The FDNY is making the social media rounds with a public service announcement warning the public against attacks on paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
The PSA, posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Thursday, comes in the wake of a brutal attack on an EMT last month, and includes tough talk on the penalty for punching a paramedic.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Within the space of 24 days, firefighters have been evacuated from the two of the town's seven stations, highlighting growing concerns about the safety of living quarters for those who put themselves in harm's way to save others.
Fire Chief Ed Bradley called the situation “unacceptable” and said he is responsible for the public's safety and feels helpless.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Plymouth - Metered Site
The idea to transform an Orange County fire engine into a canvas to honor America's military veterans actually started about a year ago with the inspiration of Battalion Chief Scott Egan.
On Monday, after weeks of rough sketches and measurements, veteran Orange County firefighter Sotero Martinez III went to work to bring the idea to life.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG News & ClickOrlando.com
Doug Sloan remembers the silence.
After California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire raced through the Sierra Nevada foothills one year ago, all but destroying his hometown, everything went silent. No birds chirped. No car engines roared. No tree leaves rustled in the wind.
While evidence of the Camp Fire remains in the charred and blackened trees that dot the landscape, in the rubble of buildings not yet cleared and in store signs that lead to empty parking lots, residents and officials say they are working hard to rebuild this rural community 170 miles northeast of San Francisco.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
First responders are the true heroes in emergency situations. They are the ones who don't hesitate when something bad is happening. Twist reporter, Peyton LoCicero tell us that there is one local fire department that shines brighter than the rest.
Well known for sugar cane, rice fields and crawfish ponds, Thibodaux citizens also have another specialty, fighting fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGNO-TV ABC 26 New Orleans
Escambia County is mourning the loss of Dwain S. Bradshaw, age 41, a Volunteer District Chief at Escambia County Fire Rescue Station #1 in Bellview and Volunteer Assistant District Chief for ECFR Station #2 in Beulah, who was killed this morning while on scene responding to a multi-vehicle accident on the Muscogee Bridge.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRG-TV CBS 5
A Los Angeles firefighter received more than $360,010 in overtime last fiscal year, a city audit found Wednesday, according to a report.
The audit reported that 18 other Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) employees received more than $200,000 in overtime pay and 90 percent of police and fire employees received some amount of overtime, The Los Angeles Times reported.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News
The city firefighters' union is fighting back against plans to install security cameras at all three of its firehouses in the wake of a drug-ring scandal.
Middletown Firefighters Association Inc. Local 1027 filed an improper practice charge with the state Public Employment Relations Board on Oct. 21 against city hall for the soon-to-be-installed video surveillance cameras at the Central Firehouse on East Main Street, the Wallkill Street Station on Wallkill Avenue and the North Street Station.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Herald-Record - Metered Site
Coffee has fueled Luke Schneider's career, which began in the U.S. Navy when he served as Damage Control 2nd Class Petty Officer, and continues to fuel his post at the Rockford, Illinois Fire Department.
“I started drinking coffee when I was in the Navy working long hours and long shifts to stay awake,” said Schneider.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox Business
VIDEO: West Metro firefighters got a glimpse at what could be the future of public safety Tuesday. It was all part of a competition to see which product prototypes help firefighters best navigate dangerous conditions.
All of the devices were incorporated in the firefighter's gear and involved haptic technology, which involves using a vibration or touch sensation to communicate which direction to go in a dangerous or hectic situation.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver
There was “no way in hell” Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise.
She'd thought she was going to die during the six hours it took her to escape the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The town where she'd raised her family was nearly wiped out, two of her three cats had disappeared into the flames, and she “was done.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Bay Area News
It started with a conversation three years ago. Hays CISD met with the Kyle Fire Department and discussed what kinds of professionals were needed in the community. The consensus? More firefighters and emergency medical technicians. And so the district's Firefighter Academy was birthed.
This isn't a school field trip.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC 24 Austin
Rushing to the aid of Pennsylvania towns that need to recruit more volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel, the state House of Representatives passed 16 bills in the past two weeks to support their efforts.
State Rep. Frank Farry, R-142, of Langhorne, co-introduced House Bill 1459, which would create an Emergency Responder Mental Wellness and Stress Management Program that would assist first responders, including 911 dispatchers and coroners.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Intelligencer
VIDEO: A local fire department is fighting for a bill that would offer protections for firefighters with cancer.
Midway Fire Rescue is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday to spread awareness of the Presumptive Firefighter Cancer Bill.
“We're trying to make (people) aware and have people call their legislatures and tell them to support this bill,” President of Midway Professional Firefighters Association Justin Lenker said.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence
PHOTO: Thousands of acres damaged by the ongoing Kincade Fire in Northern California's Sonoma County are visible in this new image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite. The image was taken at 11:01 a.m. PST on Nov. 3, 2019.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
A Wild Dunes Resort expansion project is worrying South Carolina Fire Fighter advocates. A new hotel is being built with 153 rooms, as well as meeting and event spaces.
The Professional Fire Fighters Association of South Carolina said doesn't believe the Isle of Palms fire department has enough staffing to respond to a building of this size.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIV-TV ABC 4 Charleston
At just 11 years old, Zechariah Cartledge runs a mile for every first responder who loses their life in the line of service. Since January, he's run 283 miles.
"All I think about during the runs is the fallen heroes, the fallen officers, the fallen firefighters, their families. That's my mission for the run," he said.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Evening News
At 8:40 a.m. Sept. 10, 2018, Cedar Falls dispatched four fire-response units — including a rescue truck with special “confined space” equipment — to the University of Northern Iowa, where a massive amount of steam was spewing from the campus Commons.
But “due to staffing,” only two of the four units rushed to the scene, arriving five minutes later.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette
York City firefighters have a new tool to teach children about the dangers of fires, how to prevent them and ways to escape a burning home.
The city's fire safety house is a haulable trailer that's been turned into a mobile classroom, with bleachers for kids to sit on, mock rooms including a kitchen, bedroom and living area, a window so children can practice climbing to safety and more, according to Lisa Altland.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The York Dispatch
Brian Serdynski was a reliable and dedicated public servant, father and friend.
Those who he leaves behind remember him as selfless, never complaining and for his commitment of a large chunk of his life to serving on the Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department.
The Fire Department has a hole in its roster as the department's members are mourning the loss of one of their own.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times
The head of the city's firefighter union wants to know the long-term plan for retaining a crop of new hires when the temporary funding used to bring them on board expires.
The problem is — just as it has been in the past — there does not appear to be one, and the union president is concerned the fire department will, once again, be targeted for budget cuts through staffing reductions when it comes time to pay up.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
“Level Zero” is the phrase at the heart of a legal fight between Albuquerque Fire and Rescue and privately owned Albuquerque Ambulance Service over the city's proposed expansion of its authority to have AFR rescue units transport patients to the hospital.
In most cases, AFR rescue units stabilize patients on scene and Albuquerque Ambulance then takes them to the emergency room – allowing the Fire and Rescue units to return to service for new 911 calls.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Albuquerque Journal - Metered Site
VIDEO: It was a beautiful memorial for Goodyear firefighter engineer Austin Peck, who died in August.
Some of Peck's family skydived to remember him, and they say it was a healing moment as they released his ashes into the skies.
"I'm sure he would have loved it. He was an adrenaline junkie himself," said Mark Peck, Austin's father.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
In a recent Facebook post, the Portsmouth Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association the public on a staffing shortage.
“Today is a scary day to be a citizen, guest, or business owner in Portsmouth.”
According to the Association, EMS2, a unit that responds to major medical calls, is down due to lack of staffing.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
Some local fire and rescue chiefs are pushing back against the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities closure of the Silvertip Maintenance Station, located at the junction of the Seward and Hope highways.
DOT&PF says five staffers have been moved and the station will no longer be responsible for plowing and maintenance of the the 17-mile Hope Highway, as well as Turnagain Pass from mile markers 45 to 74.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVA-TV CBS 11 Anchorage
President Donald Trump has signed a bill renaming the Sun Prairie post office after a firefighter killed in an explosion last year.
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin's office says Trump signed the bill Thursday renaming the post office after Cory Barr. He was killed in a natural gas explosion in downtown Sun Prairie in July 2018.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison
A new study on the Lake Christine fire finds that wildfire mitigation, like using flame-resistant construction materials and clearing vegetation around homes, played a significant role in saving property.
The study, by the Community Wildfire Planning Center, was presented to the Eagle County board of commissioners by wildfire mitigation coordinator Eric Lovgren on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Aspen Public Radio
A proposed change in the way Cobb County's public safety officials are compensated has come under criticism from police and fire fighter representatives.
Under the so-called “step and grade” table presented to county commissioners earlier this month, public safety employees would receive a 3-percent “step” increase each year.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Private firefighting continues to grow as an industry. With fires scorching the state of California, some homeowners and insurance companies contract out companies to protect homes and structures in wildfires.
"We've been doing the private sector for three years," Ryan Bellanca, of Bella Wildfire & Forestry Inc.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLO-TV ABC/CW+ 8 Reno
First responders rush through the streets to save lives every day, but that comes with a risk and, sometimes, a cost. With more than 30 crashes involving Jacksonville police and fire vehicles last week, city leaders are once again concerned about safety.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office alone had 24 crashes last week, with the officers at fault in 17 of them.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CBS 4 Jacksonville
Ever wonder how fire agencies decide who and when to evacuate?
It's not a decision made on a hunch. It requires making sense of huge amounts of real-time data and intelligence, and getting it wrong or late can have tragic consequences.
Not than long ago, fatalities in California's wildfires were very rare.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LAist
If you have a heart attack in Harlowe, according to resident and former firefighter Rufus Carter, you are in serious trouble: it's going to take the ambulance an average of 18 minutes and 22 seconds to get there. If you live in nearby Adams Creek, the response time is even longer.
That's the longest average response time for EMS in the county by nine and a half minutes (in Fort Barnwell) and nearly 11 minutes longer than the county's quickest (Township 7).
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Bern Sun Journal
Chicago has the largest number of women fighting fires and working on ambulances of any city in the country, the city's fire commissioner said Wednesday, but they make up less than 10% of the department's total personnel.
In a department that has long dealt with diversity issues, aldermen also pressed Chicago Fire Department officials to better address the under-representation of black and Latino firefighters on the force, an annual complaint when officials come to City Hall for their budget hearing.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
The California wildfires and PG&E's incompetence are having a terrifying impact on the residents of California, who face not only immense risk to life and property, but a growing number of power and telecom-related outages that make a bad problem worse.
There are more than a dozen wildfires currently raging across California, and heavy winds this week are only expected to exacerbate the problem.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vice
Authorities are searching for the Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief who has been reported missing after setting out to hike an Arizona trail last week.
Sheriff's officials say 73-year-old Chief Gary Morris was reported missing around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Deputies say Chief Morris, an avid hiker, was scheduled to do 51 miles over four days of the Arizona Trail with the ending point being in the Doll Baby area, southwest of Payson.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 15 News Arizona
VIDEO: Harrowing video of San Francisco firefighters sent into the Kincade Fire drives home the reality that our first-responders are risking their lives when they step in to battle raging wildfires.
Firefighters from San Francisco Fire Department were deployed to help fight the Kincade Fire, which has now burned 74,000 acres in Sonoma County.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV 7 News
A Cessna 414 plane crashed into a suburban New Jersey home Tuesday morning, igniting a massive fire and completely destroying the house, local fire officials said.
The crash was in Colonia, about 22 miles outside of New York City. Video from the scene shows massive flames and plumes of smoke rising into the air.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
At least 13 shots were fired into the Ona Volunteer Fire Department building, damaging three trucks, Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said Tuesday. The sheriff said someone shot through the station's garage doors, hitting three truck's radiators and transmission lines. As a result, two of the trucks will be out of service.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
The town's full-time firefighters say the current paid firefighting service is too thin for a town of York's size, and they are seeking residents' support to add two more people to their ranks. But as much as they seek relief from their 56-hour work week, it is just as important to them that the town hire a full-time paid fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fosters.com
In the last 24 hours, firefighters have responded to an estimated 330 fires across California, Governor Gavin Newsom stated in a press conference Monday afternoon. The update comes as the Kincade Fire, which sparked northeast of Geyserville on October 23, continues to burn across Northern California.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SF Gate
Alex Graham was a fixture behind the wheel of Engine 21, part of a crew known as the Alley Rats that raced to calls around Northwest Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood.
But it was in Graham's less flashy work on the training grounds at the other end of the city where the 48-year-old became the department's go-to fix-it man, making sure water flowed from engines and through hoses at the required rate and that ladders could be raised to burning structures.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post
They did the time — now they're going to get paid for it.
A federal jury ordered the city to cough up millions of dollars to FDNY emergency medical technicians and paramedics who were stiffed for time spent on preparations before and after their shifts, attorneys for the first responders said Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
A firefighter battling the explosive Kincade Fire near Geyserville was forced to deploy his personal fire shelter to prevent two residents from being overcome by flames as the blaze surged Friday evening, state officials said.
Fire shelters are used as a last resort, and the rescue, at about 6:20 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle - Metered Site
Fairfield officials are debating whether to accept a federal firefighting staffing grant because of the city's own financial obligations that come with the funding. Fairfield was awarded a nearly $1.26 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant so the fire department could hire six firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal-News
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that left two people dead early Sunday morning on Sprague Road, west of state Route 252.
According to officials, 31-year-old Keith Liedtke, of Columbia Station, was driving a 2007 Pontiac G5 in the eastbound lane of Sprague Road. Twenty-seven-year-old Brent Reszler, of Columbia Station, was in the passenger seat.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYC Studios
An ongoing dispute between neighboring fire department jurisdictions in northern Beaufort County could mean that, beginning Friday, the closest firefighters won't always respond first to an emergency.
Leaders of the Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Department and Burton Fire District say their departments are equipped to keep residents adequately safe despite the latest escalation in the spat.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Island Packet
The recent fatal fire on Coffin Ave has brought renewed attention to the fire department's blackout policy.
First responders were able to locate and evacuate 85-year-old Louise Barboza on the third floor of her three-story home after receiving reports of a structure fire, but she suffered second and third degree burns and later died at the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Coast Today
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has received just shy of a million dollars in Fire Prevention and Safety Grant money from FEMA to develop a free public safety drone compliance program that includes educational training and a searchable knowledgebase that tracks fire service drone programs and usage.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NFPA.org
After recently going solar, an Ann Arbor fire station is set to undergo interior renovations.
City Council has OK'd a $208,400 contract with Allied Building Service Co. of Detroit for upgrades to Station 6 next to Briarwood Mall, including adding gender-neutral facilities. The station was constructed in the early 1980s when the fire service was made up of mostly male firefighters, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mlive.com
On Wednesday, October 23rd, the Wamsutter Volunteer Fire Department was working an accident scene of a single vehicle rollover off the north side, westbound Interstate 80 at mile marker 170. The pickup truck involved in that incident had just been towed away and the driver had escaped with minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SweetWaterNow
A raging wildfire that forced massive evacuations in Northern California scorched thousands of acres in hours -- and is expected to keep growing.
The Kincade Fire ignited Wednesday night in Sonoma County, and burned 16,000 acres by Thursday night. It was fueled in part by high winds that had already prompted California electric utilities to intentionally cut power to thousands of residents.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVZ-TV NewsChannel 21
VIDEO: Firefighters came face to face with a man holding a machete during an early Thursday morning house fire call.
Police said crews were called out around 3 a.m. for a fire at Crestview Terrace. Firefighters found 51-year-old Edwin Aviles outside the home carrying a knife and a machete.
According to police, the man seemed to be suffering from mental health issues, and refused to drop the weapons.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
Directors of TEEX, Texas A&M Forest Service, and the governor of Luxembourg, Belgium, met in Aggieland Thursday to learn more about how to control forest fires in the province.
"We are hosting the Belgium, Luxembourg governor here to talk about emergency response fire schools and how we do it in Texas," said Texas A&M Forest Service Director Tom Boggus.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBTX-TV CBS 3 Bryan
More firefighters have died by suicide than in the line of duty over the past year, according to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance.
The numbers are staggering. According to Jeff Dill, founder of FBHA, in the past seven days, eight firefighters across the United States have taken their own lives.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
It was a hot, windy day in Southern California when a trash truck caught fire and the driver dumped the burning garbage on the side of the road. Minutes later, powerful winds blew the flames across a hillside and into a mobile home community, killing two people and destroying dozens of homes.
No California law governs how trash haulers respond to a fire in their truck, leaving it to the waste industry to provide guidance.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
The state House has voted to exempt volunteer fire departments from Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law, which journalists and the general public can use to request information from public entities.
Supporters of the bill say it is a needed correction to a burdensome system, but opponents say it just makes the departments needlessly opaque.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Essential Public Radio 90.5 WESA
A free specialized plate proposed for firefighters and emergency responders was intended to be free for the duration of an individual's volunteer service, not just for the first year, according to an opinion just issued by Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem.
The opinion was sought by Senate Transportation Committee Member David Rust, R-Tioga, and House Transportation Committee Chairman Dan Ruby after questions were raised during the 2019 biennium related to implementing Measure 4, approved by voters in 2018.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Williston Herald
EMS structure in urban areas varies to fit the need of the community. It is often part of the Fire Department – but may be a third service separate from police and fire – or follow a public utility model privately contracted to provide EMS services. In more suburban and rural areas EMS often follows a fourth model, with volunteers providing part or all of the EMS care in that county.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: JEMS.com
A new state law increases benefits for family members of first responders killed on the job.
The legislation, signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Cuomo, increases the cost of living benefits by 3% for spouses of fallen police and firefighters.
“Police and firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty are mothers, fathers, husbands and wives – and the family members they leave behind must be properly cared for,” Cuomo said.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Newport Fire Chief William Darin says the department made nearly 5,000 runs in 2018; that includes fire and medical responses.
Darin says less than 1 percent of those are for big structural fires. Newport Fire Union President Jake Silvati says the department is understaffed.
"We feel that it's not a matter of if something bad happens, it's a matter of when something that happens and we're very concerned about that or concerned about the safety of the citizens and the firefighters," Silvati said.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRC-TV 12
When a medical call came in on June 24, 2015, to assist an intoxicated man at a trolley station, San Diego firefighter Ben Vernon thought it would be a routine situation.
He had been on this type of call several times in the past, so he was not too worried.
Arriving on the scene, however, tensions started to rise between a bystander and several security guards, and a fight broke out.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bakersfield.com
An Atlanta firefighter who lost his leg after getting struck by a vehicle while responding to a call on I-85 said he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the quick-thinking actions of his colleagues.
Sgt. Darrow Harden was hit by a car in May while responding to a wreck near Cleveland Avenue in the interstate's northbound lanes.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal Constitution
An East Tennessee landmark is now completely gone after a fire late Tuesday night.
Cumberland County Fire Rescue responded to a fire at Minister's Treehouse in Crossville around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. We're told the entire building burned to the ground in about 15 minutes.
No injuries have been reported.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHL-TV CBS/ABC 11 Johnson City
Mayor Bill de Blasio is being asked to do more to protect first responders in the wake of an attack on a 20-year-old emergency medical technician as he was transporting an emotional disturbed person to the hospital.
The ambulance EMT Nicholas Cody used to transport an emotionally disturbed person on Friday night sat parked outside the emergency room at Lincoln Hospital on Monday, the decal warning that it's a felony to attack a first responder, apparently not much of a deterrent in a city where the number of of mental health 911 calls have nearly doubled in the last decade.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV 55 Riverhead
Pennsylvania's growing shortage of volunteer and career firefighters and EMS providers has reached a point where state lawmakers are calling for action to avert a crisis like the one Rep. Stephen Barrar described at a Monday news conference.
“How would you feel if you had a fire or an accident or a life-threatening emergency and when you dialed 911, no one responded? These type of doomsday scenarios are not far-fetched,” said Barrar, R-Delaware County, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive
On the same day that a package of bills was introduced at the State Capitol to help Pennsylvania's fire and EMS workers, one midstate community is applauding the decision.
The Middletown Fire Department is 100% volunteer, so for about two years now, they've been offering a live-in program for young firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg
Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a financial oversight team and will hire an independent contractor to address a cash flow crisis caused by the Oregon Department of Forestry's failure to promptly bill and collect money it is owed for wildfire costs.
The 13-member team, chaired by the governor's chief of staff, is tasked with identifying the structural changes needed to expedite and standardize how the agency processes financial transactions related to wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
Officials are urging residents throughout the San Diego region's most fire-prone areas to prepare for this year's peak wildfire season.
The county is slated to mail out its “personal disaster plan” to roughly 200,000 homes and businesses starting next week. The recently updated 16-page document will be sent to those living in areas designated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as “very-high fire severity zones.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The San Diego Union Tribune - Metered Site
A firefighter with the Homer Fire Department died Saturday after falling ill at a training, according to the fire chief.
Firefighter Robert Bush was feeling ill during a training, and his fellow firefighters offered him medical help immediately, chief Mahlon Irish Jr. said in a Facebook post.
“Bush was transported to the local hospital where revival efforts continued.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse.com
Over the last few years, national firefighter organizations have put an emphasis on cancer preventions. Firefighters face higher rates of cancer diagnosis and cancer-related deaths than the general population.
Innovative work by the Xenia Fire Department will help them be more diligent about keeping gear clean to prevent the inhalation of carcinogens as suggested by many national firefighter organizations.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDTN-TV NBC 2 Dayton
Two national experts on firefighter safety were at the Vermont Fire Academy Saturday sharing what they know with leaders in the state's firefighting and emergency services community.
“The entire class today is focused on firefighter health and safety,” Chief Craig Haigh, a 36-year veteran of the Hanover Park, Illinois, Fire Department, and a field staff instructor at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rutland Herald - Metered Site
San Francisco's Marina was ravaged by fire during the Loma Prieta earthquake, centered 60 miles away.
Thirty years later, experts say, as much as a third of the city is still largely unprotected against the massive fires they fear will be sparked by the Big One.
“The way the situation is now, we are going to have some major conflagrations in the city,” said Charles Scawthorn, an engineer and earthquake fire modeling expert, who predicts as many as 100 separate fires across the city, fueled by broken natural gas lines.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
VIDEOS: Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire at an auto body shop in Philadelphia's Cobbs Creek neighborhood. Crews were called to the the area of 59th and Irving Streets for a fire around 10:10 a.m. Monday.
Arriving crews found heavy fire conditions coming from a second-story building.
The fire caused parts of the building to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia
Two city EMS veterans were in critical condition Thursday after a bizarre episode where one suffered a stroke behind the wheel — and the other an aortic aneurysm while headed to assist his colleague, authorities said.
The double dose of tragedy began when Liam Glinane, a 28-year FDNY veteran, was stricken while driving around 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
VIDEO: One year ago, a man shot himself after setting a fire that destroyed several homes in Springfield, and today the first responders are looking back.
“We started getting ready to fight fire. As we were pulling up on scene, glass exploded through the cab and something hard hit me in the left chest," said Captain Craig Degarlais with Eugene Springfield Fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEZI-TV ABC 9
The Burlington Rescue Squad will dissolve at the end of the year due to difficulties keeping up with increased call volume and a decline in volunteerism, Mayor Jeannie Hefty has announced.
The dissolution will leave the City of Burlington Fire Department to pick up rescue services for city residents.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times
As an emergency medicine resident at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Zachary Wettstein, MD, has seen the effects of wildfires firsthand. On days when it's really smoky, he says, “I'm not surprised that I'm seeing more people with shortness of breath.” Densely smoky days certainly are growing as wildfire season worsens, experts say, spurred in part by such environmental changes as earlier snowmelts that can cause drier, hotter conditions.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AAMCNews
In 2020 Arkansas' minimum wage goes up 75 cents: from $9.25 an hour to $10 an hour.
For firefighters starting out in Harrison, they currently only make $9.40 an hour.
“Roughly 10 members of our department were going to fall below that minimum wage if we didn't do something," said Harrison Fire Chief Marc Lowery.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYTV NBC 3
Three Texas first responders were struck and killed by vehicles while on duty in a week's time — prompting officials to remind motorists to move over and slow down for roadside emergency vehicles.
On October 7, 2019, two Louise Volunteer Fire Department firefighters, having cleared a previous call, stopped in their lane of travel on Farm-to-Market (FM) 647, south of Highway 59 near Louise, Texas, to check the fire engine's front tires, believing something was wrong.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Texas Daily
Full-time firefighter/paramedic Wendy Ashworth made history last week in the Acushnet Fire and EMS Department when she became the first female member of the department to command an incident.
Ashworth, 56, is the only full-time female firefighter in the department, according to Chief Kevin Gallagher.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Standard-TImes
Created by former FirstNet senior executives and P3 Group North America engineers, Allerio is a smart mobile connectivity company that is taking emergency medical services (EMS) and telemedicine to the next level with next generation connectivity solutions built with meeting the needs of responders in mind.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cision PRWeb
Portland's public safety disability fund expects to receive 10 new claims a year from police or firefighters seeking benefits for two types of stress disorders as the result of a new state law that went into effect last month.
Lawmakers this summer approved Senate Bill 507 to define post-traumatic stress and acute stress disorders as occupational diseases for full-time police, firefighters, 911 emergency dispatchers, corrections officers and emergency medical service providers.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
VIDEO: It was 5:04 p.m. on October 17, 1989, when a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the soft soil of San Francisco's Marina District, crumpling the neighborhood's old wooden buildings like paper, and sending a cascade of splintered wood and glass into the streets.
Neighbors who were there at the time recall that something else went flying into the air in those moments: natural gas.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
Eleven New York City firefighters were taken to hospitals and one other person was injured after two fire trucks collided while responding to a call in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, officials said.
The 11 firefighters were transported to hospitals as a precaution after the fire engine and ladder truck collided just before 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
Two chemical storage tanks caught fire and three others were threatened at an energy storage facility in Contra Costa County Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials.
The blaze burned the two tanks to the ground and damaged two others at the NuStar Energy facility in Crockett, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, which got the first call at about 1:50 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
Every day, more than 1 million U.S. firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us.
Not only by putting out fires, but by responding to all types of emergencies. On top of that, their shifts often last a full 24 hours.
Inspired by the heroism of firefighters, the safety experts at Frontpoint examined government data to report how career firefighters' salaries compare across the nation.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)
The president of the union representing Youngstown firefighters said he was surprised to learn the city plans to close a fire station and eliminate three battalion chiefs through attrition.
Charlie Smith, who is also a battalion chief, said the plans were revealed in a Tuesday morning meeting with Youngstown City Law Director Jeff Limbian.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYTV ABC 33
They're called "forever chemicals."
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, PFOS, and PFOA, are man-made chemicals that are all around us. It's expected that the average person has some exposure to the chemicals in their lifetimes whether it's through food containers or the water we drink.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL 101.7 FM
VIDEO: The ABC11 I-Team obtained videos that are the first examples of what Person County officials call their "game-changing" technology for 911 callers.
The videos are from live calls and were recorded at Person County Emergency Management's offices in Roxboro.
"This is wonderful. This makes 911 dispatchers the true first responder," Brett Wrenn, Person County Emergency Communications Manager, told ABC11.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham
A new program designed to help former offenders pursue a career in firefighting made its first deployment over the weekend to help battle the Saddleridge Fire in the San Fernando Valley.
The Ventura Training Center Firefighter Training and Reentry Program began teaching its first class of participants in October 2018, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which developed the project with Calfire and the California Conservation Corps.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Passaic County Fire Academy welcomed the largest and most diverse class of recruits on Monday.
The 47 trainees, who will be ready to fight fires by March, hail mostly from Paterson and Passaic - and that's no accident.
Paterson's 34 recruits who walked into the fire academy in Wayne, were found by a specially created committee that helped its Fire Department scour the city for eligible individuals.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site
Firefighters now have the ability to send an EKG of your heart within seconds of arriving at your location in an emergency.
“Oh, it could save someone's life. Matter of fact, actually it'll change their outcome.”
Travis Hollis, the City of Cape Girardeau's fire chief, is talking about a new feature on their Zoll monitor and defibrillator machines.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFVS-TV CBS 12 Cape Girardeau
The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the state restricted its use in 2018.
The same type of foam was long used at Fairchild Air Force Base and blamed for contaminating West Plains water supplies, including the city of Airway Heights' tap system.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wenatchee World
Members of the Latimer County community are asking for prayers after they said a local firefighter was shot during a house fire and the fire chief had to be taken to an area hospital after experiencing a medical episode.
According to officials with Latimer County Emergency Management, the members of the Buffalo Valley Fire Department were battling a fire at a house that was full of ammunition.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City
VIDEO: One person is still missing, believed to be trapped inside the Hard Rock Hotel after the building partially collapsed without warning Saturday morning.
Rescue efforts are still the focus. Engineers are evaluating the building and crews are assembling a 220,000-pound crane to try to stabilize the building, but rescue teams are unable to get to some areas due to fears of another collapse.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans
An East Chicago state lawmaker is hoping improved death benefits for Hoosier police and firefighters may encourage Northwest Indiana public safety officers to continue working in the Region, instead of bolting for the generally higher salaries paid by Illinois communities.
State Rep. Earl Harris Jr.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MDJOnline.com
Surveillance of an EMS station in the Bronx on Saturday night led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man, hours after multiple acts of vandalism carried out on FDNY ambulances.
Karim Murdoch is accused of causing damage to six vehicles at Station 15 hours before the arrest, which included broken windows and graffiti, according to a statement issued Sunday by FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SILive.com
The sounds of drones on hand weren't the only buzz filling the new Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) Technodrome last week at Rifle Garfield County Airport.
More than 70 people had an up-close look Tuesday at the new 7,000-square-foot indoor facility that allows the center to safely test and evaluate different types of technology for public safety in an enclosed environment.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Aspen Times
About 23,000 homes -- involving roughly 100,000 people -- have been told to evacuate in the northern Los Angeles area because of the Saddleridge Fire, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Friday.
At least 25 homes, many in the Porter Ranch area, have been damaged, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Calling it “just a small token of appreciation,” Chicago aldermen on Thursday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would provide a property tax break to the spouses of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who die in the line of duty.
The measure sponsored by Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th) would allow those spouses to apply for a waiver of the city's portion of their property tax bill for as long as they remain unmarried, and stay in the home where they lived with their wife or husband.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
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