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Updates coming to Wisconsin firefighter training standards

VIDEO: Nearly 80 percent of Wisconsin’s fire departments are made of up volunteer firefighters according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Now, the standards for training professional and volunteer firefighters in the state of Wisconsin will see some changes in the coming months. Starting on October 1, the new standards will remove a 2 year grace period to train new firefighters and it will also eliminate a one-year grace period for fire officers to obtain more comprehensive training.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

New York: Police Detective Lou Alvarez, Firefighter Ray Pfeifer added to the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill name

James Zadroga, the NYPD detective who gave his name to the original 9/11 bill after dying from exposure to Ground Zero, is getting some partners. The names of late Det. Lou Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer are being added to the new bill to restore the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, lawmakers are announcing Monday.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

Despite demands from city council in Washington, city is relying on new dispatch center

Despite orders from the Spokane City Council to maintain an independent dispatch crew for firefighters, the city is now relying on a new regional system to handle emergency calls. As it prepares for the rest of the county to move forward with a new regional 911 dispatch system, the city has lost so many fire dispatchers that it can no longer fully provide fire dispatch services to itself or its neighbors.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review

Bill passed in Pennsylvania state budget helps volunteer firefighters save money from fundraisers

Volunteer firefighters in the Commonwealth will be able to save much needed money from some of their fundraisers, thanks to a bill that passed in this year's budget. In many towns, you'll see a fire hall, fully staffed with volunteers, selling BBQ chicken dinners. "We usually have five, six a season, so this is one of the half a dozen we have a year," said Fire Chief Nate Tracey, with Goodwill Fire Company.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHP-TV CBS 21 Harrisburg

40 hours, 20 fire departments in South Carolina and 2.5 millions gallons of water later …

After about 40 hours of pumping an estimated 2.5 million gallons of water, firefighters waging a battle against a large warehouse fire on Champion Ferry Road were finally able to declare the fire under control at 7:15 p.m. Friday. But even after the fire was deemed out, it was expected there would be some puffs of smoke worth monitoring and plenty of work remained.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gaffney Ledger

Oregon firefighters honored 25 years after deadly Storm King Mountain fire in Colorado

More than 100 people gathered in western Colorado to honor 14 firefighters killed 25 years ago on Storm King Mountain. Family members, friends of the victims and survivors of the fire hiked up the Storm King Memorial Trail Saturday and reflected on the lessons and losses of the July 6, 1994, disaster, The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com

Kansas fire department using virtual tour technology to bring in recruits

VIDEO: A video production team led by Aaron Monson grilled out for the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department on the Fourth of July to show their support for firefighters. “What we're doing today is just giving back,” Monson said Thursday at the department’s headquarters. “They are modern-day superheroes, and we wanted to show they needed to be taken care of as well and treated with respect.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City

Minnesota police, firefighters/paramedics launch mental health team

Some people call 911 a dozen times or more per month describing emotional upheaval, sometimes reporting visions, voices and even suicidal thoughts. Police and paramedics who must respond say they are left to triage an escalating mental health crisis that can really only be eased with long-term counseling, medication, case management and meaningful intervention.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star Tribune

Iowa firefighters trying out Euro-style fire helmets

Some firefighters in Evansdale are breaking from tradition when it comes to an essential piece of protection. Two members of Evansdale Fire Rescue are trying out jet-style fire helmets that eschew the iconic wide brim for a streamlined design more akin to a motorcycle helmet. “You get a lot of slack about it.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

VIDEO: Fighting fear with firefighters - Summer camp in California helps kids with neurodevelopmental disorders

A summer camp for children with neurodevelopmental disorders features everyday superheroes who make a difference. Those heroes include firefighters, who gave children a firsthand look at their equipment and also provided safety tips at the camp, run at the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute, a research center.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

VIDEO: Fireworks explode over South Carolina store after fire ignites them

Firefighters had to dodge exploding fireworks Thursday morning when a storage facility caught fire in South Carolina It happened around 6 a.m. in Fort Mill, South Carolina, just off Interstate 77. Investigators said the fire actually started in containers outside Davey Jones Fireworks Store. The fire never got to the store, but it did ignite all of the fireworks in the container.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham

New Iowa Law Helps Families of Fallen Officers, Firefighters

A new Iowa law will set aside part of the state's lottery revenues to help the families of firefighters and law enforcement officers keep insurance after their deaths. The Des Moines Register reports the law that took effect earlier this week will allow the Iowa Lottery to provide $100,000 to a new Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMT-TV CBS 3 Mason City

Are California utilities doing enough to fireproof their equipment?

With much fanfare and no less hand-wringing, state regulators approved plans that for the first time set out how California’s electric utilities intend to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires. But the plans provide scant details, and little evidence to support the companies’ claims that indiscriminately clear-cutting millions of trees and replacing hundreds of thousands of wooden utility poles with steel ones will actually reduce the risk of wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury News - Metered Site

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri Recruits Officers, Firefighters To Mentor Kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is facing a volunteer shortage. More than 600 kids are waiting for a mentor — and about 80 percent are African American boys. The local branch of the nonprofit is launching a program in the hopes of filling the volunteer gap and building trust within communities of color.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Public Radio

'Maybe it was bad luck,' tourist train owner says of massive Colorado fire that led to $25 million lawsuit

The federal government wants the owner of a tourist train in Durango to pay $25 million for causing a wildfire that scorched 53,000 acres of Forest Service land last summer. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office says burning cinders from the exhaust stack of a coal-fired steam train operated by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Colorado Sun

New York: Chief says Engine 'brown-out' had 'no impact on response times'

Rochester’s fire chief says, after the first night under the department's new dynamic staffing model, there were no lapses in firefighters' response times. Under the model, a fire company closes for a shift, leaving other companies to respond to calls. The policy is meant to curb overtime costs. Monday night, Engine No.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAM-TV ABC 13 Rochester

Firefighters' union in Iowa takes fight over PSO promotions to court

The Cedar Falls firefighters' union is taking their battle against the city to court. The latest in an on-going controversy over the public safety officers program, that trains police to be firefighters, is the promotion of nine of those dual-trained members to high-ranking positions in the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGAN-TV CBS 2 Cedar Rapids

What are the Safest and Most Dangerous States on the Fourth of July?

Fourth of July weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year in the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest days in the year for motorists, and more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day in the year, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: A Secure Life

Fighting for those who risk all to help others in North Carolina

When firefighters sign up for the job, they’re aware of the dangers of flames, heat and smoke from burning buildings. But they often don’t know about the slower, lingering dangers that can hurt them even when they’re working in the firehouse. Firefighters are 14 percent more likely to die from cancer than the average American, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Carolina Health News

Lessons After Loss: California Police Department Releases Evacuation Video From Camp Fire

Never-before-seen video from the Camp Fire is painting an urgent new picture this fire season. The video provides a first-look at the evacuations in Paradise as the Camp Fire moved into the community. The Truckee Police Chief released these videos with a warning: know when it’s time to go. The video gives an “eyes wide open” look at how waiting to evacuate can make the difference between life and death during a wildfire.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacaramento