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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bloodied New Jersey fire captain makes heroic rescue in fire truck crash

Firefighters in Newark who were rushing to a fire and were on the way to help others were in need of some rescuing of their own. The fire truck collided with a GMC Acadia and a Camry as it was traveling westbound on Orange Street near Clifton Ave. The truck completely flipped around, crushing the other two cars. However, it was happened next that reminds you of what firefighters are trained for. Witnesses say the firefighter in the front, trapped inside, banged up from the collision jumped into action. "He was injured, had blood by his arm, he hopped out the window of the truck, and landed on the car and started helping the people that were injured in the SUV," Jeff O'Connor said.

Indiana firefighters want answers to hiring delay

The Anderson firefighters union is seeking answers to why the department is short on manpower, which is requiring mandatory overtime. Cody Leever, president of Anderson Firefighters Local 1262, said Monday at the Anderson Board of Public Safety meeting that the Anderson Fire Department is budgeted for 112 firefighters, but is currently working with 106 firefighters. The Safety Board tabled the request with Chairman Mike McKinley promising to get answers by the next meeting on July 10. Leever said a provision of the current contract with the city allows the Board of Public Safety to hire firefighters when there is a vacancy within 48 hours.
The Herald Bulletin

ACLU joins suit against town by fired New Hampshire firefighter

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire is requesting permission to join a federal lawsuit filed by a Farmington firefighter who argues he was unlawfully fired because of what he posted on Facebook. Alexander Morin, of Ten Rod Road in Farmington, sued the town last year, challenging his July 21, 2015, termination as a per-diem firefighter by the town. He lists both the town and seven town officials, including the town administrator, the fire chief and members of the board of selectmen in the suit. The town argues Morin was terminated for violating the town’s social media policy after he was twice disciplined and warned that any further misconduct could lead to his dismissal.

Fire Safety Advocates Share Their Stories of Fire on Common Voices’ New Website

Common Voices, an advocates’ coalition determined to create a fire safe America, announces the launch of its newly redesigned website, It provides resources and information to assist fire departments and fire safety advocates with their fire prevention messages and fire safety lobbying efforts. The website features a renewed focus on the stories and experiences of the Common Voices’ advocates who have been affected by fire, whether as burn survivors themselves or through the loss of loved ones. If your fire department would like to have one of the Common Voices advocates speak at a hearing about fire safety or fire prevention measures, please fill out the form on the “Contact” page of

British PM calls for ’major national investigation’ into cladding after deadly blaze

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday there must be a "major national investigation" into the use of potentially flammable cladding fitted to high-rise towers across the country, as police formally identified a five-year-old boy as one of youngest victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. May's comments came as tests show that all samples of building materials submitted so far — coming from 95 buildings around England — have failed fire safety standards. The national testing was ordered after flammable cladding was blamed for the rapid spread of the June 14 inferno at west London's Grenfell Tower, which claimed at least 79 lives.
CBC News

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Mexico volunteer firefighter dies after injuries from blaze

A Nara Visa volunteer firefighter died on Thursday after suffering burns trying to extinguish a fire that was more than seven miles long and three miles wide. John Cammack, 74, of Nara Visa, was severely burned after falling from a fire engine during a "burn over" Wednesday night, said Nara Visa Fire Chief Gary Girard. Girard said a second firefighter, Kyle Perez, was also injured during the incident. He said the firefighters were attempting to refill a fire engine with a water tanker when the winds shifted abruptly. "We were no longer fighting the fire, we were running from the fire," Girard said.
Eastern New Mexico News

St. Louis fire captain falls through roof into flames, is rescued by fellow firefighters

St. Louis firefighters had to rescue one of their own after he fell through a roof into flames in an attic Sunday morning. The fire captain sustained first and second-degree burns on his face and hands. He was recovering at a hospital Sunday, according to Capt. Garon Mosby, spokesman for the St. Louis Fire Department. “He’s being kept overnight for further observation,” Mosby said. “He’s talking and in very good spirits.” St. Louis firefighters were first called to the fire in the 2700 block of Bacon Street about 11 a.m. They found a two-story, two-family townhouse structure in the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood ablaze, Mosby said.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

High Police and Fire Pension Rates Send Arizona Lawmakers Scrambling

A group of Arizona House lawmakers is launching an effort aimed at cutting the soaring costs to communities of police and fire pensions, with its leader warning that cities could end up declaring bankruptcy if legislators fail to act. The new committee announced by House Speaker J.D. Mesnard comes just over a year after 70 percent of voters approved changes to the state's public safety pension plan designed to return it to solvency in 20 years. The voter approval and separate legislative overhauls to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, known as PSPRS, couldn't address current costs because the state Constitution bans cuts to promised pensions.
U.S. News & Report

Misstep forces Nebraska city to re-interview fire chief candidates

The city’s search for a full-time fire chief took a step backward this week. Because of a clerical error, the Civil Service Commission will conduct a second set of interviews with seven candidates for the position instead of moving forward with the three finalists selected earlier this month. According to the city attorney’s office, Columbus Human Resources Director Mike Oglevie sent a memo containing 13 of the 17 interview questions to six of the seven candidates prior to the June 6 interviews with the Civil Service Commission, leaving one candidate off the list of recipients.
Columbus Telegram

California city, county and fire district sue drug companies over opioid crisis

The city, county and a local fire district recently sued several major pharmaceutical companies and a medical distribution firm, charging them with damaging the local economy by promoting the use of opioid painkillers they knew to be dangerous and extremely addictive. The 52-page complaint was filed in Superior Court late last month by two private law firms on behalf of Stockton, San Joaquin County and the Montezuma Fire Protection District, which serves unincorporated portions of southeast Stockton. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.

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