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Agencies in Idaho boost efforts to stop wildland firefighter suicides

Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West. Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team that responded to large-scale national disasters. On some days he directed a thousand firefighters and helped coordinate aircraft attacks on massive blazes.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

New Jersey cops and firefighters are asking for much bigger raises

After West Windsor’s police contract expired at the end of last year and negotiations with the township stalled, the union turned to an arbitrator to break the impasse. The local union’s demands? Four percent annual pay hikes for sergeants and for patrolmen at the top of the scale and 2 percent annual wage increases for everyone else, in addition to the standard wage increases officers receive for additional years of service.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

Is Cincinnati a 'slumlord' to its aging fire stations, old buildings with millions needed for repairs?

Fire Station 49 on Prentice Avenue in Madisonville was built in 1910, when firefighters traveled by horse and buggy. Except for modest updates over the years, such as turning the horse stalls into a kitchen, the building hasn’t changed much. It’s clean and meets city codes, officials say, but the tiny space isn’t comfortable for the firefighters who work 24-hour shifts here.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati

More Than 400 Elevators Got Stuck During Manhattan Blackout, FDNY Says

VIDEO: More than 400 elevators got stuck when a massive blackout wiped out power in parts of Manhattan on Saturday, the city’s fire commissioner said. The blackout left 73,000 customers without electricity for several hours on Saturday evening, Con Edison said. At a press conference on Sunday, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said more than 400 elevators got stuck during the outage.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

Firefighters tell the story of North Carolina man’s ‘miraculous’ rescue in home explosion

VIDEO: Finally, firefighters saw his face. Cardiologist Jebran Karam was buried under six to eight feet of rubble when his Ballantyne house exploded July 2, firefighters from Charlotte Fire Station No. 3 told reporters Friday. Somehow, Karam stayed conscious. He called 911 on his smartwatch and stayed on the phone with dispatchers, so his rescue team knew he was alive.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer

Mayor, firefighter union president clash over dynamic staffing in New York fire department

VIDEO: An impasse between City Hall and the Rochester firefighter's union continues. As of July 1, 2019, one city firehouse goes dark every night. Firefighters at nearby stations answer the calls. "Okay, I'll just leave this here with you," said Mayor Lovely Warren to the president of Rochester Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1071.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Firefighter who inspired 9/11 New Jersey law will have to pay for insurance 'gap'

The Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and Cleanup Operations Act that gives disability coverage to first responders who were part of the rescue, recovery or cleanup at the World Trade Center site after 9/11, won't immediately help the firefighter who inspired the measure. Fire Lt. Bill Ricci, who will retire July 18 from the Clifton Fire Department due to lung disease connected to his time at ground zero, will have to pay for health benefits under COBRA during the "gap" between retirement and when his disability pension is approved.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site

Dallas firefighters gear-cleaning service suspended until further notice

VIDEO: The list is growing of Dallas firefighters who have died from cancer. "It's the number one killer of firefighters," Jim McDade said. He's been with Dallas Fire-Rescue for 14 years and is President of the Dallas Firefighters Association. McDade said it's a risk firefighters take with so many carcinogens during fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

VIDEO: Ohio boy reunites with firefighter hero on his birthday

When little Jahid Mitchell walked into the Central Ohio Fire Museum and Learning Center, he was wide-eyed and ready to explore. It was his 2nd birthday, and he was reuniting with the man who saved him from a burning home last fall. "It’s awesome," said Columbus Fire Investigator Mike DeFrancisco. "It’s a celebration of his life, and he’s still here to celebrate that.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus

Take a tour of the Global SuperTanker as its crew gears up for another California fire season

VIDEO: As warm and dry conditions ramp up, California firefighters are gearing up for what could be another deadly summer. And, as evident in the skies above the capital region, they aren’t the only ones preparing. The Global SuperTanker, the world’s largest firefighting airplane, arrived at Sacramento’s McClellan Airport in late June, complete with its four pilots, to train in the region they’ll likely spend the next few months.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee - Metered Site

Police say Boston EMT brutally stabbed by patient in ambulance

A Boston first responder underwent emergency surgery Wednesday after being stabbed multiple times by a patient she was treating in the back of an ambulance while en route to the hospital, officials said. A 31-year-old “emotionally disturbed” woman began stabbing the female EMT who was treating her in the back of an ambulance headed for Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley told the Boston Herald.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston

New York: Fire commissioner mandates diversity and inclusion training for entire fire department

The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team first reported a racist incident involving a Buffalo fire rookie finding a stuffed monkey hanging in the kitchen at Engine 4 in South Buffalo last week. Since then, the city has taken a series of steps to address what is being called a “culture issue” within the department.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo

Fire department's new earthquake system a first in Northern California

VIDEO: Underground, there is a sophisticated network of sensors that monitor earthquake activity around the globe. Menlo Park Fire Department is the first public agency in Northern California to take advantage of that system through the Mexico-based SkyAlert software technology. SkyAlert uses USGS sensor data and connects it to the Menlo Fire Department's smart home system.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Volunteers from two stations merge to form new volunteer fire department in Pennsylvania

Mechanicsburg’s two volunteer fire companies are joining forces to serve the borough as one new entity, according to a press release issued Wednesday. The newly formed Mechanicsburg Volunteer Fire Department was formed to improve public safety services and create a stronger volunteer fire-rescue service to serve the borough and surrounding communities, company officials said in the release.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43 York

Texas fire department stands by response times during deadly July Fourth holiday

The Fort Worth Fire Department is standing behind its response protocol after a deadly Independence Day holiday. The department responded to hundreds of calls during a 24-hour period. During one call, a 19-year-old died of fireworks burns. The fire department released a snapshot of its work on July Fourth.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDFW-TV FOX 4 Dallas

Study Finds Firefighters from California's Tubbs Fire Have Elevated Levels Of Toxins In Their System

VIDEO: Firefighters who battled the October 2017 Tubbs Fire in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties have tested at “troubling” levels for toxic exposure, according to a new study. 148 firefighters volunteered to be part of the study conducted by the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Only two states, including South Carolina, have not passed bill compensating firefighters with cancer

New Jersey passed a firefighter cancer bill Monday, joining 47 states who already passed the bill, and leaving South Carolina as one of only two states without this protection for firefighters. Roger Odachowski, president of the South Carolina Professional Firefighter Association, says that firefighters are not just saving lives, they are putting their own health at risk.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIV-TV ABC 4 Charleston

Georgia firefighter training to go to the Tokyo Olympics

VIDEO: In just over a year, Team USA will join Olympians from all over the world in Tokyo, Japan. A firefighter in Clayton County hopes to be among them. Mikel Thomas said a career that depends on fast reactions will help them achieve that goal. Thomas is is one of Clayton County's finest and can get suited up to fight fires - fast.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Police chief: No danger to public as New Jersey fire chiefs worked without certification

The city’s fire chief and his two assistants have stepped down after a state-led investigation found they lacked needed certifications to be in leadership positions, according to the state Department of Community Affairs. The DCA’s Division of Fire Safety investigation, prompted by several large fires and an anonymous complaint, found the officials — Chief Frank Edwardi Sr.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press of Atlantic City

Why firefighters in California city might be showing up to calls without a fire engine

VIDEO: The Turlock Fire Department has decided to essentially take a fire engine out of service any day a firefighter calls out sick or takes a vacation day. This comes after major budget cuts have reduced staffing to just 12 firefighters a day, down from 13. On Monday, fire engine 33 stood vacant all day at the Turlock's Fire Station 3.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV-TV ABC 10 Sacramento