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  • Four Maywood Firefighters Suspended Over Refusal To Remove American Flag Decals ( Chicago)

    09/09/2014 9:28:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    CBS 2 ^ | September 9, 2014 | Bob Roberts
    Four Maywood firefighters have been relieved of duty, and more could be suspended Wednesday, for refusing to remove American flag decals from their helmets and lockers. The four refused to comply with an order issued last week by Chief Craig Bronaugh to remove all stickers from their helmets and lockers. The four drew the line when it came to the flag decals. ... Adam Rosen said he is “shocked” that an agency of first responders would enforce such an order the week of Sept. 11. The four suspended firefighters said they were told that the order was issued because of...
  • Ammunition explodes in Midwest City house fire

    08/28/2014 7:55:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    koco.com ^ | 8/27/2014 | unknown
    MIDWEST CITY, Okla. —Officials with the Midwest City Fire Department said ammunition went off during a house fire at 1609 McGregor Drive. Officials said everyone was evacuated from the home, but two dogs died in the blaze. Investigators said they believe the fire started in the garage and spread. The homeowner said ammunition was stored in the garage, and heat caused it to ignite. Stay with KOCO-TV and KOCO.com for further details.
  • Feds Urge Paramedics, Firefighters To Help Find “Extremists”

    07/25/2014 4:54:12 AM PDT · by blam · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 7-25-2014 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Paul Joseph Watson July 24th, 2014 The federal government is asking paramedics and firefighters to be on the lookout for “extremists” as part of a program that aims to uncover “suspicious activity.” A bulletin released in March 2014 by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center, obtained this week by Public Intelligence, contains details of a program entitled “Emergency Medical Treatment Presents Opportunity for Discovery of Violent Extremist Activities.” The bulletin, which was sent out to firefighters, emergency medical service personnel and other first responders nationwide, encourages these groups to watch for “indicators of violent extremist...
  • Top US firefighters help Israel amid rocket fire

    07/17/2014 7:38:33 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    YNet News ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Eitan Glickman
    A special delegation of firefighters from across the US arrived in Israel with one goal: To help firefighters from Israel's rocket battered south deal with ongoing rocket fire. Fire fighters in the south have been working ceaselessly to since fighting began ten days ago, and their mission include searching for the rockets as well as extinguishing the resulting blazes. Between the rockets attack from Gaza and rumors of ceasefire, little attention has been paid to the plight of Israel's firefighting forces in Sderot and other southern communities, however a group called Emergency Volunteer Project aims change that and work with...
  • Texas Firefighter Brings Dead Dog Back to Life – Using CPR!

    07/17/2014 2:30:58 AM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    People ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jessica Fecteau
    Yvette Childers was driving to work in her RV one afternoon earlier this month, when the hood started smoking. She quickly stepped out just as the vehicle burst into flames. As she waited for help to arrive, all she could think about was her 1-year-old Chihuahua named My Little Pony, trapped in his crate in the back. Metdker headed to the RV to rescue the dog, with Ledet right behind him. So he started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation – something he never does on a human, let alone a dog – in addition to the CPR.
  • Boston firefighters make good on promise to widow and find wedding ring, report says

    04/02/2014 2:04:31 PM PDT · by workerbee · 2 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/2/14
    **SNIP**The group searched for hours, and just before dusk Tuesday, one of the firefighters found the ring. The Globe reported that the firefighters formed a convoy and rushed the ring to Walsh's wake at a nearby church. The widow was seated a few feet from her husband's casket when she was handed the ring. The Boston Globe reported, "Kristen Walsh took the ring and slid it on her finger. It was big, real big, but it fit in all the ways that matter."
  • Firefighters Upset Over ObamaCare Reinsurance Fee

    03/20/2014 10:24:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News Insder ^ | Mar 20 2014 6:39 pm
    Firefighters are seeking changes to ObamaCare and are taking their fight to Capitol Hill. The President of the International Association of Firefighters Harold Schaitberger joined Jenna Lee to discuss how the Affordable Care Act’s reinsurance fee will have a negative impact on the health benefits of firefighters. “The problem with ObamaCare right now is that it puts many of our plans in jeopardy,” said Schaitberger. “It doesn’t treat us on a level playing field with the plans that are available in the private insurance industry.” …
  • New York McDonald’s Manager Buys Food for Firefighters; Terminated Next Day

    02/27/2014 9:25:57 PM PST · by AuditTheFed · 39 replies
    Fox News Examiner on Top Right News ^ | February 21, 2014 | Kevin Fobbs
    by Susan Frommer | Top Right NewsKindness and consideration is something to be admired especially when helping firefighters who have spent hours in subzero weather battling a local fire.  So when McDonald’s Manager Heather Levia saw a way to help them by donating food and paying for it out of her own pocket for them, being fired never occurred to her.  But that is exactly what followed for the New York former manager at an Olean, NY McDonalds, according to Fox 44. Total disbelief is one of the motions that had to have come across the young woman’s face when her...
  • TFD (Toledo, Ohio) confirms 2 firefighters killed in line of duty

    01/31/2014 1:45:24 PM PST · by madison10 · 6 replies
    13 News Toledo ^ | 1/27/2014 | Channel 13
    TFD confirms 2 firefighters killed in line of duty Posted: Jan 26, 2014 3:39 PM EST Updated: Jan 27, 2014 12:49 AM EST TOLEDO, Ohio - Toledo Fire Department has confirmed two firefighters were killed while fighting a fire at a convenience store Sunday afternoon. The fallen firefighters have been identified as: Stephen A. Machcinski, 42, with 16 years of service. James A. Dickham, 31, with approximately 6 months of service "Our thoughts and prayers are with the fallen firefighers and their families," said Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago at a press conference Sunday night. Both men were assigned to...
  • Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

    01/30/2014 10:40:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/30/2014 | Evann Gastaldo
    77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse (Newser) – Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders were "screaming and hollering" at a firefighter across the street, and three people even ran over to Engine 26, but they were told rescuers could not respond until 911 was called, the Washington Post reports. Sources say that when 911 was called, an...
  • Volunteer fire departments to be exempted from Obamacare's employer health care mandate

    01/13/2014 2:32:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NOLA ^ | 1/13/14 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration will grant a waiver exempting volunteer emergency departments, mainly fire departments, from the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers with more than 50 workers working 30 hours or more per week provide health coverage. The announcement came from a Treasury Department official in a blog posted over the weekend. It means that on January 1, 2015, when employers with 50 or more workers are required to provide health coverage to their workers, volunteer fire department and ambulance companies will be exempted. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who joined some other congressional members in asking for the...
  • 'A public safety disaster': Obamacare could force THOUSANDS of volunteer fire departments to close

    12/09/2013 2:59:43 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 92 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 09 2013 | DAVID MARTOSKO,
    The Affordable Care Act forces companies with more than 50 workers to buy them all health insurance or pay hefty fines The IRS says volunteer firefighters are 'employees,' even though the Department of Labor says they're 'volunteers' Out of more than 1 million fire departments in the U.S., 87 per cent are staffed entirely or mostly by life-saving volunteers Members of Congress are weighing in, but the Obama administration hasn't taken any action yet to carve out a fire-fighting exception
  • SF fire chief bans helmet cameras in wake of crash

    08/18/2013 12:11:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    SFGate ^ | , Saturday, August 17, 2013 | Jaxon Van Derbeken
    San Francisco's fire chief has explicitly banned firefighters from using helmet-mounted video cameras, after images from a battalion chief's Asiana Airlines crash recording became public and led to questions about first responders' actions leading up to a fire rig running over a survivor. Chief Joanne Hayes-White said she issued the order after discovering that Battalion Chief Mark Johnson's helmet camera filmed the aftermath of the July 6 crash at San Francisco International Airport. Still images from the footage were published in The Chronicle. ... Critics, including some within the department, questioned the chief's order and its timing - coming as...
  • Federal government says no to aid for Arizona fire that killed 19 firefighters

    08/10/2013 6:50:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug 10, 2013 | Ben Brumfield
    Arizona's top politicians blasted the Obama administration and federal officials over the denial of aid in the wake of the state's deadly wildfire. The Yarnell Hill blaze killed 19 firefighters, called "hotshots," in late June, when it changed directions and engulfed them. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for assistance based on insurance rules, it said in a statement Friday. It determined that not enough uninsured private individuals had become victims to warrant a payout. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer directed her criticism directly at the president. "I am deeply troubled by the Obama administration's decision to deny...
  • Widow of fallen Arizona Hotshot firefighter seeks death benefits

    08/07/2013 10:17:30 AM PDT · by Ron C. · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 8/7/13 | FoxNews
    The young widow of a firefighter who died with 18 others while battling an Arizona wildfire in June has reportedly been denied the lifetime benefits she sought to raise the couple’s four children. Juliann Ashcraft, 28, said she will receive workers’ compensations and a one-time federal payment of $328,000 in the death of her 29-year-old husband Andrew, who was among the Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed on June 30 while fighting a wildfire near Yarnell, CBS reports. “I want to be able to just be mourning my husband, be supporting my children, be figuring out what our new normal...
  • Radical Environmentalists Have Blood of 19 Arizona Firefighters on Their Hands

    08/05/2013 6:31:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Rachel Alexander
    Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy. Arizona Deputy State Forestry Director Jerry Payne has been the only one to speak out about the cause, and he backtracked immediately afterwards, apologizing for what he said. He claimed that the superintendent of the Granite Mountain Hotshots violated wildlife safety protocols while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire on June 30th, 2013, 60 miles north of Phoenix. According to Payne, the superintendent’s violations allegedly included not knowing the location of the fire,...
  • LIVE VIDEO FEED: Memorial Service for the 'Granite Mountain Hotshots' AZ Firefighters (1:45pm EST)

    07/09/2013 10:25:50 AM PDT · by montag813 · 1 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-09-2013 | John Hill
    Heroes in life. Legends in our hearts. Their families loved them, and now we honor them. Join us in remembering the 19 fallen firefighters - the Granite Mountain Hotshots - in a special memorial service from Prescott Valley, AZ. LIVE FEED below. The service begins at 10:45 PST. Hotshots survivor, Brendan McDonough is slated to read the Hotshot's prayer to an estimated 30,000 inside and outside during the service at Tim's Toyota Center. Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend, as well as Arizona governor Brewer, and former AZ Governor and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. LIVE VIDEO LINK
  • Bringing their brothers off the hill (Video, AZ fallen firefighters)

    07/09/2013 8:53:05 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Arizona Republic | July 7, 2013 | Kristina Goetz
    Arizona Republic - allows title and link only. Full title of accompanying article: Yarnell Hill Fire: 'It's something you never want to see again' http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/articles/20130706yarnell-hill-fire-remembrance.html
  • Column: Farewell to our boys, our sons, our brothers (Prescott grieves)

    07/08/2013 5:15:32 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    Prescott Daily Courier ^ | July 8, 2013 | Judy Bluhm
    It has been a rough week. Most of us in the Prescott area have been walking around as though we entered a bad dream, not quite believing what transpired on that hill in Yarnell. We may have tried to pick ourselves up, go to the rodeo, watch the parade and then the tragic reality jolts us back to a state of sorrow. We are trying to absorb the whole thing, accept the facts, but in churches around town yesterday, many of us sat waiting for comfort, and maybe even answers from someone with divine knowledge. "God, why did this happen?"...
  • Granite Mountain Hot Shots' remains receive heroes' welcome in Prescott

    07/08/2013 9:35:45 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    Prescott Daily Courier ^ | July 8, 2013 | Lisa Irish
    As the procession escorting the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots home came past the courthouse plaza in Prescott late Sunday afternoon, more than a thousand people stopped talking. Some put their hands over their hearts, while others clapped. Children waved flags, and many cried. "We want these young families to know how much we appreciate the sacrifice their loved ones made to protect us," Barb Corkle said. "We want to show them that we love them, that we will help them by making donations, and whatever else we can do." The 19 elite firefighters died while attacking the Yarnell Hill Fire...
  • Current Information on the Loss of 19 Men in the Yarnell Fire

    07/03/2013 5:51:47 PM PDT · by South40 · 5 replies
    Fundraising Update Thus far, the 3 official fundraising efforts to help the families of the fallen have raised about $700,000. • The 100 Club has raised approximately $500,000. • The Wildland Firefighters Foundation (52 Club) has raised approximately $120,000. • The United Phoenix Fire Fighters and Prescott Firefighters Charities have raised approximately $80,000. In the Prescott/Yarnell area, two local fundraising events have been scheduled for this week. • 4th of July Fireworks at Pioneer Park from 12 noon to 10 pm. • Whiskey Row Street Dance on Saturday, July 6th 5-11pm Other fundraising events will be announced in the days...
  • Obama Forgets to Mention AZ Firefighters, Blames Journalist

    07/02/2013 11:41:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/2/13 | Joel B. Pollak
    At a joint press conference with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Monday, President Barack Obama neglected to mention the nineteen firefighters who lost their lives fighting wildfires in Arizona until prompted by a journalist's question--and then blamed the journalist when he forgot to answer the question. From the White House transcript, near the end of the record: Q: And the wildfires? THE PRESIDENT: Oh, thank you. See, this is what happens when I've got too many questions. Obviously, the news is heartbreaking. And our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the brave firefighters who are out there.
  • Who They Were: The ‘Granite Mountain Hotshots’ – 19 Brave Souls Who Perished in Arizona Fire

    06/30/2013 10:40:26 PM PDT · by montag813 · 43 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-01-2013 | John Hill
    Above: The Granite Mountain Hot Shots of Prescott, Arizona. 19 of 20 crew members perished in the Yarnell Hill fire today.- Gusty, hot winds blew an Arizona blaze out of control Sunday in a forest northwest of Phoenix, overtaking and killing 19 members of an elite fire crew in the deadliest wildfire involving firefighters in the U.S. for at least 80 years - and the worst since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001/ Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were forced to deploy their fire shelters - tent-like structures meant to shield firefighters from flames and...
  • 19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)

    06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies
    KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores
    Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night. The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes. The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes. A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents...
  • Calif. may speed inmate releases to ease crowding

    05/03/2013 5:26:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    AP(Administration Propaganda) ^ | 5-3-13 | DON THOMPSON
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California may speed up the release of some inmates while allowing other inmates with a violent history to become firefighters, under a proposal to cut crowding in state prisons filed by Gov. Jerry Brown late Thursday night. Brown filed the plan "under protest," said Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard. Brown warned that the options he presented to the court would undermine public safety, and Beard reiterated that the state plans to appeal in an attempt to avoid going through with the measures. The governor's plan calls for increasing early release credits for inmates and paroling elderly and incapacitated prisoners, while...
  • Obama honors Texas firefighters killed in blaze

    04/25/2013 9:33:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    jpost.com ^ | 4/25/13 | Reuters
    WACO, Texas - President Barack Obama, standing before a line of flag-draped coffins, consoled family and friends on Thursday at a memorial service for firefighters killed in a massive explosion last week at a Texas fertilizer plant. The deaths of 14 people, nearly all of them emergency responders, ripped a hole in the heart of the town of West, where farming is a way of life and where many people volunteer for the fire department in their spare time. "To the families, the neighbors grappling with unbearable loss, we are here to say you are not alone. You are not...
  • vanity-SWAT activity 2 miles from my house.

    04/10/2013 2:25:42 PM PDT · by Repeal The 17th · 55 replies
    Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | 4/10/2013 | From staff reports
    This is a northeast suburb of Atlanta in Gwinnett County SUWANEE — Five Gwinnett County firefighters are being held hostage at home in Suwanee. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said that, as of 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, a gunman was holding the handful of firefighters hostage at a home at 2440 Walnut Grove Way, not far from the intersection of Collins Hill and Taylor roads. "It appears that the fire department responded to this residence for some type of medical call," Ritter said. "I have very little information on the motive at this time." The police department's SWAT team...
  • Gunman holed up with four firefighter hostages in Georgia

    04/10/2013 4:55:38 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 55 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 4/10/2013 | Colleen Jenkins and David Beasley; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Steve Orlofsky)
    A gunman was barricaded in a home in Georgia on Wednesday with four firefighters he took as hostages after they responded to what appeared to be a medical emergency call, officials said. The man initially held a fifth firefighter captive in the home, in Suwanee, about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, but let that person leave to move a fire truck, police and fire officials said. Officials were not releasing details about what happened inside the house or a possible motive but said the hostages did not appear to have been harmed.
  • Black and Latino firefighter hopefuls get a second chance to join the FDNY

    01/06/2013 9:03:11 AM PST · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | january 6, 2013 | Ginger Adams Otis
    They coulda' been contenders — and now they have a second chance. Nearly 300 black and Latino firefighter candidates who didn’t score high enough to join the FDNY in 1999 and 2002 are getting a rare opportunity take their entrance exams again. They’ll sit for the FDNY written exam Friday, and an intense physical fitness test will follow later. If they can rack up passing grades on both, the job with generous pension, sick pay and other benefits could be within their grasp. The break is part of a controversial ruling from Brooklyn Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who in July found...
  • Residents return home after NY fatal shooting (Webster NY)

    12/26/2012 4:26:42 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/26/2012 | NA
    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Residents of a suburban Rochester, N.Y., neighborhood gutted by a fire set by a man who gunned down four volunteer firefighters have been allowed to return to their homes. Local media outlets report that authorities began letting homeowners return to their properties in Webster on Tuesday, a day after 62-year-old William Spengler shot four firefighters, killing two, after setting the pre-dawn blaze that destroyed seven homes along Lake Ontario and damaged two others.
  • BREAKING People (firefighters) Shot at Scene of Webster (NY) Fire

    12/24/2012 5:17:08 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 159 replies
    WHAM13 ^ | 12/24/12 | WHAM13
    Webster, N.Y. -- 13WHAM News has learned several people have been shot at the scene of a fire on Lake Road in Webster. The fire is at 191 Lake Road near Bay Road. A source tells 13WHAM News that at that scene, an unknown gunman opened fire on fire crews on the scene. The victims have been taken by Mercy Flight to area hospitals. The fire has now spread to a second house. 13WHAM has several crews converging on the scene and will provide updates at they're available.
  • Firefighters and police support "Stand the Wall" [truncated]

    12/19/2012 3:19:35 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 10 replies
    Philly.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Mike Bertha
    Two days after Anonymous and other hacker groups announced their intention to destroy the Westboro Baptist Church over the group's plan to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, firefighters and police in New England worked together to shield the funerals from the WBC.
  • Bedbugs in firehouse have staff sleeping in trucks

    12/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found. The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found...
  • SEIU Worker Sought Fake Names To Sabotage LA Pension Switch

    11/21/2012 11:44:33 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 21, 2012 8:18 AM | Bill Polish
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A former Los Angeles mayor leading an effort to change pensions plans for newly-hired public employees says he has evidence that a low-level union member is behind an alleged illegal counter-campaign. KNX 1070′s Bill Polish reports Richard Riordan is hoping to amass enough signatures to put a plan to transition newly-hired city workers away from taxpayer-guaranteed pensions and towards 401(k)-style accounts before voters in May. Download: 2-fraud-bpo-w-rick-riordan-fmr-la-mayor.mp3 According to an email obtained and released by Riordan, an employee with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 sent out an email calling on members to sign...
  • Amazing video: Spanish Air Force 43rd Group

    10/01/2012 5:32:43 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 26 replies
    Vimeo ^ | Sept 1, 2012 | Hidros (video poster)
    A friend, who's a US commercial airlines pilot, sent this video to me, and it's just amazing. The skill of a water take-off, water-dump on fires, a water landing and re-filling, and taking-off again, probably dozens and hundreds of times, is absolutely amazing. Looks like 3+ -aircraft involved. The photography/video is beautifully done. This is the Spanish AF, though I've not see any USAF videos of this, but a few films of private firms dumping a reddish fire retardant on the western fires this past summer. I can't even begin to imagine the skill this takes. Anyway, enjoy it and...
  • This Day In 2001 Was A Tough Day To Be A Leader

    09/11/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-11-12 | The Looking Spoon
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  • Washington sues Florida city over firefighter tests

    04/23/2012 5:09:40 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 23 Apr 2012
    MIAMI (Reuters) - The Justice Department sued the city of Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday, claiming its use of written tests to determine promotions in the city's fire department discriminates against African-Americans. The lawsuit followed a more than two-year investigation examining Jacksonville's record of promoting African-Americans for the ranks of lieutenant, captain, district chief and engineer dating back to 2004. It came after a separate lawsuit filed last year by two dozen Jacksonville firefighters challenging the city's promotional process. In the lawsuit, the firefighters alleged union officials unfairly shared exam questions with white workers but not with black workers ahead of...
  • Study: County firefighters’ average compensation dips to $175,000 from $189,000

    03/08/2012 5:58:18 PM PST · by redreno · 21 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Thursday, March 8, 2012 | 4:18 p.m. | By Joe Schoenmann (contact)
    A new employee compensation study by Clark County administrators shows average firefighter compensation dipped to $175,000 in 2011 from about $189,000 in fiscal year 2010. Almost all of the decline stems from a drop in overtime pay to firefighters. During the last two years, overtime compensation for firefighters fell from $17.4 million in 2009 to $10.5 million in 2011. In 2009, overtime made up 24 percent of a firefighters' wages; in 2011, it made up 15 percent.
  • Again: Firefighters let home burn to the ground because owners didn’t pay $75 fee

    12/07/2011 7:30:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 131 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/07/2011 | Allahpundit
    The last time this happened, our thread ran for more than 1,100 comments. To refresh your memory: The city charges a $75 fee up front for firefighter services throughout the year. Pay the fee and the F.D. will show up and douse the flames that are consuming your home. Don’t pay and the F.D. will show up and … watch it burn. I can understand a policy in which paying the fee gives you priority over a non-payer if your house and their house are on fire simultaneously and the department has to choose which to respond to. And I...
  • Retired Portland police and firefighters sue city to keep ($3 million in) pension overpayments

    09/11/2011 6:24:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 9/07/11 | Maxine Bernstein
    Retired Portland police and firefighters sue city to keep pension overpaymentsBy Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 11:15 PM More than 500 retired Portland police and firefighters and their spouses have brought a class action lawsuit against the city, arguing that Portland's public safety retirement fund breached their contract by trying to recoup nearly $3 million the fund mistakenly overpaid them in pension benefits. The lawsuit, filed initially by five plaintiffs in Multnomah County Circuit Court, seeks to stop the Portland Fire and Police Disability and Retirement Fund from withholding pension payments that the fund's board says...
  • L.A. firefighters on 9-11 ride reach Big Apple

    09/10/2011 10:45:14 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 13 replies
    Daily News ^ | Sept. 10, 2011 | Susan Abram
    They pedaled through intense heat, pouring rain and pounding hail, but nearly a dozen firefighters who left on bicycles from Los Angeles six weeks ago made it to New York just in time. "They've been unstoppable," said Erik Scott, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. "I think some of the amazing things they've done is the terrain they've gone through," Scott said. "They are exhausted but in good spirits." As part of the national "Ride for 9-11," firefighters from Los Angeles city and county and other stations across Southern California cycled cross-country to raise money for charity and honor...
  • Hundreds of Motorcycles Head to Ground Zero for 9/11 Anniversary

    09/07/2011 12:20:30 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies
    AllAboutBikesMag ^ | Sept. 7, 2011 | Staff
    One hundred and ninety motorcycles, driven mostly by Chicago firefighters, are on their way to New York for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The motorcycles left on Tuesday morning from US Cellular Field and will make stops at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where flight 93 went down, and at the Pentagon, before reaching Ground Zero on September 11th. Tom Maloney, a Lieutenant for the Chicago Fire Deparment, started the Chicago to New York motorcycle ride after the 9/11 attacks. Maloney and several other Chicago firefighters traveled to New York after the attacks to help the New York firefighters dig through the rubble....
  • City to pay $30 million, hire 111 black firefighters

    08/17/2011 12:58:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | August 17, 2011 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Chicago will hire 111 bypassed black firefighters by March 2012 and pay at least $30 million in damages to some 6,000 others who will never get that chance, under a court order expected to be approved Wednesday by a federal judge. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed that African-American candidates did not wait too long before filing a lawsuit that accused the city of discriminating against them for the way it handled a 1995 firefighter’s entrance exam. A federal appeals court affirmed that ruling in May and remanded the case back to the trial court to implement a...
  • City snubs finest: no room' for first responders at 9/11 anniversary

    08/13/2011 1:06:48 PM PDT · by radioone · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8-13-11 | Alison Gendar
    WASHINGTON - The cops, firefighters and rescue workers who toiled at Ground Zero will not be invited to take part in the 10th anniversary ceremony, a city official told the Daily News Friday. First responders will instead be asked back to the site at another day for a separate commemorative ceremony, city officials said.
  • "Ride for 9-11" Begins 3,308 Mile Bicycle Ride Across U.S.

    07/24/2011 1:46:28 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 9 replies
    Fire Department Network News ^ | July 24, 2011 | Barbara Brooks
    The Ride for 9-11 is officially underway. Southern California area firefighters, both active-duty and retired, departed this morning from the LAFD Historical Society Museum located at Old Fire Station 27 in Hollywood. The 3,308 mile bicycle ride across the United States is being undertaken in order to honor and keep alive the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice 10 years ago and those who continue to fight for our freedom and safety today. The Ride for 9-11 will cross 15 states over the next 47 days with riders slated to arrive in New York at the FDNY Firefighters...
  • Time to Re-Privatize Fire Departments

    07/17/2011 8:11:43 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 25 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 7-17-11 | By Iain Murray & Matthew Melchiorre
    All across America, municipal governments are awakening to the costs of overly-generous public sector compensation. In Orange County, California, the average total pay and benefits package for a firefighter is $175,000 a year. Firefighter unions say that there can be no cuts to fire department budgets without putting the safety of the public at risk. Yet for most of the nation's history, firefighting services were reliably provided by the private sector. Today, one county in Georgia is showing how that can be done again. The history of firefighting is instructive. After the traumas of the Great Fire of London in...
  • Could $12 Trillion Really Be Right? Absolutely! (The latest liberal lies)

    07/14/2011 3:47:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 14 replies
    Complete Proof of the $12 Trillion Republican Debt Just below you can see the calculation and the documentation links for the Reagan-Bushes $12 Trillion ($12,049 Billion) national debt as of September 30, 2010. You can download this as an excel spreadsheet by clicking: Download as XLS. Their debt has 4 parts, but the bulk of it is calculated from 4 inputs (yellow and tan) that you can check with the color coded links to the treasury at the bottom. This will verify the $3.4 Trillion Reagan-Bush debt and the $6.1 Trillion G.W. Bush debt. Together that's $9.5 Trillion. Now some...
  • Reid, McConnell Craft ‘Hybrid’ Option (The McConnell Plan gets even worse)

    07/14/2011 2:40:54 PM PDT · by Qbert · 67 replies
    National Review ^ | July 14, 2011 | Andrew Stiles
    After introducing his controversial contingency plan, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) is working with majority leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) to craft a “hybrid” solution that would allow the debt ceiling to rise and include a modest amount of spending cuts: WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top two officials are working on what one aide called a “hybrid,” fail-safe solution to the debt ceiling debate that could garner enough political support to pass Congress. The plan, which is being hatched by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), would ensure that over $1.5...
  • McConnell announces fallback plan: Let’s give Obama the power to raise the debt ceiling himself

    07/12/2011 2:04:58 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July12 ,2011 | Allahpundit
    Now that the table is set, here’s how the proposed plan would work: Republicans in Congress would agree to vote to authorize the president to propose three separate incremental debt ceiling increases, spaced over the remainder of his term. He would be required to couple each request with a corresponding set of spending cuts that exceed the dollar amount of his sought-after debt limit hike. These cuts would be of his choosing alone. The first pair of requests would come prior to the August 2 deadline. It would be for roughly $700 Billion. The next requests, for $900 Billion, would...
  • Surprise! $2.4 Trillion Debt Ceiling Increase Means No Deficit Reduction for FY 2012, 2013

    07/11/2011 8:35:51 PM PDT · by kristinn · 54 replies
    Monday, July 11, 2011 | Kristinn
    Media reports today are that a target of $2.4 trillion in deficit reductions is being negotiated to match an increase in the debt ceiling of $2.4 trillion to get the government funded into early 2013. The 18 months of borrowing from August 2011 through February 2013 works out to an annual rate of $1.6 trillion. That means the current deal allows for more deficit spending than FY 2011 ($1.5 trillion) and much more than the White House proposed earlier this year for FY 2012 ($1.1 trillion).The proposed deficit reductions are spread out over the next ten years and appears to...