Nationwide fire news
Part of St. Augustine's Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club was destroyed in a fire early Tuesday morning. The club's owner, who lives right behind the club, said he learned of the fire when he woke up at 1:45 a.m. and saw flames shooting through the roof of his business. “I couldn't believe it,” Bill Brothers said.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CW 4 Jacksonville
Most people know when an emergency vehicle of any kind approaches their vehicle with lights flashing it means get out of the way. But did you know that you can be fined in South Carolina for not moving away when a police car, firetruck, ambulance or any emergency vehicle is parked on the side of the road as officers deal with crashes and disabled vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The State - Metered Site
PHOTOS: Before anyone knew it, the school was engulfed in flame. Three men driving near Center Grove High School noticed the strange, yellow glow in the late hours of Oct. 31, 1952. They found the school on fire, with both the main school building ablaze and spreading to the gymnasium. Witnesses say the flames shot 150 feet into the air.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Journal
PHOTOS: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Oprah, and Ellen DeGeneres were among the attendees at a charity fundraiser hosted by actor Kevin Costner on his Summerland estate Friday. The event, called One805LIVE!, took place on Costner's 1.4-acre beachfront estate and aimed to support local first responders.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Edhat Santa Barbara
VIDEO: Firefighters battled a large fire at a vacant mill building in Naugatuck Monday night and demolition crews have begun to knock it down. Officials said the fire started just after 6 p.m. Monday in the area of 200 Water St. and flames were found coming from the roof of the building, which is actually five separate buildings that are connected.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
VIDEO/PHOTOS: In a crash where minutes count, local officials and firefighters in Orange County said precious time may have been lost in last week's charter bus crash in Wawayanda that killed two people and injured 40 others. The charter bus was on Interstate 84, around 45 miles northwest of New York City.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York City
VIDEO: The Charleston Fire Department is hoping to pilot a new app to expand mental health resources for its firefighters. Firefighters have a heightened risk of developing PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol use disorders because of their repeated exposure to stress and trauma, recent studies from the National Institute of Health show.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston
An unusually high number of City ambulances were closed during Sunday's midnight shift, nine out of 21 ambulances were offline due to low staffing. The Honolulu Emergency Services Director Dr. Jim Ireland said sick leave due to COVID-19 was among the reasons. Saturday evening's EMS briefing included plans to cover nine ambulance units that would be closed for the shift beginning at midnight Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHON-TV FOX/CW 2 Honolulu
PHOTOS: Kingsport's first fire truck has been restored back to its original condition. The 1917 American LaFrance fire engine is dubbed "Old Hul-dy.” It went into service one hundred and six years ago and was Kingsport's only fire truck at the time. Firefighters had to hand crank it to start the truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB-TV NBC/CW 5 Bristol
VIDEO: A four-alarm fire that sparked in Downtown Tulsa on Saturday damaged restaurants, apartments and some businesses, officials say. Two downtown Tulsa restaurants and bars burned, gutting an entire building with apartments on the second floor. Small puffs of smoke still rose from the ruins of the building, 24 hours after the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTV-DT CBS 6 Tulsa
Ronny J. Coleman, a revered nationally-recognized fire service leader for half a century, who served as California State Fire Marshal and as the chair of the CSFA Volunteer Committee, passed away Sept. 19 in Sacramento. Chief Coleman had been the Fire Chief of the City of Fullerton Fire Department when he was appointed in 1992 by Governor Pete Wilson to the position of State Fire Marshal, a position he held for 8 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: California State Firefighters' Association
Two more firefighters have died from illnesses related to their work at the World Trade Center during and after the 9/11 terror attacks, officials announced on Sunday. Their deaths bring the overall toll linked to 9/11-related diseases among members of the Fire Department of the City of New York to 343, which is equal to the number of FDNY members who died on the day of the attacks, the department said.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
PHOTOS: Polk County Fire Rescue teamed up with A Safe Haven for Newborns foundation to encourage the safe harboring of babies throughout the county. To help get the information out that every fire station is a designated Safe Haven location where newborn babies can be dropped off, stickers were plastered on the fire department's vehicles that hit the roads every day.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 St. Petersburg
VIDEO: There was outrage in court in Rockland County where a father and son avoided prison time for starting a fire that killed a firefighter and a man at a nursing home. Dozens of firefighters protested outside the Rockland County Court House in New City and emotional victim impact statements were read in court.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
In the chaos after a Norfolk Southern train careened off the tracks and caught fire in eastern Ohio in February, it took roughly 45 minutes for firefighters to learn exactly which chemicals were involved. Now the railroad industry is trying to ensure that never happens again. Ever since that Feb. 3 derailment prompted concerns about rail safety nationwide, the major railroads have redoubled their efforts to make sure that more and more first responders can immediately look up the contents of any freight train.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
VIDEO: The Los Angeles Fire Department is asking for the public's input as they revisit their “firefighter tattoo policy,” officials announced on social media Thursday. “We would love to hear your input, to help us factor in the views of the public we serve,” the post read. “Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on tattoos on your firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles
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Amazon is making it easier to get emergency help without your phone. The retail giant announced a new Alexa Emergency Assist service as part of its September product event on Wednesday. The service will allow customers to reach emergency responders through Echo devices while also sending alerts to emergency contacts.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNET
VIDEO: Some of the firefighters responding to calls on Chicago's South Side are a long way away from home. In fact, they traveled thousands of miles just to be here. CBS 2's Noel Brennan introduces us to the German firefighters who've joined the Chicago Fire Department for a couple of weeks. In Chicago, a firehouse and good food go hand in hand.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
The Charlotte Fire Department is working to determine the cause of a structure fire in north Charlotte Thursday morning. The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. on Keswick Avenue right off North Tryon Street. Fire crews said the structure was a two-story house that was under construction. “A fire can spread quickly in an open building before it gets dried in with drywall, so a small amount of fire can spread very quickly with exposed wood,” Battalion Chief Blake Redden said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
VIDEO: Every single member of the Tulsa Fire Department is having their photo taken. It's the first time in almost a decade the department has done this, and it will go in a yearbook. What do you want to be when you grow up can be a difficult question for children to answer, but for Richard Smith, it was obvious.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWTV-DT CBS 9 Oklahoma City
VIDEO: Being a first responder can be a dangerous job, and for firefighters, there is an additional health risk; they can be exposed to cancer causing chemicals while fighting fires. "It's scary, but I know what I am getting myself into. It's a risk I am able to take to help my community," STC fire cadet Andrew Cervantes said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRGV-TV ABC 5 Weslaco
The federal agency responsible for promoting the safety of consumer products has employed plenty of tactics over the years, from recalls to regulations to PSAs. Now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is trying a new — and catchier — approach: It's released an album. We're Safety Now Haven't We packs in six genre-spanning, safety-focused songs (seven if you count the one that also got a Spanglish version).
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Public Radio
VIDEOS/PHOTOS: The fire at a recycling plant in Montana Vista in far East El Paso was brought under control on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and county crews continued suppression efforts into the night. At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, multiple agencies, eventually reaching five, responded to reports of a huge fire at the facility at Buffalo Bill and Krag St.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTSM-TV NBC 9 El Paso
Britain's Prince William visited FDNY firefighters at the firehouse near ground zero during his trip to New York City on Tuesday. William spoke with firefighters at Ten House in Lower Manhattan, the closest firehouse to the World Trade Center, which lost several firefighters in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the FDNY.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York
PHOTOS: There was a persistent beeping. Renee Reed assumed it was a cellphone. She and her husband, Chris, were settled in for the night in Room 218 of the Harborside Inn, just above the hotel's kitchen. They had a friend's wedding at the Spring House the next day. Then, an alarm sounded. She flicked on the lights.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Providence Journal - Metered Site
VIDEO: The Bay Area has seen more than its share of natural disasters in the past few years, from deadly wildfires to widespread flooding. To help identify the areas at highest risk, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was directed to create a map showing the risk level by community. California has the most high risk areas in the nation.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
VIDEO: Every second counts in a trauma situation. Critical patients need critical care, and sometimes time isn't on your side. “I wanted to give our paramedics one more tool in the toolbox to take advantage of, and to hopefully save a life out there,” said Coconut Creek Asst. Chief Tony Chin. A procedure typically reserved for emergency room hospitals is moving right out onto the field.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
Sandy Springs is changing the inspection process for apartment communities. A new code of ordinances is requiring apartment complexes to hire a third party to inspect units annually. Before updating regulations, only 20% of apartment units were required to be inspected each year. The new policy will help the city better address water and structural damage, mold, fire hazards and other issues — particularly in older complexes that don't have sprinkler systems for apartment fires, a statement said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Metered Site
VIDEO: John Gasper spent 23 years as a volunteer firefighter and that's what drew him to his unique current job title. Gasper, who is the owner of the namesake Gasper's Automotive Restoration in Manchester, brings old firetrucks back to life for a living. “We do everything from an oil change to a full truck restoration,” said Gasper.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
In movies, when we see fiery car crashes or flaming planes on runways, we know they are not real. But in the real world, fuel fires must be quenched with special kinds of chemicals, and the ones that have been most commonly used are known as aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs). However, environmental and health concerns about AFFFs have launched widespread efforts to detect, monitor and eventually eliminate them.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Institute of Standards and Technology
PHOTOS: Multiple fire departments responded to a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed a Plainview home. Fire officials said the fire on Lillian Lane started around 3 p.m. Nine volunteer fire departments responded to the massive house fire. Eyewitnesses said the flames engulfed the residence within minutes.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Long Island
VIDEO: Arizona's hiking trails can be a hotspot for tourists, but hiking them in the heat of summer can be deadly. Every year, the Scottsdale Fire Department rescues nearly 400 people from hiking trails. To help spread awareness about these rescues and how important it is to be prepared, Scottsdale Fire and Arizona's Family teamed up to conduct a simulated rescue.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Cory Asimus struggled to get to the finish line Sunday but giving up was never even a thought. The 33-year-old Freedom resident and Appleton firefighter was not only chasing a world record, he was also raising money and awareness for Project Vaspire 316, a cause he cares deeply about. Asimus finished the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction in an unofficial time of 4 hours, 53 minutes, 7 seconds.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post-Crescent - Metered Site
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A teenage firefighter-in-training, who dreams of working for the Pasadena Fire Department, managed to survive a tragic dune buggy accident outside Las Vegas, but was left with severe burns over most of her body. For 17-year-old America Salmeron, the story is about determination and perseverance.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles
A Utah family is grateful to be alive after their houseboat caught fire at Lake Powell. Maddy Tolman said her family was on board for only about 45 minutes when they heard a loud boom. “We heard a big boom! Not knowing what it was, we went to investigate. We found the motor on the houseboat had exploded, and caught on fire,” Tolman said.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
Thousands of people are en route to Colorado Springs for this weekend's annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony. ”It's the largest year we've ever had,” said Colorado Springs Firefighters Local 5 President, Curt Crumb. This year 572 names will be added to the walls of the memorial. Due to COVID-caused cancellations from previous years, names this year are a combination of 2021 and 2022.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A suspect stole a Portland Fire & Rescue boat and commandeered it down the Columbia River early Thursday morning, says the agency. PF&R stated that Rescue Boat 21 was taken from the boathouse by an unauthorized user. Local law enforcement and the Coast Guard pursued it. PF&R said the boat traveled downstream.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
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Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren may stand 7-foot-1 and tower over even some NBA players, but he still isn't tall enough to reach a second-story window on his own. It's a strange way to look at his height, but maybe not so much when you consider what he and some of the other Thunder players spent their Wednesday afternoon doing in the city.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sports Illustrated Media Group
VIDEO: Boston firefighter Daniel Ranahan had heard about colleagues getting cancer but he was stunned when doctors discovered a tumor in his chest. He was only 30 and had been in the Boston Fire Department for less than a decade. But as he investigated his diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma in October 2020 and sought successful treatment, he learned he and others wore gear that contained the toxic industrial compound PFAS.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
VIDEO: Eighty people are displaced after a four-alarm fire ripped through an apartment complex Wednesday night. Firefighters battled flames into Thursday morning. All 49 apartments in the complex have been impacted, and 80 residents have been displaced. Officials are telling people in the area to conserve water.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia
VIDEO: San Diego first responders say they are overwhelmed with mental health calls. They're hoping changes at the state and local level will provide more resources to help alleviate the problem. They received more than 53,000 calls last year and oftentimes, there's not much they could do to help those on the other end.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS/CW 8 San Diego
Bridget Melton, Ed.D., professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University, is part of a team awarded $1.1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist with a study aimed to promote wellness in firefighters and first responders. Melton is collaborating with researchers at the University of Kentucky as part of a three-year study that builds on a decade of foundational work by Melton and the Tactical Athlete Initiative team in the Waters College of Health Professions, College of Education and the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coastal Courier
VIDEO: Five years after over-pressurized gas traveled through underground lines fueling fires and explosions across the Merrimack Valley, new legislation aims to prevent that from ever happening again. “We proposed new regulations to affect nearly 2.3 million miles of pipelines across the country,” said Tristan Brown, the Deputy Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration part of the Department of Transportation.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston
Crews in downtown Los Angeles are battling a massive structure fire Tuesday that's already collapsed the building's roof. The fire broke out just after 1 p.m. at a building in the 300 block of E. 4th Street. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the building is approximately three stories, with a basement.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTTV FOX 11 Los Angeles
VIDEO: For first responders, an eye in the sky or a canary in the coal mine could mean the difference between life and death. Units like the Lake County Public Safety Unmanned Response or Drone Team provide just such a service, venturing ahead and providing a first look or acting as a guide on traitorous calls.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOIO-TV CBS 19 Shaker Heights
The latest installation coming to the Sigal Museum is going to be about more than just hoses and firetrucks. “Even if you think you know the story of firefighting, there will be something here to surprise you,” said the museum's curator of exhibitions, Tim Betz. The exhibit titled “Forged by Fire: The Heroism, Honor and History of Firefighting,” is scheduled to open to the public on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lehigh Valley Live
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Each year, Merrill and Antigo High School Football compete for a ‘War on 64' trophy but the rivalry goes far deeper. Merrill Fire Department Chief Josh Klug grew up in Merrill, but has connections in the Antigo Fire Department. Prior to this year's game Chief Klug called up one of his friends and former colleagues, Antigo Fire Chief Corey Smith.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander
VIDEO: Police are searching for a possible serial arsonist in Reseda after at least six fires were reported in the area overnight. Most of the fires took place around the Reseda Boulevard and Vanowen Street intersection. The first was reported shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, and the rest happened within the following two hours.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
VIDEO: Kilgore College held a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at their fire academy today. They chose this day to unveil a collection of antique firefighter helmets donated to the college that are now on display at the fire academy. A lot of things come to mind with the word collection, and firefighter helmets may not be top of the list, but for former firefighter Addy Hadaway it was a no-brainer.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler
PHOTOS: A little bug-inspired robot created by a team of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder has the potential to someday aid first responders during disasters. The robot's name is CLARI, which stands for Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect. It was built in the image of a bug. It's tiny, squishable and can shape-shift to fit through different gaps.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Camera - Metered Site
PHOTOS: At 9:37 am Eastern Time on September 11, 2001, two fire captains—Michael Defina and John Durrer—from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire & Rescue Department, based at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, were standing on the departures level of the main terminal. They were responding to a minor vehicle accident, but their attention quickly turned toward a low rumble, followed by smoke rising to the northwest.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Air & Space Museum
A house on West Elm Street in the City of Oneida was destroyed early Saturday morning by an explosion caused by a stolen vehicle crashing into the home. There were no injuries to homeowners, neighbors or emergency crews. Oneida Mayor Helen Acker posted on Facebook “there were no fatalities.” Police say the crash, which happened around 3:00am, severed the gas line into the house.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSYR-TV ABC 9 Syracuse
VIDEO/PHOTO: The City of Hattiesburg has a new fire truck honoring the Hattiesburg Public School District. The new Ladder 1 vehicle has been named “Purple Rain” and is painted in the purple-and-gold colors of Hattiesburg High School. The truck was officially dedicated at a ceremony at Station No. 1 Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLBT-TV NBC 3 Jackson
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A skateboarding event in Hollywood turned hostile and violent Saturday night when a crowd began setting fire to property and at least one vehicle. The skateboarding competition started around 4:30 p.m. on the 1600 block of Cherokee Avenue and became violent around 7:22 p.m. when the crowd began acting up, police said.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles
VIDEO: It's estimated that more than 100,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for a kidney transplant with over 3,000 patients added to the list each month. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Knox Company have launched the “Expand Your Legacy – Become a Living Kidney Donor” campaign to raise awareness on the life-changing impacts of becoming a living kidney donor.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV NBC 5 Memphis
VIDEO: The number of first responders who have died from 9/11-related illnesses now almost equals the number of firefighters who died during the terror attacks themselves. A total of 341 New York City Fire Department firefighters, paramedics and civilian support staff who died from post-911 illnesses are now memorialized at the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall, according to the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
An arson investigation is underway after a raging inferno tore through a mechanic shop in Miami on Friday morning. At 5:20 a.m., the City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue responded to reports of a fire at the scene. Firefighters arrived to find a vehicle fire raging on the exterior of the mechanic shop located near the intersection of Northwest Seventh Avenue and 79th Street.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami
VIDEO: As another anniversary of 9/11 sits on the horizon, officials at Seneca East Local Schools are paying tribute. “As I'm taking my last breaths of life, I realized that my life was over and I did something I hadn't done in a long time, I closed my eyes and said a prayer,” Joe Torrillo, a retired lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVG-TV ABC/CW 13 Toledo
VIDEO: Ten firefighters from Belgium are spending the week with the Fresno Fire Department. “We have a small organization in Belgium that tries to bring firefighters to the U.S. to visit the fire department and to do some hands-on training, to do ride along to see how the job is done over here and to make a comparison on how we do it,” said Marc Opstal who is a Battalion Chief in Belgium.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSEE-TV NBC 24 Fresno
Whelen Engineering, a global leader in the emergency warning industry for more than 70 years, Richard Childress Racing (RCR), and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have teamed up to honor fallen fire heroes at the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on September 9, 2023, at Kansas Speedway. RCR's No.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: RCR Racing
Fond du Lac County is making use of new, clever technology to get first responders to the right location. The technology, called “what3words,” converts numeric GPS coordinates into words. The words are then decoded by first responders using the what3words app in the field. Fond du Lac County Communications Director Amy Haase says this eliminates the risk of typing in a wrong number for GPS coordinates in degrees, minutes and seconds or decimal degrees.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay
PHOTOS: A rapidly spreading fire consumed as many as six rowhomes near Patterson Park. SkyTeam 11, Baltimore's only news helicopter, reported that firefighters were called Wednesday afternoon to the 300 block of South Robinson Street. Baltimore City Fire Department said commanders on the scene found one two-story row home involved with flames eventually spreading to a total of six homes.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
VIDEO: The Wichita Fire Department hosted a special surprise presentation on Wednesday for a former Wichita firefighter. Rebecca (Downum) Chandler became Wichita's first female firefighter in 1983. “It was a wonderful time. I didn't really know how long I could do it, but I did it as long as I could,” she said, “I enjoyed doing it.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWCH-DT CBS 12 Hutchinson
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VIDEO: New York and Nashville researchers studied blood cell mutations in 9/11 first responders and determined some cells were cloning out of control and causing cardiovascular disease. Thanks to this research, an exercise fanatic discovered he had underlying and extensive heart disease. Roger Grad exercises 90 minutes a day, five days a week.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISH-TV CW 8 Indianapolis
VIDEO: Fairfield firefighters gathered Thursday night to shave a mullet for a good cause. The mullet had been growing out for 798 days by Lt. Lee Corbo. Corbo decided to create a fundraiser and shave his hair in support of the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. He is also supporting a Norwalk firefighter who has been diagnosed with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
One person was injured after a boat caught fire on City Island Tuesday just before 6 p.m. The small powerboat sunk in the Long Island Sound shortly after firefighters were able to get the blaze under control. The boat was just off the fuel dock at 673 City Island Avenue in the Bronx when it went up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
VIDEO: A volunteer firefighter in Ascension Parish is using his hobby of photography to bring the public into their world. Blake Stone has what some could call a burning passion for capturing the moment. As a volunteer firefighter, he knows from firsthand experience what it takes to stand on the front lines and serve the community.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRZ-TV ABC 2 Baton Rouge
VIDEO: First responders can now make use of a new state law meant to help with post-traumatic stress disorder. Senate Bill 24 includes PTSD as an occupational disease when diagnosed in first responders and establishes benefits under workers' compensation. The bill states there is no physical injury required for a first responder to receive benefits.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMIZ-TV ABC 17 Columbia
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A driver who plunged off a 100-foot cliff in a remote area of Southern California and spent five days "immobilized" in their wrecked pickup truck, was rescued this weekend by firefighters who formed a human pulley system to pluck the victim from the ravine, authorities said. The rescue unfolded about 10:58 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
VIDEO: A driver and passenger were killed in an apparent street race when their vehicle crashed into a firetruck, injuring four crewmembers, in West Compton Tuesday. The crash was reported around 12:30 a.m. as the engine company was responding to a medical incident, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson Craig Little said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles
VIDEO: A very scary situation, a 12-year-old boy now hospitalized after partaking in a TikTok challenge went wrong. "I woke up to him just screaming and I woke up so fast that I kicked the dog gate out of my door frame, and then I saw him, he was on fire," Tiffany Roper mother of 12-year-old boy said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Mesa
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Prince George's County fire station was damaged after an ambulance caught fire early Sunday morning, the agency said. "We do have our share of fires in Prince George's County, but running a fire within one of our own fire stations is very unique," Department Public Information Director Alan Doubleday said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington D.C.
VIDEO/PHOTOS: The memory of the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks was on the minds of dozens of people at AT&T Field in Chattanooga Monday morning. With a week before the 22nd remembrance of that dark day, first responders and the public climbed stairs in their memory. 2,977 people lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga
VIDEO: State officials had been warning Florida residents about the threat posed by storm surge to electric vehicles since Monday, days before Hurricane Idalia made landfall. In the aftermath of the destructive storm, Pinellas officials report at least two incidents of electric vehicles combusting after their lithium-ion batteries were exposed to the saltwater.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the creation of a new Inter-Agency Fire Safety Working Group meant to ensure the safety and security of energy storage systems across the state, following fire incidents at facilities in Jefferson, Orange, and Suffolk Counties this summer. State agencies will begin immediate inspections of energy storage sites, and the working group is intended to help prevent fires and ensure emergency responders have the necessary training and information to prepare and deploy resources in the event of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: POWER Engineering
Firefighters who battled the deadly Lahaina wildfires on August 8 have earned immense gratitude for their efforts to fend off the historic inferno fed by hurricane force winds and large swaths of fire prone bone-dry brush. Chris Frueh, a psychology professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo provides insight into short- and long-term medical, psychological and social risks firefighters can sustain in their line of work.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Hawaii News
VIDEO: Killeen's Fire Station 9 held an auction to raise donations for two firefighters who are currently battling cancer. The station has an allotted pool of donations named the Benevolence fund, which goes to taking care of firefighter's financial stability when they leave work due to medical or personal issues.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWTX-TV CBS 10 Waco
Two Chicago firefighters were rescued after being lured into a home and attacked by a man armed with a knife Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said. Chicago police said the incident occurred in the 7700-block of South Marshfield Avenue at about 12:18 p.m. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said firefighters were called to a garage fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Idalia isn't finished with the Southeastern coastal states yet. Idalia made landfall Wednesday morning as a powerful Category 3 hurricane over Keaton Beach, located along Florida's Gulf Coast near Tallahassee. After rapidly intensifying on its path through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and briefly registering as a Category 4 storm, the hurricane hit Florida's Big Bend area with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
VIDEO: Some University of Maryland students were in the spotlight Wednesday after winning more than $150,000 in a national drone competition. What the team from the university's Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle Team has achieved is especially important to first responders, who turned out in big numbers Wednesday to take a look at the specialized drone students at the University's Clark School of Engineering created.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9 Washington, D.C.
VIDEO: From the first bucket brigades of New Amsterdam in the 1620s to state-of-the-art firefighting now, the Fire Museum of New York City tells the story of fire protection, fire prevention, and firefighting in New York, over the years. The telling of a vital chapter of that story just got more in-depth with the museum's acquisition of new materials related to 9/11.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York City
A fire broke out in a two-story building in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District, sending flames and clouds of black smoke into the air Wednesday morning. The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Los Angeles Street. A large plume of smoke could be seen across the downtown LA area.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
VIDEO: One of the biggest challenges of putting out an electric vehicle (EV) fire is trying to get inside the battery to flood the battery. "They're very difficult to put out," said Avondale Fire Department Battalion Chief Garry Siler. Now, there is a new device that punctures holes in an EV's battery, and floods it with water.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
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VIDEO: A long-time firefighter in Lancaster County has created an epic book highlighting firefighters of New York City. Glenn Usdin hopes the photographs and stories are inspirational to first responders and anyone who might need their help. "This is a very unique profession in American society, that when everybody else is running out of burning buildings, firefighters — whether they be professional or volunteer — firefighters are running into the building," Usdin explains about the men and women featured in the pages.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGAL-TV NBC 8 Lancaster
VIDEO: Hurricane Idalia made landfall Wednesday morning as a powerful Category 3 storm in Keaton Beach, located along Florida's Gulf Coast near Tallahassee. After rapidly intensifying on its path through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and briefly registering as a Category 4 storm, the hurricane hit Florida's Big Bend area with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
PHOTOS: Fire crews are battling a large blaze in Newport that broke out late Monday. As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the fire at Scott Recycling was still active and the Cocke County Sheriff's Office said the building is a total loss. The Cocke County Emergency Management Agency called the incident response “a sight to see” in a Tuesday morning update and commended the leadership among the agencies that responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville
Dearborn and Ann Arbor have agreed to rent each other's ambulances and other emergency vehicles on an as-needed or emergency basis. Both cities agreed to the deal in August. “This would occur if Rescue 1-1 is out of service for an extended period of time or if we wanted to add a second transport unit during peak demand times such as night, home football games,” The Ann Arbor Fire Department posted on Facebook.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press & Guide - Metered Site
Acting Governor Nicholas Scutari on Monday signed A-5275/S-3671, providing municipal governing bodies more flexibility in appointing chaplains to their fire departments. Under current law, the governing body of any municipality, by ordinance, may provide for the appointment of one or more ordained members of the clergy as chaplains to the paid or part-paid fire department and force of the municipality, with the rank of battalion chief and their salaries fixed by the governing body.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: State of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
A Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue helicopter crashed into an apartment building in Pompano Beach Monday morning, killing two people and injuring four others, authorities confirmed. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, one person onboard the helicopter was killed, along with another person on the ground.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
VIDEO: Identical twins Manuel and Emmanuel Zuaznabar broke through barriers to achieve their goal of becoming New York City firefighters, and now they're sharing their story of success in hopes of inspiring the next generation. Coined the "Z brothers," the 29-year-old, half-Dominican half-Cuban twins were born on Staten Island and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City
VIDEO/PHOTO: The people who've spent days helping Mt. Charleston residents after destructive floodwaters swept through their community now need some help themselves. Flood waters that brought destruction to Mt. Charleston over the weekend also dealt a heavy blow to the local volunteer fire department.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTNV-TV ABC 13 Las Vegas
The Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department is on a mission to create a certified county wide search and rescue unit comprised of first responder who can provide aid anywhere in the county in times of disaster. According to Chief Dave McCoy the search and rescue department is already an obligation of all fire departments, with everybody being responsible for their own area with fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Morning Journal - Metered Site
VIDEO: Personnel working at Marathon Petroleum Refinery in St. John the Baptist Parish, along with local emergency officials, responded to a chemical spill and fire at a storage tank at the company's Garyville refinery on Friday, Aug. 25. The spill and fire have been contained within the refinery's property, according to the company.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAFB-TV CBS 9 Baton Rouge
VIDEO: The Sacramento Fire Department is now officially in charge of the city's homelessness response. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Pedro is leading the newly established Incident Management Team, which follows the same emergency response structure used in disaster situations like wildfires and severe storms.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento
The Owensboro Fire Department is sharing some favorite firehouse recipes through their new Facebook cooking show called “Food on Fire.” The show gives viewers a look into the kitchens inside the fire stations. OFD Captain Bobby Grant said since the stations are like second homes for the firefighters, they often cook most of their meals there while on the clock.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Owensboro Times
PHOTOS: At the 11th annual back-to-school bash in D.C.'s Bellevue neighborhood, groups of students devour hot dogs by the dozens, and kids line up for free haircuts and face paint. An ice cream truck attracts a line that stretches all the way down Atlantic Street SW as city employees try to set up a stage for live music in the scorching August sun.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAMU-FM 88.5 Washington, D.C.
VIDEOS: There is a new fire truck at Palm Beach International Airport that's joining the fleet, designed to fight fires from inside the aircraft. “It's a high tech piece of equipment. We just took delivery of it a few weeks ago, and the guys are training on it now. It has every new technology that's available to keep everyone safe here at the airport,” said District Chief Bob Kropa of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
VIDEO: Cruise and its autonomous cars spent the weekend pulling back some of their vehicles on San Francisco streets following a request from the Department of Motor Vehicles. This comes after two accidents and several incidents in the past week. Cruise said it will work with the DMV to make improvements to its fleet.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
VIDEO: When someone calls 911, it's usually on their worst day. What most people might not consider, are the dispatchers who answer those calls every single day, and the impact it has on their mental health. The signing of House Bill 2717 is a historic decision for all 911 operators in the state of Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: City of Phoenix
Since 1999, more than a million people have died from drug overdoses. It's an issue that has grappled communities, both big and small, across the U.S. "The drug overdose crisis is impacting nearly every corner of the U.S.," The San Francisco Chronicle's data editor, Dan Kopf, said. The Chronicle, a Hearst newspaper, has documented the accelerating epidemic as drug overdoses claimed the lives of 107,669 people last year.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
Monday, October 17th, 2022
Early this morning our station was dispatched to a fully involved structure fire at the 1700 block of Rose Valley Road in Hepburn Township. There were many additional fire departments called to assist...
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Family members and friends gathered Wednesday morning at Sanders Mortuary in Williamsport to remember Sharon Tempesco, 77, a life member of the Hepburn Township Volunteer Fire Company, who died last w...
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