Mashpee Fire Lt. Nicole Stanley realized just how important banning harmful chemicals in flame retardants is when she was diagnosed with occupational cancer last summer.
“Now that I’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it’s an eye-opener to me. I thought I was protecting myself,” Stanley told the Herald.
Doctors have attributed Stanley’s rare form of breast cancer to exposure of carcinogens in her 28 years of service on the Mashpee Fire Department, she said.
Stanley urged Gov. Charlie Baker to sign a bill that bans the use of 11 toxic flame-retardant chemicals found in children’s products, residential furniture and household goods, as did Rep. Marjorie Decker, Sen. Cindy Creem, the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, Clean Water Action and MASSPIRG at a State House press conference Tuesday.
The bill was among the final ones passed before the Legislature ended the last session. Baker must sign it before Friday or it is vetoed, according to Creem.
The FDNY will start training firefighters on how to safely pass gaps in elevated bridges after one of New York’s bravest plunged to his death from a span in Brooklyn on Sunday, Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.
“We will try to ensure this never happens again in our city,” Nigro said outside the wake for Steven Pollard, 30, on Wednesday night.
Pollard fell through a 3-foot gap dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes on a Belt Parkway overpass while responding to a car crash on Sunday night, authorities said. He plummeted 52 feet to the ground and died a short time later at Kings County Hospital.
Nigro made his vow as mourners — including hundreds of FDNY firefighters and New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan — attended Pollard’s wake at the Marine Park Funeral Home.
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VIDEO: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires, including millions to help local governments improve their communication during emergencies and a fee to fund an update for the state’s 911 system.
At a fire station in the fire-prone Sierra Nevada foothills, Newsom outlined $105 million in new fire-related spending on top of $200 million approved by lawmakers last year. Clad in jeans and sneakers and surrounded by emergency responders and local leaders, Newsom said it was a symbolic and substantive choice to focus on wildfires on his first full day as governor.
“I place no greater emphasis, energy and sense of urgency on the issue of public safety,” he said.
Newsom said the budget will include tens of millions of dollars to make up for three years worth of property tax losses in Butte and Lake Counties, which have been hit by multiple fires in recent years.
He’ll also put $10 million toward digitizing the state’s 911 system, which is still analog. But he said a full digitization will likely require a fee on consumers, something the Legislature tried and failed to pass last year.
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The consolidation of Hamilton’s big government fire service has been stalled and set back because of concerns voiced by the state Department of Community Affairs.
The Democratic-led Hamilton Council last September voted 4-1 to introduce an ordinance calling for Hamilton Fire Districts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to be “hereby dissolved and abolished effective Jan. 1, 2019, or such later date, conditioned upon Local Finance Board approval, Civil Service approval/readiness, and a fully executed and approved Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)/Collective Negotiations Agreement (CAN) between representatives unions and Township.”
Fast forward to 2019, and DCA’s Division of Local Government Services last Friday put the brakes on Hamilton’s consolidation process due to the provision requiring a fully negotiated and settled labor agreement before the districts could be dissolved and merged into a municipal fire department, according to Hamilton Business Administrator Dave Kenny.
It could potentially take one year before contract negotiations between Hamilton’s FMBA firefighter unions and the Yaede administration result in an agreement, according to Kenny, who said the Local Finance Board within DCA’s Division of Local Government Services is “concerned” that “a lot of things could change in that one-year period.”
VIDEO: Orange County commissioners agreed this week to fund a mental-health training program intended to help first responders and others struggling to shake free of the horrors they saw at the Pulse nightclub massacre.
“Forty-nine innocent people killed at one time,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, who responded to Pulse as the county sheriff on June 12, 2016. “That’s something akin to what you might see on a battlefield in war.”
The mass shooting at the LGBTQ club traumatized not only Pulse patrons but also Orlando-area police, firefighters and paramedics summoned to the crime scene and others whose duties brought them face-to-face with the aftermath.
The training program, created and run by the St. Petersburg College Center for Public Safety Innovation, is intended to teach first responders how to care for themselves after crisis events and recognize peers who may need help coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The county awarded the college $244,000 from a federal anti-terrorism grant to pay for the program.