James Wheeler (8/1/2016)
Do you have a working fire extinguisher in your residence?
A series of fast-moving fires have destroyed homes and stretched firefighters thin on Long Island Thursday night.
A total of five fires have been reported in Nassau County in the past 24 hours, including the latest fire reported in East Meadow shortly before 8:30 p.m. Dramatic video showed a large flash, in what appeared to have been some kind of an explosion that started the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
Though first responders risk their lives by fighting fires and crime every day, an investigation by the News4 I-Team found thousands of public safety personnel in the D.C. region may be risking their safety in another way: by declining to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The I-Team found not only are many police, fire and emergency response agencies grappling with how and whether to urge their members to get vaccinated; many are also operating with an incomplete picture of who has received the shot.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington DC
VIDEO: A possible murder weapon has been found at the bottom of a lake nearly a year after the killing.
When Williamson firefighter Shane Runyon went through water rescue training, he never imagined he'd use those skills to help with a murder investigation.
Williamson Police Department Chief Grady Dotson enlisted the Williamson Fire Department dive team's help after getting a tip that a hammer allegedly used to kill John Jackson in May of last year had been thrown into Laurel Lake.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3 Huntington
A 10-cent wrist band could help researchers give North Carolina firefighters greater insight into their risks of cancer.
Occupational Health and Safety data reveals firefighters are nine percent more likely to get cancer than the general population. Why is part of a study between the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University, and North Carolina firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
Friday is the 36th annual Fallen Heroes Day. It's a day which honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel who died in the line of duty. The annual event is the only statewide ceremony in the nation that brings together all segments of the public safety community. The Fallen Heroes Day ceremony is usually open to the public.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore
VIDEO: Service along multiple Long Island Rail Road lines was suspended Thursday morning between Hicksville and Mineola after a fire ripped through a large Westbury recycling facility overnight.
Nassau County Traffic Management and the LIRR confirmed fire department activity on Grand Boulevard between Monitor Street to Broadway just before 9 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York
Clark County Fire District 6 officials say it's the deadliest job in America: towing disabled cars off the side of the freeway.
In just the past few months, three tow truck drivers were in serious crashes in southwest Washington.
‚ÄúI think people have been cooped up for so long that they really want to get out and get going and we've noticed it,‚ÄĚ said David Schmitke, the public information officer and public education coordinator for CCFD6.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland
Governor Ron DeSantis announced one-time pandemic bonuses for about 174,000 first responders in Florida Wednesday.
DeSantis says the $1,000 bonuses will be given to law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters.
‚ÄúSupporting our law enforcement and first responders has been a top priority for my administration, and it has never been more important than over the last year.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG-TV NBC/CW+ 7 Panama City
The State Fire Marshal closed 53 cases of arson in 2020, and the office is working to make that number go down.
The United States Fire Administration says that over 210,000 fires every year are classified as arson. Those cases also result in 375 civilian deaths, 1,300 civilian injuries, and $1 billion in property damage.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIA-TV CBS 3 Champaign
With demand for coronavirus vaccines declining in parts of the country, the Biden administration announced a change in strategy this week, adopting a more targeted approach for reaching America's not-yet-vaccinated population.
Despite the nation's relatively smooth and speedy rollout, there's still a lot of work to do‚ÄĒand a fair amount of doubt, per the week's reports on herd immunity, that it'll get done.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fortune
VIDEO: A woman has died, a man is in critical condition and another man is hospitalized after a multi-alarm blaze at an apartment building in the Bronx early Wednesday morning.
Fire broke out on the third floor of the building in the 3200 block of Park Avenue just before 5 a.m. and quickly went to three alarms.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
VIDEO: Atlanta firefighters early Tuesday morning got a radio call. They jumped into the engine after midnight for the run.
A thief decided it was time to go to work. Someone jumped a compromised portion of back fencing at Atlanta Fire Station 2 located along Jonesboro Road and went after the personal vehicles of the first responders.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta
VIDEO: Tuesday, May 4th is International Firefighters Day, a day to honor firefighters for their service, including our own.
And some members of the Erie Fire Department got a special treat Tuesday night, a virtual cooking lesson from celebrity cook, Rachel Ray!
Rachel Ray is on the board of the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which gives grants to fire departments across the nation for life-saving equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Erie News Now
VIDEO: As crews worked to take down a large fire in South Los Angeles, a person with a garden hose was spotted trying to help the firefighters out.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to what was initially a literal dumpster fire in the 100 block of West 75th Street in Los Angeles Tuesday evening.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTTV FOX 11 Los Angeles
VIDEO: Some coworkers are like family, but there are two firefighters in Canton that are actually related.
In honor of International Firefighters Day, Channel 3 is introducing you to a father and daughter who took bonding to new heights and fighting fires is part of their day to day.
‚ÄúI started off as an EMT about 14 years ago, and a year and a half or so ago, I looked at our ranks and saw we needed some help on the fire side,‚ÄĚ said Gerry Holland.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
VIDEO: Three people were hospitalized late Monday after vehicles collided as a tornado crossed Interstate 35E near Waxahachie, authorities say.
The incident involved a "possible fatality" and happened at I-35E and Johnston Road, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The drivers of three tractor-trailers involved in the crash were taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth
PHOTOS: Arlington County firefighters answer the call when someone is in need of help in Arlington. This weekend they provided an assist to a group of legendary Rosslyn area residents cast in bronze.
Friday's windstorm tangled the flag atop the Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima memorial.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Now
Not long ago, many of the fire departments in the county relied heavily on volunteer firefighters to handle operations.
The cost to train a firefighter even on a volunteer basis, however, isn't cheap. That has caused many departments in the county to drop their volunteer programs while their full-time staffs have grown along with the population.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Reporter
VIDEO: A tool has landed at Miami-Dade and Broward Fire Rescue and it's proven to be a gamechanger for emergencies in South Florida.
Drones have really proven to change the dynamic for firefighters in our area. It's something we could only see more of in the future.
‚ÄúIt's been completely a blessing for the fire department,‚ÄĚ said Chief Andres Liriano with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami
A bill that would help first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is closer to becoming law in South Carolina.
Unlike a physical injury, mental illnesses or mental injuries are not covered under workers' compensation.
House bill 3939 will allow first responders like firefighters and law enforcement to receive workers compensation if diagnosed with a stress-related and mental illness caused by a traumatic event while on duty.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah
VIDEO: At least 15 buildings in Gary, Indiana were on fire overnight, forcing firefighters to call backup.
At least a dozen different fire departments were at the scene and battled structural fires, according to the Highland Fire Department on its Facebook page.
One of the houses that had already been boarded up had its roof cave in due to a fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Volunteer firefighters ‚ÄĒ who comprise more than 65 percent of the U.S. fire service ‚ÄĒ have higher levels of ‚Äúforever chemicals,‚ÄĚ per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in their bodies than the general public, according to a Rutgers study.
The study, which was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, compared the levels of nine PFAS chemicals in the blood of volunteer firefighters against levels in the general population.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Wise
VIDEO: Firefighters in one Florida city have clearly been sparking some flames at home.
Seven Orlando firefighters have transitioned from fighting fires to pacifiers as they've become dads over the past few months. The Orlando Fire Department welcomed three baby girls and four boys during the pandemic and happily reported all moms, dads and babies are doing well.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa
Light the town red to support hometown heroes in commemoration of International Firefighters' Day on Tuesday, May 4.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking residents, communities, businesses and fire departments from coast to coast to celebrate firefighters ‚ÄĒ the special men and women who respond to calls for help every day, with pride and compassion.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Villages-News
The state Fire Marshal's Office and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are trying to make the public more aware of the threat of people using fire as a weapon.
Both agencies released a Fire as a Weapon Guide, which describes people using fire as a weapon as setting fires or firebombs to hurt people and property.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MetroNews
VIDEO: A firefighter was injured and hundreds of people were evacuated after a massive fire at Manor Chemicals plant Thursday afternoon. The Affton plant, located in the 6900 block of Heege Road near Tower Tee, had a fire break out around 2:30, and it quickly grew until smoke could be seen for miles.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis
PHOTOS: In looking over the burned district with the fire still raging fiercely on Bay Street, in the most important retail business portion of the city it's sad.
The entire length of Beaver Street from Davis to the creek, over Liberty Street, have been totally destroyed. This is fourteen solid blocks of residences east and west.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Florida Times-Union - Metered Site
VIDEO: A fire at a Tempe duplex that left a nine-year-old boy dead is highlighting the need for mental health services for firefighters. "How do you prepare for someone to see something -- a child that's dead or dying or that's been injured," said Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Deputy Chief Mark Manor. Manor says fire departments have to be reactive when caring for a firefighter's mental health.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
A bill strengthening penalties for drivers endangering first responders working on Montana roadways was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Greg Gianforte.
House Bill 264 was driven in part by testimony in both the House and Senate from family of Casie Allen and Nick Visser, two Hanser's Automotive tow truck operators who were hit and killed by a truck while clearing a crash on I-90 between Park City and Columbus on an icy morning in October.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPVI-DT NBC 6 Pocatello
Millions of Americans are receiving their COVID-19 vaccines, and in a world of over-sharing on social media, that means Instagram and Twitter feeds are also being flooded with shots. People are not only sharing when they receive their vaccine, but also which vaccine they receive, often using hashtags like #PfizerGang or #TeamModerna.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
VIDEO: Houston Fire Department crews are working to control a three-alarm fire that continues to burn at a shopping center early Thursday.
The fire was first reported around 1 a.m. at the Jensen Square complex, located on Jensen near Hurley.
The shopping center has multiple shops and businesses. At this time, there are no reports of injuries.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
Over the years, materials used to build houses and other buildings have changed, with some of those materials containing carcinogens that firefighters and first responders inhale when responding to calls and cleaning up after the fire is out.
The result, officials say, has been higher rates of certain types of cancer and death rates for firefighters and first responders.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
VIDEO: The Rosenbauer RT is the first all-electric fire truck to hit the streets here in America. Its creators are currently on a cross-country tour showing off their eco-friendly fire fighting machine. On Wednesday, they stopped in Howard County on their way to Washington D.C.
‚ÄúIt certainly has some great safety features on it,‚ÄĚ said Howard County Fire Chief Bill Anuszewski.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
VIDEO: It's said your destiny is forged in the fires of your determination. A local man has made that saying a reality, his family history and Capital Region history helping him come out on top in a fiery national competition.
Over the sounds of clanging metal in his backyard, Adam Coonradt told NEWS10's Lydia Kulbida, ‚ÄúI've always considered myself a maker.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTEN-TV ABC 10 Albany
The Tennessee Senate passed a bill that would aid volunteer firefighters in the state.
Senate Bill 778 would provide volunteer firefighters with an annual payment of $600 upon completion of at least 30 hours of training.
‚ÄúOur volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line and give up their time to keep our communities safe,‚ÄĚ said Bell, a former volunteer firefighter in Tennessee.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYMT-TV CBS 57 Hazard
A deck fire at a historic home in Downtown Concord kept Concord firefighters busy on Wednesday and eventually led to four alarms and ‚ÄĒ and fire crews from around the capital region assisting city firefighters.
Around 12:30 a.m., firefighters were sent to 32 Merrimack St., a four-unit building, for a report of flames seen from a deck.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Concord Patch
This year, the Austin Fire Department said it has gotten a 10% increase in interested African Americans compared to 2019.
Its largest demographic group is Hispanic candidates ‚ÄĒ a more than 21% increase.
Overall, nearly 75% of people who submitted a cadet interest card are diversity targets, which means they belong to a minority group.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
VIDEO: A church in Vermont's Orange County spent Tuesday working to salvage what it could following a massive overnight fire.
One of the artifacts pulled from the rubble of the Williamstown Federated Church is linked to a famous name in American history. "That's an incredible historic artifact," Stephen Morse, a church organist and historian, said of the bell that was removed from the site and stored for safe-keeping.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTZ-TV NBC 5 Plattsburgh
PHOTOS: Two inches of water filled what was once the poker space in the old Bonita Springs Greyhound Racing building off Bonita Beach Road. "We're going straight into the room on the left," one Estero firefighter said into his mask radio. An ominous orange glow bled from a back office. "Moving in," another replied.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Naples Daily News
PHOTOS: There's not much left.
There's one less McLaren 765LT in the world after one went up in flames in Upper Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania, which is just north of Philadelphia. The fire took place while the car was filling up at a gas station. There were no injuries, except for the owner's broken heart from losing this limited-run machine.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Motor1.com
Firefighters didn't worry about getting cancer when Tim Downes joined the Syracuse Fire Department in 1985.
He'd wear a helmet and other gear caked in soot, carbon and other toxic residue from fires and think nothing of it. ‚ÄúYou were supposed to be salty,‚ÄĚ he says.
But in 2008 Downes was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, part of the body's germ fighting network.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse.com
VIDEO: An ambulance ride, when you don't really need one, can be expensive for you. It also ties up crews that could be responding to life threatening emergencies.
As part of our Show Me Your Bill project, Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila demonstrates how the San Antonio Fire Department is trying to reduce unnecessary ambulance runs.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOAI-TV NBC 4 San Antonio
A La Crosse fire station is now a historical landmark, throwing a wrench into the La Crosse Fire Department's redevelopment plans.
Fire Station No. 4 has been standing at the corner of Gillette and Liberty Streets since 1940.
It's the oldest active fire station in La Crosse, but demolition and reconstruction plans put it at risk until a historic preservation group stepped in.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire
States across the country are reporting large numbers of people getting their coronavirus shots, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 95 million doses have been administered over the last month alone.
Regardless, the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in the U.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
VIDEO: A fire at the Lone Star Brewery late Saturday night seems ‚Äúsuspicious,‚ÄĚ according to San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood.
The incident happened inside of the commercial brewery located at 600 Lone Star Boulevard.
According to Hood, firefighters arrived at the building, saw the fire through the building's roof and called for a second alarm.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
For more than five years now, the Vail Police Department, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office and the Gypsum Fire Department have worked with a national company called FirstNet to evaluate its high-speed broadband emergency communications platform.
Now other agencies can view their testimonials regarding the service and associated equipment in a series of YouTube videos produced by the company to promote its product.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vail Daily
Healthy, balanced meals were harder to come by for firefighters in the D.C. region until Food on the Stove came along. But starting next month, the nonprofit will beta test a new app that will pave the way for a healthier lifestyle among firehouses in Prince George's County and beyond. Jonathan Tate founded the organization in July 2017 to help firefighters live healthier lives through nutrition and exercise.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington City Paper
VIDEO: "The camaraderie on this thing was fantastic, we spent a lot time busting each other's chops and a lot of emotion when we got to the top."
Chief Tom Shannon, along with a group of Scottsdale firefighters and a few close friends, wanted to pay tribute to Austin Peck.
Peck was a former crew member who lost his battle with occupational cancer.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV ABC 12 Phoenix
Nearly 60 years ago, 100 homes were destroyed, as three different fires simultaneously burned through multiple Staten Island neighborhoods.
On April 20, 1963, also known as Black Saturday, a total of three large brush fires began in Rossville, Tottenville, and Mariners Harbor. In their wake, the fires caused more than $2 million of property damage and left over 500 people homeless.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Staten Island Advance
VIDEO: A two-alarm fire in Gerritsen Beach left two people injured Thursday, fire officials say.
The fire started at a house on the corner of Knapp Street and Avenue W at around 8 p.m.
Citizen app footage shows the fire tearing through the home.
Crews were eventually able to get the fire under control and extinguish it.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 The Bronx
VIDEO: Members of Mount Pleasant Fire Station #5 are staying in unique temporary living quarters while the station undergoes renovations. Over the last month, fire crews have been living out of a villa at Somerby Senior Living in Mount Pleasant.
Christie Gauldin, the Director of Sales and Marketing, says she was a little surprised when Mount Pleasant Fire asked if their crews could stay there while their station underwent renovations, but she knew it was something they had to make work.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston
VIDEO: Like all too many public service organizations, Williamsport Fire and EMS in Maryland is cash crunched by COVID.
‚ÄúCOVID really messed with things this year,‚ÄĚ Michael Nokes, the Deputy Chief, said.
Not only were funds down, but expenses went way up.
‚ÄúWe just purchased a ladder truck, we have a ladder truck that's over thirty years old, it was well overdue for a replacement,‚ÄĚ Nokes said.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg
There is a huge gender gap in the world of firefighting.
Only 8% of firefighters in the United States are female according to the National Fire Protection Association.
The Greensboro Fire Department wants to bridge the gender gap through a new program.
Camp Spark is the department's new initiative aimed at changing the narrative to get more women into fire stations.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
It's a boy!
An explosion that rattled homes within a 20-mile radius Tuesday night is being blamed on a gender reveal celebration at a Kingston quarry that police say involved more than a pound of Tannerite and blue chalk.
Many residents in communities across southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts reported hearing the explosion just after 7 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Hampshire Union Leader - Metered Site
VIDEO: Two people had to jump from the top floor to escape a massive condo fire early Thursday morning in Norfolk.
Dispatchers say they were notified around 3 a.m. of the fire in the 4600 block of Mayflower Road, at the Lafayette Cove Condominiums in the Colonial Place neighborhood. Assistant Fire Chief Garry Windley said that two people were rushed to the hospital after they jumped from the top floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
Lawmakers have introduced a bill to add vascular rupture to the list of injuries covered under the Volunteer Firefighters' Benefit Law in honor of a Whitehall firefighter who died in September after suffering a line-of-duty injury last May.
James Brooks was second assistant chief of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company and was responding to a fire call in Dresden on May 2.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post-Star
A group of off-duty EMTs and an off-duty police officer who all happened to be eating at the same Rahway restaurant sprung into action to save a man choking on his food Monday night.
The six medics and the officer were dining at The Waiting Room in Rahway, when the man began choking on a piece of steak around 9:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Union Daily Voice
VIDEO: The southbound lanes of Interstate 35W were treated with a brine solution before a deadly 135-car pileup during February's winter storm, according to a preliminary investigation.
The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash Wednesday.
The massive pileup happened on the morning of Feb.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDFW-TV Fox 4 Dallas
President Joe Biden on Wednesday called on Americans to do their patriotic duty and get a COVID shot. He urged businesses (with the enticement of a tax credit) to give their employees the paid time-off to do so.
The President's renewed appeals come as the country is fast-approaching an arguably more difficult stage of its vaccine roll-out‚ÄĒone where demand for the vaccine no longer outstrips supply.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fortune
VIDEOS: A massive fire broke out at a historic Domino Sugar refinery in Baltimore on Tuesday, resulting in a large storage dome collapsing under the flames.
Helicopter video posted on Twitter by reporters for WJZ showed the storage dome collapsed, with fires still burning at either end.
Other photos and videos of the fire showed smoke plumes wafting across much of the city as firefighters continued to battle the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
Firefighters answer the call for help daily.
Now there's an app to help them when they're in distress. Redline Rescue is a peer-to-peer support portal that connects firefighters who need mental health help with others. They can log on, answer a few screening questions via drop-down lists, and within minutes, locate peers to talk.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 13
Mobile hotspots should connect people to the internet ‚ÄĒ not the local fire department. That's why Verizon recalled 2.5 million Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspots.
The exact problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall alert: ‚ÄúThe lithium ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Government Technology
Henrico Firefighters are giving back to kids in the Highland Springs community with baseball. They hosted a clinic over the weekend as part of a new partnership to support the community they live in.
The firefighters stepped up to bat to teach new techniques to kids in the Highland Springs Little League.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
In 2018 there were about 181,500 highway vehicle fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The vast majority of those were gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles. For whatever reason, we expect and accept that. But with EV fires it's different.
The National Traffic Safety Board addressed these EV fires in January with a report noting that there are two main safety issues.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Car Buzz
First responders from all over Green Country were some of the first people on scene at the Oklahoma City bombing 26 years ago.
"We watched it unfold and everybody is wanting to go help," said Tulsa Fire District Chief Pete Matlock.
Matlock shared pictures from his time sorting through the wreckage in downtown Oklahoma City.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTV-DT CBS 6 Tulsa
Andrew Morgan, a firefighter at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity over the weekend.
He took off in the backseat of an F-16 with Thunderbird Major Jason Markzon as his pilot. Prior to the flight, he was showed the ropes by Thunderbirds and given a brief training session.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV Fox 13 Tampa
Acting President & Chairman of the Board Ken Stuebing and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs are pleased to announce the appointment of Fire Chief (Ret.) J. Robert ‚ÄúRob‚ÄĚ Brown, Jr., as IAFC Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director.
As CEO/Executive Director, Mr.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
It's hard enough to be a volunteer firefighter. They rush into burning buildings. They get up in the middle of the night to battle blazes. They save lives.
‚ÄúI personally don't think you should be selling hoagies in the rain, in the freezing cold, on the weekend,‚ÄĚ Pennsylvania state Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette County, told a group of firefighters assembled at the state Capitol Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive.com
PHOTO: On Friday evening, members of five local fire departments were engaged in a fierce fight ‚ÄĒ not with a fire, but with each other. Instead of their usual tools ‚ÄĒ hoses, axes and ladders ‚ÄĒ they were chucking foam balls at each other, playing dodgeball.
It was a strange sight to see. Firefighters from the Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Bloomingdale, Paul Smiths-Gabriels and Duane volunteer fire departments packed into the gymnasium of the Citizen Advocates building (the former Pius X high school) in Saranac Lake, paying dodgeball in full firefighting gear.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Adirondack Daily Enterprise - Metered Site
VIDEO: Firefighters in Niagara Falls responded to the scene of a large fire early Sunday morning on Niagara Street, near 20th Street.
Massive flames and a large plume of smoke could be seen around 6 a.m. from 2 On Your Side's camera on top of the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino.
City of Niagara Falls Fire Chief Joe Pedulla says upon arrival, the fire was venting through the roof of the former Frosted Mug bar and restaurant.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGRZ-TV NBC 2 Buffalo
More than 10.3 million acres of land were scorched by wildfires nationwide in 2020. Firefighters battling the harrowing flames often work shifts that exceed 24 hours, and they stay in close quarters in remote locations for weeks at a time, offering a prime opportunity for COVID-19 to spread.
In addition, firefighters in urban areas as well as in wildlands routinely are exposed to smoke, carbon monoxide, toxins from structure fires and other hazards to lung health.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fairfield Sun Times
VIDEO: Two people were killed Saturday night in a fiery crash involving a Tesla, according to Harris County Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman.
This happened at about 11:25 p.m. in the Carlton Woods Subdivision on Hammock Dunes Place.
Constable Herman said the 2019 Tesla Model S was traveling on a roadway and at some point, the vehicle, which deputies said was traveling at a high rate of speed, came to a slight curve.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
The 1906 earthquake in San Francisco struck on April 18 at 5:12 a.m., registering a massive 7.9M on the Richter scale ‚ÄĒ killing more than 3,000 and leaving a trail of fires that destroyed 80% of the city. Sunday morning, San Francisco erupted in celebration to commemorate the day but to also usher in hope.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFIST
VIDEO: Most San Diego firefighters spend the majority of their career fighting house and brush fires, but this week, dozens are practicing for something very different - a plane on fire at the airport.
‚ÄúIn a house is what we call a Class A fire, typically materials, linens, and wood,‚ÄĚ Capt. Derrin Austin with San Diego Fire-Rescue said.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS/CW 8 San Diego
VIDEO: All lanes of SR-112/Airport Expressway are back open after a fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer and a Florida rapper shut them down early Thursday morning.
The accident happened near NW 12th Avenue shortly after 3:30 a.m. The driver of the tractor-trailer, who lost his shoe escaping his burning truck, said the other vehicle involved had been speeding on the shoulder when the crash happened.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami
Chattanooga city leaders came together Thursday afternoon to discuss their commitment to public safety and emergency response.
This project is called Power to Protect. It's a joint initiative between the city and EPB.
Mayor Andy Berke said he doesn't know of another community in the country doing this.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga
They sit behind multiple computer screens their entire shift, but they could save your life. They are the operators of 911 dispatch. And although National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is under way, their jobs have not become any less stressful.
Longview Police Department Communications Manager Matt Ainsworth says if anyone deserves a week named for them, it's 911 telecommunicators.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler
The Cleveland Fire Fighter's Association said it has safety concerns when it comes to the city's aging fleet of fire trucks.
Fire union President Francis Lally pointed to Cleveland's latest annual report on the fire department, which indicated 13 of the city's 42 fire trucks are listed in "poor condition," with eight of the trucks having more than 120,000 miles on them.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland
VIDEO: Pasco County rescue crews got a unique training experience Wednesday aboard the historic American Victory Ship docked in Tampa.
Pasco County Fire Rescue Special Operations Division bought all three shifts of crews to do some advanced confined-space training 60 feet down in the ship's hull ‚Äď training they might not otherwise be able to get at home.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV Fox 13 Tampa
VIDEO: A fire caused heavy damage Wednesday morning to an apartment complex on the city's North Side.
When firefighters arrived at the complex in the 3200 block of Nacogdoches Road, they found heavy flames and called in a second alarm.
San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said between 60 to 100 occupants will need to find another place to live.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
Some associate post traumatic stress disorder with members of the military, but those on the frontlines at home also deal with it.
‚ÄúI'm a retired firefighter myself, and after 20 years on the job I've seen two of my brothers lost to suicide and two other suicide attempts,‚ÄĚ Robert Coleman said.
After several years, one bill finally passed through the West Virginia Legislature that lawmakers believe will save lives.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC/FOX 8 Charleston
Seven volunteer fire companies in Niagara County are signed up to take part in the 12th annual Recruit NY Weekend organized by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York. Recruit NY Weekend is April 24-25.
Participating companies include Rapids, Middleport, Terry's Corners, Shawnee, Adams, Active Hose and Wendelville.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lockport Union-Sun Journal
VIDEO: Two years ago, the Orange County Fire Rescue Division created an Apparatus Committee with the expectation of taking a look at its current apparatus, and specifically its fire engines, in order to find ways to become more efficient. The results were recently revealed in impressive fashion.
‚ÄúEfficiency and safety were our two main goals when we went to redesign the engine,‚ÄĚ said Battalion Chief Brian Beechner.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Government
VIDEO: Electric cars are better for the environment but can pose a hazard for firefighters.
El Paso Fire Department Captain Manuel Maldonado said electric cars are not necessarily more dangerous, but require a different approach when trying to put out fires caused by a crash or any accident.
He said that the initial extinguishing of the fire is the same: the firefighters wear the same protective equipment to extinguish the flames, but they take one additional step after.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTSM-TV NBC 9 El Paso
A federal appellate court said Tuesday that prosecutors can retry a man whose conviction in the 1995 deaths of three firefighters in the East Hills was overturned.
In a 19-page opinion, the three judge-panel from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the federal retrial of Gregory Brown Jr.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TribLive.com/Tribune-Review
PHOTOS: When firefighters arranged to conduct search and rescue training on a vacant house in memory of Dominic ‚ÄúBama‚ÄĚ Hunt, who died in a Sylvania Township house fire in February, Mr. Hunt's fianc√©e Teresa Laney wanted to be there.
‚ÄúWe had to be here as part of the healing process,‚ÄĚ Ms. Laney said.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Blade
The 19-year-old man accused of stealing a Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance earlier this month visited the fire station the day before and inquired about becoming a firefighter, police say.
Felix Lopez is currently facing a second-degree felony charge of theft of property after being accused of stealing a $230,000 ambulance from Dallas Fire Station 53 on April 5 and leading multiple police agencies on an hourslong chase that only ended when the emergency vehicle got stuck off-road with flat tires.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT CBS 11 Fort Worth
PHOTO: A Vietnam veteran in Stafford County received an unexpected gift from the same first responders who came to his aid when his house caught fire nearly two months ago.
On Friday, Robert Mihalak was presented a traditional military shadowbox that contained all of the personal military decorations he earned in the 1960s, but then lost in the Feb.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Free Lance-Star
VIDEO: One year ago, 145 mph winds tore through Chattanooga.
First responders jumped into action to help thousands and are now telling their stories of what they saw on that Easter Sunday.
"There were trees on top of cars on top of houses through houses, trees on top of trees," recalled Chattanooga Fire Department Battalion Chief David Thompson.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga
A bill to remove oversight on school construction projects could impact student safety in the future, according to some fire chiefs in the state.
Proponents of HB 220 say the measure will remove a level of bureaucracy and allow districts to complete projects quicker and cheaper, but opponents, including some fire officials, don't want corners to be cut when it comes to safety.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIAT-TV CBS 42 Birmingham
As U.S. COVID cases rise, the country is also administering the vaccine shots aimed at preventing the spread of the virus at the swiftest pace ever. Cases are on the rise in 27 states, with Michigan continuing to lead the nation in daily new cases per capita.
Following more than 70,000 coronavirus cases reported on Monday, the seven-day average of daily new cases in the U.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNBC
VIDEO: According to Police on Saturday around 9:41 pm near Dexter and Oakman, the Detroit Fire Department received a call and was heading out.
Authorities say as they were trying to exit the driveway, a dark-colored Chevy Sedan was blocking their path.
After using the fire engine's air horn, the car moved out of the way.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit
PHOTOS: A 136-page report on the tragic Porterville Library Fire found that staffing shortages, a lack of training and communication problems may have contributed to the deaths of two firefighters in February 2020.
"Unfortunately, these issues continue to be far too common across the country to simply focus on one organization," the report concluded in part.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Visalia Times Delta - Metered Site
PHOTO: It's not uncommon for someone to have to choose between making a living and pursuing something they are passionate about. Dan Ravenhorst of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has found a way to do both, driving his 2019 Mack Anthem 64T and volunteering at the city's Township Fire and Rescue Station 1.
‚ÄúI bought (the truck) in March 2020, so I've had it a year now,‚ÄĚ Ravenhorst said in an interview with The Trucker.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Trucker
VIDEO: Helena College is revamping its more than 20-year-old fire and emergency services program to meet the changing demands of employers.
The program first opened in the fall of 1998 and focused on hands-on, functional fire training. The updated program aims to continue providing this kind of practical fire training, while also meeting the emerging needs and demand for professional certifications and general education.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Helena Independent Record
For the rest of the week, towns, cities, and counties around southwest and central Virginia are celebrating the men and women who serve as 911 dispatchers, the unseen heroes of public safety.
According to the City of Roanoke, Congress proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in 1991.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXR-TV Fox 27 Roanoke
One person was killed and eight people were hurt in an explosion and second-alarm fire at an Ohio paint plant early Thursday.
About 40 employees were working just after midnight when the blast occurred in one of five buildings on Yenkin-Majestic Paint's campus in Columbus, officials said.
While most of the employees came out of the building as firefighters arrived on the scene, authorities learned two were trapped, according to Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
PHOTOS: An 18-wheeler pulled up in front of Coker Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday laden with a mountain of firefighting gear donated by departments in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The gear represents a windfall of equipment that many of the volunteer departments in West Alabama never would have been able to afford to purchase.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tuscaloosa News
John Capozzoli Jr. of Freeport remembers the moment he knew he was destined to join the fire service. He was 12 years old and riding shotgun in his father's pickup when the Freeport Fire Department sounded its air horn. As he and his father pulled into the firehouse, he recalled the excitement he felt as he watched his father, a volunteer firefighter, don a thick bunker coat and helmet and climb aboard the fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday - Metered Site
VIDEOS: For Kimberly Pillman and Ryle Olsen it is about helping others during an emergency and serving the community they call home.
Pillman and Olsen are two of the 10 female firefighters/paramedics who currently work for the Lake Geneva Fire Department.
Pillman said she considers it an honor to be a member of the fire department, as she is able to help people during a difficult situation.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News