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Attorney says officials conspired against New Jersey firefighter

Former Trenton firefighter Jesse Diaz set up fellow firefighters in surreptitious tapes so he could “gain more juice” for a lawsuit he planned to file against the city fire department over perceived mistreatment for reporting a colleague for using a racial slur, a city attorney said. Michael Sullivan, the attorney representing the city in Diaz’s civil case, zeroed in on secretly recorded conversations the now-retired driver and war veteran had with Capt.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Trentonian

Suit against Pennsylvania fire department over surveillance camera settled

A long-running feud between the Wilkes-Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department and a resident over the direction of a surveillance camera has been settled, according to court documents. U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo on Thursday dismissed the complaint Joseph Naperkowski filed a few years back, writing in a brief order that the matter has been settled for an unspecified amount.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

Annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs to immortalize 123 on Saturday

The names and stories of 123 firefighters who died in the line of duty will be immortalized during the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs on Saturday. Held at Memorial Park, the ceremony starts at 11 a.m. The event, which annually attracts thousands of firefighters, paramedics and their grieving families, lands one week after the 15th anniversary of the Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette

Woman brandishes fake shotgun at Washington firefighters

A 68-year-old Thurston County woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly brandished a replica shotgun at firefighters who had responded to a medical alarm at her mobile home. Neither the woman nor the firefighters was injured, and the woman will be booked into the Thurston County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, said Chief Deputy Brad Watkins of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Olympian

Florida fire district suspends two chiefs for alleged inappropriate behavior

Ocean City Wright Fire Control District commissioners voted 4-1 Wednesday night to suspend Fire Chief Billy Lord for 45 days and Assistant Fire Chief Scott Funchess for 30 days without pay following an investigation of their alleged inappropriate behavior. Tallahassee labor law attorney Mark Bonfanti, who conducted the investigation, presented his summary of the findings during an almost three-hour meeting at the fire district’s headquarters on Racetrack Road.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News

Texas fire chief details reasons behind dismissal of 6 cadets

Because of swirling rumors and misinformation, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood is detailing the reasons why he dismissed six cadets last month. Hood detailed the much-ballyhooed case in a memo obtained by the San Antonio Express-News dated Sept. 12 and sent to fire personnel Tuesday. In early August, six cadets were caught for drinking on the job and subsequently dismissed.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My San Antonio.com

Former firefighter pleads guilty to manslaughter, arson in 2013 California wildfire

A former firefighter from Happy Valley pleaded guilty Tuesday to 22 "strike" counts in connection with the deadly 2013 Clover Fire and other arson-caused fires. Zane Wallace Peterson, 31, who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and a series of arson charges, entered his pleas on the day in which he was set to begin standing trial.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Redding Record Searchlight

California firefighter awarded Medal of Valor

A firefighter received the state’s Medal of Valor Monday for intervening in an assault on a colleague. Alex Wallbrett came to the aid of coworker Ben Vernon June 24, 2015. The crew was treating a sick and drunk man in downtown San Diego, when a bystander began to stab Vernon repeatedly. The wounds left Vernon with a punctured lung and other injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Why your stubbed toe soon won't be as important to Dallas Fire-Rescue

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials are sick of ever-increasing ambulance runs. But they say they have two remedies coming: a new dispatch system and an expansion of a program in which the department's paramedics make house calls. Fire officials told members of the City Council's Public Safety Committee on Monday that they are nearly ready to buy new dispatch software that will help separate true emergencies such as heart attacks from routine medical issues such as stubbed toes.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

It's 14 months and counting for a new fire chief in Rhode Island city

A headhunter hired by the city to help find a new fire chief has referred more than 12 candidates, according to Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Pare. But 14 months after the departure of Fire Chief Clarence A. Cunha, the search continues. “The process of identifying and recruiting the right fire chief is still underway,” Pare said.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal

Gender bias at Washington fire department under investigation

The city of Vancouver hired an outside investigator earlier this year to look into issues of gender-based discrimination within the Vancouver Fire Department. That inquiry is ongoing now. Emails obtained by The Columbian raise questions about how female firefighters are treated in Vancouver. In April, a firefighter was using the women’s restroom at Station 10 when her male boss walked in on her.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbian

Fire truck mishap takes down roof at New York fire company

PHOTO - The Rock Hill Fire Co. had to deal with an emergency right at its own headquarters Tuesday after, the fire chief said, a fire company member, pulling a fire truck out to get it ready for Saturday’s parade, hit the main support beam on one of the company’s equipment bays, and the roof collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Middletown Times Herald-Record

Assistant fire marshal in East Texas accused of watching porn, drinking bourbon in county-owned vehicle

Sheriff's deputies who pulled over an assistant fire marshal in East Texas for swerving allegedly found him watching porn on the county-owned vehicle's computer while drinking alcohol. Smith County deputies pulled over Oren Hale on Aug. 20, KLTV reports. The incident occurred about 9:20 p.m. on West Northwest Loop 323, near North Broadway Avenue, in Tyler, The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

Longtime Nebraska firefighter dies in line of duty

A longtime member of the Dakota City Fire Department died early Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack in the line of duty. Lowell Satterwhite, 67, sustained a heart attack around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, approximately 12 hours after responding to a medical call the previous day. Dakota City Fire Chief Clint Rasmussen said Satterwhite, who also worked for the city of Dakota City as a maintenance worker, had been a member of the department for 41 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sioux City Journal

Beloved Georgia chief retires after 34-year career with department

Robert Singletary fell into firefighting. “I was never a little kid that wanted to grow up and be a firefighter, but I was blessed to be ... allowed to be one and to lead this department for the past 17 years,” said Singletary, whose last official day as Warner Robins fire chief was symbolically set for 9/11.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Telegraph

For First Time, Cancer-Stricken FDNY Firefighters will be Honored at NFFF Service

The names of 24 FDNY firefighters killed by cancer linked to their work at Ground Zero on Sept. 11 will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial next month. They will be among the 112 firefighters honored Oct. 9 at the 35th annual memorial service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

City of Houston Loses Appeal in Firefighter Pension Fight

Houston can't overhaul a state-governed firefighter pension system that the mayor claims is pushing the city towards insolvency, a Texas appeals court ruled. Houston sued the Houston Firefighters' Relief and Retirement Fund in January 2014, seeking a declaration that a state law setting how the fund is operated, and giving the city no control over the amount of its contributions, is unconstitutional.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Courthouse News Service

Firefighting foam under fire for link to water contamination, firefighter injuries

A fire suppressant foam linked to the shutdown of two drinking water wells at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base injured a firefighter during a training incident and the Defense Department has launched an investigation to determine how widespread the problem is across the nation. The firefighter, Michael R.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News

Nine dead in Tennessee house fire; city's deadliest fire since 1920s

Nine people died Monday morning in a South Memphis house blaze that fire officials called the city’s deadliest fire in almost a century. Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat confirmed the deaths during a 9 a.m. press conference. She said one child pulled from the residence was still fighting for his life at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Tennessean

Tennessee fire kills 11 including 7 children: '... never seen firemen cry'

Seven children were among 11 people who died in a house fire in South Memphis Monday morning, family and friends said. The children who died were Angel, 16; Cameron, either 8 or 10; Alonzo Ward, 6; Diamond; Precious Rose, 3; Kira; and Ernest Jr. Ages were unknown for Diamond, Kira and Ernest Jr. The adults were identified as Carol Collier, 56; Lakeisha Ward, 27, mother of Alonzo Ward; and Eloise Futrell, 61.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Tennessean