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  • Ohio fire chief and union president tout strengthened working relationship
    Toledo's fire chief and the president of Firefighters Local 92 are looking toward the new year with a strengthened working relationship. Chief Luis Santiago and Pvt. Jeff Koenigseker recently sat down for a joint interview with The Blade at Toledo Fire and Rescue Department head“I think the thrust of this relationship is that both the chief and I realize that the resolution is more important than the argument,” Private Koenigseker said.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade
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  • Florida firefighters fired after noose found on black colleague’s photos now file grievance of their own
    Six Miami firefighters who lost their jobs after a black colleague found lewd images drawn on his family photos and a noose in his fire station dorm room are fighting to be reinstated. Captain William W. Bryson, Lt. Alejandro Sese, and firefighters Kevin Meizoso, David Rivera, Justin Rumbaugh and Harold Santana have filed grievances contesting their terminations, according to Miami’s firefighter union, which will decide Tuesday whether to support their claims.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
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  • Witnesses call Ghost Ship ‘death trap,’ defendant ‘manipulative’ during California criminal hearing
    During the third day of testimony during a critical hearing for two former Ghost Ship tenants facing criminal charges related to last year’s deadly fire, witnesses called the warehouse a “death trap” and one of the defendants “emotionally manipulative.” Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner will determine after the preliminary hearing if there’s enough evidence to send former warehouse tenants Derick Almena and Max Harris to trial.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
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  • Wisconsin Chief Accused of Malfeasance by Former Employee
    A former Janesville Fire Department employee alleges the fire chief and other fire department employees lied to police that he "might be mentally unstable and dangerous," according to complaints filed with the Janesville Police and Fire Commission. The former employee, Donald "Jeff" Bowen, has filed three charges of malfeasance in public office against Fire Chief Randy Banker and one each against Lt.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
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  • 62,085 estimated firefighter injuries mark lowest rate since NFPA began analyzing data in 1981
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the latest edition of its “U.S. Firefighter Injuries” report, which highlights data on injuries sustained by firefighters on duty in 2016. The statistics were collected from fire departments responding to NFPA’s annual U.S. Fire Experience survey.
    - PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association
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  • Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshal and FBI agent struck, killed on interstate
    Authorities say an FBI agent and a state fire marshal were struck and killed while standing on the shoulder of I-270 in Montgomery County. At about 10 p.m. Friday, one of the officers was at the scene of a single-vehicle traffic crash on southbound I-270. Police say he requested assistance and used his car to block the damaged vehicle from oncoming traffic.
    - PUB DATE: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
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  • Texas firefighter dies from cardiac event suffered on duty
    Charles Patterson, a firefighter with the Bowie Rural Volunteer Fire Department since its inception in 2007, died on Thursday after experiencing a cardiac event on Dec. 1 while fighting a house fire. A graveside service for the 60-year-old is planned for 2 p.m. on Dec. 9 at Lindale Cemetery north of Bowie.
    - PUB DATE: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Record News
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  • Fire union takes Indiana city to court in battle over contract negotiations
    Kokomo’s fire union is taking the city to court in the latest development of what’s become a months-long battle over the two sides’ collective bargaining efforts. The Professional Firefighters of Kokomo Local 396, in a civil suit filed this week in Howard Superior Court 4, is requesting that Judge George Hopkins prohibit the city from terminating the existing fire contract at the end of this year and "until such time that the matter can be arbitrated.
    - PUB DATE: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News and Tribune
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  • Heroism, tragedy, humor from firefighters who’ve spent days on the front lines of California wildfires
    The sun had set Tuesday when Tim Hurley and his strike crew from the U.S. Forest Service’s Kernville station first made it to the front lines of the Creek fire above Sylmar. Flames were shooting sideways as they tore through the dry brush, fueled by erratic Santa Ana winds. Hurley immediately got to work manning an engine with one goal: to keep the fire from jumping Oro Vista Avenue into the dense tract of homes below.
    - PUB DATE: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
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  • New York Firefighter With Cancer Gets 'Lifelong Wish' to Attend Super Bowl
    A New York firefighter who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer will fulfill his lifelong wish to attend the Super Bowl, his fire department says. In a Facebook post Sunday, the Tarrytown Fire Department said the NFL made Bill Duggan’s dream come true with tickets to the big game. “A couple of weeks ago, he was given earth shattering news that he had terminal brain cancer and only had a brief time to live,” the post reads.
    - PUB DATE: 12/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC New York
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