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Posted: Mar 16, 2020

Minnesota: Alexandria firefighters describe epic blaze that destroyed big chunk of downtown

When the call came across the pagers, there was something in the dispatcher’s voice that signaled it was serious. “Her voice sounded distressed.” “I knew I had to put on real clothes for this one.” “You could tell the panic in the page.” “We could hear it, the seriousness, but the average person probably wouldn’t.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alexandria Echo Press
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Posted: Mar 13, 2020

Minnesota firefighters and nurses bringing their coronavirus concerns to Capitol

Concerned about the effects of coming into contact with the coronavirus, unions representing firefighters, paramedics, nurses and hospital workers are asking lawmakers to act on their behalf. As workers on the front lines of the epidemic, the unions said they want assurances — perhaps requiring additional legislation — that their benefits won’t be exhausted if they contract COVID-19 or miss work because they’re under quarantine after coming into contact with people with coronavirus.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
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Posted: Mar 13, 2020

Florida State University professor researches how to perfect the female firefighter suit

Fighting fires is no easy task. The work is often intense and physical. But that's not stopping about 10,000 women from joining their male counterparts on the front lines. Except, there is one big difference: their gear. With every zip, pull of a boot, and tug of a coat, the volunteer firefighters of Chaires and Capitola prepare themselves for the toughest of fires.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCTV CBS 6 Thomasville
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Posted: Mar 13, 2020

Ed Parkinson named as FirstNet Authority CEO

Ed Parkinson today was named by the FirstNet Authority Board as executive director—operationally, the chief executive officer (CEO)—for the FirstNet Authority, becoming the organization’s third full-time staff leader and its first in more than 17 months. FirstNet Authority Board Chair Ed Horowitz said that Parkinson was selected at the conclusion of a “comprehensive and thorough search” to lead the FirstNet Authority staff.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications
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Posted: Mar 13, 2020

Massachusetts city council receives petition with over 1,000 signatures to keep station open

With Engine Company 11 set to be decommissioned on March 22, some residents and city councilors are still fighting to keep it running. At Thursday night’s City Council meeting, Councilor-at-large Brian Gomes submitted a petition to the council with 1,164 signatures in support of keeping Station 11 open.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Standard-TImes
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