Austin Fire Department sees gains in proportion of women in ranks
Before Rhoda Mae Kerr joined the Austin Fire Department in February 2009, becoming the cityâ€™s first female fire chief, about 50 women were already in the ranks.
Six years later, nearly 70 women wear a uniform, according to data from the department. The number of female lieutenants has tripled from three to nine, and other promotions have padded the number of female fire specialists, the rank above firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman
Pennsylvania paramedic killed when struck by coal truck at crash scene
The flag was flying at half-staff Monday afternoon and a black sash hung from the West End Ambulance Service building in Johnstown.
It was in remembrance of 38-year-old paramedic Janice Livingston, who was killed earlier in the day when she was struck by a coal truck while assisting at an accident scene in Upper Yoder Township.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
Salt Lake city crews fight fire at their own fire station
Salt Lake City firefighters battled a blaze at their own station.
Nine firefighters were at Station 2, near 300 North and 300 West, around 1:30 a.m. when the fire broke out in a utility closet on the second floor, where linens and towels are kept.
Four of the firefighters were on the fourth floor and used the fire pole to evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5
Cal Fire scandal widens to prostitution, unwanted sexual advances
A Cal Fire assistant chief is accused of hooking up with prostitutes on his state cellphone and then taking a state vehicle to meet them, according to new records released to The Sacramento Bee.
Another firefighter was fired after claims of making graphic, unwanted sexual advances toward a woman at a bar and lying about it, according to the documents.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee
Crisis looms for central Maine volunteer fire departments
Only four firefighters on the China Village Fire Department are trained to enter a burning building. The department needs at least six to launch an interior attack to put out a fire.
When Fire Chief Tim Theriault looks at his roster of 22 volunteers, he sees only four under the age of 50; he had 15 or more volunteers under age 50 a decade ago.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: central maine
Georgia firefighters transform used vehicles into fire trucks
Peach County firefighters have a reputation for building their own fire stations, likely saving the county thousands of dollars in construction costs. But what may not be as well known is that the firefighters also take used vehicles and transform them into fire trucks.
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- PUB DATE: 3/3/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: macon telegraph
Retired Seattle chief selected to lead D.C.â€™s embattled fire department
Gregory Dean, who led the Seattle Fire Department for a decade, will be named by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Monday morning as the Districtâ€™s new chief, two officials in the mayorâ€™s administration said.
Dean was known for improving his departmentâ€™s performance in cardiac care. Seattle has a department similar in structure to the Districtâ€™s, with the chief responsible for both firefighting and emergency medical services.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: washington post