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After fatal fire, Pennsylvania city council wants to finalize day care ordinance to improve safety

A proposed new ordinance aimed at improving safety at Erie day care facilities could be on Erie City Council’s agenda by the end of November. City Council President Jim Winarski, at a Thursday evening study session at City Hall, said the panel wants to finalize the ordinance as soon as possible. Council heard from Erie Bureau of Fire Chief Guy Santone and Andy Zimmerman, the city’s code enforcement manager, regarding the ordinance just hours after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ Thursday morning announcement that an Aug.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GoErie.com

Full church honors California fire captain who died in line of duty

A decorated Merced County Cal Fire captain was laid to rest Thursday after a traditional processional through the city of Merced and services at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Capt. Paul Rotondaro died in a traffic crash on Highway 140 near the Gustine airport, according to the California Highway Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Merced Sun Star

Six major 20th-century North Jersey disasters you may not know about

Major fires, explosions, mine accidents and other North Jersey disasters of the 20th century will be brought back to life through a Morris County Historical Society exhibit at its Morristown museum. The photo-driven exhibit takes a look at 12 fires, mine accidents, explosions, aircraft crashes and disasters from 1910 to 1989.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site

President Of Largest Flight Attendant Union Wants FAA To Ban E-Cigs Over Battery Fire Concerns

VIDEO: The president of the largest flight attendant union wants the FAA to ban e-cigarettes from planes because their batteries could be a fire hazard. FAA data from 1991 through this August shows at least 48 e-cigarette related smoke or fire incidents at airports or on planes. That’s more incidents than laptops and tablets, cellphones, battery chargers or spare batteries.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami

An emergency in Kentucky 911 Center? As number of calls jump, more staff needed

Lexington’s 911 emergency center is struggling to keep up as fewer call takers and dispatchers attempt to answer a swelling number of calls and help an increasing number of police and firefighters, city officials said Tuesday. The Enhanced 911 Center answered 477,711 calls last year. Of those, more than 217,000 are 911 or emergency calls.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald Leader

Rescue squad in Vermont launches successful apprenticeship program

“The unicorn program.” That is how a recent student with the Bennington Rescue Squad described the organization’s year-long apprenticeship program. Bill Camarda, Deputy Executive Director, oversees the only EMS apprenticeship program registered with the state of Vermont. Bennington rescue launched its program in December 2018 and is in the process of interviewing applicants for its third cohort, said Camarda.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vermont Biz

Spray-on skin helps Missouri firefighter heal from serious burns

VIDEO: It’s been one year since a backyard bonfire changed Eli Beasley’s life. In a moment of carelessness, the professional firefighter tried to light a bonfire that had been doused in a gasoline mixture. He was instantly engulfed. Beasley was taken to University of Missouri Health Care’s Level 1 Trauma Center with burns over 75 percent of his body.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVO-TV ABC/CBS 3 Kirksville

2 firefighters stabbed in Florida, suspect taken into custody

Two firefighters were stabbed Tuesday night in Jacksonville's Springfield neighborhood and rushed to a hospital for treatment, according to JFRD Union President Randy Wyse. The scene was on Boulevard Street near the intersection of West 10th Street. The fire department said they were responding to a medical call when they were attacked around 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAX-TV CBS 47 Jacksonville

Alaska fire department budget $4 million short, prompting equipment shutdown policy

The Municipality of Anchorage has come up short on the operating budget for fire services through the remainder of 2019. The gap in question is about $4 million, and could result in dormant fire equipment at times. One of the major problems is paying for fill-in staff overtime pay when firefighters take leave.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTUU-TV ABC 2 Anchorage

Pennsylvania municipalities receive nearly $450,000 in annual state aid for fire relief associations

Municipalities in and around our coverage area have received about $450,000 in state aid to go towards their local volunteer fire relief association, according to the auditor general's office. The Greater Shenandoah area, the borough and West Mahanoy Township, received a combined $29,590.33, an increase of $2,154.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Shenandoah Sentinel

Rural firefighters promote farm safety through national program that began in Wisconsin

Firefighters and farmers, two groups of professionals who often work in hazardous environments, are teaming up in a program aimed at improving agricultural safety and health nationwide. The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH) project trains emergency responders to provide resources and consultation to farmers in their service areas.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Firefighters, engines prepare for fire risk, widespread power outages in California

No fires burned Tuesday, but with dry, windy conditions forecast for the next two days, Sonoma County fire officials spent the anniversary of the 2017 firestorm calling in an extraordinary amount of outside resources. “The latest forecast is mirroring our 2017 winds, if not worse. We’re doing everything possible to over-staff and provide safety measures.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat - Metered Site

Flames, heavy smoke destroy several shops in Seattle; Two-thirds of Seattle's firefighting fleet responded

Several shops were destroyed by a major fire in downtown Ballard on the 2300 block of NW Market Street. The fire started around noon on Monday. Flames and heavy smoke poured out of the building. La Isla restaurant, Supercuts, Kitchen N Things and Octo Designs & Jewelers sustained heavy damage and are a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Florida fire department looks at staffing concerns after Disney gondola incident

Some people were stuck on the Skyliner at Walt Disney World for up to three hours on Saturday night. A union representative for the fire department that responded says they were prepared to rescue people off the Skyliner, but it never should have happened in the first place. “We were told that this would not happen, that this wouldn’t happen to the ride and within a week it happened to the ride,” said Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters Association Vice President Sean Pierce.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

Houston is getting Prop B 'pay parity' money back but firefighters say it came without warning

VIDEO: The latest round in the long running Prop B pay battle between Houston firefighters and city hall has a $4,000 price tag for dozens of former firefighters. Months ago, in the midst of a mid-summer city council meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner warned this day would come and now it's here. Retiring and resigning firefighters paying a big price to leave the department.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston

iCHIEFS Podcast: Creating Value and Opportunity Through Community Risk Reduction

In Episode 5, Chief Michael O'Brian, Brighton Fire Area Authority (Michigan), and Retired Deputy Chief Mike Cox, Henrico County (Virginia), discuss the elements and value of a comprehensive community risk reduction (CRR) program and the opportunities it can create. The issues and topics to be addressed are: Differences between CRR and traditional fire prevention; What's on the CRR horizon and how fire chiefs can prepare; Using GIS to align strategic resources and improve outcomes; Success stories of departments integrating GIS and risk reduction; and Low-cost analytic tools for departments with limited resources.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org

Indiana fire departments get 10K safe drug disposal pouches

The safe drug disposal program in Indiana is expanding. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says it’s a partnership with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Indiana and the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana (PFFUI). The expansion will provide Indiana fire departments with an additional donation of 75,000 safe drug disposal pouches to help fire departments across the state in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFIE-TV NBC 14 Evansville

South Carolina firefighter dies after being struck by semi while on the job

A Lexington County firefighter has died after he was struck by a semi while trying to help victims of a car crash. The fire service said Lexington County Fire Service Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum, a 22-year veteran of the agency, had been dispatched to a service call around 3:30 p.m. Friday. While he was headed to the scene, he and his partner saw a car crash in the 5200 block of Fairview Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLTX-TV CBS 19 Columbia

Over 5,000 people attended the 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Maryland

The 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service took place over the weekend at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. The sound of bagpipes and drums could be heard for miles as people gathered to remember and honor 119 fallen heroes from 2018 and previous years. The rainy weather didn’t stop over 5,000 people from silently listening to fire officials talk about brave men and women from all over the nation, who died protecting their community.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV 25 Hagerstown