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Racy pics get New Mexico fire chief, top brass suspended

Valencia County Emergency Services Chief Steven Gonzales and two division chiefs within the department received suspensions after pictures surfaced of the men in uniform with scantily clad women on a recent out-of-state training trip. It happened while Gonzales, Division Chief Nicholas Moya and Division Chief Casey Davis were in Indianapolis for the Fire Department Instructors Conference.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: krqe news 13

Arsonist gets 9 years in prison for seriously injuring Fresno fire Capt. Pete Dern

A criminal case that made national news a year ago when a bystander’s video showed Fresno fire Capt. Pete Dern falling through a burning roof, followed by his dramatic rescue by fellow firefighters, ended Wednesday when the woman who pleaded no contest to starting the house fire was sentenced to nine years in prison.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: fresno bee

Off-duty Oklahoma City firefighters solve family's unique shelter situation

A group of Oklahoma City firefighters took it upon themselves to solve a unique problem for neighbors of the firehouse. Bri Johnson, 10, was diagnosed as a toddler with spinal muscular atrophy, caused by a deficiency of a motor neuron protein. "It's the gene that helps you walk, and since I don't have that, I can't walk," she said.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: newsok.com

California firefighters rescue distraught woman in dramatic video

VIDEO - A group of Alameda County firefighters heading back to their station Tuesday after dealing with an oil spill spotted another emergency on an Emeryville street: a visibly distraught woman sitting on the edge of an overpass, her feet dangling toward the busy traffic below. Engine 34 firefighters came upon the woman about 10:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sfgate.com

Nominations Open for Firehouse's 2016 Station Design Awards

Learning by example and experience is a time-tested method for gaining knowledge, and Firehouse’s Station Design Awards program is a perfect example. For the fourth year, Firehouse is hosting its annual Station Design Awards program and is currently seeking entries. The program is designed primarily for architects and builders as a way to show off their best work.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

New York town eliminates paid firefighter positions

The village eliminated its eight paid firefighters and will go forward with an all-volunteer fire service, a move officials say will save $800,000 in the next year. The village board of trustees voted Monday night to cut the positions as part of a budget-balancing measure, but an attorney for the axed workers said the timing implied there was more going on.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News (Lohud.com)

LODD: Former New York fire capt. suffers medical emergency after call

A firefighter died Tuesday night after responding to a firehouse for a medivac call. FirefighterCloseCalls.com reported that Sag Harbor Fire Department former fire captain Ted Stafford assisted in quarters and then following a meeting died in his driveway at home. Stafford is a former police officer for the Town of Southhampton and his son and grandson are members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Florida fire departments argue over response to fatal fire

A fatal Saturday night blaze on Raphael Road near DeFuniak Springs has reignited a war of words between the Liberty Fire District and Walton County Fire Rescue. Liberty Fire Chief John Dunham said crews under his command called “two or three times” for Walton County to dispatch an ambulance to the scene of a structure fire at a home on W.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News

Entire Canadian city forced to flee as inferno rages

The sky in Fort McMurray now looks like a wall of fire and smoke as a mammoth inferno swallows parts of the Canadian city. Authorities ordered the evacuation of about 80,000 people, including the entire city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cnn

Cleveland's fire chief says essential broken equipment will be fixed

Cleveland’s fire chief said Tuesday his department would repair broken equipment that left his firefighters without a way to refill their air tanks inside city limits. The comments came after newsnet5.com’s Derick Waller learned the department’s five air compressors were not operational. Instead, first responders had been taking daily trips to Valley View’s fire department fill up a Cleveland air tanker.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV IBS 5 Cleveland

Tensions rise as Ohio town votes for fire department takeover

Tensions were heightened Monday at a meeting of the Springfield Township trustees. Dozens of citizens, including many from neighboring Spencer Township, attended the meeting to discuss the future of the Spencer Township Fire Department. At 7:42 p.m., the department’s fate was sealed. In a 2-1 vote, Springfield Township trustees voted to take over service of the Spencer Township Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: toledo blade

Man dies of injuries after car collides with Kentucky fire engine

PHOTO - A man was killed and a Lexington firefighter was trapped temporarily in the driver’s seat of a fire engine after a traffic accident Monday afternoon on Man o’ War Boulevard near Nichols Park Drive. Cody A. Emery, 23, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center after the crash, where he died of his injuries at at 5:26 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: lexington herald-leader

NTSB report on fatal 2015 D.C. Metro smoke incident criticizes Metro, first-responders and FTA

Throughout Metro’s 40-year history, the National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly raised questions about the agency’s safety culture that have not been adequately addressed, its three-jurisdiction governance model has proven “uniquely dysfunctional” and the federal agency that sought safety oversight of the transit agency has made recommendations that are “non-enforceable.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the washington post - metered site

Property owners sue Connecticut city, fire officials over perfume factory blaze

Da’nay McBride strolled down Seaview Avenue recently, past the site of the September 2014 fire that destroyed a warehouse and threatened surrounding homes like hers. Federal contractors are still busy hauling away the remnants of metal drums of chemicals that tenant Rowayton Trading company had stored there.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: connecticut post

Ohio town may soon be forced to choose between firefighters and police

Facing yet another sloppy recall effort, East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton summed up the faded prospects of his city in a brief conversation Friday afternoon: "Voters can throw the bums out if they want and bring in new bums, but that won't change anything. This city currently doesn't have the fiscal means to safely survive," he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com

North Carolina volunteer firefighter killed fighting strip mall fire

A Pineville firefighter was killed battling a fire Saturday night at a golf store in a strip mall on Pineville-Matthews Road. Richard Sheltra, 20, worked with the Pineville Volunteer Fire Department for three years. He was named Rookie of the Year in January, though no longer new to the department, and was also recognized for being the member of the department who received the most hours of training last year.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: charlotte observer

Virginia fire chief calls for online forum to shut down after firefighter suicide

Fairfax Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Bowers is calling on the website “Fairfax Underground” to remove its “lewd and horrible” comments about fallen firefighter Nicole Mittendorff. The chief also promised a “very aggressive” internal investigation to determine whether anyone in his department is to blame.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Inside NoVA

Illinois first responders want law to protect them from 'frivolous' lawsuits

A group representing firefighters and municipalities hopes to revive a law that protects first responders from getting sued by people they try to help. The so-called "public duty rule" dates to the 1800s and provides firefighters and paramedics broad immunity from lawsuits stemming from their on-the-job actions.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago tribune

Arson Awareness Week Focuses on Wildland Fires

During a five-year period, close to one-quarter of the wildland fires that were reported in the U.S. were deemed arson. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced that the theme for Arson Awareness Week, May 1-7, is "Prevent Wildfire Arson — Spread the Facts Not the Fire." "Not all wildland is comprised of forests.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Colorado firefighters help coax bear out of apartment

VIDEO - A resident in Eagle County caught a peculiar house guest rummaging through his refrigerator early Saturday. According to a Facebook post from the Eagle River Fire Protection District, crews were dispatched on a service call about 4:45 a.m. Saturday for a report of a bear in the living room of a second-floor apartment.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: denver post

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