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  • 3 Firefighters Hurt When Engine Rolls Over in California
    VIDEO: A Cal Fire engine assigned to respond to rain-related incidents in the North County went off the road and rolled over in Bonsall Thursday. The truck veered off Old Highway 395 south of Camino Del Rey and landed in an embankment about 20 feet below the roadway at about 6:15 a.m., California Highway Patrol said.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
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  • Iowa State Senator and Firefighter resign over cross training controversy
    VIDEO: Iowa State Senator and Cedar Falls Firefighter Jeff Danielson says he is resigning from both the Iowa State Senate and the Cedar Falls Fire Department, effective immediately. Danielson tells KWWL News his resignations are directly related to the ongoing dispute over the use of Cedar Falls Police Officers being cross-trained to also work as Cedar Falls Firefighters in the City’s Public Safety Officer program.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWWL News 7
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  • Clinical trial offers hope for veteran and longtime Idaho firefighter to speak again
    When William “Bud” Paine descended to the lower levels of the Naval Destroyer Escort to stand by on fire watch as welders took to maintenance of the ship, he was handed a canteen and a bandanna. “‘Just keep the bandanna wet,’ they said. ‘This stuff won’t hurt you,’” Paine, now 63, recalled. “This stuff” was the 96,000 pounds of asbestos sharing living quarters on board with the Navy sailors.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Idaho Press
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  • Wisconsin firefighters explore cancer preventing benefits from sauna therapy
    The Madison Fire Department has installed an infrared sauna into its new station 14 helping firefighters sweat out dangerous carcinogens which can sometimes cause cancer. Kevin Hembrook has worked for the Madison Fire Department for nineteen years. He serves on the Fire Fighters Local 311 Health and Safety committee.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison
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  • Michigan city council hopes to negotiate with township over fire department dispute
    Tension between the City of Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township continues to grow over a fire department dispute. After decades of working together the township decided to withdraw from the Grand Blanc Community Fire Commission last month. Several on Grand Blanc’s City Council aren’t happy and say they were blindsided.
    - PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEYI
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  • Connecticut fire department expands eligibility for future firefighters
    Lt. Necole Dundy Pittman said her 11 years with the Bridgeport Fire Department is proof that it’s not “a man’s job.” Firefighter Mohammad Kahn said his bigger stature is proof that you don’t have to be thin and muscular. Being a firefighter, they both said, is mostly about endurance. Bridgeport is looking for new firefighters and is hoping to attract a diverse crew to become the newest of the city’s bravest.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Connecticut Post
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  • City Council explores new Oregon payroll tax to pay for more police, fire, medics
    A City Council advisory committee thinks Eugene should establish a new payroll tax to raise $22.8 million to help pay for police, fire and other services. The proposed tax would phase in over 6 years, to be paid by employers and employees. The idea traces its origins to last fall, when Councilors signed off on $9 million for the Eugene Police to hire 10 more officers to improve response times to calls for service.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVAL-TV CBS 13
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  • Fireman's Association of the State of New York offering tuition reimbursement program for volunteer firefighters
    Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is reminding volunteer firefighters and the community about a tuition reimbursement opportunity through the Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY). FASNY has developed the Higher Education Learning Plan, or FASNY HELP, as an incentive to recruit and retain members of volunteer fire departments.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WENY-TV ABC, CBS, CW2
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  • Indiana university looks for commercial opportunities for firefighting robot
    Purdue University researchers are developing firefighters that look more like R2-D2 than anyone in an Indianapolis Fire Department uniform. Purdue researchers have been working on firefighting robots since 2011. In 2015, they rolled out significant improvements, with a robot that had better optics and was nearly indestructible.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IBJ.com - Metered Site
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  • Pennsylvania fire chiefs association celebrates volunteer firefighter couples on Valentine's Day
    To help celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Chester County Fire Chiefs Association is paying special tribute to couples who keep the spark of romance alive by saving lives together as volunteer firefighters. Malvern Battalion Fire Chief Neil Vaughn came to Andrea’s rescue after she was in a car accident during slippery winter conditions.
    - PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coatesville Daily Local News
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