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  • Wisconsin Firefighter Dies from Heart Attack after Response
    A veteran firefighter in a small community in northwestern Wisconsin has died following a response. The U.S. Fire Administration on Thursday announced the line-of-duty death of 69-year-old Spooner volunteer firefighter Philip H. Neubich, who was a 38-year veteran of the fire service. Late on Tuesday evening, Neubich responded to his fire station when the department was paged out for a reported gas leak inside a residence.
    - PUB DATE: 4/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
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  • Virginia chief heading to Georgia
    Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan announced at Tuesday’s Albany City Commission meeting that Cedric Scott has been named the city’s new fire chief. Scott, who currently is serving as fire chief for the city of Suffolk, Va., and has served in that position in Waycross, College Park and Rockdale County in Georgia, is expected to take over the Albany Fire Department in June.
    - PUB DATE: 4/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Albany Herald
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  • Thousands of firefighters gather for FDIC in Indianapolis
    The Fire Department Instructors Conference also known as the FDIC, is happening downtown. It's back for another year at the Indiana Convention Center. More than 33,000 firefighters from around the world are in downtown Indianapolis this week for the event. It's known as the world's largest firefighter conference.
    - PUB DATE: 4/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Channel 8
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  • Michigan town moves to demote fire chief after alleged policy violations
    Longtime Frankfort Fire Department Chief Charles Thompson is unsure if he wants to accept a demotion after city officials removed him from the helm of his own department. City officials on Monday ousted Thompson — and offered him a position as a firefighter — following multiple policy violations stemming from his “on-call service” requirements, according to a press release sent this week from city Superintendent Josh Mills.
    - PUB DATE: 4/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Traverse City Record-Eagle
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  • Report shows Rhode Island Naval Station falsified first responder training records
    A shocking federal investigation has uncovered that some employees of Naval Station Newport deliberately falsified training records for emergency personnel. The report that was delivered to President Donald Trump Tuesday alleges that nearly all of the station's 29 fire and emergency services employees did not take part in all required training.
    - PUB DATE: 4/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12
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  • Minnesota Assistant Chief Describes Catching Baby Dropped from Balcony During Fire
    VIDEO - "I heard a call for help, scanned the building and saw a dad coming out with his baby," North St. Paul Assistant Fire Chief Dustin Kalis said. The video captured what is hard to imagine doing, and that's dropping your three-month-old baby off a second-story balcony. But a North St. Paul dad said it was his only option.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Illinois man charged for allegedly kicking firefighter in shin, groin
    For the second time this month, authorities have charged a man with aggravated battery for allegedly attacking a firefighter during the performance of his duties. Christopher M. Roemer, 28, of the 2800 block of Gerson Avenue, Godfrey, was charged for allegedly kicking a firefighter in the shin and groin on Saturday.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alton Telegraph
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  • Florida mayor urged to name woman as fire chief in wake of discrimination suit
    In the wake of a female firefighter’s victory against the city in a discrimination lawsuit, Mayor Bob Buckhorn is being urged to name a high-ranking woman to replace retiring fire Chief Tom Forward. Earlier this month, Buckhorn said he will name a replacement from within the ranks. A women’s Facebook group with 15,200 members, called "Surly Feminists for the Revolution," recently weighed in on the process, casting the selection as a referendum on the discrimination and retaliation case brought by firefighter Tanja Vidovic — and the department’s reaction to it.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times and Tampa
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  • Mississippi city releases incident report on alleged fight at fire station
    Gulfport Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt head-butted another firefighter during an alleged fight, according to an incident report filed with the Gulfport police department. It happened at 11 a.m. April 6 at the Central Fire Station. “The suspect (Beyerstedt) became enraged in front of the complainant and the witness, cursing and lunging at the complainant causing the suspect’s head to come in contact with the complainant,” according to the report.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sun Herald
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  • Relative of New York fire victim takes legal action against fire department
    A relative of the Yorkville woman and child killed in a fire earlier this year is taking legal action, claiming the village fire department did not do enough to save their lives. Heather Mishlanie and her 6-year-old daughter Taylor were killed after the Jan. 18 fire ravaged their upstairs apartment at 95 Campbell Ave.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Utica Observer-Dispatch
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