Cincinnati Fire Department

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Someone opened several fire hydrants around Millvale on Monday and the fire department doesn't want it happening again.

Cincinnati Council wants to spend $17 million to fund two projects for the city's fire department.  

City administrators will have to find the funding in the capital budget. That could come from restructuring the city's current capital debt.

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Police and fire departments across the country, including Cincinnati, are reviewing procedures following last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate told a council committee Monday the city is well prepared for such an incident.

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Many families are planning to celebrate the fourth of July with a bang. While consumer-grade fireworks are available for purchase in our region the laws vary by state. In Ohio it is legal to purchase fireworks but illegal to use them. A new bill would change that.

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Cincinnati Fire dispatchers are now sending crews to emergencies based on their actual real-time physical location  instead of where their fire houses are located.

This real-time GPS vehicle location dispatch has been used by other departments, including Toledo and Columbus, for years, but is new to Cincinnati, the first in Hamilton County to use it beginning this past January.

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Hamilton Firefighter Patrick Wolterman's was the final name read Thursday afternoon during the Last Roll Call and Final Bell ceremony at the Greater Cincinnati Firefighters Memorial Service. Wolterman died after falling through a floor while responding to a house fire Dec. 28.

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It seems like everyone is collecting data about people these days... grocery stores, telecommunication companies and even political parties. The city of Cincinnati collects a lot of data from residents, and officials are using it to improve customer service.  

When Harry Black was hired as city manager back in 2014, one of the goals he heard a lot from Mayor John Cranley and city council members was to optimize government performance.  

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A 353-page report on the investigation into the fire that led to the death of a Cincinnati firefighter confirms the death was accidental, and lays out a list of recommendations to try to ensure something like this doesn't happen again.

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Police have arrested the man accused of causing a crash Sunday morning killing an off-duty Cincinnati firefighter.

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Cincinnati Firefighter Jordan Pieniazek is being remembered as a good firefighter and a great family man. The off-duty firefighter was struck and killed by a car while riding his motorcycle to work Sunday morning.

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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.

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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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 The Cincinnati Fire Department is looking into the possibility of using drones in the future. The city is partnering with the University of Cincinnati to test, what promises to be, a turn-key system.

The whirr and the sight of this small quadroter freezes University of Cincinnati students in their tracks as they stare at it in subzero temperatures.

Graduate Student Bryan Brown says, “Oh yes, every time we do this we have about 10 people stop and they’ll come up and take videos, especially when it’s warmer.”

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The Cincinnati Police and Fire Departments are continuing to deal with problems because of the decreasing number of personnel.  

The police and fire chiefs both addressed Council’s Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.

Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said a smaller staff means it takes officers longer to respond to 911 calls for service, even those that are a priority.  And it could cause a change to the way the department polices the city.

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The Cincinnati Fire Department looks to increase its Ohio River emergency response time with two new docks and a land-based operations center.

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Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach said he learned a lot during his ride along with the city's fire department.  He wanted to better understand what's required to be a Cincinnati firefighter.

He was part of a 24-hour shift starting Friday morning with Engine 20 in Northside. 

Seelbach said he didn't see one fire during the period.

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The Cincinnati Fire Department is getting another nearly $6 million federal grant to hire 40 additional firefighters.  

The money will fund salaries for 2 years.  

In the last several years the number of Cincinnati firefighters has been shrinking because of retirements and resignations.  

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Construction on Cincinnati's newest fire station is already underway in Westwood.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday. 

Officials say it will improve public safety and residents say they hope it will spur other economic development.

The new Station 35 will sit on Harrison Avenue near the intersection of McHenry. 

The 18,000 square foot facility will have 4 bays for equipment and will replace the 105-year-old location about a mile and a half away.