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Los Angeles mayor still struggling to expand the number of female firefighters

Four years ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to revamp the way the city hires firefighters by introducing more women into a department that has been overwhelmingly male. Yet despite increasingly aggressive recruitment efforts, the Fire Department has seen only modest gains. Last month, 3.1% of its firefighters were women, according to employment data prepared by the Fire DepartmentThe sluggish rate of progress threatens Fire Chief Ralph M.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

3 kids left home alone killed in Detroit-area house fire

Three children were found dead inside a home in Michigan after a house fire early Saturday morning, police said. A 4-year-old girl, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old boy were home without any adults at the time of the fire in Eastpointe in suburban Detroit, said Eric Keiser, Eastpointe’s acting director of public safety.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today

Fight for benefits continues for New York fire chief

Attorneys are set to appear in court Thursday to argue whether a court should reargue a lawsuit filed by Utica fire Chief Russell Brooks against the city. It will mark the latest chapter in the saga between the city and Brooks, who says he has sought acknowledgment from Utica officials that he is eligible for workers compensation benefits based on his chronic lymphocytic leukemia diagnosis.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Observer-Dispatch

1 dead, 2 hurt as DC fire truck collides with car

PHOTOS - A driver was killed and two others, including a pregnant woman, were taken to a hospital after a D.C. Fire and EMS truck collided with a car in Northeast on Friday afternoon. The fire department said that the truck was responding to an emergency call at about 12:15 p.m. when it struck a car at 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue Northeast.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington

Female firefighter to lead U.S. Forest Service amid scandal

A female wildland firefighter has been tapped by the Trump administration to steady the U.S. Forest Service as it reels from allegations of sexual misconduct and struggles to change its male-dominated culture. Vickie Christensen was appointed interim chief of the 35,000-employee agency late Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Great Falls Tribune

Texas firefighters remove teenager trapped for hours 350 feet inside Alamo Heights cave

Emergency personnel worked through the night to rescue a teenage girl from Robber Baron Cave after she became trapped there during a school field trip Thursday afternoon. The San Antonio Fire Department first received a call that someone was stuck in the cave, located on the city's North Side, around 2:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MySanantonio.com

San Diego fire chief leaving for job in Orange County

San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy is leaving the job after two-and-a-Shalf years for a position leading the Orange County Fire Authority. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Kevin Ester, who has been serving as assistant chief of business operations. The city plans to launch an open recruitment next week for a permanent replacement for Fennessy, whose last day will be April 13.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Tribune

Firehouse World 18: Commander Shares Lessons from California's Ghost Ship Fire

The burden of incident command weighs heavy on fire officers even when lives don't hang in the balance, and for Battalion Chief James Bowron, the weight he carries from the deadly Ghost Ship fire is evident. Bowron took the main stage Wednesday evening at Firehouse World in San Diego to discuss the crucial command role he played in tackling the blaze at the warehouse-turned-artist's collective on Dec.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

Reaching out to women, Maryland department drops the word ‘firemen’

It’s a change to just half of a word, but the newly christened firefighters of one Maryland county, who happen to be women, say it makes all the difference. The Howard County Council this week passed a bill that changes references to “firemen” to “firefighters” in the county’s code, a vote that followed a name change by the local volunteer fire agency.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP.com

Denver firefighters battle massive construction site fire; 1 worker dead, 1 missing

Firefighters found the body of a missing construction worker in the smoldering debris of a massive construction fire in Denver's North Capitol Hill neighborhood that injured six people and damaged surrounding buildings and vehicles. One person is still unaccounted for. Hundred-foot flames and smoke could be seen for several miles when Denver firefighters arrived on scene at 1833 Emerson Street around noon Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

San Antonio Mayor to Firefighter Union: 'The clock is ticking still — 1,254 days later'

For the ninth time, the city has sent a certified letter to attorneys representing the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association to request the union meet with city negotiators to come up with a new contract between the parties. Mayor Ron Nirenberg made the announcement Wednesday during a press conference at city hall.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio

Tennessee firefighter missing after vehicle plunges into river

Day four of rescue efforts resumed Thursday morning in hopes of finding a Nashville firefighter who disappeared Monday morning after his truck plummeted into the Tennessee River in Humphreys County. Nashville Fire Department firefighter Jesse Reed, 32, went missing early Monday after his vehicle plunged into the water near Mason's Boat Dock in Waverly, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Tennessean

FirstNet Buildout Launches Nationwide as Public Safety Core Nears Delivery

FirstNet’s nationwide footprint is expanding. The First Responder Network Authority has given its partner, AT&T, the green light to build out FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. This includes deploying public safety’s dedicated spectrum – Band 14 – across statewide radio access networks in states and territories across the country.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FirstNet.Gov

Utah fire crew gets personal in touching video

VIDEO - Firefighters at Unified Fire gave the public a look a point of view not often seen in a newly released inspiring video called ‘I Believe’. “I believe this is not just my job. It is what I am meant to do; it is what I was made for,” the narrator of the video says. “This is who I am but ‘firefighter does not define me’.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVX-TV ABC 4 Good4Utah.com

New Haven, Conn. firefighters’ union sues state union after relationship breakdown

The city firefighters’ union, Local 825, filed a four-count lawsuit alleging a breach of fiduciary duty against the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut, a union which represents the state’s fire departments. “Have you ever had anyone demand money from you? It happens all the time: spam emails, unsolicited phone calls and junk mail,” said Frank Ricci, a battalion chief and president of Local 825.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stamford Advocate

California firefighting Girls' Empowerment Camp reinstated, expanded a week after it was canceled

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has directed the reinstatement of the city’s Girls’ Empowerment Camp, an event that had been canceled last week after an attorney questioned whether its gender-focused approach violated state and federal anti-discrimination statutes. The event will be expanded to two weekends — one in April and one in May -- and registration will be reopened.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune

Alabama volunteer fire department burglarized; trucks stolen, abandoned

The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating after the Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department, not far from the Tuscaloosa-Fayette County Line, was burglarized early Tuesday morning. The Mayfield Fire Chief says not only was the station burglarized, but two fire trucks were stolen, then run off the road and abandoned.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham

New York firefighters charged in epic wedding party brawl

A group of Long Island firefighters landed in hot water for a massive brawl at a wedding party that left the groom injured, police said. The melee erupted Saturday between attendees at a Hagerman Fire Department dinner and wedding party guests in the foyer of the East Wind Hotel in Wading River, NY, Riverhead town police said.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

The case for firefighter progressive training using safety lines

In November 2017, the fire service was alerted to an incident in Nashville, Tenn., that involved a firefighter recruit falling during a training session of the John Nance drill, which involves rescuing a firefighter from a sublevel situation. This drill involves many options, including lowering down a firefighter to assist in rescuing the downed firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Florida legislature passes bill for first responder PTSD benefits

First responders being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder could soon have extended benefits under a bill passed Monday by the Florida Legislature. The state House of Representatives voted unanimously for legislation (SB 376) to extend workers' compensation benefits for those being treated for PTSD.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Tribune and TBO.com (Tampa Bay Online)