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Posted: Apr 4, 2016

Mystery surrounds Michigan fire chief’s departure

The cause for last month’s sudden exit of the township’s veteran fire chief remains up in the air — or at least is not being discussed publicly. Richard Marinucci Jr. either voluntarily resigned his $116,000 a year post March 18, or was pushed out for still unexplained reasons. Speculation about what led to the move is fueled by anonymous emails sent to several Metro Detroit news agencies.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: detroit news
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Posted: Apr 4, 2016

Sources: North Carolina Fire Chief told manager he released controversial document

Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan told the city manager last week that he was responsible for a personnel document being released to the media in apparent violation of state law, according to multiple people familiar with the investigation. The March 4 document was written by Ron Carlee, the city manager, and was about Marty Puckett, the vice president of the Charlotte Firefighters Association Local 660.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: charlotte observer
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Posted: Apr 4, 2016

Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Application Period Opens

The application period for the 2015 (Fiscal Year) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants opens today, April 4. FEMA's goal is to award 100 grants totaling $34M. FEMA officials urge agencies that are planing to apply for this round of funding to read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) thoroughly as it contains the key programmatic updates and application requirements for all eligible applicants.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firehouse
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Posted: Apr 4, 2016

$300K settlement keeps New Mexico paramedic from getting job back

Former Albuquerque paramedic and mixed martial arts cutman Brad Tate fought his way into the Albuquerque Fire Department by taking legal action. His protracted legal fight to try to keep his job has cost the city more than $330,000. Tate, an AFD lieutenant with a decadelong career, was fired in 2013 after the city Personnel Board found he had provided substandard care, intimidated and bullied patients and their families and falsified records to show that patients who called 911 had refused care and transportation.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Albuquerque Journal
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Posted: Apr 1, 2016

Houston Fire Department cadet collapses, dies during training exercise

The Houston Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of its own after a cadet collapsed and died Thursday morning during a training exercise. Steven Whitfield II, 32, was participating in an obstacle course when he collapsed near the end, according to firefighters. Authorities said other cadets and instructors on the course noticed Whitfield was in trouble and quickly rescued him.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
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