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Posted: Jan 21, 2020

Nearly 1,000 Texas Firefighters Get Training to Recognize Suicide Risk

VIDEO: It’s a startling statistic - since 2015, more firefighters and police officers are dying by suicide than in the line of duty, according to a report. In January, nearly 1,000 Fort Worth firefighters will take a course to learn to spot the signs of someone at risk for suicide. According to a report published in 2017 by the Ruderman Family Foundation, almost 250 firefighters and police officers died by suicide in 2016 across the United States, as compared to just over 200 that died in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
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Posted: Jan 21, 2020

More consolidation may be the answer to a lack of volunteer firefighters in rural Iowa

Two decades ago, a machine shed fire in rural Plymouth County might have taken one, maybe two, fire departments to put out the flames. But in 2019, it took five just to get enough manpower and water to put out the fire. No single department had enough available volunteers or resources. "The days where the butcher, the baker, and the horseshoe maker ran down the street when the fire whistle blew in town, that doesn't happen anymore," Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper said.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Des Moines Register
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Posted: Jan 21, 2020

U.S. House bill aims to help veteran firefighters

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House that aims to help veteran firefighters. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Congressman Don Bacon (R-Nebraska-02), a U.S. Air Force veteran, introduced the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act on Thursday. It aims to provide veteran firefighters with the compensation, health care, and retirement benefits they earned with their military service.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC/CW+ 29 Charlottesville
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Posted: Jan 21, 2020

Firefighters rescue 17-year-old girl from burning Longview house

PHOTO: Longview firefighters rescued a 17-year-old girl from a burning home Monday night. According to Longview Police and Fire, emergency personnel responded to a reported house fire in the 300 block of 16th Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. The 911 caller said there was smoke coming from a home and the caller was not sure if the occupants were out.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2
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Posted: Jan 21, 2020

Snohomish County Fire District 7 Fire Chief Gary Meek retires after 44 years of service

After 44 years in the Fire Service, Fire Chief Gary Meek has retired. Meek served as the Fire Chief for Snohomish County Fire District 7 for the last nine years, and his final day was on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, according to a statement from the Snohomish County Fire District 7. "It has been an honor being trusted to serve the citizens of Fire District 7," Meek said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mill Creek Beacon - Metered Site
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