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Michigan department to begin charging fee for mutual aid

Fire departments in Grand Traverse County likely won't get pro bono help from neighboring departments in the future. The board for Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department approved a policy to begin charging neighboring fire departments between $1,000 and $5,000 for every two-hour stint a Metro fire truck spends responding to a fire outside the boundaries of the member townships of Acme, East Bay, and Garfield.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: record-eagle

Officials: Onboard medics make life-or-death difference in incidents like San Bernardino attack

When Ryan Starling and the rest of the members of the San Bernardino Police SWAT team heard the crackling chatter of shots fired over the police scanner on the morning of Dec. 2, many thought it was part of a training exercise. That day, Starling and the team were taking part in an active-shooter training at the Arrowhead Springs Hotel, less than 10 miles from the Inland Regional Center.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the sun

AT&T officials provide details about carrier’s prioritization offering for enterprises, first responders

AT&T recently announced the launch of Dynamic Traffic Management, an offering that uses quality-of-service (QoS) technology in its LTE network to prioritize network traffic from enterprise, public-safety and critical-infrastructure customers during times of network congestion. By subscribing to the Dynamic Traffic Management solution for an extra $10 per month per device, an enterprise can have its traffic prioritized on AT&T’s existing LTE networks—the service is not available in areas where only 2G and 3G networks have been deployed—when normal best-effort service may be degraded by network contention, according to Gerry Myers, director of product marketing management for AT&T business services.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: urgent communications

Fire safety rule citations lag during California drought

Amid the most destructive wildfire season in more than a decade, California’s firefighting agency amped up its warnings to thousands of property owners who weren’t doing enough to protect their homes by clearing brush and other flammable materials. But it rarely put any muscle behind the threats: Violators were fined just 4 percent of the time, down from 10 percent when the drought was declared four years ago, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection statistics requested by The Associated Press.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: merced star-sun

Entire Nevada volunteer fire department resigns

Washoe County officials will send a two-person crew to oversee fire and medical emergency services for an area of Washoe County larger than the state of Connecticut after Gerlach’s nine-person volunteer fire department submitted resignations in mid-December. The county’s short-term plan will be effective Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Reno Gazette-Journal

Firefighter falls through floor in Washington house fire

A North Kitsap Fire & Rescue firefighter sustained minor injuries when he fell through the floor of a house during a fire that broke out at 3 a.m. Dec. 29 in Poulsbo. The firefighter was treated at Harrison Medical Center and released, Poulsbo Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Matson reported. A young woman who was housesitting when the fire broke out suffered minor smoke inhalation, was examined by firefighters but refused transportation to the hospital, Matson reported.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Kitsap Herald

Ohio city may re-deploy fire units to spread out workload

Middletown is looking at ways of spreading out the workload of its firefighters that could include the re-deployment of units in early 2016. As part of the 2016 public safety budget goals and objectives that were presented to City Council in October, the Division of Fire is planning to transfer Engine/Medic 85 from the fire station at Breiel Boulevard and Central Avenue to the Fire Headquarters Station 83 as well as work on obtaining additional capital grants to start the replacement of older equipment and the relocation of fire stations with cost requirements.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal News

New Jersey firefighters to get bulletproof vests

Trenton's firefighters will soon begin wearing bulletproof vests to protect themselves on the job when they double as medics. The vests were approved as part of the fire union's new contract. The Trenton Emergency Medical Services have been wearing vests for years, but the firefighters have been the only first responders without them — even though they're often the first to arrive on the scene of a medical call, union president Wayne Wolk said.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nj.com

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