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Webster Groves and its union firefighters have settled a long-running dispute over staffing requirements and OT costs
More than 25 complaints were lodged against the building last month alone, per city records
The mayor said the restructuring of the town’s public safety operations is the rationale behind the change
Don’t assume residents know what your department does; spell it out and explain how additional funding would positively impact community members
Government officials hear testimonies about challenges involving recruitment, cancer, mental health, EVs, climate change and beyond
Transparent communication between city managers and fire chiefs is essential for building a strong partnership and ensuring the city’s overall wellbeing
“A two-man response to a structure fire is not only well below any recognized standard, it is outright dangerous,” the Dover fire union said in a statement
Preparation and early warning are critical, but there’s no guarantee we can match Mother Nature’s forces
Lewiston city council members promised to seek an alternative to the upgrade that was supposed to improve response times and firefighters’ working conditions
“In other words, this current board might decide to reorganize the county fire department... take it out of existence,” a Vance County commissioner said
The law applies to those who got sick with the virus from March 9, 2020, through June 30, 2021 and assumes they contracted it because of work
As chief, Troy Cailler hired Sabattus’ first full-time firefighters, used grants to buy new equipment and secured funds for a new station
Firefighters said they have been threatened with pipes and broken mops, hit with rocks and physically obstructed from administering care or responding to a fire
The new National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS) will replace the legacy National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS)