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Two Badly Hurt in Two New York City Fires

NY Daily News – November 30, 2014 by Caitlin Nolan, Rocco Parascandola, Barry Paddock Two people were critically injured in separate fires in Harlem and Queens Saturday morning. The earlier blaze broke out about 8:05 a.m. in the basement of the six-story building at W. 151st St. and Broadway, officials said. The injured man, believed […]

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Nature of Firefighting May Be Key Factor in Sleep Disorders

Chief Leader – November 25, 2014 by SARAH DORSEY Many U.S. firefighters aren’t sleeping as well as their counterparts outside the firehouse—and their higher rates of car accidents and other health problems may be related, according to a new study. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston surveyed almost 7,000 firefighters nationwide, most of […]

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Firefighters Pressure Council to Pass Bill Restoring Tier 2 Disability Benefit

Chief Leader – November 25, 2014 by SARAH DORSEY Cops aren’t the only ones mad as hell about the paltry disability benefits those hired over the past five years have been saddled with—firefighters say they’re not going to take it anymore either. Uniformed Firefighters Association President Stephen J. Cassidy, standing in front of City Hall […]

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NYC: Firefighters’ Union Pushing for Fairer Rookie Disability Deals

Newsday – November 24, 2014 by Dan Janison Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, says his union’s push to improve disability benefits for newer members is unrelated to talks toward an overdue contract settlement with the city. Rather, Cassidy said, it’s prompted by a recent resumption of FDNY hiring […]

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One Last Fight Before the Fire Goes Out

The Wall Street Journal – November 24, 2014 by Hunter Atkins Most of the time, Todd Velten didn’t hear the music playing when he climbed into a boxing ring. He barely noticed the hollering crowds or, sometimes, even the bell that finished each round. But for the final boxing match of his life on Saturday […]

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Massive Fire Guts Two Central Park Medical Unit Ambulances

DNAinfo – November 21, 2014 by Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner MANHATTAN VALLEY — Two of three sleek ambulances belonging to the Central Park Medical Unit — custom designed to squeeze through the park’s narrow passageways — were destroyed when a massive fire ripped through a parking garage Thursday morning, FDNY officials said. The flames […]

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