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Posted: Apr 8, 2016

Florida female firefighter fired after filing harassment lawsuit

Hired by Tampa Fire Rescue in late 2008, Tanja Vidovic became pregnant about a year later. A fire captain told her "this would not have happened if she had kept her legs closed," Vidovic alleges in a federal lawsuit against the city of Tampa. Vidovic, one of several female firefighters who raised concerns about the department's treatment of women in its ranks in the Tampa Bay Times last spring, filed suit on March 23.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: tampa bay times
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Posted: Apr 8, 2016

FDNY swears in chief diversity officer, youngest deputy commissioner in department history

The FDNY swore in a new chief diversity officer Thursday along with its youngest-ever deputy commissioner during a ceremony on Randall's Island. Cecilia Loving, 56, an attorney who works for the FDNY, was recently named as the FDNY's chief diversity officer. In that court-mandated role, she will be in charge of ensuring all new recruitment and strategic initiatives comply with Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Law Department guidelines.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news
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Posted: Apr 8, 2016

Colorado Apt. Resident To Firefighter: ‘I’m Not Going Down That Ladder!’

Liz Trokey says it’s a lucky thing a fire that broke out at her senior apartment complex on Wednesday didn’t start any later than it did. “It was like an hour before my nap time,” she told CBS4. “If I had been napping, I never would have woke up, because when I take a nap, I’m out.” Trokey, 81, says the emergency stairs weren’t an option when the fire alarms started sounding in her apartment on the fourth floor of the Southview Place Towers.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver
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Posted: Apr 8, 2016

How CO kills firefighters

While looking for an SOP on a large metropolitan fire department's website, I stumbled across something unrelated that caught my eye. This SOP was from a fire department I highly respect as leaders in safety and employee health. To my surprise I noticed an SOP allowing for firefighters to remove their SCBA if the carbon monoxide level is less than 50 ppm in the sampling.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1
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Posted: Apr 7, 2016

Cleveland swears in first Hispanic fire chief

Battalion Chief Angelo Calvillo was sworn in Wednesday as the city's new fire chief, making him the first Hispanic person to head the city's Division of Fire. Calvillo, a 27-year veteran who has steadily risen through the department's ranks, served as interim chief since October, when Chief Patrick Kelly resigned to head the fire department in Olmsted Township.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cleveland plain dealer
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