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New Jersey fire union questions rising ambulance costs, mayor's ethics

The chest pains started not long after firefighter Joe Dipple arrived at the scene. Laden with gear, fully exerted as he walked past the burning home, he suddenly couldn't carry a ladder through the 10 inches of snow on that afternoon in February 2014. Sit down, another firefighter told him. You're going into an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com

Urban explorers, trespassers may face steep rescue fines in Minneapolis

Urban explorers who may need complicated rescues will now have to pay a hefty fine for the service. In response to recent deaths and injuries due to falls in restricted spaces — including one in Southeast Como’s abandoned Bunge grain elevator near the University of Minnesota — the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance Friday that gives the city the authority to charge rescue fees to trespassers.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Daily

New Jersey firefighter says hair regulations are gender discrimination

A firefighter who is fighting a department policy that he said would force him to cut off his ponytail took his case directly to City Council, claiming gender discrimination. Timothy Gay, an Elmira Street resident and one of the few members of the department who actually lives and pays taxes in the city, said the policy was directed at him, as he is the only male member of the department with long hair.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: press of atlantic city

Pennsylvania firefighters cited during fundraiser

If Shickshinny state troopers were likened to a Christmas character over the weekend, Scrooge would be a good description, according to Holly Morris. Morris, secretary of the Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Department, said several fire fighters had gathered at the intersection of Routes 11 and 239 on Saturday to collect money during their annual “boot drop” collection, the fire department’s major fundraiser of the year, when they were approached by state Trooper Steve Steransky, Jr.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: times leader

DC Fire and EMS chief to ask for third party ambulance help

DC Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean will ask the D.C. council on Tuesday for authority to hire an outside company to provide ambulance service to help relieve his overtaxed fleet. Under Dean's plan, which has the support of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Fire and EMS would contract with a third party ambulance company.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC

3 groups will use $5.9M to train firefighters for oil trains

Three groups will receive $5.9 million in federal grants to train first responders to handle railroad incidents involving crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids. The U.S. Transportation Department announced the grants Monday. Concerns have been growing about these shipments because the number has surged, and there have been several fiery derailments involving crude oil in recent years.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: washington times

VIDEO: Man sets his car on fire at Detroit gas station because of a spider

A man's fear of spiders nearly caused him to set a Metro Detroit gas station on fire. Instead, he set his car and a gas pump on fire. WJBK-TV FOX 2 News reports the man saw a spider on his car's gas tank while he was at a gas station in Center Line. He then did something that most people understand is obviously not smart.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mlive.com

Arkansas water authority seizes gear from fire department over pool fill-ups

Employees of a rural water district confiscated equipment from the Beaver Lake Fire Department after discovering some of its firefighters tapping into a fire hydrant to fill swimming pools, an official with the water district said. The department hadn't notified the Benton County Water District it planned to tap the hydrant or arranged to pay for the water, said Eddie Cooper, water district manager.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NWAOnline - Northwest Arkansas News

In Vicious Fire Season, an Endurance Test for California Crews

The firefighters collapse in driveways and fields to steal a moment’s rest. They sleep in their engines, sprawled across fire hoses or slumped over steering wheels. After they spend days hacking dead brush and setting defensive fires across flaming mountains, their 24-hour rest breaks are cut short when a new fire rears up.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york times

Proposal to build apartments atop new fire station sparks debate in Maryland

Zoning battles aren’t unusual when developers propose high-rise buildings amid single-family homes, but some Montgomery County residents are fighting the development plans of an unusual opponent: their local fire department. The Bethesda Fire Department’s board of directors says it needs to replace or renovate its 46-year-old headquarters to keep pace with emergency calls as downtown Bethesda continues to transform from a leafy suburb into an urban hub.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the washington post

Attorneys argue over fire report related to death of two Ohio firefighters

As prosecutors and defense attorneys continue to argue over the destruction of an investigator’s report on the Magnolia Street fire that killed two firefighters, at least one legal tangle for accused arsonist Ray Abou-Arab was eliminated Thursday. At the request of prosecutors, Lucas County Common Pleas Judge Stacy Cook dismissed unrelated charges alleging Mr.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade

Breakdowns highlight decaying state of New Orleans Fire Department’s fleet

Firefighters preparing to rush to the scene of a vehicle fire early Friday found themselves stranded at their Clara Street station when their truck wouldn’t start. To make matters worse, while an engine from another nearby station was dispatched to the blaze on Toledano Street, firefighters who headed out to New Orleans East from the Clara Street station found that the spare truck they were planning to pick up there also was inoperable.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the new orleans advocate

4 dead in collision between tour vehicle and charter bus on Seattle Bridge

Crews began removing the wreckage from the Aurora Bridge Thursday evening. Police officers and other officials watched as the Duck vehicle was loaded onto a flatbed tow truck. A 17-member, interdisciplinary team from the National Transportation Safety Board, along with an NTSB board member, are due to arrive in Seattle Friday to begin their inquiry into the crash.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Seattle Times

As firefighting costs explode, fire prevention loses out

Fighting wildfires isn’t cheap, not with all the boots on the ground, the engines and dozers, the airplanes and fuel. And this year’s fire season — which is shaping up to be one of the most destructive in the modern history of the West — is also on track to be the costliest. That’s a problem, particularly for those writing checks in Washington, who are having to move millions from one part of the federal budget to another to balance the books.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1.com

Man Whom Texas Fire Chief Rescued Charged With Arson

Roy Salmon, 60, whom Salado Fire Chief Shane Barrier rescued from the porch of a burning home last week, was jailed Wednesday, charged with arson in connection with the blaze. Salmon, who smashed out a window and jumped from the burning two-story home to escape the flames, was unconscious from smoke inhalation when Barrier pulled him to safety on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kwtx.com

Families of Victims Anticipate Pope Francis' Visit to 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Pope Francis is visiting the National Sept. 11 Memorial at ground zero. To a cheer from the gathered crowd, he walked toward the two massive waterfall pools that mark the footprints of the World Trade Center's twin towers before they were felled by the 2001 terrorist attacks. Francis visited the site after a speech at the United Nations.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: abc7ny.com

New York EMS chief killed in crash between ambulance and backhoe

For his entire adult life, Barry Miller was a giver and “a huge figure in the town of Bergen.” That was evident in the outpouring of grief in Bergen Wednesday after Miller, chief of Fire Department Emergency Medical Services and a county coroner, was killed on his way to a call in Riga. “His connection to the community is indescribable,” said Donald Cunningham, town supervisor and close friend of Miller’s.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the daily news online

Stricken South Carolina firefighter dies

Stuart Hardy, the Burton firefighter who suffered a medical event while on duty Sept. 13, died Thursday morning, according a Burton Fire District news release and a Facebook post from his family. Hardy was responding to a car crash earlier this month when he was stricken. Doctors didn't know as of Wednesday what caused the event.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Beaufort Gazette

Maryland firetruck hits county sheriff at accident scene

A mishap Wednesday morning at an accident scene that sent St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron to a hospital with a leg injury prompted a review by a prosecutor, one that the sheriff’s office reports led to citations issued against a Leonardtown firefighter. Cameron was treated at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital in Leonardtown and released after the 7:36 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Southern Maryland Newspapers

New Jersey fire department recoups $20K after fire at building with repeat code offenses

State fire officials presented the city with $20,000 Wednesday to cover the fire department's costs in extinguishing a 2013 fire in a hi-rise building that had unresolved fire code violations, which hampered firefighting efforts. Trenton Fire Department Director Qareeb Bashir accepted the check from Louis Kilmer, chief of the Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement in the state's Division of Fire Safety, at Trenton fire headquarters.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Trenton Times