The Bella Vista Fire and EMS Department continues to pave the way in emergency medicine in Arkansas, and now in the nation.
This week the department launched cerebral oximetry machines in two ambulances.
This is the first time an EMS service in the U.S. has provided this technology in an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fort Smith
Voters will decide in November whether to spend $28 million on a new radio system for the 911 dispatch center and first responders.
The measure would cost 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed value — or $18 per year for the owner of a home assessed at $200,000.
Located near the Medford airport, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon, or ECSO, answers 911 calls for all of Jackson County and Crater Lake National Park.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVL-TV Channel 10
Eight percent of first responders in Virginia had recent thoughts of suicide, according to a survey conducted by the Fairfax Coalition of Police.
FCOP surveyed 26 different first responder agencies across the state of Virginia. For comparison, the estimated rate of suicidal thoughts among the general U.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB-TV NBC 5
VIDEO: Firefighters with Pinellas Suncoast Fire Rescue have been spent the last week scrambling to get their finances in order after a payroll company made unauthorized withdrawals from their bank accounts.
Some of the firefighters say their checking accounts were totally depleted, creating a slew of problems with bills, rent, and other payments due at the beginning of the month.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa
An arbitrator has determined the Lockport Fire Department's six man shifts are unsafe and is requiring the City of Lockport to restore minimum staffing levels of nine firefighters.
In 2014, former Mayor Anne McCaffrey had dropped the fire department's ambulance service amid the city's financial distress and cut the department's minimum staffing levels from nine to six members per shift.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation on September 11 to help ensure first responders and public sector officers and employees who developed a qualifying health condition as a result of their heroic response to 9/11 rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at World Trade Center sites receive the pension and health benefits they deserve.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The National Herald
Greensboro firefighters could find out what toxins they're being exposed to just by wearing wristbands.
Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham fire departments are partnering with the Duke Cancer Institute for a study analyzing chemicals that could put firefighters at risk for cancer.
“I've been very involved in training firefighters my whole career and I've been exposed to a lot of different things and it's really crossed my mind an awful lot,” Greensboro Fire Department Assistant Chief over Health & Safety Alex Gossett said.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV Fox 8 Greensboro
More first responders in the US lose their lives to suicide than in the line of duty, according to a study by the Ruderman Foundation.
In Chicago, a little known treatment for depression and PTSD is rescuing first responders desperate to find help for themselves.
The treatment almost looks like hypnosis, but the patient is entirely awake and able to tap into traumatic memories like never before.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLD-TV FOX 32 Chicago
A state lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require Ohio fire departments to stop training with foam believed to cause health problems.
The foam would still be used for extinguishing fires when necessary. But Rep. Brian Baldridge, R-Winchester, says it's time to stop needlessly exposing firefighters to the group of chemicals called PFAS.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News
For the first time since pay raises were re-instituted for city employees two years ago after nearly a decade without them, not everyone will be given the same hike to base pay in 2020.
An agreement with the members of Richmond Professional Firefighters Inc. Local 1408, the union that represents the city's firefighters, calls for a pay raise of 5% next year while the proposed 2020 budget includes a 2% increase for all city employees who aren't part of a bargaining unit.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Palladium-Item
A firefighter who died on September 11 was laid to rest Tuesday after his remains were identified 18 years later.
Firefighters and loved ones gathered to mourn Michael Haub after his remains were conclusively identified, the Uniformed Firefighters Association said in a statement. It said the service was to provide his family with closure and a peace of mind after the medical examiner last week identified more of his remains that were recovered at Ground Zero.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
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.
The campaign includes a video which addresses the importance of reaching out and talking with health care professionals.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGCU Public Broadcasting Fort Myers
Outside of professional athletes, first responders may just be the most often injured while on the job and like athletes, they often face a grueling rehab process.
The training regimen at Results Sports Institute in Sacramento is specifically designed to help firefighters who have suffered injuries on duty and get them ready for the grueling challenges they will face when they return to work.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento
For students from elementary to high school, the Sept. 11 terrorist attack isn't a memory. It's history. A new HBO documentary that debuts on the event's 18th anniversary treats it that way.
The necessity of her project, "What Happened on September 11," struck filmmaker Amy Schatz when a third grade girl told her about a playdate where she and a friend Googled "Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
Wildfire smoke has been an unwelcome guest in Puget Sound the past two summers, with acrid, yellow smoke polluting the air and clogging lungs. Warnings about the health risks have been issued. Seattle is setting up filtered air "breathing rooms." Mayor Jenny Durkan has declared that Seattle be "Smoke Ready" as residents are told to expect more smoke, more frequently as the climate warms and Northwest summers get hotter and drier.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
As the first woman to lead the Kansas City Fire Department, Donna Maize doesn't shy away from being a role model and an inspiration to girls and young women who may consider a career like hers.
“They will be able to see that from a young age, and realize that just like a police officer or any other nontraditional female role that there are people out there that look like them,” Maize said Monday on her first day as fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Kansas City Star
Ahead of the 18th anniversary of 9/11, the head of the city's firefighters' union asked Americans to “Take a moment. Think about it. Say a prayer.
“Just remember what happened that day. Remember how we felt and remember how far we've come since,” Uniformed Firefighters Association President Gerard Fitzgerald said Monday.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Dr Emil Chynn says he was walking his dogs through New York when he saw the Twin Towers burning on September 11, 2001, prompting him to put his rollerblades on and rush to see what was going on.
Nearly 3,000 people died in the terror attack, in which aeroplanes were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington, DC, and another crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UNILAD
Fire departments across the country set benchmarks for how long it takes to respond to fires, car crashes and other incidents to track progress and hold themselves accountable, but King William County Fire Chief Laura Nunnally said setting a response time goal for the county's fire department is not realistic -- yet.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Virginia Gazette
The Secaucus Fire Department, in Hudson County, N.J., placed a 28-foot Lake Assault Boats firefighting and rescue craft into service earlier this summer. The department's firefighting and emergency response area includes a large portion of the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers (and their 28 bridges) that empty into Newark Bay and the Hudson River.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Marine Log
The children of FDNY firefighters who perished on 9/11 are blossoming into a new generation of Bravest.
On the eve of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the current FDNY Academy class, set to graduate in two weeks, includes 13 members — 12 men and one woman — whose firefighter fathers were murdered on 9/11, The Post has learned.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
VIDEO: A Northeast Mississippi fire department is hoping to douse the competition as they run for the top spot on a CBS show.
When the Booneville Fire Department completed the lip sync challenge one year ago, they knew they had a great video, but they didn't realize it would have a national audience.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBI-TV CBS 6 Columbus
In 1999, José Troncoso had an idea.
It came while the veteran Portland firefighter was in Guadalajara, Mexico. The capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, Guadalajara has been one of Portland's sister cities since 1983. As part of that sister-city relationship, Portland was donating a fire engine to the Guadalajara Fire Department at the time.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting
East Peoria Fire Chief John Knapp expertly pitched the need for a new fire truck at this week's City Council meeting. What he got in return was not the familiar response the fire department is more accustomed to.
The City Council said no.
“What I take away from that vote is that I didn't get done what needed to get done to make the case that needed to be made,” Knapp said a couple days after last Tuesday council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Star
As fire departments nationwide have grappled with recruitment and retention challenges, area firefighters in Sauk, Marquette and Columbia counties say it's becoming harder to find people available for fire calls during the day.
“It's kind of a roll of the dice,” Baraboo Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WiscNews
Baltimore City Fire Department is in its first week of a scaled-back response policy.
Baltimore City's Fire Department's new police now sends two fewer engines to every fire — from five currently — down to three.
Its policy change cuts short ladder trucks and battalion chiefs from two down to one.
The City's Firefighter Union said the new policy jeopardized someone's life Sunday, on the first day it was implemented.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
Pennsylvania's auditor general wants to reduce restrictions on how firefighters can spend state aid, but Western Pennsylvania fire departments have mixed feelings over whether change is needed.
“The law has not kept pace with changing times and, in my view, puts too many restrictions on how relief associations can spend the state aid they receive,” Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said at a news conference Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TRIBLive
New York City firefighters who rushed to the remnants of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terror attacks are dying from health issues — and that may include serious cardiovascular diseases, according to a study published Friday.
The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted by doctors at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, "suggest a significant association" between greater exposure at the World Trade Center and a higher risk of long-term cardiovascular disease.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
When the Tenaja Fire's flames started threatening structures in Murrieta's Copper Canyon community, Eric, who declined to share his last name, ignored the evacuation order and stayed behind to defend his home.
The afternoon winds kicked up around 2 p.m. on Thursday, as usual, and two privately contracted firefighters battled the wildfire flames nearby that sent surrounding oak trees up in hissing flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Desert Sun
As calls come in through 911, dispatchers are ready to deliver instructions on how to perform CPR on someone who is not breathing, tell them best way to evacuate a building that is on fire or help guide them through a life-threatening situation.
At the same time, dispatchers are on the other side of the call figuring out which emergency response is needed, where it's needed and how to get them there.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleburne Times-Review
VIDEO: It was an alarming sight, a CAL FIRE truck flipped over and smashed items littered across the ground.
Detectives say the firefighter driving the truck lost control in the small town of Ducor, just south of Porterville, and the firefighting vehicle flipped multiple times.
The driver suffered major injuries in the crash and is being treated at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, while the other three firefighters only had minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
As states in Hurricane Dorian's path are sending out calls for help, some of San Antonio's most skilled firefighters are answering that call.
The crews are part of an elite state team called Texas A&M Task Force 1.
Though the mission is dangerous and overwhelming, it's one they've taken on many times before.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV News 12
VIDEO: The Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association and Ivy Tech are giving Hoosiers the chance to get a two-year degree at no charge.
Earlier this year, House Bill 1064 established that a public safety officer may be eligible for a scholarship for educational costs. The bill didn't pass so Ivy Tech stepped in.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFIE-TV NBC 14 Evansville
VIDEO: Firefighters came all the way from Knoxville, Tennessee to learn more about wildland fires. The 3-team crew got here on Monday and will be here until September 9. Right now, Rural Metro Fire is teaching them wildland suppression tactics used to fight Oregon wildfires.
One technique they are learning is how to get 400 feet of hose on the ground with as little as just two or three people working.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford
With more than 50 East Haven firefighters and supporters in the audience, the Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night, with one abstention, to increase the tax abatement volunteer firefighters receive from $1,000 to $1,500 — and eventually to $2,000.
The only council member who didn't vote in favor of the increased abatement was Chairman Ken McKay, R-1, a retired career firefighter and five-decade member of the volunteer Foxon Company 3.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register
VIDEO: Cal Fire has opened an investigation into how a local fire department's fire engine was burnt over, leaving two firefighters hurt during the Country Fire in the community of Cool Thursday.
The twisted and burnt front end of a Garden Valley Fire Department engine sits in the middle of a blackened property.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacaramento
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released dramatic dashboard camera video from a few weeks ago, when two firefighters in southeast Oklahoma were hit by a trailer along the side of a wet road.
The video shows two men with the Stringtown Fire Department standing in a grassy area off a road in the rain when the driver of an SUV heading in the opposite direction lost control.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City
The City of Spokane is considering adding locks to its fire hydrants, and adding fill stations throughout the city for third-party companies to use after water was contaminated in a Hillyard neighborhood.
In July, residents in some Hillyard neighborhoods were without water after a hydroseed truck was using the city's water hydrant to fill their truck and contaminated it.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
During an extreme weather emergency such as Hurricane Dorian, hundreds of first responders, law enforcement and county personnel work around the clock overseeing evacuations, shelters, flooded roads and securing the community from harm.
At the Martin County Emergency Operations Center, they also must eat.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TCPalm
After reports from EMS personnel raised questions about the frequency of field officer assault by patients, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services conducted an internal survey. The results showed that the majority of Austin EMS personnel say they've been assaulted on the job in the last two years.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin Monitor
Divers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department joined the U.S. Coast Guard Monday in an effort to find as many as 30 people feared dead resulting from a 75-foot commercial diving boat that caught fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island early Monday.
Twenty-five bodies have been located, and at least nine other people were missing and likely deceased, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 5 San Diego
An assistant fire chief has been severely burned while fighting a fire in Okanogan County that began over the weekend.
The Spring Coulee Fire was sparked Sunday afternoon south of the town of Okanogan, county emergency officials said. The fire spread quickly to the north.
During the fire fight, Assistant Chief Christian Johnson with Okanogan County Fire District No.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
The Baltimore City Fire Department's (BCFD) new response reduction policy, which lowers the number of vehicles and battalion chiefs responding to initial fire alarms, went into effect on Sunday, September 1. Barely a day passed before an incident that the city's rank-and-file firefighters' union said shows the policy's critical weaknesses.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Captial Gazette
Mount Sinai Fire District officials unnecessarily raised taxes more than 4 percent over a four-year period after overestimating expenditures by more than $300,000, state auditors said in a report released last week.
The district, which runs business operations for the fire department, also failed to seek bids for about $27,000 worth of purchases, the office of state Comptroller Thomas P.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday
Poisonous chemicals killed one woman in an apparent suicide and sickened eight people, prompting the evacuation of three floors of the Hotel Fairmont in San Jose Saturday, fire officials said. About 10 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the hotel on a report of an attempted suicide on the 19th floor using chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco CBS Local
Saturday's fire on Straight Street would have engulfed several city blocks if fire commanders on the scene hadn't made the right call, said Fire Chief Brian McDermott.
Fire commanders Capt. Jose Castro and Battalion Chief John Botero got to the scene and within minutes switched the mission from offensive to defensive in order to prevent the fire from spreading throughout the neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News)
Family and friends are remembering Maysville, Iowa, Fire Chief Ty Arp as not just a loving husband and father who loved his firefighters and his community, but also as a man who brought joy wherever he went.
Arp, 42, died Tuesday at University Hospitals, Iowa City, after suffering a stroke on Aug. 22.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Quad-City Times
It's not often that a fire district must prepare for a known event with so many unknown factors. But that's the situation facing the Lincoln County (Nevada) Fire Protection District and its fire chief/emergency manager, Eric Holt, now anticipating a massive influx of people to the remote area on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter's proposed 2020 budget would take money from the police department's mental health unit and give it to the fire department.
Carter allocated $500,000 for the police department in 2019 to pay for three new mental health officers and community mental health provider contracts, according to the city's finance department.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star Tribune
The Brownsville Fire Department is equipped with some new ambulances that can be used in off road conditions.
The three all-terrain response units will be able to go into areas standard ambulances are unable to access.
Fire Chief Jarrett Sheldon said the off-road ambulances will be used on the hike-and-bike trails, along the border fence, along the river terrain and even Boca Chica Beach.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Brownsville Herald
Signs taped to the entrances of Guerneville's fire station warn people that it's risky to step inside — an unusual message for a building dedicated to public safety. It turns out this Russian River firehouse is among an aging group of unreinforced masonry structures in jeopardy of collapse in a major temblor.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat
Apopka fire Chief Chuck Carnesale, a part of the Fire Department since 1983 when he was 13 and served as a “student explorer,” announced Wednesday he is retiring.
His decision to step down effective Friday followed a city request for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to look into problems with National EMS Billing, a company which held a contract to collect bills from patients treated by the city's emergency medical service.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel - Metered Site
Two people were booked on suspicion of murder in connection with the disappearance of 28-year-old firefighter John Brian Mananghaya Aguila, West Covina Police announced Wednesday.
Elijah Thomas Rouse, 18, of La Verne and Shaun Cardarelli, 37, of San Gabriel were arrested on Tuesday and are currently being held in lieu of $1 million bail each.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTTV-TV MyFox 11 Los Angeles
VIDEO: A destructive wildfire season in Alaska has only grown worse in recent weeks, as the Swan Lake Fire has spread rapidly. Located near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula, the blaze has been fueled by an incredibly warm and dry summer.
Since being ignited by lightning on June 5, the blaze has become the country's largest wildfire at a total size of 158,042 acres, as of Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AccuWeather
The surgeries were over, the life-threatening condition halted, and Tommy Spiotta headed out of Stony Brook Children's Hospital Tuesday — only to find a joyful surprise.
The East Patchogue 19-year-old — a fire department explorer and Special Olympics competitor — passed through the front doors of the hospital to applause and cheers from about 50 firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday
VIDEO: A massive fire at a West Philadelphia church is finally under control after several hours. The blaze caused parts of the building to collapse onto the street.
The three-alarm blaze erupted on Tuesday afternoon at the Greater Bible Way Temple on the 1400 block of North 52nd Street. Fire crews remained at the scene the entire night monitoring hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYW-TV CBS 3
New York City isn't the only community dealing with an increase of first responder suicides. Nationally, suicides for both police officers and firefighters have surpassed line-of-duty deaths for the respective positions.
In Lakewood, firefighters Ryan Fairbanks and Ryan Birth decided to tackle this epidemic by creating the Fire Peer Support initiative.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
A 21-year-old former San Bernardino County Fire Explorer is suspected of starting numerous fires that resulted in more than $5 million in damages as a diversion to burglarize fire stations across Southern California, the Orange County Fire Authority said Tuesday.
Christian David Saddler, of Hesperia, has been serving a five-year prison sentence on an arson and burglary conviction since July, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
On a January night in 1883, flames engulfed Milwaukee's Newhall House hotel, among the tallest buildings in the nation at the time. In just two hours, the fire killed more than 70 people. The fire remains among the deadliest unsolved arsons in U.S. history. The tragedy drew global attention to Milwaukee, with heart-wrenching stories of victims who were burned to death or killed as they leapt from the burning building.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Magazine
MTSU Police has joined hundreds of law enforcement and emergency personnel from throughout Rutherford County to take part in a first-ever comprehensive training program to better coordinate response to major incidents and active threats in the county.
MTSU Police Capt. Jeff Martinez, a U.S. Army veteran, is among a group of instructors who is helping train roughly 1,200 emergency personnel by the end of the year made up of law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel representing Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, Eagleville, MTSU and Motlow State Community College.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mufreesboro Voice
VIDEO: A fire retardant drop from a Cal Fire aircraft can be beautiful when you see it in person however, it can be very dangerous to people and vehicles on the ground.
The red substance cascading down to the ground from an airplane may appear like a cloud of smoke but a video posted Friday by Cal Fire shows how dangerous it can be.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego
County Executive Jan Gardner (D) has announced a nearly 8 percent pay raise for the county's career firefighters and EMTs, starting Oct. 26.
In an email to acting Fire Chief Tom Coe and county firefighters — including Stephen Jones, president of the Career Firefighters Association of Frederick County Local 3666, the county's career firefighter union — Gardner said the raise was to help the county remain competitive with other jurisdictions and show her appreciation to the department.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Frederick News-Post - Metered Site
VIDEO: A large white tent on a lot in a north Provo neighborhood will be home base for a group of firefighters during the next 10 months.
The temporary fire station will house crews during the the desperately-needed reconstruction of Provo Fire Station 2.
2News reported on the issues with Station 2 last year — including mold, flooding, and structural concerns.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City
The family of missing Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter Brian McCluney remains unflinching in their faith.
“I believe in a God of miracles,” said Stephanie McCluney, Brian McCluney wife, at a press conference on Friday.
But McCluney's family is also showing signs that their faith is tempered by resignation that their loved one and his close friend, Justin Walker of Virginia, might not have survived.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: First Coast News
The Daviess County Fire Department has implemented a new program that officials say will be better for both firefighters and the community. The Daviess County Advanced Large Incident Response Team (ALIRT) will help to reduce firefighter injuries, heat exhaustion and fatigue during large incidents, and will give firefighters the chance to work alongside colleagues from various departments across the county.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Owensboro Times
VIDEO: Three firefighters are recovering from injuries they received while working a massive fire caused by a lightning strike at the Liberty Oaks Apartments on Saturday that displaced 11 families.
One firefighter received traumatic injuries after a roof collapsed on him. A second firefighter received first and second degree burns, while a third firefighter is suffering from third degree burns.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah
For first responders, the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a mind-numbingly unique and devastating event.
“It was hard to prepare for something of that magnitude. It was such a large call,” said Patrick J. Morrison, assistant to the general president for occupational health, safety and medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety+Health Magazine
When a first responder knocks on a door, it's not always clear what sort of situation they will walk into — a distrustful dog ready to bite the stranger entering the home, a violent person, a resident who is severely allergic to the latex gloves, or another unexpected situation.
James City County is promoting its Heads Up program, which aims to tackle those unknowns with the help of county residents.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
"American Ninja Warrior" is an individual competition that challenges elite athletes with a series of extreme obstacle courses requiring strength, speed, balance, stamina -- and a certain willingness to sacrifice their bodies -- until only the winner remains.
But two suburban firefighters have made a name for themselves on NBC's TV show by working as a team.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald - Metered Site
VIDEO: Texas first responders rode across the state for eight days honoring 14 first responders who died in the line of duty.
Thirty-three riders participated in the Texas Brotherhood Ride which started in Hempstead, then on to Dallas and ended at the Texas Capitol. Houston firefighter Robb Hyatt said the goal was to honor first emergency responders and give emotional and financial support to their families.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBC-TV Fox 7 Austin
Dominick and Alicia Rhodes have had blue tarps covering the roof of their Florida home and a firetruck in their front yard since Hurricane Michael devastated their rural inland county 10 months ago.
The couple — who have three kids, maintain two full-time jobs and work as volunteer firefighters in their spare time — are now caretakers of one of the Mossy Pond Volunteer Fire Department fire engines because the firehouse where they once stored their trucks and equipment was obliterated by the storm.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
The Baltimore City Fire Department plans to cut down on the number of firefighters responding to initial calls, a move that isn't sitting well with the firefighters' union.
Currently, five engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs and a medic unit are dispatched when a call comes in.
Come September, though, that number will shrink as the department tests reducing initial responding units to three engines, one truck and one battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
On August 24th, 2009, the City of Buffalo lost two members of its fire department during a building fire. In the days that followed, firefighters from across the country came to Buffalo to honor Firefighter Jonathan Croom and Lieutenant Chip McCarthy.
Members of the Washington, DC Fire Department's Pipes and Drums band played the funerals, and formed friendships with some of the Buffalo firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo
A new club at Hempfield Area High School could help bridge the gap between a lack of volunteer firefighters and a younger workforce.
The Public Services Club is headed by biology teacher, volunteer firefighter and paramedic Justin Heddinger. The organization will introduce students to careers like volunteer firefighting, police work, emergency management, EMS and 911 dispatchers.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TribLIVE
After three consecutive and horrendous years of wildfires, there is an important shift going on this year in firefighting.
Cal Fire, Contra Costa Fire, Orinda-Moraga Fire, East Bay Parks, East Bay MUD, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and many others mean to keep their hills firestorm free.
As we've covered the enormous brush clearing project stretching 17 miles from Berkeley to Lafayette, we could not help but notice crews wearing gear that reads 'Firestorm'.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland
City firefighters will be paid nearly $1 million in back pay connected to the five-year contract dispute with the city.
City Comptroller James E. Mills said Wednesday that the payout for the retro pay and health benefit deductions will be “just a couple of thousand dollars short of $1 million.”
The payouts — scheduled to go out on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times
“We have a duty to those who put their lives on the line daily,” states southeastchaplaincy.com, a newly formed service and website being stewarded by local Firefighter Chaplain Cole Massey to support first responders in Southeast Washington.
“It is our desire to meet every call or need as it arises.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - Metered Site
When Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2,000 years ago, it took hours for a single message from Pompeii to reach rescuers 18 miles away. Today we have the opposite problem during disasters: too much rapid information from many sources, with consequences just as fatal for some people.
Engineers at the University of California, Riverside are working to change this with a tool that searches real-time text, photo and video from social media and surveillance cameras alongside data from sensors, like fire detectors and security alarms.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UC Riverside News
Hunting season is set to begin this weekend and there is concern about hunters traveling near wildfires currently burning in the Willow area.
Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said at a news conference Wednesday that officials are considering closing the Willow marsh, also called the Willow swamp.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVA-TV CBS 11 Anchorage
West Texas' oil boom is bringing prosperity to many organizations throughout the region, but for Odessa Fire Rescue, it's turning up the heat.
Staffing Odessa Fire Rescue has been a struggle since oil took over the city.
To make up the difference, firefighters are burning the candle at both ends.
First responders answer the call of duty every day to save Odessans who need their help.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOSA-TV CBS 7 Odessa
VIDEO: The Corpus Christi and surrounding areas are experiencing an industrial boom, with several new projects in the works. With that growth comes the need for response services tailored to handle industrial emergencies.
The Refinery Terminal Fire Company, a global company, has branches which fill that need; but it does more than just fight fires.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRIS-TV NBC 6 Corpus Christi
Drexel University scientist Jasmine Y. Wright was dedicated to helping first responders who are assaulted while trying to help others.
Physical attacks on first responders are a felony in Pennsylvania. Yet justice, Philadelphia firefighters and medics have said, is hard-won. In 2015, Wright was leading a federally funded study to find out what was going wrong.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Philadelphia Inquirer
Almost four years after the Aliso Canyon gas leak broke out near Porter Ranch, the number of firefighters who have filed a lawsuit against Southern California Gas Co. over the 2015 gas leak continues to grow.
In total, 55 Los Angeles firefighters who helped Porter Ranch residents after the 2015 blowout filed a lawsuit against the utility, alleging the utility knowingly exposed them to hazardous levels of toxins like benzene and formaldehyde, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News - Metered Site
The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department is starting a program to recruit more paramedics amid a national shortage.
KCKFD Assistant Fire Chief Morris Letcher told 41 Action News the department is short about 20 paramedics right now.
"Firefighting is more than just firefighing," Letcher said. "We're an EMS-based service, so we have to keep up with the times.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City
VIDEO: Those who struggle with opioid addiction in Chattanooga will soon have a new place to begin their journey to recovery - or, just get some immediate help.
The Chattanooga Fire Department (CFD), along with Hamilton County Coalition's Nu-Start program, has partnered to launch the “Safe Stations” initiative in Chattanooga.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga
The Harrisburg-Carlisle area has the third-fewest occupational firefighters per capita of any metro region in the United States, according to a new ranking based on government data.
The ranking developed by security information website ASecureLife compared 2018 census population data and federal employment statistics.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sentinel
If you live outside the City of Batavia in Genesee County, the ability of volunteer fire companies to get enough able-bodied manpower to your house in a timely manner if it ever caught on fire is reaching a crisis stage, Tim Yaeger, emergency management coordinator told members of the County Legislature today.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Batavian
On a Thursday afternoon, a rain storm drenched the mountains surrounding the Allenspark Fire Protection District's Station No. 1 off of Colo. 7.
As water tapped against the roof, Stephen Coles , vice president of the Allenspark Fire Protection District , gathered with staff around a table with a stack of papers at the ready.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times-Call
VIDEO: An aircraft nearly 50-years-old is being restored to help fight wildfires in Washington state.
The Department of Natural Resources is using $1.1 million from the state's budget to bring the Huey helicopter back to life. The helicopter was first built in 1970 and used in Vietnam.
The DNR already has nine former Hueys in their fleet to drop water on fires across the state.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
The city of Decatur says it's time to hold first responders who don't arrive to an emergency in a timely manner responsible.
They say it's been a problem for years. The First Response Ambulance Service must arrive to city calls within minutes. If they don't, they'll pay a hefty fine.
Decatur Fire and Rescue Chief Anthony Grande and his team work directly with the city ambulance services.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville
Firefighters discovered a man trying to ignite more fires as they were dousing flames he had already started inside a business Saturday night.
“This was a first for us” says Longmont Chief of Fire Jerrod Vanlandingham. “You don't typically expect to encounter an arsonist lighting fires at the time you are trying to extinguish them.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver
A special act of the state Legislature will allow the town's fire chief to stay on the job past his mandatory retirement date next spring.
The act, approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last Friday, allows Fire Chief Ed Bradley to work until his 67th birthday in April 2022.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Plymouth
Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., his family and two pilots survived a fiery plane crash Thursday after a hard landing at a Tennessee airport. First responders arrived at the scene to help — and this weekend NASCAR thanked them for taking care of one of its legends with free tickets to the races.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
Licking County fire officials offer varied reasons for the changing landscape of fire service nationwide.
But the general consensus is that the volunteer firefighter is "a dying breed."
While no organizations specifically track the number of strictly volunteer firefighters in Licking County, the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office tracks statewide numbers.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Newark Advocate
Despite a protest from the fire department's union, city officials opened a discussion about shuttering the Montclair station and slashing two firefighter/paramedic positions.
During Thursday's public safety committee meeting, Rodney Hall, president of Edwardsville Fire Fighters' Local 1700 spoke against the notion.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Illinois Intelligencer
The Sacramento city firefighters union has gone public with its frustration over contract talks that are at a near impasse.
The contract expired eight months ago and the union says the city wants to eliminate or reduce health care and benefits for current and retired firefighters.
“It's disheartening, that's really what it is,” said union spokesperson Roberto Padilla.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento
The risk for firefighters is far greater than you might think. That risk may not be seen until years after the fire is out. The loss of one of their brothers to work-related cancer is just one of the reasons the Durham Fire Department is trying to change that.
“There are a lot more chemicals being given off during the fires that what we saw 15 or 20 years ago when things were more natural fibers so it's just a lot dirtier fire that's become a leading exposure to a lot more chemicals that we never saw in the past,” said Battalion Chief Wayne Cheek.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Raleigh
There's a travelling effort to honor first responders in El Paso in the wake of the mass shooting which killed 22 people.
A pair of flags are going to be making their way through Texas and are being signed by first responders.
Floresville is just the first stop of a statewide tour where two different Texas flags will be getting signatures.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABB-TV FOX 29 San Antonio
Kaden Kummala turns 5 at the end of August, but he's not asking for presents.
“I just want people to give me money so I can give it to the firefighters,” he told his dad.
With help from his parents, Kyle and Katie Kummala, the Ramsey 4-year-old is raising funds for the Anoka-Champlin Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Source - Metered Site
In 1894, the Village of Monroe was incorporated within the Town of Monroe for a very practical reason – the residents needed a local fire department. A town could not form a fire district of its own. Only a village could do that.
As a result, Monroe residents had to rely on fire fighters from Goshen to travel 12 miles, sometimes by train, to battle their blazes.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Photo News
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