The head of the nation's largest firefighters union is calling on the Trump administration to back a bill that would grant additional funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until 2090.
Harold Schaitberger, who is general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), said Thursday that even though the bill boasts strong bipartisan support in Congress it could use more help from the White House.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
VIDEO: Starting Aug. 1, current and past first responders may use a medically documented post-traumatic stress disorder to apply for workers' compensation. This is part of Louisiana Act No. 112, which unanimously passed through both the Louisiana House and Senate.
“It helps from the standpoint if they require inpatient treatment," said Licensed Professional Counselor Craig Kennedy.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KALB-TV NBC/CBS 35 Alexandria
Eleven years ago this month, a fire ripped through a part of Universal Studios Hollywood.
At the time, the company said that the blaze had destroyed the theme park's “King Kong” attraction and a video vault that contained only copies of old works.
But, according to an article published on Tuesday by The New York Times Magazine, the fire also tore through an archive housing treasured audio recordings, amounting to what the piece described as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The New York Times - Metered Site
First responders never know what they'll encounter when the call comes in – and so they practice. They participate in training drills on a regular basis. Firefighters, paramedics, troopers and police officers are all a big family– one that has each other's backs in the face of any emergency.
Ralph Munroe works on Ladder 3 out of the Stevens Avenue station – and the notion of family hits pretty close to home for him.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSH-TV NBC 44 Portland
Two people are in the hospital after a massive fire destroyed a $2 million mansion in The Woodlands on Palmer Woods.
About 15 units from the Woodlands Fire Department were on scene trying to get the flames under control.
The conditions were bad upon arrival so the firefighters went into defensive mode, but officials say it will be a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
Houston City Council on Wednesday formally reversed the 220 firefighter layoffs and hundreds of demotions it approved earlier this year, making official Mayor Sylvester Turner's pledge not to lay off or demote any firefighters in the aftermath of a judge's ruling that Proposition B is unconstitutional.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
The police chief of Alaska's largest city hurried out of the department's glass building after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even police radios were spotty after a major earthquake, but his cellphone was recently equipped with a national wireless network dedicated to first responders.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AP News
VIDEO: First responders in Scott County say there aren't enough EMTs staying in the area for work, but some are offering a proposal to try and fix the problem.
"Last year we had a 25 percent turnover rate," Scott County EMS Director Brandon Remley said.
Remley is trying to bring in more paramedics and keep them in Scott County.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV CBS Lexington
A day spent at the beach or the bay usually ends for thousands with nothing worse than a sunburn or chapped lips. But it's the constant potential for a far worse outcome that can keep Nassau and Suffolk first responders on edge when the weather gets warm.
On Wednesday, rescue teams from both counties gathered at Nassau's Tobay Beach — sunsplashed but mostly empty of the crowds soon to come — to demonstrate and practice using inflatable flotation devices to rescue distressed swimmers and anyone else who finds themselves bobbing in Long Island waters without a life preserver or much hope for surviving.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday
If there's a safety threat at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, there's now multiple ways for officials to warn visitors of the danger and to tell them what to do.
Passengers and other visitors will also be able to reach out quickly to airport managers if they find themselves in the middle of an emergency.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Emergency Management
VIDEO/PHOTOS: The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed part of a Scarborough campground.
Thankfully, no one was injured.
Fire crews were called to the scene at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for the 3-alarm fire at Bailey's Camping Resort on Pine Point Road.
The restaurant Seaside Square Cafe is part of the resort.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland
VIDEO: For two days last week, Menomonee Falls had almost no equipment to fight a fire. There were no fire engines Tuesday, and by Wednesday night, only part of a ladder truck was working. But Assistant Chief James Mollet said that is not even the worst part.
“The fact we are up here talking tonight because of vehicles being broken or out of service, to me, that's the bright side,” said Mollet.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee
VIDEO: New information has been released on the investigation into the deaths of two York County firefighters.
The report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration tries to answer one question: should Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony have been allowed in a partially-collapsed former mill?
The Institute released a 57-page report detailing where they think the York City Fire Department went wrong on March 22, 2018 at the old Weaver Organ and Piano Company, and what the department can do to improve in the future.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg
Mesa Fire and Medical and the Glendale Fire Department have joined together to spread the word about water safety through the easiest and most accessible platform — social media.
The two departments posted on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts a video with a warning to keep kids safe and prevent drownings, especially with summer in full swing.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 92.3 FM Glendale
VIDEO: First responders can now be better prepared for emergencies involving children. The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) is on the road with its Mobile Training Center.
For much of June, the specially-equipped RV is parked at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority's administrative building.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver
A helicopter crashed on top of a building in Midtown on Monday afternoon.
It happened at around 1:43 p.m., according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. The helicopter was flying in restricted air space and in rain and fog when it crashed.
More than 100 emergency responders rushed to the scene at 787 Seventh Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York CBS Local
The message from Montgomery County's fire union to Governor Larry Hogan was direct and alarming.
The county's emergency radio system is on the brink of “catastrophic failure,” and officials must find a way to replace the system “as quickly as humanely possible.”
A three-page letter sent June 5 by International Association of Firefighters Lodge 1664 President Jeffrey Bundle to Hogan details concerns that the radio system is long overdue for an upgrade.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9
Each month co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and 2017-2018 IAFC president, and Sheldon Gilbert, ESCI chief executive officer, will discuss hot-button issues with leaders inthe fire and emergency service.
Episode 1 explores reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week, June 16-22.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
The names etched on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs underscore the grim truth about the leading cause of death among firefighters.
Over the past five years, 65 percent of the 944 firefighters whose names were added to the wall succumbed to job-related cancers.
This year will be no different, according to Patrick Morrison of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Miami
There are still questions on why a group of people allegedly threw water balloons, and shouted offensive comments at firefighters. The incident happened while those firefighters were responding to an EMS call last Sunday at Ford Park. The Shreveport Police is investigating.
According to Police Chief Ben Raymond a look into the calls on that Sunday shows police were called to the Ford Park area at least 5 times for minor accidents, loud music, and loitering.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport
The Maryland Heights Fire Department (MHFD) is mourning the loss of one of their own Saturday.
Officials said firefighter and paramedic Chris Moore died Saturday morning at his home in Eureka. His death is still considered in the line of duty as he fought fires both on Thursday and Friday.
Regulations allow up to 24 hours after a firefighter leaves a fire for deaths to be classified in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis
The way Tuolumne County provides fire protection services is not sustainable without changes that could prove to be controversial, according to a new independent study that will be discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday.
There was a shortfall of more than $1.5 million in the county's overall fire protection system in 2017 that was expected to grow to more than $2 million by 2022, the study determined.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Union Democrat
VIDEO: Jacqueline Pinnix was surprised when her daughter told her she wanted to become a firefighter.
Jalisa Pinnix, 28, had never expressed interest in any careers related to the medical or emergency services fields. But growing up, Jalisa always admired her mother, who worked as an EMT. Jalisa used to brag about her mom's job racing across Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Pilot Robert Delleo has been flying for the N.C. Forest Service for 10 years and says it's not unheard-of to hit a bird as you're skimming just above the treetops over a wildfire.
What he really worries about, though, is the possibility of hitting a drone, which fly at that same altitude and are just as impossible to see when you're moving at more than 200 mph.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News & Observer
VIDEO: A woman died and at least five more people were injured Sunday afternoon when a crane fell into an Old East Dallas apartment building as storms pummeled the Dallas area.
Crews searching Elan City Lights apartments found the woman inside an apartment after the crane crashed into the east side of the building, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News
Bill Ricci wasn't on duty when he and 87 other firefighters from the Clifton Fire Department took buses to and from Ground Zero to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the days and weeks after 9/11, he told state lawmakers Thursday.
Like many, he volunteered. And nearly 18 years later, his health has suffered for it.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A Pawtucket Fire Department injury report obtained by Target 12 blames an out-of-service ladder truck, a lack of funding to repair it, training, and a number of other issues for an injury to a firefighter that resulted in him losing his foot.
The firefighter's foot was amputated 15 days after he was injured during a May 15 triple-decker fire at 579 Central Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV News 12
VIDEO: A pair of Baton Rouge firefighters are being praised for taking swift action after a woman was carried away by flood water Thursday morning.
WBRZ was rolling as the driver's sedan went underwater at the Acadian underpass near I-10.
As the woman's vehicle is carried away in the several-feet-deep water, two Baton Rouge firefighters rush in to save the driver trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRZ-TV ABC 2 Baton Rouge
Sparks from a hammer driving a metal stake into the ground ignited a 2018 blaze in Northern California that killed a firefighter and became the largest wildland fire in state history, officials said Thursday.
The blaze started July 17, 2018, in Mendocino County and quickly spread, aided by dry vegetation, strong winds and hot temperatures.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News
Paramedic Peter Canning walks through Hartford's Pope Park. He picks up empty heroin baggies as he passes by athletic fields, a public pool and a picnic pavilion where a few people appear to nod off.
The pavilion place is really the place to go,” Canning says. “The people are down there using right now, so we'll leave them in peace.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSHU Public Radio
VIDEO: An explosion at the Roswell airport sent two local firefighters to hospitals in critical condition, and Wednesday night the community gathered to pray for those firefighters as investigators try to figure out exactly what happened.
It was an emotional night in Roswell. Dozens of people came out, including other firefighters and their families hoping the two injured firefighters pull through.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRQE-TV New Mexico
Saving lives is in Joel Rosado's blood, the same blood his sister shed in service to the city.
Rosado, the brother of murdered Bronx EMT Yadira Arroyo is following in her footsteps. Rosado, 32, is graduating the FDNY EMS academy on Thursday and will be assigned to his big sister's station, the Daily News has learned.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
The paramedic faced a dilemma. After responding to the home of a woman with an open wound in February 2016, he was ordered by a doctor back at the hospital to drill a catheter into her arm.
But the woman, a believer in alternative medicine, refused the treatment. Instead, the paramedic offered to perform Reiki, a Japanese healing technique based on “life force energy” that many doctors believe lacks scientific credibility.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHYY-FM
A motorcyclist died after a collision with a fire engine in Orange on Wednesday, June 5, and three firefighters were injured.
The crash happened near the intersection of Collins Avenue and Roberto Street, a dispatcher for the Metro Cities Fire Authority said.
The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital, where the man was later pronounced dead, Orange Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Orange County Register - Metered Site
The closest hospital to Alabama's beaches is in Foley, which “can seem like an eternity” during an emergency along congested Alabama State Route 59.
The trip is especially treacherous on summer weekends, when tens of thousands of motorists converge upon or leave the Gulf Coast. The state's transportation director recently called it a “dangerous situation,” prompting him to elevate a new Intracoastal Waterway bridge atop the list of road construction priorities in Alabama.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AL.com
A 74-year-old woman who was injured while hiking Piestewa Peak Tuesday afternoon was lifted from the mountain by helicopter, during which the basket she was in began spinning out of control.
Video of the rescue — and the woman's wild ride — was captured by several local television news helicopter cameras.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Arizona Republic
An off-duty Frederick County, Maryland, firefighter died after being pinned beneath a tractor in Montgomery County.
The death of 60-year-old Drue Jones was confirmed in a tweet Tuesday from Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said earlier that they were responding to a remote area of farmland in Dickerson.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-FM Washington, D.C.
Ohio first responders are once again butting heads with the business community over workers' compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder.
A fight that has repeatedly arisen over recent years is again heating up, after House lawmakers added a provision to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation budget allowing police, firefighters and emergency medical workers to file claims without a correlating physical injury.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch
PHOTOS: As the seven-alarm fire engulfed Kings Plaza mall's parking garage, radios used to communicate by firefighters kept going in and out. There were seven “May Day” calls from firefighters during the height of the fire that consumed over a hundred cars on Sept. 17, 2018, whose oxygen tanks were depleting as they were lost in the dense smoke.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bklyner
Nebraska Task Force 1 (NE-TF1) is making history as one of eleven emergency response teams participating in the nation's largest civilian based search and rescue exercise ever done in the United States.
Over 1,500 trained emergency responders will be stationed at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), Indiana, for the exercise on June 1-7.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC 10
Hotshot crews from around western and central Montana are headed to Canada this week to help fight wildfires that have forced thousands from their homes.
The Northern Rockies Coordination Center (NRCC) confirmed the Helena Hotshots, Bitterroot Hotshots, Lolo Hotshots, and the Flathead Hotshots are all being dispatched to Alberta on Wednesday, June 5.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVH-DT Helena
Conducting search and rescue operations in one of the busiest waterways in the world commands the use of all the tools of the trade.
That's why the Menlo Park Fire Protection District has teamed up with the U.S. Coast Guard to create a first-of-its-kind drone operation over San Francisco Bay. "Unmanned aerial systems," aka drones, have been added in the partnerships to complement commonly-used vehicles in the rescue fleet such as helicopters.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Menlo Park-Atherton Patch
As the Phoenix population continues to increase, so do its residents' calls for help.
From 2012 to 2018, the Phoenix Fire Department saw an increase of nearly 35,000 calls, or about 100 more calls per day.
Newly elected Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego is working side by side with her city's first responders to ensure that this public safety need is met.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM Glendale
VIDEO: The Amherst Fire Department is getting rid of the old and bringing in the new.
The department just purchased new high-tech helmets for firefighters to wear when they are on a call.
These helmets are the latest gear for firefighters in Amherst. They are much different from the old helmets that have been around for hundreds of years in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Western Mass News
The City of New Orleans has reduced carbon monoxide emissions from its fleet of emergency vehicles by 147 tons in the past year by installing solar panels on the top of 16 ambulances.
The fleet of New Orleans EMS ambulances each have eight solar panels attached to the roof, and the solar energy collected maintains power to each ambulance's vital systems while the vehicles idle.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGNO-TV ABC 26 New Orleans
A man news reports say was an off-duty firefighter died Sunday morning while competing in a triathlon in Cape May County, officials said.
CBS Philly reported the man was an off-duty Philadelphia firefighter. An employee at the Philadelphia Fire Department, who declined to be identified, confirmed that a firefighter had died at the event.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Land managers have a new tool in their firefighting arsenals that models forest fuels in three dimensions. These 3D fuel models have the potential to make firefighting and the management of controlled burns safer and less costly while helping to protect valuable natural resources.
The 3D fuels modeling technique will benefit land managers by allowing firefighters to develop better strategies and helping predict future fire behavior.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. Department of Agriculture
As the number of fire calls increases year after year, the number of volunteer firefighters to answer those calls dwindles. Between retirements, scheduling conflicts and an overall loss in interest, Davidson County fire officials say local departments are short staffed and suffering, but wonder if there is a solution to this nationwide problem.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Dispatch
Officials with the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 9 announced at a May 28 meeting intentions to take control of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department and begin offering fire and emergency medical services directly by year's end.
The move will unlock several advantages that will help the department, as a fully governmental entity, be more competitive in recruiting and maintaining fire fighters, which ESD Commissioner Tommy Balez said will be crucial for adapting to population growth.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Community Impact Newspaper
VIDEO: Hundreds of people gathered Saturday afternoon at the Nampa Civic Center to celebrate the life of a longtime Boise firefighter, and before the memorial began, Boise Fire Department Chief Dennis Doan saw an opportunity to spread awareness so that similar deaths might be prevented in the future.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Idaho Statesman
Every year on Sept. 11, relatives and friends of people killed at the World Trade Center return to the memorial that fills the footprints of the towers. The mayor, even presidential candidates, have joined them as the victims' names are read. Many run their fingers over some of the thousands of names etched in bronze and wedge stems of flowers into the letters.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The New York Times - Metered Site
It's a hot market for firefighter jobs throughout Sonoma County with dozens of recent hires and more openings available as numerous agencies hustle to fill slots and bolster staffing.
Jobs are open at small and large agencies — even PG&E is hiring its own firefighting staff, which is a first for the utility company seeking at least 50 firefighters for high fire danger areas in the state, including the North Bay.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat
When it comes to the history of the nation's vast public lands, what's often missing from the narrative is the role women played during the early years of the U.S. Forest Service, and the increasing role they have played in overseeing the lands for the past five decades.
“For most of its existence, the Forest Service has had a reputation as a 'good ol' boys' organization, due in large part to its reliance on a male workforce,” said Richa Wilson, an architectural historian for the U.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
Brookline will issue an apology to Gerald Alston, the former Brookline firefighter who the town fired after he came forward to report a supervisor had left a voicemail with a racial epithet on it.
Town Meeting members discussed at length whether to issue a formal apology before the vote. Some argued it could hurt the town, which is still facing litigation from Alston.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brookline Patch
A nationwide "Ride 4 Relief" is kicking off in Sioux Falls Thursday.
Jeff Shepard is driving through 35 states spreading awareness about the stresses and dangers police officers, firefighters and other first responders face and how they can affect mental health.
"It's a sad thing and it needs to be talked and people to be aware of it," Shepard said.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KELO-TV CBS Sioux Falls
Gov. Phil Murphy voiced his support for organized labor during a speech Wednesday morning at the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey Convention.
“I remain committed to protecting the rights of working people to come together and form a union,” Murphy said. “And I remain equally opposed to the misguided and disingenuous efforts of those trying to break up unions.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
The West Metro Fire Protection District has reached an agreement to pay 70 retired firefighters and their families $1.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit over retiree health benefits.
“This was never about the money involved”, said retired firefighter Tim O'Hayre, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver
One extra body makes a difference when responding to a fire. Paducah's fire chief says it takes everyone on a shift to respond to a fire.
A report by the International Association of Firefighters, a union representing firefighters in the U.S. and Canada, says the city of Paducah is recommended to have 24 people per shift.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPSD-TV NBC 6 Paducah
VIDEO: It seems like an unimaginable act- a parent leaving or forgetting their child in a locked car. However, the Fayetteville Fire Department says it happens, more often than it should.
"This year we've responded to nearly 70 kids that have been locked into vehicles here," said Fire Chief Mike Hill.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham
Firefighters on the front lines protecting their communities now have a valuable tool for recording and providing evidence of work-related exposures to help protect them against deadly cancers and other occupational hazards in the fire service.
The new National Fire Operations Reporting System (NFORS) Exposure Tracker is now available as an app for firefighters, paramedics or officers to create a personal diary for logging exposure and incident details in a private, encrypted and secure online environment.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty, Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson said. To help his staff with the stress of their jobs, he has brought a comprehensive mental health initiative called Operation Resilience Program to the Katy Fire Department. It includes a peer support program, family days, workshops and evidence-based training on coping techniques.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Community Impact Newspaper
VIDEO:When there's a hazardous spill with the potential to harm human life or the environment, the Hazardous Materials Response Team takes over.
Michael Heffner, with the Office of State Fire Marshal says “ we are very focused on over the highway transportation emergencies,” but added that they support their various response partners with “instance then we radio-logical materials, biological incidence and other toxic industrial chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMTR-TV NBC 16 Eugene
The $11.8 billion budget passed by Arizona lawmakers Monday will double a revolving account set up in 2016 to pay local fire agencies that respond to fires on federal land.
Fire agencies throughout the state have long sought an increase to the $10 million stabilization fund and are pleased to see the fund boosted to $20 million, Green Valley Fire District Chief Chuck Wunder said Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Green Valley News
A fire broke out at an Oceanside Fire Station Tuesday morning and left behind a building that its battalion chief called “uninhabitable.”
A driver reported the fire just before 10 a.m. after passing by Oceanside Fire Station 3, located on Oceanside Boulevard.
The fire started inside the station's sleeping quarters, Oceanside Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Stein said.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC San Diego
New research shows that many drivers are profoundly distracted by their phones when they're going past first responders working accidents on the roadways. New research from the National Safety Council found 71% of drivers admitted to taking photos and texting while driving by emergency workers; that's nearly triple the 24% who admitted to doing it under normal driving conditions.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS This Morning
A Fort Worth firefighter died Friday from pancreatic cancer caused by heat and smoke exposure.
Capt. Keven Teague was a firefighter in Fort Worth for 24 years, Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis said in a Facebook post.
Teague, 46, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer two weeks ago and was being treated at a local hospital.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Southold Town officials said they are considering giving top priority to local volunteer firefighters who are seeking affordable housing.
Southold Supervisor Scott Russell, who suggested the idea at the town board's May 21 work session, said volunteer firefighters provide a vital service and he would further discuss a proposal with the board in the future.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday
A Midlands man who was also a South Carolina firefighter was killed in an ATV crash Saturday night, the Kershaw County coroner said.
EMS and Fire Service members found Stephen Campbell, one of their own, when they responded to a 911 call just before 9 p.m. about an ATV that flipped over, Kershaw County Coroner David West said Sunday in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald-Sun
More than 100 firefighters battled a massive fire at the Ambassador Hotel near downtown Dallas Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported and the fire is under control.
Dallas Fire-Rescue responded about 1:30 a.m. to the hotel at 1312 South Ervay Street. The six-story building was engulfed in flames and firefighters shifted to a defensive position.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Firefighters and pyrotechnics manufacturers agree state laws allowing Ohio residents to purchase but not launch fireworks in-state are ineffective, but disagree on how to fix them.
Fireworks proponents say the answer is to relax the existing law. Though it hasn't been legal in decades, a pair of bills before the General Assembly would allow Ohioans to purchase so-called 1.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News
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