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Posted: Apr 18, 2019

Florida senate panel advances death benefits measure

A Senate panel Tuesday approved a proposal that would set death benefits that would be paid if law-enforcement officers, firefighters, other first responders and military members are killed while on duty. The proposal (SB 7098), sponsored by Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, would carry out a constitutional amendment, known as Amendment 7, passed by voters in November.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WINK News
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Posted: Apr 18, 2019

Smokey Bear gets a new voice for his 75th birthday

VIDEO: Smokey Bear — a pop culture icon better known by some baby boomers as Smokey the Bear — is going digital in a big way for his 75th birthday in an effort to reach younger Americans with messages that go beyond "only you can prevent forest fires." Now, in addition to being a burly, shirtless upright bear in a ranger hat, Smokey is an animated emoji that celebrities — including Stephen Colbert, Jeff Foxworthy and Al Roker — are speaking through.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
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Posted: Apr 18, 2019

New Mexico county, village talk fire station consolidation

Eddy County Fire Services could take over management and operations of the Loving Volunteer Fire Department. The process could take up to two years, according to Eddy County Fire Services coordinator Joshua Mack. "They have to clear up all their financials. We have to go through the State Fire Marshal's office.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Carlsbad Current Argus Newspaper
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Posted: Apr 18, 2019

Judge denies Detroit fire union's request to halt blood and bodily fluid cleanup

A judge on Wednesday turned down a request from the city's fire union to halt a policy that directs firefighters to clean up blood and bodily fluids at accident and medical scenes. The Detroit Fire Fighter Association filed suit last month asking for an injunction until an unfair labor practices complaint over the newly inked rules could be resolved.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Detroit News
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Posted: Apr 18, 2019

Colorado college students further NASA design that benefits search and rescue, wildland firefighters

Whether it’s first responders fighting a wildfire or hikers getting lost in the wilderness, the loss of communication can be the difference between life and death. “This will boost the signal on your cellphone. If you are backpacking or hiking out in the wilderness, normally there would be no signal.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pueblo Chieftain
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