Nationwide fire news
Fri, 27 May 2022 00:00:00 -0700
A home in Jackson's Belhaven neighborhood appears to be a total loss after a massive fire overnight. The house is at the corner of Pinehurst and Olive Streets, right across from Belhaven University and a few doors down from the historic Eudora Welty House. There's no word yet on how it started or whether anyone was inside at the time.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLBT-TV NBC 3 Jackson
A firebug is wreaking havoc in south Sacramento, setting more than a dozen fires during the month of May near the same intersection. Gesselle Pablo drove up on the flames and started snapping pictures. In one picture, fire lined Freeport Boulevard, but that wasn't the only one. Pablo spotted another fire a block away off Florin Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento
One family is celebrating more than a century of service to Milwaukee in 2022. The Lipski family has been serving in the Milwaukee Fire Department for 110 years. It started back in 1912 when current Chief Aaron Lipski's great-grandfather's oldest brother started at Engine No 21 off of Palmer and Lloyd Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee
The city of Charleston is having trouble retaining employees, especially those outside of the police and fire departments. These workers, often referred to as “non-sworn” or “civilians,” are leaving at a higher rate than in years past, according to an internal survey conducted by the city. So far in 2022, 62 percent of exiting employees cited pay as their main reason for leaving.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post & Courier - Metered Site
A bill to ensure condominium safety passed both chambers of the legislature and was signed Thursday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. Within days of the special legislative session starting this week, both chambers passed bills to reform property insurance and increase safety measures for condominiums. Both bills, Senate Bill 2D, Property Insurance, and Senate Bill 4D, Building Safety, were sponsored by state Sen.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Center Square
VIDEO: A school bus driver running their routes Wednesday morning spotted a house fire and quickly called 911 about 6:00am. The house fire, in the 3900 block of Hooker Road, was in Walker County, but Chattanooga firefighters assisted in the task of extinguishing the fire and shared helmet cam video.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga
Throughout the trailer for the upcoming CBS drama series, “Fire Country,” the words Cal Fire are written on fire trucks, uniforms, shirts and paperwork. But Joe Tyler, director and 31-year veteran of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), wants Cal Fire staff to know that the department is not affiliated in any way with the television show.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat - Metered Site
In the wake of the Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooting, KOIN 6 News talked to a former Oregon fire chief who responded to the 1998 Thurston High School shooting who also pioneered a program that worked to prevent school shootings for nearly a decade. On May 21, 1998, 15-year-old Kip Kinkel, a freshman at Thurston High School in Springfield shot and killed two student and wounded 25 more.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOIN-TV NBC 6 Portland
VIDEO: What started as a way to connect with kids during the pandemic has evolved into a national award-winning cable access show. "Storytime with Chief Cassidy," starring Fire Chief Michael Cassidy and produced by Holliston Cable Access and station manager Bruce Gilfoy, was recently honored with an "Award of Excellence," at the 28th Annual Communicator Awards, presented by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Metro West Daily News - Metered Site
Gov. Dan McKee had a special guest at his COVID-19 briefing Thursday morning. White House COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha joined McKee virtually to announce the nation's first federally backed test-to-treat site is opening at the Clínica Esparanza/Hope Clinic in Providence. The new site comes as the White House announced more steps Thursday to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the United States.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
VIDEO/PHOTOS: The Reno Fire Department fights hundreds of fires each year. There's a team focused on the dozens of fires that are intentionally set. Arson cases are the least often, least effectively prosecuted criminal offenses in America even though they are the largest dollar loss crime, exceeding burglaries, thefts and armed robberies combined, according to the interFire website.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRNV-DT NBC 4 Reno
VIDEO: The 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers at a Texas elementary school barricaded himself inside a single classroom and “began shooting anyone that was in his way,” authorities said Wednesday in detailing the latest mass killing to rock the U.S. Law enforcement officers eventually broke into the classroom and killed the gunman, who used an AR-style rifle.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth
Firefighters have a 9 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent higher risk of dying from the disease than the general adult U.S. population, according to studies by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and other agencies. Recent research by scientists at Duke University could give doctors and public health officials a new tool for tracking firefighters' exposures to cancer-causing chemicals and determining where and when the risks might be greatest.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Duke - Nicholas School of the Environment
VIDEO/PHOTOS: The Memphis Fire Department is showing its Tiger Pride. Monday, Mayor Jim Strickland, Memphis Tigers head basketball coach Penny Hardaway, and Fire Chief Gina Sweat helped to unveil a special new truck hitting the Memphis streets. The fire engine is blue striped with the Tiger logo on the side.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATN-TV ABC 24 Memphis
Firefighters are still working to extinguish hotspots after a massive fire broke out inside a Newport hotel Monday evening. Crews responded to the Wayfinder Hotel on Admiral Kalbfus Road shortly after 8 p.m. as heavy flames and smoke could be seen for miles pouring from the roof and windows. Departments from six different communities were called in as mutual aid to help put out the flames at the four-story hotel, which is across the street from the old Newport Grand Casino.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
Traditional weddings are, you know, traditional — and they don't typically include things like setting yourself on fire as you head off into the night. For one Utah couple, however, being sprayed with a fire extinguisher to douse errant flames is commonplace, so doing the same on their wedding day was just par for the course.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Deseret News
The1930 American LaFrance Tiller Truck is now back home. The Middletown Fire Department used the truck from 1930 to about 1963 and recently got a call from someone in Binghamton, New York – the old truck was sitting on a lot there. Jim Loewenthal, a retired Middletown firefighter, enlisted his friends and fellow former firefighters and had the 75-foot fire truck brought back to Middletown.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
The IAFF has been collaborating with the U.S. Navy on a program to improve the fitness, health and wellness of Navy fire fighters by encouraging them to become more active. In January 2022, the IAFF launched Integrated Group Navy Fire Instruction, Training and Education (IGNITE), a comprehensive 18-month wellness-fitness program, in collaboration with fire fighters from Navy Region Mid-Atlantic (NRMA).
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
The Kissimmee Fire Department will begin integrating telemedicine and patient navigation into the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system with the Tele911 program beginning Monday, June 6. The use of Tele911, Inc. by Kissimmee Fire Department is intended to reduce ambulance transports to the Emergency Room for residents who call 911 with non-emergency medical issues.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Positively Osceola
VIDEO: A major scrapyard fire has been put out after Phoenix Fire Department and several other agencies worked early Sunday morning to contain it near the I-10 stack. Fire crews were called out to the scene near 22nd Avenue and Willetta Street, south of McDowell Road around 5:45 a.m. Video from the scene showed massive plumes of black smoke over central Phoenix as firefighters worked to put out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix
VIDEO: Jackie Lam joined the Detroit Fire Department a few years ago because of the department's reputation of being the best of the best. And without even knowing it, Lam ended up doing a lot more than just fighting fires as she instead paved the way for future generations to follow in her footsteps.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit
PHOTOS: Sickness and death stalk firefighters who put out a massive blaze in 1975 that destroyed the New York Telephone Exchange in the East Village. “I have leukemia. Everybody got something,” said retired FDNY Firefighter Danny Noonan. “We lost about 18 guys in the first 10 to 12 years,” Noonan said.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site
Earning themselves the moniker of "forever chemicals" due to their ability to persist for a long time in the environment, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are increasingly being shown to pose serious risks to human health. In light of this improved awareness scientists are ramping up their efforts to better break them down before they can cause harm, and a new breakthrough demonstrates how it might be done in a matter of hours using UV light.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Atlas
Three civilian workers and three firefighters were injured in a massive explosion and fire Thursday at a construction company in Waukesha County. The explosion and fire started shortly before 8 a.m. at Summerset Marine Construction on Chapman Lane in Eagle. No deaths were reported. Two workers were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee
PHOTOS: A New Jersey firefighter says his department is still recovering emotionally after attempting to dig two teenage victims out of a sand collapse at Toms River's Ocean Beach on Tuesday. Despite first responders' efforts, Levi Caverly, 18, died in the collapse of a 10-foot hole he dug on the beach with his 17-year-old sister, whom rescuers saved after hours of digging.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News
Fri, 20 May 2022 00:00:00 -0700
PHOTOS: In 2021, the Orem Fire Department requested, and was granted by the city council, a major purchase for the city — a tiller fire truck. Tiller trucks are the most maneuverable type of fire apparatus in the fleet of fire trucks. They also come with a hefty price tag. Orem's truck is being built to custom specifications and ,when completed, will cost about $1.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald
The Oklahoma governor has signed legislation into law giving firefighters the authority to transport patients to the hospital in emergency situations. Senate Bill 1515, written by Sen. Darrell Weaver and Rep. Mike Osburn, was filed in response to a situation where an Oklahoma City firefighter was disciplined for his decision to drive a 3-year-old burn victim to the hospital in his fire truck after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fayetteville
Ford Motor Co. has asked the owners of 350,000 vehicles to take them into dealerships to be repaired under a three-pronged recall announcement. About 39,000 of those vehicles should be parked outdoors because their engines could catch fire, Ford said. The Michigan automaker said in U.S. government documents posted Thursday that it doesn't know what's causing fires in some 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
Honolulu firefighters are responding to a raging fire Wednesday night in the Campbell Industrial Park area. The blaze was reported around 8:15 p.m. at a structure near Kaomi Loop in Kalaeloa. Witnesses said the fire has been reaching heights of about 100 feet, and the glow from the blaze can be seen from miles away.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hawaii News Now
A rare ambulance in Hamilton County is changing the game for the fifth leading cause of death in Ohio. In 2020, the CDC says more than 7,000 people died from strokes in the state. That same year, the region rolled out its first mobile stroke unit. “We have great stroke centers throughout the entire city, but just the logistics of transporting a patient from their home to the hospital -- that takes time when literally minutes matter.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRC-TV CBS 12 Cincinnati
She may not know you personally, but Evanston Division Fire Chief Kimberly Kull says she thinks about your safety every day. Kull is the highest-ranking woman in the department, reporting directly to Fire Chief Paul Polep. She's responsible for emergency management and logistics within the department and is also the Public Information Officer, also called a PIO.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Evanston Round Table
A group of 12 balloon artists from around the United States gathered in Omro to create a life-sized fire truck out of balloons. Artists began working on the project on Monday, where they made the truck and other minor details. On Wednesday, the group unveiled the finished product inside the Omro Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay
When EMS personnel are called out, they generally don't know much about the patient they're going to be treating. That is especially true for the city's homeless population. EMS officials say when they respond, they need as much information as possible about a patient's medical story. “Whether they were unable to speak, unresponsive, refused to give it,” Indianapolis EMS Quality Assurance Officer Milon Berry said.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTV CBS 4 Bloomington
A crew of over 150 responded to a wind-driven fire at a pallet yard late Tuesday night in Phoenix. According to Phoenix Fire, crews arrived at the scene near 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road just after 10 p.m. on May 17 and immediately called for backup. When additional firefighters arrived, a surround and drown operation was established, "with elevated master streams and flowing big water to suppress the flames and keep them from extending to nearby businesses.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
Two local firefighter's unions made clear Tuesday that they do not support the Firefighter Safety Act because it “seems poised to unreasonably restrict” them from performing their duties. The Baltimore Fire Fighters Association and the Baltimore Fire Officers Association in a six-page letter to the Baltimore City Council described their grievances with the bill, which regulates the way firefighters respond when a vacant building is on fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
VIDEO: The Los Angeles Fire Department had a big day over the weekend after becoming the first fire department in the country to have an electric fire engine. The truck was unveiled Saturday morning outside the LAFD historical museum in Hollywood. It's been assigned to Station 82, and was custom-made by a company in Austria that builds firefighting tools and equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Each year, major cities across the U.S. play host to a fundraiser of ascending proportions. The Fight for Air Climb raises money for lung-related research, aid and advocacy by challenging people to climb thousands of stairs. On May 21, Minnesotans will climb 4,380 steps in “the best set of stairs in the Twin Cities,” at Allianz Field in St.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Source
After a generous donation from Heath Consultants of Houston, Texas, the Sterling Heights Fire Department becomes the first in Michigan to utilize a new remote methane leak detector. This device will allow first responders to quickly scan common venting points within a building from a safe distance to determine if methane gas is present.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit
An Amazon semi-trailer fully engulfed in flames along westbound Interstate 80 affected traffic near Greenwood for several hours Sunday night. Nebraska State Patrol said troopers were called to mile marker 422, near Greenwood, just after 9 p.m. Sunday. Ashland Fire and Rescue said its crews, Greenwood Fire and Rescue, and Murdock Fire all assisted with the incident.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOWT-TV NBC 6 Omaha
A Los Angeles firefighter who was badly burned in a massive downtown L.A. explosion and fire two years ago is continuing his road to recovery. On May 16, 2020, explosions rocked a burning downtown vape shop. L.A. Fire Capt. Victor Aguirre rushed in to save lives and was the last firefighter to escape down a ladder when it was engulfed by a fireball.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
President Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Valor to 15 public safety officers Monday at the White House, including two officers who died in the line of duty. The Medal of Valor is the highest award a president can bestow on a public safety officer. In an East Room ceremony, Biden called the honorees "the heart and soul and very spine of this country," saying they were "the ones who ran in to help when everyone else ran away.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PBS News Hour
PHOTOS: Crewmen doused a mattress fire on the steamboat White Cloud, moored on the north end of the city's landing. They aired the bedding on deck, then dragged it back into a cabin. They must have missed an ember. About 10 p.m., flames burst from the passenger deck. Watchmen along the crowded landing clanged bells of alarm.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Metered Site
New Jersey will use $10 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help provide fire departments with more safety and sanitary equipment, officials announced Monday. The state's Firefighter Grant Program will allow local and regional fire departments to apply for the taxpayer money from the American Rescue Plan, which Congress passed to provide stimulus funds in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
A massive fire destroyed a manufacturing plant in Spring Hope in Nash County late Saturday night and early Sunday, officials said. The fire started about 11:30 p.m. at JHRG Manufacturing, which makes protector fabrics, including body armor, according to Spring Hope police and fire officials. Several agencies eventually were able to control of fire, but the building was destroyed, according to Spring Hope fire officials.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence
PHOTOS: Minutes can matter when Enid's firefighters are responding to calls reporting a blaze or smoke. Because a fire could've already grown exponentially once first responders from Enid Fire Department arrive, they need to know how much flow of water is within nearby fire hydrants, said new EFD Chief Jason Currier.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Enid News & Eagle
As Corpus Christi Fire Department cadets were recognized by friends, family and city officials Thursday evening at Del Mar College, one word kept coming up: pioneer. The 22 future firefighters were celebrated for their completion of an innovative paramedic training program. The cadets were the first people in the country to attempt a simultaneous, expedited emergency medical technician and paramedic training course.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Caller Times - Metered Site
PHOTOS: It was described as the “largest and most elegantly appointed boarding house in the Northwest.” Butte's Hale House, constructed in 1895, offered nearly 200 rooms “for the busy toilers of the great copper camp.” The Anaconda Standard newspaper described it as modern in every way, constructed of brick and stone, with “everything to make it complete in drainage, light, heat and ventilation.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Missoula Current
Under the direction of Mayor Rick Blangiardi, the Honolulu Hale will light up this week to commemorate National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) week. The Hale will be lit up in the colors of the city's ambulances (orange, blue, and white) from sunset on Sunday May, 15 to sunrise on Saturday, May, 21.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KITV ABC 4 Honolulu
Two drivers were taken to a hospital after a dump truck crashed into the back of an Ohio Department of Transportation vehicle on a northern Ohio interstate Thursday morning. Before 7:20 a.m., an ODOT worker was headed to pick up a street sweeper from another location and had pulled his truck over on the way when he noticed trash on the side of the highway.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus
PHOTOS: I admit that I didn't remember, but my friend Lois Seymour did, that it was the 30th anniversary of a monstrous fire that broke out on May 3, 1991, at Madison's Central Storage & Warehouse Co.. It was later proclaimed to have been Madison's biggest fire ever by fire department officials. The fire at the huge food storage facility on Cottage Grove Road and Highway 51/151 in east Madison was later attributed to a forklift battery malfunction.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer
The toughest two minutes in sports will be hosted in Martin County this weekend. The Firefighter Combat Challenge is a grueling course that requires strength and endurance and showcases skills that firefighters use every day. The free-to-attend contest will be held Saturday and Sunday at Stuart Beach and is a regional qualifying event for the national competition scheduled to take place in Fort Pierce in September.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 Palm Beach
Birmingham Stallions linebacker Scooby Wright III has been one of the breakout stars of the inaugural United States Football League season. Through four games, the Stallions are undefeated. Wright has recorded 32 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two passes defended to help Birmingham. Wright was the Stallions' first selection in the inside linebackers portion of the USFL Draft in February.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News
VIDEO: The pool of funds intended to compensate victims of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium will increase to more than $1 billion, attorneys Wednesday told the judge overseeing the resulting class action lawsuit. Attorneys for the victims said all but one of the remaining defendants have settled the claims against them, and that company is expected to settle soon.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami
Reckless driving in Milwaukee is an epidemic. Emergency responders are getting hurt – and the wounds are more than physical. "People are screaming and crying and yelling at you to move faster, things like that," said Milwaukee Fire Captain A.J. Hornik. A group of Milwaukee firefighters recently trained for what has become a serious problem in the city.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee
Studio Gang has completed a fire station for Brooklyn's elite force that doubles as a simulation and training facility for extreme rescue situations. The new headquarters for the FDNY's Rescue 2 unit is located in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Each of New York's five boroughs has a dedicated Rescue team. These teams are highly specialized in extreme conditions that include rappelling down buildings, navigating collapsed structures, and even deploying for underwater rescue operations.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dezeen
PHOTO GALLERY: On Pleasant Street, flaming chunks of wood were flying through the air. David Jennings stood on the corner of Pleasant and Eastern Avenue, looking west at the Flint as it was being consumed by an inferno. “The smoke and the flames … it blotted out the sun,” Jennings said. “Flames over 100 feet in the air.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald News - Metered Site
VIDEOS: A raging fire at a waste management facility sent thick, black smoke into the sky for hours Tuesday in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The fire is out, but officials say one person was found dead Wednesday morning. CBS2's Elijah Westbrook has learned the fire claimed the life of a person who first responders believe was a missing employee.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York
People lined the streets of Kutztown for the long-anticipated return of a hand pumper used to fight fires in the mid 1800's. "Joel Bates built approximately 27 hand pumpers between the 1820's and 1850's," says Jeremy Bellois, history buff formerly of Kutztown Fire Company, who currently runs with Allentown Fire Dept.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown
AT&T on Tuesday announced the launch of its new location-based routing to automatically transmit wireless 9-1-1 calls to the appropriate 9-1-1 call centers on a nationwide basis. AT&T can quickly and more accurately identify where a wireless 9-1-1 call is coming from using device GPS and hybrid information to route the call to the correct 9-1-1 call center, also known as public safety answering point or PSAP.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MacTrast
A young man is breathing a little easier after nearly losing an engagement ring to a vehicle fire on Monday. According to Williamson County Fire Rescue, fire crews were dispatched to a car fire off I-840 on Monday afternoon. Fire-Rescue crews arrived to find the vehicle fully involved and quickly moved to stop the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV NBC 4 Nashville
The steady increase in COVID-19 cases this past month is not disconcerting to Americans, as they are less worried now about the coronavirus than they were at the start of the year, and fewer are social distancing. Fewer than one in three U.S. adults (31%) say they are "very" or "somewhat worried" about getting COVID-19, statistically similar to the 34% recorded in mid-February when cases were steeply declining after the omicron spike.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gallup News
VIDEOS: Multiple buildings are damaged following a large fire that broke out Monday afternoon in Salem, Massachusetts. The three-alarm fire started just before 4 p.m. along Hancock Street between Canal and Lafayette streets. Video from Sky 5 showed flames extending from one triple-decker home to other structures nearby.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
VIDEO: The future home of Station 30 is going to be electric and more than just in looks. The city of Charlotte's budget includes funding to build a new Station 30 in southwest Charlotte. The newly constructed fire facility will be on Beam Road and will be “all electric,” complete with the city's first electric fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
A 27-year-old was charged after allegedly breaking into a Kaimuki fire station, where law enforcement sources say he was discovered naked in a bathroom. The suspect allegedly broke in through a ground floor bathroom window while firefighters were inside asleep. Just after 2 a.m. Sunday, a firefighter reported being woken up by a man who had flipped on the lights inside the dorm at Fire Station No.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hawaii News Now
The city of Pittsburgh and the firefighters' union have agreed firefighters no longer must live within the city limits, reaching a negotiated end to an ongoing legal battle. "This is a great thing for not only the city, the citizens, but the firefighters who serve here," Ralph Sicuro, president, Pittsburgh Firefighters Union Local #1, told Pittsburgh's Action News 4.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
Fire officials say they were called to a barn on Concord Church Road just before 9 p.m. Saturday. Flames had engulfed the barn by the time crews arrived on scene. Lewisville Fire was the lead agency, with multiple other fire crews responding. They say they were able to get it under control in about an hour.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXII-TV NBC 12 Winston-Salem
When Pavel Zboril moved to Owensboro from the Czech Republic, he thought he left his life as a firefighter behind. Zboril, who comes from a community near the Czech city of Olomouc, was a volunteer firefighter, from a family of firefighters. “We have a long family history of volunteer firefighters in my family,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Messenger-Inquirer
The Spokane Fire Department is implementing a new way to care for sick and injured children. SFD has partnered with Handtevy, a company that specializes in EMS pediatric technology, to create a new emergency medical care system for kids. It offers a pediatric resuscitation system and a mobile application to reduce the stress that comes with pediatric medical emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
Volvo is obviously a very safety-oriented brand. It's consistently ranked as one of the safest automakers out there. Now, some firefighters are going to tear up a Volvo XC40 Recharge in the name of safety. Volvo says it's donating the fully-electric SUV to the Boston Fire Department so that the department's crews can learn more about electric vehicle fires.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CarBuzz
One York County fire department has generations of moms and families to celebrate on Mother's Day, not to mention the traditions they've passed down. Three generations of Micki Rife's family have worked in the West Manchester Township Fire Department, going back decades. She said firefighting is in their blood.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg
VIDEO: An early morning apartment fire has displaced six people and destroyed five to six cars in Phoenix, the city's police department said. Phoenix and Glendale firefighters responded to the scene near 12th St & Maryland Friday morning, the department said. Heavy fire was coming from a single-story apartment when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Ten firefighters were transported to the hospital, three of whom were administered naloxone, after becoming ill while at the scene of a house fire Wednesday afternoon on Webster Road in the town of Portland. All of the first responders have since been released and are recovering at home, Portland Fire Chief David McIntyre said.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post-Journal
PHOTO: A piece of Baltimore history has a new home in Timonium. The fireboat "Tommy" rolled into the Fire Museum of Maryland on a flatbed truck Thursday morning. The boat is named after former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., who served the city for 59 years and is the father of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Maryland
VIDEO: A duo in Hernando County are bringing the beverages to events around the Tampa Bay area in a very unique way. Jeffrey Jackson and Devin Mormando volunteered in the 1991 fire truck they now run for events. They saw the truck in an auction and new they had to have it. “We used to volunteer on it back at our volunteer department locally.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa
VIDEO: For the first time in months, daily hospital admission levels and new COVID-19-related deaths in the United States are both projected to increase over the next four weeks, according to updated forecast models used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The projected increases come after weeks of steady upticks in infections across the country, subsequent to the removal of masking requirements and mitigation measures in many states and cities.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
Firefighters extinguished a massive fire burning west of downtown Phoenix that temporarily shut down Interstate 10 Wednesday night. The second-alarm fire was burning at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway near 19th Avenue and McDowell Road on May 4, officials said. First responders discovered a large pile of railroad ties fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
VIDEO: The sole survivor of a deadly building collapse that killed three Baltimore City firefighters honored his fallen comrades Wednesday on International Firefighters Day. Firefighter John McMaster was critically injured on Jan. 24 when he and his fellow firefighters battled a blaze at a vacant home in the 200 block of South Stricker Street in West Baltimore's Mount Clare section.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBFF-TV FOX 45 Baltimore
VIDEO: Three workers were injured in a collapse at a construction site in South Boston. Boston Fire Commissioner Jack Dempsey said emergency crews were called to the Edison Power Plant building around 1:40 p.m. Two of the injured workers were able to be removed immediately. A third person was trapped, prompting a rescue operation with about 100 firefighters in support roles, Dempsey said.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston
VIDEO: Mental Health Awareness month kicks off this week, which is the same time a brand new fire station opens to the public in Burnsville. It's designed to prioritize the wellbeing of firefighters and paramedics. From a meditation garden to a wellness room, there are many features that promote relaxation.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis
VIDEO/PHOTO: Firefighters were called to a scrapyard fire in Tampa that sent heavy plumes of smoke into the sky on Tuesday evening. Tampa Fire Rescue were called to Worldwide Scrap Metals on North Lois Avenue to what they said was a “fully-involved” scrapyard fire. Tampa Fire said they got help from workers at the scrapyard, who used their excavator to move the piles around to allow firefighters to attack hotspots.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa
PHOTOS: On Saturday, May 7, Atascadero firefighters and community members will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the city's fire department, Atascadero Fire & Emergency Services. This year, Atascadero Fire & Emergency Services is celebrating 100 years of fire service to their community. Atascadero firefighters would like to honor those who came before them, recognize all who are currently serving and express appreciation for those who will carry on the legacy into the future.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Capt. Josh Gibson has learned to expect the unexpected. Adjusting his baseball cap and running a hand through his short, dark brown beard, he remembers a day in 2020 when the six officers manning the Bald Head Island Public Safety Department couldn't seem to catch a break. A large structure fire broke out in the Keepers Landing area of the island.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star News Online - Metered Site
VIDEO: A new study, led by LSU Health Shreveport cardiac electrophysiologist and professor Dr. Paari Dominic, finds that firefighters are at an increased risk for a dangerous heart condition. Atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib, is an irregular heart rhythm in the top chambers of the heart. The condition causes the upper chambers to beat so fast they can no longer pump blood, putting the body at risk for clotting and stroke.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport
The COVID-19 subvariant estimated by New York state health officials to be even more contagious than the first descendant of the potently infectious omicron strain now accounts for up to 70% of all virus circulating in the region that encompasses the Empire State, according to new CDC data released Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
VIDEOS: Seven buildings were damaged by a four-alarm fire in West Baltimore on Monday afternoon, the Baltimore Fire Department said. Firefighters battled flames that chewed away at multiple buildings in the 1500 block of West Baltimore Street, Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734 said on Twitter. Video from the scene shows the front facade of a burning building collapse onto the pavement below.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
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Pennsylvania had more deadly house fires than any other state last year, and it may be on its way to claiming that sad distinction again. And yet many people continue to ignore or neglect the simple tool that could save their lives. The smoke detector. At least 73 people have died in fires across the state this year, according to data compiled by the U.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Williamsport Sun-Gazette - Metered Site
PHOTOS: There is an outpouring of sorrow on social media from first responders and their organizations for a Braxton County firefighter hailed as a hero after losing his life during a water rescue attempt. John Dean Forbush, 24, a four-year veteran of the Gassaway Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday after emergency crews said a vehicle carrying Latonya Bell, 42, and her daughter, Havana Pipkins, 8, both from Cleveland, Ohio, plunged into the water.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC/FOX 8 Charleston
VIDEO: A unique program in a Valley school district is giving students on-the-job training and setting them up for life after graduation. While the Fire Sciences program is typically a male-driven field, a group of ladies is stealing the show. The high school students are going through the rigorous hands-on training a firefighter would do, to prepare to join a station in town.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
PHOTOS: 121 years ago Tuesday -- downtown Jacksonville burned to the ground. The Great Fire of 1901 destroyed 90% of downtown. To grasp the magnitude of the Great Fire of 1901, you need to understand the significance of the downtown area of Jacksonville in 1901. It was the “it” place to live and run a business.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville
VIDEO: Emergency crews from 27 different agencies responded to a large fire at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort Saturday afternoon. Photos and videos shared by people in the area showed smoke and flames coming out of rooms on the second and third floors. The Chief of the North Conway Fire Department says there were four injuries, two people at the resort and two firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTW-TV ABC 8 Poland Spring
Everywhere you go just south of the Andover Road and US Highway 400 intersection in Andover you see the same thing. Houses destroyed and debris everywhere. That is what is left in wake of a EF-3 tornado that hit the southeastern part of the city Friday night, leaving a swath of destruction. During a news conference Saturday at 4:30, just under 24 hours since the twister first touched down, first responders had several updates on the status of the city.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KAKE-TV ABC 10 Wichita
VIDEO: Two years ago, the Decatur Fire Department made a name for itself when it became the first and only fire department in the country to hold an all-female command. Today, they continue to hold that title, and last weekend the department celebrated a personal stride on Instagram when every one of their responding fire units had a woman as their fire apparatus operator.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
VIDEO: Pinnacle Mountain State Park has more than 22 miles of trails and more than 14 miles of mountain bike trail-- along with those trails come some emergencies. "Here at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, we do handle some of the highest numbers of emergency services calls of any state park," Cale Davenport, Assistant Superintendent for Pinnacle Mountain State Park said.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTHV-TV CBS 11 Little Rock
In the early 1980s, Indianapolis firefighter Tom Hanify was part of a training exercise using foam spray to put out a controlled house fire. After Hanify and the crew contained the blaze, they stuck around just to play in the foam. He said that at the time, the firefighters were just having fun. Now, looking back, there was nothing funny about it.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jeffersonville News & Tribune
As Syracuse firefighter Chris Duffy scaled down the side of the Jamesville Quarry he was calm as could be, despite hanging more than 80 feet over the base of the quarry. “I don't think it could have gone any better,” Duffy said. Duffy and several other members of the Syracuse Fire Department were called to the quarry at 9:13 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
A Hamilton firefighter was injured Thursday when he fell out of a fire truck while en route to a call in the Mercer County town on Wednesday. The firefighter was in the front passenger's seat of the rig with its lights and sirens on just before 1:30 p.m. when the passenger door opened and he tumbled to the ground near the corner of Nottingham Way and Donald Drive, Hamilton police said.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Advance -
VIDEO: Junior Fire cadets in New Market were getting in one last training session Thursday evening before heading off to the Warren County Junior Firefighter Competition in North Carolina this weekend. Market Junior Cadets are the reigning champions of the nationwide competition. It will be the first competition since 2019 after it was put on pause because of the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBIR-TV NBC 10 Knoxville
Throughout the early centuries, fires would rage in growing wooden-structured urban communities across the United States. Over the years, fire departments would begin with bucket brigades, pump, and eventually steam engines. But, as costly as fires are, the resources to fight them are as well. The Thibodaux Firemen's Fair and Parade began both as revelry and a way to fund the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGNO-TV ABC 26 New Orleans
VIDEO: An overnight fire caused major damage at a vacant factory building in Hickory, according to the Hickory Fire Department. The department said firefighters responded after midnight to the 1600 block of 11th Avenue NE where a large fire could be seen coming from the building. Fire officials said no injuries were reported, but damages “are considered major.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
VIDEO: Priceless items of golf history were saved from inside the Oakland Hills Country Club as it burned in February. The fire caused $80 million in damage. Most of the building and priceless pieces of memorabilia and art were destroyed -- but some items were saved. For the first time Local 4 is showing footage from inside the clubhouse.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

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