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  • Bill Adsitt, second from left, talks with Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport and other members of Syracuse Fire Department at a menorah lighting in Clinton Square in 2015. (Gary Walts | gwalts@syracuse.com)

Syracuse firefighter who needed heart surgery after battling fire denied benefits

The Syracuse firefighter’s union is furious with the city over its treatment of one their firefighters who was on the job for 20 years and who suffered a heart attack after battling a blaze. 55-year-old Bill Adsitt had to have quadruple bypass surgery earlier this year.  After he started suffering from chest and back pain [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Favorite Firefighting Tools

When we think about firefighting tools we always think about the traditional axe. Almost every picture of a firefighter in gear are carrying an axe.  Hose, nozzles, and jaws of life are other tools that we think of, but there are also some tools we like that aren’t so common. Since we spend a lot [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Blog, Fire News|0 Comments
  • Fairfax County firefighter Nicole Mittendorff took her own life in April after being cyber bullied.  Image credit:  AP

Female firefighters hoping for change in the wake of tragic suicide of one of their own

Shortly after 31-year-old Nicole Mittendorff took her own life, it was discovered that she was the victim of cyber harassment. The Fairfax County firefighter and paramedic disappeared on April 15 and her body was discovered one week later, in Shenandoah National Park. She hanged herself, officials said. Her case has touched off a national debate [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Man in custody after setting South Chicago apartment on fire that killed baby, 2 girls and a man

Aug. 23--A 3-month-old baby, two girls 4 and 7, and a man died in an extra-alarm fire in an apartment building in the South Chicago neighborhood early Tuesday, and police said a man suspected of starting the fire after an argument is being held. The baby died after being found next to a man who had [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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LAFD respond to Skid Row homeless after several fall ill from smoking ‘illicit substance’

Aug. 22--Several people in downtown's Skid Row area are being examined by paramedic units this morning, after they appeared to have ingested an illicit substance, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. "We're seeing a lot of patients, but not all are transported," said LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. "It's a dynamic situation." A total of 15 people were examined, [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Former Captain sues fire district and chief over violating Idaho’s Whistleblower Act

Aug. 21--KIMBERLY -- A former finalist in the search for a new fire chief in Twin Falls has been named as a defendant in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against a local fire district. Former training Capt. Brent Blamires of Kimberly filed suit in July against Rock Creek Rural Fire District and Chief Jason Keller for violating Idaho’s Whistleblower Act and for wrongful termination. Keller was Blamires' [...]

August 23rd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighter who allegedly tampered with evidence, in deadly NY car crash, could get fired

A White Plains, NY firefighter could lose his job after- police say- he tampered with evidence following a deadly car crash involving another firefighter. Erik Refvik was off-duty when he drove his SUV the wrong way on S. Lexington Avenue and crashed into a car that was stopped at a traffic light. The driver of [...]

August 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Family dog dies trying to protect baby in Baltimore house fire

A Baltimore mother is crediting her family dog for saving the life of her young daughter in a house fire last week. Erika Poremski had reportedly stepped outside for a brief time, to grab something from her car, when a fire erupted inside her home. Her eight-month-old daughter, Viviana, and her family dog, Polo, were [...]

August 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Pittsburgh’s new deal with paramedics aims to reduce forced overtime

Aug. 22--Pittsburgh plans to recruit more Emergency Medical Services workers and reduce mounting forced overtime costs by increasing salaries for newly hired paramedics and emergency medical technicians. The mayor's office said Monday the city paid $2.3 million in overtime to EMS workers through June. Pittsburgh also paid $5.1 million from 2011 through 2015 in worker's compensation claims because of job-related injuries to aging EMS employees. [...]

August 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Washington firefighter William Jones and his dog Hunter before Jones headed out to fight a fire and Hunter jumped a fence.  Image credit:  KOIN 6

Firefighter reunited with dog after animal was adopted by another family

Washington firefighter William Jones had been gone for several weeks fighting a fire in the eastern part of the state. He left his dog Hunter with a friend, in Vancouver, while he was away from home working. One day Hunter jumped the fence and went missing. Clark County Animal Control found Hunter, but couldn’t identify [...]

August 22nd, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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