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Posted: Jan 19, 2018

Nashville (TN) Fire Department Makes Good on Wager for Titans Vs. Patriots Playoff Game

Nashville (TN) Fire Department Director Chief William Swann

Nashville (TN) Fire Department Director Chief William Swann hung an officially licensed NFL-branded smoke alarm with the New England Patriots’ logo on it after the Tennessee Titans lost to the Patriots 14 to 35 on Saturday, January 13th in Massachusetts.

Hanging the smoke alarm makes good on wager Director Chief Swann made with Foxborough (MA) Fire Chief Roger Hatfield.

The NFD won a similar wager against the Kansas City (MO) Fire Department after the Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs 22 to 21 in the NFL Wild Card Round on Saturday, January 6th in Missouri.

As part of the wager the losing team’s local fire chief must install the winning team’s officially licensed NFL-branded smoke alarm in their office.

“We are 100-percent, true-blue Tennessee Titans fans, but a deal is a deal,” Director Chief William Swann said as he reluctantly installed the smoke alarm.

“For us it was a tough loss,” he said. “However, the public wins whenever we can raise awareness about the importance of having working smoke alarms in homes. They save lives!”

Also as part of the wager, The Buff Project, a New York City-based fire safety organization and distributor of officially licensed NFL Identified Smoke alarms, will donate 50 NFL licensed team-branded smoke alarms for each game for the fire departments to use in their fire safety outreach efforts.

For further information about The Buff Project and to purchase a team-identified smoke alarm, visit:

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Posted: Jan 19, 2018

Man severely burned in Sammamish apartment fire

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- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 7:37:11 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Jan 19, 2018

White FDNY lieutenant in iconic 9/11 photo files discrimination claim against head of black firefighter group

AN FDNY lieutenant immortalized in a photo at Ground Zero has filed a complaint against the head of the fraternal group representing black firefighters, sources told the Daily News. Lt. Daniel McWilliams, who is white, filed the equal employment opportunity complaint after he appeared as part of the ceremonial unit at a memorial service Nov.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
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Posted: Jan 19, 2018

California sheriff grabs control of air rescues in turf war with fire authority

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken over the county’s helicopter rescue operations after talks disintegrated with the county fire authority in the turf war over who should conduct air rescues. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said this week that her department has not renewed an agreement that named the Orange County Fire Authority as the primary agency in handling air rescues in remote wilderness and park areas.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
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Posted: Jan 19, 2018

Virginia Fire Department's new vending machines don't dispense candy – they provide medical supplies

Vending style machines are making an appearance at Chesapeake fire stations, but they are not there to supply the firefighters with chocolate bars and soda. The machines at three stations are part of a new, secure, web-based vending system for medical supplies. Chesapeake is the first fire department in Hampton Roads and just the fourth one in the commonwealth to adopt the supply dispensing system UCapIT.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Virginian Pilot
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