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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

Florida House will hear firefighters’ cancer bill after public pressure, payback allegations

The Florida House will reverse course and now hear a bill that would give firefighters cancer coverage, its leader said Tuesday, caving to days of public pressure and recent allegations that the bill had been deliberately held as payback after an ally’s contentious midterm election last year. House Speaker José Oliva, who had previously said he objected to hearing the bill, said in a statement that the “environment has become too toxic to debate the true original disagreement.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald
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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

Promotion rule changes for New Orleans firefighters, police draw critics

City officials pitched a plan Monday (April 15) to change how promotions are doled out for New Orleans police and firefighters, placing less emphasis on formal test scores while creating a new selection group whose members are chosen by the city’s chief administrative office. Critics, particularly among local union representatives, were quick to frame the proposed rule changes as a gateway for possible abuse, potentially allowing department heads to cherry-pick candidates rather than basing promotions on merit alone.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NOLA.com
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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

Houston mayor to give fire union finance info as council set to consider 220 Prop B-related layoffs

Mayor Sylvester Turner told the Houston fire union Monday he would provide it with financial data that leaders requested, a sign of progress at a critical point in negotiations between the mayor and union to phase in Proposition B raises for firefighters. Officials from the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association have asked Turner to open the city’s books, allowing firefighters to verify that the mayor’s offer to phase in the pay raises over multiple years honors the terms of the charter amendment, which requires the city to pay firefighters the same as police of corresponding rank and seniority.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

Maine fire departments find ways to adjust amidst shortage of volunteer firefighters

A number of factors have played a role in fire departments being unable to recruit as many volunteer firefighters as in past years, according to two local fire chiefs. Caribou Fire Chief Scott Susi noted that throughout the last decade, he has seen a steady decrease in the number of volunteers that his department is able to recruit and retain for long periods of time.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The County
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Posted: Apr 17, 2019

911 Emergency Dispatchers: The calm voice in the dark

Most people have heard about the “thin red line” and the “thin blue line,” but what about the thinest gold line in the middle? That thin gold line represents those who aren’t ever seen, but are mostly heard. That thin gold line stands for dispatchers, who act as “the golden glue that holds it all together” when it comes to receiving emergency calls and sending out first responders.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Duncan Banner
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