Police Chief Under Investigation Resigns

BETHESDA, OH — The village’s of Bethesda’s police chief will no longer be with the department. This comes after months of the chief being on paid administrative leave. Village council just approved the resignation of Eric Smith who’s been under investigation for allegedly misusing the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway. Village council says Eric Smith has been on paid administrative leave since April.1 At that time, the Belmont County Sheriff’s…

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New Orleans Firefighters Get First Pay Raise In More Than Decade

NEW ORLEANS, LA — For the first time in more than a decade, firefighters are getting a bump in pay. The raise is part of the new budget, Mayor Cantrell and city council members approved Thursday. Surrounded by council members, Mayor Cantrell, applauded the passing of the 2019 Fiscal Year Budget. “I know that we have taken the best step forward to ensure that 2019 will be brighter,” she…

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Researcher Looking For Link Between Firehouses And High Incidences Of Cancer Among Firefighters

Two Central Massachusetts fire departments are participants in a study examining whether the conditions in, and construction of, old firehouses may be a contributing factor in cancer-related illnesses among firefighters. Emily Sparer-Fine, research associate for the state Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, is conducting the study. Previously, she worked as a researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. While at Dana-Farber,…

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Calumet Park Outsources Fire Department In ‘Historic’ Move That Could Trigger ‘Chain Reaction’ Of Privatizations: Official

CALUMET PARK, IL — In an “historic” move that could trigger a transformation in how small suburban municipalities deliver emergency services, Calumet Park has outsourced its fire department to a private contractor in an effort to cut costs, village attorney Burt Odelson said. The board voted unanimously Nov. 8 to approve a separation agreement with its firefighters union and to enter into a five-year contract with Kurtz Ambulance Service…

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New York State Facing ‘Severe’ Shortage Of New Trooper Recruits

They’ll have to be super troopers at this rate. The Division of New York State Police is losing more officers than it can keep as its ranks retire and fewer new troopers are brought on, The Post has learned. More than a thousand troopers have retired from the state’s police force since 2015, but only about 750 have been hired to make up for the attrition, said New York…

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Davie Firefighter Sues After Being Demoted For Calling Parkland Dad A “Scumbag” On Facebook

DAVIE, FL — When Davie fire Lt. Richard Stroes heard that a Parkland dad was suing a gun manufacturer over his daughter’s death at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the firefighter took to Facebook to vent his rage. He called Fred Guttenberg a “scumbag,” accusing him of trying to “profit” off the loss of his child. It wasn’t long before the fire department found out. Soon, Stroes had been demoted,…

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Understaffed And Overworked: Firefighters Exhausted By Severe California Fires

Firefighters from the Los Angeles city fire department had just returned to their station after responding to the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. when they saw smoke filling the sky. Roughly 12 hours after responding to one horrific incident, they were on their way to another. That afternoon they were fighting the Woolsey Fire, one of the largest on record to burn…

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After Four Years, Feds End Oversight Of Austin Fire Department’s Hiring

AUSTIN, TX — The U.S Department of Justice has ended its oversight of Austin Fire Department’s hiring processes after allowing a legal settlement regarding racial discrimination to expire. Federal officials could have continued their oversight of the Fire Department’s hiring of new firefighters for four years, according to a memo sent from interim Fire Chief Tom Dodds to the Austin City Council on Tuesday, but the Justice Department did…

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Garden City Police Chief Suspended Without Pay Leaving Town With No Police Force

GARDEN CITY, MO — A Missouri police department that was cut down to one officer last week is now down to none. A garden city council member confirms that Police Chief Tom Albers has been suspended without pay. Last week, the city made the decision to lay off six officers, leaving only the chief. The mayor says the town is broke and can’t afford the more than $200,000 it…

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Oklahoma City Police Chief Accused Of Threatening Top Deputies For Seeking Overtime Pay

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty has been accused in an ethics complaint of retaliating against the top four officers under his command for seeking overtime pay. The four deputy police chiefs are pursuing a grievance against the city over the unpaid time. “We were threatened and an attempt made to intimidate us just for the exercise of those rights,” they complained Oct. 22 to…

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