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Fire chief wants fewer volunteer firefighters, more paid ones

Fire chief wants fewer volunteer firefighters, more paid ones

The city has 93 volunteer firefighters, but Chief Mike Scott would like to reduce that number to 63   By Melissa Steinken Pioneer Press EAGAN, Minn. — Eagan’s fire chief would like to reduce the size of his volunteer firefighting force — and beef up the paid staff. Chief Mike Scott is proposing adding 12 full-time firefighters, six in 2018 and six in 2019. The city has 93 volunteer firefighters, but Scott would like to reduce that number to 63. Scott’s plan, which he presented to the Eagan City Council, would require a budget increase of 16 percent next year and another...

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What's the average firefighter salary at the nation's largest departments?

What's the average firefighter salary at the nation's largest departments?

Salaries are dependent upon your position title, bonuses and benefits; here are the average annual firefighter salaries at the largest U.S. departments Chances are you wanted to help people — most of the time under the worst of conditions. But even dream jobs have pros and cons. While a firefighting career may be satisfying, does it pay the bills to support you and your family? Here's a breakdown of the average firefighter salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, at the largest departments across the nation. 1. LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT LAFD firefighters are among the highest paid in the United States....

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5 baby names linked to firefighting career path

5 baby names linked to firefighting career path

A firefighter by any other name is still a firefighter, yet these five crop up more than any other name in the fire serviceWhat do Brandon, Darren, Ryan, Jason and Jeremy have in common? It turns out that people with those names are more likely than others to be firefighters. Researchers at Verdant Labs, who developed the Nametrix app, analyzed public records from the Federal Election Commission and the Social Security Administration to find the most common names in each profession. "So, do our names influence where we go in life?" Verdant Labs founder Mark Edmond wrote in a blog post. "Or do the social,...

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Fire department requests $375K for armored vehicle

Fire department requests $375K for armored vehicle

Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone wants to purchase the vehicle in case of an active shooter situation By FireRescue1 Staff BOSSIER CITY, La. — In light of the Las Vegas mass shooting, a fire chief wants to purchase an armored vehicle in case of emergency. Shreveport Times reported that Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone proposed the purchase in front of city council members. The armored vehicle would cost up to $375,000. "Through the last three or four years, we've been doing a lot of training on active shooters, and I hate to say it, but it's kind of what...

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Rain helps Ariz. firefighters gain control over wildfire

Rain helps Ariz. firefighters gain control over wildfire

A storm dumped rain on the area and authorities said the fire was declared 70 percent contained   Associated Press EAGAR, Ariz. — Authorities say rain has helped firefighters quickly gain control over a wildfire burning in eastern Arizona. Arizona State Forestry officials say the wildfire was discovered shortly after noon Thursday and had charred an estimated 3.9 square miles in a few hours. However, a storm dumped rain on the area and authorities say the fire was declared 70 percent contained by 4:45 p.m. The wildfire was burning mostly grass and some juniper and pinyon trees about five miles west of Eagar....

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