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Florida Dept. Names Pulse Nightclub Victim an Honorary Firefighter

Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFR) Fire Chief Otto Drozd said his department seeks to hire people who serve the community with compassion and that is what led the department to honor one of the victims killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. OCFR named Cory Connell an honorary firefighter at his funeral on Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Proposed ordinance could restrict residency for new Memphis firefighters

Some Memphis City Council members hope to add a referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot that would require new city employees to live in the city limits, as Mayor Jim Strickland warned that tightening residency requirements could hurt public safety. Council member Martavius Jones, who is new to the council and is sponsoring the ordinance, said his research showed that about 60 percent of hires lived outside Memphis after a 2010 referendum allowed them to live anywhere in Shelby County.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the commercial appeal

'Nothing can prepare you mentally' for an event like Pulse shooting, Florida paramedic says

Rafael Comas remembers every detail down to the second while he was responding to the chaotic scene of the Pulse nightclub. Comas is a paramedic for Rural Metro Ambulance and was working the night of the shooting that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured on June 12. "It was very traumatic and very stressful but we train for that," said Comas, who has been a medic for nearly 20 years.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: orlando sentinel

Ohio city to pay $1.2 million for medics’ delay in treating woman

Columbus has agreed to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit for $1.2 million after two fire division paramedics failed to properly treat a woman in cardiac arrest, including spending time discussing the pot roast they had left cooking back at the firehouse. The settlement is among the largest payouts in city history and comes after a nearly four-year court battle over the death of Sonia Bray.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the columbus dispatch

When it comes to ‘discriminatory’ social media posts, does Charlotte treat offenders equally?

“Inherently discriminatory.” That’s how the city of Charlotte described a Facebook post from former fire investigator Crystal Eschert, who was fired in the fall of 2014. In the post, she described someone as a “thug,” “worthless” and a “waste.” A year later, at least six other Fire Department employees faced accusations that they were posting racist memes and other offensive comments to social media.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: charlotte observer

Utah deputy chief put on leave for reporting dept. safety concerns

A deputy fire chief was temporarily placed on administrative leave after citing broken air conditioning as a safety threat to firefighters on-duty. Chief Rick Rasmussen said that for the last seven years the air conditioning frequently doesn’t work, making the station too hot to sleep in. “When you have sleep deprivation you can’t think well, your motor skills are having problems,” Rasmussen said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firechief.com

Former Connecticut firefighter convicted of bribery to get $36,000 disability pension

A former city firefighter convicted of attempted bribery has been approved for a disability pension of $36,405 a year from the city. The pension for Aaron Brantley, 36, was recently approved by vote of the trustees of the New Haven Police & Fire Retirement Fund Board. Because the powers of his official position as a city firefighter were not used in the crime for which he was convicted, the state’s pension revocation statute does not apply to Brantley, according to a spokeswoman for the state Office of the Attorney General.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register

Update: Hawaii firefighter dies from injuries sustained during rescue training

A firefighter who was hospitalized in critical condition after a rescue exercise off Diamond Head Tuesday has died. The Honolulu Fire Department confirmed Clifford Rigsbee, 63, died from his injuries Thursday night. The department says Rigsbee lost his life in the line of duty from injuries sustained during rescue watercraft training near the surf spot known as “Suicides.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHON-TV FOX 2

North Carolina chief dies after responding to car crash

A fire chief with the Severn Volunteer Fire Department in Northampton County died Saturday after assisting with a car crash. According to Dennis Woodard, Admin Chief for the department, Fire Chief Kevin Britt, 54, suffered a medical emergency at his home around midnight shortly after responding to an emergency call involving a car that had crashed into a light pole.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Celebrating basketball fans takeover Cleveland firetruck

VIDEO - During street celebrations following the Cavs NBA title win, about a dozen fans climbed onto a Cleveland firetruck that got stopped by large crowds near East Ninth Street and Prospect Avenue. After Cleveland police officers removed fans from the truck, mounted police cleared the street so the truck could pass.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com

Massachusetts fire chief moonlights as storm chaser

As a firefighter for 28 years, Uxbridge Fire Chief William T. Kessler has had his share of adrenaline-pumping emergencies. Few have revved him up as much as having a massive tornado roar less than 300 yards behind him down a highway in Colorado. Chief Kessler, 54, usually doesn't get that close to a tornado's path.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firechief.com

New York firefighters work to move past blaze at station

After a fire destroyed a rescue truck and damaged the entire Poland Volunteer Fire Co. firehouse Sunday, Fire Chief Scott Burritt has a whole new perspective on how a fire affects someone’s life. “We see fires on a regular basis, we go to people’s car fires, we go to people’s house fires, to brush fires and that type of stuff,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: utica observer-dispatch

Why two daughters followed their father into firefighting at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

When Robin Duren first told her firefighter dad that she wanted to join him in the ranks, he thought twice about it. “I just asked her if she was sure,” said Tommie Williams, 68, who retired from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 2003 as a lieutenant. “I told her it was a dirty job and they weren’t going to take pity on her.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: miami herald

Honolulu firefighter succumbs to injuries received during training

Fire Fighter III Clifford Rigsbee has died from injuries in rescue watercraft training. Rigsbee lost his life in the line of duty from injuries sustained during Rescue Water Craft training off of Diamond Head on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. He was rescued and brought to shore by fellow fire fighters, including an off-duty fire fighter.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KITV-TV ABC 4 Honolulu

North Carolina firefighter collapses during workout, later dies at hospital

A firefighter with Alexis Fire Department went out for a jog while on duty Thursday morning but never made it back to the fire station. "He was an outstanding person, great guy to be around and he loved the fire service and everything it stood for," said Lt. Robert Drew of Alexis Fire Department. According to officials, firefighter Joshua Warren had just returned from a medical call when he took part in a physical fitness training at East Lincoln Middle School.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTV-TV Channel 3

A Funeral for a Fire Chief, 15 Years After He Died on 9/11

The printers buzzed to life in every firehouse in New York City last week, and each spit out an identical bulletin. It bore the worst sort of news the Fire Department must relay to its members, the Code 5-5-5-5. A death in the line of duty. “With regret, the department announces the death of Battalion Chief Lawrence T.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york times

Georgia fire officers named in wrongful death suit filed over retirement home fire

Columbia County and several fire and rescue employees have been named in a $15 million wrongful death lawsuit over the fatal fire at the Marshall Square retirement community last year. The suit was filed Thursday by Barbara Ellington, the last surviving daughter of Dorothy Carpenter, the lone resident who died in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the augusta chronicle

California wildfire burns 60-year-old fuel, threatens homes and ranches

Fueled by hot and dry weather, wildfires threatened homes in California and other Western states as crews struggled to corral flames that have scorched miles of brush and timber. About 140 homes and ranches were considered at risk in California, where a 1,400-acre fire was tearing through coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara, scorching an area that hadn’t burned in 60 years.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: orange county register

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition Celebrates 20 Years with Demonstration at NFPA Conference

On June 14, the nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition’s (HFSC) spokesperson Ron Hazelton narrated a side-by-side fire sprinkler demonstration for attendees at the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) annual Conference & Expo in Las Vegas to celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary. The demonstration was held at Desert Fire Protection, a local sprinkler contractor.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: home fire sprinkler coalition

New Hampshire Firefighter Dies from Apparent Heart Attack Hours After Training

The town is mourning the death of firefighter/EMT Doug Clement, the son of a former fire chief. Clement, 44, died of an apparent heart attack, said Town Administrator Barbara Lucas. “It is with great sadness that the town of New Hampton announces the line-of-duty death of Firefighter/A-EMT Douglas Clement,” the town said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NewHampshire.com

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