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Louisiana police department investigates firefighter harassment

There are still questions on why a group of people allegedly threw water balloons, and shouted offensive comments at firefighters. The incident happened while those firefighters were responding to an EMS call last Sunday at Ford Park. The Shreveport Police is investigating. According to Police Chief Ben Raymond a look into the calls on that Sunday shows police were called to the Ford Park area at least 5 times for minor accidents, loud music, and loitering.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport

Medical emergency takes the life of a Missouri firefighter, department mourns

The Maryland Heights Fire Department (MHFD) is mourning the loss of one of their own Saturday. Officials said firefighter and paramedic Chris Moore died Saturday morning at his home in Eureka. His death is still considered in the line of duty as he fought fires both on Thursday and Friday. Regulations allow up to 24 hours after a firefighter leaves a fire for deaths to be classified in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis

Study: Fire services in California county aren’t sustainable, need change

The way Tuolumne County provides fire protection services is not sustainable without changes that could prove to be controversial, according to a new independent study that will be discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday. There was a shortfall of more than $1.5 million in the county’s overall fire protection system in 2017 that was expected to grow to more than $2 million by 2022, the study determined.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Union Democrat

Washington, D.C. mother and daughter battle blazes — and stereotypes about firefighting

VIDEO: Jacqueline Pinnix was surprised when her daughter told her she wanted to become a firefighter. Jalisa Pinnix, 28, had never expressed interest in any careers related to the medical or emergency services fields. But growing up, Jalisa always admired her mother, who worked as an EMT. Jalisa used to brag about her mom's job racing across Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11

Fighting wildfires, North Carolina pilots fear close encounters with drones

Pilot Robert Delleo has been flying for the N.C. Forest Service for 10 years and says it’s not unheard-of to hit a bird as you’re skimming just above the treetops over a wildfire. What he really worries about, though, is the possibility of hitting a drone, which fly at that same altitude and are just as impossible to see when you’re moving at more than 200 mph.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News & Observer

1 dead, 5 injured after storm topples crane into Texas apartments

VIDEO: A woman died and at least five more people were injured Sunday afternoon when a crane fell into an Old East Dallas apartment building as storms pummeled the Dallas area. Crews searching Elan City Lights apartments found the woman inside an apartment after the crane crashed into the east side of the building, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News

New Jersey first responders who volunteered at Ground Zero could get accidental disability pensions

Bill Ricci wasn’t on duty when he and 87 other firefighters from the Clifton Fire Department took buses to and from Ground Zero to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the days and weeks after 9/11, he told state lawmakers Thursday. Like many, he volunteered. And nearly 18 years later, his health has suffered for it.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

Rhode Island firefighter's amputation blamed on out-of-service ladder truck, other issues

A Pawtucket Fire Department injury report obtained by Target 12 blames an out-of-service ladder truck, a lack of funding to repair it, training, and a number of other issues for an injury to a firefighter that resulted in him losing his foot. The firefighter's foot was amputated 15 days after he was injured during a May 15 triple-decker fire at 579 Central Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV News 12

Louisiana firefighters stage daring rescue as woman's car is swept away on flooded street

VIDEO: A pair of Baton Rouge firefighters are being praised for taking swift action after a woman was carried away by flood water Thursday morning. WBRZ was rolling as the driver's sedan went underwater at the Acadian underpass near I-10. As the woman's vehicle is carried away in the several-feet-deep water, two Baton Rouge firefighters rush in to save the driver trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRZ-TV ABC 2 Baton Rouge

California's largest wildland fire started by hammer sparks

Sparks from a hammer driving a metal stake into the ground ignited a 2018 blaze in Northern California that killed a firefighter and became the largest wildland fire in state history, officials said Thursday. The blaze started July 17, 2018, in Mendocino County and quickly spread, aided by dry vegetation, strong winds and hot temperatures.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

Connecticut EMTs Gather Most Detailed Overdose Data Yet

Paramedic Peter Canning walks through Hartford’s Pope Park. He picks up empty heroin baggies as he passes by athletic fields, a public pool and a picnic pavilion where a few people appear to nod off. The pavilion place is really the place to go,” Canning says. “The people are down there using right now, so we’ll leave them in peace.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSHU Public Radio

2 firefighters in critical condition after New Mexico explosion, 10 others injured

VIDEO: An explosion at the Roswell airport sent two local firefighters to hospitals in critical condition, and Wednesday night the community gathered to pray for those firefighters as investigators try to figure out exactly what happened. It was an emotional night in Roswell. Dozens of people came out, including other firefighters and their families hoping the two injured firefighters pull through.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRQE-TV New Mexico

‘I want to do this for her’; Brother of slain Bronx EMT joins FDNY EMS in her honor

Saving lives is in Joel Rosado’s blood, the same blood his sister shed in service to the city. Rosado, the brother of murdered Bronx EMT Yadira Arroyo is following in her footsteps. Rosado, 32, is graduating the FDNY EMS academy on Thursday and will be assigned to his big sister’s station, the Daily News has learned.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News

New Jersey paramedic fired for performing Reiki on patient wins $90,000 verdict

The paramedic faced a dilemma. After responding to the home of a woman with an open wound in February 2016, he was ordered by a doctor back at the hospital to drill a catheter into her arm. But the woman, a believer in alternative medicine, refused the treatment. Instead, the paramedic offered to perform Reiki, a Japanese healing technique based on “life force energy” that many doctors believe lacks scientific credibility.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHYY-FM

California: Motorcyclist killed in crash with fire engine, 3 firefighters hurt

A motorcyclist died after a collision with a fire engine in Orange on Wednesday, June 5, and three firefighters were injured. The crash happened near the intersection of Collins Avenue and Roberto Street, a dispatcher for the Metro Cities Fire Authority said. The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital, where the man was later pronounced dead, Orange Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Orange County Register - Metered Site

Alabama: New partnership puts physicians in city ambulances to assist beach residents

The closest hospital to Alabama’s beaches is in Foley, which “can seem like an eternity” during an emergency along congested Alabama State Route 59. The trip is especially treacherous on summer weekends, when tens of thousands of motorists converge upon or leave the Gulf Coast. The state’s transportation director recently called it a “dangerous situation,” prompting him to elevate a new Intracoastal Waterway bridge atop the list of road construction priorities in Alabama.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AL.com

VIDEO: Woman rescued by chopper off Arizona mountain; basket carrying her spins out of control

A 74-year-old woman who was injured while hiking Piestewa Peak Tuesday afternoon was lifted from the mountain by helicopter, during which the basket she was in began spinning out of control. Video of the rescue — and the woman's wild ride — was captured by several local television news helicopter cameras.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Arizona Republic

Off-duty Maryland firefighter killed in apparent tractor accident

An off-duty Frederick County, Maryland, firefighter died after being pinned beneath a tractor in Montgomery County. The death of 60-year-old Drue Jones was confirmed in a tweet Tuesday from Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said earlier that they were responding to a remote area of farmland in Dickerson.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-FM Washington, D.C.

Ohio first responders closer to new PTSD claims; business groups still opposed

Ohio first responders are once again butting heads with the business community over workers’ compensation benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder. A fight that has repeatedly arisen over recent years is again heating up, after House lawmakers added a provision to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation budget allowing police, firefighters and emergency medical workers to file claims without a correlating physical injury.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch

New York's Kings Plaza Parking Garage Still Hazardous, Firefighters Say As They Draft Code Revisions

PHOTOS: As the seven-alarm fire engulfed Kings Plaza mall’s parking garage, radios used to communicate by firefighters kept going in and out. There were seven “May Day” calls from firefighters during the height of the fire that consumed over a hundred cars on Sept. 17, 2018, whose oxygen tanks were depleting as they were lost in the dense smoke.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bklyner