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Retired Memphis Firefighter Gets Check For $7.58

Memphis mayor Jim Strickland is paying some of his top aides big six figure salaries. While city council members debated giving these raises, one retired firefighter is looking at his check. After paying for insurance, his mortgage and other deductions, his take home check every two weeks is exactly $7.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Myeyewitnessnews

Maine firefighter has narrow escape after roof gives way at house fire

VIDEO - A sprawling Victorian home overlooking the Kennebec River was destroyed Wednesday by a fast-moving fire that took crews several hours to douse. Nobody was hurt in the fire at 37 Riverview Drive, though a firefighter walking near the ridgepole on the roof narrowly escaped when the roofing beneath him gave way, causing a ball of flames to erupt around him.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Central Maine

Buffalo deputy fire commissioner stepping down to move into unionized post

The Buffalo Fire Department has lost it second deputy commissioner in two months with the resignation of Kevin D. Peterson, who is dropping back into the union ranks as he prepares to retire from the department. Peterson, 49, confirmed on Wednesday he is no longer a deputy and that he voluntarily reverted to his civil service rank of battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: buffalo news

Retired Connecticut assistant fire chief returns as acting chief

Mayor Toni N. Harp has named retired Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Black to serve as acting fire chief as Fire Chief Allyn Wright retired Monday, according to a release. Black will take the role effective Jan. 11. Assistant Chief of Operations Matt Marcarelli is in command until then. Harp has said the city will conduct a national search for a new fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register

Column: How to develop firefighters, not glory-seekers

I was riding my bicycle to town the other day past a familiar church signboard, and another message caught my attention. It said: "Those who shine from within do not need a spotlight." I started thinking about those who always seek attention for themselves — why they do it, what effect this behavior has on the larger group, and how this applies to the fire service.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Owners agree to demolition of building where Chicago firefighter died

The warehouse where firefighter Daniel Capuano suffered a fatal fall Dec. 14 will be demolished, attorneys for the building owner and the city told a judge Wednesday at a court hearing. And now the city wants the adjacent building torn down after inspectors said they uncovered safety problems next door.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: chicago tribune

Three firefighters rescued during Massachusetts blaze

Three Saugus firefighters overcome by smoke and heat while fighting a futile battle to save a home on Essex Street issued a mayday call from inside the inferno and were safely rescued, Fire Chief Michael Newbury said. The fierce flames were reported at 5 a.m., Newbury said, and are still raging in full view of the morning commute on Route 1, where the sun rose to reveal traffic at a standstill and plumes of smoke billowing over the highway.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

Heart-attack victim dies after D.C. firefighters stop at wrong scene

A man suffering a heart attack died Sunday hours after District firefighters stopped at the wrong location and returned to their station in Northeast Washington, delaying treatment of the man by at least 20 minutes, according to relatives and a fire department spokesman. Albert Jackson, 67, was pronounced dead at a Prince George’s County hospital shortly after he arrived by a D.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the washington post

Training Paid Off During Texas Tornado Response

A Texas fire chief said training and relationships helped emergency crews respond to a tornado that damaged over 1,000 structures in his community the day after Christmas. The deadly EF4 tornado ripped through Garland before moving northwest to Rowlett. It was on the ground for more than three miles with about half-mile wide path through the southwest quadrant of Rowlett, damaging over 1,100 homes and 30 businesses.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Miami firefighter to be suspended after fire truck crash

Disciplinary action will be taken against a firefighter who was behind the wheel of a paramedic truck that collided with a fire truck last August, injuring 12 people near Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Department of Fire-Rescue officials said Tuesday. Firefighter Gustavo Alzate, who has worked for the city for 2 years and 4 months, will be suspended in the next couple of days, Assistant Fire Chief Adrian Plasencia said.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale

Alabama officials react to graffiti calling fire chief 'racist'

VIDEO - Bessemer city leaders are denying allegations of racism within the city’s fire department. Over the weekend someone spray painted graffiti on the Bessemer Fire Department Administration Building. A police investigation is underway to see who committed a criminal act spraypainting a public building.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Fire that killed Ohio firefighter ruled arson

The house fire that killed Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman has been ruled an arson, police announced today. Because of that, the firefighter’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Police are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone with information on the case. Wolterman, 28, died Monday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: journal-news

Arkansas Firefighter Hospitalized After Falling Through Attic At Burning Home

A Barling firefighter has been released from Mercy Hospital after falling through the attic of a burning home early Tuesday morning (Jan. 5). Firefighter Robert Barker was treated for both lower back pain and arm pain following his fall at a home on Meadow Lane around 1 a.m., according to Edwin Anderson with the Barling Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith

USFA: 85 Firefighters Died on Duty in 2015

Heart attacks, overexertion and stress were the leading causes of deaths of on-duty firefighters last year. Eighty five firefighters died while performing their duties in 2015, compared to 91 in 2014, according to statistics compiled by the USFA. Of the 85, 14 died of heart-related issues or strokes within 24 hours of an emergency response.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse

Scammers posing as firefighters accidentally target Connecticut deputy fire chief

If you're going to pull a phone scam on an unsuspecting victim by pretending to be a firefighter, make sure your victim isn't a deputy chief. That's what happened recently to Scott Schwartz, deputy chief of the West Haven Fire Department. "It was probably just a random thing," recalled Schwartz. "The number came up and they decided to try me but it didn't work very well.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 61 Connecticut

Fire department responses to tree-trapped drones vary

It's a Christmas tradition with airborne gifts: They get stuck in trees. Or fly astray. Whether model airplanes, Frisbees, kites or what have you, someone inevitably lands one in a tree. As drones – small lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles and the successor to the modest remote controlled model airplane – become more popular and more people receive them as gifts, the air might be getting a little more crowded.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: gloucester times

Pittsburgh firefighter recounts daring rescue of woman, his own escape

Pittsburgh fire Lt. James O'Toole scooped up the coughing 86-year-old Nannie Felder and passed her through a second-story, front window to firefighters waiting outside on a ladder. Then O'Toole, 51, worried about getting out of the burning house alive. Flames engulfed the staircase that he had planned to use.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

A ‘legend’ in the fight for benefits of firefighters; Longtime Boston Fire Dept. labor leader dies

Firefighters from coast to coast are mourning the death of Michael Mullane, a longtime labor leader remembered as a legendary old-school negotiator who fought for the rights of his front-line constituents. “Mike Mullane was a leader. He was always by my side when I was learning the ropes, and I always looked up to him,” said Rich Paris, president of Boston Firefighters Local 718.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

Michigan firefighter trainee dies during training

A 47-year-old volunteer firefighter trainee died Saturday while participating in a search and rescue training exercise at a fire academy. U.S. Fire Administration reported that Charles Adams Jr., with the Spring Arbor (Mich.) Township Fire Department, became ill and momentarily lost consciousness. Displaying heart-attack-like symptoms, he was transported by ambulance to a hospital.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Overtime for Columbus, Ohio firefighters jumps to $8.6 million in 2015

New leadership, new policies and an increased workload have created a windfall for hundreds of Columbus firefighters, pushing the pay for many of them into six figures last year. The Columbus Fire Division spent nearly $2.5 million more on overtime in 2015 than the average of the previous three years.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the columbus dispatch