Western Governors' Association calls to end "wildfire borrowing"
The Western Governors' Association in a letter last week urged U.S. Senate and congressional leadership, and President Barack Obama, to increase federal wildfire budgets so agencies can stop using fire prevention funds for fire suppression.
The association said the U.S. Forest Service is again on pace to utilize prevention funds for suppression â€” known as "fire borrowing" â€” in a season where Oregon, California and Washington have seen millions of acres of forestland burn.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Post
Texas firefighter stabbed while trying to douse blaze
A firefighter was stabbed Tuesday night while attempting to put out a fire in front of a Yorktown home.
The fire department responded to a report of a truck on fire about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, said Yorktown Police Chief Paul Campos. But when firefighters arrived, they discovered a man burning brush, a couch and a city-issued trash bin in front of his home in the 400 block of West Sixth Street.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Victoria Advocate
California's Junction fire: Aerial battle involved jet and about 75,000 gallons of retardant
One of the key ways the Junction fire was fought was from the air.
On Monday, aerial firefighting crews dropped about 75,000 gallons of retardant on the blaze, including Tanker 911, a converted McDonnell Douglas DC-10 that can drop about 12,000 gallons of water or chemicals in one pass.
Kenneth Perkins, the U.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee
AMR, Vegas Fire Department reach deal over patient transport policy
Las Vegasâ€™ dual response system for emergency ambulances is dying.
A 911 call for a medical emergency will no longer receive a response from both the Las Vegas Fire Department and American Medical Response. One or the other will be dispatched, not both.
After more than a monthâ€™s negotiations between the department and AMR, each side gave a little for this proposed contract, which is expected to be signed and presented to the council at its Sept.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Las Vegas Review Journal
Controversial hiring preference not the only thing irking Chicago firefighters
A controversial hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates is not the only thing that has angered union leaders about the December firefighters entrance exam that will be the cityâ€™s first in nearly a decade.
So has a requirement that, although 18-year-olds are now permitted to take the exam, they must first produce a high school diploma or GED.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: politics.suntimes.com
Barred Pennsylvania firefighter turns up in gear at blaze, spurs investigation
The Mt. Oliver Fire Department will review surveillance video from its fire station to try to determine how a former firefighter, barred for life from joining a department because of arson convictions, showed up to fight a house fire.
Francis Kestner Jr., the son of fire Chief Francis Kestner, wore Mt.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: triblive.com
Floods lead to dramatic rescues in Phoenix area
Heavy monsoon season rains that swept across Arizona on Tuesday led to dramatic rescues, road closures and flight delays as a series of fast-moving storms pummeled the state.
A helicopter crew rescued two women and three dogs from a home surrounded by swift-moving waters in a town about 30 miles north of Phoenix, while elsewhere a small trailer park was evacuated, a school was flooded and first-responders pulled motorists from partially submerged vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Azfamily.com