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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Proposal seeks to boost San Diego fire coverage more quickly, cheaply

San Diego’s efforts to boost emergency response times in the sprawling and increasingly congested city would take a big step forward under a new compromise proposal. The proposal, created by the city’s independent budget analyst and endorsed by leaders of the Fire-Rescue Department, would boost response times in “gap areas” more quickly and cheaply than building all of the additional fire stations recommended last month by a consultant. The proposal includes covering six of 12 geographical gap areas with fully staffed new stations in the next few years, and covering the other six areas less aggressively with “peak hour” engines until the city can afford new stations there.
San Diego Union-Tribune

New York town fires suspended fire chief; appeal planned

Suspended Canandaigua Fire Chief Mark Marentette was fired as of Friday because of insubordination and mismanagement of public funds, according to City Manager Ted Andrzejewski. The manager suspended Marentette for 30 days in January over what the city characterized as charges of misconduct, incompetence and insubordination. The city will now begin the search for a new fire chief, Mayor Ellen Polimeni said Monday. Also Monday, Marentette’s attorney, Michael Harren, said there will be an appeal. Harren said that appeal will either be made through the city civil service officer or the courts — the state Supreme Court Appellate Division. “We think the hearing officer did a good job, but we disapprove of some of his conclusions,” Harren said.
Daily Messenger

More than 200 firefighters battle massive 5-alarm apartment fire in Maryland

A massive five-alarm fire caused an estimated $39 million in damage Monday at an apartment building under construction in College Park, Prince George's County fire officials said. The fire has been the largest suppression effort and the highest fire loss estimate in the history of the Prince George's County Fire Department, officials said. The fire broke out around 9:35 a.m. Monday in the 4700 block of Berwyn House Road at the Fuse 47 building, which was under construction. Heavy smoke from the fire blanketed much of College Park. Fire officials said the rainy weather caused the thick smoke to lay close the ground.
WBAL-TV Baltimore

Second lawsuit filed against Nebraska fire department for retaliation

A second Lincoln Fire and Rescue captain has filed a federal lawsuit against the department saying he faced retaliation for reporting harassment of two female firefighters between 2012 and 2015. Captains Brian Giles and Troy Hurd said they were passed up for promotions. They contend firefighters who were less qualified, had less experience and scored lower than them on promotion tests got the jobs. Hurd also reported facing other disciplinary actions as a result of his complaints, the lawsuits claims.
Lincoln Journal Star

Wyoming fire captain dies of cancer, the first firefighter to qualify under state’s new workers compensation law

A Casper firefighter died Saturday night after an extended battle with pancreatic cancer. Captain Matt Trott, 46, joined the fire department in 1995. During his 21 years at the department, he worked as an engineer, a child passenger safety technician and a captain. He retired March 6 due to his cancer, called pancreatic acinar cell carcinoma. Fire spokesman Dane Anderson said Trott’s death is considered a line-of-duty death. Of the 188 firefighters employed by the Casper Fire Department in the last 25 years, 13 have been diagnosed with cancer, department data shows.
Casper Star-Tribune

Monday, April 24, 2017

Boston Fire Commissioner Named ’Fire Chief of the Year’ by Metro Fire Chiefs

Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn was recognized as the Fire Chief of the Year, an honor “richly deserved” for the veteran firefighter who has placed a premium on educating his firefighters on the risks of cancer while on duty, an agency spokesman said. “It’s richly deserved. He’s been on the job for 33 years. He held every rank,” said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. “He recognized that cancer within the fire department is something that needed to be addressed.” Finn was honored last week in Orlando by the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, a group representing 200 chiefs in the largest U.S. cities and Canada.
Boston Herald

Four children among five killed in Queens Village blaze

A catastrophic fire killed four children and one adult who were trapped in a Queens house Sunday as devastated neighbors watched helplessly. Orange flames licked out from the windows of the two-story house on 208th St. near 112th Ave. in Queens Village when the first 911 call came in at 2:36 p.m. Firefighters battled valiantly, officials and witnesses said, but despite their best efforts, every victim they brought out was dead, including 2-year-old Chayce Green, 9-year-old Rayshawn Matthews and 14-year-old Jada Foxworth. The other victims were a 20-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl whose identifies weren’t released as of early Monday.
New York Daily News

Caught on Camera: Arkansas Firefighter Rescues Little Girl After She Falls From Bus

An Arkansas volunteer firefighter came to the rescue after a little girl fell out of the back of a bus. His dash camera, running the entire time. In the video, you can see the little girl, and the quick actions he took to save her. The dash camera video from Ryan Ciampoli, a licensed emt and volunteer firefighter for Crawford County. “I saw it happening, and it blew my mind, it was like I wasn’t even seeing what I was seeing,” Said Ciampoli. The video shows Ciampoli driving down Highway 65 in Harrison, Arkansas when the back door of a bus flings open. Hanging on to it, is a four year old girl.

Texas firefighters narrowly avoid injury after DWI suspect slams into ambulance

PHOTO - Garland firefighters narrowly avoided injury early Saturday when a drunken driving suspect barreled into their ambulance — but they ran to the man's rescue just the same. Authorities say the brand-new ambulance was parked along Interstate 30 about 2 a.m. after responding to an earlier crash near the Bobtown Road exit, police said. That's when a pickup driven by Emilio Hernandez crossed through emergency flares laid out on the highway and slammed into the passenger side of the ambulance, according to police.
Dallas Morning News

Update: FDNY firefighter may have been jolted from bucket, official says

FDNY investigators are focusing on whether a city firefighter from Bethpage who fell five stories to his death in Queens was jolted from a raised fire truck bucket, an official said Friday afternoon. William Tolley, 42, was getting in the bucket or had just gotten in it when the accident occurred, said the official, who was briefed on the preliminary findings of the investigation. Tolley, from Ladder 135, was not yet harnessed, according to the official. “He hadn’t had an opportunity to do that yet,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official said there is a piece missing from the top of the five-story apartment building in Ridgewood, and that corresponding piece may have been found on the ground.

Body armor for firefighters — East Pierce Fire latest to add protection in Washington

As mass shootings become more common, more fire departments are using body armor so crews can more quickly reach people in dangerous situations. East Pierce Fire & Rescue is the latest local agency to order ballistic vests to better protect its firefighters and paramedics. Tacoma Fire has used the vests since the 1990s, and West Pierce Fire & Rescue ordered them in 2013. “It is an emerging trend,” said Joe Meineke, spokesman for Tacoma Fire. East Pierce Fire’s board of commissioners last week approved spending $76,000 on 32 sets of ballistic vests and tactical helmets.
The News-Tribune

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