Convicted arsonist wins trust of fire department & becomes a member: An interesting investigative series of reports from Georgia and how a jail trustee whose job was to clean the firehouse suddenly was responding on calls. Click here to watch the stories.
A top L.A. County official gets demoted over creating fire department job for her son-in-law: In Los Angeles County the number two county official is accused of pulling some strings to get her son-in-law a fire department job at a salary 25 percent higher that the job should have paid. Sharon Harper has now been given a big demotion and salary cut for her efforts. Click here.
Is Boston’s union head facing rough waters?: As the Boston Herald puts it, Ed Kelly spent $150,000 of union money in an unsuccessful effort to unseat Tom Menino, the union is still without a contract after a three-year dispute with the mayor where the firefighters turned down a 14 percent raise over four years, and the contract goes to arbitration next month with the same mayor in place. Clearly the IAFF Local 718 president isn’t going to Disney World. The Herald is giving the indication some of the rank and file aren’t happy with the union leadership. According to the Herald, Kelly is offereing no regrets, saying, “The Boston firefighters stood together. Unfortunately our candidate did not win, but we showed that we are willing to stand up to get true reform.” Read more.
Can you hear me know?: Probably not with that siren blaring behind you. Cell phone use by a civilian may have contributed to a fire truck wreck in Christiana, Delaware. We have that story and another one from Delaware.
Jacksonville, Florida apartment fire: Video from a daylight apartment fire that trapped people and left a woman dead.
Some people who should have stayed in bed: Not a good day on the rails in Philadeplhia. Train evacuated of hundreds of commuters after it catches fire. Click here.
Fire departments closing: A look at economic and other impacts on volunteer fire departments in North Dakota.
Also on STATter911 …
- ‘No confidence’ in Boston Chief Steve Abraira from his deputy chiefs. Cite ‘ghost fire chief’ for not taking command in bombing. – May 15, 2013
- Mayday radio traffic: Three-alarm fire in Boston with two maydays. Six firefighters hurt. One resident dead. – April 28, 2013
- Raw video: Five-alarms for Boston apartment fire. Resident jumps on & injures lieutenant. – October 27, 2012
- Arrival video (this is not a drill): Seven-alarm residential fire with exposures on Chelsea Street in East Boston. – April 1, 2012
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