Property owners may see a break in insurance premiums because Augusta Fire Department has achieved an Insurance Services Office rating of 1-1X, the highest possible, Fire Chief Chris James announced Tuesday. “Augusta becomes one of only 18 communities across Georgia to achieve this top rating,” James said. “This rating is a testament to the hard work our staff has put into raising our rating and making our city a safer place to work and live.”
The rating scale goes from 10 to 1, with a 1 being the highest. The rating measures a department’s readiness and response capabilities and is used by insurance companies to determine the price of property insurance. The rating is a first for the 130-year-old department and Augusta’s rating is up from the 3-3X the consolidated government was first assigned in 2011, James said. Prior to that combined rating, the pre-consolidation city was a 2, and the unincorporated county was a 5, he said.
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Firefighter union leaders on Monday accused Anne Arundel County of creating "dangerous situations" for firefighters and county residents because of staffing shortages in the fire department.
In a press conference outside the Arundel Center in Annapolis, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1563 president Joe Addivinola said firefighters arriving on the scene of blazes in Shady Side on Thursday and Deale on Saturday had to rely on help from bystanders to start fighting the fires before backup crews showed up. "Right now we're at dangerous situations; we're understaffed," Addivinola said. "We truly think this is a state of emergency and we need more personnel on staff." Fire department and county officials rebuffed the criticism, noting help was close behind in both instances.
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This week marks 10 years since the devastating fire in Lower Manhattan that killed two of New York's Bravest.
A decade ago, a fire sparked by a worker's cigarette turned the condemned former Deutsche Bank building into an inferno of toxic smoke and flames that killed two firefighters and injured more than 100.
"It's pitch black, choking acrid smoke, it was horrible," former FDNY Firefighter Steve Olsen said.
Olsen was on the 15th floor wondering why it was taking so long for ground crews to get water up to the fire, but what he and the other firefighters didn't know was that the standpipe --which is the main source for water -- had been cut during the demolition work overseen by contractor Bovis Lend Lease. With no water, the fire raged out of control.
The two men who took down the boy who allegedly vandalized the Boston Holocaust memorial on Monday evening were an off-duty Boston firefighter and a US Drug Enforcement Administration agent, said the Boston Fire Department.
According to the department’s spokesperson, Steve MacDonald, the pair was eating at the Union Oyster House when they heard the ordeal going on outside. They then saw a teenager running away from the freshly damaged Holocaust Memorial and chased him down, said MacDonald. When they caught him, they said he complied.
The firefighter did not wish to be identified.
City leaders gathered with religious leaders and a Holocaust survivor on Tuesday afternoon to denounce the vandalism.
They then saw a teenager running away from the freshly damaged Holocaust Memorial and chased him down, said MacDonald. When they caught him, they said he complied.
A woman walking with her three young children in Central Park Tuesday morning was struck and pinned by a large tree. All four were taken to the hospital after the woman was freed around 10:10 a.m., the FDNY said.
The family was treated at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, the NYPD said. The mother was pushing her boys, ages 4 and 2, in a stroller and carrying her infant son when the tree fell, officer Meghan O’Leary of the NYPD’s Mounted Unit said.
The woman was hit in the head and was in and out of consciousness as the FDNY worked to remove the tree, FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer said. After cutting some limbs off the tree to prevent it from rolling, firefighters were able to remove it from her about nine minutes after initially receiving the call, he said.