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Stress-related disability claims filed by police, firefighters expected to increase under new Oregon law

Portland’s public safety disability fund expects to receive 10 new claims a year from police or firefighters seeking benefits for two types of stress disorders as the result of a new state law that went into effect last month. Lawmakers this summer approved Senate Bill 507 to define post-traumatic stress and acute stress disorders as occupational diseases for full-time police, firefighters, 911 emergency dispatchers, corrections officers and emergency medical service providers.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

The San Francisco Fireboat That Saved the Neighborhood After The 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

VIDEO: It was 5:04 p.m. on October 17, 1989, when a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the soft soil of San Francisco's Marina District, crumpling the neighborhood's old wooden buildings like paper, and sending a cascade of splintered wood and glass into the streets. Neighbors who were there at the time recall that something else went flying into the air in those moments: natural gas.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

FDNY trucks crash in Brooklyn, injuring 11 firefighters and 1 other

Eleven New York City firefighters were taken to hospitals and one other person was injured after two fire trucks collided while responding to a call in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, officials said. The 11 firefighters were transported to hospitals as a precaution after the fire engine and ladder truck collided just before 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

Fire Destroys 2 Storage Tanks at Oil Facility in California

Two chemical storage tanks caught fire and three others were threatened at an energy storage facility in Contra Costa County Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials. The blaze burned the two tanks to the ground and damaged two others at the NuStar Energy facility in Crockett, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, which got the first call at about 1:50 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

What firefighters make state by state, some may surprise you

Every day, more than 1 million U.S. firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us. Not only by putting out fires, but by responding to all types of emergencies. On top of that, their shifts often last a full 24 hours. Inspired by the heroism of firefighters, the safety experts at Frontpoint examined government data to report how career firefighters’ salaries compare across the nation.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)

Ohio city planning to close long-standing fire station, eliminate battalion chiefs

The president of the union representing Youngstown firefighters said he was surprised to learn the city plans to close a fire station and eliminate three battalion chiefs through attrition. Charlie Smith, who is also a battalion chief, said the plans were revealed in a Tuesday morning meeting with Youngstown City Law Director Jeff Limbian.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYTV ABC 33

Military firefighters in Delaware question whether myriad of medical problems are related to toxic chemicals in firefighting foam

They're called "forever chemicals." Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, PFOS, and PFOA, are man-made chemicals that are all around us. It's expected that the average person has some exposure to the chemicals in their lifetimes whether it's through food containers or the water we drink.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL 101.7 FM

Live video option lets North Carolina county 911 see your emergency

VIDEO: The ABC11 I-Team obtained videos that are the first examples of what Person County officials call their "game-changing" technology for 911 callers. The videos are from live calls and were recorded at Person County Emergency Management's offices in Roxboro. "This is wonderful. This makes 911 dispatchers the true first responder," Brett Wrenn, Person County Emergency Communications Manager, told ABC11.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham

Parolees Help Battle California's Saddleridge Fire as Part of New Reentry Program

A new program designed to help former offenders pursue a career in firefighting made its first deployment over the weekend to help battle the Saddleridge Fire in the San Fernando Valley. The Ventura Training Center Firefighter Training and Reentry Program began teaching its first class of participants in October 2018, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which developed the project with Calfire and the California Conservation Corps.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

New Jersey fire academy welcomes largest, most diverse class of recruits

Passaic County Fire Academy welcomed the largest and most diverse class of recruits on Monday. The 47 trainees, who will be ready to fight fires by March, hail mostly from Paterson and Passaic - and that's no accident. Paterson's 34 recruits who walked into the fire academy in Wayne, were found by a specially created committee that helped its Fire Department scour the city for eligible individuals.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site

Missouri: Firefighter’s equipment update sends EKG results to emergency room

Firefighters now have the ability to send an EKG of your heart within seconds of arriving at your location in an emergency. “Oh, it could save someone’s life. Matter of fact, actually it’ll change their outcome.” Travis Hollis, the City of Cape Girardeau’s fire chief, is talking about a new feature on their Zoll monitor and defibrillator machines.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFVS-TV CBS 12 Cape Girardeau

Washington Department of Ecology will collect and incinerate toxic firefighting foam

The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the state restricted its use in 2018. The same type of foam was long used at Fairchild Air Force Base and blamed for contaminating West Plains water supplies, including the city of Airway Heights' tap system.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wenatchee World

Firefighter shot when ammo pops off during house fire in southeast Oklahoma, officials say

Members of the Latimer County community are asking for prayers after they said a local firefighter was shot during a house fire and the fire chief had to be taken to an area hospital after experiencing a medical episode. According to officials with Latimer County Emergency Management, the members of the Buffalo Valley Fire Department were battling a fire at a house that was full of ammunition.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City

2 killed, 1 missing after Hard Rock Hotel collapse in Louisiana, building still unstable

VIDEO: One person is still missing, believed to be trapped inside the Hard Rock Hotel after the building partially collapsed without warning Saturday morning. Rescue efforts are still the focus. Engineers are evaluating the building and crews are assembling a 220,000-pound crane to try to stabilize the building, but rescue teams are unable to get to some areas due to fears of another collapse.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans

Region lawmaker seeking to improve death benefits for Indiana police, firefighters

An East Chicago state lawmaker is hoping improved death benefits for Hoosier police and firefighters may encourage Northwest Indiana public safety officers to continue working in the Region, instead of bolting for the generally higher salaries paid by Illinois communities. State Rep. Earl Harris Jr.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MDJOnline.com

Fire marshals charge man in vandalism of six FDNY ambulances in the Bronx

Surveillance of an EMS station in the Bronx on Saturday night led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man, hours after multiple acts of vandalism carried out on FDNY ambulances. Karim Murdoch is accused of causing damage to six vehicles at Station 15 hours before the arrest, which included broken windows and graffiti, according to a statement issued Sunday by FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SILive.com

New indoor facility to test drones, other technology for public safety opens at Colorado airport

The sounds of drones on hand weren’t the only buzz filling the new Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) Technodrome last week at Rifle Garfield County Airport. More than 70 people had an up-close look Tuesday at the new 7,000-square-foot indoor facility that allows the center to safely test and evaluate different types of technology for public safety in an enclosed environment.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Aspen Times

Illinois Aldermen Back Property Tax Break For Spouses Of Fallen Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics

Calling it “just a small token of appreciation,” Chicago aldermen on Thursday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would provide a property tax break to the spouses of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who die in the line of duty. The measure sponsored by Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th) would allow those spouses to apply for a waiver of the city’s portion of their property tax bill for as long as they remain unmarried, and stay in the home where they lived with their wife or husband.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago