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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Thurston County: Homeowners Escape Rochester Fire Unharmed With Three Dogs

The owners of a Rochester home that caught fire early Monday morning were able to escape unharmed with their three dogs, according to the West Thurston Fire Authority. The blaze at a two-story home in the 8100 block of 173rd Avenue Southwest broke out at about 3:50 a.m. “The fire spread rapidly from the area of the woodstove and traveled into the attic space,” the fire authority wrote on social media.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 2:39:56 AM - SOURCE: Nisqually Valley News
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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Michigan fire chief begs, 'Guys, don’t quit yet' before millage vote triggers possible layoffs

It’s a sign of our era — when countless Americans distrust government — that firefighters in one of Michigan’s most affluent communities worry about a millage vote next month. If most voters in Bloomfield Township vote no, as they did for a police-and-fire measure with a bigger price tag last year, a projected 22 firefighter/paramedics could lose their jobs, Fire Chief Mike Morin says.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Firefighters who can sew? Kansas team may get teased but save department time, money

When a firefighter rips his or her uniform, repairing it isn’t quite as simple as ironing on a patch. Although it used to take weeks or months of waiting and thousands of dollars to repair their gear, the firefighters at the John B. Glaser Fire Station in Shawnee can have everything fixed in a few days.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Kansas City Star
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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Firefighter cancer coverage ‘loophole’ posed with legislation on its 5th appearance in Virginia

Persistence may soon be paying off for firefighters across the Commonwealth. They have pushed for expanded cancer coverage as many are developing it at an high rate. Now, after five years of legislation, this year’s bill looks like it will become law. Firefighters said state lawmakers were no longer able to overlook the problem in front of them and that’s why they think they are the closest they’ve ever been to getting it passed.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC 10 Roanoke
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Posted: Feb 18, 2020

Mesa is first Arizona fire department to become Certified Autism Center

The Mesa Fire and Medical Department has become the first fire team in Arizona to receive the designation of being a Certified Autism Center. The designation was granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards and comes after the staff, firefighters and other first responders at the department received position-specific training to "enhance their understanding and sensitivity when helping individuals with autism or other sensory sensitivities," according to a press release by the organization.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
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