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Friday, October 19, 2018

Florida firefighter dies while clearing hurricane debris from Hurricane Michael

Gulf County Fire Coordinator Brad Price, firefighter and paramedic, was helping to clear some of the debris Hurricane Michael left behind Thursday when a tree fell on his tractor. "We are heartbroken to announce the loss of one of our own," the Gulf County Sheriff's Office announced on social media, hours after colleagues found the 49-year-old father of two and youth softball coach from Wewahitchka dead. Firefighters used a U.S. flag to drape his body and honored Price's service with a procession during the transport to the Bay County medical examiner's office. Public servants from other agencies lined up on the side of the road to salute him. Before Price's death more than a week after the storm, Florida authorities reported the Category 4 storm killed 24 people in Florida, bringing the overall death toll to at least 34.

FDNY set to graduate 15 women firefighters — highest number in department’s history

The FDNY will be celebrating a five-alarm milestone on Friday. Fifteen women are set to proudly walk across the stage and receive their graduation certificates at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens — the highest number the department’s seen since 1982, when the FDNY opened its doors to 41 women following a groundbreaking discrimination lawsuit. “It’s a historic moment for our department,” FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told the Daily News. “The graduates will bring us to 87 women — the highest total we’ve ever had in the department.” Of the 15 graduates, three, including FDNY Probationary Firefighter Nicole Rizzi, have relatives who served in the department, officials said.
New York Daily News

Arizona firefighter dies during training

A Saint David Fire District firefighter died in training Wednesday. According to Saint David Fire District, 36-year-old Joshua Eugin died during a multi-department training exercise. Eugin was taking part in a "blackout drill," in which firefighters simulate rescuing victims inside a dark structure with fake smoke. Eugin collapsed at 8 p.m. EMTs treated him with CPR while a paramedic unit made its way to the scene. He was transported to the Benson Hospital emergency room. Eugin was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. due to cardiac arrest. "He gave it his all," department chief Loyal Gephart said in a statement. Eugin served in the Marines before joining the department, which is all-volunteer. Funeral arrangements are being arranged, with participation from first-responder agencies around the state.

Ohio department building new fire stations to reduce cancer cases for firefighters

Keeping firefighters safe is top of mind for city leaders. After a Columbus firefighter lost his battle with cancer a few weeks ago, a new fire station in the far east side of town is being built with firefighters safety and health in mind. Fire station 35 in Blacklick is being constructed with decontamination showers, better exhaust ventilation, and a specific room where firefighters go to after a scene to decontaminate their gear. In 2015, the city’s firefighter union said 1 in 14 firefighters had a past or current cancer diagnosis. This year, the figure is close to 10. In July, President Donald Trump signed into law the National Firefighter Cancer Registry, to help research into firefighting-related cancers. Columbus Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor said the brand-new fire station in Blacklick is needed for two reasons: it’ll cut the response time for this community by more than 50-percent; and this is the first ever fire station designed from the ground up to lower the chances of cancer for firefighters.

California Fire Department Welcomes 17 Babies in One Year

PHOTO: The Oceanside Fire Department set a record with 17 babies born to wives of firefighters from July 2017 to July 2018. "This is the most babies at one time we've ever had," said Fire Captain Tim Scott of the Oceanside Fire Department on Wednesday. Scott said after a different fire department posted about the number of babies born to them that year, Oceanside decided to count their numbers. Oceanside Fire Department has 8 stations. When the department is fully staffed, there are about 100 members. Scott adds they have not been fully staffed lately and have about 90 members at the department right now. The 17 babies are from 17 mothers, with no twins in the mix. The families are thrilled their children will be able to grow up together.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Firefighter suffered seizure when FDNY fire truck jumped curb, hit vehicles

VIDEO/PHOTO - A firefighter is expected to survive after an FDNY fire truck jumped a curb and slammed into parked vehicles in Brooklyn. The accident happened just after 6 p.m. Wednesday at East New York Avenue and St. Marks Avenue in Brownsville. Sources say the truck had been stopped at a traffic light on East New York Avenue when the driver suffered some sort of seizure. The FDNY chauffeur's foot hit the accelerator and the truck veered left, slamming into a row of parked cars by a NYCHA project with such force, one of them went airborne. "This is crazy," said eyewitness Vanessa Fernandez. "I've never seen an accident like this. I've seen my share of accidents but never like this." FDNY Ladder 120 was heading back to the firehouse on Watkins Street, and did not have lights or sirens on at the time.

Fallen Virginia firefighter pens foresightful letter to family in case ‘something like this were to happen’

VIDEO - Colleagues, friends and family members of fallen Hanover firefighter Lt. Brad Clark took to the podium at Meadow Event Park today to share eulogies and memories of the deceased. Lt. Clark was killed in the line of duty on Thursday after a tractor-trailer struck the firetruck that he and 3 colleagues were standing outside of while assisting a motorist on I-295 in Hanover. But Clark was prepared for the possibility of his own untimely passing, and has previously penned a letter to be read at his memorial service “in the event that something were to happen.” On Wednesday, his siblings closed out his memorial service by reading the letter, which addresses his wife, children, parents, extended family, colleagues, and friends. “Well thank you for being here today. I’ve lost my celebrity death match against the Grim Reaper. Not the reason I would choose for all the people dear in my life to get together, but we’ll make the best of it,” the letter reads.

Fire Service Leaders Urged to Reject AAA Cost Reporting Plan

Recently, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) reached out to local fire and emergency service leaders asking them to sign on to a newly proposed national EMS cost reporting system. The leaders of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro Chiefs) ask that fire service leaders not sign on to this effort. This year, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123). This legislation contained a provision which restored the Medicare Ambulance Add-On Payments (Add-On Payments). It also required the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop a data collection system to gather information on the costs of providing emergency medical services (EMS) throughout the nation.
International Association of Fire Chiefs

State appellate court hears New York firefighters’ ’minimum manning’ case

The city’s firefighters’ union might know before the end of the year whether an arbitrator will decide if a “minimum manning” clause can continue in its labor contract. On Wednesday, the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester, heard oral arguments from attorneys for the city and the Watertown Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 191. Last January, state Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky ruled in the city’s favor to block arbitration over the “minimum manning” clause, which requires that 15 firefighters must be on duty at all times. It’s been the main sticking point during the city’s more than four-year contract stalemate with the firefighters’ union. The union hopes to reverse the decision by Judge McClusky, who ruled that minimum manning violates public policy because elected officials should control the budget through managing the costs of employees. Judge McClusky also concluded that minimum manning is unenforceable.
Watertown Daily Times

Texas medics now doing blood transfusions in ambulances, saving lives with whole blood

San Antonio is the first large metropolitan city in the nation to begin carrying whole blood inside ambulances and response trucks. Patients suffering traumatic injuries and losing blood fast now have a much better chance of surviving. And local medics believe it's the biggest trauma response game changer in decades. The change allows medics to perform blood transfusions after trauma events, such as a shooting, stabbing or major crash, before the patient gets to the hospital. "That's the whole blood right there. This is our temperature scan," said Lt. Josh Frandsen, a medic with the San Antonio Fire Department, while opening a small cooler with a bag of blood inside. On the top of it is paperwork to record temperatures every time the cooler is opened.
KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio

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