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Federal appeals court considers case of Utah firefighters accused of taking painkillers

A federal appeals court is considering whether authorities violated the constitutional rights of two Unified Firefighters whose prescription drug history was accessed during a criminal investigation. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in Marlon Jones and Ryan Pyle’s lawsuit against Cottonwood Heights, who accuse authorities there of violating their Fourth Amendment rights against search and seizure.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTU-TV Fox 13 Now Salt Lake City

Ohio fire chief fired after engine acccident

Lebanon has fired its embattled fire chief after the city manager said the chief again failed to follow policies and procedures. Capt. Steven Johnson was named acting chief, replacing Perry Gerome on Monday. Gerome was replaced after investigation of an accident involving one of the Lebanon Fire Department’s engines, according to a statement issued Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hamilton Journal-News

Father, daughter work side-by-side at Wisconsin department for one time only before his retirement

There's a unique relationship among the Milwaukee Fire Department's staff that we want to share with you. Two co-workers were brought together for a unique opportunity. Inside any firehouse, you'll find firefighters with a close connection -- but this relationship is deeper than most. "I'm standing next to my daughter, Maria Gaenslen," said Steve Gaenslen, MFD heavy equipment operator.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

North Carolina fire department fined in diver's death

The North Carolina Department of Labor has fined Sherills Ford-Terrell Fire & Rescue in connection to the death of a rescue diver. Newton firefighter, Bradley Long, died in early-June while searching for the body of a drowning victim in Lake Norman. Long was working as part of the dive team at Lake Norman through Sherills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue to recover the body of Isaiah Cruz, who had drowned in the lake.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCNC-TV NBC 6 Charlotte

Court rules Chicago Fire Dept. paramedic test discriminates against women

In another in a long line of hiring discrimination rulings against the Chicago Fire Department, a federal appeals court on Monday ruled in favor of female paramedics in striking down a physical performance test used by the city to hire paramedics for over a decade. The decision in the sex discrimination lawsuit, Ernst v.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times

Orlando firefighters to be equipped with bulletproof vests

The Orlando Fire Department is beginning to train its crews to take bulletproof vests with them to dangerous calls. Officials said firefighters and paramedics could be equipped with the vests as early as next month. This move is following a trend across America. Firefighters in Denver started wearing protective vests in July and other cities like St.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WESH-TV NBC 2 Orlando

Harassment Allegations Trigger Shakeup at San Francisco Fire Station

The San Francisco fire chief has ordered a command shakeup following what an internal probe found was a six-month long harassment campaign against a female firefighter stationed in Chinatown. Mindy Talmadge, a department spokeswoman, would not comment about the specifics. But in documents obtained by NBC Bay Area, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White described the abuse as “egregious” and cited “deficiencies in leadership” at Fire Station No.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area

Michigan firefighter fired for 'lack of honesty, integrity,' not 'two-hatter' law, chief says

A firefighter contends that he was fired because of his advocacy for the "two-hatter" law, which allows full-time firefighters to work part-time at other departments. Discipline reports tell another story. Thomas Saladino lied and disregarded orders, and faced a criminal investigation, which did not result in charges, for submitting time slips suggesting he worked for different agencies at the same time, according to reports obtained by The Grand Rapids Press and MLive under a Freedom of Information request.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mlive.com

FDNY ‘cadet’ program aims to give minorities fast track to openings

The FDNY is firing up a controversial “cadet” program aimed at giving minorities a fast track to becoming firefighters, The Post has learned. The department plans to recruit up to 100 men and women ages 20 to 27 citywide. The cadets would work in paid internships up to 20 hours a week while getting fitness training, taking educational courses, and learning from mentors.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

New Jersey firefighter dies after training

A firefighter has died after a training event Thursday, officials have confirmed. Fire Marshal Chris Barkalow said Friday that Chief Engineer Daniel McCann III of Wall "fell ill after training last night while at home and was unable to be revived." McCann was a 27-year veteran who served with Manasquan Hook & Ladder Company 1.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press

NY, NJ bombings: Suspect in custody after shootout with police, sources say

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man suspected in bombings in New York and New Jersey, is now in custody after a shootout with police, sources said. The shootout happened Monday in Linden, New Jersey, a local and federal law enforcement official said. Rahami was taken to an ambulance in a stretcher with his right shoulder bloodied and bandaged.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN

Report: Florida firefighters union 'saved up' complaints against chiefs

A report released Thursday calls into question complaints lodged against Ocean City-Wright Fire Chief Billy Lord and Deputy Chief Scott Funchess. It states there is evidence that firefighter union members “saved up” allegations “in order to present a more damaging case,” against the two men. The complaints were at the root of the fire district’s commissioners’ decision Wednesday to suspend Lord for 45 days without pay and suspend Funchess for 30 days without pay.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News

California columnist: Firefighters’ cushy work schedules get even easier

Several years ago I wrote a column entitled, “Why I want to be a firefighter.” The reasons were obvious – good pay and health and dental benefits, time-and-a-half for overtime, lots of vacation days and holidays — and the perk of sleeping on the job. Retirement pay includes lifetime health insurance for the firefighter and spouse and almost equals the working salary.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News

NFPA receives Assistance to Firefighters Grant for new National Fire Data System

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to begin the development of a National Fire Data System (NFDS). The goal of NFDS is to address the priority needs of the U.S. fire service and generate quality local and national data for both operational and community risk reduction decision-making.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association

Canadian firefighters attending Fallen Firefighters Memorial have $10,000 of equipment stolen

More than $10,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from Canadian firefighters who are here to honor fallen firefighters. They stored their large tents, tables and other things needed for the annual memorial in Colorado Springs, but it wasn't until this week when they found out it was all missing. Their equipment was supposed to be set up in Memorial Park next to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial this weekend.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOAA-TV NBC 5 & 30 Colorado Springs

Parents of fallen New York firefighter sue owner of home where he succumbed

The parents of fallen Mount Marion Fire Department Capt. Jack Rose have filed a lawsuit alleging negligence on the part of the owner of the home where Rose succumbed while fighting a fire in December 2015. Joe O’Connor, the lawyer representing Gary and Linda Rose, said an addendum to the suit is likely to be filed within a month and “may include other entities.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Freeman

Off-Duty West Virginia Firefighter Dies Assisting at Crash Scene

Fellowsville volunteer firefighter Justin Zink was remembered for having a heart of gold and would always pitch in to help. According to his obituary, Zink died Sept. 15 in Braxton County while stopping to assist at the scene of an automobile accident on Interstate 79. He was 28 years old. He worked as a truck driver for Fed-Ex in Bridgeport and loved hunting, fishing and being with his family.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Morgantown Dominion Post

Canadian firefighters attending Fallen Firefighters Memorial have $10,000 of equipment sold

More than $10,000 worth of equipment has been stolen from Canadian firefighters who are here to honor fallen firefighters. They stored their large tents, tables and other things needed for the annual memorial in Colorado Springs, but it wasn't until this week when they found out it was all missing. Their equipment was supposed to be set up in Memorial Park next to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial this weekend.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOAA-TV NBC 5 & 30 Colorado Springs

Infant dies at hospital after being transported in Georgia fire truck

A 4-month-old girl was pronounced dead at Midtown Medical Center late Wednesday afternoon after first responders rushed her to the hospital in a Columbus Fire and EMS fire truck because an ambulance was not immediately available. The 911 call for help came from an apartment on Forest Avenue at 5:13 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ledger-Enquirer

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