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Drunk man hitched ride on Dallas Fire-Rescue truck responding to disturbance, police say

A man was arrested on a public intoxication charge after hitching an unauthorized ride on a Dallas Fire-Rescue truck early Monday. Firefighters were dispatched about 12:35 a.m. to an apartment complex at 8538 Park Lane to deal with a disturbance involving several people. When firefighters returned to their station about 12:50 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: dallas morning news

Revolt by Houston fire inspectors sparked by mandated shortcuts

Houston fire inspectors are refusing to follow orders from a top administrator over building inspections because they fear the rules would endanger the public and put firefighters at risk. The open insurrection started after Houston Fire Marshal Jerry Ford issued new protocols last year that inspectors believe cut corners on safety in an effort to pad the division's performance statistics.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Michigan fire chief sues township, claims wrongful termination, age discrimination

Well-known Fire Chief Richard Marinucci – who in March was asked by Northville Township officials to resign or be fired – has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination, age discrimination, violation of the Michigan Open Meetings Act and denial of due process, among seven separate counts, following a reported issue with a township financial audit.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Life

Report: Washington L-O-D-D wildfire sparked by branches on a power line

An investigation by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources found that tree branches rubbing on a power line started the 2015 blaze near Twisp that killed three U.S. Forest Service firefighters. The agency's report says ignition likely happened as a light wind moved the branches and a sagging Okanogan County Electric Cooperative distribution line on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: oregonlive.com

Vote to Defend Home Fire Sprinklers

ALL ICC MEMBERS: VOTE NOW TO DEFEND HOME FIRE SPRINKLERS. VOTING DEADLINE – MAY 26, 2016. The requirement for all new homes to have home fire sprinklers has been included in the International Residential Code (IRC) for the past three editions, and because of this requirement, over 100,000 families now live in sprinklered homes.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IRC Fire Sprinkler Coalition

Connecticut fire chief says goodbye... quietly

The last thing Fire Chief Brian Rooney might have wanted was a City Hall reception, but members of the department he led for 10 years insisted on a chance to say thank you. So Rooney, his wife Adrianna, and their two grown children greeted well-wishers and listen to a proclamation declaring Friday “Chief Brian Rooney Day” in Bridgeport.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: connecticut post

Former Illinois fire chief comes out of retirement to lead Florida department

Ken Fustin, who retired as Springfield's fire chief less than a year ago, has been hired to lead the fire department in Port Orange, Florida. The city manager of Port Orange, a city of about 59,000 just south of Daytona Beach in eastern Florida, announced the hiring at Tuesday night's city council meeting, according to a report in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Springfield State Journal-Register

Ohio legislation would allow first responders to treat pets

A bill that will allow first responders to provide medical treatment to dogs and cats has unanimously passed out of the General Assembly and is now headed to Gov. John Kasich’s desk to sign. Pets who are often considered a part of a family “and they should receive treatment if necessary or life-threatening situations,” said Meg Stephenson, executive director of the Animal Friends Humane Society.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHIO-TV Dayton

Maine fire chief charged with arson resigns

Old Orchard Beach is beginning the search for a new fire chief following the resignation of Ricky Plummer, who has been charged with arson in connection to a seven-alarm fire in April. Plummer, 59, of Biddeford, was arrested on May 7. He is accused of starting a brush and woods fire on April 15 that spanned about 40 acres near Jones Creek.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: bangor daily news

Suspect climbs tree to avoid arrest, gets hosed down by Washington firefighters

A domestic violence suspect who climbed a tree to avoid arrest early Thursday finally came down hours later after firefighters sprayed him with water, authorities said. The incident began at about 4:30 a.m. in the 800 block of 13th Street when a woman called 911 to report that her ex-boyfriend had just broken into her home, assaulted her, and fled the residence, said Shari Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000

Georgia firefighter arrested, fired for alleged $20 firehouse theft

A Cherokee County firefighter was arrested and fired after admitting to stealing $20 from his firehouse, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Matthew Knowles, 30, of Woodstock, was charged with theft and released from jail after posting $720 bond Wednesday afternoon, Lt. Jay Baker said. Knowles was the second Cherokee firefighter charged with a crime during the past week, and both were fired from the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fairfax Co. Virginia female firefighters want to shine positive light on dept.

Sexual harassment allegations, cyber bullying and lewd Facebook postings by an official are prompting a group of women firefighters to speak out. Wednesday, several firefighters gathered at Station Eight on Annandale to shine a positive light on the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department “We feel like we've worked really hard to earn the respect of the citizens and we'd like to see the positive come back into the light,” Alisha Reakoff said.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC

San Diego Fire-Rescue Engine on Emergency Call Collides With Car

VIDEO - A driver was seriously hurt when a San Diego Fire-Rescue engine responding to an emergency call collided with a vehicle in City Heights on Wednesday, authorities said. The maroon sedan was heading southbound at the time of the crash, exiting Interstate 15 at 40th Street and University Avenue at about 10:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc san diego

Colorado Assistant Fire Chief Fined Over ‘Close Call’ Incident

A Denver Assistant Fire Chief has been fined 24 hours of pay in connection with a 2012 “close call” incident that nearly cost a Denver firefighter his life. Denver’s Department of Safety issued the order April 22, docking Assistant Denver Fire Chief Dave McGrail the equivalent of three days’ pay for failing to ensure a written report on the 2012 incident was disseminated to department members.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

South Carolina firefighter accused of throwing helmet, shattering windshield at accident scene

A volunteer firefighter is on administrative leave after he allegedly threw his helmet at a vehicle while directing traffic. The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office charged the 20-year-old firefighter with a misdemeanor of malicious injury to personal property. He was later released on a $500 personal recognizance bond.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the times and democrat

California firefighters seek county annexation

The president of the Barstow Professional Firefighters Association urged the City Council on Monday to consider annexing the Barstow Fire Protection District into the San Bernardino County district. "I want to make the suggestion that we go forward with the proposal and look into that wholeheartedly," Barstow Fire Protection District Firefighter John Wymore said.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: desert dispatch

Hundreds of EMS workers who helped in 9/11 clean-up effort told their work can’t be verified

Fifteen years ago they toiled in the smoking pit of Ground Zero and other 9/11-sites — and now they have to prove it. Several hundred EMS workers who registered with the city as part of the WTC clean-up effort decades ago are now being told the FDNY can’t confirm their participation. In a letter dated May 12 from the NYC Employees Retirement System, workers were told they had 60 days to get their own proof, such as “log books.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news

Police video shows life-and-death rescue of Alaska man trapped in burning car

VIDEO - The Anchorage Police Department today released dashcam footage of a dramatic roadside rescue that took place Sunday on Middlerock Road in East Anchorage. “I thought I was literally going to die," the driver can be heard saying after police and passersby rally to free him from the flaming vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage

Philly's use of cops to ferry derailment victims did no harm, NTSB finds

The Philadelphia Police Department's practice of "scoop-and-run" during last year's Amtrak crash - transporting injured victims to hospitals instead of waiting for ambulances - meant that the injured were unevenly distributed at area hospitals in the hours after the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Philly.com

National Firefighter Cancer Registry Gaining Support

Cancer is killing firefighters. While research over the past decade has shown that responders have a high risk for developing certain cancers, there’s still no database to determine just how widespread it may be. But that may soon change as members of Congress have introduced a measure to create a National Firefighter Cancer Registry.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse