Nationwide fire news
VIDEO: Six people need shelter after flames broke out in an Annapolis neighborhood damaging several homes early Wednesday morning. According to Lt. Michael Mayo, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 1600 block of Elkwood Court around 1:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9 Washington DC
VIDEO: The Charleston Fire chief says calls for service in the department increased 11 percent this year to pre-pandemic levels. Even with the increase in call volume, some say the pay they're getting isn't enough to live in the city of Charleston. John Baker, who is the secretary of Charleston Firefighters Association Local 61, said it's hard to live and work in Charleston with the current wages they're getting.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston
PHOTOS: Virtually every time firefighters Mike Hendrickson and Jesse Schmidt pass by the empty lot on the west side of Broadway in downtown Fargo, they think about the day nearly 22 years ago they almost died there on the job. Reflecting on the arson fire at the Tropics nightclub on Sunday, April 30, 2000, can prompt a visceral response.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Dispatch - Metered Site
In light of the recent deadly apartment fire in Aurora that took a child's life and hospitalized two others, FOX31 checked in with a nonprofit that helps front-line workers deal with mental health and stress injuries that the job creates. The fire was allegedly set on purpose and burned through 12 units, displacing 31 people — 18 adults and eight children.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver
The Omicron BA.2 sub-type continues to attract attention as it spreads in various parts of the world including the U.S. In several news reports and even by some healthcare experts, BA.2 has sometimes been referred to as "stealth Omicron." While the terminology has picked up recently in terms of usage, Google Trends data shows that the term was being used online as far back as early December.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsweek
Three firefighters were killed and one critically injured from a partial building collapse while battling a fire in a vacant rowhome in west Baltimore early Monday, officials said. In a news conference held by Mayor Brandon Scott and the Baltimore City Fire Department, Scott released the names of the victims from the early morning rowhome fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore
VIDEO: After a massive fire broke out at a Newark recycling center early Tuesday, smoke could be smelled as far away as Manhattan and the Bronx, officials said. AIR11 was over the scene Tuesday just after 6 a.m. as two large piles of metal burned at the Eastern Metal Recycling Terminal, located in the Port Newark area of the city.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York
VIDEO: A local fire department is taking extra measures to keep crews safe while on the job. The new equipment? A portable speed bump. When first responders are on the scene of a crash or at a fire, they're already putting their lives in danger. So Whitesboro wanted to curb the risk of a distracted driver adding to that threat.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXII-TV CBS/FOX 12 Sherman
Social media blew up over the weekend with support for 14 Deming firefighters/EMTs who surprised city officials on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, with tendering their two weeks' notice at the John Strand Municipal Building, 309 S. Gold St. The 14 city employees cited low pay as the reason for tendering their resignations.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Deming Headlight
A volunteer firefighter hopes to transform fire hoses and lives through her bag-making business. Janelle Robinson discovered a passion for firefighting and a desire to join its tight-knit community when she turned 40. She became a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Summerfield Fire District, and her new career led to an adventure in the business world.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1
VIDEO: DeKalb County fire crews have been working to put out a massive fire at an abandoned condominium building in Clarkston Monday morning. At around 7 a.m., 11Alive SkyTracker showed flames shooting through the roof with the entire building engulfed. Within 40 minutes, most of the larger flames were out and all that was left was an exterior wall.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
New York City's fire commissioner said Friday that he will retire next month after more than seven years in the job and a career that spanned more than five decades and included stints in every rank in the department. Daniel Nigro led the nation's largest municipal fire department through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic and recently oversaw its response to the city's deadliest fire in three decades.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brooklyn Daily Eagle
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Mount Pleasant firefighter had his own cheering section while undergoing training! According to the department, Firefighter Dawson McNeill was training on connecting to a hydrant to have a continuous water supply during a fire. While he was honing his skills, a group of curious kids from Carolina Park Academy watched and rooted him on.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIV-TV ABC 36 Charleston
In 2005, the film “Animal” starring Ving Rhames as Animal and Terrence Howard as his son Darius was released. Darius fell into gang life while his father was incarcerated as if to carry on the family tradition. This movie displayed how without proper guidance from the parent, or willingness to obtain an education, the cycle of poverty and social disenfranchisement will continue.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Spokesman Recorder
At least one in five Americans have now been infected with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, but the number is likely higher, including secondary to unreported asymptomatic cases, according to The Hill. The United States had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 reported 731 days ago on Jan. 21, 2020, but now has had over 70 million confirmed COVID-19 cases with over 866,000 deaths as of this Friday, according to The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, which is a continuously updated source of COVID-19 data.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News
VIDEOS/PHOTOS: An empty building at 141 E. Marietta St. is likely a total loss after a fire on Thursday that the building manager said was probably inevitable. Building manager Bill England said the building was empty and boarded up, but they have had a lot of trouble with homeless people breaking in and building fires for warmth, which he thought could have caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald & Review - Metered Site
Fatigue caused by extended periods of work and insufficient rest can impair job performance, situation awareness and decision-making capabilities, even when it's needed most. Specifically, in safety-critical environments, such as responding to wildfires, fatigue has been associated with a two-fold increase in the risk of injuries and errors, and a four-fold increase in safety-compromising behaviors during emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Texas A&M Today
Have you ever wondered how many calls Escambia County EMS answers? Escambia County EMS has launched a new information dashboard that includes: EMS calls dispatched by Emergency Communications (updated daily); Transports to local hospitals by EMS (updated daily); On-scene cardiac/respiratory arrests (updated weekly); On-scene overdoses (updated weekly); ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI/Heart Attack) events (updated weekly); and Motor-vehicle crashes (updated weekly).
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
VIDEO/PHOTOS: In a scene that has tragically played out across the United States yearly, a Christmas tree starts a fire inside a building, but this scenario created by the Bellows Falls and North Walpole fire departments was just a training exercise to prepare firefighters for real-world events. Bellows Falls Fire Chief Shaun McGinnis helped orchestrate a live-fire training at an abandoned building that allowed the fire to be controlled by members of his department while the training was playing out.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brattleboro Reformer - Metered Site
VIDEO: Tahlequah firefighters can make a lot of spaghetti after a TikTok video landed them nearly 800 jars of Ragú sauce. Ragú recently began a new series of commercials under the catchphrase, “Cook Like a Mother,” one of which featured firefighters. The Tahlequah company decided to replicate the commercial as a team-building exercise, featuring firefighter Anthony Margarit.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRMG-FM 102.3 Tulsa
Petersburg Fire and Rescue has hired the first female fire chief in its nearly 250-year history. Chief Tina R. Watkins is taking over on a permanent basis after a number of years where interim leaders have directed Petersburg's fire department. Watkins began her career as a firefighter. For the past 11 years, she has been a Battalion Chief for Richmond Fire and Emergency Services where she supervised five stations and six fire companies.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Progress-Index
VIDEO: Authorities say two people have died after a vehicle collided with a fire truck in Camden County Wednesday morning. The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. near Warwick Road and North White Horse Pike. Authorities say a fire truck from Lawnside was heading southbound on Warwick when it collided with a car that was heading west on White Horse Pike.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTXF-TV FOX 29 Philadelphia
An investigation into the Yute Commuter Service plane that caught fire on Nov. 20, 2021 has found that the fire was started by wiring in the aircraft that was installed incorrectly. The wiring was installed as part of a federally funded experimental safety program, and there could be over 200 other planes in the region that have the same problem.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTOO-FM 104.3 Juneau
VIDEO: First responders at the California State Capitol on Wednesday blasted hours-long wait times to transfer patients to emergency rooms. Emergency health workers voiced their growing frustration during a hearing, saying the wait times are bad for patients and keep them from other calls. Some agencies reported waiting up to eight hours to transfer patients to emergency rooms.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento
PHOTOS: Sometimes Fire Departments have some really cool tools at their disposal. This one, from the Town of Hermon Fire Department's Facebook page, caught my eye. So I reached out to Hermon Fire Chief Cody Sullivan to get the skinny on this member of Hermon's rescue fleet, the rescue-boggan, also known as the "snowbulance".
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQCB-FM 106.5 Brewer
VIDEO: Investigators are looking into whether gas caused the deadly house explosion that killed one woman and injured eight others Tuesday in the Bronx. One home has to be demolished, and at least two others are destroyed. The explosion happened Tuesday morning at a home on Fox Street near Intervale Avenue in Longwood.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV 55 Riverhead
Indiana firefighters could get annual blood testing for exposure to synthetic PFAS chemicals through a proposed pilot program, according to a new bill introduced in the state house. First developed in the 1940s, PFAS is a class of thousands of synthetic chemicals that have been extensively used in numerous applications including nonstick cookware, water-repellent fabrics, fast food wrappers and firefighting foam.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVPE-FM 88.1 Elkhart
Mooresville Fire-Rescue has new technology to help them arrive at a 911 call faster, when seconds count most. The new tech is called AVL (Auto Vehicle Locator) and it works in conjunction with CAD (Computer-Aided Dispatch) to ensure the closest firefighters and EMT's get to the call quickly. Mooresville already averages a fire truck arriving at a call within five minutes, 85 percent of the time, but AVL will help improve that number.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mooresville Patch
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention breaks the opioid epidemic into three waves. The first wave began with the introduction of OxyContin—the highly addictive painkiller made by Purdue Pharma and introduced in 1996—and an increase in prescribing opioids. Spiked opioid addiction rates quickly followed.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNDO-TV NBC 23 Yakima
The United States has not yet reached a national peak of the omicron variant, the nation's top doctor said, urging caution even as the explosion of cases has started to plateau in some areas. “We shouldn't expect a national peak in the next coming days — the next few weeks will be tough,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post - Metered Site
VIDEO: Officials launched an investigation after several buildings in Salisbury were destroyed by a nine-alarm fire as whipping wind gusts battered the seaside town early Monday morning. Firefighters responding to a reported fire in the area of Central Avenue and North End Boulevard around 2 a.m. found heavy flames tearing through Michael's Oceanfront Motel.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHDH-TV 7 Boston
VIDEO: There's creative and then there's creative. The Newberry Fire Department was trying to come up with ideas to help get more people interested in applying to be a volunteer firefighter. Gene Shealy, captain of recruitment for the fire department in Newberry said, "the thought came up why don't we try to put a sign on these concrete trucks.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLTX-TV CBS 19 Columbia
VIDEO: Firefighters in New Jersey are still trying to determine what caused a massive fire in Passaic on Friday night. Hundreds of firefighters battled the 11-alarm blaze in an industrial complex where flames shot 70 feet into the air. The fire was just a few feet away from igniting the Qualco Chemical Plant which was filled with potentially hazardous materials such as chlorine.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
In weather conditions like we saw Monday, getting around can be very difficult for anyone let alone emergency crews trying to help others. We all assume that if we call 911 for help, we'll get it and we will but it doesn't just magically happen. Pat Donovan is the guy who helps first responders help you if you need it in this weather.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHEC-TV NBC 10 New York
VIDEO: 114 years ago, Pennsylvania experienced one of its worst tragedies. "Every fire will change the lives of the people, who they are related to, people that knew them," said Luann Zambanini with the Boyertown Area Historical Society. On Sunday, the Boyertown Area Historical Society commemorated a fatal fire that happened at the Rhoads Opera House in 1908.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown
VIDEO: Fire crews responded to a house fire in the 200-block of Ocean Boulevard West in Holden Beach Thursday evening. The structure appeared to be fully enveloped in flame by 6:30 p.m. according to witnesses on the scene. According to Holden Beach Police Department, two people were at home at the time and were able to exit the building without injury.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington
New York firefighters battled a fire with "great volumes of smoke" nearly 36 years ago at the same Bronx apartment building that caught fire Sunday, leaving 17 dead -- all from smoke inhalation, officials said. The March 1986 fire was documented in FDNY's official training publication, WNYF, in which members of the department write about fire incidents, highlighting protocols and training, according to a FDNY spokesperson.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Cy-Fair Fire Department supervisor vehicles will now be equipped with whole blood for patients experiencing rapid blood loss from trauma. The department began providing pre-hospital whole blood for patients at the point of injury on Jan. 6, a collaboration with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Justin Reed, assistance chief of EMS for CFFD, said the project has been three years in the making with GCRBC.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle - Metered Site
PHOTOS: It's been a year in the making, but the DeLand Fire Department's new fire station, Fire Station 81, is set to open its doors for regular operations Tuesday, Jan. 18. The new station, at 343 W. Howry Ave., will replace the current fire station at 201 W. Howry Ave. So what's new about the city's newest fire station? The new Fire Station 81 is 16,000 square feet, an improvement over the old Fire Station 81, which totaled around 9,000 square feet.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The West Volusia Beacon
The Alabama Department of Public Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are in the midst of a multi-year project to enhance the statewide stroke response system and are now letting other states know how to follow their lead and build their own. The Trauma Communications Center Coordinated Severity-Based Stroke Triage project is funded by a $2.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UAB News
PHOTOS: Firefighters battled a massive fire that broke out at a large commercial building in Adelanto. The fire started Wednesday afternoon at a commercial courtyard near the intersection of Baldwin Street and Bartlett Avenue, just east of Highway 395. The San Bernardino County Fire Department was the lead agency battling the fire with help from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District and the Victorville Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
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Weight loss is a common new year resolution. If making the pledge has proven easier than achieving it, a Collin County woman's weight loss journey might serve up some inspiration. For Penny Leaver, looking back at photos of some of the more memorable moments of her life makes her cringe. “I hate the way I look and it makes me remember how horrible I felt also,” Leaver said.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth
REELZ has announced the network's original documentary America's Deadliest Rock Concert: The Guest List premieres Sunday, February 20th at 8 pm ET/ 5 pm PT presenting the deeply personal stories of lives forever altered by the tragic Station nightclub fire that left 100 people dead, more than 200 injured, and devastated the tight-knit community of West Warwick, Rhode Island.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Music Universe
As a record number of Americans are infected with Covid-19, largely due to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant, some states' health care systems are beset with nearly full intensive care units. Nineteen states have less than 15% remaining capacity in their ICUs. Four of them have less than 10%: Kentucky, Alabama, Indiana and New Hampshire, according to data Wednesday from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Health
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VIDEO: Fire crews had their hands full with a two-alarm apartment fire in southwest Houston Tuesday night. This happened around 8 p.m. at the Amritta Apartments located in the 7800 West Airport Boulevard just west of Fondren. Fire officials said it took at least 50 firefighters about an hour to get the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
August Schell Brewing Company is bringing back its Firebrick for Firefighters program, donating a portion of sales from every case and keg of Firebrick Vienna Lager sold in 2022. “Giving back has always been part of our DNA here at Schell's,” Ted Marti, president of Schell's said in a press release.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Free Press
The chain of events that led to the tragic deaths of a young crewmember and all 33 passengers aboard the Conception dive boat in 2019 are directly addressed in new rules from the Coast Guard, which are proposed to take effect March 28, 2022. The 33 divers were on a Labor Day weekend trip to the Channel Islands, having chartered the Conception out of Santa Barbara Harbor's Truth Aquatics.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Barbara Independent
The Tahlequah Fire Department took delivery of a hefty amount of Ragú pasta sauce on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Tahlequah firefighters on Red shift were at Station 1 as the FedEx driver pulled up and unloaded 792 jars of the sauce. That shift caught the attention of the national company after crew members posted a video of them cooking while on duty, using Ragú sauce.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tahlequah Daily Press
The national blood supply is so low as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the American Red Cross has declared its first ever national blood crisis. In the hopes of encouraging people to roll up their sleeves to donate, the organization is offering up a trip to this year's Super Bowl. The Red Cross said Tuesday it's seen a 10% decline in the number of people donating blood since the pandemic began.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas
PHOTOS: The Firth fire station, part of the Shelley-Firth Fire District on Firth's main street, suffered heavy losses Monday morning in a blaze which totaled equipment and sent one firefighter to the hospital where he was treated and released, with any apparent injuries mostly involving smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bingham News Chronicle
PHOTOS: The City of Shakopee's Zamboni just got a red hot upgrade. Last Thursday, the city debuted its firetruck-wrapped Zamboni at the Shakopee girls hockey game. Complete with a fire engine red design and details, the Zamboni also features the message "Become a Firefighter" across the side. On top of giving first responder firefighters a well-deserved shoutout at games, city officials hope the design, which was created in partnership with SignPRO, helps raise awareness about the fire department's recruiting program.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis
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PHOTOS: An apartment high-rise fire in the Bronx that killed 17 people and injured dozens of others on Sunday was one of the deadlier building fires in the city's history. Some lists of New York City's most deadly fires include the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center. Two commercial airline flights crashed into the towers, leading to fires and collapses of both buildings that killed about 2,750 people.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York
Comedian and actor Bob Saget passed away over the weekend in Florida. The ‘Full House' star died at the age of 65. Tributes have poured in from everywhere including one fire department in Louisiana. St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 put together a touching video in honor of Saget and posted it to their Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVLA-TV NBC 33 Baton Rouge
VIDEO: The team efforts at a harrowing 2021 fire in a Vernon tenement are being featured on a national documentary. The fire took place at 80-82 Union Street last March. A raging inferno trapped residents on the third floor and the building was engulfed in smoke. A rescue team that sprang to action spared no title — in addition to firefighters and police officers, a registered nurse from nearby Rockville General Hospital, an Air National Guard sergeant who lived next door and Vernon's town administrator and emergency management director sprang into action and the two people trapped on the third floor were rescued.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Vernon Patch
VIDEO/PHOTOS: An electric space heater is being blamed for sparking the horrific high-rise Bronx apartment fire that killed at least 19 people, including nine children, city officials confirmed Sunday evening. The fire originated in a duplex on the second and third floors of the building but never extended past the unit and the hallway nearest the apartment, FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro revealed.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the National Fallen Fire Fighter Foundation (NFFF), International Association Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) are calling on Congress to immediately pass critical legislation to improve fire safety in public housing and older high-rise buildings.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
PHOTOS: As he stood in the third-floor corner room that served as his office from 2000 to 2010, retired Hartford Fire Chief Charles Teale reflected on some of the more historic moments that had taken place at the Pearl Street headquarters during his tenure. He recalled firefighters coming into the room after the 9/11 attacks and dumping piles of money they had collected for the 343 firefighters who perished at Ground Zero out onto the long conference table that dominated the room.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant - Metered Site
On the morning of January 6, 2021, Christopher Holmes was starting out his second day as a battalion chief for DC Fire and EMS. "I'd just recently been promoted," said Holmes, who's been with the department for more than 20 years. In his role as battalion chief, he was part of the team helping to lead the DC Fire and EMS response at the Capitol as a violent crowd began storming the building.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington DC
In an ideal world, the U.S. would be awash in COVID tests. Anyone exposed to COVID-19 could self-test and/or go to a lab or clinic for a test if necessary. But right now, self-tests are in short supply in many parts of the country. The Biden administration is pledging to distribute 500 million rapid tests "within weeks," White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday, but few other details have been announced.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Public Radio
VIDEO: Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS responded to a three-alarm apartment fire early Friday morning. ATCEMS said six ambulances responded to the Ventura Apartments at 9133 Northgate Blvd. between West Rundberg Lane and U.S. Highway 183. Upon arrival, AFD said the top portion of the complex was engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
VIDEO: Dozens of Chevrolet C8 Corvettes may have survived a tornado last month, but that doesn't mean they're out of danger. In fact, about 120 examples of the iconic sports car are now scheduled to be demolished, according to Jalopnik. The vehicles, which were damaged when a catastrophic tornado hit Kentucky and five other states last month, will reportedly be scrapped to ensure no defective cars end up on the road.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Robb Report
Knowing there's a health care crisis in Maine, one man is answering the call to help. He's the "newest" firefighter and paramedic for the Augusta Fire Department. “It's like we never skipped a beat. That's why they call it brotherhood, you're always family,” Augusta Firefighter and Paramedic Greg Coniff said.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland
VIDEO: A group of Chicago firefighters have come up with a unique fundraising campaign to keep you hot all year round! They are posing with their fire retardant pants, axes, hoses, hats… and nothing more. "We have to stay in physically fit condition anyway, why not use the calendar as a motivator," said Henry Mendez, a Chicago firefighter EMT.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLD-TV FOX 32 Chicago
An EMT and Cherokee Nation citizen who helped save a police officer's life in 2021 is following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to become a Tulsa firefighter. “Failure for me is not an option,” said Christian Kaiser, 21, of Kansas, Okla. “The Tulsa Fire Department, to me, is critical.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cherokee Phoenix
PHOTOS: Flames from a warehouse engulfed in fire in the North End district could be seen throughout the city early Thursday morning. Firefighters battled the fire in brutal conditions. As of 8:45 a.m., the temperature was 10 degrees below zero, with wind chill at 22 degrees below zero, according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and Georgetown County Fire/EMS recently teamed up to test the feasibility of conducting an MRI scan in the back of a moving ambulance. The goal, according to MUSC, was to “cut down the steps that need to happen between the time a stroke patient is wheeled through the ambulance bay until the treatment can begin.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSPA-TV CBS 7 Spartanburg
The DeLand Fire Department has been awarded a sapling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree. The sapling has been planted on the southwest side of the new DeLand Fire Station 81 at 343 W. Howry Ave.. The 343 address number represents the 343 firefighters who were killed on 9/11. Each year, saplings from the 9/11 Survivor Tree are awarded to communities that have faced significant hardship.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The West Volusia Beacon
It's been an incredibly difficult day for Philadelphia and for firefighters who responded to a deadly duplex fire on Wednesday morning. "I'm not doing well at all. I mean personally, I have a job to do, this is what we do, but we are human beings just like everybody else," said Captain Derek Bowmer, the executive chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
Atlanta firefighters will get new washers, dryers and furnishings thanks to an anonymous donor gifting $150,000 to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation's Fire Station Fund. This most recent contribution is the largest ever in the history of the Fire Station Fund and will give four Atlanta Fire Rescue Stations in the neighborhoods of Buckhead and Southwest Atlanta the resources to make improvements and upgrades to the interiors of the fire rescue stations.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northside Neighbor
A section of a wall collapsed in Lincoln County just feet away from where firefighters were battling an early morning blaze Tuesday. The Winfield-Foley Fire Department responded to the house fire around 7 a.m. in the 500 block of Highway Y. The fire caused the front stone veneer wall to collapse and nearly strike one of the firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis
As many as 4 million drivers are about to become safer, thanks to an over-the-air software update Stellantis will send to their vehicles — at no cost — in January. The Jeep, Ram, Dodge and Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles will receive alerts when they near an emergency vehicle with its flashers lit. The feature, called the Emergency Vehicle Alert System (EVAS), will initially be available in North America, but Stellantis could roll it out across the 14 brands the automaker sells around the world.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press - Metered Site
At least 13 people, including children, died as a quick-moving fire tore through a crowded Philadelphia rowhome converted into two apartments owned by the city's public housing authority in the Fairmount neighborhood early Wednesday. “This is without a doubt one of the most tragic days in our city's history, the loss of so many people in such a tragic way,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said with tears in his eyes.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia
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Occupational cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters, surpassing heart disease. January is “Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month.” The International Association of Fire Fighters and the Fire Fighters Cancer Support Network are teaming up to reduce the impact of cancer on firefighters with education and prevention resources for departments across the nation and here in North Carolina.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMYA-TV 40 Anderson
The U.S. reported a record 1,082,549 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It's the latest in a series of staggering milestones brought on by the highly transmissible omicron variant, which is sweeping across the U.S. and around the world. The U.S. has broken several of its own COVID-19 records in recent days.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Public Radio
VIDEO: A half-dome tent and a portable trailer on an empty piece of property off I-30, make up the newest official fire station in Fort Worth. Approved, constructed, and outfitted in three months, the temporary station opened New Year's Day, providing protection to the rapidly growing communities on the far western edge of the city.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT CBS 11 Fort Worth
COVID-19 cases in Maryland continue to skyrocket and as of Monday, 2,746 people are hospitalized with the virus. Not only is it overwhelming hospitals, but it's impacting fire and EMS operations. "We've noticed an increase call volume in EMS, primarily patients who believe they are experiencing symptoms of COVID," said Shannon Stallings, chief of the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore
For John Alley and Luke Barron, being firefighters and varsity wrestling coaches isn't simply a matter of balancing two jobs. It's more like a double-dip in intertwined vocations. Alley is an engineer for the Westminster Fire Department, while Barron is a firefighter for the Denver Fire Department. They've coached at Columbine High School together for six years, the past two as co-head coaches.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denver Post - Metered Site
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, The Firemen's Association of the State of New York is giving itself a new name. As of this month, the group will be known as The Firefighters' Association of the State of New York (FASNY). The organization's board voted unanimously to change its name at a December meeting.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Union
Ever since the pandemic began, public health experts have warned about the possibility of getting COVID-19 and the flu at once. With flu cases jumping up across the country after a very mild season last year, doctors are warning that so-called “flurona” can happen—and Israel just had its first documented case, which may be the first in the world.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Prevention
PHOTOS/VIDEO: A 4-alarm fire at a commercial building in Hillsboro has shut down a city block for the rest of the day as crews work to put out hotspots after an hours-long battle against the flames. Hillsboro Fire and Rescue first reported the fire at SE Main Street and 3rd Avenue just before 3:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland
A child in East Haven was severely burned while attempting a social media challenge that calls for igniting a bottle of alcohol, fire officials said Wednesday. The victim was being treated at the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Center, Fire Chief Matt Marcarelli said. Firefighters responded Tuesday at about 8:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant - Metered Site
“I've always been one of those guys who liked helping out other people,” said Jacksonville resident Michael Griffitts. Captain Griffitts is the Crew 3 shift commander, EMS coordinator and fire safety and prevention officer for the Jacksonville Fire Department. His 24-year career has allowed Griffitts to pursue his passion for helping other people while making the community a safer place.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Journal Courier
VIDEO: One small town in Massachusetts is coming to the aid of another in Kentucky after its fire department was devastated by a recent tornado. The tornado that ripped through Kentucky on the night of Dec. 10 was on the ground for 235 miles, obliterating everything in its path. It hit the rural town of Cayce hard, tearing apart its all-volunteer fire department.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
PHOTOS: More than six years after then-Cumberland Fire Department Chief Donnie Dunn sounded the alarm for the need for a new ladder truck, city firefighters now have a 2021 Sutphen model to help in their firefighting mission. “It's been a lengthy process,” interim Chief W. Shannon Adams, Dunn's successor, said Thursday, a few days after the new purchase arrived at CFD headquarters.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cumberland Times-News
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PHOTOS: A vacant house has been destroyed in a fire on the south side of Syracuse early Wednesday morning. Emergency crews were dispatched at 3:00 a.m. to the house on Glenwood Avenue near Craddock Street. When firefighters arrived, the fire was already fully involved and it was too dangerous for firefighters to enter the house, according to the Syracuse Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNY Central
When Mat Post asked himself, “What can we do as a community to help the tornado victims?” his fellow volunteer firefighters answered the call with enough donations of turn out gear, hoses and serviceable fire equipment to fill three trailers. Along with the apparatus, the Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Company decided to donate an entire fire truck, Engine 12.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sun Gazette
Atlanta firefighters had to perform a vertical rescue after a grate gave way and let a man fall down an air shaft, officials said. It happened around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at One Coca-Cola Plaza. Atlanta fire Rescue said the person had fallen about 15 to 20 feet into the air shaft from above. Firefighters determined the best way to rescue the man was to pull him up back through the now open-air vent.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta
KSHB 41 News first obtained a report that details what happened when a Kansas City, Kansas firefighter was injured in an accident on Dec. 12. The Kansas City, Kansas Police Department provided the report. The fire department is still finishing up its own investigation, per a spokesperson. Pumper 17 was heading to a grocery store around 10:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City
The dizzying speed of omicron's spread has left Americans questioning much of what they know about Covid-19, especially on the cusp of holiday travel. "This is hitting us at a very inopportune time," said Dr. Katherine Poehling, an infectious disease specialist and vaccinologist at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in North Carolina.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
PHOTOS: A bomb exploded on Nashville's historic Second Avenue in the early morning of Dec. 25, 2020. The blast damaged 65 buildings and displaced dozens of businesses and residents in a city already weary from a year marred by the COVID-19 pandemic and deadly tornadoes. After a year of investigation, painstaking demolition and community collaboration, the shells of the most-damaged buildings stand largely cleared of debris and ready for the 200-year-old street's next evolution.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tennessean
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Ann Mulkey's son Louis was one of the Charleston 9 firefighters. When Powell Roofing got a call from Mulkey, they decided to team up with some local businesses to give her a free roof. "Oh my gosh. I've never had anything like this happen to me, to this magnitude. And to do it because of Louis, you know, just made it that much more special," said Ann Mulkey.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIV-TV ABC 36 Charleston
Firefighting is in the blood of the Fanella family, stretching back four generations in Mount Carmel Township. Robert B. Fanella died at age 88 in 2014. His son Robert "Bob" Joseph Fanella, 63, his grandson Robert "Bobby" James Fanella, 40, and his great-grandson Ethan Robert Fanella, 19, are volunteer firefighters for the Atlas Fire Company and Natalie Fire Company in Mount Carmel Township.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Item
In 2020, San Francisco fire stations revived a tradition from grandma and granddad's day, after a report from the Chronicle sounded the siren to bring back the SF fire station holiday decorations contest. That contest was scuttled in 1951 over some prudish backlash that the fire departments were spending more than their allotted $50 per station on decorations, but the Chronicle's report mustered up enough holiday cheer that the SF Fire Department decided to pull all the St.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SFist
The highly transmissible Omicron variant is now dominant in the United States, according to new data released by the CDC on Monday. The variant now makes up more than 73% of new infections, a nearly six-fold increase compared to the week before. Omicron makes up the highest share of new cases in the South, Central Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and the New York area.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Firefighters were still responding to hot spots and smoke on Monday leftover from a deadly weekend fire at the QVC distribution facility in Rocky Mount. The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office said search and rescue members located a body on the outbound side of the loading dock at the distribution facility on Sunday morning.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh
VIDEO: As a devastating tornado rolled through Rudd Wednesday night, a local resident went above and beyond to protect his neighbors from what was to come. With heavy winds and rain bearing down on the town, Volunteer Firefighter Tyler Hicks answered the call when asked to sound Rudd's tornado siren system by hand.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMT-TV CBS 3 Mason City
Bruce Sams is no stranger to fighting for his life and fighting to save others' lives. As a McMinnville firefighter, it's right there in his job description. But the North Albany resident didn't expect to be fighting for his own life against one nasty case of COVID-19. Fortunately, for Sams, 55, landing in the intensive care unit of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center meant being admitted to one of the few hospitals in the country using a brand new treatment.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Albany Democrat-Herald - Metered Site
VIDEO: You can find a lot of things at Faneuil Hall. From Keytar Bear to Ned Devine's and even John Legend. The past few years, you may have even caught Buddy the Elf. And while the notable Christmas character is known for spinning around turnstiles and eating already chewed gum off railings in New York City, this Boston-based Christmas elf has one goal in mind: pillow fights.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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Quinlan Roe remembers his first lecture in Missoula College's new paramedic program. He said it was from the director of the program, Dave McEvoy, who shared a story about being handed a newborn baby struggling for breath. McEvoy told his students he still remembers the fear and trust in the mother's eyes.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSEN-AM 1150 Shelby
Thick, black smoke from an eight-alarm fire coated a Boston neighborhood Friday morning, significantly cutting down visibility, and forcing firefighters to enlist the help of a drone to spot flames spreading inside the building. The fire began early Friday at 185 Corey Road in Boston, just north of Brookline's Washington Square, the Boston Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mass Live

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