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FEMA releases Assistance to Firefighters Grant application dates

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that the 2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant application period will open Tuesday, Oct. 11. Since 2001, AFG has funded firefighter and other first-responder equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Big Rig Slams Into Philadelphia Ladder Truck on Interstate

A big rig slammed into a firetruck bringing traffic on Interstate 95 to a screeching halt for hours early Thursday and leaving five Philadelphia firefighters hurt. The tractor-trailer crossed lanes and slammed into the stopped firetruck in the southbound left-hand shoulder around 3 a.m. under the Chestnut Street overpass/Penn's Landing Tunnel in Old City.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia

Dismissed Texas fire cadets break their silence, ask for jobs back

Two of the six San Antonio Fire Department cadets dismissed from the academy earlier this month broke their silence Tuesday, in a lengthy sit-down interview with the KENS 5 I-Team. "It's like your whole world is taken away from you," said one of the cadets, during the interview at the headquarters of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio

Ernest Mitchell, Jr. named Honorary Member of Metro Chiefs

The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), named Ernest Mitchell, Jr. an Honorary Member of the Metro. Chief Mitchell, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administrator for the U.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association

Clergy goes after Connecticut fire union over ‘fearful tactics’ against emergency plan

Members of the Greater New Haven Clergy Association said they are “appalled” by the fire union’s use of “fearful tactics” in its efforts to stop a new city emergency plan. In a press release, the clergy said there is a lack of professionalism displayed by the executive leadership of the fire union, International Association of Firefighters, Local 825, specifically naming its president, Frank Ricci.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register

Update: Philadelphia firefighter died of natural causes, officials say

Philadelphia firefighter Gabriel Lee, who died during a night shift in North Philadelphia in July, succumbed to heart disease, the Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday. Lee, 42, a 17-year veteran of the department, died July 23 after being found unresponsive in the basement of the Ladder 12 firehouse, 1325 W.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com

Massachusetts fire chief's life saved by his own firefighters after suffering cardiac arrest

The critical care unit at Beverly Hospital isn't exactly where Frank Twiss wants to start his retirement. "Not what I expected," Twiss said. "Not at all." But at least the Middleton fire chief will have a retirement. The 54-year-old suffered cardiac arrest Monday at the fire station. Nine members of his department saved his life.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

5 bodies found in burned California care home for disabled

The remains of five adults were found after a fire burned a Temecula-area residential care facility for developmentally disabled adults, authorities said Tuesday. The Riverside County sheriff’s homicide unit and Cal Fire’s arson unit are investigating the Monday morning fire. While the cause hasn’t been determined, sheriff’s officials have called the fire “suspicious” and the house a crime scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Enterprise

New Jersey firefighter admits to stealing $60K from department

A volunteer firefighter admitted on Monday to stealing more than $60,000 from the department over six years while serving as its treasurer. Chester Jameson, 52, of Old Bridge, pleaded guilty to third-degree theft by deception before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge David Bauman, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni announced in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com

Florida firefighter infected with Zika virus

There is new information about the person infected with the Zika virus from Pinellas County. 10Investigates has discovered it could have been contracted in Hillsborough County because the Pinellas resident works as a firefighter in Tampa. There is a lot we don't know, because the Florida Department of Health is keeping the information very close to the vest and that could be because there is a huge concern what the disease could do to the state tourism industry.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV 10 News

Update: Room to be made for Ohio department's new ladder truck

The city’s downtown fire station is expected to be modified within 90 days to make room for the ladder truck purchased earlier this month, a move prompting media reports and questions at the last city council meeting. The city expects to spend about $130,000 on design and installation of a new bay door for the $867,742 Pierce Enforcer, a demonstrator purchased with cash on hand, rather than through financing, due to the need to replace it as quickly as possible.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Dayton Daily News

Kansas firefighter says police arrested him without cause and broke his arm, files suit

A Lawrence firefighter suing the city says he voiced his disapproval over what he deemed to be police brutality, and then left the scene under arrest and with a broken arm. The lawsuit, which accuses the Lawrence Police Department of using both excessive and negligent force, could cost the city nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lawrence Journal-World

Charges: Driver of Michigan firetruck in deadly crash said he lacked sleep, smoked pot that day

The driver of a Michigan firetruck that crashed Saturday on Interstate 35W in Blaine, killing two firefighters, said he was sleep-deprived and that he nodded off before the rig went out of control. He also admitted using marijuana and cocaine in the days and hours before the wreck, according to charges filed Monday.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Suspended Ohio fire chief gets demotion, raise in settlement

The Liberty Township fire chief who had been fighting to keep his job will be returning to work next month, but not as chief. Tim Jensen, suspended in March for alleged management lapses, including tardiness and failing to follow orders, reached an agreement with township trustees late last week allowing him to return to work on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch

Oregon special deputy convicted in theft of fire trucks

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer gave an ominous warning to a rural fire chief trying to recover fire trucks stolen from his department. Chief Jeremy Boyer needed the trucks in early 2013 for the recently formed Monument Rural Fire District, protecting a sparsely populated area in northern Grant County.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

'I woke up in the water,' says Louisiana firefighter injured in fatal bus crash

Sitting in his Gonzales residence Monday morning (Aug. 29), St. John the Baptist Parish firefighter William "Mack" Beal was surrounded by photographs of his loved ones as he recalled Sunday's Interstate 10 bus crash that injured him and killed two others, including St. John Fire District Chief Spencer Chauvin.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Orleans Times-Picayune & Nola.com

Report: 9/11 first responders show early memory problems

Cognitive impairment, long considered a leading risk factor for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, has been detected in a significant proportion of people who served as first responders during the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster, Stony Brook University researchers have found. For years, the lion’s share of public attention has been riveted on the cancers and respiratory conditions that have afflicted first responders, but mental-health disorders have been building all along, researchers reported Monday in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Louisiana fire chief killed in accident on Interstate

A St. John the Baptist Parish district fire chief was one of two people killed in a crash on westbound Interstate 10 near LaPlace, officials told WDSU. A spokesperson with the Louisiana State Police said Spencer Chauvin was killed Sunday in the crash. He was a district chief for the St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Fire Services.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDSU-TV NBC 6 New Orleans

Michigan firefighters killed in crash on Minnesota Interstate

Minnesota State Patrol have identified the Beartown Firefighters killed in the fatal crash in Blaine, Minnesota on Saturday. According to police, 25-year-old Alan J. Swartz of Baraga, and 23-year-old James F. Shelifoe of Baraga were killed in the crash when their truck drove off the road, struck the median cable, and rolled several times.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUC-TV NBC 6 Marquette

Battle could be brewing between California city, fire district

A battle could be brewing between two public entities that represent the citizens of Menlo Park. A board member for the fire district Thursday night said he is tired of the district being "nice guys" regarding a years-long effort to purchase land from the city where it has operated a fire station in Belle Haven for 21 years and is planning to build a larger station to deal with planned growth.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury News