Nationwide fire news
A large Christmas tree outside Fox's Midtown headquarters was set ablaze early Wednesday by an arsonist who was quickly taken into custody. The 50-foot tree on Sixth Avenue went up in flames just before 12:15 a.m., and heavy flames then spread to smaller decorated trees in the display. Police say the 49-year-old suspect climbed up "the metal superstructure" -- the tree is an artificial sculpture that is shaped to look like a tree -- lit papers he brought with him on fire, and shoved the papers into the tree structure.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
PHOTOS: The Savannah Fire Department displayed artwork created by students at Islands High School and their teacher on Tuesday. The five pieces of artwork were part of an ongoing project to honor the history of the Savannah Fire Department. The project required students to do archival research in order to uncover photographs to incorporate into the artwork.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAV-TV NBC/CW+3 Savannah
Saturday, December 11th marks the 30th anniversary of the Page County Courthouse fire. In commemoration of that tragic and historic event, KMA News presents a special series of reports looking back at the fire, its aftermath, and the effort by Page County residents to save the venerable structure. In part one of "The Night the Courthouse Burned," local officials past and present recall the moment the unthinkable occurred.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMA-AM 960/FM 99.1 Shenandoah
VIDEO: On any given call, the likelihood first responders will find an electric vehicle on the streets of Phoenix is going up. “There are more and more of these electric vehicles on the road, so we have to be more cognizant if it's a hybrid if it's an electric vehicle, how we approach it,” Capt. Evan Gammage with Phoenix Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
For the first time in two months, the United States is averaging more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases each day, shortly after millions of Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. The seven-day moving average of new cases was 121,437 as of Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
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VIDEO/PHOTOS: No one was hurt, but one of Three Brothers Wineries and Estates' famed spots was destroyed in a fire on Monday. Firefighters from Varick, Romulus, Ovid, Fayette, Border City, Oaks Corners, Lodi, Interlaken, Canoga, and Waterloo were called to the scene shortly after 6 p.m. Flames could be seen from a significant distance away.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FingerLakes1
VIDEO: More than 500 firefighters are on staff in Wichita. Of those, only six have been through the smoke divers training in Georgia, and three others attended a spin-off course in Oklahoma and Indiana. Those who have passed the training said it is helping their response time to save those in need.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW-TV NBC 3 Wichita
Gov. Tony Evers was in Amherst to sign 2021 AB 297 into law on Monday. The governor was joined by Democratic Rep. Katrina Shankland, of Stevens Point and other local elected leaders, first responders, roadside assistance workers, and construction and utility workers. “Many of the jobs are hazardous enough on their own without having to fear for your life due to a distracted or dangerous driver,” said Governor Tony Evers, “at every crash site, our states emergency responders whether it's fire, law enforcement, EMS, towing and transportation, are at risk of being struck, injured, or even killed.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau
When Julio DeCastro, a civilian worker at Pearl Harbor's naval yard, reached the capsized U.S.S. Oklahoma on the infamous morning of December 7, 1941, he heard the sound of frenetic tapping of sailors trapped within the hull. Hours earlier, during a surprise assault on the Honolulu military base, Japanese forces had bombarded the American battleship with torpedoes, sending it rolling onto its side with more than 450 men still below deck.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Smithsonian Magazine - Metered Site
VIDEO: An expanded partnership between the Columbus Fire & EMS Department and the Muscogee County School District helps the city recruit firefighters and provides job opportunities for aspiring public servants, right out of high school. After department officials visited each MCSD high school to explain the program last spring semester, more than 25 students participated in the Saturday morning program called Combat Challenge.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ledger-Enquirer
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A three-alarm fire raged early Monday (Dec. 6) at the Cypress Run Apartments complex in Algiers. Occupants smelled smoke around 4:40 a.m. and began evacuating the first involved three-story building before New Orleans Fire Department crews arrived on scene, resident Kiesha Williams told WVUE-Fox 8.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVUE-DT FOX 8 New Orleans
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Hubert Volunteer Firefighter received treatment at Vidant Medical center after an accident involving their fire engine Saturday. Deputy Chief of the Hubert Volunteer Fire Department, Hernan Melendez, said the accident happened when his team was returning from the annual Maysville Christmas Parade.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
There's a reason that the death toll of the Winecoff hotel fire in 1946 has never been surpassed. Immediately after the disaster that killed 119 people, cities across the country began to re-examine their fire codes. In their definitive 1993 book, “The Winecoff Fire,” co-authors Sam Heys and Allen Goodwin point out that the blaze prompted new laws requiring sprinkler systems, fire escapes and fire doors.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Metered
VIDEO/PHOTOS: What if you could control the force of gravity to avoid injury? A couple of Cincinnati inventors have a device that allows people and objects to descend slowly and carefully. Bailout Systems is the brainchild of retired Navy diver Michael Ragsdale, who along with mechanical engineer Ben Krupp, have come up with something the size of a hockey puck.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVXU 91.7 FM Cincinnati
Talk to many firefighters and they'll explain that "suck it up and get on the truck" mentality. "Coming from a law enforcement family, to talk about feelings and emotions is a challenge at times," admitted firefighter Dustin Hawkins. "After my father, being 30 years in law enforcement, I just now coaxed him into the ‘snuggle with the struggle.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa
VIDEO: Dec. 2, 2021 marked the fifth anniversary of an Oakland tragedy. In 2016, a late night fire broke out at a warehouse. It happened during a dance party and killed 36 people. The master tenant, Derick Almena, was sentenced earlier this year to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRON-TV MyNetwork 4 San Francisco
A new partnership between the American Cancer Society and the International Association of Fire Fighters will work to improve policies and treatment for firefighters with cancer. The IAFF, or firefighter's union, describes the new partnership as pivotal in their battle with cancer. The collaboration was announced Thursday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC/MyNetwork 13 Asheville
It's a tool that can be the difference between life and death on the scene of a fire. The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department is now making sure every crew has a special kit that can treat patients for smoke inhalation. A house fire on Saturday could have been a tragedy, but firefighters say the victim inside was saved by a tool they recently started carrying.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMBC-TV ABC 9 Kansas City
Actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore welcomed the Long Beach Fire Department to the “Drew Barrymore Show” last month. Barrymore recognized the entire department, highlighting firefighter Catherine Lewis. Lewis, who is known as Cat to her fellow firefighters, was sworn in as the first paid female firefighter in the department's 111-year history in March, which Barrymore noted.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LIHerald.com
VIDEO: A long-awaited addition to the Hermon Fire Department has finally arrived. A new training prop is helping firefighters be better prepared to enter burning buildings. “We've been getting pictures of this as it's been built over the months, so it's kind of like a baby. We've been waiting for it to arrive,” said Hermon Fire Chief Frank Roma.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor
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VIDEO: In the darkness that comes earlier these days, flames lit up the sky for miles long in north suburban Kildeer following a massive fire. According to fire officials, a multi-story home caught fire and is uninhabitable. Officials say the structure may be a total loss. The size of the fire necessitated a mutual aid response from a dozen neighboring communities.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 Chicago
PHOTOS/VIDEO: Twelve men made history in 1955 as the first African Americans firefighters in Memphis. They faced and pushed through poor living conditions and discrimination with being forced in segregated quarters at Fire Station 8 at Mississippi and Crump and the institutional racism due to them being second-class citizens Wednesday, the Fire Museum of Memphis opened a new exhibit to honor those men along with current and previous African American firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATN-TV ABC 24 Memphis
San Francisco firehouses will light up again for the holidays, formally reviving a station decoration tradition that started in the 1940s, then was brought back last year to add some joy during bleak pandemic times. With less than two weeks' notice in 2020, 17 stations set up elaborate decorations, including a winning house (Station 38 in Pacific Heights) that produced snow.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle - Metered Site
Overdoses from synthetic opioids like fentanyl are steeply rising in Connecticut and across the country. The 12-month period ending in April 2021 was the deadliest year yet, with U.S. overdose deaths reaching a record high of over 100,000, reports the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UConn Today
The 788th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department always aims for lofty milestones to make sure it is prepared to safeguard people and infrastructure in an emergency. “We conduct formal training three days a week, and informal training as opportunities arise,” said Bryan Weeks, the Fire Department's assistant chief for training.
- PUB DATE: 12/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DVIDS
VIDEO:An explosion blew through the lower levels of a home in the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn, injuring six and leaving dozens homeless. The blast, which was caught on camera, collapsed the first floor of the Vermont Street home into the cellar just after midnight. Six residents were treated for remarkably minor injuries, two of them taken to Brookdale University Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
Hall County plans to spend up to $300,000 for rebranding the fire department to Hall County Fire and Rescue. In a video announcing the changes, Hall County Fire Chief Chris Armstrong said the impetus to transition from Hall County Fire Services was a $10,000 pay incentive for paramedics adopted in March.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gainesville Times
PHOTO: A 1954 fire truck that was used by the Chippewa Falls Fire Department until it was sold in 1987 is returning to the city, and when the public gets a chance to see it, the antique vehicle will look shiny new. The fire truck has been restored and will be on display at the new Chippewa Area History Center that is under construction along Bridgewater Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Chippewa Herald
Millions of financial support for North Carolina firefighters fighting cancers will be available at the start of 2022 as part of the newly approved state budget. Studies show firefighters are 9% more likely to get cancer compared to everyone else, and 14% more likely to die from cancer. With the use of $15 million, the goal is to save firefighters' lives by helping to cover the cost of the cancer treatments that are necessary.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCNC-TV NBC 36 Charlotte
VIDEO: People who dial 911 from a cell phone in San Antonio may video chat with an emergency dispatcher. To connect, callers must only click on the link the dispatcher sends, sometimes seconds after they pick up the phone. This 'GoodSAM' technology allows trained paramedics to coach bystanders through life-saving procedures while first responders are en route.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KENS-TV CBS 5 San Antonio
VIDEO: Fire engulfed the center building at Maid-Rite Steak Co. Inc. in Scott Township, sending flames high into the night sky. The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Explosions rocked the ground as firefighters from 17 local departments tried to knock down the fire inside the meat processing facility.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton
John H. Oates, former fire chief of the East Hartford Fire Department in Connecticut, has been named the new CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute by the organization's board of directors. Oates replaces Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, who was appointed to lead the U.S. Fire Administration by President Joe Biden in October.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IPSDI
The holidays after losing a loved one can be a difficult time, which is why the Buchanan-based non-profit, Sirens and Salutes is honoring those who lost their lives this year in the line of duty. In front of the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Station, there is a white Christmas tree with a special meaning.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC10 Roanoke
PHOTOS: Oftentimes first responders must physically get out and open unmanned security gates in neighborhoods when there's an emergency, but now technology is helping get them through much quicker. For all the unmanned gates protecting communities in Palm Beach County, for years now they've been required to have Knox Boxes.
- PUB DATE: 11/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach
VIDEO: Atlanta firefighters were back on Cheshire Bridge Road on Saturday after a fire broke out under an overpass less than a month after officials started demolishing another bridge on the same roadway. Atlanta Fire Company 29 shared videos of the fire where black smoke could be seen filling the sky.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
PHOTOS/VIDEO: Christmas came early for Superior's firefighters. "If you would have asked me two years ago if I would have been working in a brand new fire station with two new ladders, I would have said you're kidding," said Battalion Chief Howard Huber. The Superior Fire Department has not one, but two new aerial ladder trucks.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Superior Telegram - Metered Site
The Pleasant Valley Fire District, with mutual aid from other area departments and community members, loaded 600 live Christmas trees onto two FedEx trailers for the annual “Trees for Troops” drive on Saturday, November 27. The trailers were loaded at Hahn Farm on Salt Point Turnpike. The nationwide movement began in 2005 when the National Christmas Tree Association formed the non-profit Christmas SPIRIT Foundation to unite local tree growers who were running small tree programs for troops.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mid Hudson News
The Seguin Police Department threw down a challenge to the Seguin Fire Department, along with its razors, to help raise money for a local teen and awareness about the cancer he is battling. The pair of city departments are in the midst of the No Shave November “Stache-Off.” The firefighters and police officers are tasked with growing out their best mustache, or beard, to raise money for Navarro High School senior Triston Brashears, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer last month.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seguin Gazette
Omicron, the newest coronavirus variant, is also the quickest to be labeled a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization because of its seemingly fast spread in South Africa and its many troubling mutations. Its emergence has already led to travel restrictions, high-level government meetings and promises by vaccine makers to start working on strain-specific vaccines just in case.
- PUB DATE: 11/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Health
A raging house fire in Cranford, New Jersey claimed the life of one person and injured another, local authorities said. Chopper 4 captured images of the intense scene that unfolded on Beach Street near West End Place -- prompting several area fire departments to spring into action. One woman died and two other people who were inside had to be rescued by a neighbor after the flames were reported around 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
PHOTOS: With the dust still settling after a red SUV mowed down Christmas parade marchers in a Milwaukee suburb Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring dozens – including children – law enforcement and witnesses at the scene are praising first responders' handling of the chaos that unfolded.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News
New research by Cassandra Kwon, a research assistant professor at NC State's Textile Protection and Comfort Center, and former Ph.D. student Meredith McQuerry, who is currently an associate professor at Florida State University, suggests that many women firefighters may struggle with poorly fitting gear that is designed with the male form in mind.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Technician Online
Researchers at Columbia Engineering have teamed up with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to upgrade the FDNY's ambulance Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response operations and optimize hospital capacity balancing so that hospitals aren't overwhelmed in the future by an unprecedented patient surge like the one that occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newswise
Thursday marks the second Thanksgiving during the coronavirus pandemic. Many grandparents are excitedly planning to see their grandchildren. Friends are dressing their dining tables for turkey and loved ones. Some people have flights booked or road trips scheduled. But in the background, COVID-19 case numbers are inching upward across the United States and millions of Americans remain unvaccinated -- leaving some people worried about the possible COVID-19 risks that could come with their Thanksgiving plans.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Health
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Police are investigating after a house explosion in Flint on Monday night. It happened on the 3900 block of Hogarth Avenue. According to Battalion Chief Ramsey Clapper, multiple people are injured. A 3-year-old girl, that was in the house at time of the explosion, is missing at this time.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEYI-TV NBC 25 Saginaw
They're our modern-day superheroes — charging into burning buildings without hesitation, rescuing those in peril, staving off destruction. But in risking their lives for us, firefighters pay a heavy price, with cancer rates that far outpace the public at large. Derek Urwin, a longtime firefighter who expects to complete his Ph.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UCLA Newsroom
VIDEO/PHOTOS: His name may not be Griswold, but Justin Rhodes has mapped out a stunning show that debuts on Thanksgiving night outside his home at 93 Crayton Road in Asheville. “One of the big reasons I do it is seeing the joy it brings to kids,” said Rhodes, who's been working since Nov. 1. “All of our props are custom made,” he explained.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
PHOTOS: Murdo, South Dakota had only just gotten started as a town when disaster struck on a cold February night in 1910. A fire that was likely started by a hot stovepipe in a printing business on Main Street quickly spread to nearby buildings and destroyed an entire block of businesses before it finally burned itself out.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Dakota Public Broadcasting
The latest U.S. COVID-19 wave is taking its toll on some states' intensive-care units, with several parts of the country seeing outbreaks that are as bad as ever. In 15 states, patients with confirmed or suspected COVID are taking up more ICU beds than a year earlier, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.
- PUB DATE: 11/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bloomberg - Metered Site
VIDEO: A large fire broke out on Bald Head Island on Saturday at around 8 p.m. Three units in Lighthouse Landing and one home were destroyed in the fire. Drone video provided to WRAL News showed large areas reduced to ashes in the aftermath of the blaze. The massive fire took 60 firefighters to put out.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh
Las Vegas's MGM Grand Hotel and Casino fire, which occurred on November 21, 1980, killed 85 people and injured 700 more. The fire, caused by an electrical fault associated with a refrigerated pastry display case, originated in an unoccupied restaurant on the casino's first floor. The fire was discovered by hotel staff early in the morning when, by that time, it had evolved to open flaming and was increasing in size and intensity.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jensen Hughes
PHOTOS: Nobody is quite sure how long the four-and-a-half foot tall safe was nestled in the back half of a closet at the Old Pine Community Center in Society Hill. It had been there so long — turned backward so its handle and dial didn't show — that staffers at the center assumed it was just a large metal box or an outdated piece of mechanical equipment.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Philadelphia Inquirer - Metered Site
FAO Schwarz and the Uniformed Firefighters Association helped bring holiday cheer Sunday to the children of fallen firefighters. As CBS2's Christina Fan reported, 50 kids and their families were treated to a full day of fun. Joy overflowed from the back of a fire engine in front of FAO Schwarz, where Santa Claus, FDNY mascot Hot Dog, and toy soldiers brought smiles to widows and their children, fulfilling a promise made to their fallen heroes “We thank you so much for coming and being a part of this.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV CBS 55 Riverhead
It took 58 firefighters to battle an early morning blaze Thursday at an outdoor power equipment dealership north of Ocala, according to Marion County Fire Rescue. Officials said a passerby called 911, and crews were dispatched to the fire at 3:54 a.m. in the 7000 block of U.S. Highway 441. The first crews arrived at 4:01 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando
In April, a Tesla Model S crashed in The Woodlands, Texas, after the speeding driver failed to negotiate a turn and jumped the curb. The car then hit a drainage culvert and a raised maintenance hole before being stopped by a tree, according to an investigation report by the National Transportation Safety Board.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ARS Technica
VIDEO: Human sex trafficking might conjure up imaginary stories of women being smuggled from foreign countries, but in fact, it is a crime that occurs in our own backyard. The 11 News I-Team looks at how Baltimore City Fire Department employees are being trained to identify victims when they respond to calls.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore
PHOTOS: An early morning fraternity fire at Nebraska Wesleyan University killed one person and critically injured three others fifteen years ago today. Lincoln firefighters said the blaze at the three-story Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house started about 4 a.m. The 78-year-old house, the second-oldest building on the campus in north-central Lincoln, was owned by the fraternity and was on the National Register of Historic Places.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lincoln Journal Star - Metered Site
VIDEO: Anyone who has seen a local firefighter or first responder in action may have noticed some of them donning custom-made leather gear, such as suspenders or radio straps with their names or a flag on them. Much of that work is done by a New Jersey firefighter who turned his hobby into a business.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 The Bronx
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Crews responded to a fire at the U-haul Storage and Moving Facility on Ragland Road November 17, 2021. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. Fire Prevention Bureau Captain Ernest Parsons confirmed there was no one in the building when the fire started and there are no injuries.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVNS-TV CBS/FOX 9 Lewisburg
After a successful trial period, Lubbock Fire Rescue is installing more devices on its trucks that will alert nearby drivers of their presence on the scene of an incident or while on their way to it. The goal is to get drivers to focus on what's ahead for their safety and the safety of first responders.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
America's drug epidemic is the deadliest it has ever been, new federal data suggests. More than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the United States during the 12-month period ending April 2021, according to provisional data published Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (azfamily.com)
VIDEO: The nation's capital is suffering a surge in the number of fires and fire department responses to encampments for people experiencing homelessness. A News4 I-Team investigation revealed fire department calls more than doubled at encampments already this year. The problem is posing a risk to the safety and health of people living in encampments and in nearby neighborhoods.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.
VIDEO: Many firefighters will go their whole careers without seeing a train crash, derailment, or train hazard spill. But it's the one time it does happen, and being prepared for it, that can mean the difference between life and death. “You can actually YouTube a video of a tank car imploding," said a Norfolk Southern Railway instructor.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta
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VIDEO: Suffolk County police say a fifth person has been found dead after a large fire swept through house in Riverhead, Suffolk County. The five victims were all found on the top floor of a 3-story home with four apartments that went up in flames just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters arrived at the home on East 2nd Street to find fire shooting through the roof after an eyewitness walking his dog called 911.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
Austin-Travis County EMS revised its job application by removing a disqualification for prior marijuana use in hopes of increasing applicants as they struggle to fill positions. Saving lives isn't an easy job. The president of the Austin EMS union, Selena Xie, said doing it short-staffed is even harder.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC 24 Austin
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A group of volunteer firefighters gathered to demonstrate just how delicate of a balance deep frying that holiday turkey can be. Local fire and rescue squads from Blanche and Boonshill in Lincoln County, Tennessee set up a flaming example to warn anyone who plans to fry their bird this Thanksgiving to take as many precautions as possible.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNT-TV CBS 19 Huntsville
VIDEO: Tuscaloosa firefighters are working on new hydraulic extrication rescue equipment they said is much more advanced. Firefighters said the new tool in their toolbox could literally save your life one day. The new jaws of life is a little lighter, and just as powerful as the old one. Tuesday, firefighters spent the better part of the day training on it.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRC-TV FOX 6 Birmingham
Mike Alstott is remembered for his plays out on the field with the Buccaneers but for several years now, he's created a special bond with firefighters that truly reflects the meaning of the holidays. “Most of us grew up watching him on Sundays and representing the Bucs and being the “A-Train” and then seeing the personal side of Mike, giving back to the community and giving back to our firefighters in Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, it's an experience that we are all proud to be a part of,” said Jon Dougherty, Deputy Chief of Operations of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa
VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Two firefighters were injured while battling a massive house fire in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County early Tuesday. The firefighters were taken to the hospital with burn and trauma injuries, though their injuries are not life-threatening, according to officials on scene. Multiple other firefighters have been treated at a paramedic staging area on scene as the 3-alarm blaze in the 3000 block of Barrington Lane continues to burn hours later.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown
VIDEO: A crew assigned to film a Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association training session captured a rescue mission when a man drove his vehicle into the water in Havre de Grace on Sunday. The First Arriving film crew was filming Susquehanna Hose Company's rescue boat and dive team for HCVFA when a man drove his vehicle off the marina parking lot and into the water next to the fire boat.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore
VIDEO/PHOTOS: When the Huntersville Fire Department sent out letters asking the community for donations to cover the cost of new equipment for firefighters, a 5-year-old broke open his piggy bank to help. Literally. Huntersville fire posted on Facebook that 5-year-old Brian wrote back and included $3 from his piggy bank.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCNC-TV NBC 36 Charlotte
Jerry Sanford retired to Naples, Florida, after a 29-year career as a New York City firefighter, but the city managed to call him back to help his brothers right before one of the most critical times in the history of the United States: 9/11. Although Sanford later developed cancer potentially associated with the fumes and toxins surrounding Ground Zero, he felt it was important to recount his experiences from the weeks leading up to and following 9/11 in his book, “It Started With a Helmet: A Retired Firefighter's Return to New York City the Day Before 9/11.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cure Today
A Sioux City woman was arrested early Saturday and charged with causing thousands of dollars of damage to vehicles parked at a Sioux City fire station. According to court documents, firefighters at the station at 2630 Third St. heard a car alarm going off in their parking lot at 6:53 a.m. When they went outside to check the alarm, they found Dominique Carman in the lot damaging the vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sioux City Journal
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Dozens of firefighters were called to battle a massive apartment fire that left several families displaced early Monday in Pineville. The fast-moving flames broke out just after midnight at the apartment complex along Plum Creek Lane. Channel 9 crews on the scene could see intense flames shooting from the apartment units and second-floor balconies as firefighters tried to get the blaze under control.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
A new $6 million state-of-the-art fire station on Des Moines' northeast side will cut travel times in half but will cost the city of Des Moines thousands of dollars in overtime every week due to an ongoing staffing shortage in the Des Moines Fire Department. Fire Station 11 opened Nov. 1, despite the department facing 19 staff vacancies — a number that's expected to rise to about 23 by the end of the year due to retirements.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Des Moines Register
The minimum hourly wage for a new firefighter recruit is $12.33. New police recruits make around the same. That wage now qualifies these first-responders for subsidized housing in Knoxville. "It's been going on for decades," said Kevin Faddis, the President of The Knoxville Firefighters Association.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV NBC 10 Knoxville
Local first responders had some extra help Friday morning while battling a fire at Pier 77 Seafood restaurant on Thomas Drive. For the first time in about 30 years, Naval Support Activity Panama City Fire and Emergency Services worked alongside our local first responders to put out a fire that started in the kitchen of the popular seafood joint.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBB-TV ABC 13 Panama City
The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases — which had been on the decline nationally since September — first plateaued and is now ticking upward, with states in different regions experiencing the most pronounced increase in cases. The seven-day average of COVID-19 cases in the United States remained below 80,000 since Oct.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Becker's Hospital Review
A semi trailer hauling bacon and other meat products caught fire on Interstate 80, near where it intersects with State Street, closing an off ramp for cleanup early Thursday morning. The driver of the westbound truck noticed the fire that apparently started with a mechanical issue, according to Utah Highway Patrol Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
Capt. Courtney Kelly has had the firefighting bug since she was a little girl. “Once I became a paramedic, I was, I was sold on fire,” Kelly said. Kelly, who has been with the Youngstown Fire Department for 15 years, was the last female hired by the department. It's little wonder that her daughter, Maddie, now wants to take her shot, ever since completing the firefighter academy at Choffin Career and Technical Center.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBN-TV CBS 27 Youngstown
The St. Lucie County Firefighter Combat Challenge team took top honors in a competition last week as world champions in events at the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce. The challenge involves firefighters donning full bunker gear competing on a course with a series of five physically-demanding challenges.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TC Palm
Jason Elmore has walked several paths in life, none of which he ever planned. For some people, Elmore was the face of the Chesterfield Fire Department. with whom he served for 20 years. He originally wanted to join the police department, but a fateful quirk of the regulations changed his course. "Once I became 18 years old, I realized I couldn't be a police officer until I was 21," Elmore said.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6 Richmond
Paul Wertheimer has spent four decades trying to help prevent deadly crowd surges since a disaster at a concert by The Who changed his life. Eleven young people, ages 15 to 27, died in a crowd crush at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum in 1979. “There were piles of shoes and clothing,” said Wertheimer, who responded to the scene as the city's public information officer.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A large fire that overcame a junkyard Tuesday afternoon in Southwest Philadelphia continued to smolder hours after firefighters gained control of the inferno that sent thick black smoke billowing across the city. Fire crews from multiple departments responded to the construction waste recycling facility on the 3700 block of South 61st Street just before 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTXF-TV FOX 29 Philadelphia
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At community events where first responders are present and the U.S. flag is raised, you'll see many of the men and women working for fire, police, and other emergency services salute. That's how you know they are military veterans. “Service members both past and current are allowed to salute in civilian clothes,” said Spicewood Fire Chief Sam Stacks, a U.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DailyTrib.com
The engineering department at Texas Tech University headed down to the Lubbock Fire Rescue Training Facility to gain first-hand experiences as a firefighter for their latest project. Suman Chowdhury, with the Department of Engineering at Texas Tech, says the project isn't actually for a grade, it's about the safety of firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler
Property owners who repeatedly violate building codes and fail to correct potentially dangerous conditions will face mandatory penalties under a law signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul. The law, sponsored by Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, D-New City, adds to the current penalties by imposing a minimum fine of $25 a day after 180 days of a property being in violation.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lohud - Metered Site
When a COVID-19 test returns a false-positive result — meaning a person does not have a SARS-CoV-2 infection, yet the test is positive — this disrupts that person's life unnecessarily. However, a false negative — when someone does have an infection, but the test is negative — is more detrimental. This is because treatment is mistakenly deferred, and the individual may infect others as they continue to participate in their regular daily activities.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Medical News Today
VIDEO: Firefighters with the Pasadena Fire Department and Houston Fire Department worked to put out a blaze at an apartment complex located in Pasadena, officials said Tuesday. Officials said the two-alarm fire broke out at an apartment complex located at 4201 Fairmont. According to officials, a building began to collapse as firefighters worked to put out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
More than a decade ago, Hartford Fire Department rookie Ashley Shapiro was sitting in the South Green fire station waiting for the next call when his captain dropped a rusty, sickle-shaped blade on his desk. “I hear you like this tool,” Tom Dalton told Shapiro, a history buff who had recently arrived at Engine Company 1 Ladder 6.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant
Thomas Pomplin was 28 when he died from the effects of overheating and exhaustion from fighting the Storm's Cedar Tub and Pail Factory fire in Nyack in July 1854. He died eight days later. It is believed that he was the first line of duty death of a firefighter in Rockland County, but because he was black, that designation never happened.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mid Hudson News
When the alarm sounds for an emergency, blood pressure among firefighters often soars, according to preliminary research funded by the American Heart Association and presented at the Association's Scientific Sessions 2021. The meeting will be fully virtual, Saturday, November 13 through Monday, November 15, 2021, and is a premier global exchange of the latest scientific advancements, research and evidence-based clinical practice updates in cardiovascular science for health care professionals worldwide.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Medical Life Sciences
Emergency response agencies across Missouri now have a goal of clearing an accident scene on state highways in less than 90 minutes. A handful of other states already have something similar in place, like Washington, Florida, and Tennessee. The goal is to have the roadway clear 90 minutes after a first responder arrives on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAF-TV FOX 4 Kansas City
A person died in a fire that burned a building in Manchester, New Hampshire, Saturday while several more people were rescued, officials said. A firefighter was burned and had to be flown to Boston for treatment, Manchester Fire Chief Andy Parent said. Another person was also taken by helicopter to a Boston hospital for medical treatment.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Boston
Charlotte-Mecklenburg is hosting its second annual diversity, equity and inclusion conference, and the opening speaker is no stranger to breaking barriers. Synthia Kearney never remembers seeing a female firefighter when she was growing up, but today she is the first female battalion chief for the Gastonia Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
VIDEO: It started like any other November day at the Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown until disaster struck in 1996 and a wooden warehouse went up in flames. WHAS11's Sky11 chopper raced to the scene as smoke billowed above. Water did little in the fight against burning bourbon and within minutes, the first warehouse was a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAS-TV ABC 11 Louisville
Mental health continues to be a growing concern among first responders. Molly Doyle never knows when that call is going to come. None of them do. It's the nature of being a firefighter. "My job is to drive the engine to whatever call that is," said Doyle, who is a firefighter with the Unified Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
The crowd deaths at a Houston music festival added even more names to the long list of people who have been crushed at a major event. Tragedies like the one Friday night at the Astroworld Music Festival have been happening for a long time. In 1979, 11 people died in a scramble to enter a Cincinnati, Ohio, concert by The Who.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
VIDEO: It took 100 firefighters about an hour and a half to get the upper hand on a blaze that gutted a Koreatown karaoke bar and pool hall at 207 S. Vermont Ave. on Thursday. The Los Angeles Fire Department said they were actually able to get crews inside the building at first, but the intensity of the fire grew in the attic.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
VIDEO: A Lubbock native is headed to Chicago in December as he embarks on a new role in the hit television show Chicago Fire. First, he wanted to stop by and learn from his hometown heroes. “I think it's very, very important whenever you can become this character months before,” Ynez Spencer said. “And, I think it's very important to show up ready to go.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock

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