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West Virginia fire chief shares approach to opioid epidemic that's having a big impact

Jan Rader, the first female fire chief in West Virginia, is making a big impact on Huntington's fight against the opioid epidemic. In her Ted Talk released Wednesday, Rader said Huntington's overdose deaths are down 50 percent. "This epidemic is far from over, but each and every one of us has a part to play in this epidemic.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News This Morning

New Minnesota law to help first responders get workers' comp for PTSD

A new law taking effect in 2019, will help first responders dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder get coverage through workers’ compensation. Brian Cristofono landed his dream job as a firefighter in Maplewood and eventually moved to a St. Paul department. It was the job he always knew was in his blood.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 9 News

Investigation underway into fire response in Maryland

VIDEO: In an emergency, we depend on the swift actions of firefighters. But what happens if the firefighters turn on each other? An incident in Prince George's County between two fire departments led to two people on leave.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 7 News

Rhode Island deputy fire chief seeks to seal disorderly conduct case

Cranston’s deputy fire chief asked last week to seal a case documenting a disorderly conduct charge linked to his dispute with a fellow firefighter in September 2017. Deputy Chief Paul Valletta Jr., 60, on Dec. 11 entered a not-guilty filing to one count of disorderly conduct, meaning the case will be expunged from the court record if he obeys the law for a year.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal

Gas utility to 'discuss' funding extra firefighters in Massachusetts

Just before noon Monday, the Fire Department received an emergency call about "an odor of gas coming from the basement" of a Broadway business. No fire was found, but the call was just one of hundreds of gas-related complaints last year in the city. Fire Chief Brian Moriarty expects such calls will continue in the new year in the wake of the Sept.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Eagle Tribune

Wisconsin fire captain who stopped to help motorist is killed by suspected drunk driver

A volunteer firefighter with the Lake Mills Fire Department is dead after stopping to help a driver on the Beltline near Monona Drive on New Year's Eve. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said preliminary results of an autopsy confirm that 46-year-old Christopher P. Truman of Lake Mills died from injuries sustained in the crash.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC Madison

Detroit Fire Department probes blaze, documents left at old training center

Detroit fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire at the department's former training center and whether sensitive records were left behind at the site. The fire started about 2 p.m. Thursday at the Fire Department's abandoned training academy at Warren and Lawton on Detroit's west side. The fire originated on the second floor of the six-story building, said Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit News

Business owners say California firefighters burned down store; file lawsuit for $5 million

The owners of The Sub and and an adjoining business, which were destroyed in a 2015 fire, are suing the city of San Luis Obispo for more than $5 million, claiming that firefighters’ methods used to combat the blaze were “tantamount to arson.” The lawsuit, filed Monday in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, alleges the Fire Department purposefully burned down the structure rather than put firefighters in harm’s way, and that city administration turns a blind eye to the department’s alleged “unwritten policies” of letting buildings burn.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune

Celebratory gunfire shatters St. Louis fire station window, narrowly misses firefighter

On New Year's Eve in St. Louis hundreds of shots were fired into the sky to celebrate the new year, and according to Issac Newton, they all landed somewhere. One of them ended up in a St. Louis firehouse, narrowly missing a firefighter. "It just so happen that the bullet came through the window adjacent to where he was standing and missed him," said St.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis

Two Colorado departments join forces

The Littleton Fire Department officially disbanded on New Year’s Day 2019 after 128 years. Now, South Metro Fire Rescue will take over the department’s duties. “Tradition and honor are really big in the fire service and certainly at South Metro Fire we wanted to make sure we honored the 128 years of tradition that Littleton Fire Rescue had established,” South Metro spokesmanEric Hurst said.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

California's largest utility provider could face murder charges for wildfires, AG says

California's largest public utility provider could face murder or manslaughter charges if it were found responsible for causing the state's recent deadly wildfires, according to court documents filed by the state attorney general. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., or PG&E, could potentially face a range of criminal offenses if any of the wildfires broke out as a result of the utility failing to properly operate and maintain power lines, per an amicus brief filed in US District Court Friday by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN

Dallas Promotes New Fire-Rescue Chief From Within

Dallas Fire-Rescue has a new chief, but he’s a familiar face. City Manager T.C. Broadnax announced he promoted one of the department’s Assistant Chiefs, Dominique Artis, to Chief. At a news conference Friday morning, Chief Artis said, “I feel we have the best department in the country and I want to continue that momentum that we feel we’re on right now.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS DFW

Lawsuit would keep Florida fire marshal from inspecting bikini bars

Jacksonville’s fire marshal will sit out inspections at a series of bikini bars as part of an agreement filed in federal court to end a lawsuit by a business that claimed its rights were violated. Other fire inspectors will still check the businesses as always, but the agreement outlined this week would bar Fire Marshal Kevin Jones from inspecting seven adult entertainment businesses for the next nine months.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Florida Times Union

New York fire chief caps off a 36-year career

Today, a revered public servant will answer the call of duty for the last time, to take a well deserved retirement. Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith’s last official day on active payroll will be on Jan. 10, but between now and then, he will use remaining vacation time and effectively hand the job over to former Captain Frank Brzozowski.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Evening Tribune

The Oregonian names Person of the Year 2018: Oregon’s firefighters

The person of the year for 2018 is not an individual but the group of hardy people who had the back-breaking job of fighting wildfires in Oregon this year. A few weeks ago, The Oregonian/OregonLive asked readers to vote from among 10 candidates to decide Oregon’s Person of the Year. More than 2,700 votes were cast, and “Oregon firefighters” won overwhelmingly with more than 34 percent of votes.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Oregonian

Utah Battalion Chief pinned by vehicle assisting at car accident

Draper Battalion Chief flown from scene in critical condition. According to a Draper city spokesperson, the Battalion Chief did not under go surgery and has no internal injuries do the the accident. A Fire Battalion Chief assisting on an accident scene on the side of I-15 was struck by a car. The Draper Firefighter and his team were on the side of south bound I-15 near 146th South when a driver lost control of his car and slid into the battalion chief pinning him between two cars.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC4.com

California fire unions want chief to lead Cal Fire

Who should lead the state department responsible for wildland fires? Someone who knows how to manage forests, or someone who knows how to put out the flames? The union that represents California state firefighters is leaning on Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to appoint a fire chief to lead the state’s fire department.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee

Michigan firefighters find themselves in the middle of a rolling gunfight between vehicles

Firefighters at the scene of house fire found themselves in the middle of a firefight with people in two vehicles on Thursday. The Flint Fire Department responded just after 1 p.m. on Dec. 27 to reports of a structure fire in the 1100 block of Welch Boulevard, according to Battalion Chief Mark Kovach.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Michigan Live

Texas firefighter loses home to fire while out fighting another fire

A firefighter is receiving support from his colleagues in Allen after his own home was destroyed by fire. Jeremy West is grateful no one was injured, but his house is a total loss. He says the timing of it all has put a lot of things into perspective. “As a fireman, you just get toned out. You put the fire out and you go home, right?” West said.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox4news.com

Louisiana department will stop responding to most calls in unincorporated areas

The Youngsville Fire Department’s announced Thursday it will stop responding to most calls outside outside city limits, and other departments serving unincorporated portions of Lafayette Parish could follow suit. With parish funding dwindling and unincorporated voters rejecting a property tax for fire protection this month, municipal fire chiefs say they are concerned their departments will not be reimbursed for calls outside their boundaries.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baton Advocate