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Washington firefighter tells 'surreal' story of finding newborn outside station

KIMA spoke with the firefighter who found an abandoned baby outside a Yakima fire station for the first time since it happened on Christmas Eve. It's now become a case the Yakima Police Department is trying to solve. Joanna Albrecht says it was hard to ignore her snooze button on Christmas Eve for an early morning work-out, but that she's very lucky she did.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMA TV

New Hampshire fire chiefs question long-term effectiveness of using Narcan

A coalition of fire chiefs, responding to an increase in repeated drug overdoses by the same people, is seeking state money to hire drug counselors who can train first responders in how to better direct victims toward treatment and recovery services. Emergency responders this year have administered nearly 3,000 doses of the opioid antidote naloxone, known by its brand name Narcan.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMUR ABC

Pennsylvania fire chief rescues man from burning car

(VIDEO) What volunteer Fire Chief Nate Tracey did Monday morning was what any trained rescue worker would have done, he said. He just happened to be the first one there. The call came in as a crash with unknown injuries. It was in the first block of Indian Rock Dam Road in York Township and Tracey's department, Goodwill Fire Company, was the first one assigned to the incident.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Evening Sun

San Diego firefighter training turned into 'frat boy' shenanigans

A San Diego firefighter remains employed after getting drunk at a department-sponsored training event — conduct he defended in court, saying there was no city rule against it. The November 2012 training class took place at the union hall, while firefighters were off-duty. The city paid for the training, which was required for certain career advancement, and firefighters were given considerations such as excuses from mandatory overtime while they were at the training.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Tribune

Mold or mildew has two Florida fire stations closed

Two of Boynton Beach’s five fire stations are closed while the city is investigating health concerns in the buildings, Mayor Jerry Taylor told The Palm Beach Post on Monday. And, there are air-quality monitors at City Hall. While Taylor said the closings are because of either mold or mildew in the two fire buildings, Vice Mayor Joe Casello said he was told it was the former.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Palm Beach Post

Man Charged with Stealing Chicago Fire SUV

Chicago firefighters were responding to a routine drill in a Loop high-rise hotel Saturday when a West Side man allegedly took advantage of their distraction and stole a Chicago Fire Department SUV from the scene, authorities said Monday. Joseph Gunn, 43, of the 4200 block of West Cermak Road, allegedly made off with the department-issued SUV of the first battalion chief that was left running outside the Hilton Chicago at 720 S.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune

Ohio Firefighter Dies After Falling Through Floor

A Hamilton firefighter was killed while battling a house fire Monday morning. Multiple fire departments responded to the fire in the 1300 block of Pater Avenue around 1:11 a.m., according to Butler County dispatch. Heavy smoke was visible when fire crews arrived at the scene, according to a release from the Hamilton Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cincinnati.com

Woman who failed FDNY physical test 6 times gets another chance

A woman who six times failed the physical test to become an FDNY firefighter is being given another chance — and this time, critics say, the fix is in. “She’ll graduate, no question,” said an FDNY member. “The department does­n’t want another black eye.” Wendy Tapia was allowed to conditionally graduate from the Fire Academy on May 17, 2013, even though she had failed the running test.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

Alabama fire rescue unit carjacked; 3 shots fired inside Rescue 12

An armed woman commandeered a Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service unit this morning, firing three shots inside the truck. No one was seriously injured, and the rescue was recovered in the Smithfield community a short time later after a brief police chase. It all began about 10:40 a.m. when rescue workers were dispatched to the airport on a report of a woman feeling dizzy, said Birmingham Fire and Rescue Chief Charles Gordon.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Al.com

Connecticut Firefighters Save One Of Their Own

The call came into the Thompsonville Fire Department at a change of shift on a Monday evening in November — an unresponsive 52-year-old male on Russell Street. Firefighters arrived at the home, and said there was some initial confusion. Then, firefighter Tom O'Brien saw a familiar person standing in the driveway — fellow Thompsonville firefighter Ernie Bouthiette's 16-year-old son.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant

Bankruptcy appeal sides with California city over fire union

An appeals court once again ruled against the San Bernardino City Professional Firefighters and in favor of the city Tuesday, affirming U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury’s conclusion that nothing in the city charter or state law prevents the city from outsourcing its Fire Department. In the same ruling, Otis D.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sun

Mississippi fire captain dies of apparent heart attack at station

To his last day on the force, Clarksdale Fire Department Capt. Willie Ratliff could still fight fire with the young guys. That's what his fellow firefighters said about him. It's what the community of Clarksdale knew about him. The 35-year veteran of the Clarksdale Fire Department was two shifts away from retirement Monday night when his shift mates found him, dead of an apparent heart attack at the station.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: clarion ledger

Former Alabama rescue squad captain charged in crew member's death

The former captain of the Etowah County Rescue Squad has been arrested for criminally negligent homicide related to the drowning death of a rescue squad volunteer April 25. Michael Ervin Bettis, 49, Gadsden, was arrested on the misdemeanor charge after he was indicted by an Etowah County grand jury, according to a news release from Sheriff Todd Entrekin.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: gadsden times

National Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders 2015 Inductees Announced

The National Fire Heritage Center announced this week the Inductees into the “National Fire and Emergency Services Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders” (HLLL) the prestigious acknowledgment of contributions of lasting importance to all who serve and those served in communities large and small. This year’s Inductees were: James Braidwood, Keith Royer, Haraldur Stefansson, Ira H.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Heritage Center

First responders often unprepared for derailments

Amid the sounds of wrenching metal and crackling fire, the hissing whine signaled that one of the overturned tank cars was doing its job. Flames licked the tanker just outside the state fairgrounds on July 11, 2012. Thousands of gallons of ethanol heated up inside the car. As pressure mounted, the intense heat weakened its shell, less than an inch thick.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: columbus dispatch

New Jersey firefighter may lose job for shoplifting $7.98 in items

Ashton Funk, a Margate City firefighter, lifeguard and champion beach patrol rower, could lose both his city positions after being convicted of shoplifting $7.98 from a local Wawa. Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said Tuesday that Funk, 34, of Northfield was arrested Sept. 10 on a complaint of shoplifting from the Margate WaWa.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: philadelphia inquirer

New Jersey city to combine police, fire, OEM into 1 department

Mayor Ras Baraka is turning to an old friend of the city as he begins a drastic overhaul of its public safety system. Anthony Ambrose was officially revealed as the city's acting public safety director at a City Hall press conference Monday morning. In the newly created position, he will oversee the city's police, fire and emergency management departments.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com

Post Office Named for Fallen Chicago Firefighter

The Mount Greenwood post office was renamed Sunday the "Captain Herbert Johnson Memorial Post Office," in honor of a beloved fallen Chicago firefighter. It was a ceremony to rename his neighborhood post office. Herbie Johnson was an Illinois Medal of Honor winner for rescuing several children from a burning building, and was well known and well liked in the department and in his South Side community.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Column: New York department's fire feud under investigation

The political powers of Yonkers are trying to keep the public from knowing much, if anything, about a bizarre fist fight that broke out between the city’s fire commissioner and one of his officers. This happened at a YFD Christmas party held on the evening of Dec. 11 at the Fairways, a catering hall at the county-owned Dunwoodie golf course in Yonkers.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News (Lohud.com)

Minnesota's fire fatalities have spiked to 52 this year

Emergency vehicles were clogging the South St. Paul street as Chanry Soeng arrived home after working the second shift at a Lakeville packaging plant. When she realized they were at her house, she sprinted toward the door, demanding to see her children. First responders restrained her, then delivered terrible news: her husband, Soeun Sem, 60, and the couple’s youngest son, 2-year-old Eric, had died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: star-tribune