Forest Service Spends a Record $243M Last Week on Wildfires
The U.S. Forest Service spent a record $243 million last week battling forest fires around the country, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.
The agency has spent all the money Congress provided for fighting wildfires in the 12-month budget period, forcing it to borrow money from forest restoration work designed to reduce the risk of fires.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the new york times
New Chief Announced for San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
Assistant San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessy was selected to become the fire departmentâ€™s 17th chief, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Thursday morning.
Fennessy, 56, who has 38 years of firefighting experience, is to take over for Chief Javier Mainar, who is set to retire in November.
During a news conference at Montgomery Field, Faulconer said Fennessy has â€śunmatched experience and operational knowledge,â€ť two skills that will be especially important as the possibility of a strong El NiĂ±o looms amid a year-round regional fire season.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: san diego union-tribune
FEMA seeking nominations and applications for position of Superintendent of the National Fire Academy
On behalf of the United States Fire Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently seeking nominations and applications for the position of Superintendent of the National Fire Academy located in Emmitsburg, MD.
The Superintendent for the National Fire Academy is responsible for advancing the professional development of fire service personnel and of other persons engaged in fire prevention and control activities.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Federal Emergency Management Agency
174 firefighters sue Connecticut city, alleging overtime miscalculated
A total of 174 current and former firefighters are suing the city in federal court for lost wages due to alleged overtime miscalculations that union President James Kottage said he believes will â€śadd up to seven figures.â€ť
The firefighters in the suit allege that the Fire Department failed to accurately calculate their regular rates for overtime compensation, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new haven register
New Orleans mayor held in contempt in firefighter case, judge threatens house arrest
Civil District Judge Kern Reese held New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in contempt Friday (Sept. 4), but said he would give Landrieu one week to come up with a reasonable plan to pay an outstanding judgment due to the city's firefighters before imposing a house arrest sentence.
Reese said he understood Landrieu was constrained by a tight budget, but that did not mean he had the right to shirk a legal judgment.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Child dies in Southeast D.C.; nearest ambulance was 7 miles away
A child died in Southeast Washington on Thursday, when the closest available ambulance was about seven miles from the scene of the emergency.
That ambulance never made it to the child, and a fire engine started the trip to the hospital instead.
The boy was unconscious and not breathing when the fire engine arrived, D.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: washington post
High school program preps students to be Detroit firefighters, EMTs
The City of Detroit and its public schools are launching a two-year pilot project to train high school students to become firefighters in the city, officials said today.
A group of 30 students will be the first trained when school starts next week, and by the time they graduate from the Cody High School Complex, they will be certified as both firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: detroit free press