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Under attack: After assaults on EMTs, FDNY fights back with public service announcement

The FDNY is making the social media rounds with a public service announcement warning the public against attacks on paramedics and emergency medical technicians. The PSA, posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Thursday, comes in the wake of a brutal attack on an EMT last month, and includes tough talk on the penalty for punching a paramedic.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Second Massachusetts fire station evacuated

Within the space of 24 days, firefighters have been evacuated from the two of the town’s seven stations, highlighting growing concerns about the safety of living quarters for those who put themselves in harm’s way to save others. Fire Chief Ed Bradley called the situation “unacceptable” and said he is responsible for the public’s safety and feels helpless.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Plymouth - Metered Site

Florida firefighters create tribute to America's veterans; Fire engine transformed into artistic canvas to honor vets

The idea to transform an Orange County fire engine into a canvas to honor America's military veterans actually started about a year ago with the inspiration of Battalion Chief Scott Egan. On Monday, after weeks of rough sketches and measurements, veteran Orange County firefighter Sotero Martinez III went to work to bring the idea to life.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG News & ClickOrlando.com

California's Paradise regained: A year after the Camp Fire, a resilient town rebuilds

Doug Sloan remembers the silence. After California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire raced through the Sierra Nevada foothills one year ago, all but destroying his hometown, everything went silent. No birds chirped. No car engines roared. No tree leaves rustled in the wind. While evidence of the Camp Fire remains in the charred and blackened trees that dot the landscape, in the rubble of buildings not yet cleared and in store signs that lead to empty parking lots, residents and officials say they are working hard to rebuild this rural community 170 miles northeast of San Francisco.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Thibodaux, Louisiana: Home to 500 Volunteer Firefighters

First responders are the true heroes in emergency situations. They are the ones who don't hesitate when something bad is happening. Twist reporter, Peyton LoCicero tell us that there is one local fire department that shines brighter than the rest. Well known for sugar cane, rice fields and crawfish ponds, Thibodaux citizens also have another specialty, fighting fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGNO-TV ABC 26 New Orleans

Florida county mourns the loss of fire chief killed on duty

Escambia County is mourning the loss of Dwain S. Bradshaw, age 41, a Volunteer District Chief at Escambia County Fire Rescue Station #1 in Bellview and Volunteer Assistant District Chief for ECFR Station #2 in Beulah, who was killed this morning while on scene responding to a multi-vehicle accident on the Muscogee Bridge.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRG-TV CBS 5

Audit shows Los Angeles firefighter was paid $360G in overtime last fiscal year

A Los Angeles firefighter received more than $360,010 in overtime last fiscal year, a city audit found Wednesday, according to a report. The audit reported that 18 other Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) employees received more than $200,000 in overtime pay and 90 percent of police and fire employees received some amount of overtime, The Los Angeles Times reported.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News

Firefighters in New York fight security plan after drug scandal

The city firefighters’ union is fighting back against plans to install security cameras at all three of its firehouses in the wake of a drug-ring scandal. Middletown Firefighters Association Inc. Local 1027 filed an improper practice charge with the state Public Employment Relations Board on Oct. 21 against city hall for the soon-to-be-installed video surveillance cameras at the Central Firehouse on East Main Street, the Wallkill Street Station on Wallkill Avenue and the North Street Station.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Herald-Record - Metered Site

How an Illinois firefighter's side hustle morphed into a flourishing coffee business

Coffee has fueled Luke Schneider’s career, which began in the U.S. Navy when he served as Damage Control 2nd Class Petty Officer, and continues to fuel his post at the Rockford, Illinois Fire Department. “I started drinking coffee when I was in the Navy working long hours and long shifts to stay awake,” said Schneider.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox Business

Colorado Firefighters Test Prototypes Which Could One Day Save Lives

VIDEO: West Metro firefighters got a glimpse at what could be the future of public safety Tuesday. It was all part of a competition to see which product prototypes help firefighters best navigate dangerous conditions. All of the devices were incorporated in the firefighter’s gear and involved haptic technology, which involves using a vibration or touch sensation to communicate which direction to go in a dangerous or hectic situation.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

California: As Paradise Rebuilds, a Divide Over Safety a Year After Fire

There was “no way in hell” Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise. She’d thought she was going to die during the six hours it took her to escape the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The town where she’d raised her family was nearly wiped out, two of her three cats had disappeared into the flames, and she “was done.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area News

Texas county high school students can become full-time firefighters through program

It started with a conversation three years ago. Hays CISD met with the Kyle Fire Department and discussed what kinds of professionals were needed in the community. The consensus? More firefighters and emergency medical technicians. And so the district's Firefighter Academy was birthed. This isn't a school field trip.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC 24 Austin

Pennsylvania House approves bills to aid stressed first responders

Rushing to the aid of Pennsylvania towns that need to recruit more volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel, the state House of Representatives passed 16 bills in the past two weeks to support their efforts. State Rep. Frank Farry, R-142, of Langhorne, co-introduced House Bill 1459, which would create an Emergency Responder Mental Wellness and Stress Management Program that would assist first responders, including 911 dispatchers and coroners.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Intelligencer

South Carolina firefighters say they need to protect their own, push for cancer bill

VIDEO: A local fire department is fighting for a bill that would offer protections for firefighters with cancer. Midway Fire Rescue is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday to spread awareness of the Presumptive Firefighter Cancer Bill. “We’re trying to make (people) aware and have people call their legislatures and tell them to support this bill,” President of Midway Professional Firefighters Association Justin Lenker said.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence

California's Kincade Fire Burn Scar Seen From Space

PHOTO: Thousands of acres damaged by the ongoing Kincade Fire in Northern California's Sonoma County are visible in this new image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. The image was taken at 11:01 a.m. PST on Nov. 3, 2019.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wild Dunes expansion project concerns South Carolina Professional Fire Fighters Association

A Wild Dunes Resort expansion project is worrying South Carolina Fire Fighter advocates. A new hotel is being built with 153 rooms, as well as meeting and event spaces. The Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina said doesn’t believe the Isle of Palms fire department has enough staffing to respond to a building of this size.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIV-TV ABC 4 Charleston

VIDEO: 11-year-old in Florida running for fallen first responders inspires others across the country

At just 11 years old, Zechariah Cartledge runs a mile for every first responder who loses their life in the line of service. Since January, he's run 283 miles. "All I think about during the runs is the fallen heroes, the fallen officers, the fallen firefighters, their families. That's my mission for the run," he said.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Evening News

Iowa: Report on 2018 UNI steam tunnel death raises questions about Cedar Falls fire response

At 8:40 a.m. Sept. 10, 2018, Cedar Falls dispatched four fire-response units — including a rescue truck with special “confined space” equipment — to the University of Northern Iowa, where a massive amount of steam was spewing from the campus Commons. But “due to staffing,” only two of the four units rushed to the scene, arriving five minutes later.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette

Mobile fire safety house in Pennsylvania designed to prepare kids for fire dangers

York City firefighters have a new tool to teach children about the dangers of fires, how to prevent them and ways to escape a burning home. The city's fire safety house is a haulable trailer that's been turned into a mobile classroom, with bleachers for kids to sit on, mock rooms including a kitchen, bedroom and living area, a window so children can practice climbing to safety and more, according to Lisa Altland.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The York Dispatch

Wisconsin firefighter dies 2 weeks after suffering heart attack while on call

Brian Serdynski was a reliable and dedicated public servant, father and friend. Those who he leaves behind remember him as selfless, never complaining and for his commitment of a large chunk of his life to serving on the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department. The Fire Department has a hole in its roster as the department’s members are mourning the loss of one of their own.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times