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Pennsylvania firefighters mourn loss of one of their own

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flags in Westmoreland County to be lowered to half-staff to honor a firefighter who died hours after returning from a call. North Belle Vernon volunteer fireman Neil Cope, 46, died Tuesday after assisting Rostraver firefighters at a house fire. “We were there probably an hour, an hour and fifteen minutes and they controlled the flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh

Female firefighter in Georgia leads entire engine company for 24-hour shift

Who was it that said “Girls just wanna have fun?” Albany Fire Department Apparatus Engineer Operator/Driver Christy Bengis, an 18-year AFD veteran who is one of two females to serve in that capacity, put that notion to rest when she became the first female firefighter in the department to lead an entire engine company for a 24-hour shift Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Albany Herald

World-class Training: Annual TEEX program draws 700-plus for industrial firefighting drills in Texas

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is hosting more than 700 firefighters from across the nation and more than a dozen other countries as part of its 57th annual Industrial Fire School this week. Each summer, TEEX hosts three weeklong fire training courses that attract thousands from all over the world to Bryan-College Station.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bryan-College Station Eagle

Memories of spectacular fire at Old Orchard Beach pier in Maine still vivid, even after 50 years

The town’s beachfront was teeming with tens of thousands of tourists on the evening of July 19, 1969. The popular carousel with hand-carved horses spun its riders round and round. The brightly colored Noah’s Ark fun house, a fixture near the iconic wooden pier since 1929, rocked back and forth. Pairs of thrill seekers slid down the massive Jack and Jill slide, shrieking as they dropped 50 feet from the top.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Portland Press Herald

200th New York firefighter dies due to 9/11 illness

Illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks claimed their 200th New York firefighter this week. Firefighters Kevin Nolan and Richard Driscoll died on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) confirmed to The Hill on Thursday. “It is almost incomprehensible that, after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die from World Trade Center illnesses," Fire Commissioner Daniel A.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill

Boston fire chiefs concerned about carbon monoxide poisoning in schools

Fire chiefs renewed warnings Tuesday that students across the state face risks of carbon monoxide poisoning because of a gap in regulations that effectively allows many older school buildings not to install detectors. Any new school constructed with state funds must include carbon monoxide monitoring technology, but that mandate does not apply to existing structures because students do not stay overnight.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lowell Sun

VIDEO: Cal Fire uniform changes are on the way - what do you think of the new look?

Big changes are coming to Cal Fire this year, especially when it comes to those iconic red and yellow colors. Over the next 6 months, Cal Fire will be making changes to their uniforms including updated shirts and a new style of pants. However, they say this isn't a fashion update, it's all meant to better protect firefighters while they work.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Bringing back Sharon's bell: Pennsylvania firefighters to restore city's historic symbol

A piece of Sharon's history has finally found a new home, but firefighters need help getting it there. Sharon's 1,700-pound bell hung at West State Street and South Water Avenue for more than 30 years before it was taken down in March 2016 to make way for a metal sculpture designed and fabricated by local students.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald

Female firefighters in Florida participate in study for new gear

VIDEO: The number of female firefighters is growing in Orange County and across the country, but what's not changing is the way their gear fits -- until now. Thanks to efforts from researchers from more than a dozen universities across the country and the female voice, a study is underway to make sure firefighters can do their job without fear their gear will interrupt their duties.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

San Francisco firefighters learn Spanish to save precious time in emergencies

On a Wednesday morningin the middle of July, class is in session at San Francisco Waldorf High School. "So, Ha pasado antes? Has it happened before?" But, these students aren't teenagers, they're first responders, learning Spanish one phrase at a time. "Yo soy bombero. Que tal?" "Today is my off duty day," said Lam.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Michigan fire department enlists aid of cancer-sniffing dogs

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

PG&E using satellite technology in time for 2019 California fire season

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

Montana to commemorate 70th anniversary of Mann Gulch tragedy

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

D.C. Fire and EMS continues to push diversion program meant to reduce non-life threatening calls

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

Fire department agreement could cut staffing levels in Connecticut city

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

VIDEO: SoCalGas Technician Killed, 15 Injured Including 3 Firefighters, In Natural Gas Explosion At California Home

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

New York: 20 Buffalo firefighters injured in last week

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

Into The Fire: Volunteer firefighters are at the front lines of today’s larger, more dangerous wildfires. Are we up for the job?

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

Oregon fire bureau's staffing issues highlighted by CPR call

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

Connecticut's 9/11 first responders urge Congress to make Victim Compensation Fund permanent

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