Talk about big shoes to fill.
Standing at 6’9", City of Miami Fire Chief Maurice L. Kemp is not only literally a towering figure at the department, but the 32-year vet is a respected leader within the city of Miami.
After more than decades of service with the City of Miami Department of Fire Rescue, Chief Kemp is retiring. He served as the Director of Fire Rescue for eight years and in the department’s 119- year history, he was the first African-American to hold the position of Fire Chief.
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Memories come in all shapes and sizes. Chris Fields has a trunkfull, packed away from a 31-year career as an Oklahoma City firefighter. From fighting infernos to rescuing pets, Fields has done it all.
"You roll up and prepare yourself for what you're going to see," Fields says.
But nothing could have prepared Chris for April 19, 1995.
"I was at Fire Station Number 5 at N.W. 22nd and Broadway. I felt it. We were standing in the station around the kitchen. We heard the boom and felt the station rattle. We looked outside and saw the plume of smoke and self dispatched ourselves," Fields remembers.
Rolling up to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, they had no idea of the magnitude.
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Lawyers for the city and the firefighters’ union will present their arguments before the state Appellate Court on May 24 on whether an issue over eight demoted fire captains goes to arbitration.
Union President Daniel Daugherty said the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191 has been waiting for the case to move forward in the state Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester since last fall.
In September, the city appealed State Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky’s decision to allow the union to take the city to arbitration over the issue of the eight demoted captains.
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Selectman Raquel Welch told the board Monday evening that she wanted to speak with the fire chief about firefighters washing their personal vehicles at the Fire Station. Welch said when she drives past the station on nice days, she sees people washing their private vehicles.
“It’s not a car wash,” she said. “People can’t just pull up there and say that they want to wash their cars. I don’t think that should be a privilege.”
Selectman Larry Snowman said the only people he sees washing their vehicles at the station are volunteer firefighters, deputies with the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police troopers and ambulance personnel. “Business vehicles, I don’t mind,” Welch told Snowman. “It’s the private vehicles. It just bugs me.”
Chairwoman Carol Roach said she’s read about other towns discussing the same issue and it “hasn’t been resolved.”
The lawsuit filed by a fired firefighter against the city and its fire department is still ongoing, despite both agencies denying his request for permission to present a late claim.
Former American Canyon firefighter/paramedic Carlos Teruel, 34, says he was let go shortly before his probationary period expired and since officials declined to tell him why, assumes it can only be because he took time off to care for his sick wife and small children.
At Tuesday’s American Canyon City Council meeting, two special council lawyers for the public entities officially acknowledged the city and the city’s Fire Protection District had rejected Teruel’s late claim request and said they’d be filing reports.
At least 10 homes in Nassau County, Florida, were destroyed in a wildfire caused by a man who was burning books Wednesday.
Only a few minor injuries to emergency personnel have been reported in what's being called the Garfield Road Fire, according to the Florida Forest Service. But it has burned an estimated 350 to 400 acres near Bryceville, about 20 miles west of Jacksonville.
Officials said in a news conference Thursday morning the wildfire was 65% contained and no longer spreading.
Firefighters will continue to work in the area but a full containment of the fire is not expected on Thursday.