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The protests topic provides an opportunity for fire service training in responding to mass gatherings as well increased focus on contingency planning for fire/EMS facility and apparatus security, and safety considerations for responding to protests and the fires sometimes generated during escalating conditions. Follow breaking news about protest and riot events, including the Minneapolis protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, protests in Baltimore after the Freddie Gray case, the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the Michael Brown case, and protests in New York after the Eric Garner case.

Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum showed items gathered at the protest intended as weapons, other items used by professional protesters and anarchists
The Westwood fire union has been without a contract for more than 660 days — the longest such battle in the Boston area
Several pieces of construction equipment were set on fire at the site for the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center
“Now we know our own gear is part of that problem,” IAFF General President Edward Kelly said about PFAS
Lake Charles officials said that raises were approved recently; each firefighter also earns $6,000 in annual supplemental pay in addition to the $11.17 per hour rate
The challenge now is how to show up every day, with the same energy, and resist the threats of indifference and complacency
The Kansas City Fire Department members’ union seeks Chief Mike Callahan’s removal and issued a vote of no confidence for Deputy Chief Jack Andrade
The best way to avoid analysis-paralysis during an MCI is to ‘get some of your thinking out of the way’ beforehand
A coalition of unions sued to block the mass firings, but a judge ruled in favor of the city Thursday
The Village of Minoa Fire Department has a new chief, and the mayor’s office is conducting an investigation
The department details what its members faced that day and thank DC police for their work to protect the U.S. Capitol
The Rochester Fire Department said the apparatus was out of service for “an extended period of time”
Jerame Simmons, who has since been pardoned for the crime, was appointed acting fire chief of the Prairie Du Pont Volunteer Fire Department
Sanford Firefighter Andrew Williams pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and faces up to 6 months in prison
NYC officials said service disruption has been minimal across agencies despite the lingering protests over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate