Cincinnati Fire Department

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The Cincinnati Fire Department could learn this week if it will receive a federal grant to pay for a 40-member recruit class that starts in February. 

The city has been successful in getting these Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency (SAFER) grants.  SAFER grants come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but fire chief Richard Braun says it gets harder each time.

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Two hundred firefighters from Columbus and other local departments will be working in Cincinnati on Wednesday so that local firefighters can attend the funeral of Daryl Gordon, who died in the line of duty last Thursday. 

Doug Stern with the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, and a Cincinnati firefighter, says it's a fire service tradition.

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A total of 12 civilians were rescued from the Kings Tower apartments fire, and four, including a three-month old child, were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Chief Richard Braun says three other firefighters were also injured, two with second degree burns, and one for smoke inhalation.  All three were treated and released.

Braun says there are three investigations into the fire that led to the death of Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon.  One will look at what caused the fire.  Braun expects that report to be issued soon.

The National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health and city departments will conduct simultaneous, but separate, investigations.  Braun says those reports will not likely come out for months.

Braun says there has been an outpouring of support from fire departments around the area, and from around the country.  He says Toledo’s fire chief was among the first to offer condolences.  Toledo lost 2 firefighters in January of 2014.

Local 48 president Matt Alter says funeral arrangements are still being planned, but the funeral will likely happen in the middle of next week.  

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The flag at Cincinnati's Firefighter memorial remains at half staff Friday morning, marking the death Thursday morning of fire apparatus operator Daryl Gordon.

Flowers, balloons, a wreath and a teddy bear are laid at the base of the memorial.

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  Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon has died of  injuries suffered in battling an early morning fire at a Madisonville apartment complex, according to Mayor John Cranley’s spokesman.

The 54-year-old firefighter reportedly fell down an elevator shaft while battling the four alarm blaze. WVXU reporter Bill Rinehart joins us for details and an update on the story. 

 

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Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon has died of  injuries suffered in battling an early morning fire at a Madisonville apartment complex, according to Mayor John Cranley’s spokesman.

The 54-year-old firefighter reportedly fell down an elevator shaft while battling the four alarm blaze at Kings Tower Apartments. A second firefighter was injured, but his condition is not known.

“We lost a hero today, and we are all mourning,” said Fire Chief Richard Braun. “Daryl lost his life in the line of duty to save others.”

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A Council committee has approved the first pay raise since 2009 for Cincinnati Firefighters. 

Union president Matt Alter says it doesn't have everything they wanted, but does include a pay raise.

Alter says members voted by a 5-to-1 margin in favor of the new deal.  He says Local 48, the firefighters union, was also the bargaining unit for the assistant chiefs, who voted three to one in favor.

The contract provides a 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment.  Alter says that's the first raise firefighters have received since 2009.

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The Cincinnati Fire Department is receiving an $8 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will fund 50 recruits.

According to a department spokesperson, Fire Chief Richard Braun plans to hire the recruit class as soon as May. His aim is to have the class finish the required six month training period by the end of 2014.

The federal grant also pays for the newly-trained firefighters’ salaries for their first two years of service.

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Cincinnati has nearly seen the end of brownouts in fire stations, with the addition of 41 new fire recruits who graduated last week and a department overtime budget of $2.5 million, Mayor John Cranley said in a city hall press conference Monday.

The new recruits will reduce the number of brownouts of fire equipment from five per day to anywhere from two to zero per day.

But Cranley and Fire Chief Richard Braun said in a city hall press conference Monday that is not good enough.

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and Council member Christopher Smitherman are preparing to announce plan to cut back and possibly eliminate fire department brownouts.

The mayor's spokesperson, Jay Kincaid, says the plan will reduce brownouts from five per day to fewer than one per day or potentially none.

Kincaid says a report is expected to be released by Sunday afternoon and a press conference is being scheduled for Monday morning to release the details.

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