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Chicago Firefighter Seriously Injured After 'Mayday' Called in Apartment Blaze

A firefighter was in serious condition after being pulled from a South Side building following a "mayday" call Wednesday afternoon. Chicago Fire Media tweeted a mayday for a lost firefighter was called around 1:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of King Drive in the Bronzeville neighborhood. The fire was reported on the fourth floor of an apartment building, where a firefighter became "disoriented" in heavy smoke and was separated from his company.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Chicago

San Francisco firefighters sue amid tangled charges of harassment, station affair

Six former commanders and two firefighters at a San Francisco fire station who were reassigned amid a sexual harassment investigation in 2016 sued the city Wednesday, saying they were discriminated against because the alleged harassment victim was having an affair with a battalion chief. Firefighters at Station 2 on Powell Street in Chinatown were accused of waging a three-month campaign of sexual harassment against a female co-worker starting in late 2015, in which they allegedly taunted her, urinated in her bed and smeared feces in her bathroom.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFGate.com

Arizona fire department saves money by building own ambulance with local companies

Buying local to replace an aging ambulance has provided big savings for an Arizona fire department. Yuma Fire Chief Steve Irr discovered a new unit typically costs $210,000. But Irr and Fleet Manager Floyd Friar instead elected to save the city of Yuma about $70,000 by buying a new chassis from an auto dealership and then paying other businesses to finish outfitting the vehicle, which includes a gurney to load patients.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC

FDNY firefighters union says ex-leader sold out members by taking city job

A former FDNY union head has pissed off rank-and-file firefighters by selling out — and now they are suing to get back some of his pay, saying he violated their contract. The Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York is suing its longest-serving president for switching sides to take a cushy job running the city’s Fire Department Pension Fund.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

As Massachusetts city builds new police headquarters, firefighters seek answers on station conditions

As the city moves forward with its plans to build a new Police Department headquarters, some Medford firefighters say the needs of their department are not being adequately addressed. Firefighters Eddie Buckley and James Flynn from Medford Firefighters Local 1032 spoke at the City Council’s Feb. 13 meeting about what they described as inadequate maintenance of fire stations, outdated fire apparatus and insufficient involvement of firefighters in the city’s plans to construct a new training tower and fire headquarters.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Medford

Los Angeles fire chief raises concerns about 'divisive' workplace incidents involving firefighters

The Los Angeles Fire Department has experienced a series of "divisive" workplace incidents in recent months, including at least one debate between firefighters over protests by NFL players, according to a letter to the agency's employees. In a two-page letter posted Friday, Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said his agency has experienced "on-duty heated discussions regarding the perception of a lack of patriotism by NFL players" who have kneeled during the national anthem.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Florida firefighter overcomes fear of heights to assist in high-rise rescue

VIDEO - Two members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department on Tuesday detailed how they assisted in a stunning high-rise rescue. JFRD engineers Patrick Schneider and Justin Smith both played important roles in rescuing two men dangling on the side of the BB&T Bank Building in downtown Jacksonville early Monday evening.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville

Texas firefighters union targets city manager salary, tenure

The San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association on Tuesday announced a campaign that, among other things, targets the city manager. Calling it the “San Antonio First” campaign, union boss Chris Steele said his organization is partnering with others — ranging from the COPS/Metro Alliance to former local tea party president George Rodriguez — to seek voter signatures on three separate petitions, all calling for changes to the city charter.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Conexion SA

IAFC Organizing Fire Operations Conference in Middle East

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today announced it is organizing the first International Fire Operations Conference, April 10-12, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton in Manama, Bahrain. The prestigious event is being organized in collaboration with Saudi Aramco, a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

9/11 responders' health treatment and monitoring threatened by Trump’s budget plan

Hidden in the fine print of President Trump’s latest budget proposal is a detail that could directly impact 9/11 first responders: The reorganization of the federal agency that oversees their health treatment and monitoring. Currently, the World Trade Center Health Program is housed within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Two New York firefighters injured after wall collapse at commercial fire

Two city firefighters were injured Monday when a wall collapsed while multiple fire crews were battling a massive blaze in a large storage building on Newell Street. The two unidentified firefighters were taken by ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center, one on a stretcher. Fire Chief Dale C. Herman confirmed one of the injured firefighters was later transferred to a Syracuse hospital.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Virginia fire chief announces retirement amid complaints about handling of sexual harassment

Fairfax County’s fire chief announced his retirement Friday, a little more than a week after county officials said they would investigate allegations that the department had failed to curb sexual harassment. Richard R. Bowers Jr. has received high marks during his five-year tenure for the department’s firefighting work, but was dogged by complaints and a handful of lawsuits claiming that women were mistreated in the ranks.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington Post

Out of Station nightclub fire's ashes, tougher building codes arose in Rhode Island

In 2003, John Bernardo worked occasional nights as a DJ in bars throughout the state, hired to bring in people who wanted to dance and buy drinks. After Feb. 20, 2003, the night 100 people — including two of his friends — were killed and more than 200 injured, many severely, in the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, that all changed.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal

How South Carolina first responders are trying to save their own

Emily Avin was supposed to come home that day in September. Her parents had arranged it: Avin would move back into their country home in the small Florence County town of Pamplico, where she grew up playing softball and cheering for her high school football team as the mascot. It would be a break, for a month or so, from her job as a paramedic, a career the young woman loved but now found emotionally draining.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Charleston Post and Courier

At least $2M in damage after fire destroys New Jersey rescue squad building, ambulances

Four members of the American Legion Ambulance Association in Woodstown escaped unhurt Monday after an early morning blaze devastated their squad building and caused at least $2 million in damage. The blaze broke out around 4 a.m. and destroyed five ambulances and caused significant damage to a sixth, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

Follow Up: Veteran Los Angeles cops and firefighters can work one shift, then collect double pay for years

A program that allows Los Angeles cops and firefighters to collect their pensions and salaries simultaneously at the end of their careers was originally hailed as a no-cost way to keep the most experienced officers on the job. But six years into the program it was clear there were serious problems, including reports that aging officers with bad backs and aching knees were joining and then immediately going out on long injury leaves — sometimes for years — at essentially twice the pay.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Washington fire department's air packs found to be clear of contaminants

Spokane firefighters may soon breath easy again after a recent round of testing determined there are no contaminants in the department’s air tanks. The test results, announced by the city Thursday morning at a news conference, come from health consultant companies Veritox, Inc. and TRI Air Testing, which both found no traces of toxic metals in firefighter’s self-contacted breathing apparatus (SCBA) bottles.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review

New York firefighters support legislation on EMS billing

Several Long Island elected officials and volunteer fire service leaders expressed support Thursday for legislation that would allow fire departments to bill insurance companies and government benefits programs for emergency medical services. Tom McDonough, former chief of the Port Washington Fire Department, said the measure would generate needed revenue — and ultimately save lives.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday

North Carolina fire chief on diversity: ‘I want to be inclusive'

Charlotte's fire chief sat down one-on-one with Eyewitness News to talk about his mission to push for diversity. This comes days after firefighters packed City Hall, standing united against more claims of unfair treatment of minorities. Chief Pete Key said the department is taking a grassroots approach to recruiting and that wherever he goes, he does his best to bring people into the department.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wsoctv.com

West Virginia teen accused of stealing fire department truck, claiming to be chief

A teen investigators say stole a fire department vehicle is behind bars. Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies say Aubrey Turley III, 18, of Uneeda, is charged with grand larceny. Turley was arraigned Thursday afternoon by a Kanawha County Magistrate. According to a criminal complaint, Turley stole a pickup truck from the Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department Thursday morning.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wsaz.com