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Divided San Bernardino Council Imposes Contracts

 On a divided vote, the San Bernardino City Council imposed contracts on unions representing firefighters and police officers. The city is pursuing bankruptcy protection, in part by forcing its employees to pay the freight for a history of mismanagement.

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City of San Jose Plays Politics with Department Response Times

 Robert Sapien, president of San Jose Firefighters Local 230 explains how politics in San Jose are driving up crime rates and firefighter emergency response times.

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Oxnard Firefighters Adds Marine Firefighting to Skillset

After noticing an increase in boat traffic in recent years, members of Oxnard Firefighters Local 1684 have begun incorporating marine firefighting to the list of skills they are required to master to server their constituents.  

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Faulty Fire Stats Understate San Jose Staffing Crisis

San Jose fire officials have conceded that their response time statistics are off the mark, and that they are missing their targets more than they've let on. The "data error" was used to justify staffing cuts that have compromised public safety in San Jose.

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Honoring First Responders

Gabe Stirnus, an engineer and member of Sonoma Valley Firefighters Local 3593, was named firefighter of the year in Sonoma by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and took top prize in the 16th VFW district as well as earning recognition at the state level.

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