VIDEO: A DWI suspect crashed into a fire station leaving one firefighter in the hospital overnight.
Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena visited the firefighter at the hospital overnight. HFD District Fire Chief Ruy Lozano said the firefighter suffered a head injury, possibly a concussion.
Pena later tweeted on Thursday morning that the firefighter had been released from the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade has resigned his position with the Denver Fire Department. Tade gave his resignation to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Monday afternoon.
“Chief Tade is dedicated to this department, and his decision that new leadership was needed reflects his devotion to the men and women who serve our residents in the Denver Fire Department,” Mayor Hancock said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver
Five Escambia County fire stations are operating with reduced staffing because of budget constraints.
Escambia County Interim Fire Chief Paul Williams sent a memo Friday to all firefighters announcing several changes, including the reduction in staffing levels at the five stations in an effort to cut down on the amount of overtime.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pensacola News Journal
A Carroll County commissioner with decades of firefighting experience testified in Annapolis on Tuesday in support of a Maryland bill that would require the state fire marshal to enforce residential fire sprinkler requirements.
Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1, who has 30 years of experience as a career firefighter in the state and 44 years as a volunteer firefighter, said Tuesday the Maryland State Firemen's Association asked if he would speak to the importance of House Bill 823 at a hearing of the House Environment and Transportation Committee, and he did.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Baltimore Sun - Metered Site
VIDEO: Over the years, Hoboken has evolved from a gritty, working-class enclave to a town with the highest rents in the state of New Jersey. Hoboken's Hispanic population has dropped by 50% during that time.
The gentrification of Hoboken wasn't just the result of market forces and economics. It was fueled by evictions, intimidation, violence, arson and murder.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
San Francisco's women firefighters are exposed to higher levels of certain toxic PFAS chemicals than women working in downtown San Francisco offices, shows a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Francisco, and Silent Spring Institute.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UC Berkeley
The Georgia Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at loosening training requirements for volunteer fire departments in the state.
Senate Bill 342 would create a council tasked with establishing training and certification rules for volunteer fire departments in Georgia that are separate from those required for full-time professional fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle
Ambulances with flashing sirens trying to weave their way through congested city streets. Traffic poses challenges to EMTs rushing to treat patients.
To improve response times, some EMTs in San Diego use scooters get around faster.
City Councilman Joe Borelli wants the FDNY to test the scooter idea here in New York.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News NY1
Not only is somebody going to respond, but they are going to respond quickly.
That's how Deputy Chief of Quakertown Fire Company Brad Patkochis described the North Hunterdon Fire Alliance's Squad 51 program, through which the communities of Quakertown (Franklin Township) as well as High Bridge, Lebanon, Clinton and Annandale are each serviced by the fire companies of all five towns.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
VIDEO: It's easy to see and hear a firetruck when it's driving past but unless you are up close you might have missed a special marking.
Small stickers line the doors of Davenport Fire Department trucks symbolizing an accomplishment achieved by the crew on board.
"Those calls they go on, the saves they have or bringing a child into the world it's kinda a pride thing to recognize that they did something like that," Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQAD-TV ABC 8 Moline
VIDEO: Dr. Reed Smith knows that when it comes to active shooter emergencies, seconds matter.
That's why the emergency room doctor, who also serves as the medical director of the Arlington County Fire Department, began studying hundreds of autopsies from victims of mass shootings years ago. With other medical researchers at George Washington University, he found as many as 15 percent of victims might have lived had they gotten care quickly.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.
Every year at the end of March, firefighters and the family of fallen firefighter Brian Carey meet at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for a memorial service.
It will be 10 years ago on March 30 when 28-year-old Carey, a rookie firefighter for the Homewood Fire Department, was killed after he rushed into a burning home in an effort to rescue a resident trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
The Wyoming Senate spent nearly an hour discussing a bill that would affect the lives of first responders across the state on Monday, Feb. 24.
SF 117 would allow first responders, law enforcement officers and search and rescue workers to apply for workers' compensation if they receive a mental injury while performing official duty.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oil City News
Some Cleveland city council members expressed their disappoint and concern after they said they learned there weren't any minority candidates in the upcoming city fire department cadet class.
Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland told News 5 the current fire class applicants are made up of 42 white male candidates and no minorities, which is a violation of city guidelines, which require at least one out of every 10 candidates be a minority.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland
Firefighters with Dallas Fire Rescue are doing more than just fighting fires.
They're also working on growing a free program that they're calling the ultimate form of fire prevention.
It's called the Home Fire Safety Survey Program, where firefighters go into your home and look for all the things that could start a fire, as well as the hazards that would make it hard for you to get out.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A new bill has been introduced in the South Carolina legislature that would create new a supplemental insurance policy for some firefighters diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer is the leading cause of deaths in career firefighters, according to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
While most fire departments – including the Aiken Department of Public Safety – provide cancer health care benefits to their employees, some firefighters believe the Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan currently being discussed in the S.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Aiken Standard - Metered Site
What seemed like an eternity was actually 19 seconds.
After Ryan Newman's battered race car came to rest last Monday at the end of the tri-oval in a brutal wreck at the finish of the Daytona 500, it took only 19 seconds for the first emergency vehicle to arrive, according to a chronology provided by NASCAR officials during a question-and-answer session with reporters on Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sporting News
The first responders' biggest fear was realized one night in December when someone called 911 for help in rural Erie County and nobody came.
The first dispatch went to Union City Fire Co. When Union City couldn't crew its ambulance, the call rolled over to neighboring Waterford Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Morning Call
A retired firefighter who pulled his brother's body from the rubble at Ground Zero died Saturday of 9/11-related pancreatic cancer, officials said.
Daniel Foley watched his firefighter brother respond to 9/11 and not come back, FDNY Lt. Mickey Conboy said. Foley promised his parents he wouldn't come home until he found his brother.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York
On North Main Street stands a historic little two-story brick building that once was Aberdeen Fire Station No. 2.
It was built in 1930 to provide protection to the city's north side, expanding coverage of the downtown Fire Station No. 1. It still looks much like it did back then, but No. 2 now is privately owned.
- PUB DATE: 2/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Aberdeen News
An overpass was set aflame after a semitrailer hauling thousands of gallons of fuel overturned in Indianapolis on Wednesday.
The tanker hit a guardrail on an on-ramp from Interstate 465 to I-70, which split the tank and overturned the semi, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Witnesses told the fire department that the driver of the truck exited the tanker on his own with his clothes on fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
For FDNY Firefighter Robert Thomas and his three sons, fighting fires and saving lives has become a family affair.
All four are city firefighters stationed throughout Brooklyn, joining a growing number of the department's black “legacy” families, where children follow their mothers and fathers into the FDNY.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site
The Milwaukee Fire Department is already in training for a building that hasn't broken ground yet.
Ascent, an apartment building near downtown Milwaukee expected to break ground in a few months, has a tall timber frame. At 25-stories, it is expected to be the tallest building of it's kind in the world.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee
On February 20, 2003, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, the fourth deadliest nightclub fire in United States history occurred in The Station nightclub. More than two-thirds of the 462 people in attendance were either killed or injured (100 dead, 230 injured). A live band that was using fireworks as part of its act ignited foam insulation that had been installed around and over the stage.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Engineering
VIDEO: In its three years, the Skyway 10K has seen thousands of participants. A few have traveled the bridge each year, like friends and firefighters Tom “Bull” Hill and Mike Junge.
Hill walks the Skyway to honor firefighters who lost their lives to cancer and PTSD.
Hill walked the Skyway in 2018 with a pack covered in the names, shields and objects from firefighters who had died from cancer or suicides related to PTSD.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 St. Petersburg
VIDEO: After months of devastation, all the fires burning in the Australian state of New South Wales were declared contained for the first time last week. And who else to thank but the thousands of firefighters who have put their life on the line to extinguish them?
Knowing that a simple "thank you" wouldn't suffice, the NSW Rural Fire Service took out a 70-foot billboard in New York's Times Square to thank all the firefighters who helped battle the blazes.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Despite putting a seventh city ambulance in service in mid-2018, Lincoln Fire and Rescue's paramedics remain swamped responding to emergency medical calls in the growing city, retiring Fire Chief Micheal Despain said.
Call volumes in Lincoln continue climbing at three times the rate of population growth, mainly because of the medical needs of the city's aging population, Despain said.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lincoln Journal Star
A Pennsylvania House committee is weighing a measure that seeks to make changes in how fire and emergency services are administered in the state.
The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee took up House Bill 1819, which would create a state Fire Commission.
State Rep. Austin Davis, D-McKeesport, the bill's sponsor, said his district includes professional and volunteer-led fire departments that face issues regarding the ability to provide essential services and the ability to recruit and retain members.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Center Square
Every day firefighters put their lives on the line to protect others, and when their shift ends, some of the risks they face still linger.
That's because of the potentially toxic contaminants they encounter while on the job.
"We want to make sure that the firefighters are aware that the chemicals, and the soot, and the smoke, and the particulates that get on their clothing during a structure fire, during training, is dangerous.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGRZ-TV ABC 2 Buffalo
Bed bugs can be hard to spot and even tougher to get rid of. The City of Waukesha Fire Department has a new tool to fight the problem -- and make sure every ambulance is clean.
Kira Benkert is getting an ambulance ready for the day's first patient -- including making sure there aren't any unwanted passengers: bed bugs.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee
Two 13-year-olds have been arrested and booked on suspicion of arson and manslaughter charges in a deadly fire on Tuesday that claimed the lives of two firefighters and destroyed the Porterville Library.
Tuesday's blaze started shortly after 4 p.m.
The man killed has been identified as Fire Capt. Raymond Figueroa, 35.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Visalia Delta Times
Representatives from the city's firefighters union say a new public administration software system designed to streamline payroll for the department has instead burdened the force with extra duties.
The union has filed a grievance on behalf of its 911 dispatchers claiming the software has not only created more work, but shifted payroll responsibilities to their supervisors who they say haven't properly been trained to administer it.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bangor Daily News - Metered Site
Any first responder knows in an emergency, time is of the essence.
Bruce Bechtold is a former Stearns County deputy. He says cutting minutes or even seconds off response time can make all the difference.
That was the case when his cousin Mark suffered a heart attack nearly a decade ago.
"Firefighter just happened to be nearby with an AED and shocked him and he's alive today," said Bechtold.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis
The Fire Department's Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) responded to more than 1.5 million medical emergencies last year, saving countless lives in the process.
But many of these first responders — who endure high stress in a job where mere seconds may mean the difference between life and death — barely have anything left to save once they get their paychecks, according to unions representing them.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AM New York
Just because you call an ambulance in Montgomery County, Maryland, that doesn't mean you'll skip the lobby wait in the emergency room.
Maryland's ER wait times — the time spent in the emergency room before being admitted to the hospital or being sent home — are the longest in the country: an average of 376 minutes, in the latest data, from 2017.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
It's a sign of our era — when countless Americans distrust government — that firefighters in one of Michigan's most affluent communities worry about a millage vote next month.
If most voters in Bloomfield Township vote no, as they did for a police-and-fire measure with a bigger price tag last year, a projected 22 firefighter/paramedics could lose their jobs, Fire Chief Mike Morin says.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
When a firefighter rips his or her uniform, repairing it isn't quite as simple as ironing on a patch. Although it used to take weeks or months of waiting and thousands of dollars to repair their gear, the firefighters at the John B. Glaser Fire Station in Shawnee can have everything fixed in a few days.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Kansas City Star
Persistence may soon be paying off for firefighters across the Commonwealth. They have pushed for expanded cancer coverage as many are developing it at an high rate.
Now, after five years of legislation, this year's bill looks like it will become law.
Firefighters said state lawmakers were no longer able to overlook the problem in front of them and that's why they think they are the closest they've ever been to getting it passed.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC 10 Roanoke
The Mesa Fire and Medical Department has become the first fire team in Arizona to receive the designation of being a Certified Autism Center.
The designation was granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards and comes after the staff, firefighters and other first responders at the department received position-specific training to "enhance their understanding and sensitivity when helping individuals with autism or other sensory sensitivities," according to a press release by the organization.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
With tight budgets and dwindling amounts of volunteer help, interior fire departments struggle with maintaining staffing. In 2011 the Steese Volunteer Fire Department came up with an idea to help -- they began providing scholarships and a place to live for students who are going to UAF.
"We are able to staff two stations, two ambulances, two engines, with these scholarship folks to serve the community for minimal amount of money," said Captain Ruth Church.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVF-TV NBC 11 Fairbanks
VIDEO: The North Richland Hills Police and Fire Departments showed off new technology Thursday they say will allow them to do their jobs more effectively and in less time.
Jennie Espy, a North Richland Hills Police Department Crime Scene Investigator said, “This is absolutely fantastic technology.”
The state-of-the-art device scans everything in its site — 360 degrees — and provides 3D photographs of a crime scene, major crash or an arson fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT-TV CBS 11 Fort Worth
It's been more than two months since Summit Fire & EMS firefighter Ken Jones fell to his death while fighting a blaze in Copper Mountain, though the feelings of grief are still fresh for his second family at the fire department.
Jones' picture still stands on a table in the entranceway of Summit Fire's administration building in Frisco — the first thing visitors see on their way into the building each morning.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Summit Daily News (Breckenridge-Dillon)
When you think of fire fighters, what comes to mind?
You should think nothing short of heroes. Dedication. Bravery. Saving others' lives while risking their own.
The list is endless.
For the Lancaster Fire Department, there are two words you probably don't think. And, it's such a big deal, the department has five pages on policy about it.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus
It was on a trip to Britain and Ireland that Norfolk County Sheriff Jerry McDermott first saw seat belt covers that notify first responders that the wearer has autism, the Patriot Ledger reported.
Half a world away, a light bulb went off, McDermott said that he thought that covers could be helpful at home too.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
VIDEO: Today marks 25 years since the East Hills fire. Three firefighters died that heartbreaking Valentine's Day in 1995.
Capt. Thomas Brooks arrived on the scene with Engine 17 and Patricia Conroy and Marc Kolenda responded with Engine 8 just after midnight to the home on Bricelyn Street. They became separated from their other crew members while inside the burning home.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
The Ohio House has once again approved a measure covering post-traumatic stress disorder for emergency responders who haven't suffered a physical injury.
“Our brave first responders deserve to have PTSD illnesses treated under our law, even though the law does consider them comparable to a physical injury,” said Rep.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYC-TV NBC 3 Cleveland
The Spring Coulee Fire was estimated to be the size of a basketball court when it was first reported at 3:59 p.m. on Sept. 1, 2019.
Seven minutes later it was estimated to be the size of a football field. Three minutes after that evacuations were issued, flames were around 10 feet high and the fire had burned 5 to 10 acres.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wenatchee World - Metered Site
The Salt Lake City Fire Department debuted a new plug-in hybrid electric fire engine to the public at the Sugar House firehouse Wednesday.
The new fire truck came about because of cooperation with the Sustainability Department and Public Services Department. The SLCFD says they are invested in exploring options to reduce their carbon footprint and improving air quality.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVX-TV ABC 4 Salt Lake City
Despite increased focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs, hard labor is still a major driver of the national economy.
Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that employment for construction workers and hand laborers/movers has grown faster than employment in STEM jobs over the past five years.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNDU-TV NBC 25 Richland
With more electric cars on the road and with the proximity to Pikes Peak International Raceway, the Fountain Fire Department has purchased a fire blanket to be used for car fires and industrial fires.
The 70-pound fire blanket is made from two layers of woven glass fiber fabric and an inner layer of fire retardant film which works together to remove the oxygen supply from the fire resulting in the fire being extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRDO-TV ABC 13 Colorado Springs
VIDEOS: A massive blaze at a two-story apartment complex sent plumes of smoke into the sky as more than 100 firefighters attempted to extinguish the flames early Wednesday morning.
The Orange County Fire Authority and Tustin police responded to the intersection of Williams Street and McFadden Avenue at approximately 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
The town should close the Foreside fire station and hire more full-time firefighters to better meet the increasing number of calls for emergency aid, a consultant told the council Monday.
Travis Miller, of consulting firm Criterion and Associates in Massachusetts, made the recommendations after reviewing staffing, the number of calls the Fire Department gets annually and where those calls are coming from.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Press Herald - Metered Site
President Donald Trump has released his budget recommendations for fiscal year 2021, including a proposed increase in funds for the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and decrease in Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) allocations.
AFG and SAFER received a combined total of $355 million in fiscal year 2020, which the President's Budget Request (PBR) recommended lowering to $344.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Rescue 1
The City of Winston-Salem just launched a new social media video campaign with the city fire department, highlighting the people inside of the bright red engines and what they really do.
When most people think of Winston-Salem firefighters, they imagine people barging into buildings filled with flames and racing off to help anyone in need.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point
Local students could soon have a fast track to a stable career, thanks to The Augusta Fire Department. Augusta Commissioners are on board, as well as the Richmond County Board of Education Board Members. The goal is to allow students to earn a good salary right out of high school.
“I have positions that I need to fill,” said Augusta Fire Department Fire Chief, Christopher James.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta
New Orleans firefighters claim current staffing shortages threaten their ability to put out fires in the city on a timely basis.
"When it comes down to the actual manpower on the streets, we're at critical mass now," Firefighters Union President Aaron Mischler said.
According to the Mischler, his members will no longer work excessive overtime to cover for a city administration and department that can't attract or retain employees.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans
VIDEO: The parents of the late Lubbock Fire Department Lieutenant Eric Hill want to carry on his legacy.
With the 5-5-5 initiative, Mark and Susan Hill hope to save lives in his memory.
"Most people know, before radio, and things like that, they would ring bells to let fire department personnel know what was happening in different places, and when a firefighter fell, they would ring five bells three times," Mark Hill, Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLCW-TV 22 Lubbock
Researchers at Washington University have found that paramedics and emergency medical technicians are seven times as likely as the general public to have thought about suicide in the past year.
Five emergency medicine doctors surveyed more than 900 paramedics in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Iowa over three months in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWMU-FM 90.7 St. Louis Public Radio
Camden city officials, union officials and its fire department will send a set of proposals to the state Civil Service Commission that they hope will, once approved, avert the need to lay off any front-line firefighters.
In a letter obtained by the Courier-Post, Mayor Frank Moran wrote to Deirdre Webster Cobb, chair and CEO of the Civil Service Commission, about the loss of a $2.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Courier Post (Camden South Jersey)
When a heart ceases to beat and a person's life hangs in balance, Longmont's fire department turns to an unlikely source for inspiration to restore its rhythm.
Just as a team of practiced pit crew members use speed, agility and organization to return a race car to the track, firefighters use a similar system that brings order to chaos and seeks to give patients a better chance at surviving.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Times-Call
VIDEO: Flowers were placed on the front lawn of the charred home where Brittany Presley and her six kids died Saturday.
“I've known these kids for -- well, ever since they moved into this neighborhood," Allen Short, a neighbor, said.
He said the children's father, Jake Presley, tried to rescue his family as the home went up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOX-TV ABC/CBS 13 Biloxi
VIDEO: They're the unsung heroes of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Saving lives, but they rarely hit the streets. TODAY'S TMJ4 spent Thursday with MFD's repair shop in Walker's Point.
The operation costs $5 milllion to $6 million per year. It includes a small team of about 40 people from various backgrounds working to keep engines running.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee
"It's not unusual to have an overdose every day," says the Rockford Fire Department's Mobile Integrated Healthcare manager Shannon Kopp. "We're seeing it a lot."
Winnebago County has the highest overdose drug problem in the state per capita. The Rockford Fire Department is trying to reduce those numbers through its "Knock and Talk" initiative.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIFR-TV CBS 23 Rockford
New York City lost two more of its bravest to 9/11-related illnesses.
Retired firefighters Paul Deo, Jr. and Richard Jones both died Friday, joining hundreds of other first responders who succumbed to diseases contracted at Ground Zero in the days and weeks after the Twin Towers fell.
”Nearly two decades later, our FDNY family continues to lose remarkable men and women who never wavered in their commitment to protecting life and property in our city," said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Some Sacramento city leaders up in arms over the airing of a reality television show that follows Sacramento firefighters and paramedics on the job.
A&E's "Live Rescue" features first responders in cities and towns across the country -- and the Sacramento Fire Department is one of them. The show is now in its second season.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento
Just 10 miles from Findlay, Ohio is a small town called Vanlue. That's where you'll find the Fighting 600 Firehouse where a half dozen firefighters volunteer to save lives.
"At any given moment," says volunteer firefighter, Ross Wentling, "we get pulled from our families and family events to help people we don't even know.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVG-TV ABC 13 Toledo
Bill Compton, senior vice president for Grady Emergency Medical Services, is happy to deliver data on response times for his ambulances in one of the most vulnerable corners of the state: south Fulton. And why wouldn't he be pleased?
Grady, he said, has shaved off 10 minutes from the previous ambulance service's response times.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Kitsock never thought he'd still be fighting fires as a sexagenarian.
But such is life for Kitsock, 66, in a land where volunteer ranks have dwindled and old wooden homes can quickly turn to ash.
“We get a daytime call, I'm hoping there's two or three others who show up with me,” said Kitsock, who still runs with the Seltzer Hose Company in Norwegian Township in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSKG-FM 89.3
The Department of Natural Resources is asking fire departments around the state to report their use of any firefighting foam that contains perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances.
A news release said the University of Wisconsin-Madison Survey Center is conducting a statewide survey on behalf of the DNR to locate the usage of PFAS in firefighting foams.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Channel 3000 - WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison
VIDEOS: Boston firefighters battled a 4-alarm fire in the city's South Boston neighborhood, and spent most of the evening working to put out remaining hotspots.
The fire started in the basement of an unoccupied building that is being renovated on East 7th Street shortly after 5 p.m., and quickly spread to the floors above as well as an attached building that was occupied, Boston Fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston
VIDEO: The Santa Maria Airport just purchased new equipment that allows the fire department to test its fire-fighting foam, while protecting the environment.
The device meets a new FAA regulation regarding foam testing for the airport fire department.
It's called NoFoam System. The device is used to test the concentration of water versus foam.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
In response to a deadly fire in a Minneapolis high-rise last fall, a group of Minnesota lawmakers on Wednesday, Feb. 5, proposed legislation that would require nearly all tall apartment buildings to install automatic sprinkler systems.
Five people died Nov. 27, 2019, in an early-morning fire at Cedar High Apartments, a 25-story building near downtown Minneapolis.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
VIDEO: Two Papillion firefighters are still recovering after what is called a smoke explosion during a fire Saturday night.
A video of that blast is shown from a Sarpy County deputy's cruiser cam.
A blast of fire and air that caught three Papillion firefighters off guard and too close. One of them is Joe Lapuzza silhouetted against the flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOWT-TV NBC 6 Omaha
A Commonwealth Court panel Wednesday thwarted an attempt by the state attorney general's office to forcibly dissolve a volunteer fire company that refused to participate in a government-organized merger.
The ruling means that, for now at least, Independent Fire Company No. 1 in South Williamsport can continue to exist as a nonprofit entity and might even resume fighting fires outside the borough.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive
With climate change spurring intense and longer wildfire seasons, fire safety and preparation is no longer an option. As seen in the United States and across the world in Australia and the Amazon, wildfires are devastating and can dramatically affect the economy of a region.
With the growing frequency and severity of wildfires, firefighters are needed more than ever to protect cities and communities.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AdvisorSmith
“Gray Death” is a particularly dangerous mixture of heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetic opioids, and it has made its way to Indiana.
Carfentanil, which is used as a tranquilizing agent for elephants and other large mammals, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVE-TV NBC 3
York City's Fire Chief had to make a choice. So, he chose his home.
But because of that decision, he could lose his job by the end of this month.
Residency requirements in the city of York require the fire chief to live within the city limits. Deardorff lives in West Manchester Township with his children and wife.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV FOX 43 York
VIDEO: According to the National Fire Protection Association, firefighters are 9 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the average American.
The Toledo Fire and Rescue department is teaming up with Cancer Dogs, a Canadian company that uses dogs to detect possible cancer in someone's breath.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVG-TV ABC 13 Toledo
An interim report on conditions at the fire station include plenty of reasons for alarm.
Consultants have documented problems with airflow. No ventilation air is being introduced into the apparatus and rescue vehicle area, and two exhaust fans “do not appear to be functional,” MacRitchie Engineering, Inc.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Cape Cod Chronicle
New city firefighters make less than $15 an hour, a lower starting pay rate than city parks laborers earn.
The issue came up at last week's Marion City Council meeting when a city resident questioned the existing pay rates for city parks employees, rates that went before city council for approval.
"I'm not trying to say that's not an important job, but in the grand scheme of things, if I need my park to look pretty or my house not to burn down, I'm going to choose house not burning down," said Christian Dunston, an East Fairground Street resident.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Marion Star
Lt. Reece Chambers of East Jefferson Fire Rescue has a lot of heart.
He's now on his second one.
Chambers, 42, is believed to be the first firefighter in Washington state to return to front-line duty after receiving a heart transplant. He went back on Jan. 2.
“New heart, new start,” Chambers said Friday while working at the Chimacum fire station.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peninsula Daily News - Metered Site
The Phoenix Fire Department responded to more than 250 mountain rescue calls in 2019, more than one every other day.
Working with numbers provided by the Phoenix Fire Department, 12 News broke that number down by mountain and focused on the four busiest mountains in the area: Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, South Mountain, and Papago Park.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
VIDEO: From blazes, to crashes and medical emergencies, firefighters risk life and limb everyday to serve their communities, and Great Falls Fire Rescue is no different, tackling all sorts of emergencies since the late 1800s.
In its 136 years of service, the Electric City's fire department is no stranger to the history books, scoring statewide firsts in firefighting over the decades, as they tackle both minor and major situations.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTMF-TV ABC/FOX 23 Missoula
VIDEO: Austin Fire Department Chief Joel Baker says the Department is at fault for the foamy water as many as 300 South Austin neighbors had come through their sinks more than a week ago, citing issues with one engine's foam eductor pump as the culprit.
On January 22, crews put out a fire at a church, but needed to use Class A foam because of how intense the fire got.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYE-TV CBS 42 Austin
The city intends to hire a professional fire service consultant to conduct an examination and analysis of the administration, operations, training and deployment practices of the Fire Department.
The study will include a master plan for the Fire Department that will assess its internal operations and staffing, and provide a gap analysis of its current situation against national standards and best practices, according to City Manager Edward M.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Telegram & Gazette
VIDEO: It's not just for video games anymore. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department is now using virtual reality as a way to better educate the community on what it's like to be a firefighter.
Firefighters plan to debut the technology to students at Pathways to Possibilities next week at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach
After a photo believed to have been taken last year of a D.C. Fire recruit class showed three white men making what looked like an “OK symbol” with their hands, an internal investigation found they were not aware the hand gesture is associated with white supremacy.
Weeks before an internal investigation cleared three members of recruit class 387, D.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-AM 1500 Washington
Paramedic Trent Bowers received a call on a recent January night: A woman had been beaten at a St. Louis Family Dollar store.
When Bowers arrived, the woman showed him injuries across her body.
“This looks like it's out of place,” he said, looking at her knee. He suggested she take the ambulance to the hospital, but the woman said she couldn't afford it without insurance.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
When firefighter Richard “Dick” Boyer responded to a fire call at the Reading YMCA on a bitter cold morning in January 1985, he immediately sensed something wasn't right.
“The fire hose on the sidewalk was burning, and the handle on the Knox box had melted,” recalled Boyer, 76, a retired Reading fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 2/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Reading Eagle
The City of Chicago is suing a Rockford-based coffee company for trademark infringement, claiming the company's logo is an imitation of the Chicago Fire Department's symbol.
Fire Department Coffee and the Fire Department both feature logos that consist of the letters D, F and C intertwined in a stylized monogram, which is likely to confuse consumers into thinking the city has endorsed or sponsored the business, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times
A Vancouver firefighter is heading across the state to become Kennewick's new fire chief.
Chad Michael is leaving a spot as the deputy chief of operations at the Vancouver Fire Department to return to his roots in Eastern Washington. He starts March 16 and will be sworn in at the March 17 city council meeting.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-City Herald
Top Fire Department officials told a City Council committee Jan. 28 that the department's policy of “promoting” Emergency Medical Technicians to become Firefighters, who are paid tens of thousands of dollars more a year, had produced a major gap in Emergency Medical Service staffing.
As a consequence, they conceded that even as the city continued to set records for EMS call volume, and response times for those calls were rising, there had been a decline in the number of ambulance crews available, a circumstance they said would take “a couple of years” to rectify.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Chief Leader - Metered Site
When Brian Kernohan complained to his doctor of merciless headaches two summers ago, he expected to get a prescription for a sinus infection, not a diagnosis of brain cancer. The 37-year-old firefighter's eardrums were curved inward, so his doctor suggested a CT scan.
It found a tumor the size of a golf ball sitting on his right cerebral artery, daring a stroke with every heartbeat.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUFT-TV PBS 5 Gainesville
Residents displaced when flames tore through a 1960s-era Los Angeles apartment tower and injured 13 people this week are wondering why the management company didn't install sprinklers after another destructive blaze seven years ago.
City officials said after the 2013 fire “that it shouldn't take another tragedy” to get sprinklers into older buildings that are exempt from retrofitting rules, City Councilman Mike Bonin said Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
VIDEO: Two adults were critically injured after a massive fire tore through part of a high-rise in the Brentwood area Wednesday morning, the same building which was the site of a fire more than six years ago. Helicopters were used to rescue several residents who fled up to the roof for safety.
The blaze broke out at Barrington Plaza, a 25-story residential building located at 11740 Wilshire Blvd.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles
To better protect the residents of Lower Pottsgrove Township and nearby communities, Ringing Hill Fire Company has launched a comprehensive volunteer recruitment campaign.
A new slogan, “Reach New Heights at the Hill,” will be used to promote all the opportunities volunteers can gain at Ringing Hill Fire Company, or as volunteers call it, The Hill.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury
Jester Estates is a scenic neighborhood of about 900 homes in northwest Austin, surrounded by walking trails and just 10 miles from downtown.
It is also one of the areas of central Texas that is most vulnerable to wildfires, according to firefighters.
But it is not the only high risk area in Austin.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has responded to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, which has affected at least five people in the United States, by compiling a list of resources and guidelines for fire and EMS leaders.
The IAFC encouraged chiefs to review documents prepared by agencies and organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and World Health Organization (WHO), and added that the list would be updated as new information is made available.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue 1
When the roster of Niagara Falls firefighters is posted later today, for the first time in 50 years there won't be a Fontanella on the list.
The half century run of the Fontanella family as Cataract City blazebusters came to an end on Wednesday with the retirement of Battalion Chief Mark Fontanella.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Niagara Gazette
When Ed Parkinson was named the acting CEO of the First Responder Network Authority in October of 2018, his assignment related to public safety broadband that has represented a full cycle from a committee policy staffer to overseeing the program he helped legislatively create.
During the fifteen months after the new post, he manages a program with a federal budget of $81 million as monitor of a contract with AT&T.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: All Things FirstNet