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Posted: Feb 11, 2020

New Orleans firefighters boycott overtime, want more hires, Union rep says

New Orleans firefighters claim current staffing shortages threaten their ability to put out fires in the city on a timely basis. "When it comes down to the actual manpower on the streets, we're at critical mass now," Firefighters Union President Aaron Mischler said. According to the Mischler, his members will no longer work excessive overtime to cover for a city administration and department that can't attract or retain employees.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans
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Posted: Feb 11, 2020

Family of fallen Texas firefighter starts initiative to save lives in his honor

VIDEO: The parents of the late Lubbock Fire Department Lieutenant Eric Hill want to carry on his legacy. With the 5-5-5 initiative, Mark and Susan Hill hope to save lives in his memory. "Most people know, before radio, and things like that, they would ring bells to let fire department personnel know what was happening in different places, and when a firefighter fell, they would ring five bells three times," Mark Hill, Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLCW-TV 22 Lubbock
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Posted: Feb 11, 2020

New Washington University Research Finds ‘Alarming’ Stats About Mental Health Of Paramedics And EMTs

Researchers at Washington University have found that paramedics and emergency medical technicians are seven times as likely as the general public to have thought about suicide in the past year. Five emergency medicine doctors surveyed more than 900 paramedics in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Iowa over three months in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWMU-FM 90.7 St. Louis Public Radio
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Posted: Feb 11, 2020

New Jersey: City sends plan to state to avert most Camden fire department layoffs

Camden city officials, union officials and its fire department will send a set of proposals to the state Civil Service Commission that they hope will, once approved, avert the need to lay off any front-line firefighters. In a letter obtained by the Courier-Post, Mayor Frank Moran wrote to Deirdre Webster Cobb, chair and CEO of the Civil Service Commission, about the loss of a $2.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Courier Post (Camden South Jersey)
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Posted: Feb 10, 2020

Modeled after a race track’s pit crew, a new form of CPR helped Colorado fire department save more lives

When a heart ceases to beat and a person’s life hangs in balance, Longmont’s fire department turns to an unlikely source for inspiration to restore its rhythm. Just as a team of practiced pit crew members use speed, agility and organization to return a race car to the track, firefighters use a similar system that brings order to chaos and seeks to give patients a better chance at surviving.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Times-Call
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