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Former Colorado fire chief suing fire district for $1 million

Bob Harvey, the former chief of the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District, has sued the fire district for $1 million on the grounds of defamation, emotional harm and that he was wrongfully terminated in 2014. The beleaguered chief's departure in June 2014 was mysterious. By Harvey's account last summer, he resigned after a prolonged sick leave due to post-traumatic stress disorder after the Black Forest Fire in 2013.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the gazette

Arkansas firefighter crushed by fire truck while responding to call

A firefighter is in the hospital after a fire truck pinned him to another truck Saturday afternoon. Chief Lynn Blake with the Wynne Fire Department said the department was paged to help the Parkin Fire Department on a fire call when the incident happened. Firefighter Rick Wimberley arrived on the scene in his personal truck, waiting for crews to come.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3

Firefighter injured in Washington wildfire growing more alert after eight surgeries

Firefighter Daniel Lyon is about halfway through his initial treatment for the severe burns he sustained in the Twisp River Fire, according to his father, Dan Lyon. Based on physicians’ projections for the healing process from this type of injury, Daniel could be released from Harborview Medical Center in about six weeks.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: methow valley news

South Carolina Firefighter, Sent to Rescue Residents, Found Clinging to Tree in Floodwaters

A call for help Sunday morning left a Columbia firefighter in need of help for himself. The firefighter, who officials did not name on Sunday, was responding alone to a rescue call at a home in a flooded Bluff Road community in Lower Richland. Rushing waters swept him off his feet, Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the state

Horror in Roseburg: 10 minutes, 10 deaths in Oregon's worst shooting

In a few brutal minutes Thursday, a 26-year-old man turned Roseburg's Umpqua Community College into the site of Oregon's deadliest mass shooting -- a rampage so violent police pleaded for "as many ambulances as possible" and President Barack Obama went on national TV to argue, again, for tougher guns laws.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the oregonian

Feds investigating report that armed Idaho landowner confronted crews battling wildfire

Federal authorities are investigating an anonymous report that an armed landowner confronted firefighters battling an Idaho wildfire and accused them of not properly protecting a private elk-hunting ranch. The report recently posted on the National Interagency Fire Center's website said two hotshot crews refused an order to fight the fire because of safety concerns.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report

Former Ohio fire captain pleads guilty to forging doctor’s note

Former Middletown fire Captain Greg Justice pleaded guilty Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court to a felony charge for submitting a fake doctor’s note to allow him to stay home rather that returning to duty. Justice, 52, of Springboro, is facing a maximum of 12 months in prison for forgery, a fifth-degree felony.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hamilton Journal-News

Connecticut dispatcher placed on leave as city probes response to fire that injured three firefighters

A longtime emergency dispatcher is on paid administrative leave while city officials investigate whether her performance delayed the emergency response to a fire last month that left three firefighters injured, according to City Manager Lawrence J. Kendzior. Public safety officials are also reviewing operations at the city’s dispatch center, and have been meeting monthly since June to discuss concerns, Kendzior added.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyRecordJournal.com

Firefighter moonlighting on 'Chicago Med' set spots fire: 'Just doing my job'

Firefighter Michael Agostinelli was moonlighting on the set of a new TV show about a Chicago trauma center when he smelled smoke and noticed a light haze rising from the back of a house a few doors down in Kenwood. "I knew it wasn't part of the scene," said Agostinelli, who was working as a medic for the cast and crew on the set of the "Chicago Med" show.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago tribune

Oregon shooting: Initial reports of 10 dead at Umpqua Community College

Preliminary information indicates 10 people were killed and more than 20 others injured in a shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday, said Oregon State Police spokesman Bill Fugate. Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice told CNN that the shooter is in custody. It was not immediately clear whether the shooter was injured.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cnn

Zadroga Act expires, leaving 9/11 first responders at risk of losing health care

The Zadroga Act, federal law providing medical monitoring and treatment for 9/11 first responders, expired overnight after Congress failed to extend it. Patients still can get their health care for now but the program's administrators warn it will face challenges by February and will have to begin shutting down by next summer.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV PIX 11

Kentucky woman overcame bias to become fire chief

Fewer than 4% of all firefighters are women, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and even fewer are leaders in the industry. But the fire chief in the city of Harlan, Kentucky has been breaking barriers for decades. “It’s a good feeling to know I was able to accomplish these things,” said Chief Linette Hutchison, “It’s not to brag.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV Knoxville

Denver firefighters talk about suicide prevention

Suicide prevention is usually not mentioned in an employee handbook or in regular workplace meetings. However, the Denver Fire Department has made it a priority. "It's OK to talk about these things," Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade said. "There is no need to internalize them." Chief Tade has worked at Denver Fire for more than 20 years.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Connecticut firefighter on leave after police raid on firehouse

One day after police raided his lockers at the Woodward Avenue Station, firefighter Kenneth Burgos was put on leave with pay. On Sept. 15, police searched two lockers at the Woodward Avenue Station and did not leave empty-handed, though it is unclear what they found. The search and seizure warrant, signed on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register

Firefighters, flip remarks and public trust

I recently witnessed the following exchange outside of a fire station. Three firefighters, including an officer, were standing on the front ramp at the station when a woman who was walking by paused and approached them. "Why is the flag at half-mast?" she asked them. The officer responded in a sarcastic tone, "Because I guess the president finally decided it was time to lower it for the guys who were killed in Chattanooga last week.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Houston fire chief leaving city for Arizona job

Glendale is getting a new fire chief. Terry Garrison, who has served as the fire chief for the Houston Fire Department since 2010, will be taking over as fire chief for the Glendale Fire Department on Nov. 2, city officials announced Tuesday. Garrison replaces Mark Burdick, who retired in May after 32 years with the department and 12 years as the chief, and Chris DeChant, who was serving as the interim fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic

Airpack Malfunction Cause Of Arkansas Firefighter’s Injury

An investigation into a Eureka Springs firefighter’s injury showed that mechanical failure was the issue. Rod Wasson was injured while working a fire on Aug. 29, sustaining respiratory injuries and spending weeks in a burn unit. Eureka Springs Fire and EMS interviewed Wasson and tested his equipment to determine what caused the injury.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

Mystery ambulance rides cost Medicare $30M: auditors

Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or other critical information. The mystery ambulance rides are part of a bigger problem with Medicare payments for transporting patients, according to a federal audit being released Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cbs news

New Jersey fire union questions rising ambulance costs, mayor's ethics

The chest pains started not long after firefighter Joe Dipple arrived at the scene. Laden with gear, fully exerted as he walked past the burning home, he suddenly couldn't carry a ladder through the 10 inches of snow on that afternoon in February 2014. Sit down, another firefighter told him. You're going into an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger/NJ.com

Urban explorers, trespassers may face steep rescue fines in Minneapolis

Urban explorers who may need complicated rescues will now have to pay a hefty fine for the service. In response to recent deaths and injuries due to falls in restricted spaces — including one in Southeast Como’s abandoned Bunge grain elevator near the University of Minnesota — the Minneapolis City Council approved an ordinance Friday that gives the city the authority to charge rescue fees to trespassers.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Daily

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