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  • Veteran Florida firefighter, paramedic dies on the job
    The Hernando County Fire Rescue announced the passing of one of their long-term firefighters and paramedics Tuesday. Steven R. Terry was found unresponsive by crew members of Fire Station #9 while on duty around 9:30 p.m. Monday evening. Crew members attempted to perform life-saving measures on him before he was sent to be treated at the Bayfront Brooksville Hospital.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TSP-TV 10 News
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  • Judge says Ohio firefighter convicted in shift-trading scandal wasn't fired because he is black
    A federal judge tossed a lawsuit filed by a black Cleveland firefighter criminally prosecuted and fired for paying his co-workers to cover his shifts, writing the firefighter did not show that race was the reason he lost his job. U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko wrote in an opinion released Friday that Calvin Robinson did not show that he was treated differently than 12 white firefighters also prosecuted in the scandal that plagued the Cleveland fire department.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer &
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  • After criticism over hiring of Nebraska fire chief, mayor proposes change to city codes
    Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is proposing a city ordinance to address concerns that arose during the hiring of Fire Chief Dan Olsen in December. The ordinance would amend city codes that spell out how finalists are selected for promotions in Omaha’s Police and Fire Departments. The proposed changes are part of the city’s efforts to resolve matters raised in a lawsuit against the city over Stothert’s promotion of Olsen to chief, according to a letter to the council from the mayor and officials in the City Law and Human Resources Departments.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Omaha World-Herald
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  • Idaho fire chief resigns after being placed on administrative leave
    Weeks after being placed on administrative leave, Twin Falls’ fire chief has resigned. Tim Soule sent a letter late Friday notifying city administration of his immediate resignation. The city announced Tuesday that it accepted. Soule had been on paid administrative since Aug. 29 as the city conducted an investigation.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Twin Falls Times-News
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  • New documentary ‘My Father’s House’ depicts the lasting impact of blaze that killed 12 FDNY heroes 50 years ago
    A poignant documentary from the FDNY about the E. 23rd St. fire that killed 12 Bravest will be screened this week – marking the 51st anniversary of the fatal blaze. “My Father’s House” details the tragic fate of the two chiefs, two lieutenants and eight firefighters who died in the line of duty on Oct.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
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  • Alabama volunteer fire department receives eviction notice
    There's a battle of fire officials in Vance after the fire district sent an eviction letter to the volunteer fire department. Keith Mahaffey, the mayor of Vance, said the Vance Volunteer Fire Department has 30 days to move out of Fire Station One, because Vance is forming their own fire department just for the city.
    - PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham
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  • FDNY chief pays tribute to military ‘big brothers’ at War on Terrorism memorial
    Before dawn Monday morning, the chief of the Fire Department of New York City was walking alone through a new memorial on the edge of Fort Benning. It was an odd place for the top firefighter in the nation’s largest city to start his work week, but James Leonard said there was no other place he would rather be.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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  • Exact cause of fatal Honolulu high-rise fire remains mystery
    Honolulu investigators can't determine the cause of a deadly high-rise apartment building fire that resulted in more than $107 million in damage, fire officials said. "The HFD fire investigators have completed an extensive and scientifically based investigation in full collaboration with other agencies and have classified the fire cause as undetermined," Fire Chief Manuel Neves said at a news conference Monday.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: McClatchyDC
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  • How an inferno unfolded across Wine Country
    His crew had just finished putting out a grass fire when Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner’s radio crackled at about 10 p.m. “We’ve got a fire at Safari West and it’s coming our way,” the dispatcher said. The wildlife preserve set in Sonoma County’s thickly wooded hills was just 6 miles away, and Gossner knew that it was a uniquely dangerous spot.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
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  • Oklahoma fire department’s fire safety performance for local elementary school goes viral
    VIDEO - The Mustang Fire Department is receiving a lot of praise online after video of one of their fire safety performances for a local elementary school went viral. The Mustang Fire Department has become known for their entertaining and memorable skits they do to help kids remember tips for fire prevention.
    - PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma City
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