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Union head says over 1,000 FDNY members suffer from Ground Zero illnesses 17 years after 9/11

The death toll for FDNY members who worked at Ground Zero continues to climb, 17 years after 9/11. The FDNY Battalion Chief and Uniformed Fire Officers Association said Monday that 182 members have died due to work at the World Trade Center. Over 1,000 firefighters and members of the FDNY have been diagnosed with forms of cancer, respiratory problems or other 9/11-related illnesses.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Connecticut fire chief retires after 4 decades of service

Fire Chief Henry E. Kydd Jr. says he considers New London to be the best fire department in southeastern Connecticut, if not all of eastern Connecticut. Kydd, in his fifth year as fire chief, would like to think he had some small part to play in that. Kydd, 66, will work his last day Tuesday. He is retiring after 40 years of service to the city and plans to spend more time with family – which includes six grandchildren.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New London Day

Texas fire department braces for federal report on firefighter’s death

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood offered his interpretation of a federal report to be released this week that examines the circumstances surrounding the death of firefighter Scott Deem. He has seen a preliminary copy of the review that was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an institute within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Antonio Express-News

NFPA 950 Open for Public Comment

The first draft of the 2020 ed. of NFPA 950 – Standard for Data Development and Exchange in the Fire Service is now open for public comment. If you develop and sell software for fire departments, if you help fire departments specify and procure software, or are a firefighter who uses software (yes, that means just about everyone) it is essential that you check out the proposed changes and additions for the 2020 edition.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association

Update: California volunteer fire department approved for dissolution

The Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District, the last volunteer fire department in the county whose members respond to medical emergencies and structure fires in the area, on Monday got a step closer to being dissolved. The members of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) unanimously agreed to move forward with plans to eliminate the volunteer department and absorb it into the San Diego Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune

Fire and propane tank explosion kills South Dakota Assistant Chief and resident

A deep gouge in a gravel driveway and a smashed well house speak to the force of a propane tank explosion that took the life of a Sturgis firefighter, who perished along with another man in a raging residential fire in this quiet bedroom community Friday evening. At a somber Saturday morning news conference in Sturgis, authorities identified the firefighter as David Fischer, 43, of Sturgis.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rapid City Journal

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit by Ohio fire official

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit of a high-ranking Cincinnati fire district chief who claimed he was wrongfully passed over for a promotion after he brought issues of wrongdoing to the former city manager's attention. Last month, U.S. District Judge Timothy Black dismissed the lawsuit filed by Raffel Prophett, the District One chief in the Cincinnati Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati

Texas firefighter invents unique turnout gear dryer

PHOTO - The Woodlands Fire Department recently unveiled an experimental uniform dryer, which was theorized, designed and constructed by one of its own. One of the challenges all fire departments across the United States faces is drying of the heavy duty firefighting gear, often referred to in the profession as bunker gear or turnout gear.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

North Carolina fire department removes mutual aid to improve insurance ratings

The chief of the Healing Springs Volunteer Fire Department says the agency ended its initial mutual aid agreement with a nearby department in Rowan County to improve insurance ratings in the district. Healing Springs Fire Chief Chris Bean sent an email to Terry Bailey, manager of the Davidson County 911 Center, on June 5, 2017, requesting that all Rowan County mutual aid be removed from calls within the Healing Springs Fire Department district.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Dispatch

Iowa judge sides with city in ex-fire chief employment dispute

A Scott County judge has sided with the city of Davenport in a lawsuit challenging the reinstatement of a former fire chief who has accused the city of firing her over a workplace harassment complaint. Former Fire Chief Lynn Washburn spent nearly six years at the helm of the department until she was abruptly fired last year by City Administrator Corri Spiegel.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Quad City Times

FDNY adds 18 names to memorial wall for deaths related to 9/11 illnesses

The FDNY added 18 names to its FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall on Thursday, honoring firefighters who died from September 11th-related illnesses. The wall now includes the names of 177 individuals. The FDNY expects the number of deaths from 9/11-related illnesses to surpass the number of deaths from the attack itself.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV PIX 11

Disastrous fire season has Cal Fire running out of money

California’s firefighting agency is running out of money in the midst of a disastrous and deadly fire season and needs another $234 million to make it through the middle of next year, officials said Thursday. Ken Pimlott, director of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said in a letter to legislators that the agency is down to its last $11 million after spending $432 million in July and August alone.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

South Carolina city denies discrimination allegations made by dyslexic firefighter in lawsuit

The Town of Surfside Beach denied allegations that fire officials discriminated against volunteer firefighter Christopher Gallagher after a captain and fire chief allegedly said, “We’re not hiring someone who can’t read.” Gallagher filed a lawsuit in June against the town alleging he did not receive a promotion to fire engineer due to having dyslexia, documents show.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyrtleBeachOnline.com

Utah assistant chief charged, allegedly sexually assaulted coworker

The assistant fire chief at the Kanosh Fire Department was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a firefighter under his command in Millard County for the past three years. Austin Corry, 26, appeared in 4th District Court in Provo on Thursday afternoon, facing two counts of rape and two counts of object rape, all first-degree felonies.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald

Fate of California volunteer fire department soon to be decided

On Sept. 10, a powerful regulatory agency will begin the process of deciding an issue that has split the community of Julian — whether to disband its 34-year-old volunteer fire department in favor of the County Fire Authority assuming control and staffing. The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which has countywide jurisdiction but is independent of county government, will hear the pros and cons during what promises to be a lengthy hearing.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune

Texas hospital, affiliated ambulance company, Oklahoma agency agree to $21 million settlement

A Tyler hospital, an affiliated ambulance company and an Oklahoma agency have agreed to pay about $21 million to settle a federal kickbacks lawsuit, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The former East Texas Medical Center, its former subsidiary Paramedics Plus and the Oklahoma agency Emergency Medical Services Authority agreed to settlements totaling $20,949,000, according to the federal government.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tyler Morning Telegraph

Explosive California wildfire roars into second county, forces closure of I-5

An explosive wildfire spewing flames 300 feet into the air roared into a second northern California county on Thursday after forcing closure of a stretch of the Pacific Coast’s primary interstate in both directions. Scores of homes and seasonal residences were threatened by the Delta Fire, and some mandatory evacuations were ordered.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today

Two Pennsylvania firefighters injured in building collapse file lawsuits

Two York City firefighters badly hurt when they plummeted four stories as the burned-out Weaver Piano & Organ building collapsed in March have sued a local engineering firm. Assistant Fire Chief Greg Altland and wife Lisa Altland, as well as Firefighter Erik Swanson and wife Donna Swanson, on Tuesday, Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch

'Extreme' Delta Fire explodes overnight, forces closure of California's I-5

A fast-moving wildfire in northern California forced the closure of dozens of miles of the Pacific Coast’s primary interstate in both directions and suspended Amtrak service into Oregon on Wednesday night. The human-caused Delta Fire is burning on both sides of Interstate 5 north of Lakehead in California’s Shasta County, which, earlier this summer, was ravaged by the deadly Carr Fire near Redding.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today

Heart disease common among firefighters who die of cardiac arrest

Firefighters who died from cardiac arrest were much more likely than those who died of other causes to show signs of both atherosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease at autopsy, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of the American Heart Association Report