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13 children of fallen 9-11 firefighters joining FDNY

The children of FDNY firefighters who perished on 9/11 are blossoming into a new generation of Bravest. On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the current FDNY Academy class, set to graduate in two weeks, includes 13 members — 12 men and one woman — whose firefighter fathers were murdered on 9/11, The Post has learned.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

Mississippi fire department hopes to douse competition on new CBS show

VIDEO: A Northeast Mississippi fire department is hoping to douse the competition as they run for the top spot on a CBS show. When the Booneville Fire Department completed the lip sync challenge one year ago, they knew they had a great video, but they didn’t realize it would have a national audience.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBI-TV CBS 6 Columbus

Nonprofit Bomberos Latinos in Oregon Trains Latin American Firefighters

In 1999, José Troncoso had an idea. It came while the veteran Portland firefighter was in Guadalajara, Mexico. The capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, Guadalajara has been one of Portland’s sister cities since 1983. As part of that sister-city relationship, Portland was donating a fire engine to the Guadalajara Fire Department at the time.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting

As fire truck request is denied for Illinois department, a division emerges on City Council

East Peoria Fire Chief John Knapp expertly pitched the need for a new fire truck at this week’s City Council meeting. What he got in return was not the familiar response the fire department is more accustomed to. The City Council said no. “What I take away from that vote is that I didn’t get done what needed to get done to make the case that needed to be made,” Knapp said a couple days after last Tuesday council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Star

Wisconsin firefighters 'get creative' to face retention, recruitment challenges

As fire departments nationwide have grappled with recruitment and retention challenges, area firefighters in Sauk, Marquette and Columbia counties say it’s becoming harder to find people available for fire calls during the day. “It’s kind of a roll of the dice,” Baraboo Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WiscNews

Baltimore City Firefighters Union Says New Fire Response Policy Is Putting Public Safety At Risk

Baltimore City Fire Department is in its first week of a scaled-back response policy. Baltimore City’s Fire Department’s new police now sends two fewer engines to every fire — from five currently — down to three. Its policy change cuts short ladder trucks and battalion chiefs from two down to one. The City’s Firefighter Union said the new policy jeopardized someone’s life Sunday, on the first day it was implemented.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore

Firefighters mixed on call for Pennsylvania funding reform

Pennsylvania’s auditor general wants to reduce restrictions on how firefighters can spend state aid, but Western Pennsylvania fire departments have mixed feelings over whether change is needed. “The law has not kept pace with changing times and, in my view, puts too many restrictions on how relief associations can spend the state aid they receive,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said at a news conference Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TRIBLive

9/11 firefighters at risk for serious cardiovascular issues, new study finds

New York City firefighters who rushed to the remnants of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terror attacks are dying from health issues — and that may include serious cardiovascular diseases, according to a study published Friday. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted by doctors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, "suggest a significant association" between greater exposure at the World Trade Center and a higher risk of long-term cardiovascular disease.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

During multiple fires in California, privately contracted firefighters keep an eye on well-insured homes

When the Tenaja Fire's flames started threatening structures in Murrieta's Copper Canyon community, Eric, who declined to share his last name, ignored the evacuation order and stayed behind to defend his home. The afternoon winds kicked up around 2 p.m. on Thursday, as usual, and two privately contracted firefighters battled the wildfire flames nearby that sent surrounding oak trees up in hissing flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Desert Sun

Texas now recognizes 911 dispatchers as first responders

As calls come in through 911, dispatchers are ready to deliver instructions on how to perform CPR on someone who is not breathing, tell them best way to evacuate a building that is on fire or help guide them through a life-threatening situation. At the same time, dispatchers are on the other side of the call figuring out which emergency response is needed, where it’s needed and how to get them there.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleburne Times-Review

4 firefighters injured after CAL FIRE engine flips on rural Tulare County road

VIDEO: It was an alarming sight, a CAL FIRE truck flipped over and smashed items littered across the ground. Detectives say the firefighter driving the truck lost control in the small town of Ducor, just south of Porterville, and the firefighting vehicle flipped multiple times. The driver suffered major injuries in the crash and is being treated at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, while the other three firefighters only had minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

San Antonio firefighters join elite state team in response to Hurricane Dorian

As states in Hurricane Dorian's path are sending out calls for help, some of San Antonio's most skilled firefighters are answering that call. The crews are part of an elite state team called Texas A&M Task Force 1. Though the mission is dangerous and overwhelming, it's one they've taken on many times before.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV News 12

Indiana community college helping volunteer firefighters, EMS personnel with scholarship

VIDEO: The Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and Ivy Tech are giving Hoosiers the chance to get a two-year degree at no charge. Earlier this year, House Bill 1064 established that a public safety officer may be eligible for a scholarship for educational costs. The bill didn’t pass so Ivy Tech stepped in.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFIE-TV NBC 14 Evansville

Oregon Firefighters Training Tennessee Firefighters

VIDEO: Firefighters came all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee to learn more about wildland fires. The 3-team crew got here on Monday and will be here until September 9. Right now, Rural Metro Fire is teaching them wildland suppression tactics used to fight Oregon wildfires. One technique they are learning is how to get 400 feet of hose on the ground with as little as just two or three people working.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford

Connecticut town council increases volunteer firefighters’ tax cut

With more than 50 East Haven firefighters and supporters in the audience, the Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night, with one abstention, to increase the tax abatement volunteer firefighters receive from $1,000 to $1,500 — and eventually to $2,000. The only council member who didn’t vote in favor of the increased abatement was Chairman Ken McKay, R-1, a retired career firefighter and five-decade member of the volunteer Foxon Company 3.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register

Firefighters And Engine Burned Over In California Country Fire

VIDEO: Cal Fire has opened an investigation into how a local fire department’s fire engine was burnt over, leaving two firefighters hurt during the Country Fire in the community of Cool Thursday. The twisted and burnt front end of a Garden Valley Fire Department engine sits in the middle of a blackened property.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacaramento

Dramatic dashcam video shows U-Haul trailer hitting 2 firefighters in southeast Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released dramatic dashboard camera video from a few weeks ago, when two firefighters in southeast Oklahoma were hit by a trailer along the side of a wet road. The video shows two men with the Stringtown Fire Department standing in a grassy area off a road in the rain when the driver of an SUV heading in the opposite direction lost control.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City

City in Washington considering locks for water hydrants; adding fill stations for other companies

The City of Spokane is considering adding locks to its fire hydrants, and adding fill stations throughout the city for third-party companies to use after water was contaminated in a Hillyard neighborhood. In July, residents in some Hillyard neighborhoods were without water after a hydroseed truck was using the city's water hydrant to fill their truck and contaminated it.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane

Feeding Florida EOC crews rewarding for firefighters-turned chefs during Hurricane Dorian

During an extreme weather emergency such as Hurricane Dorian, hundreds of first responders, law enforcement and county personnel work around the clock overseeing evacuations, shelters, flooded roads and securing the community from harm. At the Martin County Emergency Operations Center, they also must eat.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TCPalm

Public Safety Commission questions path forward for Texas EMS providers being assaulted

After reports from EMS personnel raised questions about the frequency of field officer assault by patients, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services conducted an internal survey. The results showed that the majority of Austin EMS personnel say they’ve been assaulted on the job in the last two years.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin Monitor