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Pennsylvania police, fire departments join other agencies in simulated mass-shooting

The sights and sounds that began a simulated active-shooter training scenario Thursday on the Alvernia University campus were likely similar to any real mass shooting in any institutional setting. A scream and shout. People running in a panic from a building, followed by the sounds of sirens. Reading police were looking to conduct active-shooter training in conjunction with city firefighters on one of the educational campuses, Police Chief Andres Dominguez Jr.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Reading Eagle

Lawsuit over fatal fire claims city to blame in Delaware firefighters' deaths

Had the closest Wilmington fire truck able to carry water been in service the night a Canby Park rowhome went up in flames, more than 1,700 gallons of water would have doused the house before the first floor collapsed, trapping three firefighters, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The blaze killed three firefighters, a result that this lawsuit — filed on behalf of families of the dead and three others seriously injured — blames on a years-old cost-saving policy, called rolling bypasses, it says is proven to be unsuccessful at reducing overtime costs and keeping firefighters safe.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)

Man allegedly high on drugs breaks into California fire station

A man allegedly high on methamphetamine broke into a Modesto fire station Wednesday because he thought someone was after him. Shortly after 10 p.m., firefighters at Station 1 on 11th Street heard someone ringing their doorbell, Operations Division Chief Michael Lillie said. When a firefighter went downstairs, he saw that the glass front door had been shattered.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee

NFFF Pushing National Response Standards

After hosting a conference earlier this year focused on firefighter life safety, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has released a report with a host of recommendations on establishing a national standard for emergency response policies. The meeting was held May 16-18 in Columbus, OH, and featured 30 fire service subject matter experts who offered their knowledge and commitment to "championing eventual emergency response policies for every fire department in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Virginia volunteer fire department gives up EMS license after volunteers felt unneeded

Each time an emergency medical response call came into the Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department this year, the volunteers felt a familiar feeling of neglect wash over. They were unmotivated to answer it, which lead to 18 missed calls. “They’re standing there with their hands in their pockets,” Fire Chief Tracy Martin said.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsleader.com

Massachusetts fire department embraces mindfulness to reduce stress

Of all the words one might expect to hear in a sit-down interview with the top brass of a city fire department, “namaste” wouldn’t chart too highly. But in Worcester, they’re all about it. Mindfulness – a focus on mental health employing breathing, stretching and meditation techniques not unlike yoga – is one of the Worcester Fire Department’s newest and, to them, most exciting initiatives to improve the health and safety of its crew.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Magazine

Massive Carr Fire tornado trapped, killed California firefighter, report says

Death came in an instant. And as never seen before in California history. The Redding firefighter who died on July 26 as the fast-growing Carr Fire hit its apex was in fact killed by a fire tornado, the most intense tornado ever in the state, according to a report The Chronicle obtained Wednesday. The monster tornado with a base the size of three football fields and winds up to 165 miles an hour swept down upon Jeremiah “Jeremy” Stoke in mere seconds, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection report.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

More than 70 in Connecticut city overdose; police arrest 1 man

As many as 71 people overdosed in the city in 24 hours — many on the Green Wednesday — as emergency crews raced to save lives and one man was arrested as a “person of interest” in the case, police said Wednesday. The man, whom investigators identified only as a person “believed to be connected to at least some of the overdoses,” was found in possession of drugs, police said.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register

New York fire chief removed after racist post on Facebook

East Syracuse Fire Chief Jim Brewster has been removed as the village's fire chief by its board of trustees after he used the N-word in a comment on Facebook on June 28, according to East Syracuse Mayor Robert Tackman. Brewster has also been removed from his position as the senior caretaker of the fire department, Tackman said.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse.com

Consolidation talks heat up for two Washington fire departments

With the impending retirement of Hoquiam Fire Chief Paul Dean Oct. 1 and now a letter of support from the presidents of both the Aberdeen and Hoquiam firefighters unions, discussions between the two cities about consolidating fire and EMS services seems to be picking up steam. The letter was presented to the Hoquiam City Council Monday.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily World

Squabbling over helicopter rescues prompts California county sheriff, fire officials to offer plan for better teamwork

After an extended and potentially dangerous squabble over which agency is better equipped to handle air rescues, Orange County fire and sheriff’s officials said Wednesday they’ve come up with a plan that emphasizes teamwork and will enable safer and more efficient emergency responses. The joint plan emerged following a bitter, months-long feud between sheriff’s deputies and firefighters over rescues that involved the use of helicopters, and which in some cases led to delays in transporting injured people to hospitals.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register

California lawmakers focus on fire prevention as blazes rage statewide

Amid a relentless onslaught of horrific wildfires, state lawmakers found it easy Tuesday to pinpoint the most important response: Reduce the fuel feeding the conflagrations that have scorched more than 750,000 acres this year. But making that happen, on a meaningful scale, is fraught with problems, they found.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat

“I thought it was a bomb”: 9 injured in natural gas explosion at Colorado home

Alexander Ponton thought it was a bomb. Debris smashed into Ponton’s car as he drove east on West 4th Avenue near Santa Fe Drive. The 24-year-old Thornton man got out and heard screams for help coming from a six-unit residence complex. It had exploded. Ponton jumped into action, assisting a man and woman out of the rubble who had cuts and scrapes on them.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Post

Alabama fire chief pushes for city-owned ambulance service

First Response ambulance response times failed to meet Decatur City Code requirements, but the EMS committee on Tuesday did not recommended City Council action or make a finding that the ambulance service had good cause for its failure. Decatur Fire Chief Tony Grande said he’s frustrated at First Response’s failure to meet the requirements of the city code, but noted that some of the failure could have been the result of overly conservative classification of calls as emergencies by Morgan County 911 and by delays at Decatur Morgan Hospital in preparing patients for non-emergency transport from the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Decatur Daily

Driver slams into Houston Fire Department fire truck, gets trapped in crushed car

A driver had to be pulled from his vehicle early Wednesday after he crashed it into a fire truck, according to an official with the Houston Fire Department. The crash happened about 3 a.m. in northeast Houston, near Little York and Maple Leaf. The black Chevrolet Impala drove up under the truck, he said.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Massachusetts First Responders Begin Training on Ultrasound Technology

First responders in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will soon be first in the state to carry a new device that has the potential to save lives. Firefighters filled a classroom Tuesday to train on new ultrasound technology. Unlike most ultrasounds in doctor’s offices, the new device is not bulky and the probe can be plugged into a phone or tablet.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NECN

Did delayed dispatches at Indiana 911 center affect outcome of emergency responses?

Leaders of the St. Joseph County 911 center near here know thousands of dispatches have been delayed this year because of computer problems that are being fixed. But they still don’t know how long delays lasted, or if they might have affected responses to emergencies such as fires and heart attacks. Officials say that to investigate those delays, data needs to be provided by Tyler Technologies, the Plano, Texas-based software company whose New World computer-aided dispatch system has been riddled with problems since the center started using it in June 2017.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Bend Tribune

Firefighter from Utah dies battling Mendocino Complex, the largest wildfire in California

A firefighter from Utah died Monday battling the largest wildfire in recorded California history, marking the latest fatality in a fire season that has taken a grim toll on first responders. The firefighter, who was not named, was injured while working on an active portion of the Ranch fire within the massive Mendocino Complex.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Florida firefighters rescued after live power line falls on fire engine

Rescue crews freed three Miramar firefighters late Monday after they became trapped when a live power line fell on their fire engine, authorities said. Jose A. Gregorisch, a spokesman for the Miramar Fire-Rescue Department, said the fire engine struck a low-hanging power line in the 9000 block of Miramar Parkway as the engine left the station on a call.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale

North Carolina firefighter dies after rescuing person trapped in trench

A veteran firefighter with the Orange Rural Fire Department died at the main station in downtown Hillsborough on Monday after helping to rescue a person trapped in a trench. Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens identified the firefighter as Assistant Chief Jeff Holden, who had been with the department since 2001.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald Sun