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  • Illinois governor vetoes expanded benefits for paramedics, EMTs
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Sunday vetoed legislation to expand benefit rights for paramedics and emergency medical technicians by defining them as firefighters in municipal collective bargaining agreements. Rauner’s veto of the two measures, which were passed with overwhelming, veto-proof bipartisan majorities, was in line with his previous pronouncements that Springfield shouldn’t dictate “unfunded state mandates on local governments.
    - PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
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  • Firefighters With Skin Condition Sue FDNY Over Shave Policy
    Some black city firefighters, in a departmental dispute over facial hair, will not turn the other cheek. Four African-American FDNY members afflicted by a painful skin condition are bristling over their reassignments to light duty — because the ailment prevents them from getting a clean shave, the Daily News has learned.
    - PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
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  • Injured Washington firefighter: Wildfire ‘stood up and made a huge run … flames were licking under my face’
    A firefighter is recovering at Harborview Medical Center after getting severe burns on his body while fighting wildfires in the state. Brett Read is many things. He is a husband. He is a father. He’s also a firefighter. He had risked his life to protect others for seven years. Recently, that risk of losing his life was closer than he’s ever experienced.
    - PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
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  • Photos: Massachusetts firefighters rescue 4 from balcony as flames engulf home
    Orange flames were engulfing both sides of the multi-family home -- from the ground to the roof. And smoke was billowing into the air from the windows and the second-floor balcony, where four residents stood. The scene Friday morning on Kenwood Street was dire. Residents had no place to go -- their home was being taken over by flames and they couldn’t get to the front door.
    - PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brockton Enterprise
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  • FDNY brawl ‘one of the most severe beatings seen on tape’: insider
    A savage brawl between two warring groups of FDNY firefighters at a Bronx firehouse has sparked multiple investigations and shocked even hardened department brass, The Post has learned. More than a dozen members pummeled three rivals with punches and kicks to the head during the melee, sources said.
    - PUB DATE: 8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
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  • Lawsuit over fatal fire claims city to blame in Delaware firefighters' deaths
    Had the closest Wilmington fire truck able to carry water been in service the night a Canby Park rowhome went up in flames, more than 1,700 gallons of water would have doused the house before the first floor collapsed, trapping three firefighters, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The blaze killed three firefighters, a result that this lawsuit — filed on behalf of families of the dead and three others seriously injured — blames on a years-old cost-saving policy, called rolling bypasses, it says is proven to be unsuccessful at reducing overtime costs and keeping firefighters safe.
    - PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
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  • Man allegedly high on drugs breaks into California fire station
    A man allegedly high on methamphetamine broke into a Modesto fire station Wednesday because he thought someone was after him. Shortly after 10 p.m., firefighters at Station 1 on 11th Street heard someone ringing their doorbell, Operations Division Chief Michael Lillie said. When a firefighter went downstairs, he saw that the glass front door had been shattered.
    - PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
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  • NFFF Pushing National Response Standards
    After hosting a conference earlier this year focused on firefighter life safety, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has released a report with a host of recommendations on establishing a national standard for emergency response policies. The meeting was held May 16-18 in Columbus, OH, and featured 30 fire service subject matter experts who offered their knowledge and commitment to "championing eventual emergency response policies for every fire department in the United States.
    - PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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  • Virginia volunteer fire department gives up EMS license after volunteers felt unneeded
    Each time an emergency medical response call came into the Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department this year, the volunteers felt a familiar feeling of neglect wash over. They were unmotivated to answer it, which lead to 18 missed calls. “They’re standing there with their hands in their pockets,” Fire Chief Tracy Martin said.
    - PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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  • Massachusetts fire department embraces mindfulness to reduce stress
    Of all the words one might expect to hear in a sit-down interview with the top brass of a city fire department, “namaste” wouldn’t chart too highly. But in Worcester, they’re all about it. Mindfulness – a focus on mental health employing breathing, stretching and meditation techniques not unlike yoga – is one of the Worcester Fire Department’s newest and, to them, most exciting initiatives to improve the health and safety of its crew.
    - PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Magazine
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