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10 FDNY EMS workers, 3 NYPD traffic agents surrender in health insurance scam

Ten active and retired EMS workers and three NYPD traffic enforcement agents surrendered to authorities early Tuesday, the first in a wave of disability fraud busts orchestrated by city and state law enforcement, the Daily News has learned. Seven of the accused — six men and one woman — surrendered at the 112th Precinct stationhouse, where they were patted down in the doorway, then handcuffed and lead inside.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Connecticut man killed in crash involving car and fire truck

A man was killed in a crash involving a fire truck that happened on Route 9 south in Essex on Tuesday evening. State police identified the victim as 80-year-old William Spitzschuh of Deep River. The crash was reported at about 7 p.m. and shut down the highway for several hours. It involved an Essex fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wfsb.com

Oakland Fire Officials: Fire station was just 500 feet from the Ghost Ship but no records on warehouse

The warehouse where 36 people died earlier this month is just 500 feet from Oakland Fire Station No. 13. Yet despite much community grumbling in recent years about the grim conditions of the building, Oakland fire officials said Tuesday that they had received no complaints in their records about the warehouse and that fire officials had never been dispatched there in the last 12 years.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Moments of maturity: Addressing career-volunteer issues

Managing conflict between career and volunteer members in a combination department can be challenging at times. Left unchecked, the conflict can destroy a department and create an environment of hate and discontent. I’ve spent my career working in combination departments and many hours listening to and addressing issues that emerge between volunteer and career staff.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireChief.com

ATF: No final determination in cause of Oakland warehouse fire

Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have their completed work at the scene of a fatal warehouse fire that broke out during a dance party, killing 36 people. In a news conference Tuesday representatives from ATF stated there has been no final determination in the cause of the Oakland warehouse fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU.com

Police: Home owner charged with murder, arson in death of Ohio firefighter

Police have arrested the home owner in the arson fire that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman a year ago this month. Lester Parker, 66, is facing felony murder and aggravated arson charges, according to Hamilton police, who announced an indictment Monday afternoon. Wolterman fell through the first floor of Parker's home while fighting a blaze on Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati

Orlando Fire Department leader leaves legacy, heartbreak

He was the one they thought would be chief one day. Hardworking and driven, with a knack for pushing others to excel, Orlando Fire Department District Chief Matthew Negedly had the qualities his brethren wanted in a leader. "He was getting ready to become assistant chief," his wife, Jill Negedly, said.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

Connecticut First Responder Video Gets National Attention

VIDEO - The town’s police chief and two fire chiefs are to appear on a national news show Tuesday morning to talk about a viral video featuring Manchester first responders. Police Chief Marc Montminy said he, town fire Chief David Billings and Eighth Utilities District fire Chief Don Moore are scheduled to appear on “Fox & Friends” between 6:30 and 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant

Family of Minnesota college student who froze to death in 2013 sues first responders

At first, Bill and Kristi Anderson felt numb after learning that their 19-year-old son was found frozen to death in southeast Minneapolis the morning after celebrating the end of his first semester of college. But later, when they brought themselves to view photos of the scene and review reports from paramedics, their questions began to pile up.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Oakland warehouse fire: overloaded electrical system seen as cause

Federal authorities are expected to say Tuesday that the deadly inferno inside a warehouse art collective that killed 36 people on Dec. 2 was caused by overloaded electrical lines at the rear of the structure where investigators had focused attention, according to sources familiar with the matter. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which has taken a lead role in assisting the Oakland Fire Department in the investigation, is expected to provide details at a news conference Tuesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times

Neighbors wake to screaming children in fatal Tennessee fire

Neighbors woke to the screams of children early Monday when a house fire that killed four children and injured two people in Springfield. The fire started at about 3 a.m. at 809 Poplar Ave. Ricardo Morales said his wife woke up hearing the screams. He said they called 911 and he rushed out with his sons and nephews.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Tennessean

Ghost Ship fire exposes war between Oakland fire chief, union

The disastrous Ghost Ship fire has intensified long-simmering tensions between Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed and the city’s firefighters union, which for years has been lobbying behind the scenes to get her fired. At the same time, however, African American community leaders are coming to the chief’s defense, complaining that Mayor Libby Schaaf’s administration may be setting her up to take the blame for the deadly fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

Chicago to pay $3.8 million as part of Fire Department gender bias case

The city is set to pay a group of African-American women $3.8 million as part of a settlement of a long-running federal lawsuit claiming that Chicago Fire Department tests were discriminatory. The City Council Finance Committee will consider the payment Monday. It's the latest payout from the city because of allegations of racial or gender bias in hiring practices at the Fire Department in lawsuits that have gone back decades and already have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune

EMS workers face forced OT shifts to cover nearly 50% of staff who are taking off for FDNY exam

Where’s the fire? EMS workers are in such a rush to get out of the ambulance and into the firehouse that nearly 50% of them signed up to take the city firefighter test next week — forcing the FDNY to call for mandatory overtime to cover all its 911 medical shifts. The entrance exam will be administered from Monday to Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Arizona firehouse overdue for replacement, may be toxic, officials say

Tucson’s oldest firehouse has become an example of how long-delayed capital projects can cost more than a spreadsheet can list. And in this case, officials say, it might be an actual pound of flesh. Fire Station No. 3 near Campbell Avenue and Broadway dates to the 1950s and has been retrofitted repeatedly in an attempt to extend its useful life.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tucson.com

Oakland fire chief says Ghost Ship may have fallen off radar

Oakland, California's fire chief acknowledged Thursday the department's prevention efforts, which include conducting safety inspections of sites such as the Ghost Ship warehouse where at least 36 people died last week, have been hampered by years of budget cuts and hiring freezes. "Was it the best?" Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said in an exclusive interview with CNN.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN

Maine firefighter who spoke out against former fire chief put on paid leave

One day after a fire chief resigns, amid controversy in his department, one of the firefighters is now on paid leave. Mark Blaquiere is under investigation by the town of Oxford. He declined to discuss the subject of that investigation. But he says he was handed a packet by Interim Town Manager Rebecca Lippencott, which he thinks has the reason why he’s been put on leave.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV 13 Portland

Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board ends run on the bank, stops $154M in withdrawals

The Dallas Police and Fire Pension System's Board of Trustees suspended lump-sum withdrawals from the pension fund Thursday, staving off a possible restraining order and stopping $154 million in withdrawal requests. The system was set to pay out the weekly requests Friday. Pension officials said allowing the withdrawals would leave them without the liquid reserves required to sustain the $2.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

2016 National Fire Data System Survey - Deadline January 20, 2017

NFPA was recently awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant to develop a national fire data system (NFDS) that meets the priority needs of the U.S. fire service for quality local and national data for both operational and community risk reduction decision making. NFPA’s focus is on helping local agencies in the collection, management and utilization of their data to make decisions where they count most—right in your community.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association

Police arrest man accused of harassing Ohio firefighters before shooting

The man who Youngstown firefighters say was harassing them on the night their truck was shot up is in jail Thursday evening. Police say Cameron Dyer, 30, was at the fire scene at Halleck and Elm streets Monday night. He was picked up on a probation violation, and police say he could be charged with misconduct at the fire scene.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBN.com