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Virginia firefighter killed in wreck en route to work

Jesse Daniel Clingenpeel always wanted to be a soldier. He dressed in camouflage every Halloween and imitated his father’s buzz cut as a child. But a year after a combat injury led to his honorable discharge from the Army in 2012, the Roanoke County native eagerly joined up as a Roanoke firefighter-EMT, Chief David Hoback said.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the roanoke times

FDNY will graduate one of most diverse classes in 150-year history

The FDNY will graduate one of the most diverse classes in its 150-year history Friday — and bring the number of women on the force to a record high. Four women will cross the stage at Queens College on Friday to become probationary members of the Bravest. When they do, the FDNY will have 49 female firefighters — more than it has ever had since the agency was formed in 1865.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news

Update: Tennessee community refuses to cover new neighborhood in case of fire emergency

Tempers flared Thursday night at a Foster Falls community meeting as representatives for the new Jasper Highlands development tried to convince the local fire department to respond to emergency calls while the developers construct their own fire department. By the end of the meeting, which was filled with shouting and accusations, nothing changed.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times Free Press

First-responders to Oklahoma City bombing responsible for raising thousands for memorial

It may have been 20 years since the Oklahoma City bombing, but those first responders who came together on April 19, 1995 are still making an impact today. A memorial badge was created in their honor to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation received more than $75,000 Thursday morning after a limited time badge and coin were created.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV News Channel 4

Striking French firefighters start fires, occupy train station during protest

VIDEO - Over 500 French firefighters set off fireworks and burned tires before storming and occupying a railway station in Lille in the latest in a series of escalating protests against the local council’s budget cuts. Staff in full uniform gathered outside the fire station of the northern city at 10:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: rt.com

Hartford Firefighters To Get New Breathing Apparatus

About 150 firefighters in the Hartford Fire Department will be getting state-of-the-art breathing apparatus equipment that will allow incident commanders to electronically track every firefighter who enters a burning building. Firefighters displayed the new Scott self-contained breathing apparatus equipment at a press conference Wednesday morning at the Engine Company 15 firehouse.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant

Firefighter who alleged sex assault at Texas firehouse won't 'sit back, hide from it'

Jason Waldeck sometimes slept at the Ellis County firehouse where he volunteered, just to be sure he wouldn’t miss a call. As a high school senior, he would jump out of class or baseball practice to respond to fires, car crashes or whatever else the world threw his way. He said a brutal sexual assault on him at the fire station in January put an end to that work — but not to his passion.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: dallas morning news

Wisconsin firefighter accused of crashing truck during joyride, resigns

A Mosinee firefighter accused of taking a fire engine on an early morning joyride and then crashing it after a night out drinking has resigned and his chief has requested that no criminal charges be filed in the case. Kody Krieg resigned in August after an investigation into the crash, according an internal investigation report obtained by Daily Herald Media under open-records law.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wausau daily herald

Connecticut town votes to expand pool of firefighter applicants to enhance diversification

In an effort to enhance diversification at the fire department, the personnel board on Wednesday voted to set aside the so-called “rule of three” to allow the fire chief to choose from a broader list of qualified candidates. Following some strong opinions voiced by residents in opposition, however, the board tabled a separate request from Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio for authorization to hire as a probationary recruit a New London resident who had worked with the fire department but who did not make it onto the eligibility list.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the day

Fleeing man tries to hit Ohio firefighter, strikes firetruck

A Mansfield man was arrested Wednesday after police alleged he tried to run over a firefighter and caused two crashes while fleeing from authorities. The driver, Kalvin Gross, 21, was believed to be under the influence of drugs during the pursuit, Mansfield police Sgt. Mike Napier said. Mansfield Fire Department was responding to a report of an unresponsive male in his car on West Cook Road at 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mansfield news journal

Texas district sees tense fire service transition

Two months after taking over emergency services for an area that had been served by the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department for 36 years, Harris County Emergency Service District 48 has had to figure out how to operate efficiently without ample resources while the West I-10 department continues to question the district's decision to end the two parties' longtime partnership.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Detroit city council confirms new fire commissioner

On the heels of a historically safe Angels' Night weekend, the Detroit City Council today confirmed Mayor Mike Duggan's choice for executive fire commissioner, Eric Jones. The council voted 8-1 to confirm Jones' appointment. Council President Brenda Jones voted no, she said, because Eric Jones lacks experience as a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: detroit free press

Committee restores Green Bay firefighter jobs

Four firefighter positions were restored in Green Bay’s 2016 budget by the city’s joint personnel and finance committee on Tuesday. The four-person committee opted to keep the positions and instead reorganize fire department administration, slash overtime pay for public works staff and shave off a number of other small expenses to make up for a projected $819,300 revenue loss.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

How to win a 2015 AFG grant

The foundation for a successful grant application begins by reading the program guidelines. In layman's terms, these are the instructions for the grant process. FEMA now calls this document the Funding Opportunity Announcement, or FOA. This document provides all of the information concerning grant eligibility, program priorities, filing deadlines and application assistance.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Pay hike approved for Los Angeles County firefighters

Los Angeles County supervisors today unanimously approved a 10 percent pay raise for firefighters, deputy sheriffs, criminalists, correction officers, coroner investigators, probation officers, supervising child support officers and deputy district attorneys. The raise will be spread out over three years, according to labor pacts the county reached with unions representing those workers.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles daily news

President of IAFC Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs Passes Away

Banks District Volunteer Fire Department announced the passing of their Fire Chief Gary Bonnett, who passed away early Thursday morning after a lengthy battle with cancer. Chief Bonnett was a fire chief who was highly respected by his peers and everyone in and connected to the fire service throughout West Virginia.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5

Pennsylvania: Man taken to hospital after ladder collapse during fire truck certification

PHOTO - Channel 11’s Melanie Gillespie has learned that one person was taken to a hospital Monday after an accident at the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department in Indiana County .Chopper 11 flew over the scene where a fire truck ladder got twisted, fell over and collapsed on a man standing on the ground, Gillespie reported.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh

Alaska fire chief calls it a career after 43 years

Fairbanks Fire Chief Warren Cummings officially ended his 43-year career with a well-attended ceremony at the department’s Cushman Street headquarters Friday afternoon. Cummings began his firefighting career in 1972 and worked his way up through the ranks to become the fire chief in 2000. Along the way he saw major changes in the safety culture and worked tirelessly to improve the equipment and working conditions at the department.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fairbanks News-Miner

Florida city fires battalion chief accused of sexism

Jeff Lyon, a battalion chief accused of using the term "no bitch Tuesdays," was fired Friday amid allegations of harassment — claims he denies. The investigation also revealed that Lyon, 48, had made inappropriate comments about women, minorities and lesbians, according to an Oct. 30 He asked some of his women subordinates about their sexual orientation.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com

Montana firefighter gets suspended sentence for starting wildfires

An East Helena man who started wildfires that caused nearly $1 million in damage to bolster his work as firefighter received a 40-year suspended sentence in district court Monday. Frederick J. Maw was 18 years old when authorities arrested him for sparking 20 fires in May 2013. Included in his sentence is that Maw cannot participate in any firefighting efforts.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: independent record