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Firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater

The military is beginning to check whether chemicals from its firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide, according to the Defense Department. The Navy began sampling water at bases in December. At a naval landing field in Virginia, the U.S. Navy is now giving its personnel bottled water and testing wells in the nearby rural area after the discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report

Yarnell Hill Fire: Movie about Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy ‘in development’

Preliminary development work reportedly is underway on a movie that would tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy. Ellen Schwartz, vice president of production for Black Label Media, confirmed Monday, March 7, that the production company is working to develop “No Exit,” a film about the 19 young men who died while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire in June 2013.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake Havasu City News-Herald

9 firefighters hurt as blast levels building in Seattle

Nine Seattle firefighters were injured in an apparent natural gas explosion that leveled at least three businesses in the Greenwood neighborhood early Wednesday morning. The explosion happened in the area of the Greenwood Quick Stop Market at N. 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue N. just before 1:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4

Detroit EMT injured in attack

A Detroit emergency medical technician was attacked on a run Tuesday evening, city officials said. The worker was in stable condition at St. John Hospital after the attack with a department radio, said Detroit Senior Firefighter James Plieth. Two EMTs were responding to a medical emergency in the 4600 block of Chatsworth on the city’s east side about 7:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the detroit news

Texas fire chief quits, mayor wants answers

Vernon's fire chief has resigned, and the city's mayor has accused administrators of encouraging secrecy within the ranks of the fire department. Meanwhile, Vernon's city manager told the Times Record News he has given the mayor and commissioners as much information about the former chief's resignation as privacy laws allow.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Record News

Seven Injured in Crash Between Van, DC Firetruck

Seven people were hurt in a crash between a D.C. firetruck and a van in Northeast D.C. Wednesday morning. The accident was reported around 9:40 a.m. at 11th Street and Maryland Avenue NE. A D.C. Fire & EMS spokesperson said D.C. Fire Engine 10 was responding on a call for a gas leak when the collision occurred.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc washington

How to know when firefighters hit the wall

At some point the words lactic acid or acidosis has been put forth in a firefighter class on cardiac arrest, fitness or maybe in a heat cramps lecture. You hear lactic acid and lactate used interchangeably by fire and EMS educators or those talking about acidosis as a reference to muscle breakdown. The truth is that there is a difference between lactate and lactic acid.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

South Carolina bill aims to bring back stiffer penalties for arson

Don’t play with fire – that’s the message a bill before the S.C. Legislature aims to send to would-be arsonists. House Bill 3545 will restructure degrees of arson if the bill becomes law. Right now, state law doesn’t differentiate between type of buildings burned, and only levels a first-degree arson charge – the most serious kind – when there is a death, according to Jason Pope, deputy director of the South Carolina Firefighters Association.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the state

Commuter train derails, falls into creek near San Francisco

An Altamont Corridor Express train with more than 200 passengers aboard struck a downed tree and derailed Monday night during a heavy downpour, injuring nine as one of its rail cars tumbled into a rain-swollen creek. Authorities said it was "an absolute miracle" no one was killed. Four of the injuries were serious, though not thought to be life-threatening, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: inside bay area

Update: 2 Virginia firefighters reinstated after suspension for transporting toddler in fire engine

Two Stafford County volunteer firefighters that were suspended for rushing a toddler to the hospital in their fire engine, have been reinstated. The County’s fire department called a press conference Monday afternoon, where they announced Capt. James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom returned to work Monday at 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Denied Use of One World Trade Center

A charity stair climb at One World Trade Center to honor first-responders killed on 9/11 has been abruptly canceled — because building landlord, the Durst Organization is afraid it would scare off potential tenants by reminding them about the terror attacks, the event’s organizer alleges. “This is all about profits, greed and getting the building leased,’’ fumed John Hodge, chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

New Jersey firefighter charged with pulling machete during firehouse argument

A volunteer with Lawrence's Slackwood Fire Co. has been charged with threatening other firefighters and brandishing a machete during a dispute with fellow firefighters in January, records show. James "Jay" Macheda Jr., 22, is charged with making terroristic threats, criminal mischief and weapon possession charges in connection with a late-night Jan.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Trenton Times

Virginia volunteer firefighters suspended for transporting child to hospital in fire engine

Two volunteer Stafford County firefighters have been suspended after they transported an 18-month old child to the hospital in a fire engine. The father of the little girl tells FOX 5 he is grateful for the actions of those two first responders, who may have saved his daughter's life. The suspended firefighters, Captain James Kelley and Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-TV MyFox 5 DC

Charges filed against water treatment plant manager at Washington State Fire Training Academy

Firefighters training at the Washington State Fire Training Academy (FTA) in North Bend between 2012 and 2014 may have been exposed to contaminated water, according to court documents filed March 1 by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Ferguson named wastewater plant operator George Campbell and the company he owns, Broadband Environmental Service Inc.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Snoqualmie Valley Record

Deadly boarding house fire claims 6 lives in Atlanta

Atlanta fire department officials said six people died in an early morning fire Monday. According to Atlanta fire officials, the fire was in a boarding house located in the 1400 block of Andrews Street NW. At least one of the victims is a woman. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they described the blaze a heavy.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Illinois police officer killed in crash with ambulance

A South Jacksonville police officer died after the squad car he was driving turned into the path of an ambulance as both vehicles were headed to an emergency medical call on Friday night. Scot Fitzgerald, 32, died in the crash that happened at 8:54 p.m. on Illinois 267 about one mile north of Nortonville Road, near Murrayville in Morgan County.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The State Journal-Register

Colorado firefighters train at night on extrications

VIDEO: When the job is saving lives, Kyle Vaughn's job is to make sure firefighters do it right, especially at night. "We’ve done a lot of daytime trainings, but we haven’t done a lot of nighttime trainings and we've done a lot of night time extrications," Vaughn said, "So, we wanted to bring some realism into our training.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Michigan firefighters help their own after lawmakers fail to fund cancer treatment

It’s an epic failure by Michigan lawmakers to help our heroes. Politicians passed a law to help firefighters with cancer treatment, but they have never funded it - and firefighters are paying the price. It’s a problem we’ve been exposing all week long, Three million dollars, that’s what is at stake here.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ-TV ABC Detroit

2 Washington fire recruits accused of EMT test cheating, termination recommended

An investigation by the Tacoma Fire Department determined two new recruits cheated on an EMT test and recommended they be terminated, despite acknowledgement from a private company involved that an "administrative error" allowed the pair to get questions ahead of time. A department spokesperson also called the incident "not malicious" and a "coincidence.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Cable News

EMS panel advising mayor stonewalled by D.C. mayor, fire department

A panel that is supposed to advise D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on emergency medical services policy says it can’t get any information from the mayor or the fire department in order to make recommendations. “We have got to have the transparency that she says she’s all about,” Anne Renshaw, vice chair of the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Committee (EMSAC), said at a meeting Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the washington times