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Texas fire chief stabbed multiple times responding to call

On Tuesday around 11 p.m., a Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputy was called out to report of a man waving a shot gun in the road. The Deputy, called and asked Brandon Hale, Westbrook Fire Chief to keep an eye on the suspect from a distance until he got there. When the deputy had arrived the suspect had already made his way back to his residence, the deputy went to locate him.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock

New York firefighter: Arsonist ‘expected me to die’

Nearly 20 feet inside the smoke-filled former synagogue, the words of fellow firefighter Darin Lewis stopped David Abell in his tracks: “I think this is booby-trapped.” That’s when Abell spotted the trip wire connected to two gallon-sized jugs of gasoline. Abell recounted on Tuesday the chilling details of entering the building at 117 Jefferson Ave.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ithaca journal

Texas firefighters pay out of pocket to keep department going

Jimmy Ellis said he spent at least $3,500 out of his pocket last year to keep the West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department, noting that fighting fires in the county is one of his passions. Ellis, fire chief for the department, said without the firefighters infusing their own money, everything from maintenance to bunker gear suffers.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Odessa American

Connecticut Deputy Fire Chief Suspended 15 Days Without Pay

Deputy Fire Chief James McLoughlin has been suspended for 15 days without pay by fire officials who said he endangered firefighters under his command at a fire in April. McLoughlin was suspended Friday after an investigation found that he disobeyed orders and failed to exercise due care in providing for the safety of personnel under his charge at a fire, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

Ohio firefighter tells others of cancer, their risk

Mark Rine no longer runs into burning buildings or performs emergency medical procedures. Instead, the Columbus firefighter spends his days standing in front of other firefighters and warning them about a danger he knew nothing about until Sept. 11, 2012. That was the day a doctor told him he had melanoma.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: columbus dispatch

In statements, New York firefighters admit smoking weed on roof of firehouse, in chief's car

Allen Harmon and Douglas Groesbeck reportedly didn't shy away from using drugs while serving as Camillus firefighters. Harmon, a former fire captain, admitted repeatedly driving an emergency vehicle while he was under the influence of oxycodone and other prescription drugs during the summer of 2014, he said in a statement given to the Camillus Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse Post-Standard

Young Mississippi Crash Victim Watches Video on Firefighter's Phone

PHOTO - Several residents and first responders came to help victims of a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 on Saturday afternoon, including a retired Los Angeles firefighter. Rick Camarena, who now lives in Gulfport, said he stopped because he knew his training would allow him to help. "I saw five kids ejected," he said of the crash.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Florida fire district commissioner: Firefighters should carry guns for safety

A Bonita Springs Fire District commissioner said he wants firefighters to pack heat. Fred Forbes, the district’s treasurer and secretary, said the department should look into the feasibility of training and outfitting firefighters with body armor and guns to better protect them from being shot. “I think it’s something we need to evaluate,” Forbes told the Daily News.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: naples daily news

California fire truck rolls 100 feet down embankment

PHOTO - A Napa County fire engine rolled down an embankment on a winding rural road Saturday morning, destroying the engine and sending two volunteer firefighters to the hospital. The accident occurred on Wooden Valley Road east of Napa around 11:30 a.m. after the two volunteers had been sent to a motorcycle accident in the area, said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the press democrat

Massachusetts engineer says thermal-imaging mask will save lives

PHOTO - Inside a burning building, the smoke often gets so thick and oppressive that firefighters can't see their hands if they wave them in front of their facemasks. The roiling black clouds obscure everything: staircases, chairs, an unconscious person, even the flames - burning at more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit - on the other side of the room.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: lowell sun

Milwaukee fire official's message after firefighter grabbed during vigil: “100% of the time, we’re there to help”

A Milwaukee firefighter was violently grabbed by a man in a crowd of hostile onlookers as he tried to help a victim while on a medical call. It happened this weekend, and it has Milwaukee Fire Department officials making a plea to the public. This incident occurred on Saturday evening, September 5th near 60th and Capitol Drive.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Virginia paramedics fighting chief’s plan to cross-train them as firefighters

A year-old plan to cross-train Alexandria firefighters and paramedics and add a fourth person to every firetruck is encountering resistance from city paramedics, who say it is unworkable unless the city hires more staff. Alexandria Fire Chief Robert Dubé said that his plan will ensure that at least one person in every fire crew will be certified in advanced life support.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the washington post

Forest Service Spends a Record $243M Last Week on Wildfires

The U.S. Forest Service spent a record $243 million last week battling forest fires around the country, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday. The agency has spent all the money Congress provided for fighting wildfires in the 12-month budget period, forcing it to borrow money from forest restoration work designed to reduce the risk of fires.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the new york times

New Chief Announced for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Assistant San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy was selected to become the fire department’s 17th chief, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday morning. Fennessy, 56, who has 38 years of firefighting experience, is to take over for Chief Javier Mainar, who is set to retire in November. During a news conference at Montgomery Field, Faulconer said Fennessy has “unmatched experience and operational knowledge,” two skills that will be especially important as the possibility of a strong El Niño looms amid a year-round regional fire season.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: san diego union-tribune

FEMA seeking nominations and applications for position of Superintendent of the National Fire Academy

On behalf of the United States Fire Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently seeking nominations and applications for the position of Superintendent of the National Fire Academy located in Emmitsburg, MD. The Superintendent for the National Fire Academy is responsible for advancing the professional development of fire service personnel and of other persons engaged in fire prevention and control activities.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Federal Emergency Management Agency

174 firefighters sue Connecticut city, alleging overtime miscalculated

A total of 174 current and former firefighters are suing the city in federal court for lost wages due to alleged overtime miscalculations that union President James Kottage said he believes will “add up to seven figures.” The firefighters in the suit allege that the Fire Department failed to accurately calculate their regular rates for overtime compensation, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register

New Orleans mayor held in contempt in firefighter case, judge threatens house arrest

Civil District Judge Kern Reese held New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in contempt Friday (Sept. 4), but said he would give Landrieu one week to come up with a reasonable plan to pay an outstanding judgment due to the city's firefighters before imposing a house arrest sentence. Reese said he understood Landrieu was constrained by a tight budget, but that did not mean he had the right to shirk a legal judgment.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Orleans Times-Picayune

Child dies in Southeast D.C.; nearest ambulance was 7 miles away

A child died in Southeast Washington on Thursday, when the closest available ambulance was about seven miles from the scene of the emergency. That ambulance never made it to the child, and a fire engine started the trip to the hospital instead. The boy was unconscious and not breathing when the fire engine arrived, D.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: washington post

High school program preps students to be Detroit firefighters, EMTs

The City of Detroit and its public schools are launching a two-year pilot project to train high school students to become firefighters in the city, officials said today. A group of 30 students will be the first trained when school starts next week, and by the time they graduate from the Cody High School Complex, they will be certified as both firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: detroit free press

Police, firefighter survivors wait years for death benefit

It's been almost five years since a brush fire pickup lunged forward and crushed volunteer firefighter Leonard Murray, killing him. But the Indiana man's family continues to wait for an answer from the federal government about whether they will or won't get a one-time death benefit meant to help the survivors of fallen public safety officers.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: usa today