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Firefighter recruit injured in fall at Connecticut training academy

A firefighter recruit was injured after falling from a building at a New Haven training academy on Thursday. A New Haven Fire Department lieutenant confirmed to News 8 that a recruit from the Providence Fire Department Training Academy fell from a building while training at the New Haven Regional Fire Training Academy at 230 Ella T.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Firefighter suicide now 'on the front lines'

Fires burn hotter nowadays than they did 50 years ago, according to Mike Healy. It’s modern construction materials, held together with flammable glue, and the prevalence of plastics in our homes, he said. “Just the way the fires burn today is an immense difference. The fires are much hotter,” Healy said.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News (Lohud.com)

Chicago firefighter takes heat after taking knee at police-fire football game

A political and emotional brush fire is smoldering within a grieving Chicago Fire Department over a national anthem protest that marred a charity football game dedicated to the memory of two fallen Chicago heroes. Camron McGarity, an African-American firefighter, kneeled while the Star Spangled Banner was being played before the CFD Blaze faced off against the Chicago Police Department’s Enforcers last Saturday in the eighth annual “First Responders Bowl.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times

California firefighter appears on 'American Ninja Warrior' TV show

San Luis Obispo firefighter Thomas Kofron is no stranger to high-stakes situations. He saved his family's home from a devastating wildfire using only bottled water and orange juice. On Wednesday, Kofron faced an even tougher challenge: surviving an extreme obstacle course on national TV. Kofron, who works for Cal Fire, appeared Wednesday on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior," which challenges competitors to prove their physical mettle in the hopes of winning $1 million.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo Tribune

Alaska city's new fire chief is first woman to lead the department

Jodie Hettrick has been appointed to lead the Anchorage Fire Department, according to an announcement Wednesday from the mayor’s office. Hettrick joined the department in 2012. She has served as acting chief since the previous chief, Denis LeBlanc, retired in May. Now that her position is official, Hettrick says there are some internal initiatives that can go forward.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alaska Public Radio Network

Amid reports of fraud and misconduct at the fire station, commissioner stood by Florida chiefs

Hernando County commissioners shut down the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department on Valentine’s Day 2017. They did so for good reason. The volunteers were failing to respond to 911 calls. They’d ignored a state requirement to hire a medical director. For more than two years, they never produced a financial audit to show how they were spending taxpayer dollars.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times

As fire chief search nears 3 years, Rhode Island city wants to eliminate mandatory retirement age

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said Monday he plans to conduct yet another search for a permanent fire chief, but it will likely begin after the City Council considers a proposal to remove the mandatory retirement age for high-ranking members of the fire and police departments. Pare told the Council Finance Committee the city’s search for a fire chief is nearing the three-year mark due in large part to an existing ordinance that requires firefighters to retire when they turn 60.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

Twins Mark 50 Years as New Jersey Firefighters

Roy and Ted Wagner were there at the beginning when their father played a big part in their central New Jersey hometown forming a volunteer fire company — and they're still going strong half a century after joining the ranks themselves. Long after following their father into service with the Plainsboro Volunteer Fire Company, the identical twin brothers were feted by colleagues this week for dedicating the last 50 years to their community.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse

Mystery Grows: Who caught the baby tossed from a blazing South Carolina home?

VIDEO - Dramatic cellphone video of a ball-cap-wearing man catching a baby dropped from a burning second-floor apartment has ignited something of a mystery in Anderson, South Carolina. The 8-second video has gotten thousands of views on Facebook, yet media outlets around the world have yet to ferret out the name of the hero.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Charlotte Observer

Ohio mayor ends illegal overtime reporting in police, fire departments

Prompted by a federal investigation, the mayor of Akron has put an end to the illegal, off-the-books tracking of overtime in the city’s police and fire departments. For more than 30 years, countless overtime hours — presumably tens of thousands — were often never recorded through the city’s formal payroll process, making it impossible for federal officials to get a true accounting of whether employees were being properly compensated.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal

Baltimore to use $4 million in excess speed camera revenue to cover Fire Department overtime

Baltimore’s revived speed camera system is generating millions more in revenue than what was planned — and city officials now intend to use that money to balance the Fire Department’s budget. The Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Catherine Pugh, is slated to vote Wednesday to use an extra $4 million generated by speed camera fines — on top of the $8 million in budgeted revenue from them — to help pay unfunded overtime expenses in the Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baltimore Sun

Exclusive look behind the scenes at NYPD, FDNY counterterrorism drill

An Eyewitness News exclusive provides a behind the scenes look at how first responders get themselves prepared for a catastrophe. Police and firefighters took part in a joint counterterrorism hazmat drill Tuesday night on Randalls Island. In the drill, something awful has happened on the subway. Screams reverberate throughout a stopped 7 train that's thick with chemical smoke.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV 7online.com

New Hampshire governor to nominate fire chief for state fire marshal

Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to nominate Salem's fire Chief Paul Parisi to the role of state fire marshal on Tuesday. “Chief Parisi has had a long and distinguished career protecting the people of Salem, and I am excited to have him lead the team over at the Division of Fire Safety,” Sununu in a statement on June 5.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lawrence Eagle Tribune

Florida firefighter and five-year-old compete in suit-up race

VIDEO - Competition between a firefighter and five-year-old boy can get heated, but the two certainly didn't fight fire with fire. While the challenges are spirited, the role models, who a little Georgia boy got to meet, are what makes the spirit of competition special. Noah Hensley is the reigning champion when it comes to suiting up in firefighter gear the fastest.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG-TV News Channel 7

North Carolina fire chief dies following training class

A local fire department is grieving after their chief passed away Sunday night after he went into cardiac arrest following a training. Hyde County Emergency Services says Engelhard Fire & Rescue Chief Tony Spencer III died shortly after the fire department held a prayer service for him. Spencer went into cardiac arrest a few hours following a Firefighter I & II hose certification class Thursday evening, May 31.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

Massachusetts city asks Legislature to allow fire chief to work past mandatory retirement age

When Beverly fire Chief Paul Cotter turns 65 next spring, he wants to still be serving alongside his fellow firefighters, not forced to retire as state law mandates. The city has petitioned the state Legislature to allow Cotter to continue to work, and retire on his own terms. The matter is currently under consideration.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Salem News

Virginia Beach firefighters group claims city knowingly burned a house with asbestos

A firefighters organization recently filed complaints with federal and state agencies about a training exercise, claiming that fire officials endangered its members and the public when they burned an empty Pungo house that contained asbestos. The city and the firefighters group agree the house contained the material, but how much was there and when fire officials learned of its existence is in dispute.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com

Man dies from injuries after being hit by Phoenix Fire Department vehicle

A man has died from his injuries after he was struck by a Phoenix Fire Department vehicle as it was leaving a station, according to officials. The incident occurred Monday near 12th Avenue and Pierce Street around 11:37 a.m., police said. The man was taken to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Chicago Fire Department diver laid to rest after emotional funeral

Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio, who died last week while trying to rescue a missing boater, was laid to rest on Monday. Hundreds attended the funeral at St. Rita High School Chapel on the Southwest Side, where Bucio's casket - draped in a Chicago flag - arrived via a CFD fire engine to the sounds of bagpipes.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

9 firefighters, 2 civilians injured in suspicious New York fire

A suspicious fire in Queens injured nine firefighters and two civilians early Monday morning. The fire broke out inside the home on 41st Avenue in Flushing just before 2:15 a.m. The two people who escaped before firefighters arrived had no business being in there. "It's supposed to be a vacant building," said Deputy Chief Brendan McSweeney, FDNY.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV 7online.com