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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

West Virginia firefighter arrested for blaze that led to death of fellow firefighter

A McDowell County volunteer firefighter was arrested for murder and arson Thursday after authorities say he set a blaze that led to the death of a fellow firefighter. Robert Lee Beckner, 36, of Iaeger, is charged with first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree arson, according to a criminal complaint filed in McDowell County Magistrate Court.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bluefield Daily Telegraph
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots: 7th anniversary ceremony to be different this year

Every year on June 30, the mountain community of Yarnell remembers the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in 2013's Yarnell Hill Fire. Last year, the annual service drew nearly 150 people to a memorial park in the center of town. But this year's 7th anniversary remembrance is taking place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Arizona Republic
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Florida firefighter held at gunpoint during check on senior citizen

A senior citizen held at gunpoint an Orange County firefighter who’d entered her home to check on her well-being Thursday morning, before releasing him unharmed, according to Fire Rescue spokeswoman Carrie Proudfit. Though shots were fired at first responders during the incident, no one was injured, Proudfit said, adding that the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is not currently planning to pursue criminal charges.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Union: Entire Nashville Fire Department should get tested for COVID-19

A handful of Nashville Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services employees have tested positive for COVID-19. The president of the International Association of Firefighters has some concerns. “The ideal situation wouldn’t be to close a station, if you need to quarantine all personnel from that station, then do it," said Mark Young.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVF CBS 5 Nashville
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Posted: Jun 25, 2020

Pittsburgh officials: New 'silent' alarm system cuts down on first responder stress, streamlines info

City public safety officials and Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday showed off a new “silent” alarm system that alerts only the fire and EMS stations that are being dispatched to the call, rather than blasting the call on a radio for every station and first responder on duty to hear. The $2.8 million, decade-in-the-making alarm system will cut down first responders’ stress levels and streamline services, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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