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Posted: Aug 17, 2018

Lawsuit over fatal fire claims city to blame in Delaware firefighters' deaths

Had the closest Wilmington fire truck able to carry water been in service the night a Canby Park rowhome went up in flames, more than 1,700 gallons of water would have doused the house before the first floor collapsed, trapping three firefighters, according to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday. The blaze killed three firefighters, a result that this lawsuit — filed on behalf of families of the dead and three others seriously injured — blames on a years-old cost-saving policy, called rolling bypasses, it says is proven to be unsuccessful at reducing overtime costs and keeping firefighters safe.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
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Posted: Aug 17, 2018

Man allegedly high on drugs breaks into California fire station

A man allegedly high on methamphetamine broke into a Modesto fire station Wednesday because he thought someone was after him. Shortly after 10 p.m., firefighters at Station 1 on 11th Street heard someone ringing their doorbell, Operations Division Chief Michael Lillie said. When a firefighter went downstairs, he saw that the glass front door had been shattered.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
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Posted: Aug 17, 2018

NFFF Pushing National Response Standards

After hosting a conference earlier this year focused on firefighter life safety, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has released a report with a host of recommendations on establishing a national standard for emergency response policies. The meeting was held May 16-18 in Columbus, OH, and featured 30 fire service subject matter experts who offered their knowledge and commitment to "championing eventual emergency response policies for every fire department in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com
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Posted: Aug 17, 2018

Virginia volunteer fire department gives up EMS license after volunteers felt unneeded

Each time an emergency medical response call came into the Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department this year, the volunteers felt a familiar feeling of neglect wash over. They were unmotivated to answer it, which lead to 18 missed calls. “They’re standing there with their hands in their pockets,” Fire Chief Tracy Martin said.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsleader.com
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Posted: Aug 17, 2018

Massachusetts fire department embraces mindfulness to reduce stress

Of all the words one might expect to hear in a sit-down interview with the top brass of a city fire department, “namaste” wouldn’t chart too highly. But in Worcester, they’re all about it. Mindfulness – a focus on mental health employing breathing, stretching and meditation techniques not unlike yoga – is one of the Worcester Fire Department’s newest and, to them, most exciting initiatives to improve the health and safety of its crew.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Worcester Magazine
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