An FDNY firefighter was knocked unconscious when an air conditioner fell from a window and struck him in the head while he was battling a Brooklyn blaze on Monday morning, sources said.
The shocking incident took place outside a home in Bensonhurst and sent the smoke eater from Ladder 172 to the hospital where he was in serious condition, according to FDNY sources.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
After 36 years of service, a new Maritime Emergency Response Vessel is in the works with the help of a $750,000 allocation from Washington state.
Last week, South King Fire and Rescue announced the department received the final contract appropriating $750,000 from the 2020 Washington state operating budget to pay for a major portion of the new fire rescue boat.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror - Metered Site
VIDEO: Four firefighters were injured including one with second-degree burns as crews Monday battled a fire at a commercial building in Chula Vista.
Four workers also were inside the Action Footwear retail store in the 600 block of H Street, though all made it out safely on their own, according to the Chula Vista Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego
Minutes — and even seconds — can make a difference in a medical emergency. But the global pandemic has first aid services across the globe trying to figure out how to balance disinfecting for COVID-19 and quickly returning ambulances back to service.
Neptune thinks it solved the problem after they became the first town in the country to equip its fleet with a system that drastically cuts down the time it takes to sanitize ambulances after calls for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press
Delaware is hitting pause on giving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to thousands of first responders in the state.
The move affects an estimated 3,000 to 3,500 people, according to Delaware's Fire Prevention Commission.
The men and women on the front lines are seeing high COVID-19 call volume and are concerned about when they'll be fully protected from the virus.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
VIDEO: One person was killed and two others badly injured after a Denver fire truck collided with a sedan Saturday afternoon.
The fire truck was entering the Broadway and Speer intersection at 1:37 p.m. when it t-boned an oncoming car. The crew was en route to a potential structure fire and had its lights and sirens on as it was crossing the intersection, police said.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs
VIDEO: While firefighters were responding to a fire at an Ocean Beach bar Friday night, a man allegedly climbed into a fire truck and stole a bag of equipment, according to San Diego police. The fire broke out at a single-story building at the intersection of Lotus and Bacon streets at around 9:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
A disciplinary hearing was held Friday afternoon for an Oklahoma City Fire Department Major who rushed a young burn victim to the hospital in his fire engine after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance. Firefighters with knowledge about the disciplinary action tell KFOR that Maj. Corey Britt has been relieved of his role as a Senior Company Officer at Station 34.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma
VIDEO/PHOTOS: The office of the state fire marshal is investigating a fire Saturday night that destroyed a four-bay commercial garage and construction equipment at the home of Lisbon contractor Scott Kelly, president of Centuri Construction Group.
The garage, located about 200 feet from Kelly's home on Kelly Lane, was a total loss, Deputy Chief Bob Robitaille of the Lisbon Fire Department, said Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Center Maine
VIDEO: A massive fire at a potato plant in Walden brought fears of an exploding ammonia tank, forcing the evacuation of nearly a third of the town for several hours.
The fire broke out at the Washington Potato Plant around 5:30 p.m. in one of the dehydrators, according to Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
Andrea Hall, a career firefighter and union leader from Fulton County, Ga., led the Pledge of Allegiance during the inauguration of President-elect Biden.
Hall recited the familiar words of the pledge out loud and in American Sign Language.
According to The 19th, a nonprofit news organization, Hall was the first Black woman hired and assigned to a station at the City of Albany Fire Department, and then the first Black woman to serve as fire captain at Fulton County Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR.org
State of the art technology that can help save lives when seconds count is now in Southwest Florida. A patient's information can be sent directly to a doctor in real time. We learned how this will help evaluate medical emergencies before arriving at the ER.
North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District recently bought new technology that helps paramedics get patient information to hospitals before they show up.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers
UC Irvine scientists are working on developing a vaccine that would attack all strains of COVID-19 as well as a potential breakthrough that would solve many of the problems related to distributing the medicine, a UCI professor on the project said Thursday.
Lbachir BenMohamed, a UCI School of Medicine professor, said his team is developing what they envision will be a vaccine that could work on all strains in the SARS-CoV-2 family.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Young adults who turn 19 this year were born after 9/11, the day in 2001 when planes flew into the World Trade Center and Pentagon killing around 3,000 people. These teens know it as Patriot's Day.
It has been 20 years this coming September since the U.S. was attacked by air and hundreds of first responders, some fallen heroes, answered the call of duty to help at Ground Zero.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald - Metered Site
Cy-Fair firefighters rescued two people from a house fire overnight after a father was desperately trying to save his family, and the entire rescue was caught on helmet camera video.
Northwest Harris County neighbors noticed a garage fire at a home in the 21500 block of Wellsford Glen Dr. before 11 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
Oakland, Calif., will begin deactivating some of its fire engines and shuttering stations temporarily on Thursday in a budget-cutting move that drew criticism from firefighters and neighboring communities that contract with the city for fire protection.
The fire department will deactivate three engines for six days at a time over the next five months, effectively closing three of the city's 25 stations, each of which operate with one engine.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Government Technology
VIDEO: Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District confirmed Wednesday one of its fire engines flipped over on the way to a kitchen fire.
According to the fire district, firefighters were heading to the scene of a kitchen fire at a home in the city when the truck they were in rolled over on Snell Lane.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers
VIDEO: One final push officially opened the city's newest fire station Wednesday morning.
As part of a tradition, Columbus Division of Fire firefighters and paramedics pushed a fire engine inside the garage bay doors of the new Station 16, located at 1465 Oakland Park Dr., which will provide service to North Linden and the surrounding area.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch
A lawmaker's proposal to make Utah the first state to train emergency medical technicians specifically for responding to mental health emergencies received early support in a state Senate committee Wednesday.
SB53 would allow EMTs and firefighters to be trained to respond to mental health calls. Then, agencies throughout the state could form teams made up of those trained EMTs, who would be dedicated specifically to mental health emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Deseret News
A firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning at a blaze in a commercial building that houses a Chase Bank branch in the Hyde Park area and burned for 90 minutes before being extinguished.
Part of the building collapses during the fire, reported at 12:24 a.m. at 4401 Crenshaw Blvd.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
PHOTOS: Waterville firefighter Ryan Johnston embraces the fact that those in his profession cannot work remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic. Johnston, 48, founded MAINE-IAC Training a half-dozen years ago after local fire departments learned of his unique extrication class. Now, more than ever, the region's often short-staffed departments look to get the most out of whom they've got, and that's where Johnston's business comes in.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sun Journal
Firefighter Hunter Space left his Beemverville Fire Department in Wantage with a pick-up truck full of firefighting gear. After a 14-hour ride, he arrived at the firehouse in rural Vance, Alabama.
The trip was to donate the gear his fire department in Sussex County could no longer use to the southern department in need.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Herald
VIDEOS: Clark County firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in the southwest valley near Fort Apache and Tropicana Monday night.
According to Clark County Fire, crews responded to the intersection of south Fort Apache Road and west Tropicana Avenue around 11:50 p.m. for a reported fire at an apartment complex that was under construction.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVVU-TV FOX 5 Las Vegas
VIDEO: Amid the pandemic, it's been some time since the FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums band performed publicly.
On Wednesday, that will change when members take part in this year's Inauguration Day festivities .
"It was a great honor to be asked by the department to participate in this inauguration parade," said band manager and FDNY Captain Kevin Haugh.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
VIDEO: Harrisburg city's fire department has released video from a firefighter's helmet camera that shows the rescue of a North 15th Street resident from his burning home shortly after first crews arrived.
Chief Brian Enterline said the man was seen by firefighters at a second-floor, bedroom window in the 1400 block of North 15th as they were making initial exterior checks of the structure.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive
Nearly 200 San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel have so far turned down a COVID-19 vaccine, showing reluctance as health officials scramble to protect frontline workers like firefighters from the highly infectious coronavirus.
As of Wednesday, 191 personnel had declined to take the vaccine; 895 had gotten the shot, according to department figures.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
As rental and home prices increase throughout the state, some firefighters say they can't afford to live in the communities they work in.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Carolina's annual mean wage in 2019 was $36,360, one of the lowest in the country.
Bill Pesature, the vice president of the Professional Firefighters Association of SC, says salaries for firefighters have not kept up with the cost of living.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIS-TV NBC/CW 10 Columbia
One-hundred -twenty-six years ago this past week, the city of Butte was rocked by a massive explosion that killed 58 people.
On January 15th 1895, the Kenyon-Connell Warehouse explosion not only ended the lives of its innocent victims; it devastated their families and broke the city's heart.
For some time now, community leaders, historians and artists have been working on a project to construct a monument to honor the men who died in that explosion.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Montana
VIDEO: A massive, five-alarm fire broke out in Brooklyn Thursday evening, roaring through four buildings on one block as more than 200 firefighters battled the flames, officials said.
The fire started just after 6 p.m. at a building on Montrose Avenue in East Williamsburg, fire officials said, as flames began on the second floor, shooting up to the third floor and going through the roof shortly after.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
A Georgia fire captain will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris next week.
The International Association of Fire Fighters and the inauguration committee asked City of South Fulton Fire Capt. Andrea Hall to do the honors of reading the pledge.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta
North Carolina is the first state in the country to implement a statewide voluntary registry to help combat the spread of COVID-19 among first responders, according to Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal Mike Causey.
Causey's office partnered with RTI International to create a survey on the Fire Marshal website to allow fire departments, emergency service workers, and other first responders to report positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITN-TV NBC 7 Washington
VIDEO: A retired firefighter from Chester, Pennsylvania is accused of being the man seen on video throwing a fire extinguisher that hit three police officers at the Capitol during the riot in Washington, D.C. last week.
Robert Sanford, 55, was arrested Thursday morning on four federal charges, including knowingly entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, civil disorder and assaulting officers engaging in their official duties.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the USA, vaccines have begun to be distributed across the country and its territories. Two different vaccines, one made by Pfizer-BioNTech and another from Moderna, have been authorized for emergency use and are part of the widespread distribution process. The first shots were given Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
VIDEO: A large fire broke out at an apartment complex near the Industrial Canal in New Orleans East Wednesday night.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it appears to have broken out at or near the Gentilly Ridge apartment complex off of Chef Menteur Highway.
NOFD officials say the complex has about 100 units in it, about 90 of them occupied.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans
The Thornton Fire Department is one of the first in the country to use new technology to monitor firefighters who were exposed to COVID-19. The department is using the Masimo Pulse Oximeter on quarantined firefighters to check their health status and be notified of a health decline.
The device measures oxygen saturation, pulse and breathing rate, circulation and respiratory quality.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver
Electric vehicle fires pose safety risks to first responders and guidelines from manufacturers about how to deal with them have been inadequate, according to U.S. investigators.
There are also gaps in industry safety standards and research on high-voltage lithium-ion battery fires, especially in high-speed, severe crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
To the known risk factors for developing severe COVID-19—age, male sex, or any of a series of underlying conditions—a new study adds one more: high levels of the virus in your saliva. Standard COVID-19 tests sample the nasal passage. But several new tests look for SARS-CoV-2, the pandemic coronavirus, in saliva, and the new work finds a striking correlation between high virus levels there and later hospitalization or death.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Science Magazine
Broadview Heights Fire Chief Jeffrey Hajek is giving 19 News a first-hand look at a new piece of technology his department uses to save precious seconds when getting to an emergency.
It's called the HAAS Safety Cloud System.
The device alerts drivers to move over because emergency vehicles are coming through.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOIO-TV CBS 19 Cleveland
A Prince George's County firefighter fell out of a fire engine truck that was traveling to a call around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Prince George's County Fire Department (PGFD).
The fall from the truck happened around the intersection of Bell Station Road and Annapolis Road in Fairwood, Maryland.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9 Washington DC
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) to develop firefighter tracking technology.
The effort would allow first responders to locate team members in burning buildings more accurately. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, domestically, approximately 80 to 100 firefighters are lost in the line of duty each year.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Homeland Preparedness News
Chicago firefighters put their lives on the line every day, and the risks of their jobs are ramped up even more during the coronavirus pandemic.
But hundreds of Chicago firefighters who got COVID-19 said they were stunned when they were told it is not considered an on-the-job illness. They told CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov it impacts their pay and medical bills – and they're fighting it.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
A Houston firefighter who works two jobs and fought COVID-19 received a surprise live on “TODAY” Tuesday morning.
Josue Rios has been with the Houston Fire Department for more than a decade, and works hard to provide for his family by working most 24-hour shifts and managing his second job at his family truck mechanic business, according to “TODAY.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
VIDEO: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFAR) says a two-alarm fire destroyed a vacant wedding chapel and caused an estimated $1 million in damages Tuesday night. The building was located near the STRAT on South Las Vegas Boulevard.
Authorities say several 911 calls were received reporting thick smoke coming from a “large white building” at 1431 South Las Vegas Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLAS-TV CBS 8 News Las Vegas
A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy was checking on what he thought was an abandoned vehicle in a wooded area Saturday night, but his quick action might have saved a woman's life.
Newly-released body camera footage shows the life-saving efforts of the deputy, who discovered the woman passed out and having a medical emergency behind the wheel of her burning car.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati
VIDEO: Within a year of a crash that killed two first responders and critically injured another, Lubbock Fire Rescue has taken steps to keep its personnel more secure when responding to crashes. Another tactic is in development.
“We can't sit there and allow tragedies to happen,” Lt. Phillip Grandon said.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
Illinois Senate passes law extending protection measures for first responders and essential workers for another six months.
The law established back in the spring allows essential workers and first responders to file for workers' compensation benefits if they contract COVID-19 during the course of their employment.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAND-TV NBC 17 Decatur
VIDEO: The state is warning people that Christmas tree burning is not permitted at the Kaneohe Bay sandbar and they're promising enforcement of any violators.
State conservation officers got a tip Saturday about a tree bonfire, but were unable to identify those involved. Video posted online showed a tree burning gathering with a large number of people with no masks or social distancing.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hawaii News Now
Fresno firefighters are kicking off what could be another record breaking year.
“Last year we had a huge record number of fire, everything, homeless specifically we saw like a 95% increase,” Shane Brown with the Fresno Fire Department said.
The new year is not bringing any relief. Brown said so far there have been 223 fires in the city and 123 have been caused by homeless activity — A 71% increase from last year.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
PHOTOS: Firefighters on Saturday morning extinguished a seven-alarm fire that started late Friday night in a Flushing storefront and extended into an adjacent building, according to the FDNY.
After receiving a call just before midnight on Friday, Jan. 8, regarding the blaze at a three-story building located at 136-15 37th Ave.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: QNS.com
VIDEO: Multiple people were transported to local hospitals on Sunday afternoon, after Indianapolis fire officials said a woman ran a red light and crashed into a fire engine, causing a multivehicle accident crash on the east side.
A 21-year-old woman driving a Ford Fusion eastbound on 10th Street failed to yield and struck an oncoming fire truck heading north on Arlington Avenue that had its sirens and lights activated, according to a news release from the Indianapolis Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Indy Star - Metered Site
Fire fighter occupational cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths in the fire service. In 2019, more than 75% of the names of fire fighters added to the IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall of Honor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, were of members who died from occupational cancer.
In partnership with the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), the IAFF has designated January as Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month to provide fire fighters the necessary tools and guidance to develop life-saving protocols for cancer prevention and to support those with a cancer diagnosis within their departments.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFF.org
On Jan. 10, 1962, all the talk was about bitter cold. At 3 p.m., with the temperature only 4 degrees, Carson Crocker was cutting a customer's hair at 702 Chouteau Avenue. Police officer Kenneth Jones tried to stay warm in his patrol car one block away. Major Nesbit worked inside the Ralston Purina feed mill that towered over the neighborhood just south of downtown.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Metered Site
City of Burlington Fire Chief Alan Babe has an important message for Racine County residents who look to help first responders as the area continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic.
Babe, selected from among many chiefs in Racine County, narrates a public service announcement through county social media feeds and on YouTube about stopping COVID-19 transmission.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MY Racine County
VIDEO: A bang and a bright light woke up the quiet residential street. It was 1:30 a.m. in Carlisle, and a crashed car was burning.
“We were the very first to be on scene,” said Grace Snyder, an EMT with Cumberland Goodwill EMS.
Snyder is now being called a hero for her actions on the scene.
The 18-year-old has only been at Cumberland Goodwill for six months.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV FOX 43 York
PHOTOS: The CityHawk variant of Urban Aeronautics' Cormorant military VTOL aircraft has taken a step towards being used in emergency medical service (EMS) applications. Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with New York-based Hatzolah Air in August 2020, the non-profit medical transport organization has now preordered four of the aircraft.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Atlas
VIDEO: A family of seven is without a home after flames engulfed their house Thursday morning. Crews say they arrived at the scene in the 7400 block of Greenwell Street around 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 to find a home and three vehicles ablaze.
Four residents were home at the time of the fire and were evacuated from the home with the help of a neighbor, firefighters say.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAFB-TV CBS 9 Baton Rouge
A retired North Bay paramedic is helping other medics manage their work-related post-traumatic stress through a non-profit group she founded.
Officers who respond to emergencies from fires to protests can literally bring their work home.
Former paramedic Susan Farren says that stress built up over time can haunt them in forms like depression, stroke, even suicidal thoughts.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
A couple of years back, when a boat ran up on the rocks off Hess Pier in Atlantic Highlands, the borough's fire department dispatched its ladder truck to the scene.
The old 1985 Grumman Aerial Cat, with its 102-foot reach, came through.
“We swung the bucket out across the water to pick people up who were stranded on the boat,” said firefighter Ed Cetron, who assisted in the rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press - Metered Site
VIDEO: An intense fire early Thursday morning caused significant damage to the New Light Church in Pleasant Grove.
Dallas firefighters were called to the church in the 9300 block of Elam Road just before 1:30 a.m. and found flames burning through the roof.
The fire was moving so quickly through the large one-story building that firefighters were forced shift to a defensive attack, fighting the fire from outside.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth
VIDEO: An appeal filed on behalf of Wilmington firefighters killed and injured in a 2016 Canby Park arson has been denied by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge.
The lawsuit, filed against Wilmington and two previous mayors and fire chiefs, sought compensatory damages, including for loss of life, lost wages and emotional injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Delaware Online - Metered Site
VIDEO: Firefighters in Alachua County have created new coins to honor the accomplishments of crew members.
The first recipient of the Chiefs Challenge Coin was Lieutenant Larry Stewart who advocated for the creation of the awards.
He has served the department for more than 30 years.
The second recipient is Captain Karem Scott-Kotb who designed the coins.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCJB-TV ABC/CW+ 20 Gainesville
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that at least 21 people have had a severe allergic reaction after receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. All of the patients have recovered.
The reaction, called anaphylaxis, can be life-threatening, and must be treated immediately with an emergency injection of epinephrin, often given via EpiPen.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
From simple beginnings, starting with three hose companies and 75 volunteer firefighters, the Hollister Fire Department can now boast of four dedicated fire stations, each filled with specialized firefighting equipment. The department recently reached its 145th anniversary on Dec. 27.
The city was founded when Colonel William Welles Hollister split with his partners in the Flint-Bixby ranch, with Hollister taking the area of the ranch that became the city of Hollister in 1872.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Benito Link
VIDEO: Firefighters put out a four-alarm fire that tore through an apartment in Upper Manhattan Tuesday night.
According to the FDNY, firefighters responded to of a four-alarm apartment fire at Post Avenue in the Inwood section around 7 p.m.
Citizen App video shows firefighters battling the fire.
They say the fire was located in an apartment on the top floor of the six-story multiple dwelling at the address.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
Tanya Crabbe has been with the Los Angeles Fire Department for 12 years and a paramedic for four.
Crabbe says the job has its challenges, but our current COVID-19 surge has her hanging on by a thread.
"It's a tremendous amount of pressure. I only have so many resources with my knowledge and experiences and certifications and my equipment, but if the hospital is unavailable, I just don't have the resources that that patient may need," said Crabbe.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Lowcountry authorities arrest a man accused of intentionally coughing on a Burton firefighter.
Shawn Patterson faces charges of assault and battery, and a violation of county ordinance on outdoor burning.
The firefighters were investigating a report of an unlawful fire on Patterson's property. According to documents, Patterson told firefighters to “get off his damn property.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAV-TV NBC/CW+3 Savannah
VIDEO: An Albuquerque fire crew is being recognized for saving two lives. In mid-December, the crews of Station 16 and Battalion 3 responded to a house fire near Academy and Wyoming.
As they were battling the fire, members of the team also went inside the smoke-filled home, found the couple who lived there and brought them out to safety.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRQE-TV CBS/FOX 13 Albuquerque
Personnel safety is Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's highest priority. So they're getting new equipment to make sure crews are protected.
The newest addition to firefighter safety in their cars are Active Air Purification Systems.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is installing 63 of them in fire trucks, ambulances, ladder trucks and other vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 Tampa
Due to the pandemic, the city of Oakland is facing a huge $62 million budget deficit this year. So far, one of the proposed cuts drawing the most heat is to the Fire Department.
With all the revenue it's lost during COVID-19, Oakland has some difficult choices to make.
Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Ed Reiskin sent a letter to city employees last month saying without massive cuts, “…the General Purpose Fund will be insolvent before the end of the fiscal year… Even the City's emergency reserve will be completely exhausted.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
The Baltimore City Fire Department said history was made in 2020 as the department recorded its lowest number of fire fatalities in the history of the department, according to Fire Chief Niles R. Ford.
Reaching a historic low, the department confirmed that there were only seven fire fatalities in 2020.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
For want of $500 in repairs, the Porter County Courthouse was destroyed by fire on Dec. 27, 1934.
It was a spectacular fire that changed the face of downtown Valparaiso.
Firefighters from as far as Gary and LaPorte raced to Valparaiso to fight the fire. A LaPorte firefighter's face was frozen while driving the firetruck without a windshield in subzero weather.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - Metered Site
PHOTO: Nineteen-year-old owner/operator Dylan Mercier is waiting to get his unique Mack Vision out on the road.
The St. Anne, Ill., firefighter and owner/operator purchased the 2005 truck with his dad, Ralph, a little over a year ago, and it didn't take long for his vision to become a reality.
“I purchased a firefighter costume for the Mack bulldog on the hood, and after that, I knew what needed to be done,” Mercier said.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fleet Equipment Magazine
VIDEO: An evening fire heavily damaged an 11-unit apartment complex Monday in Muskegon.
The involved apartment building is located at 1850 Valley Street, where Porter School was once located. Firefighters on scene said the fire started on the first floor and then spread up the stairs.
According to a Facebook post from the Muskegon Professional Firefighters Unit, crews had water pressure issues while fighting the flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WZZM-TV ABC 13 Grand Rapids
VIDEO: A strip mall in Moreno Valley is partially destroyed after a fire broke out late Friday night. The fire started around 11:30 p.m. on Friday at Indian Street and Sunnymeade Blvd and fire crews spent several hours battling the flames.
As firefighters were working, part of the second story collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
VIDEO: Most everyone would agree 2020 was a dumpster fire.
A town thought that a dumpster fire was, in fact, the perfect way to say farewell to the past year.
“Tonight, we're basically just saying bye to 2020 in a different way,” Fire Chief Brett Ruff said.
“Tonight we are having a literal dumpster fire in Belen,” Mayor Jerah Cordova said.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGNS-TV NBC/ABC 8 Laredo
The United States started 2021 they way it ended 2020: Setting new records amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The country passed the 20 million mark for coronavirus cases on Friday, setting the mark sometime around noon, according to Johns Hopkins University's COVID-19 tracker. The total is nearly twice as many as the next worst country – India, which has 10.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WebMD
They say one man's trash is another's treasure.
Three homes on High Street in downtown Macon went up in flames on a Wednesday night in 2019, sending five firefighters to the hospital.
"It was a house under renovation that wasn't being occupied and it was a pretty bad fire. It totaled that house. It totaled this house," said Andrew Eck while pointing to the remnants of a downtown Macon home.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAZ-TV CBS/CW+ 13 Macon
Chicago-area industrialist George F. Getz Jr. and his wife, Olive Atwater Getz, were driving through Wilmette, Illinois, when they saw a broken-down fire truck on the side of the road.
George casually remarked he would like the 1924, Type 12 American La France fire engine. Considering the Globe Corp.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Tan Sun News
VIDEO: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue was battling a massive 2nd-alarm fire at a tire shop near Meadows Lane and Decatur Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.
SKY 3 appeared to show the structure fully engulfed as of 4:45 p.m. and fire officials called a second-alarm due to the extensiveness of the blaze.
Authorities believed employees at the Econo Lube N Tube were working on a fuel tank on a vehicle when they dropped the tank, causing the fire to quickly spread.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNV-TV NBC 3 Las Vegas
PHOTOS: Dayton's newest mural stretches an entire city block and tells the history of the city's Fire Department.
It starts at the corner of Main and Buckeye Streets, then runs down Buckeye, all the way to Dayton Fire Station Number Eleven.
For this long mural, Tiffany Clark used classic comic book style, borrowing from mid-century versions of Spiderman and the Fantastic Four.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYSO-FM 91.3
A new poster and fact sheet from NIOSH are designed to help educate firefighters about the unique nature of row house fires and how to stay safe when fighting these blazes.
Row houses are dwellings connected by shared sidewalls that form a single building. The resources outline typical features of exterior and interior row houses, tactics for fighting fires in these locations, and common areas where fires may spread.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety+Health
VIDEO: Union County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Castrogiovanni, a former NYPD officer, was at the scene of 9/11.
“I had been looking at those buildings my whole life so to see what happened was just, it's so surreal,” Castrogiovanni said.
Castrogiovanni worked in and around Ground Zero for about seven weeks and then again during the holiday season that year.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
PHOTOS: North Beach Volunteer Fire Department (NBVFD) is pleased to announce the arrival of an iconic piece of the department's history. In 1947, the department took delivery of an FMC John Bean high pressure pumper built on a KB International chassis. The truck served the Twin Beaches communities for a number of years before being sold and lost track of.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Southern Maryland News Net
VIDEO: Large piles of scrap metal caught fire at an Opa-locka recycling plant, sending heavy plumes of smoke into the sky.
The firefight, which began around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Trademark Metals Recycling Plant, stretched well into the evening. Firefighters said because of the metal that is burning, these type of fires take a long time to put out.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
Some ambulances have been forced to wait as long as 12 hours outside Memphis hospitals to drop off patients, according to the Memphis Fire Fighters Association.
The problem appears to be tied to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, which has brought many hospitals to capacity.
Tuesday afternoon, the Memphis Fire Department confirmed ambulances were backed up at St.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WREG-TV CBS 3 Memphis
A burglary and theft of $50,000 worth of firefighting and emergency equipment at a Woodland fire station could temporarily slow emergency services to the nearby rural community, fire officials said Tuesday.
Cowlitz County Fire District 1 Assistant Chief Bob Kofstad said volunteers with the station discovered the break-in Monday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Longview Daily News - Metered Site
Firefighters in Massachusetts are sounding the alarm about delays in COVID-19 vaccinations for first responders.
On Tuesday, Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, the statewide union, posted on Twitter claiming the state has “no viable plan” to vaccinate local firefighters.
The union president says the union learned the state planned to place the responsibility for distributing vaccines to first responders on local city and town boards of health.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
U.S. emergency medical personnel are getting quick access to COVID-19 vaccines in some parts of the United States while fire chiefs in other areas forecast a delay of weeks or months, highlighting the chaotic nature of a rollout that relies on states and counties to plan and administer distribution.
A lack of detailed federal guidelines has forced U.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report
VIDEO: Kansas City firefighters battled a multi-alarm apartment fire Monday night near 80th Terrace and Troost Avenue.
Fire crews were called to the Waldo Heights apartments just after 8 p.m. and found a working fire when they arrived.
Authorities said three people were rescued from the 36-unit building.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMBC-TV ABC 9 Kansas City
The vulnerability of the telecommunications system in Nashville and beyond became clear Christmas Day when AT&T's central office in downtown became the site of a bombing.
Mayor John Cooper called the blast on Second Avenue an attack on infrastructure. The effects of that attack are sure to ripple through the region for weeks, as the telecom giant scrambles to restore services while also maintaining the integrity of an active investigation site teeming with federal agents.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
More than two dozen hospital intensive care units (ICUs) and emergency rooms were full on Monday, according to the Georgia Coordinating Center (GCC).
The online database shows bed capacity at medical facilities across the state and allows users to find the closest hospital to them with the most resources.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
In a typical school year, students often look forward to visits from their local fire departments — or perhaps they're lucky to visit a nearby station in-person.
But this year, those visits and field trips have been put on hold due to the pandemic. So the Overland Park Fire Department is hoping to bring that experience to you and your student.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City
The innovative new station of Rescue Company 2 in Brooklyn is a welcome upgrade from their former station house, which was built in 1893 when the FDNY still used horses. Designed through a partnership with the New York City Department of Design and Construction and the illustrious architecture firm Studio Gang, the multifaceted new building serves as a training space where the specially-trained unit can practice responding to fires, building collapses, water rescues, and other dangerous scenarios.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Untapped New York
VIDEO: It's considered one of the toughest firefighter training programs in the country, with a waitlist stretching three years and filled with the names of firefighters from as far away as California and Washington State.
The North Carolina Breathing Equipment School, which is held twice a year at Gaston College's Dallas campus, even held the distinction of being named the "Top Gun" of firefighter schools.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCNC-TV NBC 36 Charlotte
Nashville residents were jolted awake by a loud explosion in the city's historic downtown district on Christmas morning. The bomb, hidden inside a recreational vehicle, devastated businesses in the area and disrupted AT&T communication networks throughout the state. Officials described the event as an “intentional act” and a “deliberate bomb.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post - Metered Site
VIDEO: A homeowner said she is glad to be alive after her house exploded into a fireball that damaged multiple homes in southeast Houston.
The explosion happened around 11 a.m. Sunday at a home in the 6000 block of Doulton Drive near Bellfort Avenue.
Mildred Whitfield captured the fire on her phone across the street.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
A Muhlenberg boy is finishing up a year-long journey.
Seven-year-old Ayden Robbins does good deeds year-round, but he's most proud of the thousands of cards he's written to first responders. In all, he's written cards to 68 departments across the country, from California to Alaska to Florida to Maine.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYMT-TV CBS 15 Hazard
VIDEO: On Sunday 37 years ago, five Buffalo firefighters and two civilians died in one of the worst disasters the city has ever seen.
A propane explosion leveled a portion of North Division Street downtown. Every year, the Buffalo Fire Department marks the exact time of the blast, 8:23 p.m., with a moment of silence.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGRZ-TV ABC 2 Buffalo
VIDEO: A De Soto recycling plant was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night.
A view from Sky5 around 6:30 p.m. showed massive flames at the Proud Veteran Resources and Recycling. Several fire trucks could be seen spraying water on the flames.
By about 7:45 p.m., it appeared firefighters were able to extinguish most of the heavy flames.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis
Everyone remembers the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but the blaze that left over 300 dead and thousands homeless was not the last disaster to scorch the city — not by a long shot.
On Dec. 22, 1910, a fire broke out at the Morris and Co. meatpacking plant at the Union Stockyards, burning out of control despite the efforts of many heroic firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times - Metered Site
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