If you have an emergency call 911!

National Fire News

Heroic Firefighter Moms Celebrated in Los Angeles

VIDEO: In Mid-City L.A., Station 68 is home to two very special firefighters, who are also mothers and inspiring a new generation of first responders. At Station 68, one of the busier stations in Los Angeles, you'll find Tanya Crabbe and Jessica Jackson – women (and mothers) who have been firefighters for 15 and 20 years respectively.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

VIDEO: Driver charged after crashing into Medic ambulance in North Carolina

A driver is facing charges after crashing into an ambulance and injuring multiple people, including two paramedics, police said. Medic responded to a crash at North Tryon Street and West Mallard Creek Church Road around 12:30 a.m. While paramedics were treating someone hurt in the initial crash, a driver allegedly ran a red light and crashed into the stopped ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCNC-TV NBC 36 Charlotte

20 Most Catastrophic Fires and Explosions in American History

In the second half of the 19th century, after the conclusion of the Civil War and into the 20th century, there was a major influx of immigrants looking for work, as well as advances in technology. This boom happened faster than safety measures like labor laws and fire codes could advance to anything like what we have today.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 24/7 Wall St.

VIDEO: Police Say Barricaded Man Set Florida House On Fire During Murder-Suicide

An armed man barricaded himself inside of a Fort Lauderdale house then set it on fire before coming outside and killing himself in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday night. Fort Lauderdale Police officials said officers responded to a shooting call around 8:24 p.m. near the intersection of Northwest 27th Terrace and Northwest 17th Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami

IAFC President Testifies at Congressional Hearing

Thursday, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) President and Board Chair, Chief Donna Black, testified before the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to support the reauthorization of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program, and the U.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org

How rotting real estate in this American city has ‘heartbreaking’ consequences for firefighters

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Flames poured out of the second and third windows of an abandoned rowhome, lighting the early morning sky. Crews from multiple fire engines rushed inside, but within minutes the interior of the building collapsed, killing three firefighters and badly wounding a fourth. It was the Baltimore City Fire Department's worst on-duty loss of life since the mid 1950s.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

Thieves breaking into cars owned by firefighters parked outside central Ohio Fire stations

VIDEO: Police agencies across central Ohio are looking for thieves who have been busting into cars owned by firefighters while they are on duty keeping communities safe. Two suspects were captured on security camera outside Concord Township Fire Station No. 341 on Dublin Road shortly before midnight on Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSYX-TV ABC/FOX/MyNetworkTV 6 Columbus

1982 Caldecott Tunnel inferno changed hazmat cargo rules of the road in California

VIDEO: With the variety of accident-avoidance technology now available on passenger cars, there is growing interest in making it mandatory on the big rig trucks that travel the highways each day. It's the kind of thing that could have made a difference in a tragic accident more than 40 years ago that changed California's rules of the road.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

VIDEO: Fire burns three homes in Illinois

A massive overnight fire in Washington Park destroyed two houses and damaged a third home. No serious injuries are being reported; however, one firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion. It all happened on Portland Place, not far from Route 111 and north of I-64. Authorities told FOX 2 the two homes that were destroyed were both vacant, the third home which is damaged was occupied.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis

Fire Station Houses in Southern California City Getting Devices to Detect Deadly Gas Leaks

VIDEO: Public-safety and utility officials announced Wednesday that the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department will soon have another tool to keep the public safe — an agency-wide set of multi-gas detectors slated to be distributed to the city's emergency-response vehicles. The devices, which can detect natural gas, carbon monoxide and other toxic vapors, were donated by San Diego Gas & Electric and will be delivered to all 52 SDFRD stations this year, officials said during a morning briefing at San Diego Fire Station 45 in Mission Valley.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Behind the scenes of the ATF's National Response Team truck housed at a New York fire station

VIDEO: Tucked away at a Buffalo fire station is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) National Response Team truck — a mobile unit filled with tools and tech to investigate fires and explosions anywhere in the nation. “When we get on scene, we want to get right to work,” said Mark Meeks, ATF special agent in charge from the Albany field office.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1 - Metered Site

Firefighters in one Virginia city could soon give away Narcan to bystanders at an overdose scene

When Arlington firefighters respond to drug overdoses, they could soon start bringing along enough doses of an opioid-reversal drug to leave some behind. This is part of a statewide effort “to prevent fatal overdoses and increase community access” to the nasal spray Narcan, one form of the reversal drug called naloxone.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ARL Now

VIDEO: 10 years ago, tanker fire erupts on highway in Pennsylvania

On May 9, 2013, a massive truck fire erupted on the ramp of Route 22/322 in Dauphin County. The fire caused many headaches for motorists and people around the area. According to abc27 media partner Lancaster Online/LNP, reports said that the truck was heading northbound when it flipped over on a ramp to Route 22/322 westbound.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg

U.S. Fire Administration Announces Effort to Launch New Fire Information and Analytics Platform

Tuesday, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) announced the launch of the modernization effort to develop a new, interoperable fire information and analytics platform, known as the National Emergency Response Information System (NERIS), for the American fire and emergency services. This effort is being carried out as a partnership between USFA and the US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FEMA.gov

Maine Firefighter Keeps Tradition Alive By Hand Painting Engine

PHOTOS: I am betting there are many out there that would agree that there's something kinda cool about a shiny new fire engine. After all, isn't that why toy companies have been marketing toy versions of them to kids for the better part of the last hundred years?! As cool as a shiny new fire engine might be, it's even cooler when it's customized for the town it's going to serve, and even cooler still, when that customization comes at the hands of one of the fire department's very own! Meet Orono Firefighter, Dennis Bean.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQCB-FM 106.5 Brewer

iPhone crash detection triggers 'false positives' in one Indiana county

VIDEO: A newer safety feature on iPhones is creating an unexpected challenge for first responders. Crash detection technology automatically alerts 911 if you're in a crash. But it's also leading to false positives - emergency runs, with no emergency. That happened two times in two days last week in Johnson County.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTHR-TV NBC 13 Indianapolis

VIDEO: One of the largest non-nuclear explosions in U.S. rocked Nevada 35 years ago

PHOTOS: The eyes of the nation were on the Las Vegas valley, specifically Henderson, 35 years ago when a series of explosions at an industrial plant rocked the valley killing two people, leaving hundreds injured, causing more than $100 million in damage and impacting the NASA space shuttle program. In a 2018 interview with 8 News Now, retired Henderson Fire Captain Don Griffie was in one of the first engines heading to the reported fire at Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada, referred to as PEPCON, when the first explosion happened.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLAS-TV CBS 8 Las Vegas

Mandatory retirement age eliminated for Iowa volunteer firefighters, reserve police officers

Iowa no longer has a mandatory retirement age for reserve police officers and volunteer firefighters. Full and part-time police and firefighters in Iowa must retire at the age of 65. The governor has signed a bill into law that eliminates that age restriction for volunteer firefighters and trained reserve police officers who are volunteers, but can make arrests and investigate crimes.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Radio Iowa

Historic firehouse in Michigan returns to use for firefighters for three days

VIDEO: Firefighters in Ypsilanti are making a brief move back into their old firehouse that's since become a museum to celebrate the historic building and city's 200th birthday. The Michigan Firehouse Museum is opening doors up again for firefighters for a limited time. Originally built in 1898, the Ypsilanti Firehouse was closed and later revitalized as a museum.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit

Rising number of lithium battery incidents on airplanes worry pilots, flight attendants

VIDEO: Saindy Pyles thought she was going to die with her baby son, Liam, clutched to her chest as she flew home to Wichita from Miami after photographing a wedding. Midway through the flight Pyles said smoke filled the cabin after she saw sparks and fire burst from a bag in the seat directly behind her.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles


How can you help?

We are volunteer organizations and are funded primarily through generous donations from the community.  We also need help at our fundraising events.

We welcome new firefighters and EMT's.  We can provide you with training through the Wisconsin Technical College System.

To find out more about joining or other ways to help contact us or come to a meeting!