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How fast is fast enough? - NFPA 1710 and the controversy over response times

Recently, some fire departments have found themselves under scrutiny by the media and elected officials over the issue of response times. NFPA 1710, Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, requires specific times for the response of fire and emergency services.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association

Seattle firefighter, acquitted in park attack, fails to win his job back

Although he was acquitted of criminal charges in the alleged assault on homeless people last year, a former Seattle firefighter will not get his job back after an arbitrator determined he instigated the attack and then lied to police about it. The ruling by labor-management arbitrator and mediator Howell L.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: seattle times

Burned Fresno Fire Captain leaves hospital to continue rehabilitation at home

After nearly six months in the hospital, Pete Dern is home. The Fresno fire captain received severe burns when he fell through the roof while trying to put out a house fire. A huge crowd turned out to cheer him on as he left Community Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. This day for Pete Dern started like the past 163 others, with a round of treatment and physical therapy.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

Michigan firefighter dies after hit and run while collecting for MDA

Dennis Rodeman survived a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Marines. He was killed on Wednesday while collecting donations for a charity in Lansing, the victim of what police are calling a deliberate hit-and-run crash on the city's south side. Rodeman, 35, was a seven-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: lansing state journal

North Texas volunteer firefighters indicted in chorizo sausage sexual assault

An Ellis County grand jury indicted seven volunteer firefighters, including the department's chief and assistant chief, on Wednesday in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a fellow male firefighter with a chorizo sausage in January, according to media reports. Five firefighters with the Emergency Service District Number 6 Volunteer Fire Department in Waxachachie have been indicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault and attempted aggravated sexual assault: Keith Edward Wisakowsky, 26; Casey Joe Stafford, 30; Preston Thomas Peyrot, 19; Alec Chase Miller, 28; and Blake Jerold Tucker, 19.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: beaumont enterprise

Alaska firefighters threaten walk-off in snit with borough officials

Tension between the Talkeetna Fire Department and Matanuska-Susitna Borough fire chiefs potentially threatens to leave this Susitna Valley climbing and tourist destination without a hometown firefighting force. Eric Chappel, a Talkeetna fire captain and 17-year responder, got sideways last week with Mat-Su chiefs when he was preparing to use his pickup to pull upright an overturned trailer blocking the Parks Highway.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alaska Dispatch News

Texas fire chief stabbed multiple times responding to call

On Tuesday around 11 p.m., a Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputy was called out to report of a man waving a shot gun in the road. The Deputy, called and asked Brandon Hale, Westbrook Fire Chief to keep an eye on the suspect from a distance until he got there. When the deputy had arrived the suspect had already made his way back to his residence, the deputy went to locate him.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock

New York firefighter: Arsonist ‘expected me to die’

Nearly 20 feet inside the smoke-filled former synagogue, the words of fellow firefighter Darin Lewis stopped David Abell in his tracks: “I think this is booby-trapped.” That’s when Abell spotted the trip wire connected to two gallon-sized jugs of gasoline. Abell recounted on Tuesday the chilling details of entering the building at 117 Jefferson Ave.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ithaca journal

Texas firefighters pay out of pocket to keep department going

Jimmy Ellis said he spent at least $3,500 out of his pocket last year to keep the West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department, noting that fighting fires in the county is one of his passions. Ellis, fire chief for the department, said without the firefighters infusing their own money, everything from maintenance to bunker gear suffers.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Odessa American

Connecticut Deputy Fire Chief Suspended 15 Days Without Pay

Deputy Fire Chief James McLoughlin has been suspended for 15 days without pay by fire officials who said he endangered firefighters under his command at a fire in April. McLoughlin was suspended Friday after an investigation found that he disobeyed orders and failed to exercise due care in providing for the safety of personnel under his charge at a fire, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

Ohio firefighter tells others of cancer, their risk

Mark Rine no longer runs into burning buildings or performs emergency medical procedures. Instead, the Columbus firefighter spends his days standing in front of other firefighters and warning them about a danger he knew nothing about until Sept. 11, 2012. That was the day a doctor told him he had melanoma.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: columbus dispatch

In statements, New York firefighters admit smoking weed on roof of firehouse, in chief's car

Allen Harmon and Douglas Groesbeck reportedly didn't shy away from using drugs while serving as Camillus firefighters. Harmon, a former fire captain, admitted repeatedly driving an emergency vehicle while he was under the influence of oxycodone and other prescription drugs during the summer of 2014, he said in a statement given to the Camillus Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse Post-Standard

Young Mississippi Crash Victim Watches Video on Firefighter's Phone

PHOTO - Several residents and first responders came to help victims of a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 on Saturday afternoon, including a retired Los Angeles firefighter. Rick Camarena, who now lives in Gulfport, said he stopped because he knew his training would allow him to help. "I saw five kids ejected," he said of the crash.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Florida fire district commissioner: Firefighters should carry guns for safety

A Bonita Springs Fire District commissioner said he wants firefighters to pack heat. Fred Forbes, the district’s treasurer and secretary, said the department should look into the feasibility of training and outfitting firefighters with body armor and guns to better protect them from being shot. “I think it’s something we need to evaluate,” Forbes told the Daily News.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: naples daily news

California fire truck rolls 100 feet down embankment

PHOTO - A Napa County fire engine rolled down an embankment on a winding rural road Saturday morning, destroying the engine and sending two volunteer firefighters to the hospital. The accident occurred on Wooden Valley Road east of Napa around 11:30 a.m. after the two volunteers had been sent to a motorcycle accident in the area, said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the press democrat

Massachusetts engineer says thermal-imaging mask will save lives

PHOTO - Inside a burning building, the smoke often gets so thick and oppressive that firefighters can't see their hands if they wave them in front of their facemasks. The roiling black clouds obscure everything: staircases, chairs, an unconscious person, even the flames - burning at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit - on the other side of the room.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: lowell sun

Milwaukee fire official's message after firefighter grabbed during vigil: “100% of the time, we’re there to help”

A Milwaukee firefighter was violently grabbed by a man in a crowd of hostile onlookers as he tried to help a victim while on a medical call. It happened this weekend, and it has Milwaukee Fire Department officials making a plea to the public. This incident occurred on Saturday evening, September 5th near 60th and Capitol Drive.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Virginia paramedics fighting chief’s plan to cross-train them as firefighters

A year-old plan to cross-train Alexandria firefighters and paramedics and add a fourth person to every firetruck is encountering resistance from city paramedics, who say it is unworkable unless the city hires more staff. Alexandria Fire Chief Robert Dubé said that his plan will ensure that at least one person in every fire crew will be certified in advanced life support.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the washington post

Forest Service Spends a Record $243M Last Week on Wildfires

The U.S. Forest Service spent a record $243 million last week battling forest fires around the country, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday. The agency has spent all the money Congress provided for fighting wildfires in the 12-month budget period, forcing it to borrow money from forest restoration work designed to reduce the risk of fires.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the new york times

New Chief Announced for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Assistant San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy was selected to become the fire department’s 17th chief, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday morning. Fennessy, 56, who has 38 years of firefighting experience, is to take over for Chief Javier Mainar, who is set to retire in November. During a news conference at Montgomery Field, Faulconer said Fennessy has “unmatched experience and operational knowledge,” two skills that will be especially important as the possibility of a strong El Niño looms amid a year-round regional fire season.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: san diego union-tribune