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In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

April 11-17, 2015

A 38-year-old volunteer firefighter lost his life early this week in a residential structure fire that also claimed the life of the homeowner, and an inmate firefighter died after suffering a heart attack during training in California. The U.S. fire service also paused to mourn the passing of Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines.

See some of the major firefighting headlines from this past week. For more, visit http://www.fireengineering.com/latest-news.html.

Firefighter, Civilian Die in SD Fire
A firefighter and a civilian died in a Sunday night house fire in Brandon.

Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines Passes Away
U.S. Deputy Fire Administrator and retired Fairfax County (VA) Chief Glenn Gaines has passed away. ALSO: Until We Meet Again: Ron Kanterman Remembers Gaines

CA Inmate Firefighter Dies After Training
Inmate Firefighter Raymond Araujo suffered a heart attack while engaged in a training exercise.

CA Firefighter Seriously Injured in Fall
A 34-year veteran of the Ventura City Fire Department suffered multiple fractures after falling about 10 feet into a concrete culvert while responding to a fire Sunday.

Widow of Dallas Firefighter Calls for Change
The widow of Stanley Wilson announced Tuesday she is demanding an independent investigation into her husband’s death and change in policy.

Feds Join Cincinnati LODD Probe
Federal investigators are expected to arrive in the coming days to help find out why Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon died in an apartment fire last month.

Tampa Makes Changes to Accommodate Female Firefighters
Female firefighters in Tampa’s oldest fire stations finally will get some separation from their male colleagues when sleeping, part of a response by Mayor Bob Buckhorn to claims that women in Tampa Fire Rescue have been subject to sexual harassment.

OK Bill Would Allow Older Volunteer Firefighters
The current age limit of a new volunteer firefighter is 45 years old, but that could change if Governor Mary Fallin signs House Bill 2005.

Concrete Slab Falls, Killing Three in WA
A concrete slab fell from a construction site on a highway overpass on Monday, crushing a vehicle driving underneath the span and killing a young couple and their baby boy.

Ground Zero Work Took Toll on EMS Personnel
Emergency medical service workers who went to Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 have suffered from an usually high number of health problems, a new study shows