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Posted: Apr 19, 2019

Florida firefighters with cancer tell emotional stories as benefits bill passes unanimously

After four years in legislative purgatory, a bill that would grant firefighters cancer coverage — in a stunning reversal brought about by sustained public pressure and allegations of political vendettas — is being fast-tracked to clear the Legislature this year. The bill cleared a key hurdle Thursday morning when the House State Affairs committee agreed unanimously to advance the proposal, after more than an hour of discussion marked by teary testimony and lawmakers’ vocal support.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald - Metered Site
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Posted: Apr 19, 2019

Arson suspect caught on camera entering Seattle bar

A man slipped into a Capitol Hill nightspot and moments later left a restroom filled with smoke and flames. Security cameras from Corvus & Co. show the man pushing past the crowd just after midnight on Wednesday. Seattle police are now using that footage to try and track him down. Owner Paul Berryman has never put a lot of restrictions on who can use the restroom at Corvus & Co.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 11:34:56 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Apr 19, 2019

Fire Truck Photo of the Day-Marion Pumper

Raymertown (NY) Fire Department, Troy, NY, pumper. Ford F-550 LX Crew Cab and chassis; 6.7L 4V OHV Power Stroke 330-hp engine; Hale MG 1,000-gpm pump.

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Posted: Apr 18, 2019

New Godfrey (GA) Fire Station Opened

 
 

The new station was built on Godfrey Road. The project was approved back in June when the Morgan County Board of Commissioners voted for a $508,985 construction bid from Sunbelt Builders, Inc. a Covington-based company that submitted the lowest bid for the job.   

The BOC passed the bid in a 3-to-1 vote with Commissioner Philip Von Hanstein voting against the bid.  The new station is 3,400 square-feet, replete with three engine bays for fire trucks and a fully finished day room.  The county provided in-house the new station’s septic system, well, painting, kitchen cabinets and counters, and concrete. 

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Posted: Apr 18, 2019

Newberry (FL) Residents Rejoice Over New Rescue Fire Apparatus

 
 

With the addition of the Newberry Fire Department’s 13th rescue unit on Monday, her fears are easing somewhat. The vehicle, Rescue 28, will provide 24-hour transportation and lifesaving services to Newberry and surrounding areas.  

Jeff Taylor, the acting deputy chief of the Alachua County Fire Rescue, said the starting cost for the new vehicle was $950,000, with recurring costs of about $650,000 yearly. He said the goal is for the standardized rig to reduce the average response time for medical services in Newberry from 18 minutes to less than 12.

It’s been more than a decade since the last rescue unit was added to the fleet, Taylor said, and Newberry’s growth has compounded the need for a new truck and contributed to longer response times. He said the fire rescue answers about 42,000 calls each year, a number that is just as daunting as it sounds.

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