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Georgia State Patrol investigating two fire truck wrecks

VIDEO: It’s been a tough couple of weeks for firefighters in Walton County and Social Circle. There have been two fire truck wrecks at nearly the same spot. A Social Circle firefighter remained at Grady Memorial Hospital’s ICU, while three other firefighters are at home recovering. The Georgia State Patrol is examining both wrecks to see if it was a terrible coincidence or if roadway improvements might be needed.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 5 Atlanta

Fire District in Montana asks judge to dismiss lawsuit, sues state

The Central Valley Fire District asked a Gallatin County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit that claims the fire district doesn’t have the authority to enforce state fire codes on a wedding venue in the Belgrade area. Foster Creek Farm filed the lawsuit against the fire district in Gallatin County District Court in May.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

California teens show off their skills learned at firefighter youth academy

VIDEO: For the past nine weeks, teens from the Sacramento area have been learning what it takes to become a firefighter. The Sacramento Regional Firefighter Youth Academy offers a program that provides life guidance and career exploration for at-risk high schoolers. “We characterize ‘at risk’ as being youth who might have academic, social or economic challenges in their life, and we just want to make sure that we can be a resource and that we can provide opportunities for youth to be successful in life,” said Byron Berhel, a retired fire captain who is now the CEO for Solutions for At Risk Youth.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA 3

At a frigid crash on New York interstate, firefighters use industrial heater to help save driver's life

VIDEO: he wind chill was -30 degrees Monday morning when a rental box truck crashed into the back of a tractor trailer on the Thruway in Henrietta. The driver's life was saved, in part, because the firefighters who got there kept him warm. They used an industrial heater to pump hot air into the cab of the truck when they were trying to pull him out.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHEC News 10

Florida fire department rolls out Peer Support training

Deaths of first responders to suicide, increased depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other symptoms of mental health trauma have led some fire department leaders to change the way they want to see their peers cope with the often stressful and heartbreaking job. “Tradition is you just suck it up and go about your day, and just let it go,” Lakeland Fire Department Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Ledger

City warned about lack of fire training 17 years before fatal blaze in Delaware

The 1997 fire at the Delaware Trust building was a wake-up call. Firefighters were confused about who was in charge and struggled to coordinate during the high-rise blaze that injured 15 of them at what is now the Residences at Rodney Square, federal investigators said in a report two years later. The feds recommended additional training.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)

West Virginia firefighters arrested for setting county blazes 'for the excitement of it'

Four McDowell County firefighters were arrested Thursday on charges of intentionally setting fires in the War area of McDowell County. Cody Patterson, 26, James Stutson, 40, Michael Click, 28, and Brandon Short, 22, have all been charged by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office with first-degree arson and conspiracy, according to a press release from the agency.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times West Virginian

Injured Iowa firefighter breathing on his own

Though still in critical condition, Clinton firefighter Adam Cain now is breathing on his own and “continues to slowly improve” from a Jan. 5 explosion that killed a colleague, according to an update Thursday from the city. The 23-year-old’s ventilator was removed Wednesday, City Administrator Matt Brooke said.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette

4 patients treated after suspicious package reported at California courthouse

VIDEO: Firefighters treated four patients including a sheriff's deputy at the courthouse in Santa Ana after a package was opened that made them feel ill, officials said. A sheriff's deputy opened a package on the third floor of the courthouse and several people immediately felt ill, officials said. An Orange County hazardous materials team and the bomb squad responded around 2:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC7.com

Pennsylvania township establishes pay-per-call program for fire companies

In an effort to incentivize volunteer firefighters and encourage their continued life-saving efforts in Plymouth Township, the governing body unanimously approved a pay-per-call retention program. Active volunteer members with Plymouth Fire Co. and Harmonville Fire Co. are eligible for nominal payments for service and training provided members either respond to a minimum of 15 percent of the total number of dispatched emergency calls or attend at least 50 percent of the total weekly fire company sponsored training/drill nights.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times Herald

New York senator honors hero firefighter John Heller on Senate floor

VIDEO: A former Oneonta firefighter who died after rescuing his fiancé and nephews from a burning apartment in December was recognized by the New York State Senate on Tuesday. State Senator Jim Seward honored John Heller with a special New York State Senate Resolution. He was granted the state senate’s Liberty Medal, the highest honor given by the New York State Senate.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 12 NEWS WBNG

Critical incident intervention for first responders bill signed into law in Massachusetts

VIDEO: Governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill 2633 on Wednesday to make sure first responders aren't penalized for seeking counseling after a traumatic experience. Under the new law, crisis intervention services will be required at police and fire stations across the state. Critical incident stress management teams will help first responders who are coping with psychological stress or trauma.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP.com

Three Washington firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment

Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from bug bombs. The firefighters were responding to a fire alarm around 1 p.m. at Central Park Condominiums near South Eastern Road and East Sixth Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they saw no fire or smoke, but saw an overturned wheelchair and crawled through a window to find if someone was in the apartment, said Greg Rodgers, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review

Houston mayor meets with firefighters, says he is open to negotiating phase-in of raises

For the first time since the November election, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday sat down with the head of the firefighters union and said he is willing to negotiate a plan to phase in raises mandated by the voter-approved charter amendment that requires the city to pay firefighters the same as police of equal rank and seniority.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

City in South Carolina limits fire truck responses on non-life-threatening medical calls

The city of Charleston is limiting fire truck responses on non-life threatening medical calls, following in the footsteps of other local municipalities who’ve done so for several years. Fire personnel in Charleston will now only respond to the non-life threatening 911 calls — like nausea and earaches — when Emergency Medical Service workers either request assistance or the anticipated EMS response time is longer than 10 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post and Courier

Houston firefighters ask judge to force city to implement Proposition B 'pay parity'

The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association sought a court order Tuesday aiming to force the city to pay firefighters the same as police officers of corresponding rank and seniority, one day before Mayor Sylvester Turner and the union are set to discuss ideas for implementing pay raises. The move comes more than two months after voters approved Proposition B, a November ballot measure granting pay parity to Houston firefighters, which would amount to a massive raise that Turner says the city cannot afford.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

Pennsylvania county considers whether to offer paid time off to firefighters

Paid or unpaid, that is the question. Beaver County officials are considering whether to pay firefighters who are given excused absences for responding to emergency calls under a proposed policy. After a September pipeline explosion in Center Township, Commissioners Chairman Daniel Camp requested the county develop a policy that would allow volunteer firefighters who work for the county to take unpaid time off without penalty if they respond to an emergency prior to their shifts.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Beaver County Times

New Florida firefighter's dad couldn't attend his graduation, so crew brought the ceremony to him

A new Orange County firefighter had barely started his first shift when his crew gave him a surprise from his father and his new Fire Rescue family Monday night. Firefighter Greg Ferone was among the 41 new OCFR’s recruits who graduated Friday at Valencia College. As part of the ceremony, members of Class 84 were honored with ceremonial pins given to them by family members who served in the military, fire rescue or law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

'It Means Something to Me': Ohio Firefighter Saves American Flag From Vietnam Vet's Burning Home

VIDEO: An Ohio firefighter saved an American flag from a Vietnam veteran's burning home, telling "Fox & Friends" Monday that he could not bear to watch Old Glory be incinerated. Allen Skomer, an eight-year Navy veteran and member of the Toldeo Fire and Rescue Department, was battling the early morning blaze Friday when he spotted the flag on the home's front porch.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News Insider

3 Firefighters, 1 Police Officer Hurt Responding To Fire In Indiana

VIDEO: Three firefighters and a police officer were injured Tuesday night, when a four-alarm fire gutted a 122-year-old building in Hobart, Indiana. The fire started around 9:15 p.m. in a tanning salon at 3rd and Center streets. Flames quickly spread to the apartments above. Everyone inside the building got out safely, but three firefighters were injured while extinguishing the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago