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Posted: Mar 20, 2019

Vermont EMS leaders struggle with money, workforce

Less than three years after state officials concocted a plan to boost payments for ambulance services, emergency medical administrators say they're still struggling to keep their doors open. Leaders of ambulance organizations from across Vermont converged on the Statehouse Friday to talk about insurance reimbursement and workforce issues that continue to cause problems in the increasingly expensive business of emergency treatment and transport.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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Posted: Mar 20, 2019

Indiana towns vote to establish joint fire territory

The New Carlisle Town Council and Olive Township Board voted Tuesday to establish a joint fire territory in 2020. By increasing taxes, the move will enable several firefighters to be hired so that residents don’t depend solely on volunteers for service. The vote was 3-2 from the town council members, and the Olive Township representatives voted 2-1 on the measure.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Bend Tribune
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Posted: Mar 20, 2019

Illinois Air Guard firehouse could be delayed for border wall

A planned $9 million firehouse for the 60 or so firefighters at the 182nd Airlift Wing could be eliminated to help fund a proposed border wall. That’s according to a list released Monday by the Pentagon of military construction projects that could be delayed in order to pay for the wall along the country’s southern border.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Star
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Posted: Mar 19, 2019

Six Houston Fire Stations Could Close Ahead of Layoffs

While it would save some money, the driving force according to ABC13 sources, would be the loss of people to staff the stations. Three hundred seventy-five firefighters is just under 10 percent of Houston's uniformed fire service.  The stations on the list for possible closure are: 
  • Station 41 - 805 Pearl
  • Station 57 - 13602 Memorial
  • Station 63 - 5626 Will Clayton Drive
  • Station 66 - 5800 Teague
  • Station 72 - 17401 Saturn Lane
  • Station 104 - 910 Forest Cove Drive
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Posted: Mar 19, 2019

Purchase of Taylor (MI) Fire Apparatus Focus on Public Safety


According to the city, the vehicle is valued at more than $1 million, but the price was reduced because it’s a “demo model.” As part of the purchase, the Taylor Fire Department traded in its old ladder truck, which had been in service for almost two decades.

Over the coming weeks, the city will finish outfitting and decaling the truck before putting it into service. Other items recently added to the fire department’s arsenal include a pickup truck, fire engine and ambulance. All of the latest members of the fleet will be housed at the fire station on Goddard Road.

He also highlighted the addition of high-tech heart monitors, a fire hose and a set of Jaws of Life hydraulic rescue tools. The moves are part of a citywide focus on public safety, Ziomek said.

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