Eleven New York City firefighters were taken to hospitals and one other person was injured after two fire trucks collided while responding to a call in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, officials said.
The 11 firefighters were transported to hospitals as a precaution after the fire engine and ladder truck collided just before 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
Two chemical storage tanks caught fire and three others were threatened at an energy storage facility in Contra Costa County Tuesday afternoon, according to fire officials.
The blaze burned the two tanks to the ground and damaged two others at the NuStar Energy facility in Crockett, according to the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, which got the first call at about 1:50 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose
Every day, more than 1 million U.S. firefighters put their lives on the line to protect us.
Not only by putting out fires, but by responding to all types of emergencies. On top of that, their shifts often last a full 24 hours.
Inspired by the heroism of firefighters, the safety experts at Frontpoint examined government data to report how career firefighters' salaries compare across the nation.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)
The president of the union representing Youngstown firefighters said he was surprised to learn the city plans to close a fire station and eliminate three battalion chiefs through attrition.
Charlie Smith, who is also a battalion chief, said the plans were revealed in a Tuesday morning meeting with Youngstown City Law Director Jeff Limbian.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYTV ABC 33
They're called "forever chemicals."
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, PFOS, and PFOA, are man-made chemicals that are all around us. It's expected that the average person has some exposure to the chemicals in their lifetimes whether it's through food containers or the water we drink.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL 101.7 FM
VIDEO: The ABC11 I-Team obtained videos that are the first examples of what Person County officials call their "game-changing" technology for 911 callers.
The videos are from live calls and were recorded at Person County Emergency Management's offices in Roxboro.
"This is wonderful. This makes 911 dispatchers the true first responder," Brett Wrenn, Person County Emergency Communications Manager, told ABC11.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham
A new program designed to help former offenders pursue a career in firefighting made its first deployment over the weekend to help battle the Saddleridge Fire in the San Fernando Valley.
The Ventura Training Center Firefighter Training and Reentry Program began teaching its first class of participants in October 2018, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which developed the project with Calfire and the California Conservation Corps.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Passaic County Fire Academy welcomed the largest and most diverse class of recruits on Monday.
The 47 trainees, who will be ready to fight fires by March, hail mostly from Paterson and Passaic - and that's no accident.
Paterson's 34 recruits who walked into the fire academy in Wayne, were found by a specially created committee that helped its Fire Department scour the city for eligible individuals.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site
Firefighters now have the ability to send an EKG of your heart within seconds of arriving at your location in an emergency.
“Oh, it could save someone's life. Matter of fact, actually it'll change their outcome.”
Travis Hollis, the City of Cape Girardeau's fire chief, is talking about a new feature on their Zoll monitor and defibrillator machines.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFVS-TV CBS 12 Cape Girardeau
The Washington Department of Ecology announced Monday it will begin collecting and incinerating stockpiles of a toxic fire retardant foam that was used by fire departments for decades before the state restricted its use in 2018.
The same type of foam was long used at Fairchild Air Force Base and blamed for contaminating West Plains water supplies, including the city of Airway Heights' tap system.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wenatchee World
Members of the Latimer County community are asking for prayers after they said a local firefighter was shot during a house fire and the fire chief had to be taken to an area hospital after experiencing a medical episode.
According to officials with Latimer County Emergency Management, the members of the Buffalo Valley Fire Department were battling a fire at a house that was full of ammunition.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City
VIDEO: One person is still missing, believed to be trapped inside the Hard Rock Hotel after the building partially collapsed without warning Saturday morning.
Rescue efforts are still the focus. Engineers are evaluating the building and crews are assembling a 220,000-pound crane to try to stabilize the building, but rescue teams are unable to get to some areas due to fears of another collapse.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans
An East Chicago state lawmaker is hoping improved death benefits for Hoosier police and firefighters may encourage Northwest Indiana public safety officers to continue working in the Region, instead of bolting for the generally higher salaries paid by Illinois communities.
State Rep. Earl Harris Jr.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MDJOnline.com
Surveillance of an EMS station in the Bronx on Saturday night led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man, hours after multiple acts of vandalism carried out on FDNY ambulances.
Karim Murdoch is accused of causing damage to six vehicles at Station 15 hours before the arrest, which included broken windows and graffiti, according to a statement issued Sunday by FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SILive.com
The sounds of drones on hand weren't the only buzz filling the new Colorado Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (CoE) Technodrome last week at Rifle Garfield County Airport.
More than 70 people had an up-close look Tuesday at the new 7,000-square-foot indoor facility that allows the center to safely test and evaluate different types of technology for public safety in an enclosed environment.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Aspen Times
About 23,000 homes -- involving roughly 100,000 people -- have been told to evacuate in the northern Los Angeles area because of the Saddleridge Fire, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Friday.
At least 25 homes, many in the Porter Ranch area, have been damaged, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Calling it “just a small token of appreciation,” Chicago aldermen on Thursday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would provide a property tax break to the spouses of police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who die in the line of duty.
The measure sponsored by Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th) would allow those spouses to apply for a waiver of the city's portion of their property tax bill for as long as they remain unmarried, and stay in the home where they lived with their wife or husband.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
A proposed new ordinance aimed at improving safety at Erie day care facilities could be on Erie City Council's agenda by the end of November.
City Council President Jim Winarski, at a Thursday evening study session at City Hall, said the panel wants to finalize the ordinance as soon as possible.
Council heard from Erie Bureau of Fire Chief Guy Santone and Andy Zimmerman, the city's code enforcement manager, regarding the ordinance just hours after the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' Thursday morning announcement that an Aug.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GoErie.com
A decorated Merced County Cal Fire captain was laid to rest Thursday after a traditional processional through the city of Merced and services at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Capt. Paul Rotondaro died in a traffic crash on Highway 140 near the Gustine airport, according to the California Highway Patrol.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Merced Sun Star
Major fires, explosions, mine accidents and other North Jersey disasters of the 20th century will be brought back to life through a Morris County Historical Society exhibit at its Morristown museum.
The photo-driven exhibit takes a look at 12 fires, mine accidents, explosions, aircraft crashes and disasters from 1910 to 1989.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site
VIDEO: The president of the largest flight attendant union wants the FAA to ban e-cigarettes from planes because their batteries could be a fire hazard.
FAA data from 1991 through this August shows at least 48 e-cigarette related smoke or fire incidents at airports or on planes. That's more incidents than laptops and tablets, cellphones, battery chargers or spare batteries.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami
Lexington's 911 emergency center is struggling to keep up as fewer call takers and dispatchers attempt to answer a swelling number of calls and help an increasing number of police and firefighters, city officials said Tuesday.
The Enhanced 911 Center answered 477,711 calls last year. Of those, more than 217,000 are 911 or emergency calls.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald Leader
“The unicorn program.” That is how a recent student with the Bennington Rescue Squad described the organization's year-long apprenticeship program.
Bill Camarda, Deputy Executive Director, oversees the only EMS apprenticeship program registered with the state of Vermont.
Bennington rescue launched its program in December 2018 and is in the process of interviewing applicants for its third cohort, said Camarda.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vermont Biz
VIDEO: It's been one year since a backyard bonfire changed Eli Beasley's life.
In a moment of carelessness, the professional firefighter tried to light a bonfire that had been doused in a gasoline mixture. He was instantly engulfed.
Beasley was taken to University of Missouri Health Care's Level 1 Trauma Center with burns over 75 percent of his body.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVO-TV ABC/CBS 3 Kirksville
The trees are really dense along a stretch of bumpy, narrow road outside Cle Elum in Kittitas County. After years of keeping fire off the landscape, the forest has grown close together.
That means there's more fuel when a wildfire does burn through this area.
“The density of this, it's just a wall.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Crosscut
Two firefighters were stabbed Tuesday night in Jacksonville's Springfield neighborhood and rushed to a hospital for treatment, according to JFRD Union President Randy Wyse.
The scene was on Boulevard Street near the intersection of West 10th Street. The fire department said they were responding to a medical call when they were attacked around 10 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAX-TV CBS 47 Jacksonville
The Municipality of Anchorage has come up short on the operating budget for fire services through the remainder of 2019. The gap in question is about $4 million, and could result in dormant fire equipment at times.
One of the major problems is paying for fill-in staff overtime pay when firefighters take leave.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTUU-TV ABC 2 Anchorage
Municipalities in and around our coverage area have received about $450,000 in state aid to go towards their local volunteer fire relief association, according to the auditor general's office.
The Greater Shenandoah area, the borough and West Mahanoy Township, received a combined $29,590.33, an increase of $2,154.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Shenandoah Sentinel
Firefighters and farmers, two groups of professionals who often work in hazardous environments, are teaming up in a program aimed at improving agricultural safety and health nationwide.
The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH) project trains emergency responders to provide resources and consultation to farmers in their service areas.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer
No fires burned Tuesday, but with dry, windy conditions forecast for the next two days, Sonoma County fire officials spent the anniversary of the 2017 firestorm calling in an extraordinary amount of outside resources.
“The latest forecast is mirroring our 2017 winds, if not worse. We're doing everything possible to over-staff and provide safety measures.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat - Metered Site
Several shops were destroyed by a major fire in downtown Ballard on the 2300 block of NW Market Street. The fire started around noon on Monday.
Flames and heavy smoke poured out of the building. La Isla restaurant, Supercuts, Kitchen N Things and Octo Designs & Jewelers sustained heavy damage and are a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
Some people were stuck on the Skyliner at Walt Disney World for up to three hours on Saturday night.
A union representative for the fire department that responded says they were prepared to rescue people off the Skyliner, but it never should have happened in the first place.
“We were told that this would not happen, that this wouldn't happen to the ride and within a week it happened to the ride,” said Reedy Creek Professional Firefighters Association Vice President Sean Pierce.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando
VIDEO: The latest round in the long running Prop B pay battle between Houston firefighters and city hall has a $4,000 price tag for dozens of former firefighters.
Months ago, in the midst of a mid-summer city council meeting, Mayor Sylvester Turner warned this day would come and now it's here. Retiring and resigning firefighters paying a big price to leave the department.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
In Episode 5, Chief Michael O'Brian, Brighton Fire Area Authority (Michigan), and Retired Deputy Chief Mike Cox, Henrico County (Virginia), discuss the elements and value of a comprehensive community risk reduction (CRR) program and the opportunities it can create.
The issues and topics to be addressed are: Differences between CRR and traditional fire prevention; What's on the CRR horizon and how fire chiefs can prepare; Using GIS to align strategic resources and improve outcomes; Success stories of departments integrating GIS and risk reduction; and Low-cost analytic tools for departments with limited resources.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
The safe drug disposal program in Indiana is expanding.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says it's a partnership with the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Indiana and the Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana (PFFUI).
The expansion will provide Indiana fire departments with an additional donation of 75,000 safe drug disposal pouches to help fire departments across the state in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFIE-TV NBC 14 Evansville
A Lexington County firefighter has died after he was struck by a semi while trying to help victims of a car crash.
The fire service said Lexington County Fire Service Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum, a 22-year veteran of the agency, had been dispatched to a service call around 3:30 p.m. Friday. While he was headed to the scene, he and his partner saw a car crash in the 5200 block of Fairview Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLTX-TV CBS 19 Columbia
The 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service took place over the weekend at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. The sound of bagpipes and drums could be heard for miles as people gathered to remember and honor 119 fallen heroes from 2018 and previous years. The rainy weather didn't stop over 5,000 people from silently listening to fire officials talk about brave men and women from all over the nation, who died protecting their community.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV 25 Hagerstown
VIDEO: Authorities reported multiple injuries after a series of electrical explosions sent massive fireballs into the air Saturday night at a shopping and dining complex in Huntington Beach.
Staff at the Old World German restaurant on Center Avenue noticed an odor coming from the underground electrical vault.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
The firehouse on John F. Kennedy Boulevard is just under a mile from Janice Pantano's Central Avenue shore home, but on May 23, when Pantano called 911 to report her car on fire, it took 19 minutes before firefighters had begun spraying water at the scene.
By the time the fire was put out, her car and her home were destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press of Atlantic City
A Windsor family contacted environmental officials after they said they saw firefighting foam building up in their backyard brook.
Connecticut health officials issued an alert immediately following a deadly vintage plane crash on Wednesday where the firefighting foam with PFAS may have made its way into the Farmington River and surrounding waterways.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford
VIDEO: Five Detroit firefighters were hurt after a house collapsed during a fire in southwest Detroit on Thursday afternoon.
Investigators are now calling the fire suspicious and asking for witnesses to step forward.
According to a spokesperson for the fire department received a call to the house around 1:50 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit
An Okanogan County assistant fire chief who suffered burns to more than half of his body died from his injuries on Wednesday.
Assistant Chief Christian Johnson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle nearly a month ago after suffering severe burns while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan, Washington.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KREM-TV CBS 2 Spokane
The Hobart City Council has unanimously approved a collective bargaining contract with Hobart Professional Firefighters Local 1641, the first time in 53 years the union has had a contract.
"This is a landmark case for the fire department," City Councilman Matt Claussen said.
Fellow firefighters, who filled the council chamber Wednesday night in a show of support, applauded the council's decision and the nearly yearlong negotiations between union president Enrique Lopez and a council subcommittee comprised of Claussen, City Councilman Dan Waldrop and City Councilman John Brezik.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NWITimes.com
VIDEO: Multiple calls, extremely long hours and short staffing. Those are just a few issues Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire District crews are dealing with.
Fire Chief Norman Knight said they're using social media to shine a spotlight on these issues.
Back in July, the Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire District asked voters to pass a tax millage increase with the goal of increasing salaries, adding staff and bringing in another paramedic ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBF-TV NBC Myrtle Beach
Daryl Paul, a Panama City Beach firefighter, creates something new out of something old.
“I didn't think people would really like them at first,” Paul told WJHG.
But people fell in love with Paul's fire hose American flags.
"I love my country, I love my city and I love my job. So for country, that's cool, doing my flags, and using the tools of my trade, you know.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG-TV NBC/CW+ 14 Panama City
The U.S. Fire Administration's annual report on firefighter fatalities in the United States is now available for 2018. Eighty-two firefighters died while on duty:
44 were volunteer firefighters; 33 were career firefighters; 5 were wildland firefighters.
The 2018 report identifies all on-duty fatalities to increase understanding of their causes and how they can be prevented.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration
The Troy Firefighters Union is speaking out about concerns over the number of firefighters on shift at two of the fire stations in the city
Eric Wisher, the President of the Troy Uniform Firefighters Association, said at the Bouton Road and Lansingburgh Stations when they get a medical call that means no one is then there to answer a fire call.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYT-TV NBC 13
The Radnor Fire Company of Wayne (RFC), today announced the launch of a new recruiting website and direct mail campaign focused on helping boost the fire company's volunteer ranks, while also strongly communicating the many personal benefits and challenges offered by volunteering locally as a firefighter or ambulance member.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Radnor Patch
For the eighth year, the IAFC received a grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation (MSF) to fund another year of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). FSEDI is a program developed by the IAFC to provide new and aspiring chiefs with the tools they need to have a successful and productive tenure.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
VIDEO: Some first responders on San Antonio's South Side got a nice surprise for dinner Monday night.
A mistake by a fire station in Alberta, Canada led to a pizza delivery in the Alamo City.
The Lessler Slave Regional Fire Service in Alberta, Canada meant to feed 60 hungry firemen during a training session earlier this week.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News
Governor Gavin Newsom signed two bills on Tuesday that aim to improve the reporting and treatment of mental health for firefighters and peace officers. Citing the high-stress and traumatic nature of first responder jobs, Newsom said California needs to ensure they receive adequate care.
The bills focus on improving resources and protections for firefighters who want to report mental health issues by creating a peer support program as well as including post-traumatic stress as an injury when dealing with workers' compensation.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego
VIDEO: Small fire departments across Maine are revamping propane protocols, following last month's deadly explosion in Farmington.
Last month's deadly explosion in Farmington sent a shockwave through Maine's firefighting community.
"Why there weren't more people hurt? It's a miracle, really," Livermore Fire Chief Donald Castonguay said.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland
VIDEO: Seven people are dead and eight others injured after a vintage plane crashed Wednesday morning at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.
The Federal Aviation Administration said a vintage B-17 aircraft that is registered out of Stow, Massachusetts crashed at the end of Runway 6 around 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
One day in 2014, Dr. Jeffery Burgess was contacted by a Tucson firefighter about something that would set him on a research course for the next five years.
The firefighter, John Gulotta, works for the Tucson Fire Department and he had a friend whom had been diagnosed with leukemia.
Tom Quesnel was a fire investigator, one of the people who, after everyone else has packed up and left the scene, goes back in and tries to determine the exact cause and origin of the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Mirror
City firefighters are above average when it comes to job satisfaction and below average for employee burnout, according to a report released by the department last week.
City firefighters were one of a dozen departments across the U.S. to participate in the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety Report, or FOCUS, seminar in Chicago last month, according to a news release from fire Chief Daniel Speigel.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press of Atlantic City
The Evanston Fire Department collaborated with local officials on a new law that creates a hiring preference for fire service career applicants with at least 600 hours of fire suppression work in a certified program.
The law, signed on August 23 by Governor J.B. Pritzker, amends the Illinois Municipal Code and the Fire Protection District Act.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Northwestern
The first day of the Muncie city ambulance service kicked off Monday morning with a busy day of calls, but questions remain because of contracts that are not finalized.
MFD started using its own ambulances Monday in much of Muncie, taking over duties from Delaware County EMS. MFD responded to three runs right off the bat, Fire Chief Eddie Bell and EMS Chief Rachel Clark said in a live video on the city's Facebook page announcing the change.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Star Press
A program bringing together fire departments, high schools, and Madison College is working to target future firefighters, as departments across the country face challenges in recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters.
The program, called Start College Now, brings together area high schools and fire departments with Madison College to provide training using firefighting equipment to certify students in firefighting, as well as get them college credits.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison
For the first time in its history, Skagit County Fire District 14 in Alger has women accounting for more than a third of its 32 firefighters and staff, a marked change in a field still dominated by men.
The women take pride in that the Alger department maintains the same standards across the sexes, something they say is a trait of the fire service overall.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Skagit Valley Herald (GoSkagit.com)
Starting today, volunteer firefighters in North Carolina who have served for five consecutive years will be eligible to purchase a lifetime hunting and fishing license from the Wildlife Resources Commission for only half of the full cost.
House Bill 597 passed the General Assembly in mid-August and was signed into law later that month.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13
Firefighters are still on the scene Monday morning where a large fire broke out Sunday on Atkinson Road near South Shore Drive in Surf City.
“They're working through all the hot spots now, making sure we get this thing extinguished so we can start that investigation promptly this morning," Surf City Fire Chief Allen Wilson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Hollie Gallagher has filed an order against the city of Cleveland, the director of public safety and civil service commission, saying the entities must conduct “competitive examinations and make promotions within the fire department,” she ruled Tuesday.
The order mandates the city administer these within six months, court documents say.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
The nauseating smell of smoke. The feeling of dark, gritty soot. The sight of orange-red flames flashing about the room. Those who've endured a fire say those memories never leave you. And sometimes neither does the memory of the one who saved you from it.
Nearly 20 years ago, William Vantress, then 7, received third-degree burns all over his body after his younger brother accidentally set fire to the family home in the Willow Green Mobile Home Community.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Monroe Evening News
Sunday marked the 18th annual Tunnel To Towers 5K run and walk. Thousands followed in the footsteps of a hero.
They were retracing the steps of FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller, who was on his way home on Sept. 11, 2001, when he got word of a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center towers. He turned back around, strapped on 75 pounds of gear and ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to help save lives.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
After deliberating several hours over two days, a jury on Friday convicted the man who set Augusta's Twins Peaks restaurant on fire in the middle of lunchtime in 2017.
The Richmond County Superior Court jury found Roland Croyle, 37, guilty but mentally ill of all 24 counts of arson, aggravated assault and criminal damage to property.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle
There was a milestone for the FDNY Wednesday.
It promoted 80 members of the department, including the first African American to make deputy chief in 30 years.
Malcolm Moore is one of 12 battalion chiefs promoted to deputy chief at a ceremony in Brooklyn.
Moore is a 22 year veteran with the fire department, serving as chief of special operations command at rescue battalion.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV 55 Riverhead
On a recent night when an earthquake rattled York County, prompting calls to 911, Dover Township firefighters overheard dispatchers sending police to a reported house explosion with fire in their coverage area.
Nine volunteers at the firehouse jumped up, put on their gear and figured out what equipment they needed.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Daily Record - Metered Site
Thanks to a one-of-a-kind public-private partnership, beginning Monday, October 1, 2019 Gulf Shores residents won't have to pay for ground or air ambulance services. Gulf Shores officials said this is the first time in America a service like this has been offered.
Through the city's agreement with Medstar, any expenses above what personal insurance covers will be paid, excluding any deductibles or co-pays.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WALA-TV FOX 10 Mobile
PHOTOS: “If we can save just one life, it's all been worth it,” remarks 2019 AKC ACE Award-winning dog owner Dayna Hilton.
Hilton, executive director of the Arkansas-based Keep Kids Fire Safe ® Foundation, has certainly saved far more lives than one, but she isn't the star of the road appearances and Skype shows that keep her in motion year-round.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: American Kennel Club
VIDEO: A Sand Springs business is helping preserve a part of history in Hominy.
A 1948 Mack Fire Truck was the first fire truck purchased by the Hominy Fire Department, 72 years ago.
It needs some costly repairs, but a Sand Springs body shop is offering to restore the truck for less, to make sure it lives on for many more years.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFAQ-AM 1170
They call themselves New York's Best — but when it comes to pay, FDNY EMS members say they get the least.
At a raucous rally Wednesday outside City Hall dozens of city medics and their supporters called on Mayor de Blasio to close the long-standing pay gap between Emergency Medical Service employees and other uniformed workers like firefighters and cops.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site
When the Princeton Fire Department sounded the alarm for more volunteers, Princeton University responded to the call. In fact, University employees have responded to nearly 1,950 fire and rescue calls over the past 10 years as part of a unique partnership.
The Princeton Fire Department Associate Member Program allows University employees to volunteer as firefighters during their work shifts, augmenting the municipal department's ranks during critical daytime hours.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Princeton University
Oak Brook's police and fire chiefs explained Tuesday that the village's daytime population doesn't directly impact their determinations of staffing needs, comments that came after a preliminary report from a village committee questioned the number that has been used for several years.
The report, from Oak Brook's Long-Term Strategic Planning Advisory Committee, contends that village staffing levels may be based on a mistaken daytime population that has been greatly overstated.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
Berkeley County's sheriff says a man who was a junior at Macedonia High School has been charged in the burning of the school 23 years after the night it burned down.
Daniel Scott Harris, 40, is charged with second-degree arson and second-degree burglary, Sheriff Duane Lewis said. Harris was arrested Tuesday night.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston
Firefighters are hoping a detailed proposal will convince council to let them serve as the city's primary EMS provider.
Chief Justin Edwards says their more than 30-page EMS proposal covers two different options: one for Uhrichsville only and the other for the Twin Cities and surrounding townships.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tusco TV
Federal officials are recommending stronger nationwide requirements for natural gas systems following last September's natural gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.
The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major pipeline accidents, said Tuesday every state should require all natural gas infrastructure projects to be reviewed and approved by a licensed professional engineer.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
VIDEO: There now is a network of cameras in high fire risk areas up and down the state helping guide firefighting efforts.
It started with just three cameras in Tahoe and grew exponentially. Now, the fairly new technology is already proving to be a critical tool when it comes to pinpointing the location of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacaramento
City officials hope a consultant can help attract a more diverse pool of job applicants to the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau.
City Council on Tuesday introduced a resolution that would authorize the hiring of the National Testing Network at a maximum cost of $49,875 for a study of fire bureau hiring practices and the inability to attract more women and minorities.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TribLIVE
About 70 local police officers, firefighters, paramedics, high school and mall security and emergency dispatchers from North Riverside, Brookfield, Riverside and Brookfield Zoo got a crash course in handling incidents involving people on the autism spectrum last week during special training sessions at the North Riverside Village Commons.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Riverside-Brookfield Landmark
"People can flip on a dime, this situation was so quick and so crazy," Detroit Fire Union Chief Mike Nevin said, describing the dangerous scene his fire crew faced Saturday night.
They were called to Arizona Street for a man in his 50s who had a possible heart attack. When medics arrived they started CPR.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit
The families of Hialeah firefighters gathered together Monday with a very public message about pay.
They are upset over a pay cut and the timing of the city's announcement about the cut.
Monday's news conference was organized by the Hialeah Firefighters Union, but the faces of the event were the spouses and the children of the local firemen and women.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
In addition to their textbooks and classwork, Nicholls State University students Ira Bourg and Landon Woolridge always carry their pagers to class with them.
The small radios let these students know when it's time to take action on their other role as firefighters with the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houma Today
The city's firefighters will soon be able to apply for deferred retirement, and the City of Beckley will likely see a net gain of $2 million into the city's pension funds as retirement-age municipal employees opt to work an additional five years, said Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold.
The West Virginia Consolidated Public Retirement Board on Friday approved an application by city treasurer Billie Trump that will allow Beckley Fire Department firefighters to defer retirement for five years.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Register-Herald - Metered Site
After being sued by the City of Howardwick, firefighters there are starting a new volunteer department that'll mainly respond to incidents outside the city limits.
The District 9 Volunteer Fire Department started a month ago after receiving approval from the Donley County Commissioners' Court.
It will respond to areas north of Howardwick going toward I-40 and mainly west on the interstate.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFDA-TV CBS 10 Amarillo
A Houston firefighter has died at Station 27 while performing assigned station duties, according to Chief Samuel Pena.
Kenneth Stavinoha was cutting grass when the medical emergency occurred. He had been part of the Houston Fire Department since 2018.
"We are grateful for Stavinoha's service, unwavering courage as a first responder and his dedication to protecting citizens since joining HFD in January 2018.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
A Kunkle Fire Company firefighter who was hit and severely injured by a dump truck almost exactly one year ago has died, the fire department announced Friday.
“We deeply regret to announce the passing of Firefighter Ed Nulton Sr. who passed away Thursday,” the department said in a Facebook announcement.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Citizens' Voice
VIDEO: A massive, four-alarm fire spread to five homes and displaced two families early Monday, Cincinnati fire officials said.
Firefighters responded to Addison and Halstead streets in the Clifton Heights-Fairview-University Heights neighborhood just after 4:30 a.m. Monday. They received a report of a house fully involved.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
Two women are smashing the University of Notre Dame Fire Department‘s gender barrier.
Michelle Woolverton and Christi Shibata were sworn in recently as the department's first-ever full-time female firefighters since its inception 140 years ago. Woolverton, 42, started with NDFD in August and Shibata, 37, in July.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Bend Tribune
To stem the tide of declining membership and award volunteers, the state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee approved legislation last week to expand the use of volunteer relief money for volunteer firefighters.
House Bill 1673 would create the Length of Service Award Program to provide tax-deferred income benefits to active volunteer firefighters, and expand the use of relief funds to include assistance and materials for volunteer recruitment and retention.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Intelligencer
The FDNY's response time has gone up and the firefighters union says part of the problem is a program meant to make New York City streets safer.
It is taking the New York City Fire Department longer to respond to fires and other emergencies, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio's latest management report.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV 55 Riverhead
Plenty of new housing needs to be built in Northern Virginia over the next few decades to keep up with expected job growth, but for now some of it won't include built-in sprinkler systems.
This week, the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development voted against an update to the Commonwealth's construction code that would have required that sprinklers be put in all new single-family homes and townhouses.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAMU 88.5 American University Radio
Firefighters watched helplessly Wednesday as black smoke billowed over a treeline from a nearby apartment complex.
They had arrived at 5:15 p.m. to fight a fire in Apartment F at Legacy Crossing Apartments at 3914 Hahn's Lane, but police told them to wait on a nearby street so they could arrest the woman accused of setting the fire who witnesses said was also firing a gun.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Greensboro News & Record
Volunteer fire departments across the region and even the state of Pennsylvania have started to shrink over the years as fewer people come forward to volunteer.
But a solution to the lack of recruits might have been found within local schools.
North Star High School added a new class students can take this year.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAC-TV NBC/CW+ 6 Johnstown
Like so many other small towns, Titusville's citizens since the city's founding in 1867 has banded together to protect their homes and businesses from fires.
They held socials and collected subscriptions to support basic fire protection for their town.
They urged their neighbors to install lightning rods on their homes and clear their lots of overgrowth to prevent fires from starting or spreading.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SpaceCoastDaily.com
Pennsylvania officials have unanimously passed a new measure that seeks to ease the burden of student loan debt for municipal volunteers of fire companies, rescue companies, and non-profit emergency medical services.
An amended version of the bill will head to Pennsylvania's House of Representatives after it was passed Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTXF-TV FOX 29 Philadelphia
Of the estimated 26,000 fire-related firefighter injuries that occurred annually from 2015 to 2017, 87% were related to structure fires, according to data published in the July edition of the U.S. Fire Administration's “Topical Fire Report Series.”
Additionally, according to the data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System, firefighters were more than 11 times more likely to be injured in a structure fire than in a nonstructure fire during the three-year period – 11.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety+Health Magazine
VIDEO: A massive fire early Thursday destroyed a South Austin condo under construction and two neighboring apartment buildings, fire officials said.
Austin-Travis County EMS medics took one woman to St. David's South Austin Medical Center with minor injuries as she tried to escape the fire.
Crews first responded around 3:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman - Metered Site
A local firefighter who helps train others in handling hazardous materials said there is a growing concern over the impact oil and gas drilling could leave in Ohio.
Youngstown Battalion Chief Sil Caggiano said there are numerous drilling sites across the state, including a couple here in the Valley, where high levels of radium have been detected in the waste coming from the wells.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYTV ABC 33 Youngstown
VIDEO: There are signs up throughout Plattsburgh calling for “A Stand on Safety.” They're being put up by the local firefighters union. With the ability to respond within minutes, the Plattsburgh City firefighters are constantly poised and ready to respond. While they can arrive quickly, they might not come fully prepared.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTZ-TV NBC 5 Plattsburgh
Following the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund being permanently extended by the federal government this summer, hundreds of Lower Manhattan community members attended a Sept. 16 informational seminar to learn about access to 9/11-related healthcare. Speakers at the event included officials and advocates, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and comedian Jon Stewart.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Villager