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Series of massive explosions injure 4, including 2 firefighters, at California restaurant celebrating Oktoberfest

VIDEO: Authorities reported multiple injuries after a series of electrical explosions sent massive fireballs into the air Saturday night at a shopping and dining complex in Huntington Beach. Staff at the Old World German restaurant on Center Avenue noticed an odor coming from the underground electrical vault.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Dispatching practices contribute to fire problems in New Jersey

The firehouse on John F. Kennedy Boulevard is just under a mile from Janice Pantano’s Central Avenue shore home, but on May 23, when Pantano called 911 to report her car on fire, it took 19 minutes before firefighters had begun spraying water at the scene. By the time the fire was put out, her car and her home were destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City

Backyard brook tested for toxic firefighting foam in wake of deadly Connecticut plane crash

A Windsor family contacted environmental officials after they said they saw firefighting foam building up in their backyard brook. Connecticut health officials issued an alert immediately following a deadly vintage plane crash on Wednesday where the firefighting foam with PFAS may have made its way into the Farmington River and surrounding waterways.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

5 Detroit firefighters injured after house collapses during fire

VIDEO: Five Detroit firefighters were hurt after a house collapsed during a fire in southwest Detroit on Thursday afternoon. Investigators are now calling the fire suspicious and asking for witnesses to step forward. According to a spokesperson for the fire department received a call to the house around 1:50 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit

Washington state firefighter dies after suffering burns to more than half of his body

An Okanogan County assistant fire chief who suffered burns to more than half of his body died from his injuries on Wednesday. Assistant Chief Christian Johnson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle nearly a month ago after suffering severe burns while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan, Washington.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane

For the first time in 53 years, firefighters in Indiana land union contract

The Hobart City Council has unanimously approved a collective bargaining contract with Hobart Professional Firefighters Local 1641, the first time in 53 years the union has had a contract. "This is a landmark case for the fire department," City Councilman Matt Claussen said. Fellow firefighters, who filled the council chamber Wednesday night in a show of support, applauded the council's decision and the nearly yearlong negotiations between union president Enrique Lopez and a council subcommittee comprised of Claussen, City Councilman Dan Waldrop and City Councilman John Brezik.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NWITimes.com

South Carolina firefighters use social media to highlight long hours, short staffing

VIDEO: Multiple calls, extremely long hours and short staffing. Those are just a few issues Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire District crews are dealing with. Fire Chief Norman Knight said they’re using social media to shine a spotlight on these issues. Back in July, the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire District asked voters to pass a tax millage increase with the goal of increasing salaries, adding staff and bringing in another paramedic ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBF-TV NBC Myrtle Beach

Florida firefighter repurposes damaged hoses into American flags

Daryl Paul, a Panama City Beach firefighter, creates something new out of something old. “I didn’t think people would really like them at first,” Paul told WJHG. But people fell in love with Paul’s fire hose American flags. "I love my country, I love my city and I love my job. So for country, that's cool, doing my flags, and using the tools of my trade, you know.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG-TV NBC/CW+ 14 Panama City

Report on U.S. firefighter fatalities in 2018 now available

The U.S. Fire Administration's annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United States is now available for 2018. Eighty-two firefighters died while on duty: 44 were volunteer firefighters; 33 were career firefighters; 5 were wildland firefighters. The 2018 report identifies all on-duty fatalities to increase understanding of their causes and how they can be prevented.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration

Firefighters union in New York concerned over staffing

The Troy Firefighters Union is speaking out about concerns over the number of firefighters on shift at two of the fire stations in the city Eric Wisher, the President of the Troy Uniform Firefighters Association, said at the Bouton Road and Lansingburgh Stations when they get a medical call that means no one is then there to answer a fire call.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYT-TV NBC 13

Pennsylvania Fire Company Launches New Volunteer Recruitment Effort

The Radnor Fire Company of Wayne (RFC), today announced the launch of a new recruiting website and direct mail campaign focused on helping boost the fire company's volunteer ranks, while also strongly communicating the many personal benefits and challenges offered by volunteering locally as a firefighter or ambulance member.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Radnor Patch

IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute Available for 8th Year

For the eighth year, the IAFC received a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation (MSF) to fund another year of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). FSEDI is a program developed by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org

Accidental Pizza Order 2,300 Miles Away Creates International Friendship Between Firefighters

VIDEO: Some first responders on San Antonio's South Side got a nice surprise for dinner Monday night. A mistake by a fire station in Alberta, Canada led to a pizza delivery in the Alamo City. The Lessler Slave Regional Fire Service in Alberta, Canada meant to feed 60 hungry firemen during a training session earlier this week.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News

7 Dead After Vintage WWII B-17 Plane Crash, Fire at Bradley International Airport

VIDEO: Seven people are dead and eight others injured after a vintage plane crashed Wednesday morning at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. The Federal Aviation Administration said a vintage B-17 aircraft that is registered out of Stow, Massachusetts crashed at the end of Runway 6 around 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

California Governor Signs Bills for Firefighter and Peace Officer Mental Health

Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills on Tuesday that aim to improve the reporting and treatment of mental health for firefighters and peace officers. Citing the high-stress and traumatic nature of first responder jobs, Newsom said California needs to ensure they receive adequate care. The bills focus on improving resources and protections for firefighters who want to report mental health issues by creating a peer support program as well as including post-traumatic stress as an injury when dealing with workers’ compensation.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Maine fire departments revamping propane protocols after deadly explosion

VIDEO: Small fire departments across Maine are revamping propane protocols, following last month's deadly explosion in Farmington. Last month's deadly explosion in Farmington sent a shockwave through Maine's firefighting community. "Why there weren't more people hurt? It's a miracle, really," Livermore Fire Chief Donald Castonguay said.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland

Multiple Injuries Reported After Vintage WWII-era Plane Crash, Fire at Connecticut Airport

VIDEO: Multiple people have been injured in a vintage plane crash Wednesday morning at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. State police said troopers and firefighters responded to the airport in Windsor Locks for the crash around 10 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration said a vintage B-17 aircraft that is registered out of Massachusetts crashed at the end of Runway 6 while attempting to land.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Arizona professor, Tucson firefighters and the link between cancer and fires

One day in 2014, Dr. Jeffery Burgess was contacted by a Tucson firefighter about something that would set him on a research course for the next five years. The firefighter, John Gulotta, works for the Tucson Fire Department and he had a friend whom had been diagnosed with leukemia. Tom Quesnel was a fire investigator, one of the people who, after everyone else has packed up and left the scene, goes back in and tries to determine the exact cause and origin of the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Mirror

Report: Firefighters in New Jersey city above average in job satisfaction, below in burnout

City firefighters are above average when it comes to job satisfaction and below average for employee burnout, according to a report released by the department last week. City firefighters were one of a dozen departments across the U.S. to participate in the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety Report, or FOCUS, seminar in Chicago last month, according to a news release from fire Chief Daniel Speigel.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press of Atlantic City

Illinois fire department collaborates on new hiring law

The Evanston Fire Department collaborated with local officials on a new law that creates a hiring preference for fire service career applicants with at least 600 hours of fire suppression work in a certified program. The law, signed on August 23 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Northwestern