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343 and counting: Three retired FDNY members with 9/11 illnesses die within 48 hours

Three retired FDNY firefighters suffering from 9/11 illnesses died within 48 hours this week as the number of those succumbing to lethal toxins at Ground Zero continues to swell, officials and 9/11 survivor advocates said Saturday. Retired FDNY Lt. Timothy O’Neill died on April 2 and Firefighter Kevin Lennon died on April 4 from 9/11-related cancers — nearly 18 years after responding to the terror attacks.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Montana Firefighter Health and Safety Bill passes the House

VIDEO: The Firefighter Health and Safety Bill passed another hurdle Monday afternoon. Senate Bill 160 passed the third reading in the House with a vote of 89 to nine. Great Falls International Association of Fire Fighters Local Eight President Dave Van Son said they are very excited. “This is the furthest it has ever made,” Van Son said.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRTV.com

Firefighter unions have spent liberally on Rhode Island legislative races

Few interest groups have been more generous to Rhode Island lawmakers than the firefighters’ lobby, which is pushing controversial overtime legislation up for a House vote on Tuesday, in a state that regularly tops the national charts on the cost of fire protection. Since 2007, the R.I. State Association of Firefighters has logged more than $290,413 on political spending, with most of that money going to help state lawmakers win reelection and ward off challengers.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal - Metered Site

Firefighter finishes half-marathon in Pennsylvania wearing full firefighting gear and tank

VIDEO: A firefighter in Pennsylvania recently honored his father in a big way and his family, friends and hometown were there to support him every step of the way. On Sunday, Ryan Robeson participated in the sixth annual Scranton Half-Marathon, running 13 miles in full firefighting gear. The gear -- the jacket, pants, boots, helmet -- weighed nearly 50 pounds.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

California fire department dissolved; volunteers refuse to leave

Lawsuits, locked doors and a police presence disrupted what was hoped to be a smooth transition in Julian as the county’s last volunteer fire department officially became a professional force. On Monday morning, the county legally took control of the 87-square-mile Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District even as legal challenges mount and ill will simmers in the tourist-friendly mountain community in northeast San Diego County.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune - Metered Site

3 civilians killed, 3 firefighters seriously hurt in crash involving fire truck in Arizona

VIDEO: Three people are dead and three firefighters were hurt after a crash involving a Phoenix fire truck Sunday morning. The crash occurred around 9:15 a.m. at 29th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Phoenix police said two adults and a 3-month-old child were killed in the crash between a Phoenix Fire Department truck and a pickup truck.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC15 News

More Ohio first responders are undergoing this new training for their ‘difficult runs’

Butler County mental health professionals have started countywide crisis intervention training to help first responers handle situations involving suspects with mental illness. Last summer the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness marshalled a group of police, mental health experts and others in an effort to bring Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training to Butler County.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hamilton Journal-News

Maryland union, county executive disagree over firefighter pay, benefits

A memo released last month by the county career firefighters union shows negotiations between the union and county executive over pay, benefits and other issues have stalled. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner (D) and the union last met on March 7, and tried to work out a deal multiple times, according to the memo.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Frederick News-Post

1 fire department for a Florida county? Old idea still faces uphill climb

Eight years ago, the results of a study validated what many business and county leaders already believed to be true: Consolidating the 13 fire departments in Volusia into one large operation could save taxpayers millions and provide a higher level of service in the long run. Government-minded leaders with the Halifax Civic League were so encouraged by what the study showed they hoped a change was soon on the horizon.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daytona Beach News-Journal

City and its firefighters union agree to mediation over contract terms in Texas

The city and San Antonio’s firefighters union have agreed to continue contract negotiations with assistance from a mediator, avoiding arbitration for now. The two sides will meet April 17 and April 18 with former Texas Supreme Court Justice Deborah Hankinson, who presided over court-ordered mediation between the two sides in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Antonio Express-News

Colorado firefighters lose bid for collective bargaining - by a landslide

Colorado Springs voters overwhelmingly denied collective bargaining privileges for firefighters in Tuesday's election, maintaining the city's long-standing anti-union sentiment, preliminary results show. Issue 1, the ballot's single question, lost by 26,634 to 57,904 votes, City Clerk Sarah Johnson said.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Colorado Springs Gazette

City of Houston sends layoff notices to fire department cadets

The city has sent pink slips to 68 Houston Fire Department cadets, the first documented layoffs resulting from Mayor Sylvester Turner’s plan to implement Proposition B. The trainees will remain employed through June 7, according to a copy of the layoff notice sent to cadets. “The City of Houston has experienced a sizeable budget shortfall due to the implementation of Prop B,” the layoff notices read, referring to the charter admendent passed by voters last November.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

New California fire district emerges amid reshuffling of departments

Sonoma County’s newest fire district is making its debut Thursday, combining four agencies into one large district circling Santa Rosa, and spanning from Windsor to the Napa County line. The Sonoma County Fire District, run by Chief Mark Heine, becomes the county’s second largest in territory and population and the second busiest, behind Santa Rosa Fire in both cases.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Denver firefighter accused of recording surreptitious images of female colleague

A Denver firefighter suspected of surreptitiously recording images of a female colleague has left the department and the alleged incident is being investigated by police. The firefighter suspected of invading his co-worker’s privacy was placed on leave when the allegations came to light, pending an internal investigation, but he retired the following day, said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Post

Massachusetts firefighter invents device that could keep fellow firefighters safe from hidden danger

When there’s no one else to help, firefighters are the people who answer the call. “Water’s pouring into your basement, water’s pouring out of your ceiling, something’s smoky, something’s on fire, you saw a spark, you don’t know what to do, they call us,” said firefighter John Callahan. “We’re not only firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MassLive

New York: 23 Injured, Including 19 Firefighters, As 6-Alarm Fire Tears Through Apartment Building

VIDEO: Twenty-three people — including 19 firefighters — suffered non-life threatening injuries after a fire tore through an apartment building in Brooklyn, the FDNY said. The six-alarm fire broke out on the top floor of a six-story building at the corner of 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Sunset Park on Wednesday afternoon, according to the department.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC New York

Injured Louisiana firefighter visits unit for first time since injury two months ago

VIDEO: The Jefferson Parish fireman who almost lost his life battling a condo fire in Metairie two months ago visited his fellow firefighters in his unit for the first time Monday. For many days, it was unclear if fireman Danny Zeigler was going to make it past his injuries. He fell through the roof of the third floor of a burning Old Metairie condominium building in February.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV.com

Illinois department hires first Hispanic firefighter

VIDEO: Adrian Trujillo became the first person of a Hispanic background to join the Belvidere Fire Department last week. "I think it's awesome," he said. Trujillo is a Probationary Firefighter with the Belvidere Fire Department. "I love being a part of that history. It amazes me. I know, growing up, I never saw [Hispanic representation].
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyStateLine.com

New Mexico's governor approves PTSD measure for firefighters

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Tuesday aimed at guaranteeing medical coverage for firefighters who endure post-traumatic stress disorder triggered by their work. The measure, House Bill 324, adds PTSD to the list of conditions presumed to have been caused by their jobs as firefighters and requiring employers to provide medical treatment for it.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Albuquerque Journal

Have a 911 emergency? You can now text for help in 33 Florida counties

You can now text 911 in Broward County in an emergency. Broward leaders announced on Tuesday that anyone who can’t call in an emergency can now send a message to request police, fire or medical assistance. But county officials, including Broward Mayor Mark Bogen, Commissioner Michael Udine and Broward sheriff’s Col.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald