In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

July 4-10, 2015

Firefighters were injured in two separate reported attacks on rescue personnel this week: a Milwaukee firefighter was grazed by a bullet on a medical run while Dallas firefighters were apparently targeted by a group using fireworks in a parking lot. A wildland firefighter in California was badly injured by a falling tree, and a Massachusetts chief was injured in a fall on the fireground.

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Milwaukee Firefighter Wounded While Tending to Patient
A firefighter was shot while he and other responders were responding to an EMS call, according to media reports. MORE: Firefighter Recounts Shooting

Firefighter and Two Inmates Injured Near Three Rivers Brush Fire
A Cal Fire chief said a tree fell on the three-year veteran firefighter with Cal Fire as he battled a wildfire in the Tulare County foothills. The falling tree also injured two inmate firefighters.

MA Fire Chief Stable After Fall from Deck
A fire chief was in stable condition after falling several feet while responding to an incident last week.

Ocean City (NJ) Firefighters Rescue Multiple People from Fire
Firefighters rescued multiple people trapped at a house fire Sunday down the Jersey Shore.

Report: Dallas (TX) Firefighters Attacked with Fireworks
Dallas (TX) firefighters were reportedly attacked with fireworks when they responded early Sunday morning to a dumpster fire.

Fireworks Blamed in CA Fires
Illegal fireworks were believed to have ignited fires that threatened homes and destroyed property in several locations, as well as caused an explosion at a block party that sent at least five people to the hospital, authorities across California said.

Video: Texarkana (AR) Firefighters Caught in Dynamic Fire Event
A video shows two Texarkana (AR) firefighters were caught in a dynamic fire event while working at a house fire Wednesday.

IA Fire Department Shares Helmet Cam Video of Near Fireworks Mishap
Iowa’s Nevada Fire Department shared a¬†Facebook video from Ray Reynolds, Director of Fire and EMS, showing the helmet-cam view of a close call as firefighters handled the Nevada Independence Day fireworks display.

St. Louis Firefighters Battle Fire at Vacant Warehouse
Firefighters battled a four-alarm fire last night at a vacant warehouse in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri.

NJ Official Says Squads Scamming Retirement System
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.

OH Department Launches Probe After Firefighter’s Comments
The Cleveland (OH) Fire Department has launched an investigation after one firefighter’s comments caused an outcry on social media, according to reports.

MN Firefighter Suspended for Confederate Flag on Apparatus
A Minnesota volunteer firefighter has been suspended for reportedly flying a Confederate flag from a fire apparatus during a holiday parade.

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