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Posted: Apr 11, 2016

Texas city demanding reimbursement from firefighters overpaid due to payroll mess

Fort Worth officials are looking to recoup more than $250,000 from former employees who were overpaid because of problems with a new payroll computer system the city switched to about five years ago and human error. Officials say the news was a “shock” to the employees, and some now face a financial jam.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Worth star-telegram
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Posted: Apr 11, 2016

Man who took selfie surrounded by flames pleads guilty to setting California wildfire

Wayne Allen Huntsman pleaded guilty Friday to setting the devastating King Fire in 2014 that torched nearly 100,000 acres in El Dorado County, a plea that came about in part because the suspect videotaped himself near the ignition point. Huntsman, who has been housed in the El Dorado County jail since his arrest several days after the fire began Sept.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee
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Posted: Apr 11, 2016

Arm amputation fuels Ohio firefighter’s competitive flame

Michael Diehl’s competitive nature didn’t go away when he lost his right arm last March in a firehouse accident. In fact, it’s only fanned those competitive flames more intensely. Diehl, a volunteer Franklin firefighter, was injured in March 2015 while helping to guide a fire engine back into the station.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News
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Posted: Apr 11, 2016

Update: New Jersey firefighter couple will not be suspended for Facebook wedding invitation

Social media guidelines have been revised after a couple in Garfield Fire Company 1 were threatened with suspension for posting their wedding invitation on Facebook that featured their turnout coats. The couple will not face suspension from the department. City Manager Tom Duch said what originated as a "lack of communication" has been corrected after a several hour meeting with the five fire department chiefs, himself and Deputy Mayor and Council Fire Department Liaison Glenn Mati, where everyone left with a "clear understanding" of what is acceptable on social media.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bergen County Record & Herald News
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Posted: Apr 8, 2016

Sources: Former Virginia fire chief to head Philadelphia department

Mayor Kenney is expected to name Adam Thiel, deputy secretary of Virginia's Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs department, as the next leader of Philadelphia's fire department, according to three sources with knowledge of the choice. Thiel, formerly the fire chief of Alexandria, Va., has worked in fire and emergency services for more than two decades in four different states, according to a biography describing his current role in Virginia.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: philly.com
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