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Posted: Jan 17, 2020

Mental health push brings firefighter training to Florida - and a symbolic helmet sticker

City firefighters can now bear an emblem for mental health on their helmets after the department’s first officer suicide. It’s a way for firefighters to keep the fallen officer close to them; it’s a reminder for them to take care of themselves, said Shawn Weeks, president of Local 1891, which represents Boynton’s paramedics and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Palm Beach Post
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Posted: Jan 17, 2020

High school students to help with construction of 2 new fire stations in North Carolina

VIDEO: Students at Dudley High School are getting the unique opportunity to work on the construction of two new fire stations as summer interns. “Opportunities don't come around like this very often, especially for high school students,” Principal Rodney Wilds said. The Greensboro Fire Department received approval for the necessary funding to rebuild fire stations 7 and 56.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point
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Posted: Jan 17, 2020

4 people displaced, woman hospitalized in Vancouver house fire

Four people were displaced after a fire damaged a home in Vancouver. Crews responded to the 1200 block of Southeast Park Crest Avenue on Thursday around 11:20 a.m. and extinguished flames in the home’s attic in approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters while battling the blaze found a woman in the back bedroom behind a closed door and helped her escape.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
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Posted: Jan 17, 2020

Firefighters investigate cause of fire in Pasco

Firefighters are investigating an apartment complex fire in Pasco that happened early Friday morning. Pasco Firefighters and several others from surrounding agencies responded to the Stonegate Apartments on Road 68 at about 1:30 a.m. The fire started on a bottom-level unit in building J of the complex, according to fire crews on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCYU-TV FOX 41
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Posted: Jan 16, 2020

‘It will change lives’: Wisconsin firefighters lobby for PTSD bill, paramedics hope to be included

More than 100 Wisconsin firefighters and emergency responders lobbied for a bill Wednesday that they say will save lives. The bill would remove barriers for public safety officers to get worker’s compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. Because of a 1974 Supreme Court decision, to get worker’s compensation, public safety officers must demonstrate a PTSD diagnosis based on extraordinary stress above what is usually experienced by others on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel Madison
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