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Fire Department admitting volunteer support staff

A year of deliberation led to the decision by Tom Bauguess to join the Elkin Fire Department as a member of its volunteer support staff, a new program set up for those who want to be part of the department, but maybe not in a role to actually fight fire. Bauguess said he saw an initial email recruiting members [...]

August 14th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Filer firefighters: We’ve lost confidence in the city government

FILER -- Recent actions by the mayor and the City Council have resulted in "political chaos," say local firefighters, as the town's woes over its budget continue to plague its elected officials. The all-volunteer Filer Fire Department penned a letter to Mayor Rick Dunn and the Filer City Council last week, expressing dismay over the firing of former Police Chief Tim Reeves and the Oct. 1 elimination of [...]

August 14th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Video: Firefighter learns the hard way when he fails to comply with officers’ orders

A Detroit firefighter learned a valuable lesson in June after officers responded to a neighbor’s complaint. In body cam video captured at the scene, Firefighter Michael Cretu is seen initially non-confrontational with officers, but the situation escalated quickly when Cretu advances toward one officer. When the officer places his hand out to keep space between [...]

August 14th, 2017|Fire News, Videos|0 Comments

Firefighter chooses path less traveled, returns to duty after leg amputation

There is nothing typical about Fishers, Ind., firefighter Lt. Brandon Anderson, and when he was faced with life-changing decisions, he knew he had only one choice — defy the odds. Anderson, a 15-year-veteran firefighter, had to have his right leg amputated above the knee from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. During his recovery, he [...]

August 14th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

EMS workers become ill after responding to overdose call

Two employees of Bath County Emergency Medical Services were treated Tuesday after they were exposed to what was thought to be heroin laced with carfentanil, WKYT reported. One worker began feeling ill after responding to a call regarding two people who had overdosed in Owingsville, the station reported. While taking one patient to St. Claire Regional Medical Center in [...]

August 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Color-coded hydrants help firefighters fight blazes

Do you have different colored tops on the fire hydrants in your neighborhood and wonder why some are blue, while others are green, orange or red? "We follow the national standard," Owensboro Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Leonard said. The color indicates the number of gallons the hydrant can produce per minute, he said. Blue indicates 1,500 gallons per [...]

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Firefighter goes into cardiac arrest after carbon monoxide explosion

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in Pennsylvania say a dozen firefighters were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes while battling a building fire. Officials say firefighters responded to reports of a blaze on the 200 block of West Gay Street in West Chester, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia, around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The firefighters were somehow overcome by carbon monoxide, sending one [...]

August 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Final salute: Ashley fire chief laid to rest

Emergency crews from throughout the area came out Thursday to bid a final farewell to longtime Ashley Fire Chief Joe McGlynn. Following funeral services, McGlynn's flag-draped casket was escorted atop an Ashley fire truck to St. Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Twp., where he was laid to rest. McGlynn, 63, who had served with the fire department since 1973, died suddenly on Sunday. Aside [...]

August 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Florida firefighters sue siren-maker over hearing loss

WEST PALM BEACH -- Nearly two dozen Palm Beach County firefighters are suing a publicly-traded company claiming sirens it produces for emergency vehicles robbed them of their hearing. In the lawsuit filed this week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, current and former firefighters for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the West Palm Beach and Boca Raton fire departments say Federal Signal Corp. should have warned [...]

August 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments

Police chief steps in when fire chief is fired amid contentious contract negotiations

Treasure Island Police Chief Armand Boudreau is wearing two hats again after fire Chief Frank Fernandez was shown the door last week. Boudreau tells the Tampa Bay Times he’s talked privately with several city firefighters concerned about Fernandez’s departure. “The firefighters have mixed emotions,” Boudreau tells the Times, stressing that he was not involved in [...]

August 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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