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How One Utah City Survived the Great Fire of 1898

PHOTOS: At 4am, gunshots rang through the dark night, as local townsfolk awoke to a most terrifying sight. A large fire had erupted at the top of Main Street, and the American Hotel was engulfed in uncontrollable flames. Park City’s Sheriff, Thomas Walden, had sounded the alarm with three successive shots, and the whistle at the Marsac Mill quickly notified the nearby mining campsite and homesteaders.
- PUB DATE: 11/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Utah Stories

California SWAT standoff comes to a deadly end after suspect's home burns down

VIDEO: A SWAT standoff turned into a fiery inferno after the suspect's Upland home burst into flames after a gunfight Monday night. The deadly shootout started around 3:15 p.m. when deputies tried to serve a search warrant at the suspect's home between North Benson Avenue and North Mountain Avenue, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

Behind the Badge: Utah department talks phasing out the iconic fire pole

VIDEO: A classic symbol of firefighters rushing to a fire is on its way out. A quick visit to new fire stations in the Salt Lake Valley shows no more fire poles. More fire stations are being built without them, in this edition of Behind the Badge. New fire stations in Utah, like #125 in Midvale, have everything you may expect: firefighters and fire trucks, but no fire pole.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVX-TV ABC 4 Salt Lake City

Pilot killed in fiery plane crash in north Texas shopping center parking lot

VIDEO: A pilot was killed after a small plane crashed into a shopping center parking lot at a Texas shopping center on Tuesday, authorities said. Police in Plano, 20 miles north of Dallas, said the aircraft crashed directly outside a nail salon and Mama's Daughter's Diner, just before 6 p.m. "The pilot unfortunately lost their life in the tragic accident," police said in a statement on X.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Thanksgiving traffic deaths in USA rise 24% post-pandemic; South Dakota ranks #1 for drinking-related fatal crashes per capita over the holiday

A new study by car insurance saving app Jerry, reports drivers in South Dakota are most at risk of drunk driving Thanksgiving travel traffic fatalities. The number of fatal traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday rose by 24% in the two years after the COVID-19 outbreak, hitting the highest level since 2007, as more people chose to avoid air travel on what is traditionally the busiest travel holiday of the year.
- PUB DATE: 11/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DRG News

VIDEO: Large fire envelops abandoned motel in North Carolina

An abandoned motel went up in flames in Gastonia Monday night. Authorities on the scene say the blaze started as a call for a dumpster fire in the 500 block of Cox Road around 8 p.m. on Nov. 20. But when firefighters from the Gastonia Fire Department arrived, they saw the flames shooting in the air and upgraded it to a commercial fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZY-TV FOX 46 Belmont

Navy aircraft overshoots Marine Corps Base Hawaii runway, ends up in bay; 9 crew members safe

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Emergency crews responded to Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) after a US Navy jet overshot the runway and ended up in Kaneohe Bay, military officials said. The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) sent out the initial alert just after 2 p.m. for a "probable aircraft fire incident." According to a spokesperson at MCBH, a US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft was landing at the base when it overshot the landing field and landed in the Bay.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KITV ABC 4 Honolulu

Distillery in Western New York launches historic bourbon collaboration with area fire department

The temps are dropping here in Western New York, and nothing tops off a holiday party or a cozy night at home quite like popping open a bottle of whiskey. That’s where Hartman’s Distilling comes in. A local distillery, cocktail bar, and full-service kitchen, Hartman’s Distilling is a popular spot in downtown Buffalo that makes drinking local as easy as it is delicious.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Step Out Buffalo

Pilot cancer screening program already saving firefighter lives in New Hampshire

A cancer screening pilot program in partnership with Dartmouth Health, Manchester Fire Department, and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield proved lifesaving as screening results were shared, along with a personal story from the city fire marshal, at a news event held at Manchester Central Fire Department on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Manchester Ink Link

Colorado firefighters reflect on Club Q shooting response, one year later

VIDEO: Colorado Springs firefighters are reflecting on the Club Q shooting response, one year later. It was what firefighters described to 11 News as a typical Saturday night in November, that turned very wrong, very quickly. “It was a very cold night, I do remember that. I remember as the event was coming in, there was a lot of chatter coming up on the radio.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Officials stock up on naloxone after suspicious letters disrupt vote counting in six states

Fentanyl-laced letters were sent to government buildings in six states including Oregon and Washington The suspicious letters sent to vote centers and government buildings in six states this month were undeniably scary, some containing traces of fentanyl or white powder, accompanied by not-so-veiled threats and dubious political symbols.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oregon Public Broadcasting

FEMA Launches First-Ever #WinterReady Campaign, Urges the Nation to Get Prepared for Extreme Cold and Winter Weather

In time for holiday travel and winter weather, FEMA’s Ready Campaign launched the first-ever #WinterReady campaign encouraging people to identify and reduce the risks they face during the winter season. FEMA’s #WinterReady Campaign provides easy, low-cost tips to keep you safe including ways to keep homes warm, travel safely, prepare for inclement weather and simple steps to mitigate the risks of home fires which are most prevalent during this time.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FEMA

Experts: Clay pot heaters are not a safe way to warm up your home, despite popular trend

A popular trend online shows people using terracotta clay pot “heaters” in an attempt to save money on heating their homes. The homemade device consists of an upside-down terracotta pot propped up over household candles. The question is: Are clay pot heaters a safe way to heat a room? No, clay pot heaters are not a safe way to heat a room.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

VIDEO: Food warehouse roof collapses in extra-alarm fire in Chicago

Firefighters spent nearly three hours battling an extra-alarm fire that started Thursday morning at a warehouse in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The fire started at a warehouse at the Evans Food Group processing plant near 41st and Halsted around 8:30 a.m. Chicago Fire Department officials said the fire was later raised to a 3-11 alarm, bringing in extra crews to fight the flames.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

12-year-old Californian Develops Fire Detection System That Wins Her $25,000 and Top Junior Scientist Award

A 12-year-old girl from Miller Middle School in San Jose has won $25,000 in a science fair for her invention of a new fire detection system that’s faster, cheaper, and more reliable than smoke detectors. The Thermo Fischer Junior Innovator’s Challenge claims to be the nation’s premier STEM contest for middle schoolers, and Shanya Gill won over second and third-place inventions of a smartphone app that can detect certain cancers and an experimental method of generating electricity through plant cells.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Good News Network

First responders 'hope for the best, plan for the worst' for Formula 1 drivers, guests at Las Vegas Grand Prix

VIDEO: As the excitement builds for the Formula 1 race hitting the valley this weekend, local hospitals and first responders are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of the drivers and hundreds of thousands of fans. Alison McKnickle, vice chief of trauma at UMC, shares insights into her team's extensive preparations over the last several months.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTNV-TV ABC 13 Las Vegas

Check out key takeaways from Disaster Management Symposium webinars, register to view archives for free

The inaugural Disaster Management Symposium was conducted Nov. 8, when consecutive hour-long webinars featured expert panelists exploring various aspects of the three main phases of a disaster for public safety and governments: planning, response and recovery. This virtual symposium was a joint effort of American City & County, IWCE’s Urgent Communications and IWCE.
- PUB DATE: 11/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: American City and County

First responders describe what happened in deadly Ohio bus crash

VIDEO: First responders described the scene of the deadly crash on I-70 Tuesday as something they have never experienced before and something they hope to never experience again. They said those hours were filled with tough decisions. Several witnesses called 911 to alert them of the crash. One of the 911 calls came from a woman who was riding on the charter bus filled with more than 50 students and chaperones from Tusky Valley schools.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCMH-TV NBC 4 Columbus

FDNY joins nationwide campaign addressing lithium-ion batteries following latest deadly fire

VIDEO: The FDNY says fire departments worldwide are experiencing an increase in fires sparked by lithium-ion batteries. FDNY officials demonstrated just how much damage the batteries can do, showing an e-bike spark into flames inside the auditorium of its training facility on Randall's Island. Wednesday's demonstration was part of a new national campaign by UL's Fire Safety Research Institute's campaign (FSRI) named "Take Charge of Battery Safety.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City

Healing program in Louisiana supports military veterans and first responders

VIDEO: Military veterans and first responders are coming from all over the world to Tulane, for a special mental health healing program. Tulane is one of only seven places in the U.S. offering an intense healing program that gives patients the ultimate VIP treatment. “This program is the most phenomenal thing that has started a lifelong journey for me and my wife and my family.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans


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