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Reno Scrambles to Shore up Aging Fleet of Fire Trucks

Reno’s City Council is moving to shore up the Nevada city’s aging fleet of fire engines after its last functioning ladder truck went down twice in the last 10 days. The Reno Gazette Journal reports the situation reached a critical …

Arizona Fire Department Saves Money by Building Ambulance

Buying local to replace an aging ambulance has provided big savings for an Arizona fire department. Yuma Fire Chief Steve Irr discovered a new unit typically costs $210,000. But Irr and Fleet Manager Floyd Friar instead elected to save the …

Arkansas Authorities Search for Stolen Rescue Truck

Authorities in western Arkansas are looking for a search-and-rescue truck stolen from the Northwest Scott County Volunteer Fire Department over the weekend. The Southwest Times Record reports the truck was purchased with a federal grant and is valued at $120,000. …

Federal Aid Given to Alabama Town to Rebuild After Twister

A town near Birmingham, Ala., is getting federal money to help rebuild its fire department after a tornado. Congressman Spencer Bachus says the Kimberly Fire Department has been awarded a federal grant totaling $50,825. The money will go to purchase …

Washington Fire Chief May Stay at Job

The fire chief in the town of Washington could wind up keeping his job after a tense meeting of the board that wants him out broke up because it lacked enough members on-hand to vote. Fire Chief Mike Vaughn was …

Black Forest Fire Department Hires PR Firm

The board of directors for the Black Forest Fire-Rescue District has hired a public relations firm to handle a dispute with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office over response to a deadly fire last June. Records obtained by KRDO-TV show …

Louisiana Fire Department Receives Haz-Mat Grant

The Lafayette, La., fire department has received a $200,000 grant for its Haz-Mat Team for modern equipment that better identifies hazardous materials in a spill and tests the air for the safety of residents and emergency responders. Alton Trahan, spokesman …

Farm Accidents Focus of Mississippi Firefighter Workshop

A fire department in Corinth, Miss., plans a four-hour training session focusing on farming accidents. The Daily Corinthian reports the free program for first responders will be held Thursday at the Alcorn Farm Machinery-Home and Outdoor Show. The session will …

Alaska Officials Say Welding Caused Ferry Fire

An investigation report by Alaska’s Ketchikan Fire Department says welding accidently caused a recent fire on the Alaska state ferry Malaspina. The report obtained by the Ketchikan Daily News says the Feb. 7 fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damages. …

Illinois Woman Sues City Over Fire Department Test

A 27-year-old woman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Chicago, alleging that the fire department’s physical fitness test discriminates against female applicants. In a complaint filed Tuesday, Samantha Vasich says she was rejected from the fire …