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  • Trailblazing Houston firefighter who fought city for benefits, succumbs to cancer
    Kevin Leago, the trailblazing Houston firefighter with cancer who fought City Hall to provide workers compensation benefits for his illness — and won — died Thursday. He was 40. Leago’s victory in court over city lawyers who argued his illness was unrelated to on-the-job carcinogen exposure set a precedent for dozens of current and retired Houston firefighters stricken with cancer, Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association President Marty Lancton said.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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  • In series of ominous ads, Honolulu firefighters push message of working fire alarms
    VIDEO: A new public service announcement from the Honolulu Fire Department that began airing recently features a wake up call on the dangers of house fires. The PSA shows a boy, his father and pet dog asleep while actually succumbing to the impacts of smoke ? without even knowing it. “This boy is dying.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hawaii News Now
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  • Pennsylvania clergymen will cut short their sermons to fight fires in their community
    Every firefighter knows a call can come at any time. But the Rev. Dave Driesch and the Rev. Tim McGill serve a God as well as their community — meaning their pagers go off while they’re praying or leading a service. Driesch, a veteran firefighter and Catholic priest who is prior of Daylesford Abbey, is helping newbie firefighter and Southern Baptist minister McGill, pastor of Paoli Community Church, balance both worlds.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Metered Site
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  • Chicago Firefighters Union asks judge to halt promotions after members score low on exam
    The union representing Chicago firefighters wants a Cook County judge to halt the promotion of more than a dozen department members to battalion chief. The Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 filed a motion for an injunction in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday that seeks to stop the promotions — set to take effect Dec.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times
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  • Unable to find willing fire chief, Minnesota city who fired former chief contracts with nearby community for the role
    Unable to find a candidate willing to take on the role as their new fire chief, the city of Falcon Heights voted Wednesday to have Rose­ville’s fire department assume the chief’s responsibilities for one year. The unanimous vote by Falcon Heights’ City Council comes several weeks after Roseville’s council agreed to the $40,000 contract, in which they would take responsibility for all administrative and command services, as well as a department-wide audit.
    - PUB DATE: 12/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
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  • Atlanta mayor announces raises for firefighters
    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that the city would provide firefighters an average raise of nearly 20 percent. The raises will go into effect this January.Fire Chief Randall B. Slaughter called the raises historic. “This pay raise represents the single largest pay enhancement to firefighters in this city in my 29 year career,” Slaughter said.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal Constitution
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  • Phoenix fire chief announces she has breast cancer
    Phoenix Fire Department Chief Kara Kalkbrenner announced in a message to the department Wednesday that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Kalkbrenner, who was sworn in as the first woman to lead the department in December 2014, said in the message she will undergo a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery this Friday.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Central
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  • Mango the "Houseless Firefighter" in Los Angeles Helping Nation's Busiest Fire Station
    Never far from the busy engines of Los Angeles’s Fire Station 9 on Skid Row is a man known by everyone in the area as 'Mango.' Even though he can often be found wearing an LAFD cap and jacket designating him as the “Fire Traffic Officer,” he is not an official member of L.A. City Fire. But when the calls fire off at Station 9, Mango springs into action, just like the crews.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
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  • Chattanooga Fire Department: New outreach to frequent 911 callers making a difference
    Chattanooga Fire Department Capt. Skyler Phillips fought back tears Tuesday as he told City Council members the story of a nearly blind woman with broken glasses who used to regularly call 911 seeking help after tripping and falling. This fall, the department launched a new program, CFD Connect, that seeks to connect frequent non-emergency 911 callers with social services that proactively address their problems before they turn to calling for emergency help.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chattanooga Times Free Press
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  • Pennsylvania Fire Chief: GPS sometimes gives wrong directions
    Local first responders are talking about ongoing issues they face when responding to 911 calls. Fire and EMS providers now rely on GPS systems that sometimes take them far from where they need to go. Fire Chief Jerry Hanson says it’s an issue for East Prospect Fire Company about once a month. “There was a fire last month on Otter Street, which is literally two miles from here, but the way it came up on mapping, it wanted me to go to Columbia,” Hanson said.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 News
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