The mental and physical anguish of being a firefighter can extend far beyond the day-to-day routine.
Whether they attend to large building blazes or conduct medical checks in what can be unsterile environments, these first responders continually put themselves at risk of contracting what could be a multitude of diseases.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CandGNews.com
VIDEO: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is using first of its kind satellite technology with the goal of being the first to know when a wildfire sparks.
With the 2019 fire season underway, PG&E has launched their wildfire tracking system, using heat sensored satellite technology to better track wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding
The 70th anniversary of the Mann Gulch fire tragedy in Montana won't go unmarked.
The U.S. Forest Service and its partners, including the Museum of Mountain Flying, are formulating plans for a public event on Monday, Aug. 5, near the Meriwether Picnic area at the Gates of the Mountains north of Helena.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Missoulian
If you call 911 in the District, chances are you may not always get an ambulance.
“In the past, we would always have to transport no matter what,” said Captain Richard Hall with Engine 2, in Chinatown. “It wasn't even a question of what the emergency was."
The fire department is one of many stations within the city that is working with the Right Care, Right Now nurse triage diversion program, meant to reduce calls that first responders don't always deem life-threatening.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-TV FOX 5 DC
The city and firefighters' union have agreed to a memorandum of understanding that changes the future staffing distribution of the New Haven Fire Department and creates a potential path to cutting required staff levels.
As compared to the collective bargaining agreement that expired in June 2018, the agreement mandates two squads, tactical and special operations companies, each be replaced with a Heavy Rescue/tactical company and an additional Advanced Life Support, or ALS, unit, bringing the department's total to three.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register
A damaged gas line sparked an explosion that leveled a home in a Murrieta neighborhood, leaving at least one person dead and 15 others injured.
The explosion was reported before 12:15 p.m. in the 23500 block of Wooden Horse Trail, where crews initially responded due to a ruptured gas line, Murrieta Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief David Lantzer said.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles
20 Buffalo city firefighters have been injured on the job in the last week.
Thursday, 7 Eyewitness News reported a firefighter had to be rushed on a stretcher from a blaze on Frankfort. Division fire chief Daniel Bossi said a first year firefighter from Engine 22 lost consciousness.
At that point last week, Fire Commissioner Bill Renaldo said there had been 15 firefighters injured fighting three, two alarm fires since the night before.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo
The call came in on July 5, 2018, at 12:31 pm: a vegetation fire in the vicinity of Klamathon Road, near the town of Hornbrook, California, just a few miles south of the Oregon border.
It was a hot, windy day, and bone-dry. Tim Thurner, fire chief for the Hornbook Fire Protection District, was heading to Yreka to have lunch with his wife, Sherri, when they got the tone-out.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jefferson Public Radio
Around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, near Southeast Division and 11th Avenue, a 911 call came in about a 23-year-old woman in cardiac arrest.
Katie Anders and her sister Rachel Kennedy were walking out of a restaurant on Division when they noticed the woman who needed help. Rachel is a registered nurse, so she sprang into action.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland
VIDEO: Hundreds of Connecticut first responders rushed to New York City on 9/11 to help, and on Monday they urged Congress to make the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund permanent.
West Haven sent about 30 firefighters to Ground Zero. Some of them are still suffering the health effects and are demanding to protect their benefits.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut
Shane Del Grosso spent some 30 summers crossing smoke-shrouded mountains and forests to fight increasingly devastating wildfires in the U.S. West.
Toward the end, his skills and experience propelled him to lead a federal multi-agency team that responded to large-scale national disasters. On some days he directed a thousand firefighters and helped coordinate aircraft attacks on massive blazes.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
After West Windsor's police contract expired at the end of last year and negotiations with the township stalled, the union turned to an arbitrator to break the impasse.
The local union's demands? Four percent annual pay hikes for sergeants and for patrolmen at the top of the scale and 2 percent annual wage increases for everyone else, in addition to the standard wage increases officers receive for additional years of service.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
Fire Station 49 on Prentice Avenue in Madisonville was built in 1910, when firefighters traveled by horse and buggy.
Except for modest updates over the years, such as turning the horse stalls into a kitchen, the building hasn't changed much. It's clean and meets city codes, officials say, but the tiny space isn't comfortable for the firefighters who work 24-hour shifts here.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati
VIDEO: More than 400 elevators got stuck when a massive blackout wiped out power in parts of Manhattan on Saturday, the city's fire commissioner said.
The blackout left 73,000 customers without electricity for several hours on Saturday evening, Con Edison said.
At a press conference on Sunday, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said more than 400 elevators got stuck during the outage.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
VIDEO: Finally, firefighters saw his face.
Cardiologist Jebran Karam was buried under six to eight feet of rubble when his Ballantyne house exploded July 2, firefighters from Charlotte Fire Station No. 3 told reporters Friday.
Somehow, Karam stayed conscious. He called 911 on his smartwatch and stayed on the phone with dispatchers, so his rescue team knew he was alive.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer
VIDEO: An impasse between City Hall and the Rochester firefighter's union continues. As of July 1, 2019, one city firehouse goes dark every night. Firefighters at nearby stations answer the calls.
"Okay, I'll just leave this here with you," said Mayor Lovely Warren to the president of Rochester Firefighters Association IAFF Local 1071.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester
The Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery and Cleanup Operations Act that gives disability coverage to first responders who were part of the rescue, recovery or cleanup at the World Trade Center site after 9/11, won't immediately help the firefighter who inspired the measure.
Fire Lt. Bill Ricci, who will retire July 18 from the Clifton Fire Department due to lung disease connected to his time at ground zero, will have to pay for health benefits under COBRA during the "gap" between retirement and when his disability pension is approved.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site
VIDEO: The list is growing of Dallas firefighters who have died from cancer.
"It's the number one killer of firefighters," Jim McDade said.
He's been with Dallas Fire-Rescue for 14 years and is President of the Dallas Firefighters Association.
McDade said it's a risk firefighters take with so many carcinogens during fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas
When little Jahid Mitchell walked into the Central Ohio Fire Museum and Learning Center, he was wide-eyed and ready to explore.
It was his 2nd birthday, and he was reuniting with the man who saved him from a burning home last fall.
"It's awesome," said Columbus Fire Investigator Mike DeFrancisco. "It's a celebration of his life, and he's still here to celebrate that.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus
VIDEO: As warm and dry conditions ramp up, California firefighters are gearing up for what could be another deadly summer.
And, as evident in the skies above the capital region, they aren't the only ones preparing.
The Global SuperTanker, the world's largest firefighting airplane, arrived at Sacramento's McClellan Airport in late June, complete with its four pilots, to train in the region they'll likely spend the next few months.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee - Metered Site
A Boston first responder underwent emergency surgery Wednesday after being stabbed multiple times by a patient she was treating in the back of an ambulance while en route to the hospital, officials said.
A 31-year-old “emotionally disturbed” woman began stabbing the female EMT who was treating her in the back of an ambulance headed for Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston EMS Chief Jim Hooley told the Boston Herald.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston
The 7 Eyewitness News I-Team first reported a racist incident involving a Buffalo fire rookie finding a stuffed monkey hanging in the kitchen at Engine 4 in South Buffalo last week.
Since then, the city has taken a series of steps to address what is being called a “culture issue” within the department.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo
VIDEO: Underground, there is a sophisticated network of sensors that monitor earthquake activity around the globe. Menlo Park Fire Department is the first public agency in Northern California to take advantage of that system through the Mexico-based SkyAlert software technology.
SkyAlert uses USGS sensor data and connects it to the Menlo Fire Department's smart home system.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Mechanicsburg's two volunteer fire companies are joining forces to serve the borough as one new entity, according to a press release issued Wednesday.
The newly formed Mechanicsburg Volunteer Fire Department was formed to improve public safety services and create a stronger volunteer fire-rescue service to serve the borough and surrounding communities, company officials said in the release.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV Fox 43 York
The Fort Worth Fire Department is standing behind its response protocol after a deadly Independence Day holiday.
The department responded to hundreds of calls during a 24-hour period. During one call, a 19-year-old died of fireworks burns.
The fire department released a snapshot of its work on July Fourth.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDFW-TV FOX 4 Dallas
VIDEO: Firefighters who battled the October 2017 Tubbs Fire in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties have tested at “troubling” levels for toxic exposure, according to a new study.
148 firefighters volunteered to be part of the study conducted by the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
New Jersey passed a firefighter cancer bill Monday, joining 47 states who already passed the bill, and leaving South Carolina as one of only two states without this protection for firefighters.
Roger Odachowski, president of the South Carolina Professional Firefighter Association, says that firefighters are not just saving lives, they are putting their own health at risk.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIV-TV ABC 4 Charleston
VIDEO: In just over a year, Team USA will join Olympians from all over the world in Tokyo, Japan. A firefighter in Clayton County hopes to be among them.
Mikel Thomas said a career that depends on fast reactions will help them achieve that goal.
Thomas is is one of Clayton County's finest and can get suited up to fight fires - fast.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
The city's fire chief and his two assistants have stepped down after a state-led investigation found they lacked needed certifications to be in leadership positions, according to the state Department of Community Affairs.
The DCA's Division of Fire Safety investigation, prompted by several large fires and an anonymous complaint, found the officials — Chief Frank Edwardi Sr.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press of Atlantic City
VIDEO: The Turlock Fire Department has decided to essentially take a fire engine out of service any day a firefighter calls out sick or takes a vacation day.
This comes after major budget cuts have reduced staffing to just 12 firefighters a day, down from 13.
On Monday, fire engine 33 stood vacant all day at the Turlock's Fire Station 3.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV-TV ABC 10 Sacramento
VIDEO: Nearly 80 percent of Wisconsin's fire departments are made of up volunteer firefighters according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Now, the standards for training professional and volunteer firefighters in the state of Wisconsin will see some changes in the coming months.
Starting on October 1, the new standards will remove a 2 year grace period to train new firefighters and it will also eliminate a one-year grace period for fire officers to obtain more comprehensive training.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire
James Zadroga, the NYPD detective who gave his name to the original 9/11 bill after dying from exposure to Ground Zero, is getting some partners.
The names of late Det. Lou Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer are being added to the new bill to restore the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, lawmakers are announcing Monday.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
Despite orders from the Spokane City Council to maintain an independent dispatch crew for firefighters, the city is now relying on a new regional system to handle emergency calls.
As it prepares for the rest of the county to move forward with a new regional 911 dispatch system, the city has lost so many fire dispatchers that it can no longer fully provide fire dispatch services to itself or its neighbors.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
Volunteer firefighters in the Commonwealth will be able to save much needed money from some of their fundraisers, thanks to a bill that passed in this year's budget.
In many towns, you'll see a fire hall, fully staffed with volunteers, selling BBQ chicken dinners.
"We usually have five, six a season, so this is one of the half a dozen we have a year," said Fire Chief Nate Tracey, with Goodwill Fire Company.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHP-TV CBS 21 Harrisburg
After about 40 hours of pumping an estimated 2.5 million gallons of water, firefighters waging a battle against a large warehouse fire on Champion Ferry Road were finally able to declare the fire under control at 7:15 p.m. Friday.
But even after the fire was deemed out, it was expected there would be some puffs of smoke worth monitoring and plenty of work remained.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gaffney Ledger
More than 100 people gathered in western Colorado to honor 14 firefighters killed 25 years ago on Storm King Mountain.
Family members, friends of the victims and survivors of the fire hiked up the Storm King Memorial Trail Saturday and reflected on the lessons and losses of the July 6, 1994, disaster, The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
VIDEO: A video production team led by Aaron Monson grilled out for the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department on the Fourth of July to show their support for firefighters.
“What we're doing today is just giving back,” Monson said Thursday at the department's headquarters. “They are modern-day superheroes, and we wanted to show they needed to be taken care of as well and treated with respect.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City
Some people call 911 a dozen times or more per month describing emotional upheaval, sometimes reporting visions, voices and even suicidal thoughts.
Police and paramedics who must respond say they are left to triage an escalating mental health crisis that can really only be eased with long-term counseling, medication, case management and meaningful intervention.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Star Tribune
Some firefighters in Evansdale are breaking from tradition when it comes to an essential piece of protection.
Two members of Evansdale Fire Rescue are trying out jet-style fire helmets that eschew the iconic wide brim for a streamlined design more akin to a motorcycle helmet.
“You get a lot of slack about it.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
A summer camp for children with neurodevelopmental disorders features everyday superheroes who make a difference.
Those heroes include firefighters, who gave children a firsthand look at their equipment and also provided safety tips at the camp, run at the University of California, Davis, MIND Institute, a research center.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento
Firefighters had to dodge exploding fireworks Thursday morning when a storage facility caught fire in South Carolina
It happened around 6 a.m. in Fort Mill, South Carolina, just off Interstate 77.
Investigators said the fire actually started in containers outside Davey Jones Fireworks Store. The fire never got to the store, but it did ignite all of the fireworks in the container.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham
A new Iowa law will set aside part of the state's lottery revenues to help the families of firefighters and law enforcement officers keep insurance after their deaths.
The Des Moines Register reports the law that took effect earlier this week will allow the Iowa Lottery to provide $100,000 to a new Public Safety Survivor Benefits Fund.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMT-TV CBS 3 Mason City
With much fanfare and no less hand-wringing, state regulators approved plans that for the first time set out how California's electric utilities intend to prevent their equipment from sparking wildfires.
But the plans provide scant details, and little evidence to support the companies' claims that indiscriminately clear-cutting millions of trees and replacing hundreds of thousands of wooden utility poles with steel ones will actually reduce the risk of wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury News - Metered Site
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is facing a volunteer shortage.
More than 600 kids are waiting for a mentor — and about 80 percent are African American boys.
The local branch of the nonprofit is launching a program in the hopes of filling the volunteer gap and building trust within communities of color.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Public Radio
The federal government wants the owner of a tourist train in Durango to pay $25 million for causing a wildfire that scorched 53,000 acres of Forest Service land last summer.
A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office says burning cinders from the exhaust stack of a coal-fired steam train operated by the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Co.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Colorado Sun
Rochester's fire chief says, after the first night under the department's new dynamic staffing model, there were no lapses in firefighters' response times.
Under the model, a fire company closes for a shift, leaving other companies to respond to calls. The policy is meant to curb overtime costs.
Monday night, Engine No.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAM-TV ABC 13 Rochester
The Cedar Falls firefighters' union is taking their battle against the city to court.
The latest in an on-going controversy over the public safety officers program, that trains police to be firefighters, is the promotion of nine of those dual-trained members to high-ranking positions in the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGAN-TV CBS 2 Cedar Rapids
Fourth of July weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year in the United States. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest days in the year for motorists, and more fires are reported on Independence Day than any other day in the year, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: A Secure Life
When firefighters sign up for the job, they're aware of the dangers of flames, heat and smoke from burning buildings. But they often don't know about the slower, lingering dangers that can hurt them even when they're working in the firehouse.
Firefighters are 14 percent more likely to die from cancer than the average American, according to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Carolina Health News
Never-before-seen video from the Camp Fire is painting an urgent new picture this fire season.
The video provides a first-look at the evacuations in Paradise as the Camp Fire moved into the community. The Truckee Police Chief released these videos with a warning: know when it's time to go.
The video gives an “eyes wide open” look at how waiting to evacuate can make the difference between life and death during a wildfire.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacaramento
Firefighters battled a large fire that destroyed a home in northwest Houston overnight.
The fire led to a roof collapse and brief mayday call at the home, the Houston Fire Department said.
The fire broke out early Tuesday at a home on Badger Forest in the Acres Homes area. Firefighters responded and found flames shooting from the roof of the two-story home.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11
The Logan community is mourning the loss of one of its firefighters following a tragic accident.
According to City of Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett, the department responded to an ATV crash on W.Va. 44 near the Honda Logan Motorcycle Sales in Wilkinson at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Beckett said Ernie Woods, 46, was driving his side-by-side back to Logan when he lost control and collided with a tractor-trailer type of truck hauling scrap steel.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Logan Banner
On the day a former New York City police detective and leader in the fight for the Sept. 11 Victims Compensation Fund died, fellow Boston-area first responders voiced their support for extending the crucial fund, which would give protection and peace of mind to affected families.
Detective Luis Alvarez was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2016, which he traced to the three months spent in the rubble of the World Trade Center's twin towers after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Herald - Metered Site
A Pennsylvania law passed in 2017 that finally allowed residents to buy aerial fireworks has increased both the number of booms and the corresponding noise complaints, sparking frustration among Lehigh Valley firefighters, police officers and residents.
Allentown police officials said prior to the 2017 law, they would often respond to complaints by seizing aerial fireworks.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Morning Call
It's the battle firefighters face everyday that many of us don't see – cancer.
“I'm not a firefighter but both my brothers were and I know the risks that they take on,” said Travis Horn, spokesperson for the Hillsborough County Firefighters Union.
Horn lost his brother, Lt. Michael Wayne Horn to Melanoma on New Year's Eve in 2002.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa
The newest firefighters in St. Paul and Minneapolis graduated Friday, including two men who will be the first Somali-American firefighters in St. Paul and possibly the state and nation.
Twenty-three firefighter recruits for St. Paul graduated, including seven women. Eighteen recruits graduated for Minneapolis.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Paul Pioneer Press
Nighttime aerial firefighting equipment that helped knock down Australian wildfires last year will be tested in Orange County over the next five months.
Starting July 1, the Orange County Fire Authority will run a pilot program with two special helicopters: one that does reconnaissance of ground conditions, any obstacles such as power lines, and where the nearest water sources are, and a second chopper that will be “the first-ever nighttime, hover-filling tanker in the U.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Orange County Register - Metered Site
A long-term shortage of emergency medical service, and eventually firefighter, volunteers will severely impact Dodge County municipalities both large and small in coming years, according to county officials.
And while mutual aid can help minimize the impacts of that shortage, fire and EMS organizations have been preparing for the future.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
VIDEO: They are fire investigators on four legs who help the FDNY solve some of the most difficult arson cases around the city.
Weighing in at just under 70 pounds each, Bucca and Pete pack a type of crimefighting muscle different than any other firefighter. They're part of the K9 arson squad.
They sniff, they sit, they solve.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York
As wildfire season approaches, local winemakers are concerned about the potential for more dense smoke.
For two summers in a row, thick smoke consumed the Pacific Northwest. It didn't just worsen air quality, it affected wine vineyards, too.
Freddy Arredondo, the winemaker for Cave B Winery, told me there can be both positive and negative impacts on grapes.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVL-TV CBS 10 Medford
The Ohio Senate balked at mandates in a House-passed budget to provide workers' compensation for first responders diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and to make all injured workers declare their immigration status.
With those and other policy measures stripped from the bill, the Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve the budget of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, which is funded by employer premiums.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Canton Respository
Every day a lot of men have to shave. No matter how good a job they do they have to do it all over again in a day or two.
Once a year the VC Fire Protection District has to map as much of the district as it can before the fire season begins in earnest and send out letters to property owners warning them if their property poses a fire hazard.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Valley RoadRunner
When a fire in a New Gloucester mobile home was reported in the middle of the night, it took three towns to muster enough firefighters to fight the blaze.
Poland Fire Chief Tom Printup, the first to arrive on scene because he lives nearby, said 12 firefighters responded to the fire on Quarry Road just after 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portland Press Herald
VIDEO: A humid day in Mattapan did not slow the pace of an intense basketball game between teachers from Mattahunt Elementary School and a team from the Boston Fire Department.
Kimberly Hogan, part of the teacher's team, said her student spectators were thrilled to watch.
"The kids are all amped,” Hogan said.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
An artist who has painted scenes around the world will unveil a new mural design for Philadelphia on July 3 to honor an organization that has protected the city for hundreds of years — the city Fire Department.
A 500-square-foot mural depicting the history of the Philadelphia Fire Department will be painted on 4th and Arch streets, next to the Ladder 2 Fire Station and around the corner from the Fireman's Hall Museum.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia
VIDEO: In an effort to reduce a strain on San Diego's 911 response system, the city's mayor announced the resurrection of a decade-old program to help its top abusers -- some who call hundreds of times a year.
“Every day, San Diego's emergency 911 response system receives thousands of calls day and night for help from residents and visitors alike.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego
New Jersey paramedics may now offer another medication to overdosed patients revived with naloxone, but some are taking a wait-and-see approach.
N.J. Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal authorized the state's 1,900 paramedics to carry buprenorphine, an oral medication used to treat the acute symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Courier-Post - Metered Site
The path to becoming fire chief is often challenging and unpredictable. With that in mind, how can you best prepare to become a five-bugle chief? Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Chief Trisha Wolford and Prince William County (Virginia) Chief (Retired) Mary Beth Michos share their experiences and address key elements of preparation, including formal education/training; political and policy development skills and experience; public speaking and communication; work history and reputation; teachable potential, succession planning and job shadowing participation.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
VIDEO: Public safety departments across the country are ditching dated restrictive grooming and appearance standards. It's an effort to modernize policing with hopes of boosting morale and bolstering recruitment and retention efforts.
As of June, the City of Montgomery is part of the national trend, allowing officers and firefighters to grow facial hair and show tattoos while in uniform.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery
It's a scene of utter devastation.
Smashed automobiles, derailed train cars and piles of rubble are scattered across an apocalyptic landscape. Hard-hatted responders cling to nylon ropes alongside a gutted high-rise. In the distance, an industrial fire sends flames and smoke into an otherwise bright blue sky.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Governing.com
Outside of Frederick Memorial Hospital emergency vehicles drove by as a processional to pay homage to the late Michael Powers Tuesday evening.
“It is my sad duty with a heavy heart I report the line-of-duty death of firefighter Michael Powers, of Libertytown Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company,” said Tom Owens, Fire Chief for Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue and Service.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV 25 Hagerstown
Under legislation pending in Albany, city firefighters would be granted a five-year post-retirement period in which they could revise their retirement option if they developed cancer that may be linked to carcinogens they were exposed to on the job.
Epidemiological studies have established the firefighting-cancer link for several years.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Chief-Leader - Metered Site
Several firefighters at the Round Rock Central Fire Station are demanding answers from the city after they made a shocking discovery this year.
The president of the Round Rock Association of Professional Firefighters says the majority of the firefighters at Station 1 have been having health issues related to mold exposure.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBC-TV Fox 7 Austin
VIDEO: When you picture a poet, a firefighter might not be the first person you think of. Even if you did, Gary Wedemeyer probably wouldn't be the first firefighter coming to mind.
"If you put me in a lineup with a bunch of firefighters and said pick the one who's writing poetry, I'd probably be the last one they'd pick," Wedemeyer said with a smile.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
The Boise Fire Department is celebrating a new milestone as it welcomes the first female fire captain.
Ashley Rosenbaum is a 12-year-member of the Boise Fire Department. Rosenbaum will be field promoted at Station 17 on June 26 at 11:30 a.m. She began her career with Boise fire in 2007, was promoted to Firefighter 1 in 2008, Firefighter 2 in 2009 and Firefighter 3 in 2011.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIVI-TV ABC 6 Boise
PHOTOS: Bob Halberstadt turns 79 on the Fourth of July.
He'll be nearly two weeks past graduation by that point.
And Blairstown Hose Company No. 1 Chief Calvin Inscho figures Halberstadt will have changed his mind by then.
Not about becoming a volunteer firefighter. He achieved that on Saturday when he received his New Jersey state Firefighter 1 certification from the Warren County Fire Academy and he has no plans to step away from his newest challenge.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LehighValleyLive.com
In 11 large metropolitan areas, critical communications for police, firefighters, and others take place in the T-Band part of the radio spectrum. For example, the NYPD dispatches 911 calls via the T-Band.
Starting in 2021, public safety T-Band will be auctioned as required by law. Public safety organizations must move their communications to another part of the spectrum within 2 years of the auction's end.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GAO.gov
If you think there have been a lot more homeless encampment fires of late, you would be right. But, homeless encampment fires are somewhat a numbers game, but the numbers are hard to find.
The fire that burned a Pittsburg roofing business's inventory and storage lot full of plastic piping, was caused by a fire that started in a homeless encampment just outside of the businesses perimeters.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2
Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark.
Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as critical for the wider deployment of renewable energy and for a more resilient power grid.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV 3 (azfamily.com)
Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.
That emerging reality is prompting people in cities and rural areas alike to gird themselves for another summer of sooty skies along the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountains — the regions widely expected to suffer most from blazes tied to dryer, warmer conditions.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13
Kennewick police had to help firefighters get to a brushfire near the Burlington Store Saturday after onlookers kept getting in the way.
First responders tell Action News they're seeing too much of this and they need your help.
Officers say they understand the interest, it's human nature to watch events as they unfold but it's starting to impede their ability to do their job.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19 Pasco
The Navy SEAL rejected to become a city firefighter for being too old can now be hired by the FDNY, thanks to action taken by state lawmakers Thursday.
Special Operations Chief Shaun Donovan missed city employee age stipulations by six months and 25 days to join the FDNY in April.
The Post first reported on his plight, sparking outrage and support for his bid to become a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
The Oregon Legislature has passed a bill to protect farmers and ranchers from liability while fighting dangerous wildfires, such as the 2018 Substation fire in Wasco and Sherman counties.
Senate Bill 290 is similar to other Good Samaritan laws that encourage bystanders to assist people in emergencies without worrying about being sued if something goes wrong.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Capital Press
After Joe Scarbeary retired from the Streator Fire Department last October, the Streator City Council decided not to hire a firefighter to replace him.
The Streator Fire Department has been working without a 15th firefighter since May 2018, after Scarbeary had an injury that would eventually lead to his retirement and the city's decision not to rehire the position in November.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Illinois Times
A possible link between World Trade Center dust and prostate cancer in first responders has been found by researchers.
Exposure to dust at the New York City site after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks triggered chronic inflammation in the responders' prostates, which may have contributed to their cancer, according to the Mount Sinai Health researchers.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report
A massive fire and series of explosions rocked a South Philadelphia refinery complex, the largest on the East Coast, early Friday morning. The blast jolted people from their sleep miles from the scene, but no injuries were reported.
The blaze at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery erupted shortly after 4 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia
In the latest US wireless carrier showdown, a new king has been crowned. Verizon is no longer the fastest carrier, as AT&T has eclipsed them for the first time in five years.
This news comes out of PCMag, who released their “Fastest Mobile Networks” report this morning for the 10th year in a row. With a top overall score of 97, AT&T appears to be the clear winner.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DroidLife
Atlanta City Council members passed a $677 million dollar budget Monday that included a pay bump for the city's firefighters. But, some say it's not enough.
The budget includes a 3.1 percent increase for Atlanta firefighters, other fire rescue personnel and 911 dispatchers.
It builds on a similar increase approved last year for firefighters and police officers.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABE 90.1 FM
The Orange County Fire Authority has reversed its decision to encrypt its radio and dispatch communications that was initiated Monday. The encryption was part of the county's upgrade of its 800 MHz Countywide-Coordinated Communications System, managed by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Officials said the move was meant to improve public safety agencies' ability to communicate with each other during an emergency, but because it blocks the public from tuning into its communications during disasters, the OCFA decided to reverse the encryption of more than 1,500 radios used by its firefighters and paramedics.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site
A woman who was left living on the streets of Florida with her dog after experiencing hardships was given refuge when a trio of kindhearted firefighters pitched in to get her, and her pup, shelter from the rain.
It was around 2 a.m. on Tuesday when the Broward Sheriff's Office received a call from a disabled homeless woman who complained of pain from standing too long, according to a post from the department's Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: People
Seattle authorities have moved firefighters out of a Northgate fire station where worries have long been raised about unhealthy conditions and links to cancer.
Mayor Jenny Durkan and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins made the relocation decision this week, citing initial results from environmental testing recently done at Station 31 by the Seattle firefighters union, Local 27.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Seattle Times - Metered Site
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual “U.S. Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” report, which showed a total of 64 U.S. firefighter fatalities while on duty in 2018. This is the eighth time in the last 10 years that fewer than 70 on-duty deaths have occurred; the death toll is half what it was in the first five years that NFPA conducted this study.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NFPA.org
Santa Maria and Lompoc may be just 30 minutes apart but to some, its funding plans for public safety, city jobs and looming Calpers debt, feels worlds apart.
Despite being more than $3 million in the red, the Lompoc City Council majority have long maintained that officials need to balance the budget before bringing a sales tax into the mix.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCOY-TV CBS 12 Santa Maria
In Gene Necklaus' 36-person Scottsboro Fire Department, he's seen three firefighters in recent years diagnosed with occupational-related cancer. One of them died last year. The other two were able to return to work after treatment. One had $20,000 in out-of-pocket expenses, including deductibles and co-pays, Nicklaus said.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alabama Daily News
A patient pulled out a gun and opened fire during an ambulance call in southwest Houston, officials say.
Firefighters responded to reports of a man having a heart attack in the 12000 block of Sela Lane when the patient, identified by police as 66-year-old David Pham, reportedly pulled out a gun and fired two shots.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
A Springville firefighter who died during a training exercise Monday is being remembered for his love and dedication to the community he served.
Fire Chief Richard Harvey on Tuesday identified fallen firefighter as Jared Wayne Echols, a 35-year-old husband and father of two young daughters who joined the department in January.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AL.com
More than 60 firefighters tried to save a St. Matthews strip mall from burning to the ground Monday, but none of them were from the St. Matthews Fire Department.
Johnny Wong, who who works right next door to the strip mall that was destroyed by the fire at China 1, witnessed the fire.
"I went across the street, and when I realized that there was no firefighters at the scene after a few minutes, I was getting worried,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV Fox 41 Louisville
VIDEO: One year ago, firefighters from Great Falls Fire Rescue joined other departments from across the state to take part in a peer support training.
IAFF Local 8 President David Van Son says this training is a shift from only focusing on the physical aspects of the job to shining a light on mental health.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRTV 3 Great Falls
VIDEO: What has whiskers, a big red ax, and loves full containment on wildfires?
Cal Fire unveiled its new mascot, Captain Cal, Tuesday morning at a news conference on the steps of the state Capitol.
Captain Cal is a bipedal mountain lion with a friendly smile who loves giving high-fives with his impressive paws.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee - Metered Site
A northern Michigan fire station has been dubbed the world's oldest continuously manned fire station, and just in time for its 130th year anniversary.
The Manistee Fire Station was awarded the title of “Oldest Continuously Manned Operating Fire Station” by Guinness World Records on Monday, June 17.
This is the first time Guinness has ever given out this award, and the designation required more than two years of documentation-gathering by the Manistee Fire Station.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive.com
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