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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Houston firefighters ask judge to force city to implement Proposition B 'pay parity'

The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association sought a court order Tuesday aiming to force the city to pay firefighters the same as police officers of corresponding rank and seniority, one day before Mayor Sylvester Turner and the union are set to discuss ideas for implementing pay raises. The move comes more than two months after voters approved Proposition B, a November ballot measure granting pay parity to Houston firefighters, which would amount to a massive raise that Turner says the city cannot afford.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

Pennsylvania county considers whether to offer paid time off to firefighters

Paid or unpaid, that is the question. Beaver County officials are considering whether to pay firefighters who are given excused absences for responding to emergency calls under a proposed policy. After a September pipeline explosion in Center Township, Commissioners Chairman Daniel Camp requested the county develop a policy that would allow volunteer firefighters who work for the county to take unpaid time off without penalty if they respond to an emergency prior to their shifts.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Beaver County Times
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

New Florida firefighter's dad couldn't attend his graduation, so crew brought the ceremony to him

A new Orange County firefighter had barely started his first shift when his crew gave him a surprise from his father and his new Fire Rescue family Monday night. Firefighter Greg Ferone was among the 41 new OCFR’s recruits who graduated Friday at Valencia College. As part of the ceremony, members of Class 84 were honored with ceremonial pins given to them by family members who served in the military, fire rescue or law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

'It Means Something to Me': Ohio Firefighter Saves American Flag From Vietnam Vet's Burning Home

VIDEO: An Ohio firefighter saved an American flag from a Vietnam veteran's burning home, telling "Fox & Friends" Monday that he could not bear to watch Old Glory be incinerated. Allen Skomer, an eight-year Navy veteran and member of the Toldeo Fire and Rescue Department, was battling the early morning blaze Friday when he spotted the flag on the home's front porch.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News Insider
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Posted: Jan 16, 2019

3 Firefighters, 1 Police Officer Hurt Responding To Fire In Indiana

VIDEO: Three firefighters and a police officer were injured Tuesday night, when a four-alarm fire gutted a 122-year-old building in Hobart, Indiana. The fire started around 9:15 p.m. in a tanning salon at 3rd and Center streets. Flames quickly spread to the apartments above. Everyone inside the building got out safely, but three firefighters were injured while extinguishing the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Chicago
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