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Friday, July 21, 2017

Backlash over hiring outsider as New Hampshire fire chief

Recently retired Rochester Fire Chief Norm Sanborn says he can’t stay silent about his shock and displeasure that a longtime colleague wasn’t chosen to replace him. The city announced this week that Bedford Deputy Fire Chief Mark Klose will succeed Sanborn as the head of the Rochester Fire Department. In an interview with Foster’s Daily Democrat Wednesday night, Sanborn said he had been grooming Rochester Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dupuis for the position for roughly three years as part of what Sanborn described as an industry-standard management succession plan. “It’s a tough situation,” said Sanborn. “I should probably keep my mouth shut, but I just can’t on this one.” Sanborn said he believes it was wrong for the city to pass over Dupuis because Dupuis “knows what’s going on, knows the city and knows the operations inside and out.”

Video shows fisticuffs at fire scene in New York town

A 40-year member of the Jamesport Fire Department was temporarily suspended and could face departmental charges for his role in a fight that broke out at a fire scene July 3. Tom Brady, 65, a former chair of the Jamesport Fire District board of commissioners, says he wasn’t the aggressor in the fight, which was caught on video by a Riverhead Town employee. And he said his suspension was lifted Tuesday evening at a board of commissioners meeting. The incident in question took place July 3 about 12:30 p.m. at the East Creek boat ramp on Peconic Bay Boulevard in Jamesport. A town recreation department vehicle had caught fire there, and Jamesport Fire Department volunteers arrived quickly to extinguish it.
Suffolk Times

Evolving construction putting firefighters in greater danger

Firefighting is an evolving career and adapting is essential when someone's life depends on it. Construction has changed. Buildings are now more efficient and eco-friendly. That is great for many community members, but most people don't realize it puts firefighters in much more danger. "If you look at the traditional woods, mill wood, lumber, things they used to build houses with, and then they would fill in the gaps with plaster, with lath materials to make it insulated. Those things are still in the city here but the majority of our construction is lightweight modern construction," San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood explained.
KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio

Two rescued from fiery Illinois crash

PHOTO - A young man and boy suffered serious burns Thursday when the sedan in which they were traveling on Landmarks Boulevard left the road, hit a light pole base and burst into flames. The unidentified victims are being treated in St. Louis; their conditions were not available late Thursday. The Alton Police Department’s Traffic Division continues investigating the crash. “It is pretty clear speed was involved,” said Capt. Scott Golike of the Alton Police Department, a few minutes after the crash. ... Officer Ryan Parker, of the Alton Police Department, was the first emergency responder on the scene and used an extinguisher on the burning car until firefighters could arrive. “He did a great job, so did (Chief) Bernie Sebold and the fire department,” Golike said. Sebold got to the crash before the AFD pumper, and tried to extinguish the flames.
Alton Telegraph

Grant funding: 5 networking steps for fire, EMS leaders

In a society that is flooded with email, text messaging and tweets, forming strong relationships with grant makers can be the difference between funding your initiative or cutting it due to your continuously decreasing budget. Relationship currency can be the most vital strength for a grant proposal. Cultivating relationships with funding agencies can lead to having an advocate during the grant review process, opportunities to learn about shifting funding priorities and funding focus. EMS and fire departments are critical to community infrastructure and need to grow roots with local community foundations to continue to expand our services to the community. As your grant funding needs increase, so must your investments in relationships. Here are five ways to build relationships:

Wildland firefighter was a scholar and standout athlete, but fate and the forest still took his life

Fresh from a two-day break in his first season as a wildland firefighter, Trenton Johnson was about to begin his first initial attack on a fire when disaster struck. The 19-year-old Missoula man had just finished a two-week deployment mopping up a fire in Utah for Grayback Forestry Inc., an Oregon-based business with a firefighting contract to the U.S. Forest Service. His 20-person ground crew had been split in half to help with a rash of small forest fires around Missoula following last weekend’s lightning storm. Ten went to the Bitterroot National Forest. Johnson headed north to Seeley Lake, assigned to a lightning strike on Rice Ridge near Florence Lake. The half-acre fire didn’t even have a name when he arrived Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Montana firefighter dies on the fire line in Lolo National Forest

A firefighter has died while fighting a fire in the Lolo National Forest. According to a press release sent from Grayback Forestry, a 19-year-old and a Missoula resident was killed in the line while fighting a fire on the Seely Lake Ranger District. The Grayback Forestry employee was part of a 20-person attack crew. He was struck by a falling tree. His name is being withheld until his family has been notified. More information will be available following a media briefing at noon on Thursday.

U.S. hotel, NFL arena may sport flammable panels

In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore's Inner Harbor that "soars 33 stories into the air." Those same panels — Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core — also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment building in London. British authorities say they're investigating whether the panels helped spread the blaze that ripped across the building's outer walls, killing at least 80 people. The panels, also called cladding, accentuate a building's appearance and also improve energy efficiency.
WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore

Illinois town mourns fire battalion chief called ’cornerstone’ of department

The village of Carpentersville is mourning the unexpected death Tuesday of Fire Battalion Chief Todd Middendorf. "He was basically one of the cornerstones of the department," Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling said. "He was well-loved within the entire region." Middendorf, 46, was a resident of Carpentersville and member of the local fire department for 23 years, starting as a part-timer in 1994 and moving to full time in 1997, Schilling said. Middendorf functioned in the role of acting deputy chief and assisted in the administration of the department, the chief said. The firefighter and paramedic is survived by his wife, Daisy, and young son, Tyler.
Chicago Tribune

Florida Fire Truck Involved In Deadly Crash On Expressway

VIDEO - Miami-Dade firefighters were saved by one of their trucks during an emergency call on the Palmetto Expressway. Overnight, fire crews were called to assist in a hit and run accident in the southbound lanes of the highway between Okeechobee Road and NW 74th Street. Arriving crews used a fire engine to block off two lanes of traffic while they helped the injured driver. As they were doing this, a car plowed into the back of the fire truck. That driver died on impact. “If this vehicle wasn’t in the position it was in, blocking the traffic for the oncoming, we could have had some fatalities out here with the firefighters,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Ernie Jillson.
CBS Miami

New Hampshire boy, 6, believed to be state’s youngest OD case revived by firefighters

Firefighters sprayed Narcan up the nose of a 6-year-old boy this week, reviving the unconscious child from a suspected opioid poisoning — a traumatic event that, according to authorities, could be the youngest overdose victim ever in the Granite State’s biggest city. “The fact is that it’s a kid that could be our own kids’ age,” said Christopher Hickey, who oversees the Manchester Fire Department’s emergency medical services. “It is the youngest suspected OD we’ve had in the city ever. None of the guys can remember anyone younger, really not even anyone close to that age.” Hickey said firefighters went to an apartment on Conant Street on Tuesday at 6 a.m., and found the child “unconscious, barely breathing” on a bedroom floor showing “symptoms of some sort of opioid overdose,” Hickey told the Herald yesterday.
Boston Herald

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