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Ohio fire chief encouraged by early results of new addict-assistance program

A six-month-old program aimed at getting help for people addicted to opioids is seeing positive results , according to leaders of the effort. The city’s heroin quick response team has contacted 65 people who have had an opioid overdose since its launch March 1. Called the Helping Overdose through Prevention and Education, or HOPE, program, a team consisting of a police officer, paramedic and a social worker has a goal of meeting with a person who overdosed within three to five days to connect them with appropriate assistance.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal-News

New York Limo crash kills 20 people in deadliest U.S. transportation accident since 2009

A limousine carrying several couples to a birthday party failed to stop at an intersection in upstate New York and struck a parked vehicle, killing 20 people in the deadliest transportation accident in the United States in nearly a decade, according to authorities and a family member. The 2001 Ford Excursion limo was traveling southwest on State Route 30 when it didn't stop at the intersection with State Route 30 A and collided with an SUV in the parking lot shortly before 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN

Federal jury finds Oregon fire district breached former chief's contract, awards $500,000

A federal jury this week awarded $500,000 to a former Klamath fire chief after finding Klamath County Fire District No. 1 breached his contract when it fired him in August 2013 without due process. James Wenzel served as fire chief for five and a half years. His lawyer argued that the county failed to provide Wenzel adequate notice or a hearing before his termination and never told him why he'd been under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Thousands Attend National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Maryland

PHOTOS - Thousands of people from across the nation gathered in Emmitsburg this weekend to pay tribute to fallen firefighters. The 37th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend was a chance for families, friends and colleagues to grieve and honor their loved ones killed in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Frederick News-Post

Pennsylvania mayor ends stepped-up fire watch schedule that union railed against

The mayor has ended a stepped-up fire watch program that has been criticized heavily as a waste of resources by the city’s firefighters union. In a press release issued Saturday, Mayor Tony George stated: “At this time, after evaluating all of the available data and information collected over the past two months, the decision has been made to restore the prior Community Fire Watch schedule.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Leader

Houston, firefighters association president clash in debate over pay ‘parity’ referendum

After months of trading barbs from a distance, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the head of Houston’s firefighters’ union met in a vigorous but civil debate Saturday, displaying their fundamental differences over just about everything related to the November ballot referendum that would grant firefighters pay “parity” with police officers of corresponding rank and seniority.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Missouri Firefighter Dies after Apparatus Accident

El Dorado Springs Firefighter Russ Hayes, 62, has died after a wreck in a firetruck. The El Dorado Springs firefighter lost control of a vehicle in Stockton, and was life-flighted to Springfield. El Dorado Springs City Manager Bruce Rogers tells KOLR10 that Hayes, 62, was on his way to have a pump inspected for annual certification on one of their trucks.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ozarks First

Four California fire agencies seek to consolidate after October inferno

Four central Sonoma County fire agencies aim to join forces within months as one huge fire district — a shift fast-tracked by the October fires and the most visible progress in a years-long effort to streamline the county’s outdated, uneven and financially struggling fire services network. Windsor, Rincon Valley and Bennett Valley fire districts and the Mountain Volunteer Company are on track to be one agency by this spring.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Ohio fire department demotes 9, removes one truck from service

The downsizing of government in the city of Youngstown began Thursday with cuts in the fire department. There will likely be more to come, one city official told us the police department and clerk of courts may be next. But Thursday the focus is on the fire department. "We all have to tighten our belt to be more fiscally responsible with the cities money," Youngstown Fire Chief Barry Finley said.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYTV-TV 33 News

FirstNet Fleet of Dedicated Deployable Network Assets Now Available to Public Safety Subscribers Nationwide

Public safety agencies subscribing to FirstNet now have access to the full fleet of 72 dedicated deployable network assets. Stationed across the country, these assets can either be deployed for planned events or called upon in emergencies to help first responders stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AllThingsFirstNet.com

Michigan town approves partial merger of fire, police departments

Hampton Township's fire and police departments are to merge into a public safety model, where firefighters and officers are crossed trained to do both jobs. The township's Board of Trustees on Monday, Oct. 1, approved the partial transition from two agencies into one, said Supervisor Terri Close. Six board members voted in favor of the proposal, while one voted against it.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive

Nashville names city's first African-American fire chief

Nashville Mayor David Briley on Wednesday announced he's promoted William Swann to be new director chief of the Nashville Fire Department, becoming the first African-American to hold the leadership post. Swann, a 22-year veteran of the department who has served as interim fire chief for 11 months, replaces Ricky White, who retired as director chief in 2017 after serving in the job for just one year.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Nashville Tennessean

Kansas fire chief resigns after suspension, prompts additional resignations

The town of Clearwater is down several first responders after they turned in their resignation moments after their fire chief and EMS director quit. Tuesday morning the fire department and emergency services woke up to the news that Scott Cooper, its EMS director and fire chief was suspended. A city council meeting late Tuesday decided Cooper's fate, and it is not what many of those who serve for him expected.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSN-TV NBC Wichita

NFFF to Honor Fallen at Annual Ceremony

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is preparing to honor 103 firefighters who have died in the line of duty during the organization's annual ceremony and is providing a wealth of resources to help you be a part of the remembrances. The official ceremony will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, and pays tribute to the 80 firefighters who died while on duty in 2017 and 23 others who fell in previous years.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

Washington state health department opens investigation into nine firefighters

The Washington State Department of Health is actively investigating nine members of the Bellingham Fire Department for their roles in the July 31 incident at Station 1 in which an intubation procedure was attempted on the body of a recently deceased patient. Health Department spokesperson Sharon Moysiuk said Wednesday in an email to The Bellingham Herald that the department “has nine active investigations concerning the fire/EMS intubation incident.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald

Texas Fire Union’s President Outlines City Hall Power Play in Leaked Recording

San Antonio firefighters union President Chris Steele told firefighters that his goal is to secure a labor contract and make Councilman Greg Brockhouse (D6) the next mayor of San Antonio, according to an audio recording shared Wednesday by the campaign to defeat three union-backed ballot propositions.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Rivard Report

Iowa city council listens to PSO complaints as another firefighter quits

Controversy about the Public Safety Officer program spilled into the Cedar Falls City Council meeting Monday. The discussion came as Jason Campbell — 2018 Firefighter of the Year — resigned, the fifth firefighter to do so in a month. Rural residents Darren Yoder and Andrea Southall spoke about the recent departures.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Video: Louisiana Firefighters Engulfed in Flames During Car Fire Fight

A frightening scene erupted in an area of Kenner and it was all caught on camera. John Panzavecchia sent WDSU video of a vehicle fire that was reported on West Loyola Drive. The video starts out with the SUV slowly being engulfed in flames from the passenger side. At one point, firefighters who were trying to extinguish the fire approached the SUV and then the flames suddenly engulfed them as well.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDSU-TV NBC 6 New Orleans

Launch of the New NMAS Takes Mutual Aid Net to the Next Level

The National Mutual Aid System (NMAS) partnership today announced the launch of the new NMAS, an emergency resource management system where all users can access cutting-edge technology to request, geospatially locate and strategically deploy response resources. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Juvare, and Esri have been working since the fall of 2017 to build NMAS to serve state and local governments throughout the U.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

Fire Department Senior Staff Make Up Half of Highest-Paid Employees in California's Capital City

Of the 50 highest-paid city of Sacramento employees, more than half work for the Fire Department. All made more than $200,000 in 2017 and in some cases, $300,000. City Manager Howard Chan tops the list at $332,000 in salary, retirement and health benefits according to the California State Controller's website.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Capital Public Radio