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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Texas volunteer fire department walks off after chief let go

Tuesday night the majority of the Wills Point volunteer department walked off in solidarity with Chief Ed Leipply. Leipply's family says he is touched by the loyalty, but adds the decision to walk off was up to each of the volunteers. Hee never commanded or asked them to do so. Dylan Hatten says he's always wanted to serve his community.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Colorado firefighter's strangulation during training exercise calls policies into question

Jeff Gillespie can't pinpoint exactly when blood stopped flowing to his brain. The veteran Poudre Fire Authority firefighter doesn't know exactly how long he stopped breathing, either. It's impossible to say precisely how long his world went black that November afternoon when he was essentially hanged during a training accident.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coloradoan
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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Connecticut Firefighter Killed In Line Of Duty Had Drugs, Alcohol In System; Inquiry Board Unaware

Kevin Bell, the first Hartford firefighter killed in the line of duty in four decades, had alcohol and a primary substance found in marijuana in his system when he died fighting a fast-spreading house fire, a state toxicology report reviewed by The Courant reveals. But the seven-member panel convened by the city to investigate the death and problems within the fire department never received the toxicology results, according to Hartford Fire Marshal Roger Martin, who was chairman of the board of inquiry.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant
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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Detroit seeks to give EMTs biggest pay increase in 45-year history

A 4 percent raise is in store for the city’s emergency medical technicians and paramedics, the largest increase in its 45-year history, officials said Wednesday. Mayor Mike Duggan unveiled the three-year collective bargaining agreement amendment alongside Fire Commissioner Eric Jones and fire union officials outside St.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit News
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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

FDNY hits record number of black, Asian, Latino and women recruits for entrance exam

After several delays to try and attract more FDNY candidates, the filing for the city’s upcoming firefighter exam has finally closed — with historic gains in the number of African-Americans, Asians, Latinos and women who applied. The FDNY had planned to close filing on April 25 for the highly competitive firefighter entrance exam that will be given in the fall.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
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