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Posted: Sep 13, 2019

New York: Arbitrator says city needs to return to nine-man firefighter shifts

An arbitrator has determined the Lockport Fire Department's six man shifts are unsafe and is requiring the City of Lockport to restore minimum staffing levels of nine firefighters. In 2014, former Mayor Anne McCaffrey had dropped the fire department's ambulance service amid the city's financial distress and cut the department's minimum staffing levels from nine to six members per shift.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
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Posted: Sep 12, 2019

Update: Okanogan County firefighter severely burned in Eastern Washington wildfire faces 'long recovery,' doctor says

VIDEO: The wife of an Okanogan County firefighter says her family is taking each day at a time as he recovers from severe burns to more than 50% of his body. Christian Johnson, a volunteer assistant chief with Okanogan County Fire District 3, was hurt while battling the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan in early September.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 5:18:13 PM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
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Posted: Sep 12, 2019

New Benton County Fire Station Bids See Progress

A new fire station that has long been awaited is in the works for residents of Benton County Fire District #4 off of Keene Road and Highway 224. The station plans are being looked over by the city and the Port of Kennewick and seeing progress this week. This new fire station would be the first new station built in the district in over 20 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 4:38:32 PM - SOURCE:
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Posted: Sep 12, 2019

Benton County firefighters extinguish brush fire along I-82

Benton County firefighters extinguished a brush fire that grew to about a quarter acre on Thursday morning. The fire broke out along I-82 eastbound near milepost 99.2 around 10 a.m. According to Benton County Duty Chief Scott Hawley, a lack of winds helped the situation, and the first arriving truck was able to knock out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 11:46:40 AM - SOURCE: YakTriNews
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Posted: Sep 12, 2019

'It just builds up': Washington firefighters struggle with PTSD long after the fires go out

In the 27 years Tom Hatley has worked as a structural and wildland firefighter, he says he has lost count of the number of fatalities he’s seen. “I’ve lost track — I’m sure hundreds,” he says. “I remember one year, I was called Dr. Death because every time I was on call — I had like six fatalities in six months.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 5:52:14 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
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