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VIDEO: Large fire extinguished at historic apartment building in Iowa

Part of downtown Mason City is closed off after a fire destroyed the historic Kirk Apartments on Monday. The building is located at 206 North Federal Avenue which is part of Mason City’s historic district in downtown. Barricades are placed on North Federal Avenue to keep people safely at a distance. According to Mason City Fire Chief Erik Bullinger, firefighters were called to the building shortly after 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

Scammer posing as fire equipment inspector steals nearly 1K from Washington, D.C. bagel shop; Possible link to 6 cases along East Coast

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A popular D.C. breakfast spot is sending a warning to other businesses after falling victim to a scam Saturday. Pearl’s Bagels in Mount Vernon Triangle is out nearly a thousand dollars after a man claiming to be a fire equipment inspector stole from them. Oliver Cox, the owner of Pearl’s Bagels, told FOX 5 the scammer knew what he was doing.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-TV FOX 5 Washington, D.C.

Former and current fire chiefs remember 1993 tornado in Oklahoma

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Thirty years ago Catoosa didn't have sirens, only had a volunteer fire department and cell phones were just starting to become a thing. That's how Catoosa Fire Chief Denus Benton remembers it. FOX23 talked to him Monday, 30 years since a supercell storm spawned a tornado that killed seven people and left a path of destruction and injuries through Tulsa and Catoosa.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOKI-TV FOX 23 Tulsa

FAA investigating fires on two separate American Airlines flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating fires on two separate American Airlines flights, after two planes over the past week reported engine damage in North Carolina and Ohio. American Airlines Flight 2288 canceled its takeoff from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina last Thursday, due to a possible engine fire, the FAA told The Hill.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill

Students design quick fix to Ohio fire department equipment

VIDEO: Who does the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department call when they need help? Two Toledo Technology Academy seniors answered their call. For years, while on the scene of an emergency, TFRD personnel stayed connected through mobile data terminals. But recently, the clips that hold the styluses to the tablets have been breaking.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOL-TV CBS 11 Toledo

VIDEO: Dragon prop catches fire during Disneyland show in California; Disney temporarily suspends similar fire effects globally

An intense fire broke out at Disneyland in Anaheim on Saturday night as packed crowds were enjoying a show at the theme park. The fire ignited on Tom Sawyer Island during the Fantasmic! nighttime water and fireworks show held on the Rivers of America. Citizen video captured by parkgoers shows massive flames fully engulfing Maleficent’s dragon prop on stage.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Township in Ohio repurposes fire hose into school safety locks

An area fire department and school district are giving retired fire hoses a second chance to save lives by repurposing the hoses into door sleeves at Northridge Local Schools. Northridge Local School District Safety Director Officer Clint Ball approached the Harrison Township Fire Department and asked department could make sleeves used to secure district doors.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDTN-TV NBC 2 Dayton

South Carolina bill aims to redefine firefighter, changing healthcare benefits

VIDEO: A South Carolina bill that’s making its way through the Senate could change what firefighters receive as a cancer health care benefit plan. The definition of a firefighter only includes actual residents of South Carolina, but if this change were to pass, non-South Carolina residents who work in the state could also receive these benefits.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston

FDIC International brings firefighters from around the world to Indiana

VIDEO: Indianapolis is hosting fire departments from across the world for the 96th annual Fire Department International Conference. This is the 29th year Indianapolis has hosted the event, which begins Monday and runs through Saturday. It’s North America’s largest firefighter conference and will showcase the latest safety techniques and the newest fire tools and gear.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISH-TV CW 8 Indianapolis

With Fire Departments Struggling for Volunteers, States Respond to the Alarm

When firefighters show up to a blaze or medical emergency across much of the United States, they most likely are volunteers. It’s also likely the department is understaffed, struggling to replace old equipment and facing uncertainty about its next generation of firefighters. “So much of our country relies on the volunteer fire service,” said Kimberly Quiros, chief of communications with the National Volunteer Fire Council, a nonprofit advocacy organization.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Pew Charitable Trusts

VIDEO: House explosion in Massachusetts shakes neighboring homes; No reports of injuries

Firefighters worked to keep a huge fire from spreading in Truro Friday morning after a house exploded. There were no reports of injuries, as the fire chief did not believe anyone was home at the time. The blast on First Light Lane shook houses in neighboring towns, people on social media reported. Video from the scene showed flames completely engulfing the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

More Wisconsin women look to firefighting as a career

VIDEO: Firefighting is both a physically and mentally demanding profession, and while Wisconsin women have been blazing the trail for others in the industry, some said there is still work to be done. In 2020, women accounted for less than 5% of career firefighters nationwide, according to the latest estimated numbers by the National Fire Protection Association.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1 - Metered Site

New Indiana law helps protect firefighters from toxic chemicals

A new law signed Thursday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will help protect Hoosier firefighters from the toxic chemicals known as PFAS. But it stops short of actually banning cancer-causing compounds. House Bill 1219, which was passed unanimously at the state house, will require the monitoring of PFAS levels in firefighters' blood because the so-called "forever chemicals" have been linked to multiple cancers.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBND-LD ABC 57 South Bend

North Carolina firefighter will run for a full day to advocate for cancer screenings

VIDEO: Mikey Riley has been with the Asheville Fire Department for just over 15 years. Just within the past few years of his time there, Riley said he's been personally impacted by the loss of active and retired firefighters due to occupational cancer. The Asheville Fire Department has lost four active members in the last four to five years due to occupational cancer, according to Riley, which he plans to use as motivation on Saturday, April 22.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYFF-TV NBC 4 Greenville

Strike Up The Band: NYC Fire Museum Honors FDNY'S Musical Traditions With A New Exhibition

The New York City Fire Museum has now launched a new exhibition, Strike Up the Band: A Tribute to the Bands of the Bravest, which tells the story of the New York City Fire Department’s extensive musical traditions that span generations. The exhibition will be on display from April 26, 2023 through late August 2023, and will take guests on a journey of over 100 years of history.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The City Life Org

VIDEO: Firefighters battle fire at closed tavern in Oregon

PHOTOS: Firefighters were called to fight a fire at an abandoned tavern in North Portland on Wednesday night. The call came in at about 7:30 p.m. The fire was at The Barn Tavern at 7421 North Denver Ave. According to Portland firefighters, the building was on their “unsafe building list” and there have been eight fires at the location in the last 12 months.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

City council reacts to Georgia firefighter’s plea for help after off-duty injury

An Atlanta city council member is fighting to protect first responders who get hurt while choosing to respond to emergencies while off-duty. Earlier this month, Atlanta News First highlighted how long-time Atlanta firefighter and paramedic, Lieutenant Mark Quick, witnessed a car crash in January while off duty and stopped to help, but he was hit by a car in the process.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta News First

Community paramedics help emergency responders stay available in one Texas city

VIDEO: The City of Bryan says they have no problem keeping up with emergency calls with the help of a new program. Community paramedics are emerging across the country. It’s something that caught the eye of Chris Lamb with the Bryan Fire Department. “Every year the call volume increases more and more and more.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBTX-TV CBS 3 Bryan

Wisconsin fire station brings back a little history, receives a replica firefighter bell

VIDEO: The Appleton Fire Department hosted a bell dedication ceremony on Wednesday morning to celebrate Station #1 receiving a new firefighter’s bell. Officials say that throughout history, the life of a firefighter has been closely associated with the ringing of the bell. As firefighters began their tour of duty, it was the bell that signaled the start of a shift.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

VIDEO: RVs, boats, classic car burned in Texas storage facility fire sparked by unattended candles, officials say

An early morning fire that was sparked by unattended candles completely destroyed a boat and RV storage facility in north Houston. SkyEye video shows the aftermath of the massive fire at A-Safe-T Storage at 11539 N. Houston Rosslyn at Breen Drive, which is a total loss. Officials said the fire first started at 5:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston


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