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Posted: Sep 24, 2015

New Jersey fire department recoups $20K after fire at building with repeat code offenses

State fire officials presented the city with $20,000 Wednesday to cover the fire department's costs in extinguishing a 2013 fire in a hi-rise building that had unresolved fire code violations, which hampered firefighting efforts. Trenton Fire Department Director Qareeb Bashir accepted the check from Louis Kilmer, chief of the Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement in the state's Division of Fire Safety, at Trenton fire headquarters.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Trenton Times
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Posted: Sep 24, 2015

Omaha Fire Department to end free ambulance standby service

School districts in Omaha will have to pay for ambulances at high school football games next year because of a policy change by the Omaha Fire Department. On Jan. 1, the department will end its free standby ambulance service at varsity games and other events, Fire Chief Bernie Kanger said Tuesday. The chief said he’s looking for ways to make his department more efficient and has to put 911 calls ahead of the standby service.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: omaha world-herald
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Posted: Sep 23, 2015

Idea floated of using firefighters as police officers to fight crime in St. Louis

A criminologist recently suggested St. Louis City should consider using firefighters to fight violent crime during their downtime. University of St. Louis-Missouri criminologist Rick Rosenfeld, who is also an informal advisor to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, brought up the idea during a St. Louis Safety meeting Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis
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Posted: Sep 23, 2015

Drunken rants lead to Pennsylvania fire chief's stolen radio

Drunken rants were spewing from scanners Friday night over radio channels usually used to alert first responders to emergencies in Westmoreland County. The thief who stole Greensburg Fire Chief Ed Hutchinson's portable emergency radio from the department SUV parked in his drive apparently was having a good old time.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
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Posted: Sep 23, 2015

Rhode Island acting fire chief to quit, blames 'toxic' politics

Citing what he called the “toxic political environment” in the bankrupt Central Coventry Fire District, the district’s acting chief said Tuesday he was resigning, effective Sept. 30. Shawn Murray, a former fire chief in New Hampshire and ex-director of the Massachusetts Fire Academy, said last week’s decision by the state to abandon its efforts to implement a financial reorganization of the bankrupt fire district, a plan he called “a roadmap to the future sustainability” of the district, was the reason for his resignation.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: providence journal
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