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VIDEO: Massive fire destroys former Elks Lodge in Oregon

A massive two-alarm fire destroyed a former Elks Lodge in northeast Portland early Thursday morning. The fire started at about 2 a.m. at a building on Northeast 100th Avenue, near Northeast Irving Street. PF&R said crews are very familiar with this building as there have been multiple fires at the building over the past few years.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

Former Ohio firefighter with disability winning weightlifting competitions

VIDEO: A retired firefighter is breaking records in weightlifting competitions and he’s doing it with only one arm. “I was a firefighter for the city of Franklin and we had just come back from a fire, I was guiding the truck back into the bay for the driver and it was just a freak accident I got pinned in between the truck and the wall,” said Mike Diehl.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDTN-TV NBC 2 Dayton

'Seconds save lives': Fire rescue in Florida implements tool to help clear intersections during responses

VIDEO: Every second matters for first responders, and Martin County Fire Rescue now has another tool that will help heighten its response time during emergencies. "Once our emergency lights are activated, it communicates through a transmitter within the vehicle, that’s going to communicate wirelessly through GPS as well to the traffic preemption cabinet," Division Chief Christian Montoya of Martin County Fire Rescue told WPBF 25 News.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPBF-TV ABC 25 Tequesta

Early firefighting in Virginia was as a grassroots collective

PHOTOS: In the eighteenth century, fire protection was usually by citizens rallying around the fire battling the flames with bucket brigades. Winchester required buckets on each floor of every building and fifty-gallon tubs of water placed about the town. If a fire broke out, a bell was rung and the towns folk were expected to turn out and fight the flames including women and children.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Royal Examiner

Utah firefighters use meme humor to encourage clearing hydrants

Firefighters are asking for help from the community with clearing fire hydrants of snow in case of an emergency. The Kaysville City Fire Department has been spreading the word for months with humorous posts, hoping to bring more attention to the message. Cameron McKinnon, public information officer for the Kaysville Fire Department, said it’s really helpful if people can take the extra second to clear space around the fire hydrants in their neighborhoods (preferably 3 feet around the hydrant) as they do with sidewalks and driveways.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

21 Displaced After Flames Tear Through Massachusetts Home

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a large blaze in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood that left 12 adults and nine children unable to return home Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m. in a home on Cushing Avenue. Flames burst through the roof of the building. "Seeing their faces and trying to figure out what's going to come next.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Nashua

'This is family': Illinois fire lieutenant recalls sending firefighters into collapsed theater

VIDEO: Belvidere Fire Department Lt. Dan Drall was among the first on scene when the ceiling collapsed on people in a packed metal concert at the Apollo Theatre. Immediately, he said, firefighters jumped into action. "The first five minutes dictates the next five hours of the scene. We've always talked about that.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Police, fire, government agencies across Florida must ground millions of dollars in drones over fears of spying

Police, fire and other government agencies across Florida must ground millions of dollars in aerial drones because of a new state rule banning the agencies from using devices made by China-based DJI. The DJI drones are among the most widely used in the world, but the DeSantis administration said they pose a security threat and did not include them on a list of approved drone manufacturers.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin joins Carolina Panthers for CPR training event

VIDEO: Inside the Atrium Health Dome on Monday, there was a different mission: one that didn’t require anyone to put on a helmet and pads. Instead, there was a bigger lesson -- one that is possibly life-saving. “I always grew up wanting to be a football player, wanting to make it to the NFL. This situation has just brought a whole bigger life purpose for me,” said Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTV CBS 3 Charlotte

VIDEO: Smoke still rising from massive 3-alarm fire in Pennsylvania

A massive fire that broke out Tuesday morning is now considered under control Tuesday afternoon, authorities say. The blaze began around 5 a.m. at the Johnson Motor Lines warehouse on Lehigh Drive, on the bank of the Lehigh River. Hazmat crews were on the scene because there are chemicals in the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYW-TV CBS 3 Philadelphia

Fire crews continue to help community after destruction of their station in Arkansas

VIDEO: There have been countless stories of selflessness and heroism after Friday's tornado. Among all that hard work, it's important to stop and recognize them. In this case, that wasn't hard to spot— as the source of that selflessness was wearing Little Rock Fire Department badge. "I wouldn't trade you guys for anything," LRFD Chief Delphone Hubbard said.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTHV-TV CBS 11 Little Rock

VIDEO: Car does donuts around Florida fire truck, deputies search for those involved

Sheriff’s investigators in Orange County are working to track down those involved in an incident where a driver did donuts around a fire truck that was responding to a call. The incident, captured on video, happened Sunday morning around 1 a.m. at the intersection of Sand Lake Road and Winegard Road, near the Florida Mall.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTV ABC 9 Orlando

Video made by president of Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs aims to help prevent first responder suicides

With jobs as intense as first responders have, some can experience thoughts of self-harm. That’s why the president of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs is now promoting a video aimed at preventing the loss of life for those that protect us on a daily basis. “Thank you for having me. First of all, there’s PTSD, which is commonly heard throughout all of our society, but it seems to be on the grow in public safety as a whole, whether that’s fire, police, EMS or 911,” President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, David Eddins said.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

VIDEO: Officials say massive fire at New York ambulance depot not suspicious

Officials said Sunday that a five-alarm fire that ripped through an ambulance depot in Freeport was not considered suspicious. The massive fire broke out Saturday at an ambulance service building on Commercial Street and left a shell of structures and damages. Video captured plumes of black smoke billowing into the air.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Long Island

Fiery derailments renew Americans' focus on railroad safety

Americans are renewing their focus on railroad safety after a string of recent derailments, especially two fiery ones involving hazardous chemicals in Ohio and Minnesota that prompted evacuations. Federal regulators and members of Congress are urging railroads to do more to prevent derailments. They want standards for the trackside detectors used to help identify equipment problems, more notice to states about hazardous chemicals they are hauling, and at least two people at the helm of freight trains.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMTV CBS 3 Omaha

Texas fire department celebrates 150 years of peril and progress

PHOTOS: Nasty green smoke filled the Waco Oriental Rug Company on Feb. 24, 1993, as a young Don Yeager and his fellow Waco firefighters entered the building, unaware of the peril that awaited them. With two years of experience, Yeager arrived with the first crew and paired with his captain to carry a hose into the building at 1101 Austin Ave.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waco Tribune-Herald - Metered Site

‘There is no universal school safety solution.’ Nashville attack renews debate over how best to protect students

Semiautomatic gunfire echoed in the hallways of The Covenant School, making a distinct noise teachers there would not soon forget. That was more than 14 months ago – before three children and three adults were gunned down on Monday in the stately stone school connected to Covenant Presbyterian Church, atop a tree-shrouded hill just south of downtown Nashville.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN

VIDEO: California firefighters battling blaze scramble to safety as building collapses

Dramatic video captured the moment two Orange County firefighters narrowly escaped getting crushed by a flaming storefront that suddenly collapsed. More than 40 firefighters responded to a blaze at a strip mall in the 12500 block of Valley View Street in Garden Grove just after 8:40 p.m. Thursday. Video showed the building's facade come crashing down as two firefighters battling the flames scrambled to get away.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Railroad reimbursing fire departments for damages and losses suffered in Ohio train derailment

At least one local fire department received reimbursement from Norfolk Southern for damages and losses suffered in the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Gov. Josh Shapiro announced Thursday that Norfolk Southern has completed its first $1 million in reimbursements to Pennsylvania fire departments, first responders and Beaver County Hazmat.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Castle News - Metered Site

Can you pull 40,000 pounds of fire truck? South Carolina firefighters will this weekend

VIDEO: For the tenth time, firefighters and other first responders from the Midlands team up to see who can pull a 40,000 pound fire truck, all with the purpose of raising money for the mission of Curing Kids Cancer. The organization, of the same name was founded in 2005, and over the years, has raised over $25 million for research, resources, treatments and more.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOLO-TV ABC 25 Columbia


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