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Posted: Sep 17, 2015

Valley Fire illustrates new realities, dangers for firefighters in drought-plagued California

Cal Fire Capt. Scott Rohrs and his three crewmen were racing to the scene of the Valley Fire when the foreboding news crackled over radio dispatch: Four elite firefighters had been overrun by flames, suffering serious second-degree burns. The fire was barely an hour old, but driven by fierce winds and the most intense, dry conditions of California's four-year drought, those men had been forced to deploy their silver shelter bags, survival gear of last resort.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: san jose mercury news
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Posted: Sep 17, 2015

South Carolina firefighter on way to work innocent victim of police chase, crash

A deputy was injured and a firefighter killed Thursday after a high-speed chase ended in a fatal wreck in northern Greenville County, authorities said. North Greenville firefighter Jordan Barry Howard, 30, of Marietta, was on his motorcycle heading to work at about 7:30 a.m. when he was struck head-on by a Ford pickup, Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: greenville online
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Posted: Sep 17, 2015

Firefighter PPE: What NFPA changes may come

Standards are intended to provide a set of criteria by which firefighters can have some confidence that their turnout gear provides a minimum level of protection. For the past 40 years, NFPA 1971 has provided these criteria and undergone seven major revisions going from a dozen pages to the current 145 pages.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1
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Posted: Sep 17, 2015

Texas firefighters asked to not wear uniforms off duty

San Antonio firefighters have received an internal memo asking that they do not wear their uniforms while going to and from work. "We had heard information that there had been a Houston fire captain that had been targeted, some other firefighters in the Houston area that had been targeted just by having uniforms on," SAFD Chief Charles Hood said.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
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Posted: Sep 17, 2015

Atlanta firefighters rescue children from house fire

Four children were injured Wednesday in a late-night house fire in southeast Atlanta, and a neighbor Thursday described the dramatic rescue of the children by other neighbors and firefighters. When firefighters arrived at the home on Valley View Road about 10:30 p.m., a mother and her 9-year-old daughter were already outside, but they indicated that three other children were still inside the burning house, Channel 2 Action News reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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