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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

Tennessee mom, daughter part of first all-female firefighting crew 'hosing down' stereotypes

VIDEO: In a field traditionally seen as one for men, a crew of female firefighters is hosing down the stereotypes. The West Carter County Fire Department has the first all-female duty in the region. The four women that make up the shift are Ashley Perdue and her mother Carol Jones, Amber Hubbard and Krysten Kelch.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHL.com
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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

Houston firefighters march on City Hall over Prop B 'pay parity' raises, layoffs

PHOTOS: Kara Rathbone’s story may sound familiar to many firefighters who marched with her Tuesday along Bagby Street in downtown Houston. Rathbone’s husband, Austin, drives to work from their home in Bellville, about 70 miles away. A seven-year Houston firefighter, he has received scant raises since joining the department, and makes ends meet by installing irrigation systems on the side and working for a small fire department near Bellville, where about 4,300 people live.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Houston Chronicle
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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

City underbills business fire protection fees for 10 years in Illinois

The city of Bloomington has been incorrectly billing businesses for fire protection for nearly 10 years, resulting perhaps in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. The current monthly rate, based on the diameter of the water line that serves a business's internal fire suppression system, is $27.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Pantagraph
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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

Massachusetts city tests new device to help drivers avoid firetrucks

The city’s fire department is testing out a new device that could help drivers using navigational apps steer clear of firetrucks responding to an emergency, helping improve safety for both drivers and firefighters. The device, a small black box about four inches tall and wide, sends out alerts to drivers about the locations of the trucks to drivers using a navigation app called Waze.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Patriot Ledger
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Posted: Mar 22, 2019

City seeks to overturn Nebraska firefighter's $1.2M jury verdict, calling damages 'excessive'

The city of Lincoln is asking a judge to throw out the jury’s $1.2 million verdict in favor of a Lincoln firefighter, in part because of how jurors arrived at the amount. Last month, at the end of a two-week trial, a federal jury in Omaha awarded Troy Hurd, a Lincoln fire captain, $1,177,815.43 for retaliation after he reported discrimination against a female firefighter trainee born in Iraq.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Star
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