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Posted: Oct 6, 2015

Consolidation of 7 Wisconsin municipal fire departments saved millions, report says

The consolidation of seven municipal fire and rescue departments on the North Shore 20 years ago has saved the communities millions of dollars while providing a superior level of service, the Public Policy Forum says in a new report. Those seven municipalities together would have paid a total of $2.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Posted: Oct 6, 2015

Millions of dollars in California fire prevention money goes unspent

Amid a drought that has created bone-dry conditions across much of California’s wildland area, a state fire prevention account has ended recent fiscal years with tens of millions of dollars unspent. The money has been generated by a contentious, four-year-old fee pushed through by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats over the objections of Republicans and rural property owners.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee
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Posted: Oct 5, 2015

Rush of emotions as Obama honors firefighters in Maryland

Brenda Pridgen dabbed away another tear as she composed herself to meet President Barack Obama, an encounter that elicited a rush of conflicting emotions for the widow of Baltimore firefighter James E. Bethea. "My husband would have loved this," Pridgen said of Sunday's memorial service at Mount St. Mary's University for 87 firefighters — including Bethea and Baltimore County firefighter Robert W.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: baltimore sun
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Posted: Oct 5, 2015

Former Colorado fire chief suing fire district for $1 million

Bob Harvey, the former chief of the Black Forest Fire Rescue Protection District, has sued the fire district for $1 million on the grounds of defamation, emotional harm and that he was wrongfully terminated in 2014. The beleaguered chief's departure in June 2014 was mysterious. By Harvey's account last summer, he resigned after a prolonged sick leave due to post-traumatic stress disorder after the Black Forest Fire in 2013.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the gazette
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Posted: Oct 5, 2015

Arkansas firefighter crushed by fire truck while responding to call

A firefighter is in the hospital after a fire truck pinned him to another truck Saturday afternoon. Chief Lynn Blake with the Wynne Fire Department said the department was paged to help the Parkin Fire Department on a fire call when the incident happened. Firefighter Rick Wimberley arrived on the scene in his personal truck, waiting for crews to come.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV Memphis Channel 3
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