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Network Of Cameras Bring New Focus On Wildfires In California

VIDEO: There now is a network of cameras in high fire risk areas up and down the state helping guide firefighting efforts. It started with just three cameras in Tahoe and grew exponentially. Now, the fairly new technology is already proving to be a critical tool when it comes to pinpointing the location of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacaramento

Pennsylvania city looks to hire more female and minority firefighters

City officials hope a consultant can help attract a more diverse pool of job applicants to the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau. City Council on Tuesday introduced a resolution that would authorize the hiring of the National Testing Network at a maximum cost of $49,875 for a study of fire bureau hiring practices and the inability to attract more women and minorities.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TribLIVE

Illinois first responders get training to assist those with autism

About 70 local police officers, firefighters, paramedics, high school and mall security and emergency dispatchers from North Riverside, Brookfield, Riverside and Brookfield Zoo got a crash course in handling incidents involving people on the autism spectrum last week during special training sessions at the North Riverside Village Commons.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Riverside-Brookfield Landmark

Stabbing attack inside same house as medic run leaves Detroit Fire Union Chief wanting better responder protection

"People can flip on a dime, this situation was so quick and so crazy," Detroit Fire Union Chief Mike Nevin said, describing the dangerous scene his fire crew faced Saturday night. They were called to Arizona Street for a man in his 50s who had a possible heart attack. When medics arrived they started CPR.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit

Families of Florida firefighters protest against proposed pay cut

The families of Hialeah firefighters gathered together Monday with a very public message about pay. They are upset over a pay cut and the timing of the city's announcement about the cut. Monday's news conference was organized by the Hialeah Firefighters Union, but the faces of the event were the spouses and the children of the local firemen and women.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

University student firefighters in Louisiana help protect their fellow students

In addition to their textbooks and classwork, Nicholls State University students Ira Bourg and Landon Woolridge always carry their pagers to class with them. The small radios let these students know when it’s time to take action on their other role as firefighters with the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houma Today

Deferred retirement is an option for city firefighters in West Virginia

The city's firefighters will soon be able to apply for deferred retirement, and the City of Beckley will likely see a net gain of $2 million into the city's pension funds as retirement-age municipal employees opt to work an additional five years, said Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold. The West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board on Friday approved an application by city treasurer Billie Trump that will allow Beckley Fire Department firefighters to defer retirement for five years.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Register-Herald - Metered Site

Texas firefighters start volunteer fire department after city dissolves department

After being sued by the City of Howardwick, firefighters there are starting a new volunteer department that’ll mainly respond to incidents outside the city limits. The District 9 Volunteer Fire Department started a month ago after receiving approval from the Donley County Commissioners’ Court. It will respond to areas north of Howardwick going toward I-40 and mainly west on the interstate.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFDA-TV CBS 10 Amarillo

Houston firefighter dies after suffering medical emergency at station

A Houston firefighter has died at Station 27 while performing assigned station duties, according to Chief Samuel Pena. Kenneth Stavinoha was cutting grass when the medical emergency occurred. He had been part of the Houston Fire Department since 2018. "We are grateful for Stavinoha's service, unwavering courage as a first responder and his dedication to protecting citizens since joining HFD in January 2018.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston

Injured Pennsylvania firefighter dies 1 year after crash

A Kunkle Fire Company firefighter who was hit and severely injured by a dump truck almost exactly one year ago has died, the fire department announced Friday. “We deeply regret to announce the passing of Firefighter Ed Nulton Sr. who passed away Thursday,” the department said in a Facebook announcement.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Citizens' Voice

Massive fire in Cincinnati spreads to 5 homes, 1 collapses

VIDEO: A massive, four-alarm fire spread to five homes and displaced two families early Monday, Cincinnati fire officials said. Firefighters responded to Addison and Halstead streets in the Clifton Heights-Fairview-University Heights neighborhood just after 4:30 a.m. Monday. They received a report of a house fully involved.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati

Indiana: University of Notre Dame Fire Department brings on first female firefighters

Two women are smashing the University of Notre Dame Fire Department‘s gender barrier. Michelle Woolverton and Christi Shibata were sworn in recently as the department’s first-ever full-time female firefighters since its inception 140 years ago. Woolverton, 42, started with NDFD in August and Shibata, 37, in July.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Bend Tribune

Pennyslvania State Representative sponsors bill to support volunteer firefighters

To stem the tide of declining membership and award volunteers, the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved legislation last week to expand the use of volunteer relief money for volunteer firefighters. House Bill 1673 would create the Length of Service Award Program to provide tax-deferred income benefits to active volunteer firefighters, and expand the use of relief funds to include assistance and materials for volunteer recruitment and retention.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Intelligencer

FDNY Firefighters Say Mayor’s Vision Zero Initiative Slowed Down Emergency Response Times

The FDNY’s response time has gone up and the firefighters union says part of the problem is a program meant to make New York City streets safer. It is taking the New York City Fire Department longer to respond to fires and other emergencies, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest management report.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV 55 Riverhead

Virginia Board Vote Over Sprinkler Mandate Sparks Outcry From Firefighters

Plenty of new housing needs to be built in Northern Virginia over the next few decades to keep up with expected job growth, but for now some of it won’t include built-in sprinkler systems. This week, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development voted against an update to the Commonwealth’s construction code that would have required that sprinklers be put in all new single-family homes and townhouses.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAMU 88.5 American University Radio

North Carolina woman stalled firefighters for 13 minutes after witnesses said they saw her firing a gun, police say

Firefighters watched helplessly Wednesday as black smoke billowed over a treeline from a nearby apartment complex. They had arrived at 5:15 p.m. to fight a fire in Apartment F at Legacy Crossing Apartments at 3914 Hahn’s Lane, but police told them to wait on a nearby street so they could arrest the woman accused of setting the fire who witnesses said was also firing a gun.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Greensboro News & Record

Pennsylvania high school offers course training students to become volunteer firefighters

Volunteer fire departments across the region and even the state of Pennsylvania have started to shrink over the years as fewer people come forward to volunteer. But a solution to the lack of recruits might have been found within local schools. North Star High School added a new class students can take this year.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAC-TV NBC/CW+ 6 Johnstown

Florida: Titusville’s Great Fire of 1895 Ravaged Majority of City’s Business District

Like so many other small towns, Titusville’s citizens since the city’s founding in 1867 has banded together to protect their homes and businesses from fires. They held socials and collected subscriptions to support basic fire protection for their town. They urged their neighbors to install lightning rods on their homes and clear their lots of overgrowth to prevent fires from starting or spreading.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SpaceCoastDaily.com

Pennsylvania officials unanimously approve bill to forgive student loans of volunteer firefighters, first responders

Pennsylvania officials have unanimously passed a new measure that seeks to ease the burden of student loan debt for municipal volunteers of fire companies, rescue companies, and non-profit emergency medical services. An amended version of the bill will head to Pennsylvania's House of Representatives after it was passed Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTXF-TV FOX 29 Philadelphia

U.S. Fire Administration Report: Vast majority of fire-related firefighter injuries linked to structure blazes

Of the estimated 26,000 fire-related firefighter injuries that occurred annually from 2015 to 2017, 87% were related to structure fires, according to data published in the July edition of the U.S. Fire Administration’s “Topical Fire Report Series.” Additionally, according to the data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System, firefighters were more than 11 times more likely to be injured in a structure fire than in a nonstructure fire during the three-year period – 11.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety+Health Magazine

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