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  • Jonathan Hearn (L) accepted a plea deal in exchange for his testimony against Sabrina Limon (R) who was arrested and has pleaded not guilty in the case.  Image credit:  Video from original story

Former firefighter takes plea deal in murder of girlfriend’s husband

Jan. 19--BAKERSFIELD -- A former Redlands firefighter has taken a plea deal agreeing to testify against his girlfriend in the slaying of her husband. Jonathan Hearn, 26, of Hesperia accepted a plea deal Jan. 9 in a Bakersfield court in exchange for his testimony against Sabrina Limon, 37, who was arrested and has pleaded not guilty in the case. She is scheduled to be back [...]

January 20th, 2017|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
  • Rock Creek Rural Fire District and Chief Jason Keller was sued by former training Capt. Brent Blamires for violating Idaho’s Whistleblower Act and for wrongful termination.  Image credit:  Magic Valley

Former Captain who claimed wrongful termination for retailation in whistlebloweing suit, settles with fire district

Jan. 19--KIMBERLY -- A lawsuit filed against Rock Creek Fire District and its fire chief by a former firefighter has been settled. The settlement, obtained Friday by the Times-News, resulted in a payment of $26,000 to former training Captain Brent Blamires. Blamires, fired by the district a year ago, sought $107,000 in the wrongful termination lawsuit: $35,000 for lost wages and benefits, $30,000 for three years' lost [...]

January 19th, 2017|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
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Officials want volunteer firefighters from neighboring townships to receive same tax break under newly passed law

Jan. 17--MAHONING TWP. -- Township officials plan to discuss how best to grant active volunteer firefighters tax breaks under a recently passed state law. They also hope to convince other Montour County municipalities to do the same. The township supervisors, solicitor Ryan Tira and Fire Chief Leslie Young talked about implementing the tax breaks after Young, in her annual report to [...]

January 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Capt. Vincent J. D'Ambra
earned over $243K in 2016.  Image credit:  Providence Journal

The $243,000 firefighter: One fire rescue Captain earned that much in 2016

Jan. 19--PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The city paid three Providence fire captains more than $200,000 each in 2016 and paid a total of 220 firefighters more than $100,000 apiece during the same period. Fire rescue Capt. Vincent J. D'Ambra had the biggest payout, $243,000, according to a Providence Journal analysis of the Fire Department's payroll, apparently making him the highest-paid employee on the city's payroll. A total of 29 firefighters [...]

January 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Family cat dies in “freak” fire started by the family dog

A North Carolina dog has been found guilty in starting a house fire that killed the family cat. The fire broke out at 10:45 AM on Tuesday after a clumsy K-9 tried to grab a hot treat off the stove. “It seems in this case, a box of dog treats were left near the stove, [...]

January 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighter arrested on charges of providing booze to teens during Hurricane Matthew

Jan. 12--A Gainesville Fire Rescue firefighter was arrested Wednesday on five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child after teens said they were given beer and wine coolers Oct. 10 when school was closed due to Hurricane Matthew, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Jamal Ahmad Hafiz, 32, is a former Orange [...]

January 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • A firefighter works at the scene of the collapsed Plasco building after being engulfed by a fire, in central Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Iran's state-run Press TV says dozens of firefighters have been killed in the collapse of a burning high-rise building in Tehran. The collapse came just hours after the blaze erupted at the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran, just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency responders dug through the rubble, looking for survivors. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Old garment high-rise fire in Iran collapses killing over 30 firefighters

TEHRAN (FNA)- A fast-moving blaze ripped through an old garment building in Tehran early Thursday, leveling down to the ground the more than half-a-century-old building in an unprecedented incident in the Iranian capital. The fire started at around 8 am local time (0430 GMT) at the building, Plasco, which is home to hundreds of clothes and garment manufacturers and businesses, [...]

January 19th, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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LAFD rescue four ‘nearly lifeless’ children from house fire after being left home alone

Four young children in Los Angeles were hospitalized after a fire engulfed their home while their mother was away. The 432-square-foot home went up in flames on Monday night, only moments after the mother left her three sons and one daughter (ages 2-7) inside and alone, with neighbors reporting the mother had gone to get [...]

January 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Eli Young Band’s tour bus destroyed by fire; band not on bus

TOPEKA, Kan. — A tour bus belonging to the country group Eli Young Band was damaged in a fire on the Kansas Turnpike, destroying most of the band's electronic and sound equipment. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the driver was the only person with the bus when the fire started late Tuesday while it was parked at a service area [...]

January 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Palestine Fire Chief Alan Wilcher retired December 30 after being told he will likely be terminated.  Image credit:  The Messenger

Former fire chief claims forced retirement without reason given

Jan. 18--After working 31 years for the Palestine Fire Department, the last four as its fire chief, Alan Wilcher realized in December he was about to be fired for reasons that never were given to him. While the city's stance is Wilcher retired Dec. 30, he claimed in a phone interview with the Palestine Herald-Press Tuesday afternoon, that is not the [...]

January 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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