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Entire Oklahoma fire department gets photos taken, father-son duo capture family history

VIDEO: Every single member of the Tulsa Fire Department is having their photo taken. It's the first time in almost a decade the department has done this, and it will go in a yearbook. What do you want to be when you grow up can be a difficult question for children to answer, but for Richard Smith, it was obvious.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWTV-DT CBS 9 Oklahoma City

South Texas College educates fire academy cadets about cancer risks

VIDEO: Being a first responder can be a dangerous job, and for firefighters, there is an additional health risk; they can be exposed to cancer causing chemicals while fighting fires. "It's scary, but I know what I am getting myself into. It's a risk I am able to take to help my community," STC fire cadet Andrew Cervantes said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRGV-TV ABC 5 Weslaco

A federal agency wants to give safety tips to young adults, so it's dropping an album

The federal agency responsible for promoting the safety of consumer products has employed plenty of tactics over the years, from recalls to regulations to PSAs. Now, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is trying a new — and catchier — approach: It's released an album. We're Safety Now Haven't We packs in six genre-spanning, safety-focused songs (seven if you count the one that also got a Spanglish version).
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Public Radio

Fire crews take down huge blaze at Texas recycling plant

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: The fire at a recycling plant in Montana Vista in far East El Paso was brought under control on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and county crews continued suppression efforts into the night. At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, multiple agencies, eventually reaching five, responded to reports of a huge fire at the facility at Buffalo Bill and Krag St.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTSM-TV NBC 9 El Paso

Prince William visits FDNY firefighters near ground zero during New York City visit

Britain’s Prince William visited FDNY firefighters at the firehouse near ground zero during his trip to New York City on Tuesday. William spoke with firefighters at Ten House in Lower Manhattan, the closest firehouse to the World Trade Center, which lost several firefighters in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the FDNY.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York

Rhode Island's Block Island could have been 'the next Lahaina' during hotel fire - Here's how downtown was saved

PHOTOS: There was a persistent beeping. Renee Reed assumed it was a cellphone. She and her husband, Chris, were settled in for the night in Room 218 of the Harborside Inn, just above the hotel's kitchen. They had a friend’s wedding at the Spring House the next day. Then, an alarm sounded. She flicked on the lights.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Providence Journal - Metered Site

New FEMA map shows California has most high risk areas in nation

VIDEO: The Bay Area has seen more than its share of natural disasters in the past few years, from deadly wildfires to widespread flooding. To help identify the areas at highest risk, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was directed to create a map showing the risk level by community. California has the most high risk areas in the nation.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

Florida department trained in new life-saving technique

VIDEO: Every second counts in a trauma situation. Critical patients need critical care, and sometimes time isn’t on your side. “I wanted to give our paramedics one more tool in the toolbox to take advantage of, and to hopefully save a life out there,” said Coconut Creek Asst. Chief Tony Chin. A procedure typically reserved for emergency room hospitals is moving right out onto the field.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

Georgia city updates inspection requirements for apartment complexes after massive fire

Sandy Springs is changing the inspection process for apartment communities. A new code of ordinances is requiring apartment complexes to hire a third party to inspect units annually. Before updating regulations, only 20% of apartment units were required to be inspected each year. The new policy will help the city better address water and structural damage, mold, fire hazards and other issues — particularly in older complexes that don’t have sprinkler systems for apartment fires, a statement said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Metered Site

Restoring rescue vehicles at automotive restoration shop in Connecticut

VIDEO: John Gasper spent 23 years as a volunteer firefighter and that’s what drew him to his unique current job title. Gasper, who is the owner of the namesake Gasper’s Automotive Restoration in Manchester, brings old firetrucks back to life for a living. “We do everything from an oil change to a full truck restoration,” said Gasper.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

NIST Researchers Develop Standards to Help Eliminate ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Firefighting Foams

In movies, when we see fiery car crashes or flaming planes on runways, we know they are not real. But in the real world, fuel fires must be quenched with special kinds of chemicals, and the ones that have been most commonly used are known as aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs). However, environmental and health concerns about AFFFs have launched widespread efforts to detect, monitor and eventually eliminate them.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Institute of Standards and Technology

VIDEO: Fire crews extinguish flames that engulfed New York home

PHOTOS: Multiple fire departments responded to a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed a Plainview home. Fire officials said the fire on Lillian Lane started around 3 p.m. Nine volunteer fire departments responded to the massive house fire. Eyewitnesses said the flames engulfed the residence within minutes.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Long Island

Arizona fire department gives an inside look at mountain rescues

VIDEO: Arizona’s hiking trails can be a hotspot for tourists, but hiking them in the heat of summer can be deadly. Every year, the Scottsdale Fire Department rescues nearly 400 people from hiking trails. To help spread awareness about these rescues and how important it is to be prepared, Scottsdale Fire and Arizona’s Family teamed up to conduct a simulated rescue.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Wisconsin firefighter breaks world record for marathon time carrying 100-pound rucksack

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Cory Asimus struggled to get to the finish line Sunday but giving up was never even a thought. The 33-year-old Freedom resident and Appleton firefighter was not only chasing a world record, he was also raising money and awareness for Project Vaspire 316, a cause he cares deeply about. Asimus finished the Community First Fox Cities Marathon Presented by Miron Construction in an unofficial time of 4 hours, 53 minutes, 7 seconds.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post-Crescent - Metered Site

California teen firefighter-in-training severely burned in tragic accident still following her dream

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A teenage firefighter-in-training, who dreams of working for the Pasadena Fire Department, managed to survive a tragic dune buggy accident outside Las Vegas, but was left with severe burns over most of her body. For 17-year-old America Salmeron, the story is about determination and perseverance.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

VIDEO: 2-month-old among 25 who jumped into water after houseboat fire at Utah's Lake Powell

A Utah family is grateful to be alive after their houseboat caught fire at Lake Powell. Maddy Tolman said her family was on board for only about 45 minutes when they heard a loud boom. “We heard a big boom! Not knowing what it was, we went to investigate. We found the motor on the houseboat had exploded, and caught on fire,” Tolman said.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

Colorado city hosting 3,800 honored guests at Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony

Thousands of people are en route to Colorado Springs for this weekend’s annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony. ”It's the largest year we've ever had,” said Colorado Springs Firefighters Local 5 President, Curt Crumb. This year 572 names will be added to the walls of the memorial. Due to COVID-caused cancellations from previous years, names this year are a combination of 2021 and 2022.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo

Suspect in Oregon steals Portland Fire & Rescue boat, escapes down river

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A suspect stole a Portland Fire & Rescue boat and commandeered it down the Columbia River early Thursday morning, says the agency. PF&R stated that Rescue Boat 21 was taken from the boathouse by an unauthorized user. Local law enforcement and the Coast Guard pursued it. PF&R said the boat traveled downstream.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

NBA Players Visit Oklahoma Firefighters at Work

Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren may stand 7-foot-1 and tower over even some NBA players, but he still isn't tall enough to reach a second-story window on his own. It's a strange way to look at his height, but maybe not so much when you consider what he and some of the other Thunder players spent their Wednesday afternoon doing in the city.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sports Illustrated Media Group

Firefighters fear the toxic chemicals in their gear could be contributing to cancer cases

VIDEO: Boston firefighter Daniel Ranahan had heard about colleagues getting cancer but he was stunned when doctors discovered a tumor in his chest. He was only 30 and had been in the Boston Fire Department for less than a decade. But as he investigated his diagnosis of Hodgkin's lymphoma in October 2020 and sought successful treatment, he learned he and others wore gear that contained the toxic industrial compound PFAS.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore


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