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Posted: Dec 1, 2015

Why hot training may save firefighter lives

As a public safety provider in Las Vegas we repeatedly heard the phrase, "It is a dry heat." When summer temperatures soar above 100 degree and stay there overnight radiating into the next day, it is common to retreat to a chilled dayroom in the fire station. Company officers push their crews to pre-hydrate as at any time a vehicle crash or fire during the midday desert heat would tax even the most physically fit firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1
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Posted: Dec 1, 2015

Neighboring Wisconsin fire departments air grievances

Village officials say public safety could be at risk if relations between the Rochester and Waterford fire departments are not improved. At a specially called meeting Monday at Rochester Village Hall, the Rochester and Waterford fire chiefs said they will consider breaking an automatic response mutual aid agreement due to problems between the organizations.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the journal times
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Posted: Nov 30, 2015

The medical response to multisite terrorist attacks in Paris

Introduction
Friday, Nov 13, 2015. It’s 2130 h when the Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP) is alerted to the explosions that have just occurred at the Stade de France, a stadium in Saint-Denis just outside Paris. Within 20 min, there are shootings at four sites and three bloody explosions in the capital. At 2140 h, a massacre takes place and hundreds of people are held hostage for 3 h in Bataclan concert hall.

The emergency medical services (service d’aide médicale d’urgence, SAMU) are immediately mobilised and the crisis cell at the APHP is opened. The APHP crisis unit is able to coordinate 40 hospitals, the biggest entity in Europe with a total of 100 000 health professionals, a capacity of 22 000 beds, and 200 operating rooms. It is very quickly confirmed that the attacks are multiple and that the situation is highly scalable and progressing dangerously. These facts led to a first decision: the activation of the “White Plan” (by the APHP Director General) at 2234 h—mobilising all hospitals, recalling staff, and releasing beds to cope with a large influx of wounded people. The concept of the White Plan was developed 20 years ago, but this is the first time that the plan has been activated.... 
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Posted: Nov 30, 2015

Crash Involving Philadelphia Fire Truck Leaves 5 Firefighters Injured

VIDEO - A crash involving a fire truck in West Philadelphia left several firefighters injured Sunday morning. Fire officials said the crash, in which a vehicle partially rolled over, happened about 10 a.m. at 55th Street and Baltimore Avenue. Authorities confirmed that Philadelphia Fire Department Ladder 13 was involved in the crash.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc philadelphia
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Posted: Nov 30, 2015

Widespread cheating by instructors, cadets alleged at California’s fire training academy

For more than an hour in August 2014, Shannon Browne sat with investigators at CHP’s Valley Division office in Sacramento, at first hesitant, then growing more confident as she laid out her concerns. Instructors were manipulating scores on tests at Cal Fire’s firefighting academy in Ione, she told the officers.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee
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