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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Houston mayor meets with firefighters, says he is open to negotiating phase-in of raises

For the first time since the November election, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday sat down with the head of the firefighters union and said he is willing to negotiate a plan to phase in raises mandated by the voter-approved charter amendment that requires the city to pay firefighters the same as police of equal rank and seniority.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

City in South Carolina limits fire truck responses on non-life-threatening medical calls

The city of Charleston is limiting fire truck responses on non-life threatening medical calls, following in the footsteps of other local municipalities who’ve done so for several years. Fire personnel in Charleston will now only respond to the non-life threatening 911 calls — like nausea and earaches — when Emergency Medical Service workers either request assistance or the anticipated EMS response time is longer than 10 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post and Courier
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Three Spokane Valley firefighters hospitalized after encountering bug bombs in apartment

Three Spokane Valley Fire Fighters were hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after being exposed to chemicals from bug bombs. The firefighters were responding to a fire alarm around 1 p.m. at Central Park Condominiums near South Eastern Road and East Sixth Avenue. When firefighters arrived, they saw no fire or smoke, but saw an overturned wheelchair and crawled through a window to find if someone was in the apartment, said Greg Rodgers, spokesman for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman Review
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

'I've never seen anything like this': Big rock slams through roof, lands in Washougal kid's room

A Washougal family escaped injury Wednesday afternoon when a piece of rock fell from the sky, pierced their roof, and landed in their child's bedroom. Fire officials say the rock came from a nearby construction site, where crews were blasting to make way for utility lines in a new subdivision. "They were doing some blasting just above the apartment complex for utility lines," said Ron Schumacher, fire marshal with the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Custom Fab & Body Pumper-Tanker

Yucca (AZ) Volunteer Fire District pumper-tanker. International 7500 cab and chassis; Cummins L9 380-hp engine; Darley KSP 1,000-gpm PTO pump; UPF Poly 2,000-gallon tank.

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