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North Carolina firefighter collapses during workout, later dies at hospital

A firefighter with Alexis Fire Department went out for a jog while on duty Thursday morning but never made it back to the fire station. "He was an outstanding person, great guy to be around and he loved the fire service and everything it stood for," said Lt. Robert Drew of Alexis Fire Department. According to officials, firefighter Joshua Warren had just returned from a medical call when he took part in a physical fitness training at East Lincoln Middle School.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTV-TV Channel 3

A Funeral for a Fire Chief, 15 Years After He Died on 9/11

The printers buzzed to life in every firehouse in New York City last week, and each spit out an identical bulletin. It bore the worst sort of news the Fire Department must relay to its members, the Code 5-5-5-5. A death in the line of duty. “With regret, the department announces the death of Battalion Chief Lawrence T.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york times

Georgia fire officers named in wrongful death suit filed over retirement home fire

Columbia County and several fire and rescue employees have been named in a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal fire at the Marshall Square retirement community last year. The suit was filed Thursday by Barbara Ellington, the last surviving daughter of Dorothy Carpenter, the lone resident who died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the augusta chronicle

California wildfire burns 60-year-old fuel, threatens homes and ranches

Fueled by hot and dry weather, wildfires threatened homes in California and other Western states as crews struggled to corral flames that have scorched miles of brush and timber. About 140 homes and ranches were considered at risk in California, where a 1,400-acre fire was tearing through coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara, scorching an area that hadn’t burned in 60 years.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: orange county register

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Celebrates 20 Years with Demonstration at NFPA Conference

On June 14, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s (HFSC) spokesperson Ron Hazelton narrated a side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration for attendees at the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. The demonstration was held at Desert Fire Protection, a local sprinkler contractor.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: home fire sprinkler coalition

New Hampshire Firefighter Dies from Apparent Heart Attack Hours After Training

The town is mourning the death of firefighter/EMT Doug Clement, the son of a former fire chief. Clement, 44, died of an apparent heart attack, said Town Administrator Barbara Lucas. “It is with great sadness that the town of New Hampton announces the line-of-duty death of Firefighter/A-EMT Douglas Clement,” the town said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NewHampshire.com

Ohio fire chief disciplined for abuse of authority

Lebanon Fire Chief Perry Gerome is working under an ultimatum issued by the city manager after calling on-duty fire crews and equipment to his home to help celebrate his wife’s 50th birthday by pretending the house was on fire. The chief also had crews deliver a chain saw to help him clear fallen limbs after a storm earlier this year.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News

Man found incompetent to stand trial in Michigan firefighter's death

The trial of a Lansing man accused of striking and killing a firefighter last year is delayed indefinitely, after a judge ruled Wednesday that he is incompetent to stand trial. Grant Taylor, 23, is facing murder and other charges in the death of 35-year-old Dennis Rodeman, who was killed in September while he and other firefighters were collecting donations for charity near the intersection of Cedar Street and Jolly Road.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: detroit free press

Oklahoma fire officials warn color runs are ‘powder keg’ of danger

VIDEO - It is a colorful way to add some pep to your step. Color runs are all the rage right now. Joggers and walkers are caked in a tsunami of brilliant powder. "You look like a giant ornament," said runner Rachel Suddeth. "It's fun!" An event scheduled for this summer in Oklahoma City is billed as "10,000+ pounds of colorful food-grade cornstarch transforms you into a vibrant rainbow.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma City

Cleveland firefighter fired over paying to trade shifts says city racially discriminated against him

A Cleveland firefighter who lost his job after pleading guilty to paying co-workers to cover his shifts is suing the city to get his position back, arguing that his race was a factor in his firing. Calvin Robinson, 55, says in his lawsuit that the city, in firing him, discriminated against him because he is black.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com

Hawaii firefighter critically injured in training accident

A firefighter was critically injured Tuesday in a rough water training accident off Diamond Head. A second firefighter was taken to the hospital for evaluation, and was subsequently released. The two were apparently training on Jet Skis in rough surf and police sources say they were knocked down by a large wave.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFVE-TV 5 The Home Team

What is the lone surviving firefighter from Yarnell Hill fire doing to get his reputation back?

Brendan McDonough survived one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history, an inferno near Yarnell, Ariz., that killed 19 of his fellow Granite Mountain Hotshots on June 30, 2013. For the next year, he went to memorials, gave speeches and raised money for wildland firefighting. But the constant reminders of the fire wore on him.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

5 Dead, 1 Arrested in Los Angeles Abandoned Building Fire

A dispute between homeless people living together in an abandoned office building led one of them to set a fire that killed five others, authorities alleged Tuesday. Just one man was declared dead during the fire on Monday night, but two more men and two women were found dead in the rubble by a search team with dogs on Tuesday afternoon, city fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: abc news

Five Ways Fire Departments Can Partner with the Community

Other than an emergency situation, one of the few times the community interacts with its fire department is at city or town council meetings during budget season. During these meetings, the fire department is often making requests for equipment and apparatus purchases, discussing code enforcement issues, or addressing citizen complaints.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: in public safety

New Jersey EMTs resign after live-streaming White Castle run while ignoring 911 call

The EMTs who were apparently caught live-streaming their choice to stay on a fast food drive-thru line while calls for emergency service were coming in have resigned, as a hospital investigation into the incident continues. "The individuals involved in this matter have resigned their employment with University Hospital as a result of their inappropriate conduct, which violated numerous Hospital policies, including our clear guidance on emergency response protocols, the use of social media, and our code of conduct," hospital spokeswoman Stacie Newton said in a statement to NJ Advance Media Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com

Michigan fire chief's 'retirement' comes under pressure

Plainfield Township Fire Chief Dave Peterson is retiring with lots of praise from township officials but also with a black mark on his record. Peterson, township officials have confirmed, agreed to retire under pressure after receiving a second warning that he had not followed township procedures for submitting grant applications -- an act he had been told was cause for dismissal.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mlive.com

U.S. fire chief dies in 10-story fall in Turkey

An American national working at Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey died Monday after falling from the roof of his apartment building as he attempted to enter using a 10th floor window, Turkey's state-run news agency reported. Thaddeus Borowicz, 61, of Traverse City, Michigan, died after tying an electrical cable to a chimney to access his apartment using an open window, the Anadolu Agency reported.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Dispatch audio: As the Orlando Massacre unfolded

We’ve obtained new dispatch recordings that show why rescuers were forced to wait for hours a block away from the wounded trapped with the gunman inside the Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning. Tegna investigative reporter Brendan Keefe also discovered at one point, Orlando Regional Medical Center turned patients away, fearing the gunman had stormed the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Virginia departments making changes as cancer rates rise in the fire service

When Deborah Gaudet and Sheila Wanner joined the fire service in the 1990s, neither of them thought their career could cause cancer. But it did. Wanner, a retired Newport News master firefighter-medic, and Gaudet, fire department safety officer in Virginia Beach, were part of a regional information session held in Newport News Monday to bring awareness to the problem.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: newport news daily press

Draft study of Tulsa fire department, EMSA advises decreased fire response to some medical calls

An independent study of the Tulsa Fire Department is recommending several efficiency changes at the department, including reductions in response to both fires and medical calls. City officials received a draft version of a study this week, looking primarily at Tulsa Fire Department operations but also at the department’s relationship with EMSA on medical responses.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: tulsa world