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'The Snake Wranglers' train California firefighters how to catch and save rattlesnakes

VIDEO/PHOTOS: If you spot a rattlesnake in your yard what would you do? In this Zevely Zone story, 'The Snake Wranglers' offer a training session to firefighters and me. The best way to save a snake is to learn how to handle the real thing. "I truly feel they are the underdog in nature," said Bruce Ireland.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego

After years in decline, U.S. drowning deaths are rising again

Drowning deaths in the U.S. were on the decline for decades, but a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that fatalities have been increasing since 2020. While it's not exactly clear what's causing the spike, public health experts believe the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could be at least in part to blame.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Delaware Public Media

VIDEO: 5 firefighters suffer heat exhaustion battling fire in Rhode Island

Firefighters returned to a Pawtucket neighborhood Wednesday evening to knock down a fire that reignited inside an apartment building. Pawtucket Fire Chief John Trenteseaux told 12 News that firefighters were first called to the East Avenue home several hours prior for reports of smoke and flames coming from the second and third floors.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV 12 Providence

Drug Use in the US: Best and Worst States in 2024

Drug abuse has been an issue in the US for decades, yet despite efforts to curb it, substance use is still prevalent nationwide. According to the latest data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2020, approximately 40 million persons aged 12 years and older had a substance use disorder in the past year.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Patient Care

Charging lithium-ion batteries at Maine firehouse cause fire

Multiple lithium-ion batteries charging on a shelf at the Stacyville Fire Department caught fire Tuesday night, leading to damage and an injured firefighter. It happened shortly before 9 p.m. at the fire station located at 370 Station Rd., the state fire marshal's office said in a release Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSH-TV NBC 6 Portland

Museum in Colorado fighting for historical bronze fire bell, now in a church storage yard

VIDEO: A Denver museum has been fighting for the last 14 years to bring a piece of the city’s history back home after a 140-year-old bell, which was presumed missing, turned up at a church in Pueblo. “The bell itself is a 1,600-pound bell, which is quite large and it’s got a tone that even the bell company said is kind of a special tone,” Dan Farley said.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver

VIDEO: Tornado touches down in Iowa, toppling wind turbines, setting one ablaze

A tornado touched down Tuesday in Adams County, Iowa, toppling several wind turbines and leaving behind a trail of damage. The tornado touched down just northwest of Prescott around 3 p.m. Tuesday as a line of severe storms pushed into the state. KCCI's Zane Satre witnessed the storms touching down first-hand.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

One California county offering free skin cancer screenings to current and retired firefighters

VIDEO: Because of their jobs, firefighters have a much higher risk of developing skin cancer, according to Dr. Steven Wang. That's why he's offering free screenings to current and retired firefighters during Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Retired Orange County Fire Captain Jeffrey Johnson said his appointment to check his skin at Hoag Irvine is long overdue.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

Close calls with drivers are on the rise, Connecticut firefighters say

VIDEO: The Torrington firefighter’s union said there has been a troubling trend across the state. It said drivers have been disregarding the “move over” law. On Monday, a firefighter was hurt on a scene when a driver drove over a wire and entangled him, according to Local 1567 IAFF Torrington Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

What are nitazenes? Growing concerns over new opioids stronger than fentanyl

VIDEO: If you haven't heard of nitazenes, you're not alone. Officials are issuing warnings about the new and deadly threat in the nation's ongoing opioid epidemic. What are nitazenes? Nitazenes are a class of synthetic opioids that have been around since the 1950s, but now, authorities say they are being mixed with other illegal narcotics, like heroin and methamphetamine.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York City

Home Depot paying $1.3M for fire code violations in 2022 arson that destroyed California store

PHOTO: Home Depot is paying $1.3 million in fines after an investigation revealed fire code violations following an arson that burned a South San Jose store to the ground, prosecutors said. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen's office announced the fine against the hardware giant Monday, which followed an investigation by the DA's office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives into the 2022 fire that destroyed the store on Blossom Hill Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Double-parked cars increasingly impede DC Fire and EMS responses, officials say

VIDEO: D.C. fire officials say drivers are double-parking near firehouses, leading to delays that could have life-or-death consequences. Firefighters at 414 8th St. SE more frequently see ride-share and delivery drivers parked in the marked area, often leaving vehicles unattended. Saturday, when firefighters there were rushing to a call for a crash on Interstate 295, they were blocked by a double-parked car.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

Fire department in Ohio urging awareness after firefighter dies from suicide

VIDEO: An American flag flew gently in the breeze at half-staff Monday outside of Fire Station #1 in Canton. Inside, the gear of Jared Kneale, including his helmet, gloves and boots, were displayed by a fire truck as a tribute to a man who was loved by so many. "Words can't express the loss. Jared was a great guy.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland

VIDEOS: Tank battery fire causes massive flames in Oklahoma; Residents nearby shelter in place

A tank battery caught fire near Bethany on Sunday night, causing massive flames in the area. Sky 5 flew over the scene near the Bethany water tower, and pilot Chase Rutledge said he could feel the fire from the helicopter. It wasn't clear exactly what caused the fire, but lightning from severe storms continues to strike in the area.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City

What is hydroxocobalamin? The drug that likely saved FDNY firefighter who collapsed in burning home

VIDEO: Officials credited a smoke inhalation drug for likely saving the life of a New York City firefighter who fell unconscious and stopped breathing while battling a house blaze Friday. The firefighter was one of three injured during the response in the Bronx. All are expected to recover, Mayor Eric Adams and Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said at an evening news conference.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York City

Driver of fleeing vehicle causes fiery crash involving ambulance and life-threatening injuries in Florida

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: At approximately 2:44 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputy attempted a traffic stop on a 2014 BMW X1 for a traffic violation on Ulmerton Road near Railroad Avenue. The driver, 41-year-old Willie Lee Daniels, initially stopped for deputies but quickly conducted a U-turn and fled the traffic stop at a high rate of speed.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IONTB

EMS Week at 50: Honoring the Past While Looking at the Future

Half a century ago, a presidential proclamation called on the nation to support efforts to improve emergency medical care across the country. It also established the first national EMS Week, a tradition we proudly continue today. Much has changed since 1974, yet there is still much we can learn from those trailblazing professionals who helped EMS evolve into the sophisticated branch of medicine it is today.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of Emergency Medical Services

4 dead as severe storms hit Houston area; hundreds of thousands lose power in Texas

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Emergency crews in southeast Texas were clearing debris and assessing flooding early Friday after powerful storms tore through the state, killing at least four people and knocking out power to nearly 800,000 customers. The winds — which reached 100 mph — were reminiscent of 2008's Hurricane Ike, one of the costliest natural disasters in American history, Houston Mayor John Whitmire said in a briefing Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

North Carolina's SouthPark fire: ‘Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about it,’ firefighters say

VIDEO/PHOTOS: We’re approaching one year since a deadly fire at a construction site in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood. Anchor Erica Bryant spoke with some of the heroes who were right in the middle of it. It’s an interview that none of the firefighters really wanted to do, mainly because May 18, 2023 is a day that’s hard for them to think about.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Firefighters compete in 2024 West Regional Classic Firefighter Challenge in Nevada

VIDEO: Firefighters from agencies across the western region are competing for the top seed at the 2024 West Regional Classic Firefighter Challenge. The Sparks Fire Department and Sparks Firefighters Local 731 will host the event, also known as “The Toughest 2 Minutes in Sports.” “It’s a qualifier for Worlds.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLO-TV ABC/CW+ 8 Reno

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