A leading killer of firefighters: crashing the truck on the way to a call

Lights flashing and siren blaring, the ambulance stopped at a red light, checking for traffic. The firefighter at the wheel eased forward. Halfway through the intersection, his partner saw the truck. “I said, ‘This is going to hurt,’ ” Montgomery County firefighter Robert Sito, 27, told accident investigators later that day at Suburban Hospital in…read more

Report Calls For Changes After Firefighter Death

DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver Fire Department report following the July death of firefighter John Whelan calls for numerous changes including a dedicated safety officer, better internal information flow, and a variety of warnings to firefighters about the kind of lightweight skylight Whelan fell through on June 28. The veteran firefighter stepped through a fiberglass…read more

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A widow from Sudan who had lived in the United States for about eight years fell to her death Saturday after a fire broke out in a high-rise apartment building. The fire was caused by “careless discarding of smoking materials,” Grand Island Fire Division Chief Tim Hiemer said.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A widow from Sudan who had lived in the United States for about eight years fell to her death Saturday after a fire broke out in a high-rise apartment building. The fire was caused by “careless discarding of smoking materials,” Grand Island Fire Division Chief Tim Hiemer said. Read more: http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska/woman-fell-to-her-death-during-grand-island-blaze-while/article_f6f01b24-8701-11e5-91a2-a36aac38d021.html…read more

Phelan boy honored for saving grandmother from house fire

PHELAN >> Two days after visiting a San Bernardino County fire station, a 5-year-old boy used what he learned to save himself and his grandmother from their burning home. On Monday, he was honored for his heroism. Nathaniel Stocks, 5, is credited with saving the life of his grandmother and their Chihuahua Saturday morning using…read more

Halting firefighter cancer starts with clean PPE

Unfortunately, too many firefighters and officers are not getting it. And “it” is that firefighters face an increased cancer risk compared with the general public. In its 2013 whitepaper “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service,” the Firefighter Cancer Support Networkreported that in 2006 researchers at the University of Cincinnati published their meta-analysis of…read more

First-responders to Oklahoma City bombing responsible for raising thousands for memorial

OKLAHOMA CITY –  It may have been 20 years since the Oklahoma City bombing, but those first responders who came together on April 19, 1995 are still making an impact today.   A memorial badge was created in their honor to benefit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. The Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation received…read more

10 percent pay hike for Los Angeles County workers approved

Los Angeles County supervisors today unanimously approved a 10 percent pay raise for firefighters, deputy sheriffs, criminalists, correction officers, coroner investigators, probation officers, supervising child support officers and deputy district attorneys. The raise will be spread out over three years, according to labor pacts the county reached with unions representing those workers. The projected gross…read more