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City review finds pervasive ‘locker room talk’ in Boston firehouses

A city-commissioned review to be released Tuesday found pervasive “locker room talk” and an unwelcoming culture toward women in the largely male ranks of the Boston Fire Department and urged city officials to take several steps to boost the number of women on the force. Just 16 women are in the 1,500-member Fire Department, which has been criticized three separate times for its culture over the past 19 years.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Globe

President Trump says he's cutting off FEMA money for California fires

President Donald Trump said in a Wednesday tweet that he is cutting off federal money to fight California wildfires, claiming the money is being wasted. "Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forrest fires that, with proper Forest Management, would never happen," Trump said. "Unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, I have ordered FEMA to send no more money.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today

Pension fund offers little relief for 8,000 Ohio police, fire retirees who lost health coverage

VIDEO: The discontent among the state of Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund members is understandable. They signed up for jobs that provided pensions and paid health care. Now, coverage for 8,000 of the retirees has been cut. Daniel Graham, Communications Director for the fund was asked about the cuts.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland 19 News

New simulation technology helps train Illinois firefighters

VIDEO: Driving a fire engine is more difficult than firefighters make it look, especially when rushing to a fire. New simulation technology is now available to help prepare firefighters for any situation. Shawn Priddy, Herrin Fire Chief explains how the simulation works, "There's scenarios where you respond with lights and sirens, there's blind intersections that you can't see around, vehicles run red lights like in everyday life, there's people that walk out in front of you, there's times you're in a rural sitting and deer come across the road so it's a very lifelike experience.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV 3

New York: Judge sides with city in former fire chief’s suit

The city of Canandaigua was within its rights to terminate former Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette and followed due process in doing so, according to a decision dated Jan. 8 from United States District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. Marentette in September 2017 filed a civil rights suit claiming his 1st and 14th Amendment rights were violated when he was fired and his right to a fair hearing was violated.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Messenger

'Failure to care, indifference' led to Delaware firefighters' deaths, court records claim

The city of Wilmington and its mayors' "failure to care" and "indifference" led to the deaths of three Wilmington firefighters and serious injuries to another three in a row home arson in Canby Park in 2016, according to the latest round of court documents filed in a civil lawsuit in the case, obtained by WDEL.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com

Shots fired at Florida ambulance while paramedics respond to call, police search for shooter

A Sarasota ambulance responded to a call early Monday morning and was struck by multiple bullets, according to police. Sarasota police responded to reports of the Sarasota County Fire Department being shot upon during a call on Goodrich Avenue at approximately 4 a.m. The ambulance was dispatched to 2932 Goodrich Avenue in Sarasota for an individual who had fallen.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTS Tampa Bay

Ohio firefighter hopes to raise awareness after struggle with post-traumatic stress

Since his earliest memories, Jason Hufford has always wanted to be a firefighter. But what he wasn't prepared for were the many traumatic experiences that would have an affect on his mind and eventually, his body. Nor was he prepared for the yearlong journey he endured to become an advocate for first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Advocate

Superbug MRSA found on ambulance oxygen tanks, floors, door handle raising need for vigilance in prehospital setting, study shows

A new study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal shows that the much-talked-about threat of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, also known as MRSA, isn't just found inside hospitals. The research shows the threat exists for patients before they even get to a hospital bed, with the potentially deadly bacteria showing up on oxygen tanks in ambulances, ambulance floors and even on ambulance door handles.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Healthcare Finance

Watch Firefighters Escape Erupting Flames from Illinois House

VIDEO: Illinois firefighters survived flames erupting through an outside window while battling a house fire recently. The Decatur Fire Department posted a video taken by a resident of the Dec. 28 close call for the crew. In it, firefighters including one on a ladder are outside, near one of the windows, as they're fighting the home blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

FDNY firefighter dies after fall off bridge while responding to accident

An FDNY firefighter is dead after falling nearly 60 feet off the Mill Basin Bridge in Brooklyn Sunday night. Fire officials say Steven Pollard, 30, of Ladder Company 170 was responding to a two-car accident with injuries around 10 p.m. on the bridge along the Belt Parkway. NY1 is told he slipped through a gap in the bridge and fell 52 feet into a construction site below, as he crossed from the eastbound to the westbound lanes.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News NY1

Iowa firefighter dies in grain silo storage bin explosion

One Eastern Iowa firefighter was killed and another was seriously injured when an explosion rocked an ADM plant. Eric Hosette, 33, died Saturday in the incident at the Archer Daniels Midland plant in Clinton. Adam Cain, 23, was in critical but stable condition Saturday night at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette

City addresses tweets by Fire Union about cuts to Georgia department

Savannah’s city manager says the local fire union isn’t telling the whole story in recent social media posts about the cuts to the department. Tweets from the local fire union blast the city for taking a fire engine out of service, saying another reduction could be coming any day now. The tweets have been frequent and consistent in their message.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOC 11

Laws Intended To Protect Firefighters Who Get Cancer Often Lack Teeth

Doctors told Steve Dillman the throat cancer he was diagnosed with in 2008 came from smoking. He knew it didn't. "I thought it had to be job-related because I've never smoked a day in my life. I don't chew. I don't drink excessively ... and that's the three main criterias," he says. But Dillman did spend 38 years as an Indianapolis firefighter — and that included running into burning buildings.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR

Search for new San Francisco fire chief hits bump — firefighters want more local candidates

At the request of Mayor London Breed, the San Francisco Fire Commission is reopening its selection process for a new chief, after the firefighters union raised concerns that number of in-house candidates with long firefighting experience was insufficient. According to Fire Commission President Ken Cleveland, the Human Resources Department forwarded 36 candidates to the commission, along with their answers to eight pages of questions on everything from management and budget issues to emergency medical and high rise fire procedures.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

Long-term exposure to toxins may be to blame after two former Washington state fire captains die in December

For the second time in less than a week, the Spokane Valley Fire Department has announced the death of a former fire captain, and again, work-related exposure to toxins is suspected as the cause. On Friday, the department announced that former Capt. Tim Cruger, 67, died of cancer caused from exposure to smoke while on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review

Colorado firefighters union overcomes mayor's opposition for spot on ballot

Despite vehement opposition from the mayor and some Colorado Springs City Council members, the local firefighters union has collected enough signatures to place a collective bargaining question on the city’s April ballot. All that’s left is a vote next week by the council, a formality because the Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 5, collected about 16,000 signatures that were validated late last month, City Clerk Sarah Johnson said.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Colorado Springs Gazette

After warnings from Baltimore firefighters union, mayor plans to buy new $1.2 million fire truck

Mayor Catherine Pugh has promised the Fire Department an extra $1.2 million fire truck in her 2020 fiscal year budget, the department said Thursday, after the firefighters union warned that two out-of-service trucks in Northwest Baltimore could affect response times. IAFF Local 734 President Richard “Dickie” Altieri said the city is seeing a “ripple effect” from repeatedly “pushing problems back another year.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun

Minority firefighters join the conversation on Massachusetts department’s lack of diversity

Two of Cambridge’s minority firefighters said they have never experienced racism or sexism in the department, but did have some ideas of how to increase diversity. Dave House, an African-American fire captain, said he would like to see more outreach to young people on social platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Cambridge

Oregon fire chief resigns the day after new boss is sworn in

Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers submitted his resignation Thursday, the day after his new boss, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, was sworn into office. Myers’ resignation comes amid his push to reimagine Portland Fire & Rescue from top to bottom, efforts that earned him respect and praise in City Hall. He left for a personal reason, to join his wife who has moved to the Oregon coast, he and Hardesty said.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

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