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Posted: Sep 18, 2015

Atlanta mayor: Those involved in fire station photo scandal could be fired

Mayor Kasim Reed is vowing to fire any city employee who had a role in an embarrassing photo scandal in which an Atlanta fire station was used as a backdrop for escort advertisements. “We’re going to fully investigate it, get to the bottom of it, and fire the people involved,” Reed said on Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Posted: Sep 18, 2015

Minnesota town considers eliminating full-time firefighters

Brainerd is considering restructuring its fire department, saving almost $266,000 a year by eliminating full-time firefighter positions stationed in its fire hall. The department currently has five full-time equipment operators who work over three shifts to staff the fire hall 24 hours per day. There is also 38 paid on-call firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer
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Posted: Sep 18, 2015

South Carolina Sheriff: Driver trying to avoid law enforcement hit firefighter head-on

Sheriff Steve Loftis said a driver who ran over a Greenville County deputy, hit and killed a motorcyclist after deputies ended a "wild high speed chase" Thursday on US 25 north of Travelers Rest. Lieutenant Ty Miller said deputies responded to investigate a possible stolen vehicle at TD's gas station on SC 253.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: fox carolina
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Posted: Sep 17, 2015

LODD: Ambulance transporting South Carolina battalion chief hits tractor trailer

A battalion chief died Wednesday morning after suffering a cardiac arrest. Firefighter Close Calls reported that an ambulance was transporting Batt. Chief Maywood Gaskins, 56, with the Santee Circle (S.C.) Fire Department, after he suffered a cardiac arrest in his home following training at the firehouse.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1
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Posted: Sep 17, 2015

Valley Fire illustrates new realities, dangers for firefighters in drought-plagued California

Cal Fire Capt. Scott Rohrs and his three crewmen were racing to the scene of the Valley Fire when the foreboding news crackled over radio dispatch: Four elite firefighters had been overrun by flames, suffering serious second-degree burns. The fire was barely an hour old, but driven by fierce winds and the most intense, dry conditions of California's four-year drought, those men had been forced to deploy their silver shelter bags, survival gear of last resort.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: san jose mercury news
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