Los Angeles Times: L.A. firefighter accused of ‘despicable act’ in protest over vaccine mandate

Los Angeles Times: L.A. firefighter accused of ‘despicable act’ in protest over vaccine mandate. “The LAFD member responded to receiving the non-compliance letter by dropping his pants and wiping his buttocks with the letter, leaving fecal matter on the document, before dropping it to the ground, according to the Stentorians of Los Angeles City, a group representing African American firefighters.”

Wildfire Today: Two water tender operators on the Dixie Fire died of COVID-19

Wildfire Today: Two water tender operators on the Dixie Fire died of COVID-19. “Two water tender operators have died of COVID-19 this month. They both worked for Brenda’s Fire Water based in Ramona, California. Two trucks with three drivers were dispatched from the company to the Dixie Fire in Northern California. They worked shifts to keep the water tenders working on the fire as much as possible.”

Newsweek: 55 Percent of NYC Firefighters Say They Won’t Take COVID Vaccine, as City Continues to See Case Surge

Newsweek: 55 Percent of NYC Firefighters Say They Won’t Take COVID Vaccine, as City Continues to See Case Surge. “The survey was conducted by the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA), a union representing 8,200 active firefighters in New York City. UFA President Andy Ansbro said the survey accounted for 25 percent of their active members, according to the New York Post.”

Route Fifty: Firefighters Push for Inclusion in First Phase of Covid-19 Vaccines

Route Fifty: Firefighters Push for Inclusion in First Phase of Covid-19 Vaccines. “The majority of calls that firefighters and EMTs respond to are medical in nature, and many have been exposed to Covid while on duty, according to the International Association of Fire Fighters. The potential for firefighters’ exposure, coupled with the role that fire departments could play in the administration of a vaccine, the IAFF is asking state governors to include firefighters in the same vaccine distribution tier as high-risk health care workers.”

NBC News: Federal firefighter units juggle COVID-19 infection on fire lines

NBC News: Federal firefighter units juggle COVID-19 infection on fire lines. “Wildland firefighters are sometimes considered the last defense, called in after local resources are stretched thin. Federal crews spend the fire season crisscrossing state borders as they are sent to fight the latest burning blaze. And that constant traveling, as well as the close working proximity, have offered a challenge to COVID-19 mitigation, especially as firefighting methods like holding the line can require elbow-to-elbow teamwork.”

Fired Up: A Woman’s Upbringing Is Informing Better Fire Response (Cal Alumni Association)

Cal Alumni Association: Fired Up: A Woman’s Upbringing Is Informing Better Fire Response. “[Bailey] Farren joined forces with several other Cal alums—including Trevor Greenan, who lost his family home in the Tubbs Fire—to develop Perimeter, a fire modeling and simulation platform. It integrates satellite-generated information and images with data on weather, terrain, road closures, possible evacuation routes, and suppression resources—all in real time, with rapid refresh capability. The platform is undergoing beta testing through the current fire season.”

BBC: Can a cancer registry keep firefighters safe?

BBC: Can a cancer registry keep firefighters safe?. “A new US cancer database – the Firefighter Cancer Registry which was fully funded by Congress in June – aims to track the careers and health histories of thousands of firefighters in order to better understand the link between emergency work and disease, writes Victoria Oldridge.”