City Councilor Bob Hamel is facing criticism for his remarks at a Monday night meeting during a prickly exchange with the head of the union that represents city firefighters.
It is the height of budget season in Laconia, which has a tax cap in place, and the council and fire department have clashed in recent weeks over the cost of overtime for firefighters. ... “You guys really need to calm down, you really do,” Hamel said. “You’re out of control over there and that comes from the top down, from a chief who says he does not answer to the council. It’s a Massachusetts attitude and it needs to stop. We need to work together.
“It was your union, and I know you guys think you can walk on water,” Hamel continued. “There was a man in this town a long time ago who said he could walk on water and he tried it up at the Weirs dock and he didn’t. I know what you guys go through I was a policeman for 10 years and I’ve seen what you’ve seen.”
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Fairfax County’s next fire chief will be a veteran firefighter who has led Howard County’s fire department for the past four years and served two combat tours as a Marine, the Board of Supervisors has announced.
John S. Butler is set to take over the 1,400-strong department in September, replacing Richard Bowers, who retired in April. Butler began his career with the Howard fire department in 1993 as a paramedic, moving up the ranks until he was appointed chief in 2014.
“We had a number of strong candidates, however, Chief Butler demonstrated the leadership, vision and communications skills that will move our excellent Fire and Rescue Department forward,” said County Executive Bryan Hill. “His proven experience and successful leadership at the helm of a large department will continue to strengthen our culture and contribute to a positive future for the department.”
Fire destroyed a Safeway grocery store in Phoenix Wednesday evening, engulfing the building in flames for more than an hour and producing a tower of smoke that could be seen for miles.
Phoenix fire officials said a roof on the building apparently had collapsed during a storm that brought a heavy downpour in the area prior to the fire.
The three-alarm fire broke out at the store near 35th and Northern avenues just before 6 p.m., the Phoenix Fire Department said.
Both Phoenix and Glendale fire departments responded to the fire, which largely had been controlled after 7 p.m., although numerous spots still were burning within the store's perimeter.
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Houston Fire Department leaders on Tuesday proposed a sharp hike in ambulance fees, floating several new charges they hope will prevent repeat callers from using the city’s emergency medical services as a convenience.
Ambulance transport fees would rise 70 percent, to $1,876; the accompanying $14.36-per-mile fee would not change. Aside from annual adjustments for inflation, it would be the first increase in the fees in six years.
“In essence, the taxpayers of the city of Houston are subsidizing every medical transport call,” Fire Chief Sam Peña told a City Council committee Tuesday. “We are not recouping what we incur to deliver that service.” Houston also would levy new fees in cases when paramedics respond — at an estimated cost of $1,400 per trip, $1,800 if transport to a hospital is required — but the city currently recovers none of the cost of sending them.
A team of coding students from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have developed an app that can turn your smartphone into a smoke detector. 'Smoke Detective' is programmed to allow a smartphone camera to detect smoke from a fire, then sound an audible and visible alarm upon detection. Local husband and father, Steve Davis, came up with the idea after his family went through the trauma of a house fire.
A chance meeting with a college professor gave Davis the resources he needed to take his innovative idea from paper to product. The team hopes to release Smoke Detective for iPhone and Android by the end of 2018.
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