellsgate and Houston Mesa fire departments.
Officials negotiated the merger for two years, which won overwhelming support from firefighters. The departments spent thousands on a consultant, which concluded a merger would save money, not require a tax increase and improve services.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
It was a very early Saturday morning in November 1986, when Dan Sullivan said he arrived on the scene of his first fire as a new Quincy firefighter. And it was a bad one.
The blaze was a two-alarm fire at a single family home in North Quincy at 28 Milton Road. When firefighters arrived, a mother and her newborn daughter were trapped inside the house.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Patriot Ledger
An Atlanta firefighter was severely injured when he was struck by a vehicle along Interstate 85 northbound near Cleveland Avenue Sunday morning.
The firefighter was part of a crew from Fire Station #2 responding to a rollover wreck on the interstate and was stepping off of a fire engine when he was struck by another vehicle, according to Atlanta Fire Chief Randall Slaughter.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 11 Alive
Ultra-rugged LTE device maker Sonim Technologies today began trading on the Nasdaq Global Market, a step that reflects the burgeoning open-standards environment that is developing with the establishment of public-safety and critical-infrastructure broadband initiatives, according to Sonim CEO Bob Plaschke.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications
As more and more colonists came to the early counties, forests were naturally cleared and wooden homes as well as other structures were built. In those homes, owners had wooden floors, wooden walls, wooden ceilings and, of course, furniture made of wood.
Additionally, in time, houses and farms became closer to each other as the population increased.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Bulletin
VIDEO: Sometimes the best way of thanking your heroes is becoming one of them.
A young man is now firefighter after he credits them for saving his life. The new recruit says he is ready to give others second chances. Zack Jones always had one dream job and that was to be a firefighter.
“I grew up around just hearing the stories and it always sounded really cool to be a part of the department that saved my life,” said Jones.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Channel 5 Nashville
After struggling for six years, legislators, labor advocates and municipal leaders will announce a long-awaited compromise Monday on post-traumatic stress disorder benefits for police and firefighters.
Though they declined to provide details of the agreement, Sen. Cathy Osten, D-Sprague — who's spearheaded the push to expand coverage for first responders — and Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Executive Director Joe DeLong, both predicted Friday it would draw bipartisan support.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CT Post
VIDEO: The Kern County Administrative office and the Kern County Firefighter's Association have not been able to settle on a two-year contract after the two sides failed to agree on how to cut overtime spending.
The Firefighters Association voted against the county's offer last night, an offer that would have cut overtime spending by the department by $3.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield
Keith Johnson could tell story after story about the vitriol he's faced as EMS chief of Malvern Fire Company.
“I had a gentleman literally in one breath thank me for my crew saving his daughter's life," he said, “and in the second breath say: 'But your bill's ridiculous, I'm not paying.'”
In Berwyn, Fire Chief Eamon Brazunas has gotten scathing notes from folks upset about their ambulance bills because they wrongly assume that the service is free for taxpayers.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
VIDEO: A massive fire early Thursday consumed 613 Automotive, a used car dealership at the south end of the village that was being used as the staging area and a set for the filming of an HBO miniseries. Ellenville Police Chief Phil Mattracion said the cause of the 1 a.m. fire at 188 S. Main St. (U.S.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Freeman
Rhode Island's public employee unions have again scored a victory in the state's Democrat-dominated General Assembly.
In a series of final votes on Thursday, state lawmakers approved bills to mandate time-and-a-half pay to firefighters who average more than 42 hours a week and to lock in the wages and benefits in expired teacher and municipal public employee contracts until a new contract is in place.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal - Metered Site
Around the U.S., many police departments, fire departments, emergency medical services, and other first responders are experiencing a shortage in staff.
Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said Columbus Fire and EMS is currently about 25 people short and they only hire once a year. Shores said when Columbus Fire and EMS are at full staff, they have roughly 100 people on board.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVM-TV ABC 9
The city's firefighters union voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night against the ratification of a contract proposal that Mayor Joseph J. Solomon had heralded as a major advancement for Warwick's finances.
As proposed, the two-year deal provided no raises and it also resolved other issues, including a pension overhaul program that was reversed in a recent arbitration proceeding, according to Solomon.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal
After years in the works Detroit Fire and EMS will now be wearing body armor.
The new policy started today.
The firefighter association president is conflicted about the new change.
Mike Nevin says the job is dangerous. EMS and fire assaults happen frequently, so bulletproof vests are a welcome addition.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ ABC 7 Detroit
Washington Governor Jay Inslee will today sign precedent-setting legislation protecting people and orcas from toxic chemical pollution. After the law is signed, Washington will have the nation's strongest policy regulating toxic chemicals in products, a major source of harmful chemicals in our homes and environment.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SaferChemicals.org
A program to activate first responders kicked off Wednesday morning in Lauderdale County. The campaign is designed to utilize the knowledge of law enforcement and firefighters in a way you might not think about. On a typical day, the Florence-Lauderdale Visitors Center is chock-full of tourists. Wednesday morning things were a little different; the visitors were wearing guns and badges.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNT 19 News
Two massive fires in one day in the city of Troy have the firefighters' union president continuing to call on city leaders for better staffing and another set of turnout gear.
“It needs to be addressed. We can't wait for a grant,” said Eric Wisher, Troy Uniformed Firefighters Association president.
Wisher says the call volume has increased 40 percent over the years with new developments in the city.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
VIDEO: Two volunteer firefighters were hurt on the job. The Salem Township firefighters were trapped inside a flipped fire engine.
“(I) just thank God was in the right place for everybody,” said Salem Township Fire Chief Todd Lewis.
First responders were called out to a barn fire along 300 West in Daleville around 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIN-TV Fox 59
The July 2018 death of an inter-agency captain who was helping fight the Ferguson wildfire was ruled a “serious accident” and sparked an investigation and change in policies for the National Park Service.
Capt. Brian Hughes, 33, of the NPS Arrowhead Hotshot agency, was killed on July 29, 2018, while he and his crew were removing hazardous standing dead trees to prevent the fire near Yosemite National Park from spreading, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star - Metered Site
Fighting wildfires in Washington costs an average of $153 million a year. Last year, Public Lands Commissioner Hillary Franz offered a plan to cope with some of those costs.
How did the proposal fare? Under the state budget just finalized last week, the Department of Natural Resources will receive $48.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: iFiberOne
A longtime town firefighter recently filed a claim seeking payment for all hours worked as a volunteer over the last three decades, igniting potentially lengthy negotiations at a time when Waterford and other towns are shaking up fire services to address increasing concerns over manpower and labor laws.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Day
Monday marked the first day of testimony in the trial of two men accused in the Oakland warehouse fire that left 36 people dead more than two years ago.
Derick Almena, 49, and Max Harris, 29, have been jailed since their arrest in June 2017. Prosecutors say Almena rented the warehouse and Harris acted as "creative director," helping book concerts and collect rent.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Los Angeles
Ed McLaughlin was 15 years old when he saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time.
“I went to Philmont Scout Ranch, south of here, and hiked and fell in love with the area,” he said.
Years later, McLaughlin's brother bought a lot in the Forbes Park neighborhood in Costilla County, nestled near the Spanish Peaks in southern Colorado.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 9 News
VIDEO: First responders who helped save the lives of the 143 people on board the Miami Air plane that went skidding into the St. Johns River Friday night say it's their job but not something they will soon forget.
More than 100 firefighters from across the city worked together to quickly get passengers off the wing of the airplane and back to shore.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 4 Jax
Mayor London Breed swore in new Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson on Monday.
Nicholson, who has served with the department for 25 years in a variety of roles, most recently as deputy chief of administration, is the second woman to be appointed chief and the first openly LGBT person to hold the title. Her instalment follows the retirement of Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who led the department for 15 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner
VIDEO: A 9-year-old boy from Rose Township is on a big mission to save lives.
Lucas Vetter is raising money to buy lifesaving CPR machines for the fire department in Livingston County and he has reached his first milestone in his goal.
"They showed us the LUCAS and I instantly became insanely impressed by how amazing it was," Vetter said.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Click On Detroit
Last summer, two Falmouth police officers were shot while responding to an incident on Ashley Drive. The suspect was also shot several times by police.
All three were treated at the same time on the front lawn of the home by emergency medical staff from the fire department.
Officers Ryan Moore and Donald DiMiranda and suspect Malik Koval all survived, but the tense scenario underlined the need for firefighters to have some protection when providing treatment under potentially dangerous conditions.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cape Cod Times
Officials confirm a firefighter died while fighting a fire early Sunday morning in Christopher.
Seventeen fire departments and six police departments assisted in battling the two-story structure fire.
The Christopher Police Department said a call came in around 3:30 a.m. reporting a fire at 118 West Market Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV 3
A veteran paramedic who overcame a hardscrabble Bronx childhood to log an incredible 28 years with the FDNY will have stars in her eyes and four more on her collar Tuesday as the history-making new Chief of EMS.
Lillian Bonsignore, a single mom barely out of her teens when she started as an emergency medical technician in 1991, becomes the first woman to hold the rank in the department's 154-year history.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
VIDEO: 19 elected officials and leaders from Wichita and surrounding cities suited up in protective gear to see what it is like to be a firefighter for a day.
In small groups, participants took turns battling a structure fire under the controlled supervision of firefighters.
"We had fire going over the top of our heads," said David Dennis, Sedgwick County Commissioner of District 3.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW 3 Wichita
Since 1885, New Jersey firefighters and their families have benefitted from a special fund designed to support them in times of tragedy and financial hardship.
It helps pay for the burials of fallen firefighters, provides financial assistance for first responders hit with medical bills, and even provides in-home health care for those who are aging and suffering from physical ailments.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A longtime member of the Tulsa Fire Department received a historic confirmation to the State Fire Marshal Commission.
Gov. Kevin Stitt recently appointed Training Chief Julie Lynn as the first woman to serve on the commission.
She will replace Stan May, who resigned as commissioner after being elected to the state House of Representatives in January.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tulsa World
Firefighters in Miami Beach are concerned that nepotism played a role in selecting this year's recruit class, creating an unfair hiring process and possible safety risks, according to three current firefighters who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
More than 500 people applied for coveted positions with the Miami Beach Fire Department last fall and 124 made it past the written exam and physical agility test to the interview round.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Miami Herald
A public service announcement that spotlights the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut is up for an Emmy award.
Shot by professional cinematographer and Hebron volunteer firefighter Matthew Troy, “See You Out There” features 85 volunteers from 16 departments across the state. The regional Emmy awards are to be presented on June 15 in Boston.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant
VIDEO: A strong wind gust thrust a bounce house-type inflatable into the air Wednesday, injuring five Washington state high school students, officials said.
The inflatable went airborne at about 2:30 p.m. during an Associated student body event at Zillah High School, outside of Yakima, according to a statement from the school.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
Eight firefighters and a police officer were injured at a solar energy storage facility in the aptly named town of Surprise, Arizona last month when they answered a call to inspect an energy storage system (ESS) fire. The situation quickly took a turn for the worse when an explosion blew the container's doors off.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1.com
Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. plans to set up a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires likely started by the utility's equipment, according to a court filing Wednesday.
PG&E's "wildfire assistance program" would provide relief for people who lost property during huge blazes in 2017 and 2018, said the filing in U.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area
The San Francisco Giants honored Joanne Hayes-White, the city's first female fire chief, on Wednesday during her last official public appearance before she retires.
She threw out the ceremonial first pitch during a Giants-Dodgers game.
Hayes-White served for 30 years with the department. "It's pretty surreal right now.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU Fox 2
Orange County's newest fire station, its first in the booming Horizon West community near Disney, means more money in Joan Sullens' pocket.
The Horizon West resident now qualifies for a premium-reducing, fire-protection discount on her homeowners insurance policy because firefighting crews are much closer.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
A new law designed to make volunteer service more attractive to retired firefighters will help rural fire departments across the state, Byng Fire Department Chief Chris McGill said Tuesday.
“We've had a recent decline in volunteers and people wiling to volunteer, and that will assist these little departments that have retired paid personnel in their fire districts that are willing to volunteer,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stillwater News Press
Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday.
California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the northern part of the state last year that destroyed the town of Paradise, killing more than 80 people.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News
Legislation designating nine types of cancer as on-the-job injuries for firefighters cleared a House committee Tuesday despite opposition from a powerful lobbying group.
Statistically, firefighters are at a higher risk than the general public for esophageal, intestinal, rectal, testicular, brain and oral cavity cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma and mesothelioma.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL.com
Six days after Houston City Council approved 220 firefighter layoffs, Fire Chief Sam Peña followed through telling the department's newest hires in an emailed letter, "I am sorry to have to notify you that your position is being eliminated..."
Peña explained the layoffs, telling firefighters, "The City of Houston has experienced a sizeable budget shortfall due to the implementation of Prop B.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 13 News
Stephen Carr, president of the York Village Fire Department corporation, laid out the typical scenario for a volunteer firefighter at the York Village or York Beach departments.
“The pager goes off. You could be at work, so you're leaving work and not getting paid while you respond,” he said. “You get in your vehicle, using your own gasoline.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bangor Daily News
After weathering six judges, a long preliminary hearing, a botched plea deal, countless legal motions and no shortage of emotional courtroom drama, the trial of two men held responsible for the deaths of 36 people in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire 2 1/2 years ago finally begins Tuesday.
Prosecutors are scheduled to deliver opening statements laying out their case against Derick Almena, 49, and Max Harris, 29, who are charged with 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter stemming from the Dec.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Negotiators for the city and the executive board of Warwick's firefighters union have reached agreement on a proposed union contract that would bolster the city's financial position, Mayor Joseph J. Solomon said Tuesday.
The proposed contract, which remains subject to ratification votes by the union's membership and by Warwick's City Council, would incorporate pension language already written into the city's ordinances, said Solomon.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal
State lawmakers are working to curb and document the use of contaminated firefighting foam with a trio of bills.
Fire chiefs who use firefighting foam that contained per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances would be required to report its usage within 48 hours, including details on the location, quantity used, nearby waterways and cleanup efforts.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit News
A decorated Navy SEAL was rejected by the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) because he was too old, multiple reports say.
According to the "New York Post," 37-year-old Special Operations Chief Shaun Donovan was told by FDNY he's six months and 25 days too old to join the department. Donovan passed the written exam for firefighters, scoring in the top 1 percent of nearly 44,000 candidates and passed the physical test.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 10 News
You've seen police body-camera video, but now we're seeing similar videos from firefighters. The new videos are changing the way departments train their crews.
“Kind of like what sports athletes do. They're watching batting practicing or watching another football team. We're doing the same thing. We're reevaluating and seeing how we can get better,” Captain JD Flint, with Metro Fire of Sacramento, said.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 13 Sacramento
Efforts are under way nationally to get communications officers, aka dispatchers, proper recognition for what they do.
Rep. Norma J. Torres' House Resolution 1629, called the 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act, seeks to reclassify communications officers nationally from a non-protective service occupation to a protective one in the Standard Occupational Classification system, giving dispatchers recognition as first responders.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Norman Transcript
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council approved a plan to consolidate the information currently contained in 114 NFPA Emergency Response and Responder Safety (ERRS) standards, guides, and recommended practices into 38 overarching standards. The move will not only provide emergency responders with easier access to well-rounded safety information, but also improve the standards development experience for more than 2,000 principle and alternative NFPA Technical Committee Members.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NFPA.org
In a move West Shore Fire Department Commission Chairman Robert Bruneau called “phenomenal” and “unheard of,” the firefighters union in that district unanimously agreed to defer a contractual raise for two years to ease the burden on taxpayers.
“I think it's big,” Bruneau said. “I think they want to do what's best for the district.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register
Four people were killed when a crane collapsed Saturday afternoon, falling onto traffic in downtown Seattle.
The Seattle Fire Department said one woman and three men were dead before the first firefighters arrived at the scene. Two of the people killed were ironworkers working on the crane and the other two were inside vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING 5 News
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan was honored today by mourners from across the country at his funeral in New York City, where he also was a decorated firefighter.
Slutman's flag-draped casket was taken from a Bronx funeral home atop a fire engine caisson.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LoHud.com
The battle against the devastating Woolsey Fire was hampered in Los Angeles County by politicians asking firefighters to check on certain homes, according to an agency that helped battle the blaze.
The conclusion comes from an after-action review by the Los Angeles Fire Department, which joined Los Angeles and Ventura county departments in battling the November blaze, the Los Angeles Times reported.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star - Metered Site
One day, a fire chief who is a good friend called me to talk, either for therapeutic reasons or validation that he made the right decision about something. In the end, the phone call may have been therapeutic, but he had certainly not made the right decision. He had reacted emotionally to a situation and felt he had to make an immediate decision.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
Growing up the son of a firefighter, Flagler College junior Blake Richardson heard plenty of stories from his father Brad about his work at the Fernandina Beach Fire Department.
Over the last 15 years of his dad's career, two of the common themes that always came up were the stress of the job and the lack of sleep.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The St. Augustine Record
VIDEO: The Greeley Fire Department is in mourning for a veteran firefighter who died after a traffic collision. The firefighter, identified as Steven Michael Kuzik, was on his way to work when the crash happened.
Police officers rushed to the crash at 6:31 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 14th Avenue and 5th Street on a report of a traffic accident involving a motorcycle, driven by Kuzik, and an SUV, possibly a Suburban.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Denver
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