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New evidence in lawsuit filed by family of 4 firefighters who died in Houston fire

New evidence was revealed Thursday in a lawsuit filed against Motorola by the family of four Houston firefighters killed in the Southwest Inn fire in 2013. The lawsuit on behalf of the families of Robert Bebee, Robert Garner, Matthew Renaud and Anne Sullivan filed suit in 2016, seeking punitive damages.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Click2houston.com

New data dispels charges of racism in New York fire exam

The Buffalo firefighter exam is coming up May 1, but the Common Council’s immediate focus is on finding someone to administer the psychological portion and re-evaluating 41 potential recruits rejected during the last hiring process on the recommendations of the city's former psychologist. About a dozen African-American applicants – most for the Fire Department – complained to a Council committee in late February that they passed other parts of the fire or police test but were removed from eligibility lists after a 10- to 15-minute verbal psychological exam that they felt had racial undertones and was biased against them because they are African-American.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Buffalo News

Opioid Crisis in Huntington, West Virginia and Manchester, New Hampshire

PODCAST - In this episode we focus on what two communities are doing to help mitigate the opioid crisis. First, we talk with Fire Chief Jan Rader from Huntington, West Virginia. Chief Rader was featured in the Netflix, Oscar-nominated documentary Heroin(e) by filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon. Chief Rader discusses how different parts of the community came together to tackle the growing crisis in Huntington.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vision 20/20 - CRR Radio

Texas fire department, hospital, team up to better treat sepsis in the field

Sepsis is a serious medical condition striking more than a million Americans every year. It happens when the body over-reacts to an infection causing blood clots, leaky blood vessels, and organ damage. As many as 30 percent of the people who get it die. But a hospital in Texas has teamed up with a local fire department to identify and treat sepsis in the field.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT

Colorado first responders can now train to quickly and safely clear crash sites at new practice facility

A silver Honda Civic, tipped on its side, spills shattered glass onto the road. Behind it, a Hyundai Elantra is wedged into the rear of a Buick LeSabre, while a mangled Chevy Cavalier, sideswiped by a minivan, adds to the sense of chaos overtaking the pileup. This was the scene Thursday in Douglas County, at a facility that officials hope will teach emergency personnel across the state how to clear crash scenes quickly and, in turn, stay alive.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Post

Minnesota firefighter dies hours after 2 emergency calls

Firefighters from around the state are expected to gather this weekend for the funeral of a southern Minnesota firefighter who died in the line of duty hours after answering two emergency calls last week. Timothy Royce, 58, responded with fellow Mapleton firefighters to a traffic crash and then a medical call Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Off-duty Houston firefighter helps save man's life in Facebook Live shooting

A Houston firefighter says his instincts from training immediately kicked in when he was off-duty Easter Sunday and helping to save a man's life. Chas Martin is still emotionally and mentally shaken from the gas station shooting that was on Facebook Live. As he gained his composure during an interview with Eyewitness News he said, "I'm sorry, it is just kind of rough talking about it.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston

California firefighters start, end careers together

On the same day in June 1980, Phil Hadley and Terry Lamb were hired to work the hand crew of the Ventura County Fire Department. Last week, the two retired together, ending their final shifts at 8 a.m. Thursday in Simi Valley. Both are 55. “It’s a blessing working with your best friend each day,” Hadley said Wednesday, hours before the end of their last shift.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star

Fire Politics: We Can’t Be Used as Pawns

The imagery of firefighters is a valuable commodity for anyone trying to sell a product, advance an issue or even influence politicians. We are coveted coalition partners with interests ranging from climate change to wireless carriers. There are times when the fire service chooses to partner with other organizations or an industry on an issue, lending our image to a worthy cause or even supporting a commercial product.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

Massachusetts firefighter tees off with Tiger during practice round at Masters

Brockton firefighter and amateur golfer Matt Parziale had a dream come true on Wednesday when he hit the links alongside his inspiration, four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods. Parziale, Woods, and professional golfer Fred Couples set off around noon to share a practice round on Wednesday at Augusta National Golf Club ahead of the first round of the Masters.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brockton Enterprise

Former New York fire commissioner dad, firefighter son settle suit against department for $900,000

A former New Hyde Park fire commissioner and his firefighter son received a $900,000 settlement from the fire department after they said the department damaged their reputations by having them wrongfully arrested on theft charges. For Michael Dolan and his son, Michael Jr., the settlement announced Tuesday marked the culmination of a six-year legal battle to clear their names.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday

San Francisco firefighters say city supervisor “intoxicated” at big North Beach fire

San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin was “clearly out of control” and appeared to be intoxicated the night he ripped into fire officials at the scene of a four-alarm blaze in North Beach, according to internal memos by the commanding officer and others at the scene. On Tuesday, Peskin denied the allegation.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com)

Texas EMS enforcing new steps to avoid miscommunications after possible bomber tip-off

New developments unfolded Tuesday in the Austin bomber case regarding how emergency responders will handle future requests by police to be on standby -- before they raid a suspect's home. It comes after investigators feared medics may have inadvertently tipped off the bomber before officials made contact with him.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC Austin

Safety Stand Down 2018 to Focus on Firefighter Medical/Physicals

Today the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the theme for the 2018 Safety Stand Down, which takes place June 17-23. “Be Aware – Get Checked” focuses on understanding, implementing and monitoring a comprehensive annual medical/physical for firefighters and navigating the Road Map to Firefighter Health and Wellness.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

New York fire department union threatens legal action over battalion chief job

The city and the firefighters’ union may be headed for more legal action, this time over abolishing the battalion chief’s position made vacant by the recent death of David M. Lachenauer. City Manager Sharon A. Addison is recommending cutting the number of department battalion chiefs from five to four and reassigning Mr.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Wisconsin firefighter dies shortly after end of shift

A Madison Fire Department firefighter and paramedic died Sunday morning shortly after his shift ended. A release from the department said Richard Garner, 29, collapsed suddenly in Mount Pleasant. He joined the department in 2012 and became a paramedic in 2017. He first served as a firefighter/EMT at Fire Station 5 on Cottage Grove Road, serving the Southeast Side of Madison, then moved to Fire Station 10 on Troy Drive, serving the North Side.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

2 Indiana firefighters killed in plane collision at airport

Two firefighters from Elwood were killed when two planes collided at the Marion Municipal Airport Monday afternoon, according to the Grant County coroner. Authorities were called to the scene near 5904 S. Western Ave. shortly before 5:30 p.m. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the planes involved were a single-engine Cessna 150 and a Cessna 525 Citation Jet.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIN-TV Fox 59 Indianapolis

California fire department video shows what it’s like to battle a house fire

VIDEO - A dramatic body camera video posted on Facebook by the San Bernardino County Fire Department shows a firefighter’s view as he and a partner enter a burning house in Victorville and douse flames as they move through burning rooms. There were no injuries from the March 25 fire at the family home in the 14000 block of Coalinga Road.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun

Report: Codes department ignored warnings by New York fire department prior to fatal blaze

The Schenectady City Fire Department filed a total of 14 reports with the city Codes Department regarding 104 Jay St. in the two years that preceded a fatal fire there -- reports that apparently were ignored, according to a report released Monday. The Fire Department's reports focused on issues central to the fire's spread and residents' response to the March 6, 2015 blaze.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Schenectady Daily Gazette

Soldier dons firefighter gear to surprise daughters after return from Afghanistan

VIDEO - Family members recorded the precious moment when a military father surprised his young daughters after returning from deployment in Afghanistan. Sergeant First Class Terry Gottke, a National Guardsman, was stationed in Afghanistan for the last year and returned home over Easter weekend, according to KTVU.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJW-TV MyFox Cleveland