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IAFF union head calls on White House to back 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

The head of the nation's largest firefighters union is calling on the Trump administration to back a bill that would grant additional funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until 2090. Harold Schaitberger, who is general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), said Thursday that even though the bill boasts strong bipartisan support in Congress it could use more help from the White House.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill

Louisiana will allow first responders to use PTSD for workers’ compensation

VIDEO: Starting Aug. 1, current and past first responders may use a medically documented post-traumatic stress disorder to apply for workers’ compensation. This is part of Louisiana Act No. 112, which unanimously passed through both the Louisiana House and Senate. “It helps from the standpoint if they require inpatient treatment," said Licensed Professional Counselor Craig Kennedy.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KALB-TV NBC/CBS 35 Alexandria

Media Investigation: Recordings by Elton John, Nirvana and Thousands More Lost in Hollywood Fire

Eleven years ago this month, a fire ripped through a part of Universal Studios Hollywood. At the time, the company said that the blaze had destroyed the theme park’s “King Kong” attraction and a video vault that contained only copies of old works. But, according to an article published on Tuesday by The New York Times Magazine, the fire also tore through an archive housing treasured audio recordings, amounting to what the piece described as “the biggest disaster in the history of the music business.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The New York Times - Metered Site

Firefighting is all in the family for the Munroe’s in Maine

First responders never know what they’ll encounter when the call comes in – and so they practice. They participate in training drills on a regular basis. Firefighters, paramedics, troopers and police officers are all a big family– one that has each other’s backs in the face of any emergency. Ralph Munroe works on Ladder 3 out of the Stevens Avenue station – and the notion of family hits pretty close to home for him.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSH-TV NBC 44 Portland

VIDEO: Massive fire injures 2 as it destroys $2M mansion in Texas

Two people are in the hospital after a massive fire destroyed a $2 million mansion in The Woodlands on Palmer Woods. About 15 units from the Woodlands Fire Department were on scene trying to get the flames under control. The conditions were bad upon arrival so the firefighters went into defensive mode, but officials say it will be a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston

Houston City council officially rescinds firefighter Prop B 'pay parity' layoffs, demotions

Houston City Council on Wednesday formally reversed the 220 firefighter layoffs and hundreds of demotions it approved earlier this year, making official Mayor Sylvester Turner’s pledge not to lay off or demote any firefighters in the aftermath of a judge’s ruling that Proposition B is unconstitutional.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle

New high-speed network for first responders raises concerns in Alaska

The police chief of Alaska’s largest city hurried out of the department’s glass building after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even police radios were spotty after a major earthquake, but his cellphone was recently equipped with a national wireless network dedicated to first responders.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AP News

Kentucky county EMS proposes program to battle high employee turnover

VIDEO: First responders in Scott County say there aren't enough EMTs staying in the area for work, but some are offering a proposal to try and fix the problem. "Last year we had a 25 percent turnover rate," Scott County EMS Director Brandon Remley said. Remley is trying to bring in more paramedics and keep them in Scott County.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV CBS Lexington

New York: Teams from 2 counties demonstrate 'rescue sticks' to save swimmers

A day spent at the beach or the bay usually ends for thousands with nothing worse than a sunburn or chapped lips. But it's the constant potential for a far worse outcome that can keep Nassau and Suffolk first responders on edge when the weather gets warm. On Wednesday, rescue teams from both counties gathered at Nassau's Tobay Beach — sunsplashed but mostly empty of the crowds soon to come — to demonstrate and practice using inflatable flotation devices to rescue distressed swimmers and anyone else who finds themselves bobbing in Long Island waters without a life preserver or much hope for surviving.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday

Florida Airport Has New Ways to Warn Public of Emergencies

If there’s a safety threat at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, there’s now multiple ways for officials to warn visitors of the danger and to tell them what to do. Passengers and other visitors will also be able to reach out quickly to airport managers if they find themselves in the middle of an emergency.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Emergency Management

Officials investigate cause of fire that destroyed part of Maine campground

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed part of a Scarborough campground. Thankfully, no one was injured. Fire crews were called to the scene at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for the 3-alarm fire at Bailey's Camping Resort on Pine Point Road. The restaurant Seaside Square Cafe is part of the resort.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland

Officials investigating cause of fire that destroyed part of Maine campground

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed part of a Scarborough campground. Thankfully, no one was injured. Fire crews were called to the scene at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for the 3-alarm fire at Bailey's Camping Resort on Pine Point Road. The restaurant Seaside Square Cafe is part of the resort.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland

Wisconsin fire department already dealing with equipment issues now facing staffing shortage

VIDEO: For two days last week, Menomonee Falls had almost no equipment to fight a fire. There were no fire engines Tuesday, and by Wednesday night, only part of a ladder truck was working. But Assistant Chief James Mollet said that is not even the worst part. “The fact we are up here talking tonight because of vehicles being broken or out of service, to me, that’s the bright side,” said Mollet.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Report: Inactive sprinklers, previous collapse contributed to Pennsylvania firefighters' deaths

VIDEO: New information has been released on the investigation into the deaths of two York County firefighters. The report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration tries to answer one question: should Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony have been allowed in a partially-collapsed former mill? The Institute released a 57-page report detailing where they think the York City Fire Department went wrong on March 22, 2018 at the old Weaver Organ and Piano Company, and what the department can do to improve in the future.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg

VIDEO: Arizona fire departments going social for water safety

Mesa Fire and Medical and the Glendale Fire Department have joined together to spread the word about water safety through the easiest and most accessible platform — social media. The two departments posted on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts a video with a warning to keep kids safe and prevent drownings, especially with summer in full swing.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 92.3 FM Glendale

Traveling RV Brings Pediatric Emergency Training To First Responders in Colorado

VIDEO: First responders can now be better prepared for emergencies involving children. The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) is on the road with its Mobile Training Center. For much of June, the specially-equipped RV is parked at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority’s administrative building.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Helicopter Crash-Lands On Top Of Building In New York, Killing Volunteer Firefighter, Pilot

A helicopter crashed on top of a building in Midtown on Monday afternoon. It happened at around 1:43 p.m., according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. The helicopter was flying in restricted air space and in rain and fog when it crashed. More than 100 emergency responders rushed to the scene at 787 Seventh Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York CBS Local

Fire union to Maryland governor: Act now or risk catastrophic failure of the radio system

The message from Montgomery County’s fire union to Governor Larry Hogan was direct and alarming. The county’s emergency radio system is on the brink of “catastrophic failure,” and officials must find a way to replace the system “as quickly as humanely possible.” A three-page letter sent June 5 by International Association of Firefighters Lodge 1664 President Jeffrey Bundle to Hogan details concerns that the radio system is long overdue for an upgrade.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9

IAFC Launches iCHIEFS Podcasts

Each month co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and 2017-2018 IAFC president, and Sheldon Gilbert, ESCI chief executive officer, will discuss hot-button issues with leaders inthe fire and emergency service. Episode 1 explores reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week, June 16-22.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org

Preventing cancer among firefighters; Two-day symposium in Florida focuses on the cancers killing firefighters

The names etched on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs underscore the grim truth about the leading cause of death among firefighters. Over the past five years, 65 percent of the 944 firefighters whose names were added to the wall succumbed to job-related cancers. This year will be no different, according to Patrick Morrison of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Miami

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