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Pennsylvania Fire Company suspended over racial slurs, bullying

A Swatara Township fire company is suspended and no longer responding to calls after an investigation into reports that some members were being subjected to racial slurs, harassment and bullying. Director of Fire Services Mike Ibberson said the Lawnton Fire Company was taken out of service on May 31.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Penn Live

FDNY may pull firefighters from busiest companies to cut costs

The FDNY is considering stationing one less firefighter at its busiest engine companies as part of a cost-savings measure to cover rising medical leave, officials said Thursday. As early as next week, the Fire Department might stop assigning a fifth firefighter to the 15 engine companies that had the extra help.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

At least 22 killed, including 4 firefighters, in explosions at a Mexican firework factory

At least 22 people were killed and 40 injured Thursday when explosions ripped through several fireworks factories in a Mexican town that has a long history of deadly blasts. The explosions occurred in Tultepec, a town in Mexico state known as the country’s pyrotechnic capital and the site of a blast that claimed 42 lives in 2016.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles TImes

Texas firefighter involved in severe firetruck crash returns to work after long recovery

A Lake Travis firefighter has returned to work more than six weeks after a severe firetruck crash on FM 620 left her injured. According to Lake Travis Fire Fighters, Lt. Rachel Zambrano returned to work Tuesday after a six-and-a-half-week recovery. Lt. Zambrano was riding in the fire engine on May 16 when she noticed its engineer was suffering a medical emergency.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE.com

South Dakota Department Addressing Paramedic Shortage

Finding people willing to work as emergency responders is getting to be a tough task. A lack of trained paramedics and emergency medical technicians stresses emergency networks in Aberdeen and surrounding rural areas, said Keith Sharisky with Aberdeen Fire & Rescue. That's why the department is striving to become a paramedic education center that provides new training programs.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

North Carolina firefighter responding to call killed in crash

A firefighter has been identified after he was killed and two others injured in a crash in eastern Rowan County Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened at 1:22 p.m. on Gold Knob Road. Highway Patrol says the firefighter was in a pick-up truck and responding to an accident call when he crashed into a Ford Mustang.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTV-TV Channel 3

Baltimore City Council examines allegations of bullying, intimidation of bicyclists by fire officials

A series of clashes between the Baltimore Fire Department and bicycling advocates has sparked concern among City Council members who are frustrated about how a feud over emergency access to streets with bike lanes has helped stall several development projects. First, a Baltimore firefighter was charged with assaulting a city employee at a meeting about bike lanes in what a witness says was a “violent choking.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun

Oakland Ghost Ship fire defendants reach plea deal, will avoid trial

Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena and creative director Max Harris pleaded no contest Tuesday to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the fire at the warehouse in December 2016 that killed 36 people. By pleading no contest, Almena, 48, and Harris, 28, avoided going to trial and potentially facing life in prison if they had been found guilty of all the charges stemming from the fire during a music party at the warehouse at 1309 31st Ave.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

The Other Victims: First Responders To Violent Disasters Often Suffer Alone

The night a gunman fired into a crowd of 22,000 people at the country music festival in Las Vegas in 2017, nursing supervisor Antoinette Mullan at University Medical Center was focused on one thing: saving lives. She recalls dead bodies on gurneys across the triage floor, a trauma bay full of victims.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR

Florida commissioners change light-duty policy for pregnant firefighters

Future pregnant firefighters no longer have to worry about losing pay if the doctor advises against them going out on rescue calls. County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a light-duty option for pregnant firefighters. "It's long overdue," Commissioner Joe Flescher said. The policy, which has been ratified by the International Association of Firefighters Local 2201, removes pregnancy as a condition ineligible for light or restricted duty.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TCPalm.com

Beloved California Fire Chief Dies Suddenly

Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray. who was beloved in the community and known for his friendliness and almost daily tweets, has died, the funeral director for Hoyt-Cole Chapel of Flowers in Red Bluff said. Funeral director Jack Kirchert said his funeral home is handling the arrangements but did not have any additional information about the fire chief's sudden and unexpected death.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Redding Record Searchlight

As Idaho city reels from mass stabbing, first responders look to peers for help

Boise Fire Capt. Rob Christensen listened to the victim count rise on his way to the scene of Saturday’s mass stabbing. Initially, his crew got the call for a stabbing, then he heard there were four victims and by the time he got there, he realized the crew of 11 Boise firefighters would be spread thin treating the nine victims.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Nampa Idaho Press-Tribune

Judge dismisses Virginia Beach firefighters' lawsuit on a technicality

A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by four Virginia Beach firefighters over a 2017 test-cheating scandal, saying he didn't believe he had the authority to rule on it. While Circuit Judge James Lewis told the firefighters he doesn't condone cheating, he agreed with attorneys for the city that he doesn't have jurisdiction in the case, said Andrea Ruege, an attorney for the firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com

Using data analysis to discover hidden KSAs in the fire service

When most people think about data, they think about numbers: spreadsheets, charts and graphs. It’s true that quantitative data involves counting and measuring things, and provides answers to questions of how many, how much and to what extent, as well as who is involved and when things happen. But data isn’t only about these factors.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Remarkable video captures intense house fire battle, dog rescue in California blaze

VIDEO - Stockton Fire Department released remarkable body cam footage Sunday showing firefighters battling a house fire and rescuing a caged dog who was trapped as flames approached. Firefighters were called out to the fire at a 2-story home on Chatsworth Circle on June 30, 2018. When crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames and thick smoke was pouring from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee

Restructuring Board recommends New York town terminate all paid fire truck drivers

The village will temporarily cut back on its paid firetruck drivers for part of June and August, but a report by the New York State Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments recommends cutting all of its paid firetruck drivers and using only volunteers. The village owns the fire house, three firetrucks and pays four truck drivers.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Arizona town remembers fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots

At 4:42 p.m. Saturday, June 30, a memorial bell cut through the silence of the courthouse plaza, honoring the fallen 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots killed five years ago fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, ringing once for each name. Andrew Ashcraft, Robert Caldwell, Travis Carter, Dustin DeFord, Christopher MacKenzie, Eric Marsh, Grant McKee, Sean Misner, Scott Norris, Wade Parker, John Percin Jr.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier

Oregon fire recruits restore lifesaving net, present it to chief

PHOTO - It’s a familiar scene in old cartoons and movies. A high-rise building is on fire. Firefighters scurry from fire engines to the sidewalk carrying a large canvas-covered net with a bull’s-eye-like red spot in the center. Holding the stretched out net, the firefighters instruct people in the building to jump.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Eugene Register-Guard

Fire Politics: Political Preplanning

There is legislative activity and legal issues involving fire protection in nearly every state. In Wisconsin, an attorney general opinion will place citizens and firefighters at risk for the rest of our careers and beyond, all because a 20-unit apartment complex can be built in 2018 without adequate fire protection because of a political and legal conflict.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

California firefighter sues city over alleged sexual harassment

A San Bruno firefighter is suing the city and several members of its fire department on grounds he was sexually harassed and retaliated against when he complained. Filed in San Mateo County Superior Court on June 18, the lawsuit says the firefighter, identified as 17-year veteran Jon Priolo, was subjected to numerous comments and jokes suggesting he was gay between 2010 and September 2015.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mercury News