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Residents move to recall Maine officials who backed termination of fire chief

Ogunquit residents have started the process to recall three Select Board members who voted earlier this month to uphold the termination of the town’s fire chief. The residents, upset with the board members’ support of Town Manager Patricia Finnigan and her decision to fire Fire Chief Mark O’Brien, want to remove Madeline Mooney, Charles Waite III and Robert Winn from office.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Press Herald

Illinois department takes 4 firefighters off 24-hour shifts in new staffing plan

Four firefighter/paramedics in Naperville started working eight-hour shifts this week as part of a staffing plan designed to get more people on duty when they're needed most. The typical firefighter's hours are 24 hours on the job, 48 hours off, and that's not changing at the large Naperville department, which operates 10 stations with a daily minimum of 42 firefighter/paramedics on the job.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald

3 hurt when FDNY ambulance hits car, careens into Bronx storefront

VIDEO - Three people were injured in an accident involving an FDNY ambulance in the Bronx that was on the way to a call. That ambulance then slammed into an optical store. An FDNY official said it happened around 7:30 a.m. on East Fordham Road at Elm Place. The ambulance collided with a Honda Civic before careening into the store.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7

FirstNet Momentum: More Than 3,600 Public Safety Agencies Subscribed

More Than 3,600 Public Safety Agencies SubscribedMore than 3,600 public safety agencies across the country have now joined FirstNet. That’s a nearly 50% increase in the number of agencies subscribing to the nationwide public safety communications platform in less than 2 months. With more than 250,000 connections on FirstNet, first responders from federal, state, local and tribal public safety agencies continue to turn to FirstNet for the communications capabilities they need, especially during emergencies and large events.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FirstNet.gov

Off-duty D.C. firefighter leaps into action to rescue man from house fire

As a career firefighter in Washington, D.C., and a 32-year volunteer with the Independent Hose Co. in Frederick, Jeff Scire has run into his fair share of burning buildings. He usually has close to 50 pounds of safety and breathing equipment to protect him, but none of it was available Monday afternoon as Scire found himself facing a smoke-filled basement less than a mile from his home on Indian Springs Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Frederick News-Post

Pioneering San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to retire next spring

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, the first woman ever to lead the department and the longest-serving big-city fire chief in the country, told her department on Monday she’s retiring. She has agreed to stay on the job until spring to give Mayor London Breed time to find her replacement. Her ideal retirement date, she said, is May 5, 2019, a “small tribute” to the late Mayor Ed Lee, who would have turned 67 that day.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

Oregon firefighters healing from emotional trauma after shooting at house fire

The first firefighters to arrive on scene of a house fire in Springfield where they were ambushed by a gunman are on leave while a Peer Support Team helps them and the department heal from the trauma. Battalion Chief Mike Caven with the Eugene Springfield Fire Department is praising those five firefighters for their efforts, calling them heroes.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEZI-TV ABC 9

Pennsylvania city needs 30 days to provide fire chief's son's application

Citing the “extensive nature” of the request, the City of Scranton needs 30 days to decide if it will provide the employment application of the city fire chief’s son. The Times-Tribune requested a copy of Jacob DeSarno’s employment application earlier this month through the Right To Know Law, after the applicant’s father, Fire Chief Patrick DeSarno, directed the paper to do so.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

FDNY firefighter claims he was removed from elite unit after colleagues branded him ‘gay,’ harassed him

A firefighter claims his dreams of being on an elite FDNY rescue squad were crushed when his co-workers began suspecting he is gay. Jason Johnson, 40, a former National Guardsman, says in his Manhattan federal lawsuit filed Monday that he made it to a Special Operations Command unit in 2016, only to be kicked off the team several months later following a bizarre crotch-grabbing incident while riding a firetruck, which resulted in Johnson being branded as “gay.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

New fire trucks likely coming to Ohio department amid concerns about temporary station closings

Toledo firefighters worry they might have to temporarily close a firehouse if one more back-up fire engine winds up in the repair shop, but councilmen hope a slight budget reconfiguration will help alleviate those fears. Fire Chief Brian Byrd this month told council that crews have been consistently using rigs meant to be in reserve as their front-line equipment when they respond to fires.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade

Iowa fire chief dies while responding to combine fire

The firefighter who died while responding to a combine fire has been identified. According to Shelby County Emergency Management officials, 58-year-old Tom Henrich died Saturday afternoon after he fell ill while on a call. He was the Earling Fire and Rescue Department chief. KJAN Radio reported the fire was near Highway 37 and Hazel Road around 2:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KETV

Los Angeles County firefighters earn massive overtime pay, busting budgets and raising questions

Overtime costs at the Los Angeles County Fire Department surged 36% in the last five years, placing some firefighters among the highest-compensated workers in local government. The increase comes as the department grapples with staffing shortages and several seasons of extreme wildfires. Yet some county officials and outside experts question whether fire commanders are properly managing their $1-billion payroll.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

'Shark Tank': Teary tribute to FDNY firefighter dad as surviving kids pitch his kitchen product

There wasn’t a dry eye in Sunday's "Shark Tank." Kaley, Christian and Keira Young may have wowed the sharks with their late father’s invention, but it’s the Young family’s story that broke their hearts. “It was his dream to pitch it on 'Shark Tank,' ” Kaley said of the Cup Board Pro, a chopping board with a detachable bowl for easy cleanup.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today

Florida governor issues ultimatum to Verizon: Give me a plan to restore service, and treat customers fairly

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued another rebuke of Verizon, telling the cell provider in a terse press release that he expects the company to give him a plan today to restore service to the areas hit by Hurricane Michael, and that all cell providers should waive bills for October. The press release was addressed to all cell phone providers, but it singled out Verizon, which has struggled to restore service in Bay County, where Michael made landfall.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times

Controversial FDNY official removed from senior position

A top FDNY official in charge of assessing aspiring firefighters has been hosed out of that role, The Post has learned. Margaret “Peg” Quinn-Puppa, deputy director of the FDNY’s candidate investigation division, “is assuming other duties in human resources,” said department spokesman Jim Long. Those duties are “outside” of candidate investigation, Long added without further comment.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

Florida firefighter dies while clearing hurricane debris from Hurricane Michael

Gulf County Fire Coordinator Brad Price, firefighter and paramedic, was helping to clear some of the debris Hurricane Michael left behind Thursday when a tree fell on his tractor. "We are heartbroken to announce the loss of one of our own," the Gulf County Sheriff's Office announced on social media, hours after colleagues found the 49-year-old father of two and youth softball coach from Wewahitchka dead.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Local10news.com

FDNY set to graduate 15 women firefighters — highest number in department's history

The FDNY will be celebrating a five-alarm milestone on Friday. Fifteen women are set to proudly walk across the stage and receive their graduation certificates at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens — the highest number the department’s seen since 1982, when the FDNY opened its doors to 41 women following a groundbreaking discrimination lawsuit.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Arizona firefighter dies during training

A Saint David Fire District firefighter died in training Wednesday. According to Saint David Fire District, 36-year-old Joshua Eugin died during a multi-department training exercise. Eugin was taking part in a "blackout drill," in which firefighters simulate rescuing victims inside a dark structure with fake smoke.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGUN9.com

Ohio department building new fire stations to reduce cancer cases for firefighters

Keeping firefighters safe is top of mind for city leaders. After a Columbus firefighter lost his battle with cancer a few weeks ago, a new fire station in the far east side of town is being built with firefighters safety and health in mind. Fire station 35 in Blacklick is being constructed with decontamination showers, better exhaust ventilation, and a specific room where firefighters go to after a scene to decontaminate their gear.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSYX-TV ABC 6

California Fire Department Welcomes 17 Babies in One Year

PHOTO: The Oceanside Fire Department set a record with 17 babies born to wives of firefighters from July 2017 to July 2018. "This is the most babies at one time we've ever had," said Fire Captain Tim Scott of the Oceanside Fire Department on Wednesday. Scott said after a different fire department posted about the number of babies born to them that year, Oceanside decided to count their numbers.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego