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Florida Benefit Proposal Helps Fire­fighters Deal With Cancer

VIDEO: Florida lawmakers will try once again this year to create a system to help a particular group with a higher risk of developing cancer: firefighters. The Centers for Disease Control found in a study that firefighters are at a 15 percent greater risk of developing cancer than the average person.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum Bay News 9

After North Carolina house fire and bridge collapse, 6 firetrucks stranded, 1 injured

VIDEO: Buncombe County authorities said a fire truck ended up in a creek on the way to a fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters were responding to a house fire on White Bridge Road, near Upper Flat Creek Road in Weaverville, about 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters say the home involved was engulfed in flames when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 13 WLOS

Massachusetts fire department to participate in BFit First Responder Challenge

On Jan. 27, the Wilmington Fire De­partment will participate in the third annual BFit First Responder Challenge at T.D. Garden. The challenge is put on by the Boston Bruins Foundation, and is intended to raise awareness of health and wellness within New England. The challenge is comprised of three divisions: the Fire­fighter/EMT division, the Law Enforcement division, and the Civilian division.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington Town Crier

Column: Confronting workplace bullying in the fire service

Workplace bullying is a serious national problem. According to a survey done by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) in 2017, nearly 20 percent of American workers have personally experienced being bullied at work. Another 19 percent have directly witnessed bullying taking place. More than two-thirds of all workers are certain that bullying exists in their place of employment.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Ohio firefighter issued same badge number as police officer father who was killed in the line of duty

Nineteen cadets from the 34th Fire Training Academy Class took the oath of office in Cleveland on Friday. According to a release, the new firefighters will serve in neighborhoods throughout Cleveland in an effort to improve service to residents. One of the new firefighters is Justin Leon, who is the son of Wayne Leon, the Cleveland police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2000.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 8 Cleveland

Corporate jet pilot becomes new Connecticut fire chief

A 40-year-old corporate jet pilot, is the new chief of the city’s 115-member volunteer fire department. Mayor Richard Dziekan administered the chief’s oath to Robert Laskowski, Jr., a 22-year member of the East End Hose company, before more than 100 people Saturday morning at Derby Middle School. Laskowski’s wife, Melissa, pinned the chief’s badge on her husband’s uniform.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Connecticut Post

'They saved his life': New York firefighters rescue one of their own at house fire

As Engine 33 of the Buffalo Fire Department battled an intense fire in the attic of an East Side home Thursday night, a firefighter became separated from his hose, disoriented and couldn't find his way out. He tried to press the "man-down" button on his portable radio but was unable to. He took his gloves off in an effort to activate the button but could not, causing severe burns to his hands and wrists.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Buffalo News

Pride on the line: Former Nebraska medic fights city over use of PTSD service dog

Paramedic Rob Ravndal went on hundreds of emergency calls before the one response that ultimately ended his career at Lincoln Fire and Rescue. The trauma of that call, a 3-year-old's drowning in 2015, sent the father of young children into a spiral. Nightmares. Breakdowns. A general sense of fear. Even after his bosses pulled him off the ambulance, Ravndal struggled at work and at home as he grappled with post-traumatic stress disorder.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lincoln Journal Star

Detroit police, fire union officials wrangle over police officer response

A city medic is temporarily off the job after being bitten, kicked and spit on by a 17-year-old girl with reported mental issues, while police officials and the president of the Detroit firefighters union dispute whether there was a proper police response to the incident. Police on Tuesday were called about a woman causing a disturbance in the 16000 block of Washburn on Detroit's west side.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit News

Video: Illinois firefighters, police rescue child from frozen pond

An 11-year-old boy was rescued by Naperville firefighters and police officers after he fell through the ice of an artificial lake Sunday afternoon in the west suburb. At 4:49 p.m., first responders got a call from someone who saw a child slipping into the water of a frozen retention pond near an apartment complex in the 1300 block of McDowell Road, according to a statement from the Naperville Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLD-TV MyFox 32 Chicago

OSHA cites utility contractors for 'serious' safety violations in 2018 Wisconsin explosion that killed firefighter

Two utility contractors faulted for contributing to an explosion that leveled part of downtown Sun Prairie and killed a volunteer firefighter in July have been fined for “serious” violations by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In citation letters dated Jan. 4, OSHA said its inspectors found that Kansas-based Bear Communications and Michigan-based VC Tech failed to call a diggers hotline or utility owners to locate underground lines before starting work.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Federal Wildland Firefighters Wait To Return To Duty During Shutdown

Winter is when the federal government starts spending dollars to prepare for the wildfire season, but the ongoing shutdown has put some of this preparation in limbo. Cutting underbrush and holding prescribed burns are critical to keeping firefighters safe and protecting towns near fire-prone areas. But there’s basically no prescribed burning going on right now according to the National Association of State Foresters.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boise State Public Radio

Florida firefighter sues Fire Rescue over alleged disability discrimination

VIDEO: A Palm Beach County firefighter is suing Fire Rescue after he says a captain discriminated against his disability. Eduardo Mesa said others then joined in on the retaliation. Eduardo Mesa's lawsuit is at least the fourth lawsuit filed against the county or Fire Rescue regarding discrimination and retaliation since 2016.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTV-TV NBC 5 West Palm Beach

Connecticut Fire District Reduces Commissioner Benefits

A local fire department is making changes after NBC Connecticut Investigates began looking at what some might consider generous perks for its commissioners. The bonuses went away after our first set of stories. Now commissioners have eliminated some of the last of the perks. They agreed to get rid of the weekly free tank of gas they are eligible to receive.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 West Hartford

Fire union repeats call for contract talks after Houston mayor asks for 'pay parity' ideas

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday invited the Houston firefighters union to sit down with him to discuss “any ideas you have” about how to implement the pay parity measure passed by voters last November, but left it unclear whether negotiating pay raises through contract talks was an acceptable idea.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Massachusetts firefighters lead push to ban carcinogenic chemicals

Mashpee Fire Lt. Nicole Stanley realized just how important banning harmful chemicals in flame retardants is when she was diagnosed with occupational cancer last summer. “Now that I’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it’s an eye-opener to me. I thought I was protecting myself,” Stanley told the Herald. Doctors have attributed Stanley’s rare form of breast cancer to exposure of carcinogens in her 28 years of service on the Mashpee Fire Department, she said.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Herald

FDNY firefighters to start training on how to safely pass gaps in bridges

The FDNY will start training firefighters on how to safely pass gaps in elevated bridges after one of New York’s bravest plunged to his death from a span in Brooklyn on Sunday, Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. “We will try to ensure this never happens again in our city,” Nigro said outside the wake for Steven Pollard, 30, on Wednesday night.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

California Governor Proposes Wildfire Investments, 911 Fee

VIDEO: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires, including millions to help local governments improve their communication during emergencies and a fee to fund an update for the state’s 911 system. At a fire station in the fire-prone Sierra Nevada foothills, Newsom outlined $105 million in new fire-related spending on top of $200 million approved by lawmakers last year.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 13 Sacramento

New Jersey delays fire district consolidation over ‘poison pill’ provision

The consolidation of Hamilton’s big government fire service has been stalled and set back because of concerns voiced by the state Department of Community Affairs. The Democratic-led Hamilton Council last September voted 4-1 to introduce an ordinance calling for Hamilton Fire Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to be “hereby dissolved and abolished effective Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Trentonian

Florida county starts program to aid first responders struggling with traumatic Pulse nightclub memories

VIDEO: Orange County commissioners agreed this week to fund a mental-health training program intended to help first responders and others struggling to shake free of the horrors they saw at the Pulse nightclub massacre. “Forty-nine innocent people killed at one time,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who responded to Pulse as the county sheriff on June 12, 2016.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel