Health problems are common among 9/11 emergency medical crews
Emergency medical service workers who went to Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001 have suffered from an usually high number of health problems, a new study shows.
Previous research has documented the health problems suffered by firefighters who worked at Ground Zero, but the new study is the first to examine the health consequences of the toxic dust and emotional stress on workers such as paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: usa today
Top Officers Clash At Last Meeting Of Connecticut Fire Task Force
Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas and Deputy Chief of Training Daniel Nolan sparred over their respective roles and expectations at Thursday's final meeting of a task force appointed to review the fire department's operations. Mayor Pedro Segarra formed the task force in December after incidents involving firefighters, both on duty and off, abusing alcohol or getting arrested.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant
San Francisco firefighter collapses during training exercise
A San Francisco firefighter is in the hospital after a scary incident during training on Thursday morning.
The unidentified veteran firefighter was at the city's Fire Training Facility on Treasure Island, a place that helps firefighters stay ready for all the situations they face.
But just before 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Angry NY firefighters: Officials â€˜have no clueâ€™ about dangers of battling wildfires in pine barrens
The two men driving the brush trucks that got stuck on dead trees in the Flanders brush fire Saturday are angry about the conditions on publicly-owned preserved lands in Flanders. But theyâ€™re even angrier about the statements made by government officials responsible for those conditions in the days following the small wildfire that burned 10 acres of woodlands.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: riverhead local
Old firefighting gear gets new life thanks to Florida nonprofit
Peter Alcorn believes in recycling, and not just household plastics and newspapers. Alcorn recycles bunker gear used by firefighters â€” those heavy, flame-protecting, high-tech yellow jackets and pants â€” along with boots, hoses and harnesses. And he is doing it creatively and for a cause.
With assistant Josh Jost, they cut up the nearly indestructible gear and refashion it into tote bags, bosun's bags, duffle bags, wallets, oven mitts, toilet kits, key chains and more.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: gainesville sun
'Pure greed' led to deadly California wildfire helicopter crash, feds say
The vice president of a defunct Grants Pass helicopter company was motivated by "pure greed" to lie about the carrying capacities of the firms' helicopters, including an overloaded one that crashed at a Northern California fire in 2008, killing nine people, including two Ashland firefighters, prosecutors say.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Tidings
Maryland mayor: Fire service to stop at city limits
Three days before the fourth of July, county officials now have a firm deadline as to when to come to a new fire and emergency services agreement with the city after Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton set the date for the so-called "nuclear option" at a Wednesday meeting.
While perhaps not quite as devastating as its namesake, Ireton's announcement means that on July 1, with no new agreement with county officials, anyone with a Salisbury zip code that doesn't pay city taxes will no longer first be served by Salisbury fire departments or emergency personnel.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: delmarvanow