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Woman charged with murder, arson in blaze that killed two Delaware firefighters

The fire that killed two Wilmington Fire Department firefighters was intentionally set by one of the home’s residents, authorities said. Beatriz Fana-Ruiz, 27, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree arson, four counts of assault of a first responder and seven counts of reckless endangerment.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Post

Tennessee fire chief on refusing to respond to interstate car fires: 'It's gonna burn'

Radio communication and incident reports obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team show the closest fire department to a stretch of interstate frequently used by Nashvillians traveling to Chattanooga is refusing to respond to car fires on 1-24 in Marion County on Monteagle Mountain. The I-Team started investigating when a bus filled with Marines traveling to Nashville on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV News 4

Former New Jersey firefighter gets $750K, ‘the truth’ in civil case

Bombarded by phone calls from people applauding him for telling his story, former city firefighter Jesse Diaz got more good news Thursday. After awarding Diaz a half million dollars the day before, the jury in his civil case tacked on another quarter-million simoleons for punitive damages – meant as a deterrent message to the city department not to retaliate against employees.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Trentonian

Seattle Fire Department Uses NPPGov/FireRescue GPO Contract for Major Purchase

The City of Seattle and the Seattle Fire Department have completed a major purchase using the NPPGov / FireRescue GPO MES contract. This expensive and mission critical life safety equipment procurement was due to a department-wide upgrade to the type of breathing apparatus their firefighters use to meet the current NFPA 1981 Standards.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Right Now KNDU

The Revolution in EMS Care

There’s a revolution taking place in emergency medical services, and for many, it could be life changing. From the increasingly sophisticated equipment they carry and the new lifesaving techniques they use, to the changing roles they play in some communities—providing preventive care and monitoring patients at home—ambulance crews today are hardly recognizable from their origins as “horizontal taxicabs.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wall Street Journal - Metered Site

Commuter train crashes into Hoboken station in New Jersey; 1 confirmed fatality

PHOTOS - A commuter train plowed into the bustling Hoboken rail station during the morning rush hour Thursday, injuring more than 100 people, some of them critically, in a tangle of broken concrete, twisted metal and dangling cables, authorities said. Democratic Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, who represents Hoboken, said a transit official told him at least one person had died and two were injured critically.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

Officials: South Carolina firefighter stopped school gunman

A volunteer firefighter, who one of the first emergency responders to arrive at Townville Elementary School after shots rang out Wednesday afternoon, was able to stop the teen suspect and hold him until deputies arrived, Anderson County Emergency Management Director Taylor Jones said. Deputies said a 14-year-old opened fire on the school’s playground just before 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNS-TV FOX 21

Lawsuit says Georgia county retaliated against firefighters for wearing uniforms to public meeting

A federal court may decide whether Gwinnett County can discipline firefighters for wearing their uniforms to public meetings. The county prohibits employees from wearing their uniforms when not on duty, but 16 firefighters wore their work attire to a County Commission meeting where they believed the fire department budget would be discussed.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Oklahoma firefighters injured when brand new fire engine rolls

PHOTO - Two firefighters were ejected from a brand new fire engine early Wednesday morning as they responded to a fire. Emergency crews responded to a house fire in Coyle just after 1 a.m. As a police officer from Langston University arrived to the front of the house it was fully involved. The fire also extended to a nearby vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:

Ohio town using decontamination kits for firefighters on scene to fight cancer risk

The team in Colerain Township was taking a proactive approach they said after a study still ongoing by the National Institute of Safety and Health, or NIOSH as it's known, found when fires burn it's a health hazard to firefighters, in a big way. People know the danger as fire destroys a burning building.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRC-TV CBS 12 Cincinnati

Ousted Los Angeles fire marshal claims corruption among city fire inspectors

A top Los Angeles Fire Department official is alleging corruption in the city inspection programs he once administered as part of a $5-million retaliation claim filed Tuesday. Deputy Chief John Vidovich was removed from his post as fire marshal last month after a two-year tenure that was marred by disclosures about delinquent inspections and mounting criticism from the firefighters' labor union.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Arrest made in connection with blast that killed FDNY battalion chief

Authorities arrested the man who was living inside the Bronx drug house that exploded Tuesday morning, killing an FDNY battalion chief and injuring 20 others, law enforcement sources said. Julio Salcedo was arrested in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, by the Regional Fugitive Task Force made up of NYPD detectives and US Marshals.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

New Orleans fire union, administration at odds over promotions and pay

Firefighters union officials and top brass at the New Orleans Fire Department are at odds over some recent promotions and pay raises. The latest dust-up between union President Nick Felton and Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell came Monday during a meeting of the Civil Service Commission. At the meeting, Felton criticized the department over the way it handled the promotion of 40 firefighters to the rank of captain, as well as the distribution of extra pay to NOFD employees who are not emergency responders.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The New Orleans Advocate

New Hampshire fire chief beats cancer, returns to work full time

Corey Landry, Durham's fire chief, is once again fighting fires after beating back stage 4 lymphoma. Landry, 47, answered his first call about a month ago, responding to an apartment fire in Berwick, Maine, that displaced up to 20 people. He's also returned to the gridiron as a referee, and this Friday he'll be calling the Dartmouth-Penn football game in Hanover.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Foster's Daily Democrat

Minneapolis fire captain files sexual harassment, retaliation suit

A Minneapolis fire captain has filed a lawsuit accusing the city’s fire department of failing to protect her from a commander who allegedly sexually harassed her. Vicki Jung, who was among the first female firefighters in the city when she joined the department in 1994, charged that she faced retaliation after she reported the harassment, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in Hennepin County District Court.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis Star Tribune

FDNY battalion chief killed when marijuana grow house explodes

An FDNY battalion chief was killed and several others — including six police officers and nine other firefighters — were injured when a marijuana-growing operation inside a Bronx house exploded early Tuesday, officials and sources said. Michael Fahy of Battalion 19, a 17-year member of the FDNY, was struck in the head by part of the roof that blew off the private home at 300 W.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

FDNY battalion chief killed when drug lab explodes in the Bronx

An FDNY captain was killed and several others were injured when a drug lab inside a Bronx house exploded early Tuesday, officials and sources said. Firefighters responded to the house at 300 W. 234th Street near the corner of Tibbett Avenue in Kingsbridge after someone in the neighborhood reported what they thought was a gas leak around 6:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

Suburban St. Louis firefighter found unresponsive at station dies

The West County EMS and Fire Protection District is mourning the loss of one of their own. Sean McMullin was found unresponsive at Station 2, located at 13790 Manchester Road, around 12:50 p.m. Saturday. After being found, paramedics attempted lifesaving efforts, but were unsuccessful, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis

Judge's order reinstates terminated Oklahoma fire captain

A judge’s order has reinstated an Enid Fire Department fire captain who was terminated following an October 2015 incident involving a laser allegedly pointed at an airplane. “The court found that the evidence did not support him doing anything inappropriate, and, therefore, there was no basis to terminate his employment,” Mark Hammons, attorney for Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Enid News & Eagle

Does Columbus, Ohio have enough firefighters?

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has approved adding 25 fire recruits to the Columbus Fire Division by December to fill positions as more firefighters retire than had been expected. The recruits are to keep staffing near its current level of about 1,580 firefighters, although the division will end the year with 10 more firefighters and paramedics than it had when the year began.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch