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  • Father, daughter make history with Philadelphia Fire Department
    Jeffery and Daynese Stowe of Roxborough will be the first African-American father and daughter to actively serve as firefighters at the same time in the history of the Philadelphia Fire Department. Daynese was scheduled to graduate from the Philadelphia Fire Academy on Wednesday. The same day, Jeffery, who is the Deputy Chief Aide for the Philadelphia Fire Department, will celebrate his 30th anniversary of being a firefighter.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Philadelphia Tribune
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  • New York: Minimum staffing battle ends between Watertown and fire union
    Watertown officials say it's the end to the long drawn out battle between the city and its fire union over minimum staffing. City Manager Rick Finn says the rule that forced the fire department to sometimes work with fewer than 15 firefighters was rescinded last week. Watertown has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in an unsuccessful attempt to get rid of a minimum staffing agreement between the city and its firefighters union.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV CBS 7 Carthage
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  • Firefighters, paramedics in Virginia balk at revised leave plan; council delays vote
    City Council is giving Winchester’s Human Resources Department an extra month to address concerns raised by career firefighters and paramedics over proposed changes to the city’s vacation and sick leave policies. “This is one of those issues ... that could be a game changer for us,” Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief William Garrett told council at its meeting Tuesday night.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Winchester Star - Metered Site
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  • Massachusetts' newest professional baseball team retires No. 6, will reserve seats to honor memory of city’s fallen firefighters
    Tears welled in the eyes of Worcester Fire Chief Michael Lavoie Tuesday as he spoke about the approaching 20th anniversary of the blaze that claimed the lives of six firefighters. “It’s still agonizing. It’s still emotional. We have to be here. We can’t forget,” Lavoie said. “We have to have these ceremonies.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Republican - MassLive
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  • 'Fire in Paradise' documentary blazes with intriguing storytelling
    “I said, ‘I’m not going to die today.’ I said, ‘Today is not my day,’” a young girl tells the camera just a few minutes into the Netflix documentary “Fire in Paradise.” She can’t be over 10 years old, yet the way she articulates her experience escaping a raging wildfire makes her seem older. What she says is raw and heartbreaking, and the grit she shows continues for the rest of the documentary’s approximately 40–minute run.
    - PUB DATE: 11/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Ithacan
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  • Massachusetts fire department lieutenant dies battling 4-alarm blaze
    A Worcester fire lieutenant died and several firefighters were injured early Wednesday in a fire in a multi-family home. Worcester Fire Department Lt. Jason Menard, 39, of Worcester, died while battling the fire at 7 Stockholm St. When Ladder 5 arrived at the burning building just before 1 a.m. there was heavy fire coming from the building, and firefighters were told that a baby was possibly trapped on the third floor.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
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  • First female Deputy Chief in Minnesota fire department's history
    She's a familiar face with the Duluth Fire Department. And now, Marnie Grondahl is the first female chief-level officer in the department's history. Dulth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj appointed Grondahl to be the next Deputy Chief of Life Safety and Administration. She's served in the role of Interim Deputy Chief since May, and was the Fire Marshal for about eight years prior.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIO-DT ABC 10 Duluth
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  • Differing guidelines sent to fire, police employees in Louisiana on whether they can attend Trump rally
    With President Donald Trump holding a rally in two days in Bossier City, members of local police and fire departments questioned if they could attend if they’re off-duty. But they’ve received conflicting answers. Employees are being told two different things from two different state offices, which is putting their supervisors in a sticky situation.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ArkLaTex Homepage
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  • Ohio fire stations add sensory bags for patients with autism
    The Clearcreek Township Fire Department has added sensory bags to help firefighters and paramedics when they respond to a scene involving someone on the autism spectrum. Firefighter and paramedic Eric Henry was the brainchild behind the department's new addition and did research into what items would help first responders to calm a child or adult with autism.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
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  • Firefighter chopper pad: An exclusive look at 69 Bravo in the Santa Monica Mountains
    VIDEO: It's a remote mountaintop site with million-dollar views and a priceless purpose. Designated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department as ''Bravo 69'' it's a huge swath of land high above Topanga Canyon with 360 views. The helicopter pad is able to be used by LA County Fire thanks to an unusual ''licensing'' agreement the county made with a retired wealthy businessman who owns the site and was going to develop it.
    - PUB DATE: 11/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTTV FOX 11 Los Angeles
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