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Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts in region that hasn’t seen eruption since 1974

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Officials have started to lower alert levels within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after the Kilauea volcano began to erupt early Monday morning in an area that hasn’t seen an eruption in nearly 50 years. According to an alert from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO), the Volcano Alert Level for ground-based hazards was raised from watch to warning, and the Aviation Color Code was changed from orange to red after the new eruption began around 12:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX Weather

VIDEO: 7-alarm fire in New Jersey destroys over a dozen homes and businesses

A devastating seven-alarm fire in Paterson, New Jersey left families homeless and businesses destroyed Sunday morning. Residents said the fire at 195 Broadway started around midnight, but firefighters continued dousing the building with water well after the sun came up. Officials said the fire was severe and difficult to contain, and help was requested from several firefighting units across the area.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City

Female Kentucky firefighter wins international ‘Toughest Firefighter Alive’ competition

VIDEO: When you call 911 in Lexington, there’s a good chance you’ll get some of the best first responders in the world coming to your rescue. Firefighter Sarah McGill is one of them. McGill won the women’s division in a worldwide competition hosted in Saudi Arabia called “The Toughest Firefighter Alive.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV CBS/CW 27 Lexington

Man attempts to steal fuel from Indiana fire station

A man tried to help himself to a fire department’s fuel supply last week. According to the Needham Community Fire Department, a pickup truck showed up at Station 81 (6822 E 350 N) at 5:13 a.m. on Thursday, May 30. The driver got out and tried to steal fuel from the fire station. “This individual decided to attempt to help himself to our mission critical fuel supply which we utilize for our fire trucks ensuring we can respond to your emergency when you need us,” the department wrote on Facebook.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIN-TV FOX 59 Indianapolis

VIDEO: Fire rips through horse stables in Massachusetts

A six-alarm fire on Thursday night destroyed several buildings that were part of a Templeton, Massachusetts, horse farm, video from the scene showed. Fire tore through several buildings at the Liberty-Belle Stables on Patriots Road in Templeton. Templeton firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving reports of heavy fire in the area between the house and the horse barn.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Firefighting named most physically demanding job by Bureau of Labor Statistics

Many firefighters enter the profession because of their passion of helping and serving others, but according to research, they’re doing it at the risk of their own health and safety. “I'll be honest, I wasn't very surprised. I've been in the profession for 24 years now and not in a sense of comparing it to others, but I just know the demands that come along with it,” said Shreveport firefighter Brandon Lee.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport

South Carolina: What’s next for Columbia’s biggest fire hydrant?

VIDEO: The Busted Plug sculpture - one of city’s most known landmarks - still hasn’t been relocated. The 40-foot metal fire hydrant was created by well known Columbia artist, Blue Sky, but was taken down with little indication on where it would be put next. In February of last year, the city of Columbia commissioned a construction company called McClam & Associates to remove the sculpture off Taylor Street and keep it in storage until the city decided what they were going to do with it.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIS-TV NBC/CW 10 Columbia

Survey says 1 in 4 Floridians would ignore hurricane evacuation warnings

VIDEO: One in four Floridians would ignore hurricane evacuation warnings, according to a new AAA survey. Hurricane season starts Saturday and forecasters predict it could be one of the busiest on record. Preparation is key during hurricane season, which includes knowing your evacuation route. But most people also say they would only evacuate for a Category 3 storm or stronger.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

VIDEO: 2 houseboats catch fire on Lake Union in Seattle

Seattle firefighters responded to Lake Union when two houseboats caught fire on Wednesday afternoon. Crews responded to the 1800 block of Westlake Avenue North where two houseboats were on fire, according to Seattle Fire. The fire extended to an adjacent building. The fire was reported under control around 2:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Recent surge in Detroit fire engine crashes leave officials, residents worried

VIDEO: A Detroit fire engine on a run through an intersection, hitting a truck and smashing into a store sign, was captured on video. The incident, which occurred on Saturday (May 11) at the intersection of Puritan Avenue and Schaefer Highway, is just one of many instances involving fire vehicles that have been reported.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Veteran-founded group enhancing school emergency response in Tennessee

VIDEO: A veteran-founded organization is leveraging mapping technology to help first responders during crises in Tennessee. The Critical Response Group (CRG) aims to enhance emergency response systems in schools across the state. The CRG, founded by veterans, started with a straightforward goal: ensuring accurate maps of schools for public safety and law enforcement use during emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV NBC 4 Nashville

VIDEO: Air Force F-35B fighter jet crashes near New Mexico airport

Crews responded to an Air Force fighter jet crash near University and Rio Bravo Tuesday afternoon. Lockheed Martin confirmed a F-35B fighter jet crashed just south of the Albuquerque International Sunport after a refueling stop at Kirtland Air Force Base. It was traveling from Fort Worth, Texas to Edwards Air Force Base in California.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque

After a 7-year delay, San Diego has a roving fire engine for one tough-to-reach area — and more may come soon

San Diego is taking a long-awaited step toward shrinking emergency response times in hard-to-reach areas of the city and neighborhoods with high call volumes. The city launched its first roving "peak-hour" fire engine five months ago in downtown's East Village neighborhood — one of a dozen coverage gap areas where badly-needed new fire stations won't be built for years.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Microsoft Start

1 dead, 7 hurt in explosion at bank in Ohio

VIDEO: A natural gas explosion in Youngstown, Ohio, blew open the facade of a downtown bank building Tuesday afternoon, with seven people injured and one man killed. According to a press release from Youngstown Police Department, a 27-year-old man was killed in the explosion. That man was identified as Akil Drake, a Penn Hills High School graduate who worked at the Chase Bank where the explosion happened.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh

New simulator helping firefighters navigate Florida roads

VIDEO: Firefighters are getting new help in navigating the clogged streets of Kissimmee. The Kissimmee Fire Department is using a state-of-the-art simulator to train firefighters on how to drive a fire truck. Deputy Chief Joseph Leone says the Sim-Tech Fire Vehicle Training Simulator will come in handy, especially for new hires.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 13 Orlando - Metered Site

VIDEO: Home, vehicles damaged by fire in Oregon

PHOTOS: Firefighters battled a large house fire in Gresham early Monday morning. Just after midnight, crews from Gresham Fire responded to a fire in the 2400 block of Southwest 1st Street, near Southwest Mawrcrest Avenue. Gresham Fire says the fire started in the garage and quickly spread to the house, along with a few vehicles that were outside of the garage.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

College graduate highlights Maine first responders in 'Pride In Duty' photography exhibit

VIDEO: A recent Colby College graduate, who is also a firefighter, highlighted Waterville Fire and Rescue in her senior art exhibit. You may have heard the adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Studio art major Morgan Cheney embodied this by capturing the day-to-day of first responders at Waterville Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSH-TV NBC 6 Portland

Connecticut TikToker goes viral for hapless kitchen fire reaction, hopes 'people can learn' from her mistake

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Connecticut TikToker is going viral after posting a video showing her tripping over her couch while trying to escape an out-of-control kitchen fire. The footage shared on an account operated in part by LaTeasha Brost, which now has 6 million views, was captured by a pet camera in her apartment’s living room.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

Fire burns at commercial building in Pennsylvania

Fire crews spent hours Thursday night fighting massive flames at a business in Pottsville. It started at a commercial building near the 600 block of East Market Street around 7 p.m. As fire crews were tackling this fire the Wire Tele-View corporation building collapsed, just missing the firefighters below.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton

New study directly links night shift work with increased health risk; Washington fire department weighs in on benefits

VIDEO: Firefighters shifts range but they often go into the night, some can be as long as 48 hours in a row. According to Deputy Fire Chief Chris Mortensen, sleep studies have helped fire departments adjust the way firefighters sleep to make the night shift more bearable. “It used to be the alarms would blare and you were waking up and lights were flashing everywhere and we found out that was really bad for your system,” said Mortensen.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NonStop Local

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