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Oxnard Fire Chief Alex Hamilton led a national team of firefighters this week to help their fellow first responders at the site of a condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida. As of midday Friday, 78 people had been found dead and another 62 remained unaccounted for since much of the 12-story Champlain Towers South collapsed on June 24. Hamilton’s team was brought together
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The 2021 West Suburban Fire Academy recently completed initial firefighter training. This year’s class included eight new Maple Grove Firefighters. The West Suburban Fire Academy is a shared services effort with primary sponsorship shared by Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and the West Metro Fire Rescue District. Each year, new trainees start their path to
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Don’t be surprised to find dog toys lying around Fire Station 107. The Canyon Country firehouse is the first in the Los Angeles County Fire Department to welcome a comfort dog to its team.  Echo is a 4-year-old yellow Labrador. She joined the department last June thanks to Jake Windell, a firefighter/paramedic and Echo’s handler.  “When we’re getting up around 5, 5:30 (a.m.) to come to work, right
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When the COVID-19 pandemic turned life upside down last March, EMTs and firefighters––many of whom are volunteers––were among the essential workers thrown to the front lines of the response. And though the nature of these jobs was stressful even before the spread of COVID-19, they got more than they ever bargained for.  Patrick Hayes, a
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Roxana Rivera BANNER FILE PHOTO Service Employees International Union 32BJ and the Maintenance Contractors of New England signed a two-year extension of their joint contract on June 16, with the aim of stabilizing the custodial workforce. Key features of the contract include wage increases, an extension of health care benefits and steps to help laid-off
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Houston City Council unanimously approved long-anticipated raises for the Houston Fire Department June 30. (Courtesy Houston Professional Firefighters Association) Houston City Council unanimously approved long-anticipated raises for the Houston Fire Department June 30. “Its important for people in the city of Houston to know that as it relates to the Houston Firefighters under this administration,
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