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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Critical incident intervention for first responders bill signed into law in Massachusetts

VIDEO: Governor Charlie Baker signed Senate Bill 2633 on Wednesday to make sure first responders aren't penalized for seeking counseling after a traumatic experience. Under the new law, crisis intervention services will be required at police and fire stations across the state. Critical incident stress management teams will help first responders who are coping with psychological stress or trauma.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP.com
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Three Washington firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment

Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from bug bombs. The firefighters were responding to a fire alarm around 1 p.m. at Central Park Condominiums near South Eastern Road and East Sixth Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they saw no fire or smoke, but saw an overturned wheelchair and crawled through a window to find if someone was in the apartment, said Greg Rodgers, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Houston mayor meets with firefighters, says he is open to negotiating phase-in of raises

For the first time since the November election, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday sat down with the head of the firefighters union and said he is willing to negotiate a plan to phase in raises mandated by the voter-approved charter amendment that requires the city to pay firefighters the same as police of equal rank and seniority.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

City in South Carolina limits fire truck responses on non-life-threatening medical calls

The city of Charleston is limiting fire truck responses on non-life threatening medical calls, following in the footsteps of other local municipalities who’ve done so for several years. Fire personnel in Charleston will now only respond to the non-life threatening 911 calls — like nausea and earaches — when Emergency Medical Service workers either request assistance or the anticipated EMS response time is longer than 10 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post and Courier
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Three Spokane Valley firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment

Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from bug bombs. The firefighters were responding to a fire alarm around 1 p.m. at Central Park Condominiums near South Eastern Road and East Sixth Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they saw no fire or smoke, but saw an overturned wheelchair and crawled through a window to find if someone was in the apartment, said Greg Rodgers, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review
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