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  • North Carolina city approves $15 minimum wage for all employees – except firefighters
    Statesville City Council approved this week a $15 per hour minimum wage for all city employees. However, some Statesville firefighters have been voicing their displeasure this week because they are not included in the wage increase. Statesville City Manager Ron Smith told FOX 46 Thursday that firefighters work different hours, 24 on and 48 off, so their pay structure is different.
    - PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZY-TV Fox 46 Charlotte
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  • A new kind of command car at Maine fire department
    If Fire Chief Jeff Rowe were headed to Bangor, or somewhere out of state for a conference, he would likely know the most efficient way to get there. He might not know where the charging stations were though, should he need one, for the new Tesla 3 command vehicle. He could soon find out, by using the car’s GPS, which not only plots the course, but also marks the charging stations — and how long he would have to be there for the charge to complete.
    - PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Press Herald - Metered Site
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  • Ammonium nitrate: What firefighters must know
    Ammonium nitrate (AN) became infamous when convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh used it in the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Ammonium nitrate is back in our collective consciousness with the horrific Beirut, Lebanon, blast, and its reminders of the explosion at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant that claimed at least 15 lives, caused 200 injuries and destroyed more than 50 homes.
    - PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Rescue 1
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  • CDC shortens COVID-19 isolation guidelines as experts continue to learn more about virus
    As health experts gather more data and continue to learn about COVID-19, certain protocols and regulations are changing. According to the CDC and local health experts, it’s now okay to go back to work just 10 days after testing positive for the virus. That’s not the only change — Requiring a negative test result to return to work is no longer encouraged.
    - PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRON -TV 4 San Francisco
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  • Firefighters In Massachusetts Remember 'Torrid Tuesday' Tank Farm Fire
    PHOTOS: It was just after 9 AM and already the temperatures were in the 90s. A work crew was pin-welding insulation onto a gigantic 5-million-gallon fuel storage tank in the tank farm next to the Canal Electric Plant. But the crew had not properly grounded the tank before they began work. That mistake would cause one of the largest fires the Sandwich Fire Department has ever battled.
    - PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sandwich Enterprise - Metered Site
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  • Georgia police, first responder protections bill gains Governor Brian Kemp's signature
    Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation Wednesday aimed at protecting police and other first responders from bias-motivated crimes in Georgia, capping a series of controversial moves by state Republican leaders that nearly derailed passage of a separate bill outlawing hate crimes. The bill Kemp signed into law sets out punishments for those who commit crimes against police officers, firefighters and medics because of their “actual or perceived employment as a first responder.
    - PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jackson Progress
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  • 4 firefighters overcome by fumes in New Jersey 'drug dungeon' fire
    Four firefighters were overcome by fumes after stumbling onto a drug mill operating in the basement of a Paterson home. The firefighters were responding to a small fire in the basement of the Illinois Avenue home when they were overcome just before 1:30 a.m. Thursday. They evacuated the structure and collapsed on the driveway.
    - PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
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  • Beirut Explosion Stirs Memories of 1947 Texas City Disaster
    PHOTOS: On Tuesday, Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut was rocked by a massive explosion at the city’s port. Thousands were injured and at least 100 people are known to have died so far. While citizens and government officials there are still evaluating the extent of the damage, others are pointing out similarities between this disaster and one that happened in a small Texas town in the 1940s.
    - PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
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  • New alliance calls for allocation of public-safety 4.9 GHz spectrum to FirstNet Authority
    Public safety should retain control of its 50 MHz of 4.9 GHz spectrum—airwaves that the FCC is considering for at least some commercial use—through an allocation to the FirstNet Authority, according to the newly formed Public Safety Spectrum Alliance (PSSA). “We’re concerned that public safety is going to lose spectrum that we might need,” Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and former vice chairman of the FirstNet Authority, said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications.
    - PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IWCE's Urgent Communications
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  • Tracking cell phone movement is helping researchers predict COVID cases, hospitalizations
    Using anonymous cell phone data, University of South Florida researchers are pinpointing how and where people in the Bay area move to try to predict how the coronavirus will spread and impact our hospitals. The data is collected by a third-party vendor from devices on which users have enabled location services.
    - PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 Tampa
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