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DA to retry arson case that killed 3 Pittsburgh firefighters

A man convicted of setting a 1995 fire that killed three Pittsburgh firefighters will get a new trial. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday said it would not hear arguments in the case involving Gregory Brown, who was awarded a new trial last year by Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III. A few hours later, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-gazette

Toledo mayor forming committee to probe issue between fire chief, union

Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson announced today that she will put together a new committee to address the ongoing dispute between Toledo’s fire department administration and rank-and-file union. The mayor said members of business, labor, government, and faith groups will volunteer their time to help mend the dispute between Toledo Firefighters Local 92 and Chief Luis Santiago.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: toledo blade

South Carolina firefighter fractures bones falling through porch, keeps fighting fire

A Lancaster County firefighter kept battling a house fire Friday night even after he was injured when the front porch collapsed beneath him. Capt. Ray Ingram, 33, with the Shiloh Zion Volunteer Fire Department fell through a concrete porch while fighting a fire at an abandoned house on Monroe Highway.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV

New Firefighter/Fire Operations Training Videos from USFA & ISFSI

Thanks to funding from USFA/DHS, ISFSI today releases the second phase of training videos for the Principles of Modern Fire Attack. The ISFSI has built a series of training videos to assist departments in educating their professionals in the initial attack sequence, incorporating the fire dynamics research from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firefighterclosecalls.com

Arkansas firefighter seriously injured battling mobile home blaze

A Eureka Springs firefighter is recovering after he was seriously injured fighting a structure fire on Grand Street. Fire officials say a team of two firefighters entered a burning mobile home when one of the firefighter's air pack mask was dislodged. Officials believe that Rod Wasson's mask was knocked loose while entering a doorway.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOG-TV ABC 29/KHBS-TV 40 Fayetteville-Fort Smith

Disoriented, running out of air, Pennsylvania firefighters were surrounded by fire

Deep inside the smoky and pitch-black third floor of the Sandone Tire warehouse on Wyoming Avenue, shortly before the smoldering building would become a fireball that would shine like a torch Wednesday night, Scranton firefighter Lt. Kelly Hopkins and three others ran dangerously low on air. They were lost.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: scranton times-tribune

911 calls from fatal Washington wildfire: 'Send somebody fast'

Homeowners frantically asked for help as a swiftly moving wildfire headed toward their houses, 911 audio calls show, and dispatchers tried to clear up confusion over injured firefighters from a blaze in Washington state that ultimately killed three firefighters. The Aug. 19 fire near Twisp, Washington, also injured four firefighters — one critically.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: u.s. news & world report

Former Texas fire chief sues city over defamation and wrongful termination

Former Van Alstyne Fire Chief Landon Smith isn’t taking the things the city said about him to the media back in July mildly. He has sued the city for defamation and wrongful termination. The city of Van Alstyne has yet to file an answer to the suit but sent out a news release Thursday about the suit that was filed on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: herald democrat

Despite Dangers, New York City’s Romance With Fire Escapes Endures

The romance was born of necessity. Before air-conditioning, fire escapes offered New Yorkers a refuge from tenements in the summer heat. They read there. They drank there. At night, they slept there. Introduced in the mid-1800s, the iron Z’s that still cling to thousands of city apartment buildings became so synonymous with New York life that they made cameos in “West Side Story,” “Rear Window” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york times

Los Angeles County demands end to program that replaced paramedics with EMTs on ambulances

Los Angeles County authorities have demanded the end of a controversial program that reduced the number of paramedics on Long Beach ambulances by half, saying it compromised public safety. In July 2014, the so-called “rapid medic deployment” moved one paramedic from each of the eight city ambulances to work on Long Beach Fire Department fire engines.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: press-telegram