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Sacramento Metro Reduces Firefighter Pay Following Budget Concerns

Sat, Feb 28, 2015

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District has reduced firefighter pay, responding to concerns that its personnel costs were causing budget shortfalls

Lawyer for Fired North Carolina Firefighter: Department's Punishments Need to be Consistent

Tue, Feb 24, 2015

The attorney for a Charlotte firefighter who was fired over a Facebook posting says the city is being inconsistent by not firing a Deputy Fire Chief for a similar offense

Fire Apparatus Driving: Drive to Survive: It Starts at the Top

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Chris Daly-Are you ready to answer the difficult questions regarding the status and attitude of your driver training progam? Safe driving habits start at the top.

Children Die in Canada Fire; No Firefighters Respond

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Two children were killed in an overnight house fire in Canada to which firefighters did not respond, news reports say.

Protests, Violence, Terrorism, and Firefighting

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Recently, two police officers in New York City were assassinated in their patrol car by a disturbed individual who, according to his own statements, was motivated by the protests over recent deaths of two citizens who were involved in confrontations with law enforcement.

New York Firefighter Wins $11 Million in Lawsuit

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

A Madison County jury has awarded $11 million to an Oneida firefighter who blamed a failure of his gear for severe injuries he suffered in a 2007 fire

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Files Federal Lawsuit Against Mayor

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

New York Firefighter Lawsuit Charges Locator Alarm's Failure Caused Injuries

Mon, Feb 16, 2015

A Central New York firefighter is charging in a lawsuit that a locator alarm on his breathing apparatus failed when he was trapped in a burning building.

Florida Falls Behind 34 States in Firefighter Cancer Law

Sun, Feb 15, 2015

In 34 U.S. states, there is a law presuming that if a firefighter gets cancer, it was likely caused by the job. Each state's law varies in what exactly that means and what cancers it covers, but in general that can provide protections such as use of workers' compensation for cancer claims, preventative health care requirements and safety from termination while out on disability leave.

New York Firefighter Sues Over Claims About Leaked Drug Test Results

Tue, Feb 10, 2015

A New York City firefighter is suing over allegations that a Fire Department of New York (FDNY) chief leaked results of the firefighter's failed drug test to the press.

Second Lawsuit Filed in New Jersey Apartment Building Fire

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

A second lawsuit was filed Thursday against the owners of an apartment building that burned to the ground last week, while in Trenton a state lawmaker proposed a moratorium on all approvals of multi-family developments until state building codes can be reviewed

Police Release Findings of Philadelphia Firefighter Sex Investigation

Wed, Jan 28, 2015

The Philadelphia Inspector General's Office has finished an investigation into alleged sexual activity involving a female paramedic and a number of male firefighters, with its findings expected to be released soon.

Washington, D.C. Government Owes Firefighters $47 Million

Wed, Jan 28, 2015

The D.C. government may soon have to write hefty checks to firefighters who have been denied overtime compensation for years.

IA City Council Fires Nearly All of Its Volunteer Firefighters

Wed, Jan 28, 2015

The City of Shelby is now left without a fire department. The closest one is now 15 miles away.

Indian Hill Mansion Owners File Multi-Millon Dollar Lawsuit

Tue, Jan 27, 2015

A local builder whose Indian Hill mansion burned to the ground last January is suing his insurance company for nearly $60 million.

Suspect Charged in Pittsburgh Fire

Fri, Jan 23, 2015

A suspect has been charged in connection with a huge fire that engulfed an entire city block.

Report Calls for Overhaul in LAFD Hiring

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

A new study calls for the hiring process of firefighters at the Los Angeles Fire Department needing another overhaul.

Complaint Alleges Hartford Fire Chief Urged Colleague to Lie Under Oath

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

More trouble may be brewing for the Hartford firefighter removed from his post as interim assistant fire chief as allegations come to light that he urged a fellow fireman to lie under oath.

Return NFPA Fire Experience Surveys by April 15 for Chance to Win iPad Air

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

The NFPA, as we do every year, has mailed out a paper version of our Fire Experience survey to each of you.

Michigan Governor Signs Firefighter Cancer Presumption Law

Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation designed to benefit firefighters who develop cancer when putting their lives -- and lungs -- on the line.

Three Critical After Sayreville (NJ) House Fire

Mon, Dec 29, 2014

The home of Paul A. DeSarno, a prominent attorney and former borough councilman and public defender, was destroyed in a fire Monday morning

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USFA Coffee Break Training: Medical Components of the Incident Command System

March 1, 2015

Learning Objective: The student will understand the Treatment Unit Leader's responsibilities. 

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February 2015
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