Nationwide fire news
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
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 00:00:00 -0800
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
Wed, 12 Jan 2022 00:00:00 -0800
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: Bakersfield.com
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
Wed, 05 Jan 2022 00:00:00 -0800
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: Boston.com
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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
The City of Seattle announced Thursday that it will expand a unique program that pairs firefighters with social workers. Mayor Jenny Durkan says it will play an important role in the fight against homelessness. Seattle Firefighter Roger Webber has decades of experience on a ladder truck but the Health One mobile unit he is assigned to is far from a typical fire engine.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Only four percent of the firefighters in our country are women, according to the Women in Fire organization. The town of Fairfield has hired its first female firefighter in a quarter-century. The woman at the center of this story is no stranger to breaking glass ceilings. It was a simple swearing-in full of smiles and a daughter pinning her mother, newly sworn-in firefighter Caitlin Clarkson Pereira.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
The Pennington County Sheriff's Office is, yet again, reporting an increase in drug related crime throughout the county. Although drug arrests fell slightly last year, the Sheriff's Office says things are once again on the rise. They say a huge part of the problem is the addiction and repeat offenders of those who abuse methamphetamine, making up 70-percent of arrests in 2019.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTA-TV ABC 3 Rapid City
A National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday says a failure to properly disconnect and secure vehicle batteries led to the 2020 fire aboard vehicle carrier Höegh Xiamen in Blount Island. The June 4th fire resulted in $40 million worth of damages and sent nine Jacksonville firefighters to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: First Coast News
VIDEO: Three people were killed late Wednesday night after a fire truck collided with an SUV and crashed into a building in Westport. A Kansas City Fire Department truck was heading northbound on Broadway Boulevard near Westport Road on the way to a house fire shortly after 10 p.m. The fire truck then collided with a Honda CRV that was traveling westbound on Westport Road.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCTV CBS 5 Kansas City
VIDEO: A fire helmet is a piece of equipment firefighters use every day. But the helmets can't be used forever. “These helmets, they have about a 10-year shelf life,” Shanen French, Founder of Lids For Kids, said. “At 10 years, regardless of if it's new, used, or whatever, we have to figure out a way to repurpose it.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG-TV 7 NBC/CW+ Panama City
Firefighters were temporarily trapped after multiple power poles reportedly snapped and fell over in front of Hobby Lobby at Frisco Station Mall in Rogers, Ark., causing stoplights to be out all along Walnut Street Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses say they believe strong winds caused the accident. “Around lunchtime today Engine 4 was traveling down Walnut Street when several utility poles broke and dropped live electrical wires on the fire truck, trapping the crew.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNWA-TV NBC 51 Rogers
Join the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) for a special video salute to our nation's fallen firefighters. America's Tribute to Fallen Firefighters, a 1-hour tribute video, features both the Candlelight and Memorial ceremonial events from this year's NFFF 40th Anniversary Memorial Weekend.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fallen Firefighters Association
Sky 25 captured a heart-stopping scene in Haverhill on Tuesday after a fire broke out at an oil company. It happened on Hale Street in Haverhill. Two workers had to race to pull away a tube that appeared to have been feeding the burning truck. The men raced up the stairs of the rig beside the tanker, and one of them climbed on board the burning tanker to free the tube and then stomped on an open hatch to make sure it was closed.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston
VIDEO: When deadly weather moves into the area, speed saves lives. That's why Tampa Fire Rescue just installed five brand new, state-of-the-art weather stations, scattered throughout the city. The department says the information gathered by the WeatherSTEM system will help protect first responders and the public by relaying potentially life-saving information about storms, changing weather patterns and dangerous lightning in our region – right down to the neighborhood level.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS News 10 Tampa
What started out as a team-building exercise landed the Tahlequah Fire Department in a TV commercial for the national company Ragú. Firefighter Anthony Margarit posted a video to his personal TikTok account, after he and his co-workers filmed a “commercial” wherein Margarit was cooking at Station 1 using Ragú sauce.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tahlequah Daily Press
PHOTOS: A male worker that was reported unconscious within a chemical transport tank was rescued Tuesday afternoon. According to a tweet from Salt Lake City Fire Department, heavy rescue and hazmat teams arrived on scene for rescue efforts. SLC Fire Captain Anthony Burton said they responded to a situation around 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City
COVID-19 hospitalizations are once again ticking upward after a lull in October and early November, with tens of thousands more Americans filling hospital beds across the country in the past four weeks. The increase is particularly noticeable in the Rust Belt and the Southwest. As of Wednesday, Michigan's population-adjusted rate is highest in the nation, followed by Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
VIDEO/ PHOTOS: Firefighters are still monitoring the scene where a large fire broke out in Malvern on Monday evening. The question now is what the status is of a few of the other buildings in the area. Crews from roughly a dozen agencies have helped at the scene and continue to water down hot spots from the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMTV CBS 3 Omaha
VIDEO: Nothing shines like a new fire truck -- except maybe two new fire trucks. With record growth and tourism, the city of Gulf Shores is investing in the safety of its residents and visitors. The new Pierce engine and ladder truck are now in service. They came with a significant price tag of $2 million dollars, an investment the city felt it was time to make.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WALA-TV FOX 10 Mobile
New Jersey's pension system for public employees costs more than most other states while offering "generous" benefits that are increasingly going toward more retirees than active employees, according to a new report. One retirement fund, for police and firefighters, had more people collecting pension benefits in 2019 than current workers, and two others were on a similar trajectory — meaning those funds are less able to handle investments risks, the analysis by the fiscally conservative think tank Garden State Initiative found.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site
Fire Chief Larry Walters spoke to City Council about a new initiative the department is currently working on to help promote safety through social media. “We're always looking for ways to get safety messages out regarding fires, hazards, that sort of thing,” Walters said. “Social media has been a good way to do that.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
A new Oneida County program will better prepare first responders for emergency situations involving people with special needs. The Assistance for Special, Cognitive, Emotional Needs and Disabilities (ASCEND) program will allow people to voluntarily register their disability or condition with the county so emergency workers will be notified of the circumstances during an emergency call.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKTV NBC/CBS/CW+2 Utica
A massive emergency response was called to a marina in Rhode Island on Friday after two large boats went up in flames. Crews responding to a report of a blaze at Hinckley Yachts in Portsmouth found two boats engulfed in heavy flames. The vessels, a power boat and a sailboat, had a combined value of $10 million, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHDH-TV ABC 7 Boston
People who had their lives ripped apart in mere moments by violent and unforgiving tornadoes over the weekend are now dealing with a new reality -- seeking the basic needs of food and shelter while surrounded by devastation and uncertainty over the fate of their neighbors. In the small town of Dawson Springs in western Kentucky, about 75% of the community was wiped out and replaced by "chaos," Mayor Chris Smiley said Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Six people were killed Friday when a portion of an Amazon building collapsed in downstate Edwardsville during a severe weather outbreak, state and local officials said Saturday, as the operation shifted to a recovery mission. Multiple workers were killed when a portion of an Amazon warehouse, located in the 3000 block of Gateway Commerce Center Drive South, collapsed during what the National Weather Service confirmed as an EF-3 tornado, according to local fire authorities.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago
A Northern California state senator plans to introduce legislation that would add 356 permanent firefighters and 768 seasonal firefighters to the state's force. Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, said Friday that the legislation would set new per-engine minimums at Cal Fire and would launch a staffing study to help prepare the department for fire conditions that are projected to keep getting worse in the years ahead.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee - Metered Site
In the feud between two famous New York institutions, Marvel has officially chosen a side, and the result is not surprising for anyone who's read up on current Marvel continuity regarding Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the greater Marvel Universe at large. It's no secret that plenty of Marvel's major heroes are based out of New York City (and plenty of villains appear in NYC as well), which means both the police and firefighters of the city regularly come into contact with the Avengers, the X-Men, etc.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Screen Rant
A firefighter was rescued after falling through the floor as crews battled a massive house fire in Hudson, New Hampshire Thursday afternoon. SkyEye footage showed heavy smoke and flames engulfing the home on Greeley Street. The firefighter was brought to a hospital along with another firefighter who suffered smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
PHOTOS: Birmingham Fire Chief Paul Wells has been boasting that most of the department's firefighters have some of the latest and greatest thermal imaging cameras built into their masks. He signed up for the city's firefighting duties about 25 years ago and was introduced to thermal-imaging cameras soon after.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Life
It was 100 years ago that the McLean Volunteer Fire Department was first incorporated. Many things have changed since then, from development and population growth to fire and rescue technology and the involvement of career firefighters. But what hasn't wavered is the volunteer fire department's commitment to serve McLean and surrounding areas.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: McLean Patch
VIDEO: On Thursday evening, large plumes of smoke could be seen around Tampa International Airport. Tampa Fire Rescue Airport Rescue Fire Fighting division (ARFF) hosted a training exercise so firefighters can respond to emergencies at the airport like a plane catching on fire. Emergencies do not happen often, but the training is necessary.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa
It's the holiday season, which means many people are in a giving mood. People give money, and people give gifts. What about someone who gave a part of their own body to someone they've never even met? Cicero firefighter Paul Coir and Perry Galloro are best friends and have been since they first met working as truck drivers back in 1999.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSTM-TV NBC/CW 3 Syracuse
A massive fire destroyed a vacant building in South Jackson. The fire was reported about 9 p.m. Wednesday at what was once the ANCOR Adult Daycare on Robinson Road. The flames were so intense that part of the building collapsed. Deputy Chief Cleotha Sanders said the business was not operating and there was no power to the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAPT-TV ABC 16 Jackson
The pandemic has shown how critical emergency medical services are across the country. But in South Carolina and most other states, EMS is not classified as an “essential service,” as law enforcement and fire services are. While those services have been part of the US in some fashion since colonial times, EMS is much younger, established in many areas of the country in the 1970s, according to South Carolina EMS Association Advocacy and Legislative Chair Steven McDade.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIS-TV NBC/CW 10 Columbia
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Jefferson County Public Schools is utilizing virtual reality to train future firefighters. The district is incorporating virtual reality into its academic programs and pathways, including in the Fire Science program at Fern Creek High School. Students use VR headsets to experience what it's like to enter a burning building.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV FOX 41 Louisville
Christopher Williams is still in disbelief that he's going to be an astronaut. “It's still almost a little bit surreal, something that you've dreamed about your whole life and now getting the opportunity to do, I feel so lucky and honored to have the chance to do this and to be part of the team,” he told MyMCM.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Montgomery County Media
Dec. 8, 2021, is officially known as Florida Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 3 Day in Hillsborough County in honor of the first responders that jumped into action after this summer's deadly Surfside condo collapse. In the wake of the tragedy that claimed 98 lives, some 75 men and women across the Tampa Bay area were dispatched to South Florida to assist with search and rescue efforts.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS News 10 Tampa
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

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