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‘Like dominoes’: Utah homes burn as wildfires menace U.S. West

A fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the Utah tourist town of Moab, while more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming fled multiple wildfires scorching the drought-stricken U.S. West on Wednesday. The blaze in Moab, known for its dramatic red rocks, started in a wooded area Tuesday night and quickly spread to homes over less than a square mile, police Chief Jim Winder said.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokesman-Review

California Fire Department Goes Mini for Large Events

PHOTO - The UC Davis Fire Department has a new way to squeeze through campus crowds on its way to medical emergencies: a pint-sized ambulance. The six-wheeled, all-wheel-drive utility vehicle is roughly the size of a Mini Cooper but can carry EMTs and a patient on a full-sized cot through tight spaces or even off-road.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UCDavis.edu

Iowa Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Driving Fire Truck while Drunk Resigns

A Humboldt volunteer firefighter has resigned after being accused of driving a fire engine drunk. Police say Jeffery Feaster was charged with operating while under the influence on June 6th. His resignation will go into effect immediately. Officers say he was responding to a 911 call when police on scene said he smelled like alcohol and was slurring his speech.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

The fire service mission: A standard of accountable performance

As fire service leaders, we’re faced with many questions. Do you know where you are going? More importantly, do your people know where you are taking them? How do you hold yourself and the organization accountable? Answering these questions reveals why understanding the mission is so important. You often hear leaders speak of their organization as a “mission first” department, but they are unable to define their own mission.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

California city receives $7 million donation to pay for replacement of fire stations

Two dilapidated fire stations in San Bernardino will be replaced thanks in large part to a record $7 million donation from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. In return, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District will provide the reservation a reciprocal exchange of fire, rescue and emergency medical services over 10 years.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun

New York Senator urges FEMA administrator to save firefighter jobs

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator to award the City of Newburgh a third grant that would prevent the layoffs of nine firefighters this summer. Schumer advocated for Newburgh’s Fire Department in a call last week to FEMA Administrator Brock Long as the agency considers whether to approve the city’s application for $1.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Middletown Times Herald-Record

LODD: New Jersey firefighter dies of hepatitis C

A firefighter died Sunday of liver failure after contracting hepatitis C from blood transfusions he received for burns he suffered in a blaze many years ago. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Perth Amboy Fire Department firefighter Douglas Ambrozewycz was working with Protection Hook & Ladder Company #1 to battle a blaze at a bakery in 1983 when he fell through the floor into the fire below.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1.com

Texas firefighters aid 55 people found in tractor-trailer

Authorities are investigating the scene where more than 50 suspected undocumented immigrants were found in a semi-truck on the Northeast side Tuesday night. The scene was located in the alleyway of the 8400 block of Greenbrier near Loop 410 behind the Greenbrier Apartments. This is just across the highway from the San Antonio International Airport.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS4local.com

‘I think I am going to die:’ Ohio Firefighter finds courage to speak of tragic fireworks accident

A Euclid Fire Captain says it’s still difficult to think about the July 3, 2016 fireworks accident that could have cost him his life. “Right after it happened, I remember thinking to myself that I think I am going to die and I don’t even know where I am or what happened,” said Fire Capt. Jay Northup.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJW-TV MyFox Cleveland

NFPA’s annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report shows 60 on-duty deaths in 2017, reflecting lowest total in more than 40 years

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual U.S. Firefighter Fatalities report, which showed a total of 60 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2017. This number represents the lowest total reported since 1977, when NFPA began reporting on-duty firefighter fatalities; it is the sixth time in the last seven years that the total has been below 70 deaths.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NFPA.org

Report Sheds Light on DC Apparatus Striking Firefighter

A DC Fire and EMS report says that improper positioning of equipment and a rookie's inexperience were the biggest contributing factors in an apparatus incident that left a young firefighter with severe injuries in August 2017. Probationary firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. was serving as a lineman (nozzle firefighter) during a Capitol Hill house fire on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

5 family members die in explosion of their getaway cabin in Washington

Five members of a family, including three young children, were killed early Sunday morning after their getaway cabin near Hood Canal exploded and burned, according to Jefferson County fire and police officials. The family was from Monroe and used the 250-square-foot cabin frequently, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times

Suicidal Illinois man starts fire, threatens firefighter, police say

Police said a Decatur man tried to kill himself by setting his trailer home on fire and then threatened to assault one of the firemen who was trying to put the blaze out. A sworn police affidavit said the 24-year-old man, who is accused of setting the fire in an office of the trailer in the 2000 block of Hedrick Court on Saturday night, also told police he knew his mother was present in the structure at the time.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald & Review

New ‘fire hydrant’ for water-dropping helicopters may cut response time for remote wildfires

With fire season heating up in Southern California, firefighters unveiled a new “fire hydrant” for helicopters on Monday that could drastically reduce turnaround times for water drops in remote areas. Set on a 1,700-gallon metal water tank, the Remotely Activated Snorkel Site uses robot-controlled valves to tap into an area’s municipal water system, allowing quick access for snorkel helicopters that otherwise would have to spend valuable minutes flying to a reservoir or other water source.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register

Washington State Law Rules Firefighter's Cancer Death in the Line of Duty

A former Whatcom County firefighter who died of cancer this week is being listed as a line-of-duty fatality under state law that classifies certain kinds of cancer as job-related. Firefighter John Swobody died Monday night after a years-long battle with lung cancer, said Chief William Pernett of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bellingham Herald

Texas firefighter dies after battling grass fire

A firefighter died from injuries he sustained while battling a grass fire in the Davis Mountains in West Texas on Sunday, according to fire officials in Weatherford. Andy Loller, 42, a Weatherford firefighter, was deployed to assist firefighters across the state at the Scenic Loop Complex in Jeff Davis County, Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star-Telegram

Racial slur sparks booze-fueled brawl among New York firefighters at medal ceremony

A group of off-duty uniformed firefighters got into a drunken bare-knuckled brawl at a Bronx bar on Wednesday — just hours after they were honored for their heroics by the mayor and fire commissioner, the Daily News has learned. A racial slur thrown at a black firefighter sparked the fight inside Billy’s Bar near Yankee Stadium between Bronx’s Rescue Company 3 and members of Ladder Company 49 and Engine Company 68, which share a stationhouse in Highbridge.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Daily News

Ohio County's fire departments erasing borders to better their response times

Butler county’s two largest townships — Liberty and West Chester — have forged an automatic mutual aid agreement to ensure crews get on every fire scene as quickly as possible. “Our residents should not care what it says on the side of the truck, whether it says West Chester, Liberty, Sharonville, nor should they care what color the truck is,” West Chester Twp.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHIO-TV Dayton

Tables turned as Minnesota firefighters come to the rescue of a St. Bernard

The Saint Bernard’s reputation as a brandy-toting, mountaineering lifesaver is the stuff of legend in Europe and for centuries has made for dramatic literary and cinematic storytelling. The human species returned the favor Friday in a quiet suburban neighborhood much closer to sea level in the Twin Cities.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star-Tribune

Pennsylvania fire police officer dies while working on fire vehicle

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered Pennsylvania state flags to fly at half-staff at all state offices and facilities to honor a Dover Township fire police officer who died while doing maintenance on a fire vehicle. Grant Froman, 55, was pronounced dead at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, at York Hospital, according to York County Coroner Pam Gay.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch