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Video: Firefighter rides crash victim’s motorized wheelchair to his nursing home in Oklahoma City

According to the fire department, a man on a motorized wheelchair was hit by a vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. near Northwest 23rd Street and Meridian Avenue. The man was taken to a hospital, and firefighters figured out a way to bring his wheelchair to the nearby nursing home, so it will be there when he returns.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City

Firefighter, retired police officer among 29 charged in New York drug bust

VIDEO: A Middletown firefighter and a retired Spring Valley police officer were among the dozens arrested as part of a sweep of allegedly drug dealing bikers in Orange County Tuesday. Authorities say more than 20 people were taken into custody when search warrants were executed at 15 locations in connection with two separate drug rings, with the same man -- fire Lieutenant Paul Young -- at the center of both.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 7 News

Wisconsin firefighter takes his life; Fire Chief speaks on importance of mental health

VIDEO: On Friday, Platteville Fire Chief Ryan Simmons got a phone call he wasn't expecting. "It felt like a shock to us," Simmons said. Volunteer firefighter Tim Ebert died by suicide last week. "He was a student at UW-Platteville. So, between being a student working part time and being a volunteer on the Fire Department, he was a pretty busy guy," Simmons said.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 47 News

Arbitrator upholds firing Florida fire medic in motorcycle gang

A federal arbitrator says Hillsborough County was justified in firing a Fire Rescue medic who belonged to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, noting the negative attention his membership brought the county. Clinton Neal Walker, 35, of Bradenton, was fired a year ago after an internal investigation concluded he had “unwavering loyalty” to the Outlaws, long considered the state’s dominant motorcycle gang.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times

Alabama city council mulls making Montgomery police and fire highest paid officers in state

With last year’s pay raises in effect, City Council members now want to know what it would take to make Montgomery’s public safety officers the highest paid in the state. For years, retention troubles have plagued the Montgomery Police Department and Montgomery Fire/Rescue. Despite high marks from outside groups on their performance, police lost around 60 officers last year, while firefighters had about 30 leave.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser

Video: Firefighter rides crash victim’s motorized wheelchair to his nursing home in Oklahoma City

According to the fire department, a man on a motorized wheelchair was hit by a vehicle at about 12:30 p.m. near Northwest 23rd Street and Meridian Avenue. The man was taken to a hospital, and firefighters figured out a way to bring his wheelchair to the nearby nursing home, so it will be there when he returns.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City

Firefighter, retired police officer among 29 charged in New York drug bust

VIDEO: A Middletown firefighter and a retired Spring Valley police officer were among the dozens arrested as part of a sweep of allegedly drug dealing bikers in Orange County Tuesday. Authorities say more than 20 people were taken into custody when search warrants were executed at 15 locations in connection with two separate drug rings, with the same man -- fire Lieutenant Paul Young -- at the center of both.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 7 News

Wisconsin firefighter takes his life; Fire Chief speaks on importance of mental health

VIDEO: On Friday, Platteville Fire Chief Ryan Simmons got a phone call he wasn't expecting. "It felt like a shock to us," Simmons said. Volunteer firefighter Tim Ebert died by suicide last week. "He was a student at UW-Platteville. So, between being a student working part time and being a volunteer on the Fire Department, he was a pretty busy guy," Simmons said.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 47 News

Arbitrator upholds firing Florida fire medic in motorcycle gang

A federal arbitrator says Hillsborough County was justified in firing a Fire Rescue medic who belonged to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, noting the negative attention his membership brought the county. Clinton Neal Walker, 35, of Bradenton, was fired a year ago after an internal investigation concluded he had “unwavering loyalty” to the Outlaws, long considered the state’s dominant motorcycle gang.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times

Alabama city council mulls making Montgomery police and fire highest paid officers in state

With last year’s pay raises in effect, City Council members now want to know what it would take to make Montgomery’s public safety officers the highest paid in the state. For years, retention troubles have plagued the Montgomery Police Department and Montgomery Fire/Rescue. Despite high marks from outside groups on their performance, police lost around 60 officers last year, while firefighters had about 30 leave.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Montgomery Advertiser

California fire chief to attend State of the Union as congresswoman's guest

In the last year, Ventura County's first responders have been put through the wringer. From the Thomas Fire in December 2017 to the Woolsey Fire, and the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in between in November, it's safe to say it hasn't been easy. But in the face of all the hardship and tragedy, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen has been a steadying force not only for the first responders, but for the community — which is why Congresswoman Julia Brownley will have Lorenzen as her guest to the State of the Union Address Tuesday night in Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star

California fire chief to attend to State of the Union as congresswoman's guest

In the last year, Ventura County's first responders have been put through the wringer. From the Thomas Fire in December 2017 to the Woolsey Fire, and the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in between in November, it's safe to say it hasn't been easy. But in the face of all the hardship and tragedy, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen has been a steadying force not only for the first responders, but for the community — which is why Congresswoman Julia Brownley will have Lorenzen as her guest to the State of the Union Address Tuesday night in Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star

Update: City will take firefighters’ union battle to New York's highest court

Three days after losing a lower court’s ruling, the city is taking steps to take an arbitration case against the city’s firefighters’ union to the state’s highest court. On Friday, the state Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester, unanimously reversed a ruling by state Supreme Court Judge James P.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter with special needs is breaking barriers

VIDEO: A Dauphin County firefighter with special needs is breaking barriers serving his community. 33-year-old Danny Zmitrovich has been working with Hummelstown Fire Department for the last seventeen years. “I’m like, we’re going! So we grab our gear jump in the truck and go!" said Zmitrovich. "I like helping out people that need the help so that’s why I do this job for a reason," he added.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 43

Alabama Fire Chief reveals cancer diagnosis

VIDEO: Mobile's Fire Chief, Mark Sealy, reveals that he was diagnosed with cancer several months ago. The diagnosis of kidney cancer came last summer when he was attending a fire chief's conference in Texas. A company called Lifescan Wellness Centers was conducting full body ultrasounds on first responders at the meeting.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wKRG

City Council to question Maryland fire department after truck catches fire and stations shut down

The Baltimore City Council plans to summon Fire Department leaders for hearings after an aging firetruck caught fire and amid warnings from the firefighters' union about the agency’s readiness to respond to emergencies. Councilman Brandon Scott, chairman of the public safety committee, said the first hearing will be one of a series to keep a closer watch on the department.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Metered Site

California fire chief to attend to State of the Union as congresswoman's guest

In the last year, Ventura County's first responders have been put through the wringer. From the Thomas Fire in December 2017 to the Woolsey Fire, and the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in between in November, it's safe to say it hasn't been easy. But in the face of all the hardship and tragedy, Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen has been a steadying force not only for the first responders, but for the community — which is why Congresswoman Julia Brownley will have Lorenzen as her guest to the State of the Union Address Tuesday night in Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star

Update: City will take firefighters’ union battle to New York's highest court

Three days after losing a lower court’s ruling, the city is taking steps to take an arbitration case against the city’s firefighters’ union to the state’s highest court. On Friday, the state Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester, unanimously reversed a ruling by state Supreme Court Judge James P.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter with special needs is breaking barriers

VIDEO: A Dauphin County firefighter with special needs is breaking barriers serving his community. 33-year-old Danny Zmitrovich has been working with Hummelstown Fire Department for the last seventeen years. “I’m like, we’re going! So we grab our gear jump in the truck and go!" said Zmitrovich. "I like helping out people that need the help so that’s why I do this job for a reason," he added.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 43

Alabama Fire Chief reveals cancer diagnosis

VIDEO: Mobile's Fire Chief, Mark Sealy, reveals that he was diagnosed with cancer several months ago. The diagnosis of kidney cancer came last summer when he was attending a fire chief's conference in Texas. A company called Lifescan Wellness Centers was conducting full body ultrasounds on first responders at the meeting.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wKRG

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