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Federal jury rejects California firefighter's discrimination lawsuit

A federal jury has rejected an Oakland firefighter's claim that he was harassed and retaliated against by his supervisors because he was black. Ronald El-Malik Curtis sued the city in 2010, accusing his supervisors of failing to take action after his fellow co-workers began harassing him. Curtis said other firefighters tampered with his food, stole his car keys and even placed a dead bird under his bed.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: inside bay area

Building where Chicago firefighter died didn't have elevator work permit, city says

When firefighters approached the two-story brick warehouse early Monday morning, they did not know the building's elevator shaft was an unprotected abyss, part of ongoing construction at the site. The owners of the structure at 9213 S. Baltimore Ave. did not have proper permits for the work, the city's building department says, and a complete removal of the building's elevator was underway without authorization.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago tribune

Deadline Extended for Fire Service Executive Development Institute

The deadline to apply for the IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) has been extended to January 8, 2016. Developed by the IAFC and funded by Motorola Solutions Foundation, FSEDI provides new and aspiring fire chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

Connecticut firefighter accused of stealing about $125,000 from 95-year-old woman

A New Haven firefighter was arrested Monday, accused of stealing approximately $125,000 from a 95-year-old city woman, according to police. Kenneth Burgos, 41, was charged with first-degree larceny and tampering with a witness, according to police spokesman Officer David Hartman. An investigation into the alleged theft began in September, when the victim notified police that several thousand dollars was missing from her bank accounts, Hartman said.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register

Firefighters in England in trouble over ran-over-Santa joke

PHOTO - Firefighters told children not to expect a visit from Santa this year after pretending their fire truck had run over and killed him. Daily Mail reported that the Saltash (England) Fire Station posted an image of Santa on the front of their fire truck on their Twitter page. In the photo, Santa is seen hanging above the engine’s bumper as if he has just been smashed.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Chicago firefighter Killed In Fall through Elevator Shaft while Battling Warehouse Blaze

A Chicago firefighter died early Monday morning, after falling through an elevator shaft while battling a warehouse fire in the South Chicago neighborhood. Crews were called to the scene in the 9200 block of South Baltimore Avenue for a fire in a vacant warehouse around 2:40 a.m., according to Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cbs chicago

Wisconsin firefighter dies after being hit by car while working crash scene

A community is mourning the loss of firefighter that died in the line of duty on Friday. 56-year-old Larry Millard of the Endeavor Fire Department was responding to a crash on Interstate 39 just after 4:00 p.m. on Friday. A driver did not see the firetruck and swerved to avoid it, and struck Millard.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

5 Pennsylvania firefighters injured when firetruck catches fire

Five firefighters were taken to the hospital after their fire truck caught fire in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania Saturday night. Members of the Gladwyne Fire Company were heading back from a non-fire call shortly before 7:30 p.m. on the 600 block of Spring Mill Road when their fire truck's engine suddenly caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia

FDNY firefighters file lawsuit: Loud sirens are making us deaf

New York’s Bravest can take the heat, but some can’t stand the noise. Nearly 1,500 FDNY firefighters and retirees joined with other smoke-eaters to file a mass lawsuit claiming years of exposure to loud sirens are making them deaf. The 4,000 plaintiffs contend Illinois-based siren manufacturer Federal Signal Corp.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

Raw Video: Flashover Forces Minnesota Crews Out of Window

Crews battled a two-alarm fire Friday afternoon in a three-unit residence in south Minneapolis. Firefighters were called to a residence on the 2000 block of 5th Avenue South near Franklin Avenue at about 1 p.m. Crews arrived and rescued three people from the inside the building. They then concentrated on the second and third floors of the building, which is where the fire is believed to have originated.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4

California medevac helicopter crashes, killing four

Four people are dead after a medical evacuation helicopter based out of Visalia crashed east of McFarland Thursday night, said Dan Lynch, EMS director for Fresno County. The SkyLife medevac helicopter was transporting a patient in critical condition from Porterville to San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield when it crashed near Highway 65 and Sherwood Avenue, said Lynch, who oversees emergency medical services in Fresno, Madera, Kings and Tulare counties.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee

San Bernardino medic had 5 seconds to check if each massacre victim was alive or dead

As the water raining down from the overhead sprinklers pooled in rivers of blood and the smell of gunpowder hung in the air Wednesday, Ryan Starling remembered his training. He got out his white tape. More than two dozen victims lay on the floor at the Inland Regional Center, the 33-year-old medic recalled Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

New Jersey paramedic's fatal heart attack came after he tried to save a life

James V. Maguire, a paramedic with the Hillsborough Rescue Squad, died in the line of duty on Monday. Maguire had responded to a call near his home on Sunday afternoon and performed CPR for an extended period of time. Less than 20 hours later, he apparently suffered a heart attack, the squad announced.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com

House will include Zadroga reauthorization in omnibus spending bill

Finally, some good news for 9/11 survivors. House Speaker Paul Ryan told members of his conference Thursday morning that Congress will reauthorize the Zadroga Act in a comprehensive spending bill that will come up for a vote next week. "Speaker Ryan told me this morning that the Zadroga Act, which funds health screenings and treatments for 9/11 first responders, is in the large spending bill that will pass next week," Rep.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news

Disbanded South Dakota department to reopen with blend of paid staff and volunteers

Ten weeks after the Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department members voted to resign en masse, the city and Lawrence County are poised to create a city department that will blend a paid fire chief and administrative staff with volunteer firefighters. Citing exhaustion, the rigors of fundraising and an inability to attract new volunteer leadership, a majority of the 134-year-old Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department, one of the oldest in western South Dakota, voted to disband, effective Jan.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: rapid city journal

New Haven Fire Department Chief to leave post Jan. 4

Fire Chief Allyn Wright said what he’ll miss most is being looked up to as a leader when he retires from his position on January 4. A native son of New Haven, Wright has been chief for a year and eight months, entering his tenure with goals of fixing a department from the ground up. “Like flipping a house,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register

Rhode Island Supreme Court denies Providence’s request to suspend firefighter arbitration hearing

The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the Elorza administration’s request to suspend an upcoming arbitration hearing with the city’s firefighters while the justices take up a larger legal dispute between the two parties. The one-page written decision means the city and the firefighters can proceed with a Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

Budget Hawks Want FDNY to Retool for an Era of Fewer Fires

Last year the New York City Fire Department responded to nearly 62,000 fire incidents, or roughly 160 every day. That's a lot. But it actually reflects a step drop in firefighting over the previous 16 years—a 49 percent drop in fire incidents since 1998. Over the same period, the number of medical emergencies that FDNY handled jumped by a third.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: citylimits.org

Tennessee firefighter injured in 2007 warehouse fire returns to fire department

Thirty-two recruits became Knoxville firefighters Wednesday night at a special graduation ceremony. One member of that class has some special experience on the job. Jeff Kindrick was injured in the 2007 McClung Warehouse fire. He was looking for a few of his fellow firefighters who were in the building when he had to jump from the third floor.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATE 6 Knoxville

San Antonio police and fire unions win round against city, city manager vows appeal

The city of San Antonio has lost the first round of its legal battles against the police and fire labor unions Monday when visiting Judge Martha Tanner rejected its arguments that a portion of its contracts with the unions are unconstitutional. In separate lawsuits, the city had argued that the so-called “evergreen clause” violated the Texas Constitution.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mysanantonio.com