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Posted: Jan 29, 2016

Officials confirm California fire chief committed suicide in city car on duty

Rigo Landeros, Fillmore's fire chief, assistant city manager and acting public works director, committed suicide this month while on duty in his city car, officials confirmed this week. Landeros, 51, shot himself in the head in his fire chief's car on a rural section of Goodenough Road on Jan. 7, Ventura County sheriff's, coroner's and Fillmore officials said in response to inquiries from The Star.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
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Posted: Jan 29, 2016

Graham Lectures on True Risk Management at Safety Symposium

As the Fire Department Safety Officers Association’s (FDSOA) apparatus symposium concluded, its annual safety forum opened with an overlap presentation by Gordon Graham, a long-time champion of public safety responders. For more than three hours, Graham educated and entertained firefighters from all over the country with a simple, yet profound message focused on risk management and how firefighters can better protect themselves.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse
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Posted: Jan 28, 2016

Oklahoma Firefighter Recalls Near-Death Experience, Loss Of Friend

A Claremore firefighter, who nearly lost his life during a storm, is back at work – eight months after being knocked unconscious and suffering life-threatening injuries. Lieutenant Zane James is now on the road to recovery, but missing his fellow firefighter and friend, Captain Jason Farley, who drowned to death.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTV-TV CBS 6 Tulsa
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Posted: Jan 28, 2016

Report: Dangers remain three years after West, Texas explosion

Almost all Texas fertilizer plants like the one that exploded nearly three years ago in West - killing 15 people and injuring hundreds - are within a quarter-mile of a residence and little has been done to protect the public, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board says in a report to be released Thursday. While the precise cause of the blast will probably never be known, the CSB's 265-page final report describes in painstaking detail a host of failures by the West Fertilizer Company, the government, fire officials, insurance companies and others that allowed tens of thousands of pounds of ammonium nitrate to detonate.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
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Posted: Jan 28, 2016

California city moves forward wtih fire department outsourcing plan

A plan to outsource the city Fire Department and add a parcel tax of $148 per year took a big step forward Wednesday with the unanimous approval of the agency in charge of overseeing that process. The Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, voted to move forward with San Bernardino’s proposal to annex the 137-year old San Bernardino Fire Department into Fire Protection District Service Zone FP5-5, giving responsibility for fire and emergency medical response to the county fire department.
- PUB DATE: 1/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Bernardino sun
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