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Texas man who has posed as firefighter, doctor accused of impersonating paramedic student

A Dallas man who has made a habit of posing as a firefighter and even a doctor is accused of doing it again after authorities say he convinced Dallas firefighters to take him on a ride-along. Dallas police are searching for Terrance King, 27, who is suspected of impersonating a public servant after he allegedly told firefighters that he was an EMT student, according to WFAA-TV (Channel 11).
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

How a $30,000 drone kept firefighters safe during explosive welding company fire in Michigan

PHOTOS: Above the thick, acrid smoke, booming explosions and flames, a drone safely whirred in the sky, transmitting video of the chaos to firefighters below. The Western Wayne County Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted Pittsfield Township firefighters after propane, butane and acetylene tanks caught fire at Ann Arbor Welding Company in Pittsfield Township about 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive.com

Maryland county sees decrease in opioid overdoses, fatalities through April

The number of opioid overdoses in the county has decreased by nearly 25 percent, with overdose fatalities down by 37 percent, according to a report by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and Anne Arundel County Police Department. The county has had 234 total overdoses -- including 37 fatal overdoses so far this year, according to the report.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Capital Gazette

Pilot program to improve mental health crisis response in Illinois

The often frenetic pace of a hospital emergency room can be the opposite of the calm environment needed by people experiencing a mental health crisis. Yet when families in Rockford and across Illinois call 911 for help with a loved one suffering from a psychotic, schizophrenic or depressive episode, there is only one place ambulances are allowed to transport the patient: the emergency room.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rockford Register Star

Washington fire department forms in-house training program

When he found out earlier this year that the state Fire Training Academy would not be available to the department’s five recruits, Camas-Washougal Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Villines scrambled. Villines learned that the academy in North Bend would be closed indefinitely for remodeling. He called nearly every department in the state to make arrangements at their facilities but found each one to be either cost-prohibitive or fully occupied.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vancouver Columbian

Colorado bill would ban toxic chemicals in firefighting foam

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to ban firefighting foam that contains certain toxic, man-made chemicals: those classified as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS. El Paso County Democrats Rep. Tony Exum and Sen. Pete Lee joined forces with their Republican counterparts, Rep.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Colorado Springs Independent

Massachusetts firefighters union calls on mayor for immediate funding for new equipment

VIDEO: The Attleboro Firefighter's Union and Mayor Paul Heroux are at odds over when to make several big purchases for the city's fire department. During an Attleboro City Council meeting last week, Heroux asked the council for $22,500 to buy a new gear extractor (washing machine and dryer) for the city's fire department.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Fox Providence 12

Cadet program in Virgina builds confidence in young adults with disabilities, educates first responders

On a frigid early December morning, Travis Akins stood at the front of a conference room in the county’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courthouse and took a deep breath, preparing to tell a group of parents something they might not be ready to hear. “We’re not going to baby your sons,” said Akins, a Chesterfield native and founder of Growth Through Opportunity, a 16-week program that provides young adults who have a variety of physical and/or intellectual disabilities with hands-on learning experiences, skill- and confidence-building and socialization through training alongside local first responders.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chesterfield Observer

City in Michigan to start own fire department

The city of Grand Blanc will start its own fire department later this year. Beginning July 25, the city will provide services to its residents, a departure from a decades-long partnership with Grand Blanc Township. “Our primary concern when making this decision is the City’s safety and protection with care and respect,” reads a statement issued Wednesday, April 10 after the council’s vote to approve the move.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive.com

Rescue crews sift through rubble after North Carolina explosion leaves 1 dead, 17 injured including 1 firefighter

VIDEO / PHOTOS: Search-and-rescue teams are sifting through the rubble after an explosion Wednesday morning in downtown Durham left one person dead and 17 people injured, officials said. Durham firefighters responded to a 911 call about an odor of gas in the 100 block of N. Duke St. at about 9:38 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News & Observer

'We are targeted as easy prey': Paramedics in Oregon say they don't feel safe

VIDEO: “He tried everything in his power to kill me. He stabbed me, he cut me, he bit me and, thankfully, he was unsuccessful,” the victim, a paramedic, told a judge Tuesday. His testimony was powerful; the emotions real. Jeremiah Ray pleaded guilty Tuesday to stabbing the paramedic. The incident happened Feb.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Texas chief lays out plan for Prop B 'pay parity' that doesn't result in layoffs

Chief Samuel Pena told the city’s Public Safety Committee & Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday that he’s planning to lay off a total of 237 firefighters to implement Proposition B, which requires pay parity with police. But Pena also said the goal could be accomplished without any job losses by phasing in the firefighter raises.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston

Bill passed in Arkansas to protect firefighters with cancer

Arkansas legislators passed Crump’s Law on Monday, granting municipal firefighters across the state an extra six months of paid sick leave when they are being treated for cancer contracted on the job. Members of El Dorado Professional Firefighters Local 1704, a labor organization representing 90 percent of the paid firefighters in El Dorado, lobbied at the state Capitol in February for the bill’s passage.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: El Dorado News-Times

California city council approves deal to boost firefighters’ pay

Santa Rosa is on track to settle a 2-year-old lawsuit over firefighters’ overtime pay after the City Council approved a deal Tuesday to boost pay for 118 unionized firefighters. The council unanimously approved without discussion Tuesday a deal to increase salaries, expand pension contributions and provide one-time lump-sum payments of at least $5,000 to firefighters while reducing the city’s maximum health insurance contributions to those employees.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat

FDNY firefighter killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

A decorated city firefighter and Marine who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan was dedicated to being the best man he could be, his heartbroken father said Tuesday. Firefighter Christopher Slutman, a father of three and a U.S. Marine reservist assigned to Ladder 27 in the Bronx, was killed Monday during a roadside bombing near the Bagram Air Base, north of the Afghan capital.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Ohio fire union raises serious public safety concerns in facilities report

VIDEO: The Association of Cleveland Fire Fighters Local 93 have sounded an alarm of its own, in the form of a 100-page fire station conditions report it said points to serious safety concerns. Local 93 President Fran Lally showed News 5 fire equipment data he said indicates nearly 50% of all fire vehicles are rated in either poor or fair condition.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News 5 Cleveland

Missouri fire district looks at options on response times

The Prairie Township Fire Protection District is still seeking a solution to improve service and response times. While voters in both districts last year shot down consolidation with the Lake Lotawana Fire Protection District due to a difference in property tax rates, Prairie Township Fire Chief Bill Large said consolidation is still Plan A, with Plan B being Prairie Township tackling putting a fire station on Wyatt Road in southern Blue Springs on its own.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Examiner

Emergency vehicles face obstacles when drivers don't get out of the way; Arizona department hopes 'The Rumbler' can help

VIDEO: Firefighters have a tough job, and Valley drivers don't make it any easier. Capt. Nick Gonzalez of the Peoria Fire-Medical Department said firefighters are continually having to avoid motorists who don't pull over when they see or hear an emergency vehicle. When you see flashing lights or hear a siren, you're supposed to slow down and pull (safely) to the right -- as far as you can -- and wait until the fire truck, ambulance or police car passes.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)

Rhode Island House votes 62-9 to mandate firefighter OT after 42 hours

Over howls of protest from Rhode Island’s municipal leaders, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a two-bill package mandating that cities and towns pay overtime to firefighters who average more than 42 hours in a workweek, as opposed to the 53-hour-a-week federal O.T. threshold. The largely party-line vote was 62-9 in a state that regularly tops the national charts in its cost of firefighting services, and it followed days of protests by mayors and town managers across the state, including Warwick Mayor Joseph J.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal - Metered Site