Scuttlebutt 12/11

Firefighter Lends a Helping “Paw” Frustrated by an increasing number of families with nowhere to take their pets after being displaced by fire or other emergency, Philadelphia Firefighter Jennifer Leary established the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team...


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“These types of injuries and fatalities are among the most preventable types for all emergency responders,” said IFSTA Executive Director Mike Wieder. “IFSTA is grateful for the opportunity presented to us by the U.S. Fire Administration and the DOJ’s National Institute of Justice to perform this study with the goal of reducing these losses.”

Further information on USFA's vehicle and roadway operations safety initiatives may be found on the USFA website at www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/research/safety/vehicle-roadway.shtm.

 

Bringing Home the Harvest

The City of Ocala and Ocala Fire Rescue are participating in a community wide effort to help restock the pantries of its local food banks. This campaign is named “Bring Home the Harvest.” Citizens are invited to drop off non-perishable food items to any fire station or Ocala City Hall. “This campaign will indeed help those in our community who need assistance, especially as the holidays approach” said Fire Operations Chief Jim Ganter.

 

Chief Retires After 50 Years

Western Springs, IL, Fire Chief Tony Bednarz’s last official day is set for Dec. 31, ending a fire career that began on Sept. 1, 1961, when he joined the Riverside Fire Department in the town he was born and raised. After serving almost 45 years in Riverside, where he became chief in 1991, Bednarz took the reins in Western Springs in March 2006 and has remained fire chief since.

“Here is a man who has been in the forefront,” said Joseph Myrick Fire Chief, McCook Fire Department, McCook, IL.  “He has been a friend, mentor and most of all a fine leader.”

Patrick Kenny will take over as Western Springs’ fire chief starting Jan. 1, 2012. Kenny is currently the assistant executive director at the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.