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'Recipes for disaster': 2.9 million Coloradans now live in wildfire danger zones

Ed McLaughlin was 15 years old when he saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time. “I went to Philmont Scout Ranch, south of here, and hiked and fell in love with the area,” he said. Years later, McLaughlin’s brother bought a lot in the Forbes Park neighborhood in Costilla County, nestled near the Spanish Peaks in southern Colorado.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 9 News

First responders recall amazing rescue of 143 people from plane crash in Florida

VIDEO: First responders who helped save the lives of the 143 people on board the Miami Air plane that went skidding into the St. Johns River Friday night say it's their job but not something they will soon forget. More than 100 firefighters from across the city worked together to quickly get passengers off the wing of the airplane and back to shore.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 4 Jax

New San Francisco fire chief sworn in at City Hall ceremony

Mayor London Breed swore in new Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson on Monday. Nicholson, who has served with the department for 25 years in a variety of roles, most recently as deputy chief of administration, is the second woman to be appointed chief and the first openly LGBT person to hold the title. Her instalment follows the retirement of Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who led the department for 15 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner

Michigan 9-year-old reaches first milestone in goal to buy CPR machines for fire departments

VIDEO: A 9-year-old boy from Rose Township is on a big mission to save lives. Lucas Vetter is raising money to buy lifesaving CPR machines for the fire department in Livingston County and he has reached his first milestone in his goal. "They showed us the LUCAS and I instantly became insanely impressed by how amazing it was," Vetter said.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Click On Detroit

Several Massachusetts fire departments to get ballistics gear

Last summer, two Falmouth police officers were shot while responding to an incident on Ashley Drive. The suspect was also shot several times by police. All three were treated at the same time on the front lawn of the home by emergency medical staff from the fire department. Officers Ryan Moore and Donald DiMiranda and suspect Malik Koval all survived, but the tense scenario underlined the need for firefighters to have some protection when providing treatment under potentially dangerous conditions.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cape Cod Times

Illinois police chief confirms firefighter died while battling blaze

Officials confirm a firefighter died while fighting a fire early Sunday morning in Christopher. Seventeen fire departments and six police departments assisted in battling the two-story structure fire. The Christopher Police Department said a call came in around 3:30 a.m. reporting a fire at 118 West Market Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV 3

FDNY gets first woman and first gay 4-star chief as incoming EMS boss

A veteran paramedic who overcame a hardscrabble Bronx childhood to log an incredible 28 years with the FDNY will have stars in her eyes and four more on her collar Tuesday as the history-making new Chief of EMS. Lillian Bonsignore, a single mom barely out of her teens when she started as an emergency medical technician in 1991, becomes the first woman to hold the rank in the department’s 154-year history.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Firefighters for a day: Kansas officials participate in Fire Ops 101

VIDEO: 19 elected officials and leaders from Wichita and surrounding cities suited up in protective gear to see what it is like to be a firefighter for a day. In small groups, participants took turns battling a structure fire under the controlled supervision of firefighters. "We had fire going over the top of our heads," said David Dennis, Sedgwick County Commissioner of District 3.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW 3 Wichita

New Jersey governor's budget takes $33M from needy firefighters’ fund for burials and financial help

Since 1885, New Jersey firefighters and their families have benefitted from a special fund designed to support them in times of tragedy and financial hardship. It helps pay for the burials of fallen firefighters, provides financial assistance for first responders hit with medical bills, and even provides in-home health care for those who are aging and suffering from physical ailments.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

Oklahoma fire chief confirmed as first female State Fire Marshal Commission member

A longtime member of the Tulsa Fire Department received a historic confirmation to the State Fire Marshal Commission. Gov. Kevin Stitt recently appointed Training Chief Julie Lynn as the first woman to serve on the commission. She will replace Stan May, who resigned as commissioner after being elected to the state House of Representatives in January.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tulsa World

Miami Beach firefighters say family ties played role in selecting recruits

Firefighters in Miami Beach are concerned that nepotism played a role in selecting this year’s recruit class, creating an unfair hiring process and possible safety risks, according to three current firefighters who spoke on the condition of anonymity. More than 500 people applied for coveted positions with the Miami Beach Fire Department last fall and 124 made it past the written exam and physical agility test to the interview round.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Miami Herald

PSA nominated for Emmy highlights Connecticut’s volunteer firefighter shortage

A public service announcement that spotlights the shortage of volunteer firefighters in Connecticut is up for an Emmy award. Shot by professional cinematographer and Hebron volunteer firefighter Matthew Troy, “See You Out There” features 85 volunteers from 16 departments across the state. The regional Emmy awards are to be presented on June 15 in Boston.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant

Bounce house-like inflatable in Washington thrown by wind gust, 5 students injured

VIDEO: A strong wind gust thrust a bounce house-type inflatable into the air Wednesday, injuring five Washington state high school students, officials said. The inflatable went airborne at about 2:30 p.m. during an Associated student body event at Zillah High School, outside of Yakima, according to a statement from the school.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Eight Arizona firefighters injured in energy storage system explosion, underscoring the need for ESS responder safety training

Eight firefighters and a police officer were injured at a solar energy storage facility in the aptly named town of Surprise, Arizona last month when they answered a call to inspect an energy storage system (ESS) fire. The situation quickly took a turn for the worse when an explosion blew the container’s doors off.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1.com

PG&E Offers $105M 'Wildfire Assistance' Plan in California

Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. plans to set up a $105 million fund to help survivors of recent California wildfires likely started by the utility's equipment, according to a court filing Wednesday. PG&E's "wildfire assistance program" would provide relief for people who lost property during huge blazes in 2017 and 2018, said the filing in U.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area

San Francisco fire chief throws pitch at Giants game to mark 30-year career

The San Francisco Giants honored Joanne Hayes-White, the city's first female fire chief, on Wednesday during her last official public appearance before she retires. She threw out the ceremonial first pitch during a Giants-Dodgers game. Hayes-White served for 30 years with the department. "It's pretty surreal right now.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU Fox 2

New Florida fire house meets booming demand in growing west Orange County

Orange County’s newest fire station, its first in the booming Horizon West community near Disney, means more money in Joan Sullens’ pocket. The Horizon West resident now qualifies for a premium-reducing, fire-protection discount on her homeowners insurance policy because firefighting crews are much closer.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

Oklahoma Fire Chief: New law will benefit volunteer fire departments

A new law designed to make volunteer service more attractive to retired firefighters will help rural fire departments across the state, Byng Fire Department Chief Chris McGill said Tuesday. “We’ve had a recent decline in volunteers and people wiling to volunteer, and that will assist these little departments that have retired paid personnel in their fire districts that are willing to volunteer,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stillwater News Press

National Interagency Fire Center forecast calls for busy wildfire season along West Coast

Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday. California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the northern part of the state last year that destroyed the town of Paradise, killing more than 80 people.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News

Firefighter cancer bill advances in North Carolina House

Legislation designating nine types of cancer as on-the-job injuries for firefighters cleared a House committee Tuesday despite opposition from a powerful lobbying group. Statistically, firefighters are at a higher risk than the general public for esophageal, intestinal, rectal, testicular, brain and oral cavity cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma and mesothelioma.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL.com