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Illinois fire department wants to expand advanced life support service

The turf war between Advanced Medical Transport Inc. of Central Illinois and the Peoria Fire Department, dormant for many years, could be heating up again. Nearly a decade ago, the two sparred over which entity would provide paramedic service and patient transport within the city limits. AMT reached an agreement with the city in which it was to pay $85,000, adjusted annually for inflation, for exclusive patient transport in Peoria.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Star

Federal judge upholds Alabama fire chief's wrongful termination claim

A federal judge has upheld a wrongful termination claim filed by Pike Road Volunteer Fire Protection Authority’s former chief. Mike Green, the plaintiff, brought charges in April 2015 against the Authority for disability discrimination and against Jane James, one of the Authority’s directors, for slander.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: montgomery advertiser

New York village firefighters file petition to force referendum on abolishment of paid fire dept.

The eight career firefighters who lost their jobs when the village shifted to an all-volunteer fire department handed the village clerk an inches-thick petition to force a referendum on the abolishment of the paid fire department. Vinny Lyons, president of Port Chester's firefighters union, said the 485-page petition submitted to the village Wednesday morning contains 4,354 signatures, nearly double the amount required by New York State village law.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News (Lohud.com)

Louisiana governor to receive three of four bills that settle New Orleans dispute with firefighters

In a matter of minutes Thursday, the state Senate overwhelmingly approved three bills in a four-bill package that would change pensions for newly hired New Orleans firefighters and end a decades-old feud with city government. Those three bills head to Gov. John Bel Edwards for his signature. An agreement on the fourth measure was reached late Wednesday night, said Sen.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the new orleans advocate

Pennsylvania firefighters share harrowing tale of fisherman's rescue from 'drowning machine'

A 69-year-old fisherman anchored his boat in the Susquehanna River near the Dock Street dam last week, hoping to reel in the big one. Instead, his small anchor broke loose from the silt and his boat was sucked into the backwash below the low-head dam, an area known as a drowning machine. Few people escape the violent underwater death trap created by the fast-moving water plunging over the dam.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pennlive.com

FDNY Showcases New Technology for Improved Equipment

With ambulance and fire calls on the rise, the FDNY is turning to new technology to improve its operations and efficiency when saving lives. There were more than 1.6 million ambulance runs in 2015, a 9 percent jump from the year before, and firefighters handled about 3,000 more fire emergencies in 2015 than in 2014, according to the department’s statistics.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: emergency management

Life-saving firefighter wins James Gordon Bennett Medal, FDNY's highest honor

An FDNY lieutenant who barreled into a burning Brooklyn building and pulled out a hulking man and unconscious woman was honored Wednesday with the department’s highest award. Brian Colleluori, of Ladder 174 in East Flatbush, was feted with the James Gordon Bennett Medal for his extraordinary act of bravery on Feb.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news

Iowa Fire Dept. Forms Critical Incident Stress Team: 'We're trying to change a culture'

When it comes to help, firefighters are often better at giving it than asking for it, said Cedar Rapids Fire Captain Eric Vandewater. But since the beginning of 2015, Vandewater and others at the fire department — with the assistance of Dr. Jim Coyle, a counselor with Cedar Memorial who specializes in sudden and unexpected life loss — are working to shift that way of thinking.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the gazette

Kentucky and Indiana towns consider fire aid pact

While the cities are less than 10 miles apart, Henderson and Evansville fire departments don't have a formal agreement to help the other out if needed. To bridge the gap, the Henderson Fire Department is pushing for a formalized mutual aid agreement that legitimizes help between departments. The Evansville City Council will vote on the proposal on June 13.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: evansville courier & press

Houston firefighters find themselves under fire after responding to mass shooting scene

When firefighters responded to the mass shooting at Memorial and Wycliffe in west Houston Sunday, they found themselves under fire. "As we almost came to a stop, is when he shouldered his rifle and started aiming at us and firing on us. I could see him through the rest of the windows,” Houston Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston

How a firefighter went from the star of the FDNY to torching her uniform

Syndie Molina was a star member of the city’s elite rescue-paramedic squad. The FDNY asked her to appear on “Good Day New York” with Regis Philbin and to do a Q&A with The New York Times. “I was the face of the department. I loved the department,” she says. But after 10 years with the FDNY, she has flamed out.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

Female chief finalist for Florida job sues, alleging gender discrimination

Shari Hall, one of two finalists whom the County Commission considered last year to be chief of Marion County Fire Rescue, is suing the county and alleging that it engaged in gender discrimination by choosing the male finalist, Paul Nevels. Before filing suit in circuit court earlier this month Hall lodged discrimination complaints with the U.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ocala Star-Banner

Kentucky department has fire trucks repossessed

Monday, May 23 was a dark day for the Warfield Volunteer Fire Department as they had five vehicles repossessed by a Illinois based company called First Government Lease citing non payment for the past six months. WVFD Chief Doug Hinkle and several members of the fire department were at Thursday’s fiscal court explaining the situation the fire department is in.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: williamson daily news

$950K settlement in fatal crash between FDNY, van for disabled people

The brother of a Special Olympian killed five years ago when the Lifestyles for the Disabled van in which he was riding collided with a Fire Department ladder truck in Dongan Hills has settled his wrongful death lawsuit for $950,000, court records show. William Perry III, as administrator of Eric Perry's estate, had sued Lifestyles for the Disabled, the van driver and the city in state Supreme Court, St.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Staten Island Advance

Australian Research: Firefighter boots may cause injury

Firefighters in Canberra are suffering from injuries commonly seen in skiers, but their boots are to blame. University of Canberra assistant professor Wayne Spratford said the boots worn by firefighters are a root cause in an abnormally high number of back, knee and hip injuries. “We looked at their boots and found they used a boot that constrained the ankle — basically the ankle can’t move,” Spratford told the Canberra Times.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Wisconsin firefighter accused of drunken driving behind wheel of fire truck

A Sussex firefighter is arrested, accused of driving drunk behind the wheel of a fire truck and hitting a parked car. He was taken off the force, immediately. The fire chief told WISN 12 News reporter Christina Palladino as soon as he learned of the incident Monday, he placed the firefighter on administrative leave.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

A wrong turn led to Philadelphia for new fire chief

A wrong turn on the way home from Taco Bell changed Adam Thiel's life. It was 24 years ago when the then-19-year-old student at American University got lost returning to campus and passed a firehouse advertising free EMT lessons. Thiel, impressed by the emergency responders who rushed his father to the hospital when he was dying of cancer, signed up and never looked back.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: philly.com

New York town's firefighters OK contract requiring new hires to live in city 5 years

New Syracuse firefighters will have to reside in the city for the first five years of their career under the terms of a three-year union contract ratified this week by firefighters. That's a first for Syracuse firefighters, who previously were exempt from residency requirements under state law. The state law, which exempts police, fire and sanitation workers, can be superseded by local collective bargaining agreements, said Paul Motondo, president of Local 280 of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com

Ambulances, in place of 'caged police car,' to carry people in mental health crisis in Oregon

Police throughout the metro area expect this fall to start routinely calling for an ambulance to carry people suffering a mental health crisis to the hospital instead of handcuffing them in the back of a patrol car for the ride. The state has adopted new rules that allow for ambulance services to apply to provide secure transport for people suffering behavioral health problems.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the oregonian

Dallas paramedics make house calls, but not much money for the city (yet)

Dallas paramedics are making plenty of house calls, but they’re not making much money for the city. Officials started the Mobile Community Healthcare program last year with the hope that that it could pay for itself using fees from hospitals that want to alleviate the burden on their emergency rooms.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: dallas morning news

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