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People in public service professions tend to be “fixers,” Hamilton Fire Department Lt. Jason Callihan said Monday night. Unsolvable problems stick in their gears.
Educators and their supporters gathered outside of schools Monday, then converged near Los Angeles City Hall in a sea of umbrellas, ponchos and signs. LA last saw a teacher strike nearly 30 years ago.
The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association sought a court order Tuesday aiming to force the city to begin paying firefighters equally to police officers of corresponding rank and seniority.
A change in how B.C. Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) prioritizes 911 calls could have patients in non-life threatening situations waiting longer for first responders. Port Coquitlam Fire Chief . . .
I worked for a Fire/EMS (ACLS) department, on truck, engine and ambulance. I don't know how many times that a call, which came in as a fall or sick, turned out to be life threatening, but it was quite a few. To ask the patient, family or even a dispatcher to diagnose instead of report, is quite dangerous. I imagine this started out one of many observed ways, either the firefighters on the trucks lacked dedication and got tired of doing their jobs, responding to EMS calls, or a city manager trying to save money on fuel and maintenance (city managers could care less about personnel working too hard), or it could just be as simple as, the city councilman across the street from a station, was tired of the sirens at 3 in the morning. We operated with everyone on the suppression units being at least NREMT-B, but most units had Paramedics, and whether or not it was life threatening, it was better care for the patient, and safer for the crews of the EMS unit, because there was a scene supervisor to handle logistics and scene safety, extra hands for lifting, help with equipment, assistance with families, etc. It does not sound like this department mentioned, is taking steps forward. It is a bottom line financial chance being taken, and one life lost because of it, would be too high of a price. At a time we are screaming about manpower, this is not helpful and could end up being a tool by the city to cut manpower and close stations. The Union needs to fight this practice.
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In Tampa, as with other major American cities, the evolution from all volunteer to career fire companies occurred due to the arrival of steam technology. Tampa’s first organized volunteer fire department was founded in1884. Seven “bucket brigades” were organized to serve the city. On May 10, 1895, the city council passed ordinance #307 authorizing Tampa’s first professional, paid fire department. A. J. Harris was named chief to preside over 22 fire fighters in five stations at an annual budget of $18,000. The paid firefighters worked in the stations for ten to twelve days at a time. Most of the firefighters lived near their duty stations and were permitted to go home for meals, provided they could return within one hour. Their salary was equivalent to that of police patrol officers, about $600 a year. From May 10, 1895, forward the fire department began to evolve. First the “bucket brigades” were slowly replaced by hand operated pumpers pulled to the scene by the firefighters. Fire hydrants and steam engines were introduced to do the work of pumping water to firefighter’s hoses. With the introduction of steam engines came the requirement of horses to pull the extremely heavy apparatus. read more
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