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Posted: May 22, 2018

Five years after Texas fertilizer plant explosion, EPA plans to roll back chemical safety reforms

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected next month to roll back chemical plant safety reforms that the Obama administration proposed after 15 people died in a fertilizer plant explosion in West. The rollback means the disaster, which exposed wide safety gaps in the industry and its oversight, will result in no significant federal regulatory changes, as the Austin American-Statesman reports.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MySanAntonio.com
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Posted: May 22, 2018

Video: Michigan firefighter becomes trapped during apartment blaze

A firefighter became trapped inside of a burning apartment building Friday after the roof collapsed. According to a Facebook post, the Otsego County Fire Department was battling an apartment blaze when an evacuation was ordered just before the roof collapsed. “Two of three firefighters cleared the front of the structure immediately prior to the collapse,” the department said.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
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Posted: May 22, 2018

IAFC Recommends Use of Mobile Technology to Activate Citizens and First Responders to Improve Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) supports the use of mobile technology for citizen response in conjunction with community cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) programs. In a Position Statement adopted May 9, the IAFC Board of Directors cited the PulsePoint mobile phone application (app) as a unique solution to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest by bridging the gap between a cardiac arrest event and arrival of medical assistance.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
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Posted: May 22, 2018

Ohio fire chief pleads guilty to conflict of interest

The Zanesville Fire Chief pleaded guilty to one count of conflict of interest, a first-degree misdemeanor, May 17 in Muskingum County. According to special prosecutor, Doug Stead, of Franklin County, Eric Waltemire was fire chief in October 2015 when his son, Jacob, was hired as a firefighter. Stead was called in to prosecute the case after a complaint was filed with the Ohio Ethics Commission.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Zanelsville Times Recorder
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Posted: May 22, 2018

Firefighter returns shoes used during California mudslides

For one Montecito, CA, man who was trapped in his home when mudslides ravaged his neighborhood, nothing represents the sacrifices of first responders better than a pair of shoes. The kicks mysteriously showed up at his front door months after he gave them to a barefoot firefighter. In the hour after a mudslide tore through Kevin Rittner's home, he signaled for help with a flashlight.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXG-FOX 54
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