CA Chief Fired amid Agency Complaints

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY The Chief of the Burbank-Paradise Fire District was fired Wednesday night following a unanimous vote by the district’s board. Mike Hillar, 55, who had been with the district for 26 years and was chief for seven, had been on unpaid leave since June 23. In March, Scotty Douglass, the executive director of Stanislaus Regional […]

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CT City Eyes Fairer Tax Breaks for Firefighters

SOURCE: MCCLATCHY KILLINGLY, CT– Killingly town and fire officials are working to amend a property tax relief ordinance in an effort to make it fairer for all firefighters in town to meet eligibility requirements. The ordinance, which covers tax relief for public safety volunteers, currently sets the same standards for all volunteer firefighters in town, regardless […]

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House Burns Down As Fire Chief Is Arrested For Preventing Cop From Making It Worse

By Matt Duncan – Daily Headlines Volunteer Fire Chief Christopher Herzog was recently arrested for attempting to prevent a police officer from making a fire worse. However, the police version of the story makes it sound like Herzog was some crazed assailant attacking heroes. Now, the firefighter is facing felony charges. When kindergartners are taught to “stop drop […]

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Fire chief walks in on break-in at volunteer fire station; leads to arrest

By Nathan Takitch – WSAZ 3 SISSONVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A man is in jail after leaders of a volunteer fire department say he broke into one of their facilities. Joseph Rayhill is charged with breaking in at the Sissonville VFD “Loftis” sub-station off Edens Fork Road. Firefighters say it happened Saturday morning. Surveillance video shows a […]

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Volunteer Fire Departments Are Struggling to Retain Firefighters, While 911 Calls Are Surging

BY MADELINE BODIN – Emergency Management The search for solutions as volunteer firefighter recruitment sputters and 911 calls soar. Every year an average of 10 volunteer firefighters quit the West Barnstable, Mass., Fire Department, about 27 percent of the department’s total. Fire Chief Joseph Maruca never finds out why half of those department members leave, […]

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Tensions high as career and volunteer firefighters feud

By: Tisha Lewis – FOX 5 HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Some volunteer firefighters are feuding with career firefighters in Prince George’s County and there is so much animosity between them that they have gotten into altercations at the scene of emergency calls. The latest battle took place over the holiday weekend with a burning home as the backdrop and involved a volunteer firefighter […]

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