A veteran firefighter who came to California from Washington state to fight the Woolsey fire was left with major injuries when he was run over by a pickup truck as he slept at night in a field next to a fire truck in the Malibu area, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday.
Terry Geisleman, 46, of the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Department of Port Orchard, Washington, received crushing injuries to his chest and the left side of his body, a CHP report on the 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, incident said. He was airlifted from the scene at Pacific View Drive, north of Highway 1, to Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. A release from the South Kitsap Fire Chief Steve Wright described Geisleman’s injuries as not life-threatening.
San Bernardino County Sun
Top Fire Department brass retaliated against two emergency medical services lieutenants due to their “union activity,” a labor board ruled, the Daily News has learned.
FDNY Lt. Douglas Rondon was “totally restricted” from duty for an entire year after he reached out to his union president for assistance on potential disciplinary charges. At the same time, the union was upset with the FDNY over the department’s new Paramedic Response Unit, which pairs a paramedic with a paramedic lieutenant.
The so-called “Fly-Car” pilot program, first launched in the Bronx in 2016, uses FDNY SUVs with advanced-life-support equipment. It is designed to increase response times to emergency scenes.
But those vehicles are not used to transport patients – and requires staff to put in added work.
Uniform EMS Officers Local 3621 slammed the program, arguing that it should be stopped until details of the work shifts could be negotiated with the labor group.
New York Daily News
While it's a scary trend, it's one that's commonly swept under the rug.
First responders are now more likely to die by suicide, than in the line of duty. Each year, the number of men and women in the fire service taking their own lives continues to rise, according to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance.
84 percent of firefighters have experienced a traumatic event while on the job.
In 2017, 103 firefighters committed suicide nationally, where only 93 were killed in the line of duty.
"The world can be a dark place at times," said Alexander Yates. He's been with the Glendale Fire Department for three years. "We see dark things, and I know a lot of people don't want the nightmares that come along with that."
ABC 15 Phoenix
The deadly wildfire that left the town of Paradise, California, in ruins may become a test case for the municipal bond market.
“The situation casts doubt on whether the local government can meet over $3.5 million in annual payments to pension obligation bondholders, CalPERS and retiree healthcare plan participants,” wrote Marc Joffe, a policy analyst with the Reason Foundation. The town of 27,000 found itself in the path of the Camp Fire, a fast-moving inferno that started Thursday morning and engulfed Paradise within hours.
An estimated 80% to 90% of the town has burned, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the lead agency fighting the fire.
A lot has been published recently about harassment and discrimination. However, much less is being said about the problems of bullying in the fire and EMS industries. Yet, these problems have equally-serious effects on their victims. I was recently at a state EMS conference and heard a speaker give a very poignant discussion on suicide in EMS. He discussed six different people from around the country who had all committed suicide as a result of their participating in fire and EMS activities. This made me realize that while we spend time talking about the importance of care and compassion of the patients and people we serve, we need to do a lot more to improve the care and compassion we show to our fire and EMS brethren.
When visiting clients, I have heard comments such as, “Suck it up, buttercup!” and “This is a fire company; we expect people to have thick skin. If you can’t handle the heat, then get out of the firehouse!”