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California to test firefighters' toxic exposure

Now that the ash is settling after the California wildfires that engulfed more than 8,000 homes, buildings and businesses — including many in wine country — we turn to the important issue of recovery and rebuilding. Amid the loss of human life, $3 billion...

source: By Michelle R. Matisons
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Santa Clara County firefighters came to the rescue of a man who was stuck inside a garbage truck for about 30 minutes on Nov. 15 in Los Altos, a fire official said. A total of 10 fire personnel responded to the incident, which was reported...

source: Los Altos Patch

Medway (Maine) Fire Chief Jon Buckingham has resigned in response to the town's failure to replace a firetruck that he says is unsafe. The fire department's front-line pumper-tanker, a 1988 Pierce, has had repairs to its electrical and steering systems, has body rust and...

source: Bangor Daily News

Omaha (Nebraska) Fire Chief Dan Olsen has put the kibosh on plans for a steamy 2018 charity calendar. Last year's calendar of shirtless local firefighters was a hot seller. But Olsen said the calendar isn't in line with the department's...

source: Omaha World-Herald

The wildfires that obliterated entire Santa Rosa neighborhoods last month have also blown a huge hole in the city's budget. The city estimates that it has spent at least $5 million fighting the Tubbs and Nuns fires and dealing with...

source: The Press Democrat

An Alameda County Superior Court judge has ruled that Oakland officials have a duty to act when they come across unsafe conditions in buildings such as the Ghost Ship warehouse, which burned a year ago, allowing a lawsuit against the...

source: San Francisco Chronicle

The firefighters' union is seeking an injunction in New York state Supreme Court to block the city of Watertown from a new policy that prohibits firefighters from being called into work when their colleagues call in sick. The City Council decided in executive session to...

source: Watertown Daily Times

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