With shooting victims on the site of the Route 91 Harvest Festival and taking shelter in nearby hotels, police officers clustered around firefighters, protecting the paramedics as they worked to stabilize and move the wounded to safety.
The agencies had practiced together for years on these rescue task forces, preparing for the possibility of a mass-casualty event like the Oct. 1 massacre, which authorities said was perpetrated by a lone gunman firing from an elevated position inside Mandalay Bay.
“It seems rather aggressive, but we’ve learned from past incidents where people were injured and nobody pulled them out and, unfortunately, they died, where potentially they could have been saved,” said Joe Geeb, a Clark County fire captain based out of Station 33.
Las Vegas Sun
No one warned Mark Rine that while he was saving others, he was killing himself.
The bad habits that would ensure the firefighter’s death sentence started with his very first fire in 2007.
Rine was supposed to help set up the ladder, but he ignored his orders, grabbed the hose and charged into the burning two-story brick house.
The rookie firefighter trudged through thick black smoke. In seconds, he was covered in soot. His head throbbed, but he moved on.
Once he and the other Columbus firefighters from Station 23 extinguished the flames, they slogged back between fallen lumber and smoking furniture to make sure fire wasn’t hiding behind the walls. At this point, Rine was wearing only a T-shirt and his heavy-duty pants, exposing his skin to chemicals.
Gatehouse Projects - Columbus Dispatch
VIDEO - New video shows the moment a crazed driver tried to steal a fire truck after plowing his box truck into several cars near Times Square Sunday. Video of the scuffle shows the truck driver, who can be seen wearing a green T-shirt, frantically climbing in the driver’s-side door of a fire engine on 10th Avenue and 43rd Street.
He braces himself on the door as he rocks back and forth half inside the vehicle’s cabin. Moments later, he disappears inside, and the truck continues to shake as a half-dozen firefighters scramble in after him, eventually yanking him out of the driver’s seat.
New York Post
Tim Butler, who has been St. Paul’s fire chief for a decade, announced Saturday he will step down from the department’s helm.
Butler asked the mayor that he be allowed to continue working at the fire department by returning to a lesser role he used to have. Butler has faced controversy, particularly in recent weeks. The deputy mayor issued him a written reprimand Oct. 10, after an investigation concluded he retaliated against an employee.
The discipline came two days after the president of the rank-and-file firefighters’ union filed a different complaint against Butler, alleging he used a derogatory term in an email to a firefighter. Butler sent Mayor Chris Coleman a letter Saturday, saying Monday he would voluntarily end his appointment as fire chief. He requested to be reinstated to his previous title of fire emergency management and communications chief.
An African-American firefighter with the Kansas City Fire Department has been awarded $356,694 in compensatory damages following a race discrimination suit against the city.
Tarshish Jones, a firetruck driver, claimed the department uses discriminatory practices in determining who is promoted.
When the suit was filed in 2015, Jones had been employed by the department for 17 years and had been eligible for captain for 12 of those years. He took the captain’s test five times. He scored high on objective testing, but was “marked down in his verbal testing because he is African American,” according to the lawsuit.
Kansas City Star
Internal reports that the Orange County Fire Authority bungled its initial response to the Canyon Fire 2 are prompting Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson to ask colleagues for an independent investigation of the fire that burned 9,200 acres and destroyed or damaged nearly 60 homes around Anaheim Hills.
“There’s a lot of stuff out there and some of it is not adding up,” Nelson said Sunday, Oct. 22. “We need to find out what’s going on over there.
“We have a right to answers,” he added. “And, right now, I don’t know who to believe.”
Among the questions Nelson wants investigated:
Did the Orange County Fire Authority respond correctly when it first was told of a possible fire in the canyon on the morning of Oct. 9?
Orange County Register