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AT&T unveils new branding for FirstNet products and services

FirstNet nationwide contractor AT&T today launched a new visual brand that will be associated with FirstNet services and products, according to AT&T and FirstNet officials. FirstNet will continue to use its existing logo to designate organizational activities, as opposed to products and services that subscribers can buy.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications

Rhode Island firefighters recall being trapped during fire

Weeks after a tragic fire on Bowdoin Street in Providence, a firefighter who was trapped inside a burning building is speaking to Eyewitness News. In the early morning hours of Jan. 6, more than 100 firefighters filled Bowdoin Street as they battled flames that extended to several homes. Providence firefighters Dan Rinaldi and Jay LaSalle had just finished a check inside one of the homes, so they decided to head into another.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

Phoenix fires, punishes 5 more workers over library flood

Six months after severe flooding caused an estimated $10 million in damages at Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix officials have finished a personnel investigation and decided to fire, demote or suspend five more employees. That brings the total number of employees disciplined for the disaster to 11.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Female FDNY bosses blaze trail in traditionally male agency

The FDNY is no longer just a boy’s club. Two women will be sworn into top positions in the department at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn Wednesday, a historic moment for the male-dominated agency. Laura Kavanagh will be named the department’s first deputy commissioner while Elizabeth Cascio — who has served for more than three decades — is the department’s chief of staff.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Legendary California wildland firefighter dies

Bill Clayton, a wildland firefighting expert who saved countless lives and entire towns during a career that spanned 50 years, died Sunday at the age of 77 of natural causes at his home in Carlsbad. "He was a legend in the fire service," said lifelong friend and recently retired Cal Fire Battalion Chief Ray Chaney.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune

Judge rules against New York firefighters over “minimum manning", blocks arbitration

A state Supreme Court judge ruled in the city’s favor to block arbitration over the “minimum manning” clause in its labor contract with the firefighters, which requires 15 firefighters must be on duty at all times. It’s been the main sticking point during the city’s 3½-year contract stalemate with the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Top woman leader in Virginia fire department resigns in scathing letter to chief

The top woman leader in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has resigned in a scathing letter to Chief Richard Bowers. Kathleen Stanley, who is one of only three women battalion chiefs in the fire department, was appointed by Bowers to be the Women's Program Officer. Her job was to help women in the department do their jobs without fear of harassment, misconduct or retaliation.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV 9 DC

Indiana fire department plans to have firefighters with ALS training on each fire engine

The Fort Wayne Fire Department plans to be even more effective when responding to emergencies. By July, the department hopes to have nearly 80 firefighters trained in advanced life support on the crews of 18 of its fire engines, Chief Eric Lahey said Tuesday. That would allow the department to have firefighters trained in advanced lifesaving on every fire engine every day so they can start lifesaving care as soon as they arrive at an emergency situation.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

Former Ohio fire union treasurer pleads guilty to stealing from union

Former Akron fire union treasurer Joseph Ruhlin pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing funds from the Akron fire department’s union. Ruhlin pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors to a charge of theft in office and tampering with records, both third-degree felonies, which carry penalties of up to three years in prison.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal

Rhode Island chemical fire sends 14 firefighters to the hospital

An investigation is underway into the cause of a chemical fire at an Elmwood Avenue business that sent 14 firefighters to the hospital. According to Cranston Fire Chief William McKenna, crews from across the state responded to a chemical fire that broke out shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, including various fire departments, hazmat crews and the state fire marshal.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

Georgia Chief: City-trained firefighters leaving for higher pay

A newcomer to the Brunswick Fire Department will earn $9.29 per hour to rush into a burning building. That comes out to $28,370 per year when with their 24 hours on, 48 hours off schedules. Brunswick Fire Chief Randy Mobley said this bottom line is the primary factor behind the department’s perpetual revolving door, in which firefighters the city hires and trains soon depart to fight fires elsewhere for more money.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Brunswick News

'Startling': Bone cancer strikes 3 kids whose fathers work at the same Hawaii firehouse

At fire house 12 in Waipahu, firefighters aren't just worried about their own health. They're worrying about their kids. In the last five years, children of three firefighters at the station have been diagnosed with bone cancer. The third case was diagnosed this month. In the wake of the cancer cluster, Honolulu's fire chief and the firefighters union are calling for an investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now

West Virginia Firefighters Could Be Packing Heat

Legislation permitting properly trained first responders to carry firearms unanimously passed the West Virginia House of Delegates Thursday, and is now on its way to the Senate. House Bill 2916, introduced by Delegate David Pethtel, D-Wetzel, would allow emergency service personnel, ambulance drivers and firefighters to carry weapons when performing their duties if they successfully pass an equivalent firearms training course provided by the West Virginia State Police Academy and maintain their certification.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Intelligencer

Missouri firefighters rescue boy from sinking car

A young boy was rescued by emergency responders on Monday afternoon after a car submerged into Brush Creek. According to Kansas City police, officers were called to the scene at 4725 Prospect Avenue on an accident. Police say a child inside a running vehicle knocked it into gear, causing the car to roll down the hill and into the creek.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCTV-TV CBS 5 Kansas City

Firefighter who saved campers from California wildfire to be guest at State of the Union

A Santa Maria firefighter who helped rescue 62 children and camp staff from the Whittier fire last year will be an honored guest at the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday. David Dahlberg, a fire prevention technician with the U.S. Forest Service, is one of 11 people chosen to be President Donald Trump’s honored guest at his speech before Congress.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Tribune

FDNY Firefighters rescue critically injured man from burning apartment

Two firefighters, one with just a few months on the job, pulled a critically injured man from a burning Washington Heights apartment building Sunday night, an FDNY spokesman said. The blaze broke out just before 5:30 p.m., on the fourth floor of a building in the Rangel Houses along the Harlem River Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Pennsylvania senator pitches inmate fire training to aid volunteer numbers

State Sen. Dan Laughlin is exploring the possibility of tapping into Pennsylvania’s prison system to help generate new firefighters for the state’s staff-starved volunteer service. Laughlin, of Millcreek Township, R-49th Dist., said last week that he is in the process of setting up an appointment with Department of Corrections Secretary John E.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Erie Times

Firefighting is a calling, says Fort Worth’s retiring chief: ‘It’s about the mission’

Ask Fort Worth’s retiring Fire Chief Rudy Jackson about the fires he’s fought during his career and he’ll tell you there are too many stories to tell. Or, ask him about how he’s achieved such a low turnover rate among firefighters since he’s been chief and he’ll tell you he credits the good people he has working for him.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Chief ousted in cheating flap vents about Cal Fire’s ‘secret police’

A high-ranking state firefighter with 24 years of experience was compelled to resign last month because his department believed he helped a fire captain cheat on a test that the captain failed. Jeff Isaacs’ ouster as an assistant chief for the department’s Fresno unit is a sign of the tough line Cal Fire has taken on discipline since a 2014 investigation revealed sex-related misconduct and inappropriate drinking at its fire academy.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee

Pennsylvania fire department releases video of firefighter being tripped by hose

VIDEO - The Palmyra Fire Department has released video of an incident that injured two of its firefighters and resulted in the filing of reckless endangerment and other charges against a 21-year-old Palmyra woman earlier this month. In the Jan. 9 incident, the Palmyra Fire Department was extinguishing a fire at an apartment complex on the 1300 block of Park Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43