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Houston city council puts firefighter pay parity measure on November ballot

Houston voters in November will choose whether to grant firefighters pay “parity” with police of corresponding rank and seniority. After weeks of wrangling over the issue — including angry debates, rare legislative maneuvers and allegations of electioneering — the city council voted unanimously Wednesday to place the proposal before voters Nov.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

2 Colorado firefighters airlifted to hospitals after rollover wreck

VIDEO - Two Franktown firefighters responding to a house fire in Sedalia rolled in their water truck Tuesday evening and were airlifted to area hospitals in critical condition, a spokesperson for South Metro Fire and Franktown Fire told 9NEWS. Early Wednesday morning, Franktown Fire tweeted the condition of the two firefighters had improved.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Washington department's newest deputy fire chief ready to help

Rex Strickland couldn’t be further from home. Coming from a county in Virginia whose eastern edge rubs against the nation’s capital, the Spokane Fire Department’s newest deputy fire chief is used to the rain. Lots of rain. And the people. Even more of them. That means he’s also acclimated to a bit more action than he’ll get in the other Washington’s second biggest city.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review

Los Angeles firefighter files discrimination suit, saying his equipment was smeared with feces

An African American firefighter filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday, alleging he repeatedly faced discrimination and retaliation while working at a fire station in South Los Angeles. Emanuel Brown, a 10-year employee, said the mistreatment began Easter Sunday in 2017, when he found feces in a compartment where he stored his jacket and breathing apparatus.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Tragedies, mishaps and close calls: 20 years of preventing LODDs through The Secret List

Chief Billy Goldfeder – “Billy G” as he is affectionately referred to by his innumerable fans in the fire service – has always been focused on firefighter survival. He attributes his interest to the 1970s, when firefighter line-of-duty deaths where all too common. “It really impacted me,” he says, because though, “we didn't know better back then,” it was accepted as part of the job.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Nevada fire department tests new sensor technology to find people faster in an emergency

The Reno Fire Department performed a new sensor technology test on Saturday, Aug.4 at the University of Nevada, Reno Innevation Center that can potentially help find people faster in an emergency. SimpleSense developed sensors to assist firefighters in what’s called the primary search. The primary search is the best chance for firefighters to find anyone trapped inside a burning building, and involves quickly searching as much of the building as possible to locate anyone still inside, according to Reno Fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRNV NBC Reno

IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing Announce 2018 Fire Chiefs of the Year

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company today announced the winners of the 2018 IAFC Fire Chief of the Year awards. Volunteer Fire Chief, Herbert Leusch, of the Glen Echo Fire Department in Bethesda, Maryland, and career Fire Chief, Joanne Hayes-White, of the San Francisco Fire Department are this year’s honorees.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

249 Nights Away at California Fires: Firefighter Families Cope With a 'New Normal'

Melissa Morgado began 2018 trying to solve an arithmetic problem: How many nights did she and her firefighter husband spend apart because of work in the previous year? He was gone for the hot summer months, of course, and again for most of October, and then 19 more days in December when deadly fires broke out on the Central Coast.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GovTech.com

Kansas Firefighter, His Two Sons Killed In Oklahoma Plane Crash

The Independence Rural Fire Department in Kansas confirms that one of their firefighters was killed in a plane crash Saturday (Aug. 4) outside Ponca City, Oklahoma. Sycamore Firefighter Nicholas Warner, along with two of his sons, his dad Bill, and friend Tim Valentine all died in the aircraft accident, according to a Facebook post.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

Fire Data Lab Announces Grant Opportunity

In 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) a grant to accelerate the creation of the Fire Data Lab (FDL). The FDL is a data warehouse that provides analytic tools to participating Public Safety Organizations (PSOs) in exchange for access to their performance data.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Data Lab

Man accused of killing California fire captain dies of illness six weeks after shooting

The man accused of fatally shooting a Long Beach fire captain six weeks ago after setting off a predawn explosion in a high-rise apartment building died in custody over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Thomas Man Kim, 77, died at 3:21 a.m. Sunday in the hospital ward of County-USC Medical Center, where he had been held since he was arrested June 25, said Deputy Wally Bracks of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Long Beach Press-Telegram

New Jersey firefighters mourn 'big-hearted' colleague who had medical emergency hours after call

Englishtown Fire Chief Lou Sarti said the death of long-time firefighter Pasquale "Pete the Pepper" DiBenedetto on Thursday has left a big hole in the close-knit volunteer department in Monmouth County. "It's a very big loss," Sarti said of the 47-year veteran of the department. "It's a hole I don't know if we'll be able to fill.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

Civil Service Commission upholds Massachusetts district fire chief’s pass over for promotion

The Civil Service Commission has denied an appeal from District Fire Chief Samuel Richesson who, despite scoring highest on the Civil Service exam, was passed over for promotion to deputy chief after his performance in an interview. “The preponderance of the evidence shows that Mr. Richesson performed poorly during his interview,” Christopher C.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Indiana medics turning to laughing gas as painkiller

Paramedics in an Indianapolis suburb will begin providing laughing gas instead of powerful opioid painkillers to patients. Fishers officials say the use of nitrous oxide is expected to reduce the amount of fentanyl administered to injured patients by about two-thirds. Fishers Fire Capt. John Mehling tells The Indianapolis Star using the gas commonly given in dentist offices will reduce the risk of addiction and harmful side effects with fentanyl.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Indiana Times

Oregon city council considers terminating fire chief over conflict-of-interest controversy

Responding to a conflict-of-interest controversy, the Oakridge City Council voted Thursday evening to consider terminating the contractor serving as its fire chief. The council voted 5-1 to meet with city attorneys in a nonpublic session to discuss potentially ending its contract with Michael Hansen.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Eugene Register-Guard

Rhode Island firefighters rescue 6 by ladder at apartment fire

Six people trapped in their apartments were rescued by firefighters from a burning three-story building Sunday afternoon in a fire that required “a massive effort” by the entire force of 88 firefighters on duty. Acting Deputy Assistant Chief Stephen Houle said firefighters arriving at 155 Elmwood Ave.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal

Bulldozer slipped 3 times before California firefighter’s fatal plunge near Yosemite

For more than four hours, no one heard from Braden Varney. The 10-year veteran of California’s firefighting force had been dispatched to bulldoze a firebreak on a precarious ridge near Marble Point in Mariposa County, an effort to contain the stubborn Ferguson Fire near Yosemite. It was before dawn on July 14, and the blaze that ignited a day earlier in Sierra National Forest was pushing toward the tiny town of Jerseydale.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

Fire Service Leaders to Convene in Dallas for Fire-Rescue International, August 8-11

More than 10,000 fire and emergency service leaders, experts, exhibitors, guests and industry partners from around the globe will assemble August 8-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, for Fire-Rescue International (FRI), the annual conference and expo of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

Man broke into Missouri firehouse, ate ice cream and walked around with a knife, authorities say

Authorities say a St. Louis man broke into a Kinloch firehouse for five hours Monday, ate a tub of ice cream, took a shower and stalked the building with a butcher knife and a fireman's tool before he was discovered. Thomas Robertson, 28, of the 400 block of Thomas Street in St. Louis, was charged Tuesday with felony second-degree burglary.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

5 ways to overcome politics to achieve the fire service mission

Much like Class D fires, political fires require special resources to extinguish ... water doesn’t work well. For all of the hyperbole about how “things burn differently in my town,” we hear all so often, there are some things affecting the fire service that do indeed “burn differently” from community to community.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1