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  • Firehouse Subs Brothers Chris (left) and Robin Sorensen have opened their 1,000th Firehouse Subs shop and their foundation has contributed $20 million to first responder causes. Credit: Jacksonville.com

Jacksonville’s own Firehouse Subs reaches 1,000 franchises, picks up philanthropic efforts for supporting first responders

July 29--One thousand restaurants. That's a far cry from a couple of firefighting brothers who simply wanted to open just one Firehouse Subs shop. That first one was in Mandarin's Crown Point Plaza 22 years ago. But Robin and Chris Sorensen just opened their 1,000th shop this month in Rowland Heights, Calif. What started as a family hankering to make oversized submarine [...]

July 29th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Kansas firefighter driving to annual county parade killed in crash, second firefighter injured

Firefighters in Jackson County, Kansas are mourning the loss of one of their colleagues, who died in a crash, while on his way to a dept- related event. KAKE reports the accident happened along U.S. Hwy 75 in Jackson County, on Wednesday evening. Image credit: KSNT, Topeka One of the tires on the [...]

July 29th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighters get support from a mini-city born from the Sand fire

July 29--As the Sand fire was blowing up July 22 in the Santa Clarita Valley, a mini city was coming together on the campus of Golden Valley High School. Over the weekend, the campus became the temporary home to more than 3,000 fire-fighting personnel and support staff from around the state. 'Main Street' It's been a sweltering place. But [...]

July 29th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Two Chattanooga firefighters injured in vacant house fire on different street than where it was reported

July 28--Two firefighters were injured this morning in a fire that destroyed a vacant house in the Valleybrook Community. The two firefighters suffered first and second degree burns. They were transported to Erlanger for treatment where one was released and the other was taken to Vanderbilt's burn center, according to the department. The Chattanooga Fire [...]

July 29th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Bob Kidd, chief, Clearcreek Twp. Fire Department, has agreed to retire at the end of the year after being placed on administrative leave.  Credit:  Larry Budd

Clearcreek Twp. fire chief retires while under review

July 28--Clearcreek Twp. Fire Chief Bob Kidd has agreed to leave his position with the township, although the reason for his decision remains unclear. Kidd was placed on administrative leave with pay in June. On Wednesday, the township trustees unanimously approved a resolution agreeing to accept Kidd's retirement, effective Dec. 31. Meanwhile Kidd will remain chief, although two [...]

July 28th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Group of firefighters robbed at gunpoint while eating breakfast at Whataburger

Two armed robbers stormed into a Harris County, Texas Whataburger this week-- holding up customers and employees. Four members of the Cy -Fair Volunteer Fire Dept were inside at the time and their truck was parked right outside. Clearly, that did not deter the gunmen from barging into the restaurant and carrying out their brazen [...]

July 28th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Oklahoma firefighters fear uniforms make them ‘easy targets’

The Lawton, Oklahoma Fire Dept says it's considering some changes in light of the new dangers its members could encounter when responding to fire scenes. Several Lawton firefighters told KSWO that they often get confused with Lawton PD because of their similar uniforms. When they're out in the community it's quite common for someone to [...]

July 28th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Recent scare prompts Cincinnati firefighters to ask city for new bulletproof vests

The dangers first responders face when going out to emergency calls don't always seem to be related to the actual fires anymore.  Criminal activity surrounding the scene is increasingly becoming a real problem for many departments. "It's another burden, another stress of the job that we don't need,” said Cincinnati Fire Union Local 48 President [...]

July 28th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Reasons why Arbitration is needed

By John Morse There are always instances in life when people don’t get along, sometimes we figure things out and sometimes we need help working through disagreements.  If you are with a full time union department, one of the ways that we get these issues resolved is with the help of an arbitrator. Disagreements can [...]

July 28th, 2016|Blog, Fire News|0 Comments
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Missouri firefighter dies while battling RV blaze in extreme heat

Volunteer firefighter Ed Cosgrove collapsed and died while fighting an RV fire in the small town of Utica, Missouri. The call came out Sunday morning in rural Livingston County.  It was reported by several local agencies that "at least one small propane bottle exploded and went through the side of the camper." The heat index [...]

July 27th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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