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Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister spoke about first responders' mental health in Tampa on Tuesday
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The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay is teaming with the advertising agency ChappellRoberts on a new initiative called “First to Respond, Last to Ask for Help.” The program, which promotes suicide awareness for Tampa Bay’s first responders, was announced during a Tuesday conference.

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Hurricane season may be about three months away, but the city of Tampa already has a plan to help residents after a storm.

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Some 911 calls from cell phones are not getting through to Tampa Police and Fire Rescue dispatchers.

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Despite requests by critics of the department for a female chief, there will soon be a new man heading up Tampa Fire Rescue.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Tuesday that Assistant Chief of Operations Nick LoCicero will replace Chief Tom Forward, who is retiring after 35 years with TFR.

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A Tampa firefighter who recently won a federal lawsuit against the city is speaking out about workplace harassment.

Tanja Vidovic was awarded $245,000 in December. The court decided she was discriminated against because she was pregnant and then retaliated against when she complained.

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The first responders who make up the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue typically spend days and nights fighting crime, helping those in danger and keeping the city safe.

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Fire officials say a woman jumped with one of her children from the balcony of their second story apartment to escape a fire near the University of South Florida.

A 32-year-old woman and her dog are recovering after they were found unresponsive in a Tampa condo building with high levels of carbon monoxide.

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Fire officials in Tampa say a man is in custody, accused with trying to keep them from entering a burning apartment. The man was hospitalized under the Baker Act after he was accused of starting the fire, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Officials say a fire caused extensive damage to a Tampa retail store.

Tampa Remembers Fallen In 9/11 Ceremony

Sep 9, 2016
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This Sunday will mark 15 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Surrounded by law enforcement, paramedics and firefighters at the Tampa Firefighter’s Museum, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Fire Chief Thomas Forward honored those who were killed that day.

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You would think after playing defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for nine years, and then 11 more as a Tampa firefighter, John Cannon might have back pain.

But the engineer-driver said he feels pretty good, thanks in part to a short exercise program TFR put together with researchers from USF Health - a program that, with the help of a $1.3 million federal grant, will soon be tested by firefighters in the Tampa Bay area's three largest departments.

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Last November, the USF chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity held its first annual Fireman's Challenge.

More than 400 members of USF's Greek system competed in a number of contests that mimicked the training of real firefighters, as well as a fire truck pull.

The event raised money for a planned memorial for Tampa Fire Rescue members who have died in the line of duty.

On Friday, fraternity members presented Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward with a check for more than $8,600.

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Members of USF’s Greek system recently braved a wet, dreary November afternoon to show off their firefighting skills. Don’t worry - they weren’t putting out any real fires during the first annual "Fireman's Challenge."

“We have five obstacle courses. All the obstacle courses mimic what firefighters go though in order to become a firefighter—their physical examination," said Jordan Romero, a member of the USF chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

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Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Lonnie Benniefield tells the Tampa Bay Times that a downtown Tampa resident called authorities just before 9 a.m., complaining of eye irritation. Fire crews dispatched to the port found a  small fire inside a sulfur tank.