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New Jersey firefighter robbed at gunpoint while on duty

An armed robber stuck a handgun in a Trenton fire captain's face while he was on a call in the Chambersburg neighborhood Tuesday night, fire officials said. The fire captain, from Engine Co. 7 on Hamilton Avenue, was not injured during the 6:45 p.m. incident on Cummings Place, officials said. Trenton police detectives are investigating the crime.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Trenton Times

Authorities charge two teens in deadly Tennessee wildfires

Authorities have made two arrests -- both teenagers -- in last week's deadly wildfires. Authorities made the announcement Wednesday during an afternoon news conference at the Sevier County Courthouse. The teens remain in custody in Sevier County, charged with aggravated arson, said Jimmy Dunn, 4th Judicial District attorney general.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Knoxville News-Sentinel

Oakland official: Ghost Ship building not inspected in 3 decades

Investigators were beginning to get a sense of the final chaotic moments for the 36 people killed in a fire at a converted Oakland warehouse, as they made progress on the search for the cause of the blaze. Oakland’s planning director, meanwhile, admitted that the building had not been inspected for three decades, despite what neighbors said were numerous complaints about accumulated trash, graffiti and other blight.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFGate.com

Ohio firefighters consider carrying guns and bullet proof vests after shooting

The union representing Youngstown's firefighters is taking action after Mondays' shooting that wounded one of their members. A representative of the Youngstown Professional Firefighter's union says the department will investigate the possibility of allowing captains to carry firearms during calls. They also say they'll look into buying bullet proof vests for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMJ-TV Youngstown NBC 21

Retired Dallas police, firefighters withdraw pension funds as fears continue

One by one, retired Dallas police and firefighters came to the pension fund to get their money. “I think instead of filing a lawsuit … it would have been a lot cheaper (for the mayor) just to get a billboard that said make a run on the bank,” retired firefighter George Snowden told News 8 outside the pension office.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas - Fort Worth

Virginia firefighters quit job over pay cuts

More city employees in Petersburg are quitting their jobs over budget cuts. Chief T.C. Hairston says the Petersburg Fire Department has lost 14 firefighters since the city implemented a mandatory 10 percent pay cut for all city employees. Some people who live in Petersburg are now concerned about safety.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRIC.com

Honolulu firefighters were among those killed, injured in Pearl Harbor attack

A date which will live in infamy was also a day the Honolulu Fire Department unexpectedly went to war. On Dec. 7, 1941, Engine 6 was the first to respond to Hickam Airfield. “They were used to seeing practice anti-aircraft artillery and they knew that to be white smoke, white puffs in the sky,” said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHON2

Oakland: “Ghost Ship” fire search finished; investigators eye refrigerator as cause

The recovery effort from the aftermath of a devastating Fruitvale District warehouse fire that killed 36 people has been completed, authorities announced Wednsday morning. The death total did not rise as crews combed through the final 10 percent of the building known as the “Ghost Ship.” Authorities did not say what time they finished the search.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury News

2 Maryland volunteer firefighters indicted after fighting with female career firefighter on scene

Last December an unlikely confrontation unfolded during a fire at a home in Hyattsville. Prosecutors allege two volunteer firefighters fought a career female firefighter over who got to enter the home first and be in charge of the scene. Authorities claim Chris Kelly, out of the West Lanham Hills station, hit the career female firefighter knocking her off the front porch.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington

Michigan chief says manpower was issue in apartment blaze that injured firefighters

A Flint apartment complex fire that left three firefighters injured last month pushed the Flint Fire Department to its limits that day. Not only did it require every firefighter on duty that day -- 14 in all -- the fire at Village Shores Apartments also forced the city to call in mutual aid because the department's two ladder trucks were both in the repair shop.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mlive.com

Assaults on firefighters under-reported, new study coming

As Youngstown firefighters begin their day Wednesday following a shooting Monday night that left a firefighter with a gunshot wound to the leg, many are wary and contemplative as they execute their duties. Captain Chris Weaver said the Youngstown Police Department is doing a good job keeping tabs on firefighters following the shooting, but the unsettling feeling is still there.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBN27.com

Ohio firefighter shot at scene of house fire

Youngstown police confirmed that a Youngstown firefighter was shot Monday after responding to a fire. It began when crews were called about 9 p.m. to a house fire at Halleck and Elm streets. As crews were leaving the scene around 10:30 p.m., shots were fired and bullets came through the fire truck, hitting a firefighter in the leg.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBN-TV (Youngstown)

'I'm not going to answer these questions': Oakland warehouse manager anguished in interview

Derick Almena, the manager of the Oakland, California warehouse that went up in flames during a weekend party and killed at least 36 people, defended his role as landlord for the building which was used as a residential artist community. “I’m only here to say one thing: I’m incredibly sorry and that everything that I did was to make this a stronger and more beautiful community and to bring people together,” he said Tuesday on TODAY during an emotional interview.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Today.com

Procession brings Montana firefighter home after unexplained death at wildfire

A hatch on the side of the single-engine Pilatus plane opened, exposing the flag-draped casket to the small crowd of family, friends and officials huddled in the biting wind outside Missoula’s smokejumper hangar Sunday afternoon. Four honor guards, two full-dressed representatives each from the Bureau of Land Management and the U.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Missoulian

Louisiana fire chief to retire after 26 years

Schriever Fire Chief Ken Pitre remembers when a truckload of about 1,500 butane bottles caught fire, causing U.S. 90 to shut down. "We watched the fireworks," he said. "All these bottles started exploding. It really caught me off guard in a way. It was in the middle of the night, and I remember coming out the door and all I heard was 'boom.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Thibodaux Daily Comet

Alabama Firefighter Fractures Leg Running Tennessee Marathon in Full Gear

Manuel Jimenez was four miles short of finishing a charity marathon in Memphis, Tennessee, on Saturday when a doctor pulled him from the race after noticing the paramedic firefighter from Northport was struggling to stay on his feet. No one could fault Jimenez for being fatigued -- he'd just run 22 miles wearing his full, 60-pound set of firefighting gear in an effort to raise money for St.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

As death toll rises to 36 in Oakland fire, hazard halts search

The death toll in the devastating Oakland warehouse fire climbed to 36 early Monday as officials said the search for more bodies had to halted due to precarious conditions just after they found what they suspect is the area where the blaze started. The number of victims recovered from the gutted building grew by three overnight, but work on recovering more bodies was stopped just after midnight due to a “wobbly” wall that was leaning inward and making the situation too dangerous for firefighters to continue, said Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton of the Oakland Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFGate.com

Massachusetts Fire Chief: “Miraculous” That None Died In 10-Alarm Cambridge Blaze

Firefighters battled a 10-alarm fire Saturday in Cambridge that started in the afternoon and raged on into the night. The fire was reported just before 3 p.m. on Berkshire Street and reached nine alarms about 30 minutes later, and eventually hit 10 alarms. The flames were lessened but still burning as of 11 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Boston

Illinois town settles with firefighter dismissed following on-duty phone sex probe

An Oak Lawn firefighter who was dismissed in February after being accused of dialing phone sex providers while on duty has reached a six-figure settlement agreement with the village over his termination, officials said. Robert Lanz, a 15-year veteran of the Oak Lawn Fire Department, will receive a combined $100,000 — $42,040 for his accrued paid time-off benefits and an additional sum of $57,960 — and have all records of being disciplined over the phone sex allegations rescinded and removed from his personnel file, according to the terms of the agreement.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune

AT&T is apparent selection to build FirstNet; Rivada Mercury files protest over elimination from bid

Rivada Mercury is protesting its elimination from consideration to become FirstNet’s contractor to build and operate the much-anticipated nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN)—an action that points to AT&T as the selected bidder, although court documents indicate that the award likely will be delayed until at least March.
- PUB DATE: 12/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications