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Texas fire rescue short nine firefighters, overtime mandatory

West Texas’ oil boom is bringing prosperity to many organizations throughout the region, but for Odessa Fire Rescue, it’s turning up the heat. Staffing Odessa Fire Rescue has been a struggle since oil took over the city. To make up the difference, firefighters are burning the candle at both ends. First responders answer the call of duty every day to save Odessans who need their help.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOSA-TV CBS 7 Odessa

Refinery Terminal Fire Company in Texas - It's not your everyday fire company

VIDEO: The Corpus Christi and surrounding areas are experiencing an industrial boom, with several new projects in the works. With that growth comes the need for response services tailored to handle industrial emergencies. The Refinery Terminal Fire Company, a global company, has branches which fill that need; but it does more than just fight fires.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRIS-TV NBC 6 Corpus Christi

Grieving Pennsylvania scientists complete murdered colleague’s study of assaults on first responders

Drexel University scientist Jasmine Y. Wright was dedicated to helping first responders who are assaulted while trying to help others. Physical attacks on first responders are a felony in Pennsylvania. Yet justice, Philadelphia firefighters and medics have said, is hard-won. In 2015, Wright was leading a federally funded study to find out what was going wrong.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Philadelphia Inquirer

More California firefighters are suing SoCalGas over 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak

Almost four years after the Aliso Canyon gas leak broke out near Porter Ranch, the number of firefighters who have filed a lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co. over the 2015 gas leak continues to grow. In total, 55 Los Angeles firefighters who helped Porter Ranch residents after the 2015 blowout filed a lawsuit against the utility, alleging the utility knowingly exposed them to hazardous levels of toxins like benzene and formaldehyde, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News - Metered Site

Kansas fire department offers paid program to recruit paramedics

The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department is starting a program to recruit more paramedics amid a national shortage. KCKFD Assistant Fire Chief Morris Letcher told 41 Action News the department is short about 20 paramedics right now. "Firefighting is more than just firefighing," Letcher said. "We're an EMS-based service, so we have to keep up with the times.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City

Help for opioid addicts in Tennessee: 'Safe Stations' to be set up at all Chattanooga Fire stations

VIDEO: Those who struggle with opioid addiction in Chattanooga will soon have a new place to begin their journey to recovery - or, just get some immediate help. The Chattanooga Fire Department (CFD), along with Hamilton County Coalition’s Nu-Start program, has partnered to launch the “Safe Stations” initiative in Chattanooga.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga

Area in Pennsylvania has third-fewest national rate of occupational firefighters

The Harrisburg-Carlisle area has the third-fewest occupational firefighters per capita of any metro region in the United States, according to a new ranking based on government data. The ranking developed by security information website ASecureLife compared 2018 census population data and federal employment statistics.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sentinel

New York: The time is near when your house will be on fire and there's nobody available to respond

If you live outside the City of Batavia in Genesee County, the ability of volunteer fire companies to get enough able-bodied manpower to your house in a timely manner if it ever caught on fire is reaching a crisis stage, Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator told members of the County Legislature today.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Batavian

Colorado county’s rural fire departments ask for county to share federal PILT funding

On a Thursday afternoon, a rain storm drenched the mountains surrounding the Allenspark Fire Protection District’s Station No. 1 off of Colo. 7. As water tapped against the roof, Stephen Coles , vice president of the Allenspark Fire Protection District , gathered with staff around a table with a stack of papers at the ready.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times-Call

Washington state to use Vietnam-era Army helicopter to fight wildfires

VIDEO: An aircraft nearly 50-years-old is being restored to help fight wildfires in Washington state. The Department of Natural Resources is using $1.1 million from the state's budget to bring the Huey helicopter back to life. The helicopter was first built in 1970 and used in Vietnam. The DNR already has nine former Hueys in their fleet to drop water on fires across the state.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Alabama city puts pressure on ambulances to be quicker

The city of Decatur says it's time to hold first responders who don't arrive to an emergency in a timely manner responsible. They say it's been a problem for years. The First Response Ambulance Service must arrive to city calls within minutes. If they don't, they'll pay a hefty fine. Decatur Fire and Rescue Chief Anthony Grande and his team work directly with the city ambulance services.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville

Colorado Firefighters Tackle Alleged Arsonist While Putting Out Fire

Firefighters discovered a man trying to ignite more fires as they were dousing flames he had already started inside a business Saturday night. “This was a first for us” says Longmont Chief of Fire Jerrod Vanlandingham. “You don’t typically expect to encounter an arsonist lighting fires at the time you are trying to extinguish them.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Legislative act allows Massachusetts fire chief to work beyond mandatory retirement

A special act of the state Legislature will allow the town’s fire chief to stay on the job past his mandatory retirement date next spring. The act, approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last Friday, allows Fire Chief Ed Bradley to work until his 67th birthday in April 2022.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Plymouth

Tennessee: NASCAR hands out free tickets to first responders of Dale Earnhardt Jr. plane crash

Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his family and two pilots survived a fiery plane crash Thursday after a hard landing at a Tennessee airport. First responders arrived at the scene to help — and this weekend NASCAR thanked them for taking care of one of its legends with free tickets to the races.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

Volunteer firefighters becoming a 'dying breed' in Ohio county

Licking County fire officials offer varied reasons for the changing landscape of fire service nationwide. But the general consensus is that the volunteer firefighter is "a dying breed." While no organizations specifically track the number of strictly volunteer firefighters in Licking County, the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office tracks statewide numbers.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Newark Advocate

Illinois fire station may close despite union's protest

Despite a protest from the fire department’s union, city officials opened a discussion about shuttering the Montclair station and slashing two firefighter/paramedic positions. During Thursday’s public safety committee meeting, Rodney Hall, president of Edwardsville Fire Fighters’ Local 1700 spoke against the notion.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Illinois Intelligencer

Firefighters Union Pushes Back as California City Moves Toward Reducing Health Care Benefits

The Sacramento city firefighters union has gone public with its frustration over contract talks that are at a near impasse. The contract expired eight months ago and the union says the city wants to eliminate or reduce health care and benefits for current and retired firefighters. “It’s disheartening, that’s really what it is,” said union spokesperson Roberto Padilla.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento

North Carolina firefighters using research to understand work-related cancer risks

The risk for firefighters is far greater than you might think. That risk may not be seen until years after the fire is out. The loss of one of their brothers to work-related cancer is just one of the reasons the Durham Fire Department is trying to change that. “There are a lot more chemicals being given off during the fires that what we saw 15 or 20 years ago when things were more natural fibers so it’s just a lot dirtier fire that’s become a leading exposure to a lot more chemicals that we never saw in the past,” said Battalion Chief Wayne Cheek.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Raleigh

First responders around Texas to sign flags, deliver them to first responders in El Paso

There's a travelling effort to honor first responders in El Paso in the wake of the mass shooting which killed 22 people. A pair of flags are going to be making their way through Texas and are being signed by first responders. Floresville is just the first stop of a statewide tour where two different Texas flags will be getting signatures.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABB-TV FOX 29 San Antonio

4-year-old forgoes presents, raises thousands for Minnesota fire department

Kaden Kummala turns 5 at the end of August, but he’s not asking for presents. “I just want people to give me money so I can give it to the firefighters,” he told his dad. With help from his parents, Kyle and Katie Kummala, the Ramsey 4-year-old is raising funds for the Anoka-Champlin Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Source - Metered Site

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