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Texas fire department trains its largest-ever recruit class

VIDEO: The City of Fort Worth's fire department is training its largest-ever recruiting class, in an effort to keep up with the city's population growth. Chief James Davis said he'd been trying to boost staffing for a couple of years, and the city council granted the budget after recent studies highlighted the need.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

Wisconsin firefighters offer training for home-schooled students

The Superior Fire Department will offer fire prevention training for home-schooled children in first through fifth grade from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 17, Oct. 18 and Oct. 19. Training held in 2022 , the first offered by the department, welcomed 103 children to the headquarters fire station over two days. “We actually ended up having to turn down a couple of families — we didn’t have enough space — so we’ve opened it up.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Superior Telegram - Metered Site

Playing with fire: Arizona high school football coaches double as firefighters

PHOTOS: For some, the pressure of serving as a first responder is too overwhelming. But for others, running toward danger instead of away from it is a life mission. No matter the time of day, firefighters are ready to stop at any moment to serve their community. And some of them are even willing to accept more pressure to serve their communities in a different way.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cronkite News

VIDEO: Fire at recreation rental business sends smoke plume above San Diego

A large cloud of smoke billowed above Mission Bay on Monday afternoon after a building caught on fire at Campland by the Bay. The two-alarm fire began in Adventure Water Sports, a recreation rental business near the beach of the campground located at 2211 Pacific Beach Drive. By 2:25 p.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue firefighters on the ground were gaining control over the flames, which had engulfed the structure.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Mass overdose at Oregon park the most the local fire department has seen during a single call, official says

VIDEO: Portland police responded to eight people who overdosed on Monday morning in the Pearl District, near the North Park Blocks. Officers said the people ingested a powder likely laced with fentanyl. The overdoses happened in the area of Northwest Couch Street and Park Avenue, among the North Park Blocks.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland

New York house 'ablaze' with Halloween spirit, sparks false fire alarm

VIDEO: A call to a reported house fire in Glens Falls over the weekend turned out to be something else-- just in time for the Halloween season. Check this out-- that's the home... It looks like a massive fire in the windows. But it's actually Halloween decorations-- some lights, a fan, a fog machine and a silver sheet.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRGB-TV CBS 6 Schenectady

A nationwide emergency alert will be sent to all U.S. cellphones Wednesday

A nationwide test of the emergency and wireless alert systems will be conducted Wednesday at 2:20 p.m. ET, when a message will be sent to all cellphones, TVs and radios. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a news release in August that a message that reads, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

VIDEO: Flames engulf row of trees, threaten nearby apartment buildings in California

PHOTOS: A row of Cypress trees caught fire on Friday night, threatening nearby structures and residents. Video from the scene, near the intersection of Waring Avenue and Highland Avenue, captures onlookers warning others to get away from the fire that started around 10:30 p.m. Firefighters rushed to the area and were able to extinguish the blaze before it completely spread to an apartment building adjacent to the row of trees.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Ohio fire department announces its first certified female bomb tech

A Cincinnati firefighter is the first woman in the history of the Cincinnati Fire Department to be certified as a bomb technician. Firefighter Nykeba Banks joins a select few as a prestigious United States Public Safety Bomb Technician, the fire department said in a news release Monday. She received her certification from the Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Newport

Hispanic Heritage Month: Mentoring the next generation of Arizona firefighters

The Valley Hispanic Bomberos have been mentoring aspiring firefighters for decades. Now that those volunteers are on Valley firefighter crews, they're carrying on the legacy. From outreach to training programs, the Bomberos are connecting with Spanish-dominant neighborhoods to get teens involved. They've partnered with Franklin Police and Fire High School in Phoenix to put on workouts for aspiring recruits.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Massachusetts DFS Adds Mammograms to Firefighter Cancer Screening Program

Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine said that the Department of Fire Services has added mammograms to the complement of free, early-detection cancer screenings available to Massachusetts firefighters. “Firefighters are at greater risk of developing cancer, developing it at younger ages, and receiving a late diagnosis than the public they protect,” said State Fire Marshal Davine.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mass.gov

Firefighters in Indiana rescue police drone that got stuck on construction crane

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The Indianapolis Fire Department rescued an unruly police drone that got stuck on top of a crane this weekend. The crew was asked to get the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department drone after it landed on the structure near the “Rise on Meridian” apartments construction site on South Meridian Street on Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISH-TV CW 8 Indianapolis

Fire destroys home in California that helped people in need

PHOTO: A predawn house fire in a neighborhood near Chollas Lake displaced 11 residents Wednesday and left a firefighter injured, authorities reported. The blaze erupted about 5 a.m. in a detached garage next to a home in the 3100 block of Chateau Way in Lemon Grove, Heartland Fire & Rescue spokesman Andy McKellar said.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Minnesota fire department's new Quint 4 apparatus reduces emissions and can alert drivers when approaching

VIDEO: The Duluth Fire Department recently put a new Quint 4 apparatus into service with two features unique to the vehicle. “One is the HAAS safety cloud. It’s an alerting system that alerts drivers that are using Apple maps, or if you’re using Waze, or if you have a Jeep, Chrysler or Dodge make that’s 2008 or newer, this system will actually alert you when the fire truck is approaching you,” explained Deputy Chief Mike Consie.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIO-DT ABC 10 Duluth

Man gets 12 years for 2021 apartment shooting, explosion that wounded Texas firefighters

The man who shot into a southeast Oak Cliff apartment in 2021, severing a gas line and causing an explosion that injured several people, including Dallas firefighters, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday, according to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Phillip Dankins, 30, was sentenced to 12 years on a drug charge and 12 years on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, the DA’s office said.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News - Metered Site

New York City firefighters seen cutting apart truck that got wedged in tunnel, causing traffic nightmare

PHOTOS: A truck got stuck in a New York City tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan causing a miles-long traffic jam, resulting in firefighters sawing apart the vehicle's trailer, officials said. The 18-wheel tractor-trailer truck became wedged about a mile into the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel on Thursday morning, and it took responding crews around two hours to remove the vehicle, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

VIDEO: Blaze consumes historic building in Massachusetts after fire breaks out in bar with patrons inside

Fire crews worked late into the night to contain a massive fire that engulfed a historic building in Templeton that housed a pub and a pool hall, officials said. The blaze broke out around 10 p.m. at the Otter River Hotel, where open mic night was underway at the Otter River Pub. Fire crews used ladder trucks to fight the intense flames and several nearby buildings were evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHDH-TV ABC 7 Boston

A look back at Southwest Florida's Hurricane Ian one year later

PHOTO GALLERY: Hurricane Ian rocked Southwest Florida one year ago. On Sept. 28, 2022, Ian made landfall as a powerful Category 4 storm, devastating Naples and Fort Myers. In South Sarasota County and Charlotte County, flooding caused multiple water rescues. Though the outlook was at times grim and the situations devastating, the Suncoast rallied around one another as we often do.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWSB-TV ABC 7 Sarasota

'Healing Ink' helps Wisconsin first responders process trauma pain

VIDEO: A "Healing Ink" and "United for Waukesha Resiliency Center" partnership provided tattoos for first responders who rushed to help during the 2021 Christmas parade attack, helping them process their pain through permanent ink. Organizers said they hope the tattoos for 30 first responders over two days will help those on the front lines continue to heal.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

San Diego Fire Department to receive new, custom made $1.25M fireboat

VIDEO: The San Diego Fire Rescue Department will receive a boat similar to the "Triton," a high performance fireboat thanks to a $1.25 million dollar check from the State of California. "I was able to get it out in this last budget. It's been a need for a long time to replace a boat that’s been in service since the early 90s.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego


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