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Firefighting Politics & Policies

FDNY Deputy Chief Disbands 'Merit Matters' Group

July 28, 2015

Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Deputy Chief Paul Mannix, head of the group "Merit Matters," disbanded the group last week, according to reports.

New Jersey Official Says Volunteer Firefighters, Rescue Squads Scamming Retirement System

July 8, 2015

The New Jersey state comptroller says that some volunteer fire departments and first aid squads are partaking in taxpayer-funded retirement accounts despite many members not responding to enough calls or not holding the proper certifications.

Newark (OH) Firefighters Union Files Grievance on Staffing

June 21, 2015

The Newark firefighters union has filed a grievance with the city over the fire department's staffing policy and timely notification of changes

IAFF Issues Statement on Trade Agenda and Firefighter Retirement Legislation

June 18, 2015

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger issued a statement on Congress’ plan to hold firefighter retirement hostage for Trade Promotion Authority agenda.

The Effects of Staffing Levels on Critical Decision Making

June 11, 2015

Keeping the officer in a role that allows him to function as a leader and not be focused on tasks will result in better situational awareness, communications, and critical decision making, writes David Rhodes.

Changes Announced for Tampa (FL) Fire Rescue

June 5, 2015

Tampa (FL) Fire Rescue has installed six-foot-high privacy walls in the sleeping quarters at nine fire stations and plans to launch six to eight weeks of sensitivity training for all firefighters, according to a new report.

Report: Probationary FDNY Firefighter Reluctant to Go Inside Buildings on Fire

May 22, 2015

The New York Post reported on the case of a probationary firefighter in New York City who apparently is reluctant to go inside burning buildings.

New York Firefighters Seek Expanded Medical Duties

May 19, 2015

The city of Lockport will ask the New York State Health Department this week to let city firefighters perform more emergency medical services on rescue calls, according to a report.

Firefighters Flee Insolvent California City

May 4, 2015

A report on the blog inlandpolitics.com says firefighters and police are leaving the California city of San Bernardino in record numbers.

Report: Richmond (VA) Fire Department Hires Censured Deputy Chief

April 16, 2015

I. David Daniels, who was hired as deputy chief for the Richmond (VA) Fire Department, was censured by the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) for safety violations at a previous job, according to a news report.

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FDNY Chief Diversity Officer Removed Year After Starting Post

October 8, 2015

The FDNY has let its chief diversity officer go -- just 12 months after filling the court-appointed position.

Fire Engineering

September 2015
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