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  • New York Mayor Gets Earful From Union Head Following Attack On EMT By Emotionally Disturbed Man
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is being asked to do more to protect first responders in the wake of an attack on a 20-year-old emergency medical technician as he was transporting an emotional disturbed person to the hospital. The ambulance EMT Nicholas Cody used to transport an emotionally disturbed person on Friday night sat parked outside the emergency room at Lincoln Hospital on Monday, the decal warning that it’s a felony to attack a first responder, apparently not much of a deterrent in a city where the number of of mental health 911 calls have nearly doubled in the last decade.
    - PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV 55 Riverhead
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  • Pennsylvania lawmakers push bills to address firefighter shortage: ‘This is an absolute crisis’
    Pennsylvania’s growing shortage of volunteer and career firefighters and EMS providers has reached a point where state lawmakers are calling for action to avert a crisis like the one Rep. Stephen Barrar described at a Monday news conference. “How would you feel if you had a fire or an accident or a life-threatening emergency and when you dialed 911, no one responded? These type of doomsday scenarios are not far-fetched,” said Barrar, R-Delaware County, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
    - PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive
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  • Related: Pennsylvania's midstate fire department highlights its ‘live-in’ firefighter program
    On the same day that a package of bills was introduced at the State Capitol to help Pennsylvania’s fire and EMS workers, one midstate community is applauding the decision. The Middletown Fire Department is 100% volunteer, so for about two years now, they’ve been offering a live-in program for young firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg
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  • Failing forestry: Oregon governor launches team to fix department’s financial mess
    Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a financial oversight team and will hire an independent contractor to address a cash flow crisis caused by the Oregon Department of Forestry’s failure to promptly bill and collect money it is owed for wildfire costs. The 13-member team, chaired by the governor’s chief of staff, is tasked with identifying the structural changes needed to expedite and standardize how the agency processes financial transactions related to wildfires.
    - PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
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  • California: Fire, flood disaster plans to be mailed to 200,000 homes and businesses in San Diego County
    Officials are urging residents throughout the San Diego region’s most fire-prone areas to prepare for this year’s peak wildfire season. The county is slated to mail out its “personal disaster plan” to roughly 200,000 homes and businesses starting next week. The recently updated 16-page document will be sent to those living in areas designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as “very-high fire severity zones.
    - PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The San Diego Union Tribune - Metered Site
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  • New York firefighter dies during training, chief says
    A firefighter with the Homer Fire Department died Saturday after falling ill at a training, according to the fire chief. Firefighter Robert Bush was feeling ill during a training, and his fellow firefighters offered him medical help immediately, chief Mahlon Irish Jr. said in a Facebook post. “Bush was transported to the local hospital where revival efforts continued.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse.com
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  • Ohio firefighters build dryer that saves tax dollars, aids in cancer prevention
    Over the last few years, national firefighter organizations have put an emphasis on cancer preventions. Firefighters face higher rates of cancer diagnosis and cancer-related deaths than the general population. Innovative work by the Xenia Fire Department will help them be more diligent about keeping gear clean to prevent the inhalation of carcinogens as suggested by many national firefighter organizations.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDTN-TV NBC 2 Dayton
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  • Firefighters learn about overlooked dangers in Vermont
    Two national experts on firefighter safety were at the Vermont Fire Academy Saturday sharing what they know with leaders in the state’s firefighting and emergency services community. “The entire class today is focused on firefighter health and safety,” Chief Craig Haigh, a 36-year veteran of the Hanover Park, Illinois, Fire Department, and a field staff instructor at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rutland Herald - Metered Site
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  • San Francisco grapples with how to fight massive firestorm expected after next big quake
    San Francisco’s Marina was ravaged by fire during the Loma Prieta earthquake, centered 60 miles away. Thirty years later, experts say, as much as a third of the city is still largely unprotected against the massive fires they fear will be sparked by the Big One. “The way the situation is now, we are going to have some major conflagrations in the city,” said Charles Scawthorn, an engineer and earthquake fire modeling expert, who predicts as many as 100 separate fires across the city, fueled by broken natural gas lines.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
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  • Philadelphia Fire Crews Battle Massive 3-Alarm Blaze At Auto Body Shop
    VIDEOS: Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire at an auto body shop in Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood. Crews were called to the the area of 59th and Irving Streets for a fire around 10:10 a.m. Monday. Arriving crews found heavy fire conditions coming from a second-story building. The fire caused parts of the building to collapse.
    - PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia
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