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New law aims to help New Hampshire firefighters with occupational cancer

A law that went into effect this month in New Hampshire makes all types of cancer among firefighters a presumptive occupational disease. The new statute is aimed at making it easier for firefighters with cancer to receive workers' compensation. Research shows firefighters are at a higher risk of contracting the disease than the general population, and they deserve the presumption that it was caused by their work, Brian Ryll, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire said in an interview.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Hampshire Public Radio

36 years ago: Northwest Flight 255 crashes after takeoff at Detroit Metro Airport, killing 156

VIDEO: Wednesday marks 35 years since the deadliest plane crash in Michigan history. On August 16, 1987, Northwest Flight 255 took off from Romulus headed for Arizona — it didn’t make it far. Investigators blame a number of pilot errors on the crash, but the most important takeaway is the lives lost: 156 people were killed that day, all but one person on board and two people who were in vehicles near I-94 and Middlebelt Road.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit

Battery storage safety incidents guide for first responders published by American Clean Power Association

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) has launched a new guide aimed at helping first responders understand and deal with battery storage safety incidents. Including recommendations for pre-incident planning and incident response, the guide addresses potential hazards such as fire, explosions, arc flash, shock and toxic chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Energy Storage News

Wisconsin fire department creates 'flex farms' to address community need

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters have found another way to help the community, using their green thumbs to grow fresh food year round. It's part of a pilot program called "Gardens for First Responders," but fire crews aren't the only ones getting their hands in the soil. "I knew that our community needed growth; I knew we had food deserts," said Andre Lee Ellis with Community Agricultural Growing Experiences.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

8 ways one Ohio fire department is addressing a potential overtime crisis

Akron, like many state and local governments, has used recent federal stimulus windfalls to grow its cash reserves during a pandemic that didn't hurt income tax receipts in the city the way some had feared. Finance Director Steve Fricker has managed a cash reserve in the general fund that's nearly tripled since 2020.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal - Metered Site

Two South Carolina volunteer firefighters prove age is just a number

VIDEO: Two volunteer firefighters in Laurens County are proving that age is just a number. Jean Swanson and Ann Jenkins have a combined 62 years of volunteering at the Hickory Tavern Fire Department. “Dedicated. Loving. Friends,” said Chief Lance Roper. Swanson joined the department 44 years ago. Since then, her husband and son have served as chief.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNS-TV FOX 21 Greenville

US probing Virginia fatal crash involving Tesla suspected of running on automated driving system

U.S. auto safety regulators have sent a team to investigate a fatal crash in Virginia involving a Tesla suspected of running on a partially automated driving system. The latest crash, which occurred in July, brings to 35 the number of Tesla crashes under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since June of 2016.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

VIDEO: 5 dead, several hurt in Pennsylvania house explosion

Five people were killed and several others injured in a house explosion Saturday in Plum, a suburb of Pittsburgh. The explosion destroyed three structures and damaged at least a dozen others, authorities said. A person who was initially unaccounted for after the explosion was among the five dead, officials said Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

Former Massachusetts fire chief's invention changed firefighting in early 1900s

PHOTOS: New Bedford Fire Chief Edward F. Dahill changed the way firefighters fight fires. Dahill dedicated 59 years of service to the department from 1888 to 1947, and left behind an invention that made an extremely difficult job less difficult for all firefighters. He invented the first aerial ladder hoist, called the Dahill hoist, in 1902.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Bedford Standard-Times (South Coast Times) - Metered Site

Driver of stolen truck switches to stolen ambulance, hitting multiple cars on chase from Virginia to DC, police say

VIDEOS: A Maryland man led police on a wild chase from behind the wheel of two different trucks and then a stolen ambulance Saturday afternoon, striking multiple vehicles across three different highways, police said. The suspect caused a multi-car crash on I-395 in a stolen truck before stealing an ambulance that was responding to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

Video About Florida Firefighter’s Triumph Over Cancer Garners Telly Award Recognition

VIDEO: A heartfelt video about a Coral Springs-Parkland firefighter who beat cancer has won a prestigious Telly Award. Produced by the City of Coral Springs Communications and Marketing Department, Driver Engineer Brian Hobson was presented with the award on August 3. A survivor of thyroid cancer, considered occupational for firefighters, Hobson was diagnosed early and treated quickly after an annual Life Scan physical – a comprehensive medical test covered by the city for all first responders.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coral Springs Talk

‘A long time coming:’ Fire protection district in Colorado ready to unveil state-of-the-art fire station

PHOTOS: Cañon City Area Fire Protection District’s shiny new Headquarters & Fire Station No. 3 is state-of-the-art, contemporary and, frankly, a long-time coming. What personnel and administrators value most, they say, is its functionality. The new nearly $12 million facility, located at 3016 E. Main St.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Canon City Daily Record

Fire or active shooter? Tennessee teachers could be tasked with determining the difference when the alarm goes off

During the attack at the Covenant School, emergency calls to 911 show at least one teacher stepped into the hallway after hearing alarms go off, thinking it could be a fire drill. One proposal in Tennessee’s upcoming special legislative session would change how schools react when the alarm sounds. According to the bill, HB7002, guns fired inside a school could produce smoke that sets off fire alarms.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLN-FM 90.3 Nashville

Vintage Fire Museum in Indiana raises $600K for purchase of building

PHOTOS: After three years of raising money, the Vintage Fire Museum’s capital campaign has been completed with over $600,000 contributed for the purchase and restoration of its building. The museum, at 706 Spring St., Jeffersonville, has been at its location since 2020. It had been at other sites, including just across the street from the current spot.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News and Tribune - Metered Site

The 10 Best TV Shows About Firefighters, According to IMDb

There is something about watching firefighters work that is naturally dramatic and exciting to witness. Life and death situations, danger, physical feats, and the men and women working hard in service of others make for a powerful combination. Which perhaps is why firefighters make for great TV. Audiences cannot get enough of firefighters on television, and some fantastic pulse-racing, heart-wrenching firefighter shows have been produced over the years.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Collider

AI tool may help prevent sudden cardiac arrest among firefighters

Recently developed artificial intelligence software can determine whether firefighters may be about to experience a potentially fatal cardiac event. That’s what a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Rochester, and Google contend in a report that details their machine-learning model.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety and Health Magazine

Can firefighters, EMTs use New Jersey legal weed? 'Nobody wants to be the test case'

VIDEO: At times, Dan Jensen feels like he’s caught between two worlds. One world is on display in his corner office, where he hangs artifacts from his career — his old career, back when he could barely sleep more than an hour or two before the nightmares jolted him awake. There are a few shields from his old firefighter helmets in Pine Beach and Seaside Heights, along with a few award plaques and older, turn-of-the-century firefighting antiques.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press - Metered Site

Fire & Rescue marine program on Oregon's Willamette and Columbia rivers

VIDEO: It’s a side of Portland Fire & Rescue many in the community don’t see unless they’re on one of Portland’s local rivers. At Station 21 along the Eastbank Esplanade in Southeast Portland, there’s a dock that houses a fire boat and a rescue boat. This is one of three locations that house these types of boats as part of Portland Fire & Rescue’s Marine Program.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

Restoring a piece of history: Firefighters in Illinois to restore original 1939 engine

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Silvis firefighters are taking on a new project: restoring an 84-year-old fire engine to its former glory. The city purchased the American LaFrance engine in 1939 and it was used as a frontline fire engine until 1964. Faded paint on the side shows it was engine #2. "It was traded in and it kind of disappeared," Silvis Fire Chief John Winters said.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQAD-TV ABC/MyNetworkTV 8 Moline

How Charity Is Driving Public Safety Drone Programs

While Kale Geiswite spends his days teaching criminal justice to high schoolers, most of his time off is dedicated to the real world of public safety — fighting fires and aiding search and rescue missions. He’s a volunteer firefighter for the New Berlin Fire Department in Pennsylvania, but recently his work has centered around a tool that might look more like a video game controller his students might use.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Government Technology


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