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Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Houston Fire Department cadet collapses, dies during training exercise

The Houston Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its own after a cadet collapsed and died Thursday morning during a training exercise. Steven Whitfield II, 32, was participating in an obstacle course when he collapsed near the end, according to firefighters. Authorities said other cadets and instructors on the course noticed Whitfield was in trouble and quickly rescued him.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
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Posted: Apr 1, 2016

IBM advises Memphis Fire Dept. on reducing 911 calls

Overreliance on 911 has led to a $20 million annual shortfall in the Memphis Fire Department's EMS budget. It's a problem many departments are facing. Memphis Division Chief Andrew Hart says the number of ambulance rides increased 24 percent to more than 124,000 trips each year from where it was five years ago.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firechief.com
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Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Ohio city's budget cuts up to 15 firefighter jobs

Lorain City Council approved a $28 million budget Thursday night and sealed the fate of up to 15 firefighters. Those hard-working individuals will lose their jobs as the city attempts to make up for a $3.6 million budget shortfall while keeping jobs and city services intact. City officials tell Cleveland 19 that one fire station will close, but Lorain firefighter Tom Baker says it's going to be a lot worse.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
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Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Michigan deputy fire chief responds to allegations he embezzled money from fire department

The embattled deputy fire chief in Newaygo is speaking out to the 13 Watchdog team, through his attorney, to say he's innocent of the criminal charges he's facing. Court records indicate Robert VanDyke is being criminally charged with two counts of attempted embezzlement. He's accused of putting down on-call hours to be paid when he was outside of his fire district.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WZZM-TV Grand Rapids 13
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Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Rhode Island fire captain hospitalized following blaze

A Providence fire captain remains hospitalized after battling a massive fire on Eaton Street Thursday afternoon. The flames started at a triple-decker home near Providence College and quickly spread to nearby homes. Heavy winds fueled the flames and the home was engulfed before crews arrived. Captain Joseph Fontaine was taken to Roger Williams Medical Center but has since been transferred to Rhode Island Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12
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