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Florida firefighter dies while clearing hurricane debris from Hurricane Michael

Gulf County Fire Coordinator Brad Price, firefighter and paramedic, was helping to clear some of the debris Hurricane Michael left behind Thursday when a tree fell on his tractor. "We are heartbroken to announce the loss of one of our own," the Gulf County Sheriff's Office announced on social media, hours after colleagues found the 49-year-old father of two and youth softball coach from Wewahitchka dead.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Local10news.com

FDNY set to graduate 15 women firefighters — highest number in department's history

The FDNY will be celebrating a five-alarm milestone on Friday. Fifteen women are set to proudly walk across the stage and receive their graduation certificates at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens — the highest number the department’s seen since 1982, when the FDNY opened its doors to 41 women following a groundbreaking discrimination lawsuit.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Arizona firefighter dies during training

A Saint David Fire District firefighter died in training Wednesday. According to Saint David Fire District, 36-year-old Joshua Eugin died during a multi-department training exercise. Eugin was taking part in a "blackout drill," in which firefighters simulate rescuing victims inside a dark structure with fake smoke.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGUN9.com

Ohio department building new fire stations to reduce cancer cases for firefighters

Keeping firefighters safe is top of mind for city leaders. After a Columbus firefighter lost his battle with cancer a few weeks ago, a new fire station in the far east side of town is being built with firefighters safety and health in mind. Fire station 35 in Blacklick is being constructed with decontamination showers, better exhaust ventilation, and a specific room where firefighters go to after a scene to decontaminate their gear.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSYX-TV ABC 6

California Fire Department Welcomes 17 Babies in One Year

PHOTO: The Oceanside Fire Department set a record with 17 babies born to wives of firefighters from July 2017 to July 2018. "This is the most babies at one time we've ever had," said Fire Captain Tim Scott of the Oceanside Fire Department on Wednesday. Scott said after a different fire department posted about the number of babies born to them that year, Oceanside decided to count their numbers.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego

Firefighter suffered seizure when FDNY fire truck jumped curb, hit vehicles

VIDEO/PHOTO - A firefighter is expected to survive after an FDNY fire truck jumped a curb and slammed into parked vehicles in Brooklyn. The accident happened just after 6 p.m. Wednesday at East New York Avenue and St. Marks Avenue in Brownsville. Sources say the truck had been stopped at a traffic light on East New York Avenue when the driver suffered some sort of seizure.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV 7online.com

Fallen Virginia firefighter pens foresightful letter to family in case ‘something like this were to happen’

VIDEO - Colleagues, friends and family members of fallen Hanover firefighter Lt. Brad Clark took to the podium at Meadow Event Park today to share eulogies and memories of the deceased. Lt. Clark was killed in the line of duty on Thursday after a tractor-trailer struck the firetruck that he and 3 colleagues were standing outside of while assisting a motorist on I-295 in Hanover.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6

Fire Service Leaders Urged to Reject AAA Cost Reporting Plan

Recently, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) reached out to local fire and emergency service leaders asking them to sign on to a newly proposed national EMS cost reporting system. The leaders of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro Chiefs) ask that fire service leaders not sign on to this effort.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

State appellate court hears New York firefighters’ 'minimum manning' case

The city’s firefighters’ union might know before the end of the year whether an arbitrator will decide if a “minimum manning” clause can continue in its labor contract. On Wednesday, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester, heard oral arguments from attorneys for the city and the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Texas medics now doing blood transfusions in ambulances, saving lives with whole blood

San Antonio is the first large metropolitan city in the nation to begin carrying whole blood inside ambulances and response trucks. Patients suffering traumatic injuries and losing blood fast now have a much better chance of surviving. And local medics believe it's the biggest trauma response game changer in decades.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio

Dallas Fire-Rescue's chief named sole finalist for gig at Texas A&M

After a little more than two years on the job, Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief David Coatney appears to be headed for the exit. Coatney on Tuesday was named the sole finalist to become director of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, also known as TEEX. State law requires the university and Coatney — who officials say energized the Dallas department and made major strides in promoting safety measures — wait 21 days before making the deal official.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

Virginia firefighter lost leg in crash that killed colleague during Tropical Storm Michael

While Virginia firefighters are mourning the loss of one of their own in a fatal crash, the injuries of another are just now coming to light. Lt. Brad Clark died Thursday while responding to an emergency call as the remains of Tropical Storm Michael swept over Central Virginia. The 43-year-old firefighter was killed when a tractor-trailer struck the fire truck Clark and three colleagues were standing outside of on the shoulder of I-295.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTKR Channel 3 News

Stretched thin, Minnesota volunteer fire crews sound the alarm

When Greg Malmquist became a firefighter in Lake Elmo more than three decades ago, many volunteer fire department rosters listed just a handful of surnames. Sons served alongside fathers and brothers and uncles, and most often stayed in the department for decades. “Times have changed,” said Malmquist, now the fire chief in Lake Elmo and the only full-time member of the department.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Colorado firefighter leaving Mexican hospital with the help of Congressman

Army veteran and Lafayette firefighter Lt. Jason Oliver took off for Cancun last week to celebrate his anniversary with his wife Maigan. Just three days into their weeklong tropical vacation, however, Jason Oliver was confined to a Mexican hospital bed rather than a poolside cabana. Trained as paramedic firefighter, Oliver said he began to notice some troubling neurological symptoms Friday and was taken by ambulance to the local hospital for a checkup.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times-Call

Fate of California volunteer fire department comes down to 24 signatures

Whether the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District will dissolve and be taken over by the county comes down to a couple dozen signatures. On Tuesday morning, 615 signatures of registered voters who live in the district were submitted during a rare “protest hearing” at a meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune

Pittsburgh Council postpones vote on mandatory fire sprinklers in high-rises

Pittsburgh’s fire sprinkler bill is on hold again after more than a dozen residents complained Tuesday to City Council that costs and the inconvenience of retrofitting older buildings would be “astronomical.” “We can buy our own fire truck with a ladder that can reach as high as our top floor for what it would cost us to do this,” said Ted Goldberg, an owner in the Park Mansion co-op building in Oakland.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Atlanta agrees to $1.2M settlement with former fire chief

The city of Atlanta has settled a lawsuit with a former fire chief over his firing for a book containing passages which some saw as anti-gay. The Atlanta City Council approved a settlement agreeing to pay fired Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran $1.2 million. In 2013, Cochran wrote a book about his Christian faith titled "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" for a men's Bible study and gave it to around a dozen subordinates he said had either requested copies or shared his beliefs.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News

Cal Fire cadets fired for drinking will get their jobs back

Most of the California state firefighters who were fired last year because they drank alcohol during a training academy will return to work in 2018, according to Cal Fire and their union. Cal Fire in April announced that 17 firefighters would be dismissed from state service because they violated a code of conduct during their seven-week academy by drinking alcohol after hours.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee

Washington firefighter's invention will close bedroom doors in house fires

VIDEO - It was his daughter’s nighttime habits that turned Joel Sellinger from a firefighter into an inventor. "She'd fall asleep. I'd go shut her door. I'd wake up in the morning, and her door would be open because she had gone to the bathroom or gotten a drink of water," he said. Keeping bedroom doors closed in your home when you go to sleep is critical in keeping your family safe.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Rhode Island firefighters’ sick pay under scrutiny

The city has suspended an improper practice at the Fire Department involving calculations of unused sick time and payment for that time to firefighters, according to Mayor Joseph J. Solomon. “Activities that may have occurred in the past, when brought to the attention of our fire chief and myself, were suspended way back in July,” Solomon said.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Providence Journal