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For firefighters, emotional stress often the deadliest enemy

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Battalion Chief David Dangerfield‘s nickname was “Super Dave,” a moniker the veteran firefighter had earned over the years for his cheerful, get-things-done personality. The leader of a fire department dive team in a quiet Florida beach community of 15,000 volunteered for charities helping kids and families and was the 2013 Treasure Coast Emergency Service Provider of the Year. But one Saturday night last month, Dangerfield posted a Facebook message that revealed a world of pain behind the brave facade. “PTSD…

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It’s fire prevention week in St. Pete and firefighters want to make sure residents check smoke detectors

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It’s fire prevention week in St. Pete. City Council awarded the St. Pete Fire Department a proclamation during its meeting Thursday with a focus on ensuring residents have working smoke detectors in every room and in common areas. According to St. Pete Fire Chief Michael Domante, there was an average of nearly 18,000 structure fires each year between 2007 and 2011 nationwide with an average of 580 deaths resulting from them. The department recommends residents test smoke detectors in their…

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