Duluth Fire Department One Step Closer To Having Cancer Prevention Gear

DULUTH, MN – Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters. The Duluth Fire Department may be getting closer to their goal to make sure each of the 132 firefighters in operation have the proper gear to help prevent cancer. When fire crews respond to a fire, they typically get covered with toxic ash from burnt plastic or other synthetic materials. Duluth Fire Department Chief Dennis Edwards says…

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Appeals Court Douses Oak Lawn’s Attempt To Require Its Firefighters Live In Illinois

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge’s ruling that southwest suburban Oak Lawn cannot require village firefighters to live in Illinois, because the village doesn’t require fire department applicants to live in any geographic area to be hired in the first place. The unpublished order, issued June 27, was penned by Justice James Fitzgerald Smith, with concurrence from Justices Terrence Lavin and Cynthia Cobbs, of Illinois…

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Firefighter Allegedly Lied To Grand Jury About Affair With Ex-Honolulu PD Chief’s Wife

HONOLULU, HI — A Big Island firefighter has been charged with conspiracy to obstruct after allegedly lying to the federal grand jury that eventually indicted Honolulu’s ex-police chief and his deputy prosecutor wife. It’s an explosive new development in the public corruption case against former Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Katherine. For more than a year, the FBI has been investigating whether Katherine Kealoha was having…

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FDNY May Pull Firefighters From Busiest Companies To Cut

NEW YORK, NY — The FDNY is considering stationing one less firefighter at its busiest engine companies as part of a cost-savings measure to cover rising medical leave, officials said Thursday. As early as next week, the Fire Department might stop assigning a fifth firefighter to the 15 engine companies that had the extra help. The vast majority of the department’s fire engines are staffed with four firefighters. Under…

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Clifton Police Recruiting Troubles Continue; Contract Doesn’t Increase Starting Pay

CLIFTON, NJ — Clifton’s police department just became more understaffed as another junior officer leaves to take a job in Franklin Lakes, a higher-paying department. Councilman William Gibson confirmed just before this week’s City Council meeting the officer is leaving the department next week for a greener paycheck. “It is getting to be a serious situation,” Gibson, a former police officer, said. This is not an isolated occurrence, Gibson…

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N.J. Governor Signs Bill Transferring Control Of Police And Fire Pension System To New Board

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill transferring management of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System to a revised board of trustees after the Legislature concurred with his recommendations to revise the bill. The bill, which takes effect immediately, requires an actuary to certify the long-term viability of the pension fund, a critical safeguard to ensure stability. Additionally, the treasurer would continue to the set the rate of…

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Union Chief: Detroit Losing Police Officers

DETROIT, MI — As Detroit officials and the city’s largest police union negotiate a contract extension, officers continue leaving the city at an alarming rate, according to the union president. Since Jan. 1, the Detroit Police Officers Association union has lost 117 officers — an average of 4.5 per week — many of whom bolted to other cities for higher pay and better benefits, DPOA president Mark Diaz said….

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Indian River County Commissioners Change Light-Duty Policy For Pregnant Firefighters

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL — Future pregnant firefighters no longer have to worry about losing pay if the doctor advises against them going out on rescue calls. County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a light-duty option for pregnant firefighters. “It’s long overdue,” Commissioner Joe Flescher said. The policy, which has been ratified by the International Association of Firefighters Local 2201, removes pregnancy as a condition ineligible for light or restricted…

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Reactions To Janus From The Land Of Lincoln

ILLINOIS — Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Winnetka Republican “This ruling is pro-worker and pro-taxpayer. State employees — union and nonunion — do tremendous work for the people of Illinois. This ruling is a great victory for our democracy, our public employees, and the taxpayers who count on us to bargain on their behalf.” U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, an Evanston Democrat “Martin Luther King Jr. knew that collective bargaining was…

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Family of Fallen Firefighter Battling City Of Houston Over Benefits

HOUSTON, TX — More than a year after a Houston firefighter died of cancer, her husband is fighting for benefits he says his wife earned. It appeared he even had the fire chief on his side. It’s just the latest case of Houston heroes having a tough time fighting the city’s workers’ compensation system. ABC13 has reported on police officers struggling with the system. Then, we heard from firefighters…

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