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USFA: 85 Firefighters Died on Duty in 2015

Heart attacks, overexertion and stress were the leading causes of deaths of on-duty firefighters last year. Eighty five firefighters died while performing their duties in 2015, compared to 91 in 2014, according to statistics compiled by the USFA. Of the 85, 14 died of heart-related issues or strokes within 24 hours of an emergency response.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Scammers posing as firefighters accidentally target Connecticut deputy fire chief

If you're going to pull a phone scam on an unsuspecting victim by pretending to be a firefighter, make sure your victim isn't a deputy chief. That's what happened recently to Scott Schwartz, deputy chief of the West Haven Fire Department. "It was probably just a random thing," recalled Schwartz. "The number came up and they decided to try me but it didn't work very well.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 61 Connecticut

Fire department responses to tree-trapped drones vary

It's a Christmas tradition with airborne gifts: They get stuck in trees. Or fly astray. Whether model airplanes, Frisbees, kites or what have you, someone inevitably lands one in a tree. As drones – small lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles and the successor to the modest remote controlled model airplane – become more popular and more people receive them as gifts, the air might be getting a little more crowded.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: gloucester times

Pittsburgh firefighter recounts daring rescue of woman, his own escape

Pittsburgh fire Lt. James O'Toole scooped up the coughing 86-year-old Nannie Felder and passed her through a second-story, front window to firefighters waiting outside on a ladder. Then O'Toole, 51, worried about getting out of the burning house alive. Flames engulfed the staircase that he had planned to use.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A ‘legend’ in the fight for benefits of firefighters; Longtime Boston Fire Dept. labor leader dies

Firefighters from coast to coast are mourning the death of Michael Mullane, a longtime labor leader remembered as a legendary old-school negotiator who fought for the rights of his front-line constituents. “Mike Mullane was a leader. He was always by my side when I was learning the ropes, and I always looked up to him,” said Rich Paris, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

Michigan firefighter trainee dies during training

A 47-year-old volunteer firefighter trainee died Saturday while participating in a search and rescue training exercise at a fire academy. U.S. Fire Administration reported that Charles Adams Jr., with the Spring Arbor (Mich.) Township Fire Department, became ill and momentarily lost consciousness. Displaying heart-attack-like symptoms, he was transported by ambulance to a hospital.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Overtime for Columbus, Ohio firefighters jumps to $8.6 million in 2015

New leadership, new policies and an increased workload have created a windfall for hundreds of Columbus firefighters, pushing the pay for many of them into six figures last year. The Columbus Fire Division spent nearly $2.5 million more on overtime in 2015 than the average of the previous three years.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the columbus dispatch

Arson conviction sparks armed stand off in Oregon

The Oregon sheriff whose county is at the heart of an anti-government call-to-arms said Sunday the group occupying a national wildlife refuge came to town under false pretenses. Sheriff David Ward said protesters came to Harney County, in southeastern Oregon, "claiming to be part of militia groups supporting local ranchers.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: usa today

Ohio chief dies weeks after his retirement from fire department

Area firefighters are mourning the death of one of their own after recently retired Sheffield Fire Chief David Kray died Monday. “He was a great guy. His dedication to the community and the fire service was second to none,” said Rome Township Fire Chief Ed Koziol. He said he worked with Kray on the county-wide fire chief’s association.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: star beacon

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

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