The Sacramento city firefighters union has gone public with its frustration over contract talks that are at a near impasse.
The contract expired eight months ago and the union says the city wants to eliminate or reduce health care and benefits for current and retired firefighters.
“It's disheartening, that's really what it is,” said union spokesperson Roberto Padilla.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento
The risk for firefighters is far greater than you might think. That risk may not be seen until years after the fire is out. The loss of one of their brothers to work-related cancer is just one of the reasons the Durham Fire Department is trying to change that.
“There are a lot more chemicals being given off during the fires that what we saw 15 or 20 years ago when things were more natural fibers so it's just a lot dirtier fire that's become a leading exposure to a lot more chemicals that we never saw in the past,” said Battalion Chief Wayne Cheek.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Raleigh
There's a travelling effort to honor first responders in El Paso in the wake of the mass shooting which killed 22 people.
A pair of flags are going to be making their way through Texas and are being signed by first responders.
Floresville is just the first stop of a statewide tour where two different Texas flags will be getting signatures.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABB-TV FOX 29 San Antonio
Kaden Kummala turns 5 at the end of August, but he's not asking for presents.
“I just want people to give me money so I can give it to the firefighters,” he told his dad.
With help from his parents, Kyle and Katie Kummala, the Ramsey 4-year-old is raising funds for the Anoka-Champlin Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Source - Metered Site
In 1894, the Village of Monroe was incorporated within the Town of Monroe for a very practical reason – the residents needed a local fire department. A town could not form a fire district of its own. Only a village could do that.
As a result, Monroe residents had to rely on fire fighters from Goshen to travel 12 miles, sometimes by train, to battle their blazes.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Photo News
In the midst of a serious heatwave, many Houston firefighters have had to operate out of trucks that lack air conditioning. This has prompted the firefighters union to demand the city repair its aging fleet, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Marty Lancton, president of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, told Mayor Sylvester Turner in a letter this week to “dispense with the excuses and political rhetoric about what can or cannot be done.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Texas Monitor
Firefighters utilizing the new Medford Fire-Rescue training facility at 2208 Table Rock Road will never get too familiar with the building's interior, even if they use it hundreds of times.
That's because training officials can modify the 3,000-square-foot, three-story building with movable walls and completely transform the environment, making for a variety of residential dwellings.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mail Tribune - Metered Site
Columbia-Richland County fire trucks are now fully staffed after the firefighters union claimed that short staffing was putting firefighters and some neighborhoods in danger.
Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins confirmed the trucks now are fully staffed, and he hasn't yet needed to cut in other areas.
“We're going to leave it like this and then reevaluate,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The State
VIDEO: A C-130 nicknamed Zeus will be in San Diego County throughout the month of August, training Ramona-based pilots who normally fly CalFire's workhorse S-2 tankers.
The pilots are training to fly the much bigger aircraft that will eventually join Cal Fire's fleet.
The first thing you notice about the C-130 is that it's huge.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego
There's a bipartisan push in Congress to change the work schedules for Federal Firefighters.
Local Representatives Elaine Luria, Robert Wittman, Donald McEachin, and Bobby Scott signed a letter led by Representative Mary Gay Scanlon in support of federal firehouses adopting an alternative work schedule.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton
The FDNY confirmed Tuesday that one of its lieutenants died early Saturday morning of a heart attack after a 24-hour tour.
"He was the heart of the firehouse, he always had a good word to say.""I was shocked. Brian was obviously in good shape, he was a strong guy," Thomas McHugh of Squad Company 41 said at a news conference.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News NY1
The Toledo Fire & Rescue Department wants to enlist the help of a local minority-owned creative firm to increase diversity in its ranks, but some city councilmen aren't sure they want to award the contract without first going to bid.
Fire officials on Tuesday proposed contracting with Vince Rocha Productions LLC's vCreative to produce a recruitment campaign for the department.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade
Despite pressure from a contingent of firefighters, the Aspen Fire Protection District Board declined Tuesday to begin formally looking into hiring paid firefighters.
“If you ask for a hard decision now, the answer will be no to paid staffing,” board President Karl Adam said. “I am not willing to engage the public when I'm not sure where we're going with this.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Aspen Times
The Houston Fire Department is trying to find a better way to allocate resources. They gave graduate students from Rice University data on emergency calls and asked them to identify trends.
The students did an extensive analysis of 911 calls over the past several years and presented their findings Tuesday to Houston City Council.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
We told you Monday night about the shortage at the federal fire department tasked with keeping Naval Station Great Lakes safe, and how that shortage is affecting surrounding communities.
On Tuesday, CBS 2's Tara Molina took concerns to our elected officials. She learned that members of Congress are also asking the Navy why the shortage, and the issues it is creating, are not being addressed.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
Wildfire smoke from the Williams Flats fire, burning on the Colville Indian Reservation, triggered a thunderstorm Thursday, and for one of the only times ever, scientists were able to fly through its clouds, photograph the phenomenon from a jet and take measurements from inside.
The phenomenon, called a pyrocumulonimbus or PyroCb, “is essentially a thunderstorm that is created or driven by a wildfire,” said David Peterson, a meteorologist with the Naval Research Laboratory, giddy after Thursday's flight.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily World
An abandoned house on West 13th Street was the site of a fire department demonstration Saturday morning.
Envisioning a cool summer night about 10 p.m., the demonstration stated that crews were called to a working structure fire at Reid Avenue and 13th Street. Firefighters were met on the scene by a young man who said his baby was asleep upstairs when the fire broke out in the kitchen at the back of the house.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Chronicle Telegram
ISO, a Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) business and leading provider of advanced tools and analytics for the property/casualty insurance industry, and Intterra, a leading provider of software for fire departments across the United States, are partnering with the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) to explore new ways of analyzing and understanding wildfire risk.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: InsuranceNewsNet
VIDEO: Three of the five youngsters killed in a Sunday-morning fire at a Pennsylvania day care center were the children of a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call several blocks away.
The firefighter, Luther Jones, was with the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department handling other calls while the neighboring Erie Fire Department battled the deadly flames at the Harris Family Day Care.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News
Firefighters protect our forests and wildlands from destruction. They put their lives at risk to stop blazes before they threaten our communities. Apparel- and gear-maker Filson is celebrating their stories, and we share a few of them here in the series ‘Protectors of the Forest.'
Smokejumpers are specially trained wildland firefighters — and their training is grueling.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GearJunkie
Smokey Bear, the recognizable mascot of wildfire prevention in the United States, turns 75 today.
The U.S. Forest Service started the campaign in 1944 and used it to educate the American public on the dangers of forest fires. A live mascot, appropriately named Smokey, was added to the campaign in 1950.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
An armed man reportedly wearing body armor and pushing a shopping cart at a Walmart store in Missouri on Thursday led a store manager to pull the fire alarm and sent customers fleeing -- but an armed off-duty firefighter was able to detain the man until police officers arrived, Springfield police said.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News
The thought of flight and the consuming power of fire has fascinated mankind for centuries. Who hasn't looked up wondering what it would be like to soar among the clouds? Who hasn't sat mesmerized, staring into a campfire? The translucent red flames reaching toward the sky somehow hold us captive. For a select few, fire and flight go hand in hand.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCET
It's a day meant to be remembered forever in scrapbooks: the first day of kindergarten, when parents walk their child to class for the first time.
But for one Phoenix family, it was a bittersweet first day of kindergarten, as one parent was missing.
Phoenix firefighter Brian Beck, Jr., tragically lost his battle with occupational cancer in May of this year.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZFamily.com
The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District has transferred surplus wildland fire engines and equipment to 34 fire programs— including two Rangeland Fire Protection Associations —across eastern Idaho. The transfers are part of BLM's effort to respond to rural wildland fires by giving excess equipment and supplies to local fire departments and RFPAs.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Idaho State Journal
Prince George's County Fire Chief (PGFD) Benjamin Barksdale announced his retirement on July 30 from the department effective Oct. 31, when current Chief Deputy Tiffany Green will take over as interim chief.
Green's new appointment will not become official until the county council confirms it, but her promotion marks the county's first African American female chief and the continuation of an increasing trend in female fire chiefs in the state.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Prince George's Sentinel
Halle Roebuck was born in Paradise, California just moments before a raging fire approached the local Adventist Health Feather River Hospital. Immediately after her birth, the hospital's patients were ordered to evacuate. Heather Roebuck, Halle's mom, later said she was told “Grab your baby, we've got to go.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
VIDEO: First responders make it their mission to save the lives of others. But the tragic death of a Tucson Fire captain has inspired the department to launch a campaign aimed at saving the lives of their own.
Captain Glenn Fleck chewed tobacco on-and-off for years. Last year, he passed away from oral cancer.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
When Durango firefighters and paramedics pass through the city, they are reminded of past calls, like echoes in time – a crash at that intersection, a bodily trauma call in that house, the loss of a loved one for that family.
“It's like going down Main Street being like, I've seen a dead person there,” said an engineer in the department, who asked not to be named to maintain his privacy.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Durango Herald
VIDEO: Concord firefighters welcome the final steps of a run that stepped off in California eight months ago.
Nashua native Matty Gregg has not been back to New Hampshire in over a decade.
His legs and an important mission helped carry him over 5,400 miles through 24 states and over 400 towns as he has raised over $100,000 for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMUR-TV ABC 9 Manchester
After seven years of demanding that their death and disability benefits be restored, San Diego City Firefighters finally had their voices heard after the City Council voted unanimously to bring the benefits back.
The council made the decision less than five minutes after the firefighters arrived at City Hall and was met with a standing ovation.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGYV NBC 10 San Diego
VIDEO: For firefighters, sometimes the blaze is only half the battle.
"Regardless of who you are on the fire scene you get exposed to chemicals.” Over the past 3 years, Dr. Jeff Burgess, Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and Tucson Fire have researched ways to reduce cancer causing particles.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
A state Senate probe of New York's building codes zeroes in on two municipalities with terrible reputations: Mount Vernon, where a lone inspector handles the entire city, and Ramapo, where lax enforcement has led volunteer firefighters and the County of Rockland to step in.
"The key takeaway from this investigation is that there has been a systematic failure to adequately prioritize code enforcement at all levels of government," said state Sen.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal News (LoHud.com)
The State of Montana will pay the volunteer firefighters that fought the North Hills Fire.
Montana DNRC has hired the firefighters under their Emergency Firefighter (EFF) program.
The volunteers will be paid for their hours spent fighting the fire from 12:00 p.m. on July 26 through 12:00 a.m. August 1.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVH-TV NBC 12 Helena
VIDEO: South Metro Fire Rescue is trying something it says is “fairly revolutionary” among fire departments.
Monday night, SMFR officially swore in two dogs to the department. Champ and Molson even have their own badges.
“It really, truly solidified them as an employee and gives them the ability to be a part of the department the same that way I am or anybody else,” Molson's handler, paramedic supervisor JP Piche told FOX31.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver
VIDEO: A former New York City Fire Department fireboat that served during some of the city's most dramatic moments is getting an "over-hull" in a local shipyard before being relaunched as a museum ship.
The John D. McKean was pulled out of the water last week at North River Shipyard to have its hull repaired and will be there through August.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal News (LoHud.com)
VIDEO: Fire prevention has been top of mind for Jack Daniel's Master Distiller Jeff Arnett after a blaze at a Jim Beam warehouse destroyed 45,000 bourbon barrels and littered a nearby river with fish killed by the resulting alcohol runoff.
Destructive fires, explosions and warehouse collapses threaten large distilleries across the country, where highly flammable hard liquor is aged and stored in massive quantities before it's bottled and shipped around the world.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Leaf-Chronicle
The plane that dropped 15 smokejumpers into one of the most infamous firefighting tragedies in U.S. history once again flew over the rugged Montana gulch along the Missouri River on Monday to mark the 70th anniversary of the fire.
The C-47 now called Miss Montana dropped 13 wreaths, one for each firefighter killed in the blaze that caused the U.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBN-TV NBC 1
Youngstown's fire chief said he has received a commitment from the mayor that the city will find the money needed to keep his department operating in a safe and efficient manner.
During a public meeting Monday night, Chief Barry Finley stood before 50 people, including 15 firefighters, and told them he was done conceding to cuts.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBN-TV CBS 27 Youngstown
When large wildfires break out in California, including San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, it's all hands on deck to protect life and property.
Many of those hands have spent time in shackles but as recently passed criminal justice reform laws take full effect, the number of inmate firefighters is down.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSBY-TV NBC/CW+ 6 San Luis Obispo
Muscatine Assistant Fire Chief Mike Hartman remembers the shock on his crew's faces the day more than 16 years ago they lost a longtime member of their team.
“It was a bad situation all around,” he said. “We did everything we could to get to him, but unfortunately there was nothing we could do.”
After the crew had extinguished the fatal blaze, Hartman said, the loss really settled in.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Muscatine Journal
It's commonplace around firehouses to see firefighters transition to new career paths after two decades of service.
But usually, first-responder crews watch people walk out their doors when they hit about 50. Very few walk through the door fresh to firefighting.
At age 53, however, D.C. fire department paramedic Carmen Hackett is doing that: She graduated Friday as the most senior member and the only paramedic in Firefighter Recruit Class 388.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post - Metered Site
Growing up in the mountains of northern New Mexico, Vidalia Vigil learned all about “roughing it” and hard work at an early age.
The 24-year-old recalled going out for her own wood, learning how to use power tools in her early teens and camping regularly throughout her upbringing around Pecos. This background came in handy when, right out of high school, she became an on-call wildland firefighter in the Pecos/Las Vegas district with the Santa Fe National Forest.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Albuquerque Journal
Southwest Nampa has been in need of a fire station for eight years, according to the fire chief, and the mayor says it could be 2024 or later before funding is available.
The city of over 100,000 people has five fire stations and, given the call volume, needs three more, Fire Chief Kirk Carpenter said.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Idaho Press
The Kern County Fire Department is losing firefighters to other agencies because of low pay, according to the Kern County Firefighters Association.
A tweet sent out earlier this week announced that two firefighters had resigned to go to other fire departments, and that a total of 41 firefighters were lost for a similar reason since 2014.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield
VIDEO: Minnesota's Aviation Rescue Team (MART) deployed more times last weekend then they often see in a month, after three calls for help sent teams on rescues to the North Shore and Boundary Waters.
The team is made up of 16 St. Paul firefighters and pilots from the Minnesota State Patrol, and is based at a hangar at Holman Field in St.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 St. Paul
Cancer in the fire service is a critical issue. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) found that firefighters have a 9 percent increase in cancer diagnosis and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related death as compared to the general population. While those numbers may not appear too startling, one must also consider that, while firefighters' overall cancer diagnoses do not far outpace the general public, their diagnosis of particular types of cancers does.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Congressman Pete Stauber, R-Duluth, and Congressman Jared Golden, D-Maine, introduced legislation Tuesday, July 30, to ensure the infrastructure of fire stations across the nation allow firefighters to efficiently and safely perform their jobs.
The Fire Station Infrastructure Safety Act would direct the U.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Dispatch
For the past school year, the Chester County Intermediate Unit's Technical College High School (TCHS) students have been hard at work on a new advertising campaign to convince their classmates to join their local, Chester County fire station as junior volunteer firefighters. This fall, the fruits of their labor will finally be on display.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Local News
One of the biggest challenges facing firefighters across Alaska in the 2019 fire season was smoke. The thick smoke that blanketed much of Alaska made firefighting efforts difficult. Much of firefighting is conducted from the air. Tankers and helicopters drop water and retardant on fires. Fire crews use aircraft to map the blazes, and supplies are dropped in from the air.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Webcenter11 Fairbanks
VIDEO: A Minquas fireman critically injured last March was one of several firefighters who were not wearing proper equipment while battling a Mill Creek house fire, according to a report obtained by The News Journal.
An investigation into a series of errors in battling the blaze also found that two firefighters were unfamiliar with equipment used to fight the fire, and firefighters disregarded orders to exit the burning house.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Journal - Metered Site
VIDEO: Authorities say a massive explosion has killed at least one person in Lincoln County early Thursday morning. The Lincoln County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as Lisa Denise Derringer, 58, of Stanford.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the explosion happened in the are of Bowens Loop Road in the Moreland community near Junction City and Hustonville.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV CBS/CW 27 Lexington
Lorain firefighters hope a fire drill will convince city leaders to add to staff on duty every day in the city.
The Lorain Professional Firefighters Local 267 is planning a demonstration with Lorain's elected officials to make their case for a 16-person crew.
The Lorain Fire Department currently has 15 firefighters on daily duty, said union President Jon Stephanchick.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Morning Journal - Metered Site
Firefighters and emergency medical responders in New York State have gotten the green light to remove animals from unattended cars if the animals are in danger. Governor Cuomo signed legislation that expanded the number of responders legally allowed to remove the animals.
The legislation was designed to get animals in danger out quickly, especially in areas where police or animal control availability is limited.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo
California will hire 393 more firefighters in anticipation of an upcoming wildfire season that has the potential to be even worse than last year's, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.
The long rainy season promoted heavy growth of grass and other underbrush in which fires can start and spread once the vegetation dries out.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sierra Star
VIDEO: A crash on Interstate 280 involving a dump truck left several people injured, including three state troopers and five firefighters.
New Jersey State Police say that the troopers were on the eastbound side of the highway in West Orange around 10 a.m. Tuesday investigating a previous, unrelated car crash when the dump truck collided with the troopers and their vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 New Jersey
A narrative of the January 5 fire that resulted in the death of one Clinton firefighter and critical injury of another suggests that the men didn't need to be on top of the silo at all.
Seconds before the explosion in the grain silo, an Archer Daniels Midland official told the Clinton Fire Department that he believed that water could have been applied through a side hatch as CFD had originally planned, according to an incident narrative report by the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Clinton Herald
The chief of the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority says more than a dozen career firefighter positions could be cut and two of the department's four full-time fire stations could close if a maintenance and operations levy proposal fails in the up-coming primary election.
Property owner Jim Elsner supports the levy.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 and Radio 1000
The one small saving grace over these last two years of horrendous wildfires in California was that they came at a time when the state had ample resources to respond without having to divert money from schools or healthcare.
That won't always be the case.
As a result of climate change, we can expect catastrophic fires to occur with grim regularity.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site
VIDEO: A group of Kansas firefighters is doing more than just putting out fires.
“You always worry about those situations where you need medical attention,” says Chief Jeffrey Hooper, Hutchinson Police Department. “It is difficult then to get medics in the hot zone.”
Beating the heat is something firefighters are used to.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW-TV NBC 3 Wichita
Cal Fire San Diego is mourning the loss of one of their own: 28-year-old firefighter Yaroslav Katkov, who passed away on duty Monday morning.
Katkov suffered a medical emergency during a training hike Sunday morning with his engine crew, CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego
Minor wounds, rashes, gout pain — these are some of the many medical conditions that should be taken seriously, but they may not merit a 911 call or a trip to the emergency room.
Hawaii health officials are considering how to reduce unnecessary ER visits through a community paramedicine program. The revised emergency transport system that could begin next year would allow medical professionals to transfer patients to predesignated destinations, such as urgent care clinics, or even provide complete treatment at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Honolulu Civil Beat
Every evening from late spring to early fall, two planes lift off from airports in the western United States and fly through the sunset, each headed for an active wildfire, and then another, and another. From 10,000 feet above ground, the pilots can spot the glow of a fire, and occasionally the smoke enters the cabin, burning the eyes and throat.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Phys.org
Saturday featured a late-night rescue effort by Van Meter firefighters, as they helped get 13 people off of a sandbar. It was the first time the team used this new air-boat for a real operation, but they say they could never go back to working without it.
In Van Meter, water rescues don't happen often, there are only a handful of them every summer.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOI-TV ABC 5 Des Moines
More monitoring and manpower is needed for Harris County to better respond to chemical fires like the three that struck the region earlier this year, worrying residents and shutting the Houston Ship Channel, according to a study evaluating the county's response to the fires.
The most critical response gap identified involved staffing in the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office, where another 16 hazardous materials technicians —at a cost of $1.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Firefighters are tackling three blazes in central Washington near Yakima and forecasts show conditions to fight them are going to get worse.
The Pipeline Fire and Left Hand Fire are both between Yakima and Ellensburg. The Kusshi Creek Fire is south near the Yakama Reservation.
The Left Hand Fire has forced six homes to evacuate and hundreds more are on notice.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle
Fires that start in Los Angeles' homeless encampments pose a serious safety threat because they often spread to nearby apartments, homes, businesses and other buildings.
The map above, illustrating fires that started at homeless encampments in 2018, shows just how widespread the problem is in Los Angeles County.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
PHOTOS: Flying Apache attack helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan prepared Tim Cherwin for his current job.
The foe might be different but sometimes it's just as dangerous battling forest fires in a twin-engine turboprop plane.
War zones and forest fires in the western United States — which Cherwin has fought from the air for the past five years — offer similar challenges: mountainous terrain, low altitude flying, extreme heat, rapidly changing weather conditions and endangered lives.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It was a monster of a fire that threatened a number of nearby structures and endangered the lives of scores of firefighters when flames consumed the R.S. Fought and Sons Feed Mill at Walnut and Railroad streets forty years ago.
“The flames were going a hundred feet into the air,” Gene Cahn remembered during a recent interview at the borough's firehouse.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Williamsport Sun-Gazette
The town's fire department is changing up how it responds to emergencies.
With the addition of an ambulance called “Aid 1” — also known as a QRU or quick response unit — the Twin Falls Fire Department is working toward implementing a tiered response approach similar to those used in larger cities, according to Fire Chief Les Kenworthy.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times-News
Anne Arundel County fire officials battled a two-alarm house fire in Lothian late Thursday night.
The State Fire Marshal's Office said 80 firefighters were called just after 8:30 p.m. to the 5500 block of Greenock Road. Video showed a large two-story, single-family home completely engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
A story we've been watching closely all week is the fight between Youngstown's firefighter's union and the administration.
The union has accused city leaders of swapping one safety issue for another. The fire chief stands behind his proposal. However, the issue was placed before the city's safety committee on Thursday and has now been forwarded on to council as a whole to weigh-in.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMJ-TV NBC/CW 21 Youngstown
VIDEO: Health department workers say finding syringes on the ground is becoming a frequent problem in Minneapolis.
While leaders work on long-term solutions, the Minneapolis Fire Department and outreach workers are picking up the slack.
In a parking lot off 27th and Bloomington Avenue, across from Minneapolis Fire Station 5, it takes less than a minute to stumble upon a stray needle.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis
Your first 100 days as fire chief are a critical time to make a positive impression and to lay a meaningful foundation for the future. Having a 100-day plan before you take over is the first step to being successful.
Fire Chiefs John Butler, Fairfax County (Virginia) Fire Chief John Butler and Al Yancey, Jr.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
It started when hot autumn winds snapped a power line east of Paradise, California, showering the ground with sparks.
Flames shot up in dry grass near the Feather River, fanned into nearby pine trees and raced 8 miles to town.
Eighty-five people died and nearly 19,000 buildings were destroyed in the Camp Fire, the state's deadliest wildfire.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
On Tuesday, an abandoned house on the 1300 block of West Miller Street in Springfield went up in flames.
Unfortunately, the house was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived.
The damage caused the floors to begin caving in.
One firefighter fell through the depleting floors. He was later taken to the hospital for his injuries.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRSP-TV FOX 55 Springfield
Emerging technologies could allow first responders to call up all sorts of information when responding to an emergency, but there is some uncertainty about what information is useful, how it should be displayed, and how emergency personnel could control which information to access and when. NC State is working with first responders to address these questions.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Carolina State University
Fire seasons in 2017 and 2018 caused the residents of California to take a long, hard look at themselves, their electricity providers, the way their forests are managed, what their evacuation plans look like, and whether their homes are protected.
Communities on the Central Coast face fire yearly, from Lake Nacimiento to the forested hills outside of Santa Barbara.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Times
VIDEO: Heart health is a key focus for firefighters. With heavy lifting and gear, the body can take on a lot of stress.
In 2018, 64 firefighters were lost in the national line of duty — almost half of those were related to sudden cardiac arrest.
That's one of the reasons why fire departments throughout the area gathered together for a fitness-based training session, hosted by the Gates Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WROC-TV CBS 8 Rochester
The Senate voted Tuesday to extend funding for first responders suffering health problems as a result of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
In a 97-2 vote, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill that would effectively make the victims' compensation fund for 9/11 first responders and other victims of the attacks permanent.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
When Stan Caplan built his retirement home on the ridge of a majestic chaparral-covered hillside in an affluent gated community in Rancho Santa Fe, he wasn't thinking much about insuring his property against wildfire.
Today, the issue has been consuming the 70-year-old Texas transplant. In June, he received a letter in the mail that his homeowner's insurance was being canceled because of the “increased frequency of catastrophic wildfires in California.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
A record that stood for nearly 30 years fell this past week when the roster at the Alaska Smokejumper Base at Fort Wainwright was filled with the names of 206 jumpers at the same time.
That's more than half of the roughly 400 smokejumpers on rosters nationwide this year. The previous record in Alaska was 202 jumpers on the roster at once.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Aviation
You may have heard that freeze-dried food was invented to feed astronauts on the Apollo missions, and although “astronaut ice cream” was never actually used during the operations, it was developed for NASA in the 1960s. Two other items people commonly believe originated with Apollo 11 are Tang and Teflon, but this is apocryphal — NASA isn't responsible for your non-stick pans or your fruit drink mix.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Digital Trends
King William County allocates more than a half-million dollars to volunteer fire organizations each year, but county officials say they have little, if any, oversight.
The county has budgeted $1.43 million for fire and emergency services for the fiscal year that started July 1, according to the county's adopted budget.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Virginia Gazette
Global climate change could make fire seasons more severe, and loss of critical technology more frequent, according to some fire officials. However, one Bay Area county is the first to secure funding for new equipment to help first responders in the event of catastrophe.
In the case of natural disasters, first responders depend on communications infrastructure to warn the public, and plan their response.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland
A bigger, better, faster and stronger fire district. That is what the fire chiefs of two local fire districts say a proposed merger would bring to their communities.
On the Aug. 6 primary ballot is a proposal to merge District 8 in Lake Stevens into Snohomish County District 7, which serves more than 116,000 people from Mill Creek to Monroe and beyond.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: HeraldNet.com - Metered Site
VIDEO: 12 years ago, a fire changed David Griffin's life forever. He was driving a fire truck when he responded to the scene.
Griffin spoke Monday night at the Steeple, telling local firefighters the story.
The giant furniture store had no sprinkler system. It was nighttime, and dozens of firefighters went inside.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile
A year after Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services experienced their first-career line of duty death while battling a massive house fire in Clarksville, a review committee has returned a series of recommendations to improve safety and accountability in the department.
Lt. Nathan Flynn was part of the first team of firefighters to respond to the house in the 7000 block of Woodscape Drive at about 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore
A Get Gephardt investigation reveals the shocking way ordinary Utahns are starting fires without knowing it, and what you'll have to pay if you start a fire by accident.
538 wildfires have already flamed in 2019. Even with the late rain, we are on track to match 2018's fire totals.
All that firefighting costs millions.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City
Roswell firefighter Jeff Stroble, 46, died Sunday at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
Stroble was working to prepare fireworks for the City of Roswell's Fourth of July fireworks display when an explosion occurred – leaving him in critical condition.
Roswell Fire Chief Devin Graham shared the following statement:
"It is with great sadness we announce the passing of one of our own Roswell Fire Department Firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque
Eleven firefighters and one resident were taken to an area hospital Friday when a noxious combination of cleaning supplies triggered a Level 3 hazardous materials situation at a building in Boston's South End.
The building was evacuated after a combination of bleach and Murphy's Oil Soap created a noxious, potentially dangerous combination on the third floor of a 5-story rooming house, Boston fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Boston
It's literally one of a kind, and Hadley Township Fire Chief Kurt Nass says his department's shiny new pumper truck is the “future of firefighting” and the department is excited to show off the new vehicle.
Nast said since his department tries to get 24-25 years out of each of its vehicles. “We don't want to order what he need right now,” said the chief, and instead they try to think of what they'll need 10-15 years from now.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The County Press - Metered Site
Last year, the deadliest wildfire season in state history swept across California. More than 8,000 fires burned nearly two million acres and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to suppress.* In a matter of minutes, a town named Paradise was engulfed in flame and almost completely destroyed; 85 people died.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Smithsonian.com
The rescue of the driver of a runaway school bus was caught on camera in Minnesota.
Police say the driver suffered a medical issue, then drove straight into the path of oncoming traffic.
No children were on board.
In an attempt to stop the bus, a police officer pulled in front of it and slammed on his brakes, but it was still pushing his cruiser forward.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTHR-TV NBC 13
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flags in Westmoreland County to be lowered to half-staff to honor a firefighter who died hours after returning from a call.
North Belle Vernon volunteer fireman Neil Cope, 46, died Tuesday after assisting Rostraver firefighters at a house fire.
“We were there probably an hour, an hour and fifteen minutes and they controlled the flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
Who was it that said “Girls just wanna have fun?”
Albany Fire Department Apparatus Engineer Operator/Driver Christy Bengis, an 18-year AFD veteran who is one of two females to serve in that capacity, put that notion to rest when she became the first female firefighter in the department to lead an entire engine company for a 24-hour shift Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Albany Herald
The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is hosting more than 700 firefighters from across the nation and more than a dozen other countries as part of its 57th annual Industrial Fire School this week.
Each summer, TEEX hosts three weeklong fire training courses that attract thousands from all over the world to Bryan-College Station.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bryan-College Station Eagle
The town's beachfront was teeming with tens of thousands of tourists on the evening of July 19, 1969.
The popular carousel with hand-carved horses spun its riders round and round. The brightly colored Noah's Ark fun house, a fixture near the iconic wooden pier since 1929, rocked back and forth. Pairs of thrill seekers slid down the massive Jack and Jill slide, shrieking as they dropped 50 feet from the top.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Portland Press Herald
Illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks claimed their 200th New York firefighter this week.
Firefighters Kevin Nolan and Richard Driscoll died on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) confirmed to The Hill on Thursday.
“It is almost incomprehensible that, after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die from World Trade Center illnesses," Fire Commissioner Daniel A.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
Fire chiefs renewed warnings Tuesday that students across the state face risks of carbon monoxide poisoning because of a gap in regulations that effectively allows many older school buildings not to install detectors.
Any new school constructed with state funds must include carbon monoxide monitoring technology, but that mandate does not apply to existing structures because students do not stay overnight.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lowell Sun
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