The 19-year-old man accused of stealing a Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance earlier this month visited the fire station the day before and inquired about becoming a firefighter, police say.
Felix Lopez is currently facing a second-degree felony charge of theft of property after being accused of stealing a $230,000 ambulance from Dallas Fire Station 53 on April 5 and leading multiple police agencies on an hourslong chase that only ended when the emergency vehicle got stuck off-road with flat tires.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT CBS 11 Fort Worth
PHOTO: A Vietnam veteran in Stafford County received an unexpected gift from the same first responders who came to his aid when his house caught fire nearly two months ago.
On Friday, Robert Mihalak was presented a traditional military shadowbox that contained all of the personal military decorations he earned in the 1960s, but then lost in the Feb.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Free Lance-Star
VIDEO: One year ago, 145 mph winds tore through Chattanooga.
First responders jumped into action to help thousands and are now telling their stories of what they saw on that Easter Sunday.
"There were trees on top of cars on top of houses through houses, trees on top of trees," recalled Chattanooga Fire Department Battalion Chief David Thompson.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRCB-TV NBC 3 Chattanooga
A bill to remove oversight on school construction projects could impact student safety in the future, according to some fire chiefs in the state.
Proponents of HB 220 say the measure will remove a level of bureaucracy and allow districts to complete projects quicker and cheaper, but opponents, including some fire officials, don't want corners to be cut when it comes to safety.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIAT-TV CBS 42 Birmingham
As U.S. COVID cases rise, the country is also administering the vaccine shots aimed at preventing the spread of the virus at the swiftest pace ever. Cases are on the rise in 27 states, with Michigan continuing to lead the nation in daily new cases per capita.
Following more than 70,000 coronavirus cases reported on Monday, the seven-day average of daily new cases in the U.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNBC
VIDEO: According to Police on Saturday around 9:41 pm near Dexter and Oakman, the Detroit Fire Department received a call and was heading out.
Authorities say as they were trying to exit the driveway, a dark-colored Chevy Sedan was blocking their path.
After using the fire engine's air horn, the car moved out of the way.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK-TV Fox 2 Detroit
PHOTOS: A 136-page report on the tragic Porterville Library Fire found that staffing shortages, a lack of training and communication problems may have contributed to the deaths of two firefighters in February 2020.
"Unfortunately, these issues continue to be far too common across the country to simply focus on one organization," the report concluded in part.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Visalia Times Delta - Metered Site
PHOTO: It's not uncommon for someone to have to choose between making a living and pursuing something they are passionate about. Dan Ravenhorst of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has found a way to do both, driving his 2019 Mack Anthem 64T and volunteering at the city's Township Fire and Rescue Station 1.
“I bought (the truck) in March 2020, so I've had it a year now,” Ravenhorst said in an interview with The Trucker.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Trucker
VIDEO: Helena College is revamping its more than 20-year-old fire and emergency services program to meet the changing demands of employers.
The program first opened in the fall of 1998 and focused on hands-on, functional fire training. The updated program aims to continue providing this kind of practical fire training, while also meeting the emerging needs and demand for professional certifications and general education.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Helena Independent Record
For the rest of the week, towns, cities, and counties around southwest and central Virginia are celebrating the men and women who serve as 911 dispatchers, the unseen heroes of public safety.
According to the City of Roanoke, Congress proclaimed the second week of April as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week in 1991.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXR-TV Fox 27 Roanoke
One person was killed and eight people were hurt in an explosion and second-alarm fire at an Ohio paint plant early Thursday.
About 40 employees were working just after midnight when the blast occurred in one of five buildings on Yenkin-Majestic Paint's campus in Columbus, officials said.
While most of the employees came out of the building as firefighters arrived on the scene, authorities learned two were trapped, according to Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
PHOTOS: An 18-wheeler pulled up in front of Coker Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday laden with a mountain of firefighting gear donated by departments in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
The gear represents a windfall of equipment that many of the volunteer departments in West Alabama never would have been able to afford to purchase.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tuscaloosa News
John Capozzoli Jr. of Freeport remembers the moment he knew he was destined to join the fire service. He was 12 years old and riding shotgun in his father's pickup when the Freeport Fire Department sounded its air horn. As he and his father pulled into the firehouse, he recalled the excitement he felt as he watched his father, a volunteer firefighter, don a thick bunker coat and helmet and climb aboard the fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Newsday - Metered Site
VIDEOS: For Kimberly Pillman and Ryle Olsen it is about helping others during an emergency and serving the community they call home.
Pillman and Olsen are two of the 10 female firefighters/paramedics who currently work for the Lake Geneva Fire Department.
Pillman said she considers it an honor to be a member of the fire department, as she is able to help people during a difficult situation.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News
A massive four-alarm fire has destroyed an apartment complex in West Windsor Township, New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon.
Twenty-two people from seven families are now without homes.
With daylight Thursday morning, the severe damage the fire caused could be seen. The roof is gone from the building and the siding is melted away.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
VIDEO: Oklahoma State University computer science students have created new technology to help fight the pandemic.
They created a virtual reality simulator that allows nurses and doctors to train to administer COVID-19 tests and even hook patients up to a ventilator without ever being exposed to the virus.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma
PHOTO: It doesn't take much looking to see that Clay County is extremely military friendly. The county has numerous veterans, the City of Green Cove Springs holds several events honoring veterans and is the home of the TAPS Memorial. Camp Blanding is also in the county and is home to many active duty and reserve service men and women.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Clay Today Online
VIDEO: The Bowling Green Fire Department will use a decommissioned Comp Air Jet for training purposes.
The jet had been decommissioned at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport for several years and the airport donated it to the fire department. The aircraft was transported to its new concrete pad Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBKO-TV ABC/Fox/CW 13 Bowling Green
VIDEO: Following last month's massive fireworks explosion in an Ontario neighborhood which left two men dead and caused millions of dollars in damage, San Bernardino County Thursday was unveiling a new illegal fireworks reporting system. The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District and other local law enforcement agencies were holding a news conference Thursday morning to launch a new system which allows the public to report illegal fireworks.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
VIDEO: An eight-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in Queens Tuesday afternoon, leaving 21 injured, including 16 firefighters, and displacing more than 200 residents.
The fire broke out as four-alarm blaze on the top floor of the six-story building on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights around 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
Six firefighters lost their lives responding to a fire in a century-old, abandoned warehouse in Worcester, Massachusetts, in December 1999. Worried that civilians were trapped inside, rescue teams initiated a rapid intervention; but, unfamiliar with the layout of the building, the smoke-filled warehouse became a labyrinth for those that entered.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Homeland Security Today
VIDEO: There are big changes coming to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, which include recruiting more women and minorities at Pittsburgh Westinghouse High School.
When Mark Black puts on firefighting gear and trains to one day become a firefighter after completing the Career and Technical Education program at Pittsburgh Westinghouse High School, he hopes more female firefighters will be by his side.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh
North Carolina firefighters remain cautiously optimistic as two Senate Republicans introduced bill to provide financial assistance for cancer treatment.
For the past several years, firefighters across the state have been fighting to get presumptive cancer coverage expanded for themselves and their colleagues.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV Fox 8 High Point
Just five states have accounted for about 43% of new coronavirus cases over the last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey had for more than 196,400 of the country's 453,360 cases reported in the last week, according to data available Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
PHOTOS: Trenton Firefighters battled a multi alarm (3 Alarm fire) on the 300 block of Enterprise Ave early Tuesday morning. The fire broke out just after 12:30 Am at the All County Recycling yard, Firefighters arrived on the scene to the whole yard nearly on fire with multiple explosions from the yard as 3 trucks went up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peterson's Breaking News of Trenton
PHOTO: A prayer bench used by the Rev. Mychal Judge, a Fire Department chaplain killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was driven to the New York area on Sunday to join the collection of the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum, museum officials said.
The bench formerly belonged to Judge's twin sister, Dympnia Jessich, and spent the last five years at an Episcopal monastery in Rising Sun, Maryland, according to Sister Teresa Irene, a Carmelite nun there.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
VIDEO: Firefighters continue their search for a cause for Friday evening's fire on La Crosse's Northside. Crews used half a million gallons of water to put the fire out.
Last Friday La Crosse fire crews fought an industrial fire at Alter Metal Recycling in the La Crosse Industrial Park on the Northside.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-DT CBS 8 La Crosse
PHOTO: The Sioux City Fire Department is now flying a “Donate Life” flag at one of its stations.
Iowa Donor Network donation services coordinator John Jorgensen says it's hoped the flag will inspire more people to become organ donors.
“This is the first one that we are aware of that's ever happened at a fire station.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Radio Iowa
VIDEO: A destructive four-alarm fire left a row of Queens businesses badly damaged and two firefighters with serious injuries by the time officials got the blaze under control.
The commercial fire started on Springfield Boulevard in Queens Village early Saturday morning, prompting the response of dozens and then eventually hundreds of firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
PHOTOS: The last thing he remembers is someone offering him a doughnut.
The next few days are a blank for a Green Township firefighter who was poisoned with cyanide while fighting a fire in Alpena County two weeks ago.
Matt Cohoon, the 37-year-old chief of the Green Township Fire Department, was a mystery to doctors when he showed up at MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena on March 16.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Alpena News
VIDEO: In March, a truck carrying two people crashed on Interstate 84 near Malad Gorge State Park. The truck would up going over the edge of the interstate, where it was left suspended over the interstate's rail, kept above the gorge floor by only the chain connecting its trailer and the car's right front axle, which was perched on the interstate's ledge.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMVT-TV CBS 11 Twin Falls
PHOTOS: For an hour midday Thursday, the pond behind Bass Pro Shops was the safest body of water in Denham Springs.
Anyone who might have been unlucky enough to find themselves in distress in the water would have quickly been pulled aboard a brand new, bright red rescue boat Livingston Parish Fire Protection District No.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Advocate - Metered Site
VIDEO: A firefighter with the Birmingham Fire Department has started a new business with the hope of connecting with more kids in the community, a mission that was partly inspired by his late mother. James Patton's new business, Gamez on Fire, is a mobile gaming trailer that started a few months ago.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRBL-TV CBS 3 Columbus
A fire near the old drill tower for the Austin Fire Department spread to the tower itself on West Cesar Chavez Street in downtown Austin Thursday night.
The Buford Tower was built in the 1930s, according to the Texas State Historical Association, and stands about 67 feet tall. Originally called “The Old Fireman's Practice Tower,” TSHA says it was used as a training facility for local firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
First responders using the FirstNet network, which is provided by AT&T, will get access to AT&T's 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) network starting this month.
AT&T calls this service “5G+,” meaning users get higher speeds than the 5G offered on low-band spectrum. First responders in parts of 38 cities and more than 20 venues will get access to the AT&T mmWave (5G+) spectrum this April; they also will continue to get the always-on priority and preemption across LTE – Band 14 spectrum plus all of AT&T's commercial LTE spectrum bands.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fierce Wireless
PHOTO: A 44-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing a fire engine in San Bernardino on Thursday, officials said.
Around 9:45 a.m., the Highland Fire Department reported that their fire engine was stolen in the area of Cooley and Pedley streets in San Bernardino, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles
Mario Jackson is a Cincinnati firefighter, a paramedic and now also a children's book author.
Jackson says “Nya the Great and Her Visit to the Fire House” is aimed at inspiring young girls.
“I realized that there isn't a lot of representation for women, especially women of color, in jobs that are usually male-dominated,” he told us on Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
As a demographer — someone who studies how human populations grow and change — UCLA professor of sociology Patrick Heuveline typically spends time each year traveling around the world, talking to people about their hopes for their families and their dreams for the future.
“Demography is obviously all about numbers — but at its core, it's about people's lives,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UCLA Newsroom
A fire truck crashed into a gas station Wednesday after colliding with an SUV on Detroit's east side.
According to Detroit police, at about 6:50 p.m. Wednesday a fire truck was traveling westbound on E. Outer Drive near Dequindre Street with lights and sirens activated when a Lincoln Navigator crashed into the truck.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit
PHOTOS: Renovations are nearly complete to Fireboat Station No. 15, the Long Beach Fire Department's 20,000-square-foot facility equipped to handle maritime emergencies at the Port of Long Beach, officials announced this week.
The upgrades include advanced communications technology, a workshop where crews can maintain and repair gear, modern living quarters for a six-member team and a garage large enough to house a fire engine and a second emergency vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Long Beach Post News
VIDEO: Five firefighters and an EMS worker were injured in a large fire at a factory on Staten Island.
More than 200 firefighters responded Wednesday as the blaze at 60 Davidson Street quickly grew to a 5-alarm fire around 2:30 p.m.
The flames were mostly out by 5 p.m., but smoke could still be seen from several miles away.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
One local fire department is doing much more than just putting out fires.
Officials with the Charlottesville Fire Department have been working hard over the past year to identify inequity in city neighborhoods.
CFD is split into three sections, one of which is the Community Risk Reduction Branch. Its goal is to prevent emergencies before they happen.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAV-TV CBS/Fox 19 Charlottesville
About 45 minutes away from Jackman on U.S. Route 201, cellphone reception drops. On this long stretch of road, surrounded by pine trees and the occasional pothole, the term "rural" takes on a new meaning. A logging truck passes by every few minutes, but other than that, it's quiet. Nestled among rolling hills is the small town of Jackman, made up of about 1,000 people -- maybe less.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Center Maine
VIDEO: About 150 firefighters worked feverishly to put out a massive fire at a waste management facility in the Brighton Park neighborhood Tuesday.
The wind-blown fire started around 4 p.m. in a prairie near the railway about a block away from Waste Management of Illinois, Inc.'s recycling facility near 48th Place and Christiana Avenue, according to a statement from the company.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
VIDEO: An Oklahoma City firefighter who lost a fellow firefighter to lung cancer will participate in the American Lung Association's outdoor Fight For Air Climb in Oklahoma to raise money for research.
Cpl. Zach Rowell has witnessed both triumph and tragedy in the battle against lung cancer. He lost a colleague to the disease, but his father survived it.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma
VIDEO: Buffalo Firefighters struck three alarms for additional personnel and equipment to handle a fire that broke out Tuesday morning on Bailey Avenue near Clinton Street.
Firefighters were called to the scene just after 10:50 a.m. Photos from the scene showed heavy smoke coming from a bowling alley/restaurant known as the Bowl Inn Pizza and Lanes in the 700 block of Bailey Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGRZ-TV NBC 2 Buffalo
VIDEO: After months of waiting and anticipating the reveal of the new Hattiesburg fire engine, the day finally came Tuesday.
The truck is not your average fire truck. The Southern Miss-themed engine is painted black and gold with the USM Golden Eagle logo on its side. The colors were chosen to signify the great relationship between the university and the city of Hattiesburg.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAM-TV NBC/ABC 7 Hattiesburg
VIDEO: A family was reunited with special belongings left behind after a fire caused them to leave their house more than a decade ago.
This wouldn't have been possible, however, without the eagerness of a Savannah firefighter who made it her mission to put the treasures back into the right hands.
The house that once stood there was being used by the Savannah Fire Department for training exercises.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah
VIDEO: Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a large apartment fire at the Forest Cove Apartments, in the 9600 block of Forest Lane in Northeast Dallas Monday evening, March 29.
Flames were shooting through the roof. The call came in around 5:30 p.m. as flames could be seen inside multiple apartment units.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT-TV CBS 11 Forth Worth
VIDEO: The driver of an SUV was critically injured and three firefighters have been hospitalized after a firetruck was involved in a head-on crash Monday.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the crash between a Volusia County firetruck and a Chevy Tahoe happened on Ocean Shore Boulevard in Volusia County at 12:10 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WESH-TV NBC 2 Orlando
Imagine going to the grocery store, parking your car, getting your shopping done, checking out, loading your groceries and you're about to drive away and then BAM… there's a swarm of bees in your backseat.
That's what happened to a Las Cruces man this weekend. According to a post on the Las Cruces Fire Department's Facebook page, firefighters were called out to a local Albertson's grocery store after the man found a swarm of bees had taken up temporary residence in his backseat.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOAT-TV ABC 7 Albuquerque
In a year when so many of us have struggled with feeling isolated in our homes or apartments, living alone in a 14-by-14-foot cabin perched thousands of feet above the wilderness might not sound enticing. For more than a century, though, across the United States, a few intrepid Americans have sought out those remote towers as not just a job, but a lifestyle.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Smithsonian Magazine
Pfizer and Moderna's vaccines are "highly effective" at reducing the risk of infection from COVID-19, according to the first large study of how Americans who have received a vaccine have fared in the U.S. outside of a clinical trial.
In a Centers for Disease Control study of just under 4,000 heath care workers, police, firefighters and other essential workers who received one of the two mRNA vaccines between Dec.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: People
Authorities are investigating the bizarre circumstances surrounding a car fire which sparked a large blaze at a gas station in Baldwin Park early Monday morning. The fire occurred at about 12:50 a.m. at a Mobile gas station in the 12600 block of East Ramona Boulevard near the 605 Freeway.
Security video provided to CBSLA showed a car pull up to a pump.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
Twenty-three years ago, a firefighter rushed into a burning home in Poughkeepsie with two young brothers inside. One of them died in the fire but the 3-year-old brother was rescued, and he reunited with the man who saved him over the weekend for the first time.
William Porter is now retired and that little boy, Jacob Tsukroff, is now 26 years old.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
It has been a challenging year for all of us, but it has been especially hard for first responders and frontline workers who were struggling even before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now these heroes on the front lines of community service are finding help through a new equine therapy program in Tucson healing with horses.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Hundreds of emergency responders in Pennsylvania have been killed while providing roadside assistance. Beginning April 27, new changes to Pennsylvania's Move Over Law will take effect to prevent future deaths.
In July 2020, Tyler Laudenslager was struck and killed by a driver while providing roadside assistance in Berks County on Interstate 78 west.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43 York
More than 15% of the total U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With more than 143 million doses administered, over 93 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 51 million people have been fully vaccinated.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report
VIDEO: Storms in April are nothing new in St. Louis. In fact, we've come to expect them.
But there was a storm no one saw coming back in the spring of 1976.
And, as you'll see in this edition of Vintage KSDK, this one blew helmets off firefighters and could have wiped out the entire city.
“This is a firestorm,” explained Charles Kamprad, the St.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis
VIDEO: The way Matt Boney describes it, what happened on Wednesday sounds like the biggest-hearted game of telephone ever, which managed — for 40 minutes — to turn a nightmare into the birthday surprise of any 6-year-old boy's dreams.
On Tuesday, Spring Valley firefighter Jared Lloyd, 35, died in the smoke and flame of the Evergreen Court Adult Home fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal News - Metered Site
On March 11, the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee introduced the Next Generation 9-1-1 Act of 2021 as part of the LIFT America Act (H.R. 1848). This legislation will provide $15 billion to update our nation's 9-1-1 infrastructure, protect this infrastructure from cyber threats and ensure that first responders will be able to efficiently use Next Generation 9-1-1 technology to save lives.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
PHOTOS: Firefighters were on the scene of a structure fire at the Alvin's Island retail beach store in Destin on Thursday.
Firefighters from multiple agencies were on the scene and a ladder truck with firefighters was inspecting the roof of the building. West and eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 98 shutdown for an extended period of time as they battled the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Florida Daily News
PHOTOS: While things have begun to change in recent years, female firefighters are still relatively rare.
But what's even more uncommon is to have two female firefighters, in the same small department, expecting babies at around the same time.
Heather Jones thought it was rare enough that she decided to ask fellow firefighter, Cindy Simon, to join her in a photo shoot that turned out to be an excellent recruiting tool for the Gibraltar Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News-Herald
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A massive fire broke out this morning at the long vacant former Casket Building on North River Street, destroying what was left of the building just as the town planned to have it be part of the new transit system through the Thompsonville section and as it also sought to have the site added to the National Register of Historic Places.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Inquirer
PHOTOS: The Chambersburg Fire Department dates back to 1780. At the time, to extinguish fires there was a bucket brigade, a group of personnel that threw water on the flames. It often wasn't very effective, as fires usually already spread too much to be subdued. It was during the early 1800s that hand-drawn apparatus was being used to manually pump water through the fire hose, directed by the nozzle man.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chambersburg Public Opinion
Some first responders are coordinating their own effort to help curb street violence from the recent rash of attacks on Asians in San Francisco.
The latest incident that left an Asian victim injured in a violent robbery where she was dragged behind the suspect vehicle has given the group of former and current firefighters another reason to respond.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
A 3-digit phone number — 988 — for suicide prevention and mental health crisis assistance that the Federal Communications Commission approved for nationwide use in July 2020 is being rolled out in some parts of the country beginning April 24, 2021.
The 910 prefixes are currently the only North Carolina numbers impacted by the April 24 rollout.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington
VIDEO: A woman was rescued from a four-alarm commercial fire just moments before flames engulfed the building in downtown Oklahoma City, fire officials said.
Crews were called out to check smoke at the structure just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening in the 800 block of NW 4th St.
Responding crews reported seeing visible flames and heavy smoke at the vacant structure.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWTV-DT CBS 9 Oklahoma City
Nearly 24 hours after a firefighter went missing in a suburban New York assisted living home fire, his body has been found.
Rockland County volunteer firefighter Jared Lloyd was the second casualty in the blaze that gutted the Evergreen Court Home for Adults in Spring Valley early Tuesday, according to Rabbi Yisroel Kahan of the county's Human Rights Commission.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
VIDEO: Lieutenants Joe and Jennifer Linnenkugel completed their final shift at the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department on Tuesday.
Both have been members of the department for years and knew each other well before joining.
Jennifer had been a stay-at-home mom before her husband transferred to Toledo.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOL-TV CBS 11 Toledo
VIDEO: For those with mental or physical disabilities, moments of crisis and high-stress situations can causes panic or unpredictable responses.
That's why Mankato Public Safety is using an app that can help them approach those with special needs.
The Vitals App provides first responders with medical data and other critical information when they come into contact with a vulnerable person.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV CBS/Fox 12 Mancato
VIDEO: The Lexington Fire Department is saying goodbye to a reliable and trustworthy member of the team.
For more than 60 years, firefighters knew their ladder truck would get them to the fire. Thousands of miles later, it's time to retire the truck. Lexington Fire Chief Paul Jarrett is going over the retiring ladder truck for the last time.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV Fox 8 High Point
VIDEO: One firefighter remains missing after fire burned through a Spring Valley assisted living facility, killing one resident and prompting dozens of middle-of-the-night rescues.
"We have numerous teams looking through the rubble" for the missing firefighter, said Rockland County Director of Fire and Emergency Services Chris Kear.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
VIDEO: A young man who serves the community is now officially a part of it after a naturalization ceremony on Monday.
It's a day Artur Lutsyk dreamed about since he was a little boy. “It's a whole lot of emotions of excitement and nervousness,” Lutsyk said while standing in front of a fire truck before he took the U.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento
VIDEO: The Stevens Point Fire Department is now using augmented reality to show the importance of fire safety in a way previously not possible. Augmented reality is an interactive experience where real-world environments are enhanced by computer-generated content.
The new augmented reality fire extinguisher training allows users to see what it would be like to extinguish a fire without the presence of actual flames.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau
Jovon Newman always had a passion for music, but as he got older and his successes stalled he set it aside and joined the service to provide for his growing family.
"I've actually been in several different music projects--groups and duos. I've been doing it for a while now. I had to take a break from it because I joined the service.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
March 2021 marks one year of the COVID-19 pandemic upending our lives and the economy here in the United States. Pre-pandemic, Americans were doing well financially, with major markers like unemployment, reaching 50-year lows. Post-pandemic, however, things are looking wildly different. During the second quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, our nation's real GDP fell by a whopping 31.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mooresville Tribune
PHOTOS: Firefighters from multiple East Texas fire departments battled a house fire in the Long Cove subdivision in Malakoff early Sunday morning.
According to a post on the Payne Springs Fire Rescue Facebook page, firefighters with PSFR were asked to provide mutual aid for a structure fire in the Long Cove subdivision at about 1:54 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler
Every year, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Christ the King High School in Middle Village played host to a commemoration of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in Manhattan — one of the worst tragedies to hit New York City in the 20th century.
The longtime chairman of Christ the King's board of directors, former state Senator Serphin Maltese, along with his brothers Vincent and Andrew, organized the annual memorial service.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: QNS.com
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department, the Peoria City Council and Human Resources Director Christine Nickel are piloting a cancer screening program for line-of-duty firefighters.
The program would allow all firefighters to receive an initial screening to determine their risk level. Based on the risk factors, the firefighters with the highest risk would be included into the program as a participant and the screenings would begin.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Peoria Times
With the arrival of spring and after an exhausting year of COVID-19 restrictions, Americans are eager to return to some sense of normalcy.
However, many health experts are urging patience, warning a possible fourth surge may be on the horizon, with over a dozen states exhibiting early signs of increasing case numbers.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC Columbia
VIDEO: The Navarre Beach Fire Department is asking for help on a special project. The dept. wants to build a motorized scooter for a Navarre 11-year-old to help him move across the sand on the beach. Christian has Kabuki syndrome and going to the beach is one of his favorite things to do. He loves the beach so much, Fire Chief Danny Furiegh tells Channel 3 News his family relocated to the area so he could be closer.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAR-TV ABC 3 News
Sparky the Fire Dog, the official mascot of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), celebrates his 70th birthday this month, reflecting on a legacy and impact that spans the generations: Kids know and love him, parents grew up with him and grandparents remember his messages of fire safety.
“For seven decades, Sparky has worked hard to make communities safer from fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mount Desert Islander
VIDEO: Firefighters had walked back and forth between their trucks and the pile of cars where passengers were trapped so many times they began to instinctively know where to step, or not to step — a sunroof that wasn't stable or a hood that was too slick. Much their icy walk was done on top of vehicles caught in the 133-car pileup near downtown Fort Worth.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The three Powhatan firefighters behind the newly formed Triple Tap Coffee plan to live up to their company's name.
When a firefighter hooks three hoses up to a fire hydrant, the goal is to maximize water flow to create high performance hydrant operation, said Jeffrey Wallace, a career lieutenant paramedic with Powhatan County Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Richmond Times-Dispatch
PHOTO: Minneapolis Fire Capt. Scott Coffey was on scene at a 2010 house fire when a backdraft explosion blew fellow firefighter Jake LaFerriere across a room, leaving him with severe burns and ending his career.
Coffey never forgot the trauma of that day, but he also found inspiration in the way LaFerriere moved forward after his recovery and launched Firefighters for Healing, a nonprofit that supports burn victims and first responders.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ECM Publishers - Metered Site
VIDEO: Many in the Veteran, active-duty military, police officer, firefighter, and other first responder communities struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress.
The usual treatment is a 15-minute consultation and a handful of prescriptions, but that's not working! The suicide rate is extremely high, and for many the PTS drugs seem to do more harm than good.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSI-TV 51 San Diego
VIDEO: Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department faced massive flames as they battled a mobile home fire Wednesday night.
Video showed flames shooting into the night sky as the home burned near Fourth Street and Broadway Road in south Phoenix.
Firefighters got the call just after 7 p.m. Crews arrived at the scene to find the home fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
VIDEO: Local first responders have a new way of training during the COVID-19 pandemic. Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) is now using virtual reality training programs.
“We can basically do anything that you can do in real life, you can do in virtual reality,” said Commander Keith Noble, ATCEMS. With the help from the City of Austin, Augmented Training Systems, and a grant from US Ignite, ATCEMS is now implementing virtual reality training.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYE-TV CBS 42 Austin
VIDEO: Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue's Station 2 and Station 12 each house some of the departments' most unique and largest trucks, which also provide special rescue and firefighting capabilities.
Station 2, located on Paul W. Bryant Drive, has been home to the fire department's first and only Tractor Drawn Aerial apparatus, also known as a tiller truck, since 2017.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tuscaloosa News
VIDEO: Even though a devastating house fire took their home and belongings on Tuesday night, the Moniz family is praising God.
On Wednesday, professional surfer Kelia Moniz posted to Instagram that her parents' home in Hawaii had burned down overnight, incinerating everything inside. “My parents house, my childhood home went up into flames.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Today
VIDEO: Even with the race to vaccinate as many Americans as possible accelerating, some experts are warning that if Americans do not also follow proper safety and mitigation measures, the U.S. could see a COVID-19 resurgence.
Although the country's national daily case average continues to fall -- about 32.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
VIDEO: An Ontario neighborhood rocked by a deadly, massive explosion involving fireworks remained evacuated Wednesday, with residents reeling from the series of blasts that shattered nearby windows and sent up a huge plume of smoke.
Authorities - including the FBI and ATF - are investigating Tuesday afternoon's explosion of what were believed to be a cache of commercial-grade fireworks in Ontario.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
VIDEO: For a lot of people, getting over COVID-19 is more than getting over just the initial illness.
Recovery from long-lasting symptoms can take months and can require medical help, as a Mesquite Fire Department firefighter recently found out.
Rob Williams said he had hoped the worst was over after being released from his COVID-19 stay at the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth
George Stephens has been the chief of the North Garden Volunteer Fire Company for 20 years, and a firefighter even longer. He joined the company as a young man after he watched firefighters struggling with inadequate tools and unreliable water resources try to salvage a house.
“Despite their heroic efforts, the house burned to the ground.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Virginia
There will be no St. Patrick's Day parade in Cleveland for the second straight year because of the coronavirus pandemic, causing many to wonder where they'll find their holiday cheer.
But don't worry, we have you covered. Our St. Patrick's Day gift to you is a live video performance by the popular Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums band on Wednesday at 12:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
March is Women's History Month and all month long Fox 40 is recognizing notable figures from the Southern Tier, like the woman who is remembered as the hero of Binghamton's deadliest fire.
July 22nd, 1913 was a sweltering hot day in the City of Binghamton. On Wall Street, employees at the Binghamton Clothing Company were opening up windows to try and catch a breeze.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WICZ-TV FOX 40 Binghamton
A young boy in an SUV struck by a small plane that crashed just outside North Perry Airport on Monday afternoon has died in the hospital.
According to a Pembroke Pines Fire Department spokesperson, the crash took place in the area of SW 72 Avenue and 12 Street. The FAA said the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed shortly after takeoff around 3:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami
When Kent Vosburg visited a counselor after finding himself in “a bad way” a decade ago, it was the counselor who left the room crying.
“The person that's supposed to come help me can't do it,” Vosburg said.
In his career as a paramedic, Vosburg has witnessed several horrifying scenes. There was the woman who passed out on top of her infant daughter, smothering her for hours.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wichita Eagle
Firefighters have lined up their papers and ordered their coffee for a day's event of chatting with community members. For the Lewis & Clark County Rural Fire Council, this “Frappe With A Firefighter” event helps recruit members during this crucial time.
"Memberships are at an all-time low for rural fire, as far as volunteer departments,” says Dave Sammons, the Council President.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRTV-TV CBS 3 Great Falls