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Follow Up: Michigan firefighters' fund for cancer has no money

When firefighter Stephen Babcock found out he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in October, his costs to fight the illness should have been covered. State lawmakers had passed a bill that was supposed to protect firefighters who fell ill with 10 types of cancer that likely stem from on-the-job exposure to carcinogens.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: usa today

Kentucky Chief Says Dispatchers Fail Dealing With Disturbed People

Owensboro Fire Chief Steve Mitchell told members of the city-county 911 board Tuesday that firefighters need a better way to communicate with dispatch when firefighters are confronted by a disturbed person during an emergency run. Mitchell told 911 board members that when firefighters face disturbed or intoxicated people on some runs, they ask dispatch to send city police officers to assist.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Pennsylvania town moves toward dropping 100-year old volunteer fire company

Ingram council took the first step toward dropping the volunteer fire company that has served the borough for more than 100 years. Council voted 5-1 Monday night to legally advertise an intergovernmental agreement between the borough and the city of Pittsburgh for fire protection services. By law, the legal ad must run in a newspaper for 30 days before the borough council can formally vote on a contract.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh post-gazette

Washington legislature approves Bill to allow livestock owners to retrieve cattle in wildfires

Neil Kayser knows the damage a wildfire can cause livestock operations. Kayser, a fourth-generation rancher from the Goldendale area, lost several head of cattle in last year’s Cougar Creek fire near Mount Adams. He’s also bypassed roadblocks to save his livestock from advancing fires. “A cow, to us, is like a factory,” Kayser said in a phone interview last week.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: yakima herald

Man stabbed California firefighters in self-defense, attorney says

A man stabbed two San Diego firefighters who were tending to an intoxicated man at an East Village trolley station last year, a prosecutor said Monday, but a defense attorney said his client was trying to help the drunk man and stabbed the firefighters in self-defense after being pushed over a bench by a fire captain.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego

Follow Up Video: Wall of Burning Townhome Falls on Maryland Firefighters

VIDEO - Eight firefighters were injured when the front of a burning townhome collapsed onto them. Firefighters were called to the 3-alarm fire on Churubusco Lane about 1 a.m. Monday. When they arrived, they found the townhome completely engulfed in flames. Video from the scene shows firefighters battling the fire from the front of the home when they front wall collapsed on top of them.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc washington

Vermont town down 7 firefighters after policy disagreement

The town of Georgia's fire department is now seven members short. One firefighter quit and six others were asked to turn in their equipment Friday afternoon. The firefighter flap started at a meeting last October when members of the department were asked to sign a new confidentiality agreement. "We, in October, were told we had to sign a policy that we could only speak about certain things in the fire service that we find out about in the fire service if we have permission from our chief," said Chris Gonyeau, former firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAX-TV CBS 3

Pennsylvania firefighter dies after responding to fire

A veteran Hanover firefighter died after responding to a fire in West Manheim Township Saturday morning. Around 9:30 a.m., Earl J. Shoemaker, 68, was the driver of Hanover Fire Department's Air 46 unit when the truck went off Brunswick Drive and into a field -- traveling as far as several hundred yards.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the evening sun

8 Maryland firefighters injured in 3-alarm house fire with structural collapse

An overnight three alarm town house fire in Germantown has sent several firefighters to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. According to Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, crews were called to a town house fire in the 19300 blk of Churubusco Lane around 1:00 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wusa 9

Connecticut Fire Chief Gets To Work Mending A Damaged Department

Six weeks into his tenure as Hartford's fire chief, Reginald Freeman has started to personalize his office at the public safety complex on High Street.Among the plaques and framed pictures is a photograph on the shelf behind his desk. It's a snapshot of Freeman and retired Hartford firefighter Frank Zazzaro taken in Zazzaro's West Hartford home shortly after Freeman started work.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

How to keep firefighters from quitting

I recently read an article about a large fire department's concern regarding retention of its members. This department is in the process of hiring 75 new firefighters to replace members who have left the department in the past year. Other fire departments of all sizes are facing the replacement of significant numbers of firefighters in the coming years.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Column: Boston firefighters went where the heart leads

The two reports, one federal, the other produced by the Boston Fire Department, about the 2014 Beacon Street fire that killed Boston Fire Lieutenant Ed Walsh and firefighter Mike Kennedy make for tough reading. The communications timeline, with Walsh repeatedly calling for water that didn’t come because their hose had been burned through, is especially hard to read.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the boston globe

Firefighters Battle Massive Blaze at Commercial Building in Los Angeles County

RAW VIDEO - Firefighters battled a greater-alarm structure fire at a commercial building in Boyle Heights on Thursday that sent huge flames and black smoke high into the air. The fire was reported around 7:45 p.m. at 1566 S. Rio Vista Ave., according to Erik Scott with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

D.C. firefighter gives up oxygen mask to save great grandmother

How do you thank a man you don't even know for saving your life? That's the question on the lips of a D.C. great-grandmother when she thinks about the firefighter who gave up his own oxygen mask so she had a chance to survive. Both rescuer and fire victim are now recovering, thanks to the quick-thinking and self-sacrifice of DC firefighter Danny Lovato.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wusa 9

3 Ohio fire supervisors suspended for roles in alcohol-fueled party dubbed “kegs and eggs”

Two Columbus fire lieutenants and a captain have been suspended for their roles in an alcohol-fueled party dubbed “kegs and eggs” at a shuttered Downtown fire station last summer. Another disciplinary incident in the next year could result in demotion. Dozens of firefighters, including some in uniform, showed up at Fire Station 2 at 150 E.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: columbus dispatch

Boston Fire Department to file suit against maker of engine

Fire officials, hit with a scathing federal report criticizing the department in the deaths of two firefighters in 2014, said they are preparing to sue the manufacturer of a diesel engine now in more than a dozen problem-plagued city fire trucks in order to thwart future disasters. Fire Commissioner Joseph E.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Massive Blaze at Commercial Building

RAW VIDEO - Firefighters battled a greater-alarm structure fire at a commercial building in Boyle Heights on Thursday that sent huge flames and black smoke high into the air. The fire was reported around 7:45 p.m. at 1566 S. Rio Vista Ave., according to Erik Scott with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

Seattle firefighter who survived Greenwood blast: 'I think the Lord was looking out for us'

VIDEO - One of the firefighters injured in Wednesday's devastating explosion in Greenwood called the situation "surreal." Lt. Ed Newell is one of the nine firefighters who suffered minor injuries in the blast. The 33-year veteran firefighter is a little bruised but in good spirits, which is remarkable considering how much damage was done.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4

NIOSH Report shows lack of training, staffing contributed to Boston firefighter deaths in 2014

A lack of training to fight a wind-driven fire, the lack of a sprinkler system, inadequate staffing, and an inadequate assessment of risk were factors in the deaths of two Boston firefighters in a 2014 blaze that tore through a Back Bay brownstone, according to a federal report. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released a 77-page report —and the Boston Fire Department released its own findings — detailing the events that led to Lt.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

Commissioner: Rhode Island fire captain terminated for insubordination

A veteran Providence fire captain is out of a job for what Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare is calling a “failure to take responsibility for his subordinates.” Dennis Tucker, who worked for the city’s fire department since 1988, was terminated last week after a three-member city trial board unanimously voted to approve the dismissal recommendation made by Pare.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

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