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40 years in the making: City in Kansas recognizes first female firefighter

VIDEO: The Wichita Fire Department hosted a special surprise presentation on Wednesday for a former Wichita firefighter. Rebecca (Downum) Chandler became Wichita’s first female firefighter in 1983. “It was a wonderful time. I didn’t really know how long I could do it, but I did it as long as I could,” she said, “I enjoyed doing it.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWCH-DT CBS 12 Hutchinson

9/11 first responders are still saving lives

VIDEO: New York and Nashville researchers studied blood cell mutations in 9/11 first responders and determined some cells were cloning out of control and causing cardiovascular disease. Thanks to this research, an exercise fanatic discovered he had underlying and extensive heart disease. Roger Grad exercises 90 minutes a day, five days a week.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISH-TV CW 8 Indianapolis

Connecticut fire lieutenant shaves mullet grown out for 798 days for charity

VIDEO: Fairfield firefighters gathered Thursday night to shave a mullet for a good cause. The mullet had been growing out for 798 days by Lt. Lee Corbo. Corbo decided to create a fundraiser and shave his hair in support of the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. He is also supporting a Norwalk firefighter who has been diagnosed with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut

VIDEO: 1 person injured, boat sinks after being engulfed in flames off of New York fuel dock

One person was injured after a boat caught fire on City Island Tuesday just before 6 p.m. The small powerboat sunk in the Long Island Sound shortly after firefighters were able to get the blaze under control. The boat was just off the fuel dock at 673 City Island Avenue in the Bronx when it went up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Specialized photographer in Louisiana captures dramatic moments in firefighters' daily battles

VIDEO: A volunteer firefighter in Ascension Parish is using his hobby of photography to bring the public into their world. Blake Stone has what some could call a burning passion for capturing the moment. As a volunteer firefighter, he knows from firsthand experience what it takes to stand on the front lines and serve the community.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRZ-TV ABC 2 Baton Rouge

New Missouri law includes PTSD treatment for first responders

VIDEO: First responders can now make use of a new state law meant to help with post-traumatic stress disorder. Senate Bill 24 includes PTSD as an occupational disease when diagnosed in first responders and establishes benefits under workers' compensation. The bill states there is no physical injury required for a first responder to receive benefits.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMIZ-TV ABC 17 Columbia

California firefighters rescue driver from bottom of 100-foot cliff by forming a human pulley system

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A driver who plunged off a 100-foot cliff in a remote area of Southern California and spent five days "immobilized" in their wrecked pickup truck, was rescued this weekend by firefighters who formed a human pulley system to pluck the victim from the ravine, authorities said. The rescue unfolded about 10:58 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

2 killed in apparent street race crash into firetruck in California; 4 crewmembers injured

VIDEO: A driver and passenger were killed in an apparent street race when their vehicle crashed into a firetruck, injuring four crewmembers, in West Compton Tuesday. The crash was reported around 12:30 a.m. as the engine company was responding to a medical incident, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson Craig Little said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Arizona mom wakes up to find her 12-year-old son on fire after TikTok challenge

VIDEO: A very scary situation, a 12-year-old boy now hospitalized after partaking in a TikTok challenge went wrong. "I woke up to him just screaming and I woke up so fast that I kicked the dog gate out of my door frame, and then I saw him, he was on fire," Tiffany Roper mother of 12-year-old boy said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Mesa

Maryland fire station damaged after ambulance ignites in engine bay, officials say

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Prince George's County fire station was damaged after an ambulance caught fire early Sunday morning, the agency said. "We do have our share of fires in Prince George’s County, but running a fire within one of our own fire stations is very unique," Department Public Information Director Alan Doubleday said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington D.C.

Step by step: First responders, residents honor 9/11 victims in Tennessee

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The memory of the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks was on the minds of dozens of people at AT&T Field in Chattanooga Monday morning. With a week before the 22nd remembrance of that dark day, first responders and the public climbed stairs in their memory. 2,977 people lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga

At least two EVs catch fire in Florida after Idalia storm surge compromises batteries

VIDEO: State officials had been warning Florida residents about the threat posed by storm surge to electric vehicles since Monday, days before Hurricane Idalia made landfall. In the aftermath of the destructive storm, Pinellas officials report at least two incidents of electric vehicles combusting after their lithium-ion batteries were exposed to the saltwater.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay

New York creates battery storage fire safety working group following multiple fires

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the creation of a new Inter-Agency Fire Safety Working Group meant to ensure the safety and security of energy storage systems across the state, following fire incidents at facilities in Jefferson, Orange, and Suffolk Counties this summer. State agencies will begin immediate inspections of energy storage sites, and the working group is intended to help prevent fires and ensure emergency responders have the necessary training and information to prepare and deploy resources in the event of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: POWER Engineering

Firefighter Syndrome: University of Hawaii addressing long-term psychological, physical risks

Firefighters who battled the deadly Lahaina wildfires on August 8 have earned immense gratitude for their efforts to fend off the historic inferno fed by hurricane force winds and large swaths of fire prone bone-dry brush. Chris Frueh, a psychology professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo provides insight into short- and long-term medical, psychological and social risks firefighters can sustain in their line of work.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Hawaii News

Texas fire captain shaves 12-year mustache to raise funds for firefighters battling cancer

VIDEO: Killeen’s Fire Station 9 held an auction to raise donations for two firefighters who are currently battling cancer. The station has an allotted pool of donations named the Benevolence fund, which goes to taking care of firefighter’s financial stability when they leave work due to medical or personal issues.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWTX-TV CBS 10 Waco

VIDEO: Chicago Fire Department chief, lieutenant attacked by man with knife after being lured into home

Two Chicago firefighters were rescued after being lured into a home and attacked by a man armed with a knife Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said. Chicago police said the incident occurred in the 7700-block of South Marshfield Avenue at about 12:18 p.m. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said firefighters were called to a garage fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Hurricane Idalia slams Florida's Gulf Coast, Georgia, moves into Carolinas

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Idalia isn't finished with the Southeastern coastal states yet. Idalia made landfall Wednesday morning as a powerful Category 3 hurricane over Keaton Beach, located along Florida's Gulf Coast near Tallahassee. After rapidly intensifying on its path through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and briefly registering as a Category 4 storm, the hurricane hit Florida's Big Bend area with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

University of Maryland students using indoor drones to help fire crews

VIDEO: Some University of Maryland students were in the spotlight Wednesday after winning more than $150,000 in a national drone competition. What the team from the university's Autonomous Micro Air Vehicle Team has achieved is especially important to first responders, who turned out in big numbers Wednesday to take a look at the specialized drone students at the University’s Clark School of Engineering created.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9 Washington, D.C.

Newly acquired 9/11 materials at Fire Museum of New York City add to World Trade Center heroes’ stories

VIDEO: From the first bucket brigades of New Amsterdam in the 1620s to state-of-the-art firefighting now, the Fire Museum of New York City tells the story of fire protection, fire prevention, and firefighting in New York, over the years. The telling of a vital chapter of that story just got more in-depth with the museum’s acquisition of new materials related to 9/11.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York City

VIDEO: Fire at downtown Los Angeles building sends flames, clouds of smoke into air

A fire broke out in a two-story building in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District, sending flames and clouds of black smoke into the air Wednesday morning. The fire was reported just before 6 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Los Angeles Street. A large plume of smoke could be seen across the downtown LA area.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles


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