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Posted: May 25, 2018

Arsonist Martin Pang who set 1995 warehouse fire that killed 4 Seattle firefighters to be released this fall

Martin Pang, the convicted arsonist who set a warehouse fire that killed four Seattle firefighters in 1995, will be released from prison this fall. The King County Prosecutor’s Office said Pang, who was convicted of four counts of manslaughter, will be out of prison Sept. 27 He being held in a minimum custody cell at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2018 10:47:37 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: May 25, 2018

New Orleans Fire Dept. captain promotions were unconstitutional, but little can be done now, civil service ruling says

The New Orleans Fire Department ran afoul of the state constitution when it promoted dozens of firefighters to the rank of captain even though they ranked lower than many other eligible candidates on a promotion exam, the city's Civil Service Commission said in a 33-page ruling issued Thursday. But the ruling won’t help those who were passed over to climb the ranks, and it won’t strip the 41 who were promoted of their posts.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Advocate
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Posted: May 25, 2018

After threatening fire chief, California fire district chair is demoted

The Rodeo-Hercules Fire District recently voted to remove the chair from his position after alleged harassment and threats, including a threat to “crucify” the interim fire chief. The Rodeo-Hercules Fire District board voted on May 9 to remove Ernest Wheeler as chair of the board after an internal investigation, among other things, found that Wheeler had threatened to “crucify” acting Fire Chief Bryan Craig over a disagreement on the use of district funds.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
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Posted: May 25, 2018

Alabama city opens cutting edge 'mother of all fire stations in the area'

Mobile officials gathered Thursday morning in the Crichton area to cut the ribbon on the "mother of all fire stations in the area," as one of them described it. That was Councilman Fred Richardson, who had obvious reason to be delighted that the city's newest public safety facility was in his District 1.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AL.com
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Posted: May 25, 2018

Massachusetts state senate plan targets new danger to firefighters - their own gear

Sounding the alarm on cancer risks faced by firefighters, the Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday voted to set aside $420,000 to help municipalities buy equipment to remove deadly carcinogens from firefighters’ gear. Under a budget amendment (1018) offered by Sen. Paul Feeney and adopted unanimously, the money would seed a new trust fund to support the bulk purchase of extractors -- essentially, Feeney said, large washing machines that can remove carcinogens that permeate clothing even after firefighters leave a scene.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Wayland
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