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Firefighters who serve and protect Walt Disney World in Florida vote in favor of new contract

VIDEO: Firefighters who serve and protect Walt Disney World overwhelmingly approved a new employment contract promising pay raises and more manpower. The union president says the team's been working under an expired contract for years. "Up until January of this year, we had gotten zero momentum in moving this thing any closer to being signed," said Jon Shirey, the Reedy Creek Fire union president.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WESH-TV NBC 2 Orlando

VIDEO: 1 worker dead in massive 5-alarm fire at North Carolina construction site

One worker has died after firefighters battled a massive, five-alarm blaze that broke out Thursday morning at a construction site in Charlotte, North Carolina. The deceased worker was identified as Demonte Smith. His father confirmed his death. A second worker remains missing. The fire captain told CBS News that on Thursday night, structural engineers deemed it unsafe for heavy machinery to operate overnight, so search and rescue efforts were paused until morning.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

VIDEO: Suspect Steals Fire Truck, Leads Police on Chase Spanning Three Counties in Florida

A suspect was taken into custody Thursday after allegedly stealing a fire truck and leading police on a chase that spanned three counties. Police confirmed the fire truck was stolen out of Station 32 in North Miami Beach as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was conducting a training exercise. Lekambrick Hanna, 31, is accused of entering the fire truck and stealing it.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami

Indiana woman celebrates 100th birthday by taking long-awaited ride in fire truck

When Ruby Brown turned 95, she celebrated by riding a motorcycle for the first time. When she turned 96, she finally went for a spin in a golf cart. To celebrate her 100th birthday, Brown crossed the last – and biggest – item off her bucket list after going for a drive in a firetruck. It was an experience she’d been looking forward to for a long time.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Current

Sounding the alarm: Virginia governor signs bill focused on first responder mental health

VIDEO: Sounding the alarm -- during this past Virginia legislative session, first responder mental health was a top priority for Del. Israel O'Quinn. That's why he proposed and helped get a measure across the finish line -- focused on improvements and resources for those personnel. Del. O'Quinn says this legislation comes after professional firefighters and law enforcement officers say there are two big issues in the public safety sector.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB-TV NBC/CW 5 Bristol

VIDEO: Some homes evacuated after New Jersey warehouse fire

A Mercer County neighborhood was evacuated Thursday morning after a warehouse fire. The fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. at the warehouse on Whitehead Road. Video from the scene showed flames were spilling out from windows. Smoke was billowing above the buildings after 6 a.m. Chuck Hector, who works at a building across the road, said the fire sparked explosions and jets of flame were shooting up into the air.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia

Kentucky fire department welcomes a splash of color in its station

PHOTOS: The Paintsville Fire Department has welcomed the artistic contributions of local students and others to help bring some color into Station 1. According to PFD Firefighter Ryan Barker, the culmination of a three-year project has led to an exercise in community togetherness, celebrating the artistry of local students and others as they have, in turn, shown their support for local firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Paintsville Herald

Remarks by President Biden at Medal of Valor Ceremony

"Before I begin, let me say one thing I said to the families of the two deceased officers. All of you who’ve lost someone know that no matter how much you take pride in recognition of what they did when they were lost, it still brings back everything like it happened that moment. And I just say to the families, as I said to them personally at the time when I met them and now, it takes a lot of courage to do what you’re doing.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The White House

Chicago Firefighter Focused On Funny Car Success At Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Chris King has been working towards his 2023 debut at the Gerber Collision & Glass Route 66 NHRA Nationals for almost two years. The full-time Chicago firefighter will be back on track in his Howards Cams/Competition Products Dodge Charger Funny Car this weekend for the first time since his last race in 2021.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Drag Illustrated

South Carolina community honors 77 people who died in the Cleveland School fire 100 years ago

VIDEO: On May 17th, 1923, the deadliest fire in the history of South Carolina, the Cleveland School fire, shook the community. The fire was at a small school in Camden, and it led to the state rewriting the state’s fire code laws to prevent such a tragedy from ever taking place again. “She was incoherent and kept repeating, 'I see Jesus, Jesus help me.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLTX-TV CBS 19 Columbia

VIDEO: Firefighters battle fire at old Pearl Laundry building in Indiana

PHOTOS: Evansville firefighters are on the scene of a fire in the 400 block of Northwest Third Street. Firefighters were dispatched to the old Pearl Laundry building just before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. When crews arrived, they were met with flames shooting from the building. According to Division Fire Chief Mike Larson, fighting the blaze hasn’t been easy.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHET-TV ABC 25 Evansville

Newest, most expensive fire truck in Rhode Island city damaged during house fire

VIDEO: The newest and most expensive truck in the Providence Fire Department’s fleet is out of service after a partial roof collapse caused significant damage. The city’s fire chief says Tower Ladder One is primarily used for its 100-foot extendable ladder and bucket. Crews responded Saturday afternoon to a fire at a three-story, multi-family home on Stanwood Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence

Bill would make Honolulu first jurisdiction in U.S. to require nightclubs, bars to keep Narcan on hand

As the number of fentanyl overdoses soars on Oahu, the City Council is debating whether to arm bartenders with Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose. A bill before the body would make Honolulu the first jurisdiction in the country to mandate all bars, night clubs and restaurants that serve alcohol have Narcan on site.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hawaii News Now

More Than 132K Jeep Cherokee SUVs Recalled Again for Fire Risk

Stellantis is recalling more than 132,000 Jeep Cherokees at risk of catching fire due to an electrical problem that a previous recall failed to fix. The company instructs owners to park their vehicles outdoors until the problem can be addressed, though no repair is available yet. Issued last Thursday, the recall concerns the power liftgate module used in some 2014-2016 Jeep Cherokees.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Drive

VIDEO: Massive fire destroys home in Massachusetts

Crews remained on scene in Hull Monday night after a fire spread quickly, destroying a home on Q Street. SKY7-HD was over the area around 6:15 p.m. where smoke could be seen billowing over surrounding neighborhoods. Hours later, around 9 p.m., crews were still pouring water on the home while monitoring for hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHDH-TV ABC 7 Boston

Non-profit 'Carry The Load' in Ohio actively honoring the sacrifices of our nation's heroes

VIDEO: Making its way to Dallas, one step at a time. Literally. “Carry The Load” made its way into Northeast Ohio Monday. It started with a mission to restore the meaning of Memorial Day, but the group has expanded its efforts to include the sacrifices of first responders as well. Bryce Roland told us, “’Carry The Load’s’ mission is to provide an active way to honor the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes and their families.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland

PHOTOS: 100 firefighters fought blaze at Iowa transfer & storage warehouse in 1964

On May 22, 1964, heavy, black smoke could be seen all over Cedar Rapids, coming from the mega fire that was consuming a one-story warehouse at 1201 Ninth St. SW. The fire that destroyed the Cedar Rapids Transfer & Storage Co. warehouse ranked “as one of the worst in Cedar Rapids history,” The Gazette reported.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette

CDC Finds Skin Infection Never Before Seen in US in New York City

A new skin infection seemingly never detected before in the United States has been detected in at least two patients in New York City, and more cases are under review, federal health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified a "drug-resistant" infection responsible for causing severe ringworm cases in two women.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

VIDEO: Massive fire erupts at Florida apartment building

A massive fire erupted in a Pompano Beach apartment building overnight. Residents of the Royal Atlantic Apartments, at 110 NW 7th Avenue, said they woke to fire alarms blaring around 2 a.m. and heard people screaming. Arriving firefighters were met with flames shooting through the roof and thick smoke coming from one the units.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami

How suburban fire departments in Illinois are preparing for foam ban

Beginning in 2025, a fire suppressant containing so-called forever chemicals that never break down in the environment will be prohibited from manufacture, sale and distribution in Illinois -- and suburban fire departments are getting ready for the ban. Two chemical products are at the center of the issue.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald - Metered Site


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