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(The March 26, 2014 meeting of the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Commission OKs Nutter Administration Plan To Put EMTs in Fire Department

The emergency medical technicians would have less training and be paid less that paramedics operating Philadelphia Fire Department medic units.

03/26/2014

(Philadelphia firefighters' union president Joe Schulle calls for prosecution of the owners of a building where two firefighters died in 2012.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Phila. Firefighters’ Union Demands Prosecution of Building Owners in Deadly 2012 Fire

Local 22 president Joe Schulle says the families of firefighters Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney were devastated by the DA’s announcement that no charges would be filed in connection with the fire at the former Buck Hosiery Co. warehouse, in Kensington.

02/04/2014

(Diane Neary, widow of late fire lieutenant Robert Neary, speaks to reporters at Philadelphia City Hall.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Families of Fallen Firefighters Back Measure To Deal With Vacant Phila. Properties

Diane Neary, widow of Lt. Robert Neary, told reporters at City Hall that, if approved, the proposed legislation would help the city avoid further such tragedies.

01/30/2014

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Leaking Chemicals Force Closure of Philadelphia Firehouse

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers now says tests have found evidence a number of chemicals leaked into a Roxborough firehouse forcing its temporary closing December 17 after a member of Engine Company 66 was sickened.

01/15/2014

(The firehouse for Engine 66, in Roxborough.  File photo by Aaron Mott, used with permission)

Roxborough Firehouse Remains Closed By Unexplained Fumes

Engine company 66, in Roxborough, remains closed while investigators trace the source of toxic fumes that sickened some firefighters.

01/02/2014

(The Benjamin Franklin firehouse, at 4th and Arch Streets, has been boarded up since a fire in September.   Photo by Ed Fischer)

Damaged Old City Firehouse May Not Reopen For Another Year

The fire last September, which started in the engine of an ambulance parked in one of the bays, left the Ben Franklin firehouse heavily charred.

01/02/2014

(Philadelphia fleet manager Christopher Cocci listens to a question during a City Council hearing.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Following September Blaze, Phila. Officials Probe Condition of City’s Fire Vehicles

Councilmembers questioned the city’s fleet manager, Christopher Cocci, concerning the September blaze that heavily damaged a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets.

12/04/2013

(Firefighters' Local 22 president Joe Schulle speaks to reporters outside Philadelphia City Hall.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union Official Irate Over Rescinded Promotions

At issue is whether the fire commissioner is required to fill budgeted vacancies with firefighters who pass the promotion exam, as the union contends, or whether he can pick and choose.

09/24/2013

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Philadelphia First Responders Come Out For Firefighter Appreciation Day

Philadelphia’s Fire Fighters’ and Paramedics’ Union held its annual firefighter appreciation day Sunday at the Local 22 Union Hall.

09/08/2013

(Mayor Nutter announces he is dropping the fight against the 2009 pay raise for city firefighters.  Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Suddenly Drops Fight Against Firefighters’ 2009 Pay Raises

At a City Hall news conference, the mayor said increased tax revenues now give the city a greater ability to afford the contract award, so his administration has dropped its appeal in Commonwealth Court.

09/06/2013

(Firefighters Local 22 headquarters, at 5th and Willow Streets in Philadelphia.  File photo by Michelle Durham)

As City Fights Firefighters’ Arbitration Award, Judge Orders Interim Health Fund Payments

A judge has ordered the City of Philadelphia to pay more money into the health and welfare fund for Firefighters’ Local 22. The union had sought the emergency arbitration hearing, saying the fund was running out of money.

08/07/2013