Firefighters across Minnesota are increasingly responding to 911 calls to lift elderly people off the floor, even at some senior care facilities with their own staff.
More than 7,100 times last year, fire departments across the state were dispatched to assist frail but uninjured people, a nearly threefold increase from a decade prior. The unreimbursed runs come at a cost to taxpayers — $825 per call, by one estimate — summoning a fire truck and several firefighters to perform a “lift assist” without medical treatment.
It is a worrying trend for many local fire departments already responding to mounting medical calls, since it can leave them shorthanded for major emergencies and puts firefighters at risk of back injuries. It also underscores the sometimes uneven care offered by senior housing complexes springing up across the metro area.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Four Manchester firefighters injured while battling a fire Sunday afternoon went back into the Seventh Avenue home to continue the firefight. They were also back on the job on Monday.
“You're right next to each other but you can't see each other,” Capt. Pete Franggos, of the Manchester Fire Department, said.
“It was that explosion, boom, and it was a giant fireball,” Defina said. “There was a lot of screaming at that point and, ‘Ah, get out. Get out.’”
“It was a close call,” Defina said.
The house is a total loss.
Investigators said a spark from a pellet stove vent on the outside of the home ignited leaves nearby, leading to the fire.
WMUR-TV ABC 9 Manchester
VIDEO - The Pitcairn Council voted Monday night to disband the #2 Volunteer Fire Department during a heated meeting.
The borough currently has two separate volunteer fire departments, but the #2 Department will be disbanded at the end of the year. After the decision was announced, there was an altercation between several people that ended with one firefighter being shocked with a Taser and arrested by police.
Council members told Channel 11 that consolidation discussions have been going on for four years, but members of the affected fire station claim they were blindsided. The police chief said the man involved in the altercation fought with several police officers before being subdued.
WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
The song lyrics say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” So maybe it’s an appropriate time to talk about grant seekers that confuse Uncle Sam, the personification of the American government, with Santa Claus. He gives presents and fulfils requests for those who deserve them.
How many times have we heard someone say, “Oh don’t worry about how much it costs it’s a grant application.” Or, “ask for everything you can because it’s a grant.” We in the grant field like to refer to this practice as confusing Santa with Uncle Sam, and it could doom your application. This philosophy holds true for both federal grant applications as well as private foundation requests.
One particular area they focus on is the budget for the proposed project and the cost/benefit of the request.
Applying for items and inflating their cost (or not doing market research) will set up a red flag with reviewers.
If your application lacks solid cost estimates, you could also get caught in a situation where you are awarded funding but it isn’t sufficient to complete your project.
Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the road-rage death of an off-duty firefighter on a Brooklyn highway, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Joseph Desmond, 29, was tracked down by the NYPD and US marshals at the Circle Motor Lodge in South Amboy, NJ, where he was arrested for a parole violation, the sources said.
It was not immediately clear if the suspect — the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the incident — was still being held in New Jersey early Tuesday.
Faizal Coto, 33, who worked out of Engine 245 / Ladder 161 in south Brooklyn, was driving east on the Belt Parkway at Bath Street about 4:45 a.m. Sunday when he got into an argument with another motorist.
New York Post