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  • Charges Dropped Against Miami-Dade Firefighter Accused of Assault on Cop

    A judge dropped charges Wednesday against a Miam-Dade Fire captain who was arrested for pointing a gun at a police officer. Nicholas Marian, 55, was granted Stand Your Ground immunity in a bizarre encounter with a Miami Shores police officer. Fellow firefighters who had been rallying behind Marian were at the courthouse celebrating the ruling. The fire captain was arrested in March of 2016 for drawing his shot gun at an officer who knocked on his front door. Police responded to Marian's home after getting a complaint about an erratic driver in the neighborhood. Marian's pick-up truck matched the description...
  • How Firefighters Help Explain the Outcome of 2016 Election

    12/27/2016 3:03:23 PM PST · by Rudolphus · 22 replies
    NBC News ^ | December 23, 2016 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    If you want to understand how badly Democrats lost the white working class in the 2016 election, your local fire station is not a bad place to start. Nearly 85 percent of professional firefighters are white, and more than 95 percent are men, making them look a lot like the other blue-collar voters who surged to Donald Trump this year. But firefighters are also heavily unionized, tend to live in cities or suburbs (rural areas often have volunteer fire companies) and are government employees — all factors generally associated with the Democratic Party. And all of those characteristics, along with...
  • President-Elect Trump Saluted by Firefighters as He Leaves New York

    11/10/2016 4:14:44 PM PST · by drewh · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Nov 10th, 2016 9:57 | our FRiend Kristinn Taylor
    President-Elect Donald Trump flew out of New York City’s LaGuardia Airport Thursday morning aboard his private jet Trump Force One. As the plane taxied for takeoff firefighters paid their respects to Trump with a traditional water cannon salute. Nearby, a group of firefighters and officials enthusiastically waved to Trump as the plane rolled by them. https://twitter.com/MediaJuggernaut/status/796725766419546112 “La Guardia Airport Firefighters Give Trump A Water-Cannon Salute On His Way To DC… 👍 #TrumpInDC #MAGA” @realDonaldTrump @FoxNews Beautiful act from La Guardia NY firefighters as a Salute to our Pres elect Trump pic.twitter.com/fBvd1jnmps — Krystal Cleer (@Katfan) November 10, 2016 “@realDonaldTrump @FoxNews...
  • Disney firefighters were warned to stop feeding alligators

    07/14/2016 6:47:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 07/14/2016 | Sandra Pedicini
    The admonitions were in emails from employees at Reedy Creek Emergency Services. Reedy Creek is the Disney-controlled taxing district that provides government services to the theme parks and surrounding areas. The emails were obtained through a public-records request made after an alligator snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves from the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon on June 14 and drowned him while he was on vacation with family from Nebraska. The attack took place at Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. After that, many tourists came forward with their own stories of alligator sightings at Disney. One employee at the resort said...
  • Firefighters Called ‘Terrorists’ For Putting American Flag On Truck

    06/03/2016 3:46:56 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 39 replies
    Daily caller ^ | June 2, 2016 | Peter Hasson
    A Rhode Island city official called the city’s firefighters “terrorists” and compared them to ISIS for putting an American flag on their firetruck. The firefighters say they have been told to remove the flag by city officials. A local NBC affiliate obtained audio of Central Coventry Fire District Chairman Fred Gralinski making the comparison at a board meeting. “They look like a bunch of yahoos,” Gralinski said. “Like in the paper, like ISIS in Syria going to take over a city. I don’t think they need that big flag on the back of the truck. That’s not America to me....
  • WATCH: Firefighters Rescue Cats Trapped by High Flood Waters

    03/16/2016 7:51:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    SNIP And that hell became reality for two California felines on Tuesday, when high flood waters left them stranded in trees half-submerged in the Sacramento River. The Front Street Animal Shelter created a ramp that would lead the cats to safety, but they refused to cross. SNIP
  • Woman, firefighter recovering after Southeast fire [fireman gave elderly woman his oxygen mask]

    03/10/2016 4:23:32 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 13 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 10 March 2016 | Michelle Basch
    WASHINGTON — A firefighter and the elderly woman he helped save are both recovering at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Northwest. The fire started Wednesday afternoon along the 1700 block of Minnesota Avenue in Southeast. “It was intense, very intense,” said D.C. police officer Willie Tabor. “Going up in there, in that smoke, hits you right at first, hits you right in the face.” The officers were flagged down by a resident of the building. They got three residents and a dog out of the building. D.C. firefighter Danny Lovato gave his mask to Phyllis Terrell, who was...
  • AZ: Reloading Accident Fires House; Bullets Bounce off Firefighters, Trucks

    02/17/2016 7:33:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture courtesy 12news.com A house fire in Gilbert, Arizona, appears to be a rare case of a reloading accident getting out of hand.  No one has determined the cause of the accident.  I hope that smoking was not involved.  One of the things forbidden to reloaders is to smoke while engaged in the hobby.  The reloader suffered burns to his face and upper body.  That is likely why the fire got out of hand.  It would not have taken much to get the three vehicles out of the garage.  Their loss was certainly a substantial percentage of the total...
  • Firefighters Slam Ted Cruz For Claiming To Be Their Champion While Opposing 9/11 Health Bill

    02/04/2016 8:24:46 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 109 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 2/3/16 | Amanda Terkel
    A powerful firefighters union went after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Wednesday for claiming to be their defender and champion in his Iowa caucuses victory speech. "What Ted Cruz did the other night in his Iowa victory speech is disgusting," said Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters. "He said he embraces fire fighters and the dangerous work they do, says he's our friend and calls himself a great patriot. But when it came time to actually have the backs of fire fighters across the U.S., he was AWOL. Cruz is the worst kind of politician who will...
  • Woman who failed FDNY physical test 6 times gets another chance

    12/27/2015 10:47:22 AM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    A woman who six times failed the physical test to become an FDNY firefighter is being given another chance - and this time, critics say, the fix is in. She will graduate, no question, said an FDNY member. The department does­ not want another black eye. Wendy Tapia was allowed to conditionally graduate from the Fire Academy on May 17, 2013, even though she had failed the running test. After swearing her in, the FDNY gave Tapia five more chances to run the required 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less, but she could not do it. She quit -...
  • The man with a new face: Severely injured firefighter..most extensive transplant ever performed*

    11/16/2015 7:18:28 PM PST · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 23 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 16 November 2015 | Thomas Burrows
    A former firefighter whose face was so horrifically burnt while tackling a blaze that he 'scared his own children' has been given a brand new one in the most extensive transplant ever performed. Pat Hardison now wears the face of David Rodebaugh - a 26-year-old who died in August following a cycling accident. The procedure - which was the riskiest face transplant carried out to date - has left Hardison feeling normal again and it should restore his impaired sight, too. The Tennessee man was told he had only a 50 per cent chance of surviving the surgery but it...
  • FDNY recruit finally graduates thanks to instructors’ ‘help’

    11/10/2015 2:09:37 AM PST · by lowbridge · 54 replies
    nypost.com ^ | november 8, 2015 | susan edelman
    A female FDNY recruit has graduated from the Fire Academy after her instructors fudged on her strength, agility and running requirements, insiders say. Choeurlyne Doirin-Holder, 39, never achieved a passing score of 17 minutes and 50 seconds on the Functional Skills Test, a course of job-related tasks in full gear such as stretching hoses and dragging dummies, according to an FDNY source familiar with the training. She did not come in under 24 minutes in practice tests. Doirin-Holder also failed to run the required 1.5 miles in 12 minutes or less - even after the running course was slashed by...
  • Report details burned Valley fire firefighters’ harrowing ordeal (Must Read)

    10/04/2015 7:32:27 AM PDT · by rey · 10 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 4 Oct 2015 | GUY KOVNER
    Overwhelmed by spot fires in bone-dry pine needles and leaf litter at their feet, a Cal Fire captain and three firefighters retreated to a patch of bare earth on a Cobb Mountain ridgetop during the first hour of the voracious Valley fire on Sept. 12. But they were not safe for long in the fenced goat pen where they took refuge. The wind picked up, the spot fires multiplied and one man saw the flames “sheeting and swirling” across a nearby driveway. Then, a brush-covered slope “torched into a wall of flame,” according to Cal Fire’s first published report on...
  • Firefighters fear for their lives over ‘fire-fleeing’ colleague

    05/17/2015 5:31:32 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 40 replies
    Ny Post ^ | May 17, 2015 | Amber Jamieson and Susan Edelman
    Firefighters fear for their lives over ‘fire-fleeing’ colleague By Amber Jamieson and Susan Edelman He’s a firefighter in name only. Michael D. Johnson won’t fight fires. Instead he stays on the sidelines as his Engine Co. 257 colleagues rush into burning buildings, FDNY insiders told The Post. Nicknamed “Tragic Johnson” by rank and file, he’s managed to evade the smoke and flames several times since joining the Canarsie, Brooklyn, firehouse last year, sources confirmed. “To have a guy that you now have to be afraid is not going to be there for you when you need him to be —...
  • Firefighters politely putting up with a jerk

    04/04/2015 12:40:46 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 107 replies
    Youtube ^ | Apr 3, 2015 | Youtube
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  • Portsmouth Sheriff furious with judges after being told to remove American flag display from...

    03/11/2015 1:00:41 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 41 replies
    WTKR, News Channel 3 ^ | March 10, 2015 | Doris Taylor
    Portsmouth, Va. – Portsmouth Sheriff Bill Watson says he is furious after a group of judges told him to take down an American flag display. Sheriff Watson said his agency got the American flag display as a gift from members of the Portsmouth Fire Department a few weeks ago. It’s made of old fire hoses which a sign beneath it that reads, “A Tribute to Public Safety.” Watson said he requested to have it mounted on the wall in the lobby of the courthouse but was shocked by what he was told. Watson said he was told, “Not only do...
  • Detroit and Stockton Are Just the Beginning of an Attack on Public Pensions

    01/02/2015 11:11:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    New Republic ^ | 12/22/14 | Claire Groden
    This year, judges in California and Michigan approved the exit plans of two of the largest municipal bankruptcy filings in the country’s history. In California, Stockton upheld its obligations to the state’s pension system behemoth, Calpers, while paying its other creditors as little as pennies on the dollar. Detroit, meanwhile, was able to restructure its obligations to all of its creditors, including city pensioners. While the exit plans differed, both judges ruled similarly: public pension obligations could be shortchanged like any other debt. Stockton and Detroit aren't alone. Cities and states across America are facing catastrophic budget shortfalls. After decades...
  • Reno wins Supreme Court ruling in firefighter layoffs

    01/01/2015 12:18:37 PM PST · by redreno · 4 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | December 31, 2014 - 4:15pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday gave a victory to the city of Reno in its decision in May to lay off 32 firefighters after federal funding that supported their positions ran out. The court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice James Hardesty, found that a Reno District Court did not have the authority to grant a preliminary injunction in the labor dispute because the underlying grievance was not arbitrable under the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. A District Court judge in Reno issued the preliminary injunction in June preventing Reno from completing scheduled layoffs. The order...
  • Court throws out firefighters’ gay pride lawsuits (Rhode Island)

    12/29/2014 11:44:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2014 3:08 PM EST | Michelle R. Smith
    The Rhode Island Supreme Court has thrown out lawsuits brought by two Providence firefighters who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were ordered to drive a truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections.The firefighters, Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno, argued that they are Roman Catholics and therefore do not support or condone homosexuality. Justice William Robinson, writing for all five members of the high court this month, said the men appeared in the 2001 parade as public servants who were “relatively anonymous.” He called it a legitimate work assignment. …
  • Jacksonville firefighter injured in apparent targeted drive-by shooting Tuesday night

    12/24/2014 12:44:35 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    Jacsonville.com ^ | 12/23/2014
    A Jacksonville firefighter was injured in a shooting incident Tuesday night on the city’s Southside when police say an unknown shooter in a vehicle targeted a group of about six firefighters. Lt. Jackson Short of the Sheriff’s Office said the firefighters were fueling a ladder truck behind Fire Station 28 in the 9200 block of Hogan Road at about 7:35 p.m. when a vehicle drove up and someone fired five or six shots, striking one of the firefighters in the arm after the bullet ricocheted. “It appears the firemen were targeted,” Shorts said. “Because they are firefighters, they were on...