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  • At the District’s 911 call center, 18 more new hires are expected this month to keep pace with the “crush in volume” and to cut call pick-up times.  Image credit:  Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

DC 911 center criticized for too many call-taking mistakes, slow dispatch times

With up to 4,500 calls coming in each day at DC's 911 emergency call center - there's bound to be some mistakes, but according to many residents there are too many that could easily be avoided. The center that sends police officers, firefighters and paramedics throughout the nation’s capital is "struggling with accuracy and precision," [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Fire Bot (left) is the new robot in Dubai to assist with fires.  Image credit:  arabianbusiness.com

Meet ‘Fire Bot’: The Dubai robot with advanced firefighting capabilities

Dubai Civil Defense is moving ahead with plans to adopt non-conventional systems and technologies to "improve the safety of residents and property." As a result -- in collaboration with Digi Robotics -- they've designed a robot that can extinguish fires before first responders get to the scene of a fire. The newest innovation was unveiled [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Bus Crash in Connecticut.  Image credit: Twitter FOX61News

Connecticut bus crash in snow hurts at least 30

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the snowstorm that's moving into the Northeast (all times local): A Connecticut charter bus accident on Interstate 95 during a snowstorm has left at least 30 people injured, including six critically. The state Department of Transportation says the accident happened at around 12:30 p.m. Monday in Madison. A Yale-New [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Bullet fragments found 300 feet from the house (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Firefighter battling blaze in Arizona gets struck by bullet, in ammo-filled garage fire

As firefighters were attacking a huge blaze Sunday morning in Gilbert, Arizona, a bullet struck a firefighter's oxygen mask -- but luckily the helmet protected him from any serious injury. Video shot by KPHO shows heavy flames and smoke tearing through the house, and popping sounds could also be heard in the footage, from all [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Cosumnes firefighter struck by car, suffers major injuries while on accident scene

Feb. 06--A 38-year-old Cosumnes Fire Department firefighter suffered major injuries early Saturday when he was struck by a car as he was responding to a traffic collision on Interstate 5, the California Highway Patrol reported. The firefighter, Eric Oviedo, was responding to a 1:15 a.m. collision on the northbound side of I-5 about a quarter mile north of Lambert Road. The CHP said the incident began [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • The open elevator shaft is seen inside 9213 S. Baltimore Ave. where firefighter Daniel Capuano, 42, fell to his death Dec. 14, 2015. Image credit: Chicago Building Department

Businessman tied to site of firefighter death cited by city elsewhere

Feb. 04--A businessman linked to the warehouse where a Chicago firefighter plunged to his death has received a string of municipal violations and a series of fines for "dangerous and unsafe conditions" at other properties he has managed or owned. Jatin Patel has been fined thousands of dollars over the past decade for an array of code violations [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
  • American Medical Response Ambulance. Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons Attributed by 	Suzyderkins

West Hartford EMT Wins Appeal Over Firing

Feb. 05--A union steward who was fired from his emergency medical technician job in 2012 must be offered the chance to return to work, according to a ruling from a federal appeals court. Adam Cummings, who worked for American Medical Response in West Hartford, protested discipline against EMTs and paramedics who were not checking fluids or for damage [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
  • Image credit: Yonkers Uniformed Fire Officers Association Facebook page.

Yonkers Fire Dept overtime leaves $4M hole in city budget

Yonkers firefighters and fire officers calling in injured and disabled are projected to increase by 52 percent after negotiations between the Yonkers Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the city on a new contract have stalled, and relations between the YFD union leadership and Mayor Mike Spano have soured. Documents obtained by Yonkers Rising show that [...]

February 7th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Firefighter Fleur Lombard died during an arson fire twenty years ago.  Image credit:  Twitter

Firefighters gather to pay their respects 20 years after tragedy

Twenty years have passed, but Fleur Lombard will never be forgotten. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics and members of the public gathered to pay their respects to the firefighter, who died in a supermarket blaze. The 21-year-old from Derbyshire was killed on February 4, 1996, while tackling a large fire at Leo's Supermarket in Staple Hill [...]

February 5th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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SFFD members not happy with chief’s decision to veto Super Bowl 50 badges

As the nation gears up to watch Super bowl 50-- a debate brews in the Bay area over first responder's custom badges during the big game. Federal, local and state agencies are partnering up to make sure everything runs smoothly for Sunday's game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Members of the Santa Clara [...]

February 5th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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