Tracy L. Smith was promoted to the rank of Assistant Chief of the Columbus Division of Fire (CFD) on October 18 after 22 years of service. She is now the highest-ranking woman in the history of CFD.
“It's not significant that it's me. It's significant that over the years, the city has changed in the opportunities it gives all people to succeed,” Smith said.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCMH-TV NBC 4 Columbus
The United States reached a daily record for coronavirus when more than 90,000 cases were reported on Thursday, according to the latest NBC News tally. More than 30 states reported more than 1,000 cases.
It was the first time the U.S. has crossed 90,000 cases in one day, almost 10,000 more than the previous high of 80,662 cases, which was set just a day before on Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
One week old and weighing a little more than 1 pound, Ellie Whitehall is beating all the odds in the Norton Children's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.
From Lebanon Junction, her family credits a firefighter for not only delivering Ellie but also saving the child's life. Ellie's mother, Brianna Whitehall, thought nothing of the pain she felt at the 24-week mark of her pregnancy.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV FOX 41 Louisville
A tragic fire killed eight people, including three young children, and destroyed St. John's Catholic Orphans Home back in 1912.
The fire started around 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 30, 1912, at the orphanage on the corner of San Saba and W. Houston Street, where CHRISTUS Santa Rosa now stands. According to the San Antonio Light, 87 children, ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old, and nine nuns were in the building at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOAI-TV NBC 4 San Antonio
VIDEO: Five years ago, Carol Cody and her husband Bob Gross, along with Bob's daughter April, turned their barn into a pirate ship for Halloween with the idea of inviting the public and taking donations to raise money for non-profits.
They do Halloween at 73 New Road in Penobscot the way other people might do Christmas, or New Year's Eve.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor
VIDEOS: A fire caused significant damage to a home in Bryan on West 16th Street just after 5:00 a.m. Monday.
As the call came over the radio for a structure fire, Bryan Police Officer Marshal Field says he ran to his vehicle, threw on his lights and sirens, and headed straight to the house. Once Field arrived, he says he could hear someone yelling from the house that they were stuck.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBTX-TV CBS 3 Bryan
Wednesday was National First Responders Day, intended to honor the men and women putting their lives on the line day after day.
Unfortunately, with that comes the danger of illnesses, among them cancer, the leading cause of death in firefighters.
It's why the Ohio Firefighters Attacking the Cancer Epidemic Group, known as the FACE team, gathered Wednesday afternoon to bring awareness to what they describe as a crisis.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Tennessee have risen at a far lower rate in areas that have mask-wearing mandates than those that don't, a new analysis from Vanderbilt University researchers found, reinforcing evidence showing that face masks play a significant role in slowing coronavirus transmission. The study found that in Tennessee hospitals where less than 25% of patients came from counties with a mask mandate, hospitalizations as of Oct.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Forbes
It's National First Responders Day -- a day when the country comes together as a country to recognize the heroes who choose to run toward danger to save lives.
Among them, firefighter Al Coombs of Brooklyn, who says he was inspired by his nurse mother. He was honored by our parent company Disney.
The 43-year-old is a first responder at Engine 224 in Brooklyn Heights.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
PHOTOS: Approximately 60 firefighters are working a 3rd-alarm fire in the city of San Bernardino Tuesday night.
The fire was reported before 8:00 PM on October 27, 2020, at 4183 N Mountain View Avenue in San Bernardino. San Bernardino County Fire tweeted about the incident and reported fire in a multi unit strip mall with significant ember cast.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Victor Valley News Group
PHOTOS: The Sumter Fire Department is battling a structure fire near South Lafayette Drive and Fulton Street that broke out a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday. The building, the former VB Williams Furniture Plant located at 602 E Fulton St, is engulfed in flames. The building is now known as Howell's recyclable Materials, a recyclables warehouse according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBF-TV NBC News Myrtle Beach
COVID-19 may dominate the headlines. But another epidemic that was already raging before it arrived has flared up in recent months, too, according to new University of Michigan data.
A real-time tracking system that launched in 2019 shows a 15% rise in suspected opioid overdose deaths across most of Michigan since March, compared with the same time last year, and a 29% rise in first responders' use of a rescue drug called naloxone that can reverse an opioid overdose if given in time.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Michigan Health Lab
A group of St. Lucie County firefighters are world champions after winning first place in the team category of the 2020 Firefighter Combat Challenge held over the weekend in Texas.
Brian Riebe, Kevin Reilly, Caden Wilson, Matt Coney and Dante Hill of the St. Lucie County Fire District had the best averaged completion time of the course dubbed as the "toughest two minutes in sports" by ESPN.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TC Palm
A new report from Minnesota's State Fire Marshal Division says fire sprinklers could've saved the lives of those killed in a November 2019 high-rise fire in Minneapolis.
"It's a bold statement, but it's a very accurate statement," said State Fire Marshal Jim Smith. "We know through our experiences that sprinkler systems put fires out.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis
VIDEO: For six months now, the Philadelphia Fire Department and Drexel University have partnered to study the levels of stress and mental health of first responders in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presently, they are crunching the data collected, but already there are preliminary findings that could help guide officials going forward.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
VIDEO: BSO Fire Rescue has a new tool it is using to help the public and save lives.
Local 10 News got an exclusive look at their upgraded EMS rescue helicopters.
Meeting up at Pompano Beach Air Park, BSO showed Local 10 what the twin Eurocopter EC135 helicopters can do.
They are dedicated to EMS missions and have been branded as ‘Firestars' with a completely different black, red and gold color scheme.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
VIDEO: DeKalb County firefighters saved one of their own after he fell through the floor while trying to put out an overnight hotel fire.
Firefighters responded to the Oyo Hotel near the Wesley Chapel Road and Interstate 20 exit around midnight Monday morning. They found smoke pouring out of the three-story building.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta
In 1974, the television program “Emergency!” made Paul Brouwer, 72, keen on becoming a firefighter.
“It was all the rage at the time,” he recalled.
The current township emergency manager since 1991, he spent about 30 years in the Clinton Township Fire Department before retiring in 2004 as deputy chief of operations.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: C&G Newspapers
According to DHEC, South Carolina firefighters are reaching a milestone of 200 naloxone administrations for suspected opioid overdoses this year as of October 21st.
The Reducing Opioid Loss of Life (ROLL) program trains any fire department to administer the opioid antidote naloxone, including departments not staffed with emergency medical technicians.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIV-TV ABC 36 Charleston
VIDEO: A homeless man is facing murder charges in connection with an apartment fire that left two people dead and nine others injured on Sunday morning in Camden, New Jersey.
Firefighters were called out to the 3400 block of Cramer Street around 3:15 a.m. for reports of people trapped inside a three-story apartment.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
The Trump administration will finally pay back millions the federal government took from the FDNY's 9/11 treatment program over the last four years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Rep. Pete King (R-Long Island) late Friday that an alphabet soup of federal agencies — including the Treasury Department — will return $3.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site
The Boston Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man in connection with a fire that was set inside a ballot drop box in the city.
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin contacted U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's office after he was notified of the incident Sunday morning.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
The latest surge of COVID-19 infections has pushed the seven-day average of new daily cases to heights not seen since the pandemic began.
The seven-day average of new cases hit 68,767 on Sunday, topping the previous peak of 67,293 reported on July 22. The two highest single days of new cases were Friday and Saturday, with more than 83,000 new cases added each day.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
A San Pablo man was arrested on suspicion of striking an on-duty firefighter with his vehicle in Petaluma early Saturday, police said.
Petaluma police responded at about 3:11 a.m. to a call from their city's fire department reporting that one of their firefighters “had just been intentionally stuck by a vehicle,” police said.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Standard
VIDEO: A crash that sparked a brush fire forced the closure of part of Interstate 80 in Placer County for several hours Thursday.
A vehicle slammed into a power pole on westbound I-80 at Highway 193 in the Newcastle area, knocking powerlines onto the highway and Ophir Road and igniting a fire, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento
On Thursday, Brittani Rawls became Passaic Fire Department's first female tillerman. That's the firefighter who sits in a seat in back and steers the tail end of a firetruck.
It's the kind of challenge she relishes, because in a city crammed with traffic, tight streets and double-parked cars, life for the tillerman is never dull.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - Metered Site
This is the first year the Victoria Fire Department will administer flu shots for the homeless and low-income families and it's all part of a long-range plan for the department to have more public health outreach.
“Due to COVID-19 we felt this was a great year and a great opportunity to start that,” said Tracy Fox, VFD Chief.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KAVU-TV ABC 25 Victoria
Tifton fighters are trading in their boots for high heels to show support for the fight against domestic violence.
Kiefer Daughtry is an engineer at the Tifton Fire Department, and right before the interview, he traded in his work shoes for a pair of fuchsia-colored high heels.
“What's going through your head right now? How does it feel?” asked Poitevint.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WALB-TV NBC/ABC 10 Albany
Have you ever heard of a fire truck being raffled off? That's what one Schuylkill County fire company is doing.
"We've gotten some messages. I've gotten some messages from people saying, 'what are you guys thinking?' But honestly, it's a good truck, and we're going to give it a shot," said Sam Detweiler of Liberty Fire Company No.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton
It was Tuesday, October 21, 1980, and Phillies fans, including New Castle County volunteer firefighters, were anticipating the start of what would be a Game 6 World Series clinching victory.
But everything changed around 6:30 p.m. when a massive explosion rocked the Amoco plant off of River Road in New Castle south of Dobbinsville, blowing out windows, and shaking houses and residents for miles around.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL-AM 1150 & WDEL.com
The results of a workplace assessment recently completed for Tucson's Public Safety Communications Department has caused concern among city leaders who are working to address “fundamental problems in the operation of the department.”
The department is responsible for dispatching 911 calls for police and fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Star
The lounge could pass for a college dorm, ignoring the vintage fire hats, canvass jackets and 1992 training record board hanging on the walls.
Half-empty Gatorade bottles and binders sit on end tables next to plush couches the twenty-somethings who live there found on the side of a road. They've got a PlayStation system and a kitchenette that, admittedly, they don't use often, opting for fast food instead.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Morning Call
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed the amount of time it would take for someone to be considered a close contact of a person with COVID-19.
Previous language defined a close contact as someone who spent at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of a confirmed case.
The CDC now defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR
A Farmington artist has become nationally known for the unique way in which she uses the helmets of firefighters as a canvas on which to honor them for their courage and sacrifice.
Miranda DeOrnellis grew up in Womack and has been painting for others since she was 18. “I've always been interested in art.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Journal Online
VIDEO: A Hialeah firefighter has recalled the night he flew over a barrier and off the Palmetto Expressway after, investigators said, he was hit by another driver, causing his truck to come to rest on its roof along the street below.
Alain Pineiro is at home recovering from a fractured neck and rib, but it will take him longer to recover from the emotional pain of the crash.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami
The daughter of Clayton's first fire marshal on Tuesday retrieved her father's retirement badge after losing it in Florida.
Jill Halsey, 75, of St. Charles, lost the badge at a Florida restaurant years ago — when, exactly, is unclear. But now, thanks to the diligence of Clayton fire Chief John Paul Jones, as well as the Florida man who found the badge, Halsey again has a piece of family history.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post Dispatch
VIDEO: A Davis police officer recalled the tense moments before rescuing a woman from a burning car.
It looks like a scene out of a Hollywood movie as Davis Police Cpl. Pheng Ly's body camera shows him pulling a helpless woman out of her burning car and into safety. But the scene happened in real life Saturday night in the middle of Ly's shift.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
US COVID-19 cases will begin to rapidly accelerate in about a week, a leading health expert says, as the country's daily averages keep climbing toward the summer's peak and several states are setting hospitalization records.
The US recorded more than 60,300 new cases Tuesday, and the national seven-day case average hit about 59,500 -- an increase of about 73% in five and a half weeks, Johns Hopkins University data show.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Firefighters in Dearborn, Mich, destroyed a $90,000 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 last week, but they had a good reason.
The department, which is located in the same town as Ford's headquarters, was using the pre-production muscle car donated by the automaker to hone the vehicle extraction skills needed to rescue victims from wrecked vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News
VIDEO: Authorities are currently investigating a massive fire that consumed a church in northeast Oklahoma City late Monday night.
Around 10 p.m. on Monday, Oklahoma City firefighters were called to a large fire at a vacant church in the 2200 block of N. Prospect.
As soon as firefighters arrived on the scene, portions of the roof and the masonry walls began to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma City
Second Alarm Brewhouse in Pasadena is pioneering a new business model: Great coffee that helps local volunteer firefighters. The shop has opened its doors in Pasadena and celebrated Saturday. But instead of cutting a ribbon, they cut a hose. The coffee shop was originally a coffee truck, and owner Duane McKee is a volunteer himself.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Capital Gazette - Metered Site
The city and its firefighters union have come to a contract agreement in which the International Association of Firefighters Local 974 agreed to a wage freeze for the first year of the three-year deal. City Council agreed to the new contract during its Zoom meeting held Monday, Oct. 19.
With the city facing uncertainty as to its tax collections in a year in which COVID-19 has played havoc with communities' budgets, Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan was grateful for the union's consideration.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
PHOTOS: The city of Portage's all-new Fire Station No. 2 went into service this October with a design that takes into account the health and wellness of the firefighters who will use it and offers some unique training opportunities.
The new facility at 6101 Oakland Drive replaces the oldest of three free stations in the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive
The Dodgers are headed to the World Series after clinching their third National League pennant in four years Sunday, and all of Los Angeles is celebrating a thrilling 4-3 win over the Braves in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.
That includes the Los Angeles Fire Department, whose chief announced via Twitter shortly after the Dodgers' victory that all LAFD firefighters are authorized to wear Dodgers caps while on duty through the end of the World Series.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLB.com
Damaging winds caused significant damage around the Chicago area Saturday night, and strong winds may have even sparked a fire in the northwest suburbs.
Multiple fire departments responded to the massive house fire on Burning Tree Circle in McHenry. McHenry police say the house was fully engulfed when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
A Houston firefighter was injured while responding to a burning storage unit but not by heat or flames. Investigators said a woman shot him with a pellet gun.
Houston Fire Department Engine 82 was at a storage facility about 11:30 a.m. Friday in the 12400 block of Fondren Road. They were able to extinguish the fire using a pump can.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
VIDEO: A new device for the Crescent Township Fire Department will help to search and rescue as well as search and recovery efforts go quicker. It's a drone for underwater.
The fire department will be one of the first in our area to have a remote operating vehicle like this for the water.
“Just about anything underwater and you want to see if you can find it,” Crescent Township Volunteer Fire Department President John Kriger said.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
On Friday afternoon, someone stole a flag, designed to honor fallen firefighters, from a Middletown fire engine.
By Saturday night, thousands of people across the state and across the country knew about the theft, thanks to a deftly written and slightly sarcastic Facebook post by the firefighters' union.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV Fox 61 Hartford
On Oct. 17, 1966, 12 firefighters were killed in what was the deadliest day for the New York City Fire Department until the 9/11 terror attacks. Two chiefs, two lieutenants, and eight firefighters lost their lives as they tried to battle a fire at 22nd Street by entering a building on 23rd Street before it collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site
VIDEO: Seven people were taken to the hospital after a boat explosion and fire on the south fork of the New River early Thursday afternoon.
One of those patients had to be airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial's burn unit with burns to over 40 percent of the body.
Chopper 4 over the burning boat spotted firefighters shooting a stream of water at it from shore as it drifted near a sea wall at 2001 SW 20th Street.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami
VIDEO: One first responder in North Sioux City, South Dakota is using his creative skills to give back to his brothers and sisters in the department.
Firefighter and emergency medical crew member Joe Pham got inspired to create his own Thin Red Line flag to hang inside the North Sioux City Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTIV-TV NBC/CW+ 4 Sioux City
When you think about how technology is enabling remote government work, what comes to mind? Online city council meetings, or enhanced portals for renewing your driver's license or paying taxes? What about firefighting?
While most emergency responders cannot work fully remote due to the nature of their job, they can access the same benefits of unified collaboration tools to quickly connect with stations and seamlessly communicate with other first responders.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: American City and County
An 11-year-old girl from Morris Township is showing just how far one small act of kindness can go.
It all started as a service project through Callie Danysh's Cub Scouts, a project to honor a local hero. But with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the assignment was put on hold.
That's when "Flags of Gratitude" was born.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey News Network
The National Transportation Safety Board says the U.S. is woefully unprepared to deal with EV fires, which require different strategies than gasoline vehicle fires.
31 percent of fire departments don't train for EV fires, and half say they don't have special protocols in place to deal with EVs after a crash, the agency's report found.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Car and Driver
On Wednesday morning, Tracy Williams, the assistant fire chief for the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department in Spartanburg County, joined other firefighters from across the state at the South Carolina State Fire Academy for a ceremonial bill signing for a law that will support firefighters in the state diagnosed with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIS-TV NBC/CW 10 Columbia
VIDEO: Before the age of two-way radios, police and fire call boxes could be found on numerous corners across the District of Columbia. The first installations of these boxes began as early as the 1860s.
Firefighter call boxes were connected to a central call station and emergency responders would receive a telegraph of which box to dispatch to.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9 Washington, D.C.
San Diego agreed this week to pay $3.4 million to more than 700 city firefighters to compensate them for underpaid overtime they should have received several years ago.
The payout comes six months after the city reached a similar legal settlement with more than 2,300 other city workers for the same kind of underpaid overtime.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
Coronavirus cases have been rising in Illinois and many of its surrounding states this fall as health experts brace for a second wave during flu season, and while testing numbers could play a large role in the increased numbers, there's another factor that may be contributing to the spike: the return to school at colleges and universities in the Midwest.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago
Being a firefighter isn't what they do, it's who they are.
“It is just something once you start doing it you continue and continue and it builds within you,” said Wayne Cosner. “Either you are going to get in and be in here a couple of years and, BOOM, you are gone, or it grabs hold of you and you become loyal to the system and it becomes a way of life for you.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch
A massive fire destroyed an apartment complex under construction Wednesday morning in west Harris County. At least one firefighter was injured.
Flames turned the morning sky orange just before sunrise. Heavy smoke could be seen from miles away.
Two four-story apartment buildings were leveled by the 3-alarm fire off the Grand Parkway near Katy.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
VIDEO: Every year, local fire departments and KSBY team up to visit elementary schools across the Central Coast for the Burn Relay to teach kids fire safety and prevention.
Due to COVID-19 and distance learning, the Burn Relay couldn't happen last week so firefighters with the Atascadero Fire Department got creative instead.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSBY-TV NBC/CW+ 6 San Luis Obispo
When residential fires happen at night while families are sleeping, deaths are more likely to occur. Smoke alarms are important for preventing these deaths, yet research has shown that many pre-teenage children don't wake up to traditional high-frequency tone alarms. Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Sleep Disorders Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital conducted a series of studies to identify smoke alarm signals that would more effectively awaken children and other members of the household in the event of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Medical Express
VIDEO: For the first time in the United States, a robotic firefighting vehicle was used Tuesday to battle a major emergency fire in downtown Los Angeles, officials said.
The fire broke out in a textile business and spread to an adjacent building, and more than 130 firefighters extinguished the flames and prevented them from spreading further.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
VIDEO: Doctors will say some of the most painful recoveries come in the burn unit.
A Detroit firefighter just lived through a recovery and he has a unique perspective. He's in charge of the department's clown team that works to cheer up child burn victims. Firefighter Mark Taylor went inside a burning vacant home to see if there was anybody inside and that's when the roof collapsed on him.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit
VIDEO: A Riverside family's Halloween decor is so realistic that multiple people have made emergency phone calls summoning firefighters to the home.
To say Carmen and Travis Long love Halloween is an understatement.
They began creating their "Pirates of the Caribbean"-themed creation three years ago.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 News Los Angeles
VIDEO: In his 15 year career as a firefighter, Lt. Stephen Curry with Roanoke Fire-EMS has never seen anything like the fire that happened on Bullitt Avenue in southeast Roanoke over the weekend.
A fire broke out around 5:45 on Saturday morning at a vacant house on the 700 block of Bullitt Avenue. As the fire burned through the structure, it started to collapse.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC10 Roanoke
The first New Orleans firefighters were furloughed on Sunday under a plan requiring six unpaid days off by the end of the year to help stem a precipitous decline in city sales tax revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.
The city's furlough requires almost all 4,700 employees to take the six unpaid days, including police, firefighters and other safety workers, reducing their salaries by about 10% and saving the city $6 million.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Nola.com
Just as predicted, the US is now grappling with a new Covid-19 surge -- one that could overwhelm hospitals, kill thousands of Americans a day by January and leave even young survivors with long-term complications.
"We went down to the lowest point lately in early September, around 30,000-35,000 new cases a day.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Health
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says New York City will have to cover a $4 million shortfall to a program that helps 9/11 first responders pay for medical bills. The federal government removed funds to the World Trade Center Health Program to settle debts with the city over several years.
Attorney Michael Barasch represents thousands of 9/11 first responders and survivors.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSHU Public Radio
VIDEO: Jason Cortez, a beloved San Francisco firefighter-paramedic who was killed during a training accident last week, was knocked over a third-floor railing by a water blast from a valve he had “inadvertently” opened, authorities said in a preliminary report released Sunday. Cortez, 42, was participating in a training drill Wednesday when he was injured.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
VIDEO: An extra-alarm fire involving multiple homes in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood Sunday night has left one firefighter suffering from minor injuries.
The fire started just after 11:30 p.m. inside of a vacant 2 1/2-story home in the 800-block of North Lawndale Avenue, the Chicago Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
Across the US, coronavirus outbreaks seem to be larger than ever before.
On Saturday, 12 states hit record seven-day rolling average case counts, according to a Business Insider analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project, which compiles data from state and territory-level public health authorities.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Science Alert
More than three-quarters of FDNY employees who retired last year qualified for annual pensions exceeding $100,000 — with many awarded extra because of disabilities related to 9/11, a new study and data reveal.
Forty of the 491 retirees landed gold-plated pensions of more than $200,000 a year, according to the study by the Empire Center for Public Policy.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post - Metered Site
They're the first on the scene at major trauma events and this weekend, San Antonio firefighters, EMS and police officers were the first in line to give back to the community by donating blood.
Conrad Gonzales, a retired San Antonio firefighter, felt he needed to step up when he heard that the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center's blood supply continues to be at an all-time low, due to the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
VIDEO: Authorities said a truck hit the Ellinwood Fire Department late Tuesday night.
The driver was heading westbound on U.S. 56 at over 100 mph. After the truck hit the building, it started on fire.
“We got the fire extinguished rather soon, and then, we had to extricate, took about 20 minutes to extricate the subject in the pickup,” said Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW-TV NBC 3 Whichita
VIDEO: At least 70 people are displaced after a major apartment fire in DeKalb County.
According to DeKalb Fire Capt. Deon Bentley, the fire ripped through the Alderwood Trail Apartments at 2947 N. DeKalb Dr.
Images from above the fire showed flames shooting through the roof of the building and plumes of white smoke billowing in the air as crews worked to put out the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
Is this person with chest pain having a heart attack? That's a question EMTs frequently confront when responding to 911 calls.
A study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Health shows that on-scene use of a new protocol and advanced diagnostic equipment can help paramedics better identify patients at high risk for adverse cardiac events.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Medical Life Sciences
Caitlin Crandall's morning routine looked much different a couple of years ago.
The 35-year-old went from working 9-5 at a desk to 24 hours for the Syracuse Fire Department at Station 5, preparing to save lives.
“Life was just so blah and just so mundane,” said Crandall. “Something just clicked for me.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
More than a dozen individuals who traveled to Charleston this week to take the state electrician's exam were instead arrested on federal charges alleging they are in the U.S. illegally.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal became suspicious of several exam applications received earlier this month. The investigation and increased scrutiny that resulted flagged several additional applications.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVVA-TV NBC/CW+ 6 Bluefield
A firefighter-paramedic has died after a training incident on Wednesday morning, San Francisco Fire Department officials said.
Officials say the firefighter was at a SFFD training facility on 19th and Folsom Street when he fell three stories, causing severe head injuries.
SFFD Lt. Jonathan Baxter said the firefighter was transferred to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital where he died before 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
The city is moving forward with a study of the Fire Department, nearly a year after pledging to review firefighter safety in wake of the line-of-duty death of Lt. Jason Menard.
The city said this week it had hired Emergency Services Consulting International of Virginia to study the Fire Department. The consultant is seeking input about the department through survey questions posed to community and business stakeholders in the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Telegram.com
VIDEO: A massive pallet fire fueled by gusty winds Wednesday burned down an Ohio 101 business and threw up billowing black smoke clouds that could be seen throughout Sandusky County. More than a dozen fire departments from Sandusky and Erie counties dispatched trucks and firefighters to try to contain the blaze, which forced police to shut down Ohio 101 in both directions for several hours.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fremont News Messenger
A technology company out of Tyler called FIRST iZ creates drones to help aid first responders during emergency situations within a minute's notice.
CEO, Phil Burks explains how these drones can benefit first responders.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) also known as a drone, can provide situational awareness for first responders when they head towards a scene and can send visuals before arriving to an incident scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler
Airline passenger travel is down because of the coronavirus pandemic, but industry leaders say cargo flights will become busier once a COVID-19 vaccine is developed and released.
“It will be a logistical challenge that the world has not seen before,” DHL Global Forwarding CEO David Goldberg said.
DHL is already discussing how they will handle transporting the vaccine.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRIC-TV ABC 8 Richmond
Police arrested five people from Switzerland County Monday on numerous theft-related charges after a six-month Indiana State Police investigation into theft from the Patriot Volunteer Fire Department that allegedly included a secret meeting and filing fake state paperwork to take over department accounts.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati
The Mattoon City Council and the firefighters union may temporarily reduce the emergency medical technician (EMT) certification requirements for new firefighters to expedite hiring. The council will consider approving a memorandum of understanding with Mattoon Firefighters Local 691 during the council meeting at 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Gazette Times Courier
In May, doctors announced they were seeing a new and rare coronavirus complication in children. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta warns, it's appearing in adults, too.
Called MIS-C, which stands for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, the complication manifests roughly two to four weeks after a coronavirus infection.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal Constitution
VIDEO: Crews are at the old Royal Coach building in Hastings Wednesday morning battling a massive fire. Due to the fire, thousands in the Hastings area are without power.
According to Lt. Lani Forbes with the Freeport Fire Department, Barry County Central Dispatch alerted authorities around 3:30 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WZZM-TV ABC 13 Grand Rapids
PHOTOS: A five-alarm fire in Elizabeth left two young girls dead and two adults hospitalized in critical condition Monday, a city official said.
The children who died were approximately 7 and 11 years old, according to city spokeswoman Kelly Martins.
The blaze began around 6 p.m. in the 800 block of Elizabeth Avenue and was under control about two hours later.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Journal
When Ray Tannatta first introduced the Highrise Lifeline in the early 1990s, it seemed to be all the rage, being repeatedly featured on national TV.
“I got a lot of attention. I had people calling me from all over the country, all over the world,” Tannatta said. “At the time, I thought my product was working and the message is getting out there and people should be buying it.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
First responder sirens were wailing nearly non-stop as Hurricane Isaias churned above eastern Pennsylvania. Listening to dispatches about people trapped by flood waters, motor vehicle accidents, and a commercial structure fire, I was concerned and praying for the first responders during this storm. As Isaias swept northward, a cascade of agencies responded.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IN Public Safety
Salt Lake City firefighters were warned not to expect police officers as often as they have before because of a regular backlog of calls, according to a leaked department memo. The note, penned by Assistant Fire Chief Mike Fox, begins by saying the police department has changed some of their responses “due to COVID” and that they are experiencing “regular days when they have a backlog of calls.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV-TV CBS 2 News Salt Lake City
A new drone technology program launched Monday at Great Oaks Career Campuses, and it's the first of its kind in the world.
Through the program, first responders can become drone certified as an emergency services drone operator. “It's opening up doors to programs beyond your traditional law enforcement and firefighter basic training academy.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati
The roof of a commercial building collapsed in East L.A. after a large fire broke out on Sunday night.
A sign that read, “Casa Olympica,” the name of a vintage clothing store, was seen in flames. Several other storefronts were also involved.
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said the two-story strip mall is located in the 4700 block of East Whittier Boulevard near Arizona Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
PHOTOS: Fire stations across Hampton Roads are honoring fallen firefighters by participating in the nationwide “Light the Night” event as part of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. The Virginia Beach Fire Department arranged for the red light illumination of the VB Emergency Operations Center (Bldg.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
Only three US states are reporting a decline in new COVID-19 cases compared to last week, as the country hit its highest daily rate of new cases in almost two months.
As of Saturday night, new cases were down in Texas, Missouri and South Carolina, while 21 states reported a rise in cases and a little more than half held steady compared with the week before.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
PHOTOS: A volunteer firefighter was injured Saturday evening when he swerved to avoid another vehicle and overturned the firetruck in Breezy Point, Queens, FDNY fire officials said.
The injured firefighter was taken to Community Hospital in Brooklyn where his injuries were not considered serious.
The crash occurred at 5:27 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AM New York
PHOTOS: A dozen hot air balloon pilots were in the air over Battle Creek Saturday to thank those working during the pandemic.
The flight was part of a world-wide effort by balloon pilots to honor front-line workers.
Called "Lifting Spirits Around the World," the flights were to say to front-line workers "that we are all very grateful and thankful for them," according to Tom Brown, one of the organizers of the Battle Creek flight.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Battle Creek Enquirer
New Yorkers can now download a free app to their smartphones that will alert them if they come near people who test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday the launch of the state's new COVID Alert NY app. New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware will offer their own versions of the app as well.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Nyack-Piermont Patch
Officers with the Riverside Police Department had a woman in a pink dress stand up outside their patrol car for witnesses to identify after she allegedly stole a fire truck and took it on a joy ride Thursday night.
The 31-year-old woman is suspected of stealing a Riverside Fire Department truck and taking it on a joyride while first responders were handling a life-threatening medical emergency.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles
Have you ever practiced fire drills at your residence?