AMR workers flame Las Vegas fire chief over patient transport takeover
With more than 100 private ambulance employees glaring at his back Wednesday, Las Vegas Fire Chief Willie McDonald told City Council members that he has changed the balance of lucrative hospital transports so his department will handle 50 percent of the calls.
McDonaldâ€™s goal is to eliminate the dual response system where medical calls are answered by both the Fire Department and private ambulances, with only one getting to bill for transporting a patient to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: las vegas review-journal
Officials: 2 Dead, 2 Missing After 4-Alarm New Jersey Blaze
Authorities have recovered two bodies and are searching for two people who are missing at the scene of a four-alarm fire in Jersey City.
Mayor Steven Fulop says a couple in their 80s and their two sons, who are in their 50s, were unaccounted for after the blaze on Grant Street was extinguished early Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc new york
Los Angeles Firefighters Investigated Smoke 90 Minutes Before Mother, Child Killed in Fire
Firefighters were investigating reports of smoke in a neighborhood 90 minutes before a fire killed a mother and her 2-year-old child in a converted garage.The fire erupted before noon Wednesday in the 170 block of East 50th Street. It took 30 firefighters 9 minutes to douse the blaze.Three fire engines responded an hour and a half before the fire a block away, but found nothing, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc los angeles
Fire Protection Research Foundation unveils report on fire safety challenges of tall wood buildings
The Fire Protection Research Foundation (Foundation) recently released a report titled, â€śFire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings.â€ť The Foundation, an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), conducted the study, which was sponsored by the Foundationâ€™s Property Insurance Research Group (PIRG), to begin to understand the performance of tall wood buildings under credible fire scenarios to ensure the safety of the occupants against emissions and thermal hazards, as well as the property protection of the building and nearby structures.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nfpa.org
Injured North Carolina firefighter looks to return after fall from ladder
John â€śFreddieâ€ť Sadler Jr. is an active, on-the-go 23-year-old whose life includes a non-stop dedication to volunteer firefighting.
That is on hold for now after he recently suffered shattered and fractured vertebrae in his lower back during a training exercise accident.
But, Sadler, who counts himself lucky that heâ€™s not paralyzed, already looks forward to returning to his passion of being a firefighter â€” assistant chief at the Reelsboro volunteer department and a volunteer with New Bern Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Bern Sun Journal
Fire destroys Detroit apartment building; 'a lot' of residents missing
Residents leapt from windows as flames engulfed a three-story apartment complex Wednesday morning on the 21000 block of Jason near Schoolcraft and Outer Drive on Detroitâ€™s west side. â€śA lotâ€ť of people are unaccounted for, and three remain in area hospitals receiving treatment for injuries from jumping out of the three-story building, said Detroit Police officer Jennifer Morenao.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: detroit free press
Firefighters group, NAACP raise concerns about all-white recruit class at BWI airport
A national black firefighters association and African-American leaders in Anne Arundel County are criticizing state officials for allowing an all-white class of firefighter recruits at BWI Marshall Airport. The new class of firefighters, which started on the job last month, is composed of nine white men, airport spokesman Jonathan Dean confirmed.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: baltimore sun