National News

  • Los Angeles fire chief raises concerns about 'divisive' workplace incidents involving firefighters
    The Los Angeles Fire Department has experienced a series of "divisive" workplace incidents in recent months, including at least one debate between firefighters over protests by NFL players, according to a letter to the agency's employees. In a two-page letter posted Friday, Fire Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said his agency has experienced "on-duty heated discussions regarding the perception of a lack of patriotism by NFL players" who have kneeled during the national anthem.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
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  • Florida firefighter overcomes fear of heights to assist in high-rise rescue
    VIDEO - Two members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department on Tuesday detailed how they assisted in a stunning high-rise rescue. JFRD engineers Patrick Schneider and Justin Smith both played important roles in rescuing two men dangling on the side of the BB&T Bank Building in downtown Jacksonville early Monday evening.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
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  • Texas firefighters union targets city manager salary, tenure
    The San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association on Tuesday announced a campaign that, among other things, targets the city manager. Calling it the “San Antonio First” campaign, union boss Chris Steele said his organization is partnering with others — ranging from the COPS/Metro Alliance to former local tea party president George Rodriguez — to seek voter signatures on three separate petitions, all calling for changes to the city charter.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Conexion SA
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  • IAFC Organizing Fire Operations Conference in Middle East
    The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today announced it is organizing the first International Fire Operations Conference, April 10-12, 2018, at the Ritz-Carlton in Manama, Bahrain. The prestigious event is being organized in collaboration with Saudi Aramco, a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
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  • 9/11 responders' health treatment and monitoring threatened by Trump’s budget plan
    Hidden in the fine print of President Trump’s latest budget proposal is a detail that could directly impact 9/11 first responders: The reorganization of the federal agency that oversees their health treatment and monitoring. Currently, the World Trade Center Health Program is housed within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
    - PUB DATE: 2/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
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  • Two New York firefighters injured after wall collapse at commercial fire
    Two city firefighters were injured Monday when a wall collapsed while multiple fire crews were battling a massive blaze in a large storage building on Newell Street. The two unidentified firefighters were taken by ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center, one on a stretcher. Fire Chief Dale C. Herman confirmed one of the injured firefighters was later transferred to a Syracuse hospital.
    - PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
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  • Virginia fire chief announces retirement amid complaints about handling of sexual harassment
    Fairfax County’s fire chief announced his retirement Friday, a little more than a week after county officials said they would investigate allegations that the department had failed to curb sexual harassment. Richard R. Bowers Jr. has received high marks during his five-year tenure for the department’s firefighting work, but was dogged by complaints and a handful of lawsuits claiming that women were mistreated in the ranks.
    - PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington Post
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  • Out of Station nightclub fire's ashes, tougher building codes arose in Rhode Island
    In 2003, John Bernardo worked occasional nights as a DJ in bars throughout the state, hired to bring in people who wanted to dance and buy drinks. After Feb. 20, 2003, the night 100 people — including two of his friends — were killed and more than 200 injured, many severely, in the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, that all changed.
    - PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal
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  • How South Carolina first responders are trying to save their own
    Emily Avin was supposed to come home that day in September. Her parents had arranged it: Avin would move back into their country home in the small Florence County town of Pamplico, where she grew up playing softball and cheering for her high school football team as the mascot. It would be a break, for a month or so, from her job as a paramedic, a career the young woman loved but now found emotionally draining.
    - PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Charleston Post and Courier
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  • At least $2M in damage after fire destroys New Jersey rescue squad building, ambulances
    Four members of the American Legion Ambulance Association in Woodstown escaped unhurt Monday after an early morning blaze devastated their squad building and caused at least $2 million in damage. The blaze broke out around 4 a.m. and destroyed five ambulances and caused significant damage to a sixth, officials said.
    - PUB DATE: 2/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
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