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Firefighters in one Colorado city propose plan to shift ambulance services

VIDEO: The Colorado Springs Fire Department is working to bring the responsibility of ambulance services to them, instead of relying primarily on private companies. This is something Fire Chief Randy Royal and Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade have said has been in the works for a while. On social media, CSFD posted a statement from Chief Royal announcing that they will go before City Council on Monday to present their proposal.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

VIDEO: 18-wheeler goes up in flames near gas station in Florida

Video showed an 18-wheeler go up in flames on a roadway in southwest Miami-Dade early Thursday. The truck's cab became fully engulfed in flames at the intersection of Krome Avenue and Southwest 200th Street around 3 a.m. The driver said he had been refueling the truck with diesel when he noticed it catch fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami

Fire Service Academy instructor in New York survives after training session goes up in flames

An instructor is recovering from some serious burns after an accident during a training exercise at the Nassau County Fire Academy. The fire, which happened Thursday morning, is considered an accident. It happened at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy during a set up for a training exercise on a mock boat-like ship.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Outdoor history museum exhibit in Illinois honors the 150th anniversary of the Naperville Fire Department

PHOTOS: Naper Settlement commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Naperville Fire Department with the new sitewide exhibit, “A Strong Back and A Strong Mind: 150 Years of the Naperville Fire Department.” Now on view at Naper Settlement through December 2024, the exhibit highlights the evolution of the Naperville Fire Department and the unique ways it serves the community while recognizing the courage, physical strength, and extensive knowledge firefighters must have to perform the job.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald - Metered Site

One step at a time: West Virginia amputee firefighter overcomes obstacles

VIDEO: William McCallister is following in his family's footsteps as a firefighter and EMT, yet he is walking his own path by doing so with a prosthetic leg. He's worn the prosthetic since he was a baby after having part of his leg amputated at nine months old. "I was hopping before I was walking," McCallister said.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC/FOX 8 Charleston

VIDEO: Fire destroys RVs at dealership in Southern California

A fire destroyed more than a dozen RVs overnight Thursday at Mike Thompson's RV Super Store in Santa Fe Springs. Authorities responded to a possible burglary call at about 12:30 a.m. at the gated property on Firestone Boulevard in southeastern Los Angeles County near the 5 Freeway. Several RVs were in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Georgia firefighter hospitalized after ‘accidental shooting’ at fire station, police say

A Union City firefighter was shot early Thursday morning and the shooting is now under investigation. A spokesman for the Union City Police Department said the shooting was accidental. They confirmed the firearm used did not belong to the injured firefighter. A representative for the fire department confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that the shooting occurred at Fire Station No.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

House passes New Jersey Representatives-led bill supporting Fire Grants and Safety Act

On an overwhelming bipartisan 393-13 vote, the House passed a bill today sponsored by New Jersey Reps. Tom Kean Jr. (R-Westfield) and Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) that re-ups a number of key firefighter grant programs. The bill, the Fire Grants and Safety Act, reauthorizes the U.S. Fire Administration, the Assistance to Firefighter Grants (AFG), and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant; it also increases funding for the Fire Administration.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Globe

Augmented reality helping Illinois fire department practice fire safety

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Moline Fire Department has a new way to simulate a fire in any room and practice putting it out. The department purchased the FiAR training system, a device that uses augmented reality to test the user on operating a fire extinguisher properly. The device is a touch screen and mock fire extinguisher, which can place items like a grill, wooden pallets or a car into an environment and simulate different types of fires.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQAD-TV ABC/MyNetworkTV 8 Moline

VIDEO: Community, family remember historic Michigan roller rink after fire

PHOTOS: Fire crews battled a fierce building blaze at Ramona Roller Rink on Tuesday evening. Firefighters from several local departments were called to the rink just after 6 p.m. on reports of a working commercial fire to the nearly 100-year-old building. It will not only be remembered for today’s fire that led to the loss of this entire building, but also it was known as the place to be in the community.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNDU-TV NBC 16 South Bend

World Fire Congress: Firefighters from around the world collaborate in Washington, D.C., to keep citizens safer

They have come from as far as Fiji and Croatia and as close as D.C. and Fairfax County, Virginia. Firefighters packed a conference room at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown D.C. on Tuesday for the inaugural World Fire Congress to collaborate and share information to better keep citizens across the world safe.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP-FM 103.5 Washington, D.C.

Bipartisan bill on special districts passes with overwhelming support

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly passed the Special District Grant Accessibility Act (H.R. 7525) – legislation that would codify a first-ever definition of "special district" in federal law and ensure districts are eligible for all appropriate forms of federal financial assistance.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Royse City Herald-Banner

Colorado teen rescued after falling 30 feet into abandoned missile silo: 'Endless tunnels of danger'

VIDEO: A Colorado teen has been rescued from an abandoned missile silo after falling 30 feet inside early Sunday morning. That teen is seriously injured, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, after responders from several agencies were at the silo near 82000 East County Road 22. That silo is near the town of Deer Trail, about 50 miles east of Denver.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News Colorado

Massachusetts city is now capable of detecting radiation threats coming by sea

New Bedford is often pitched to tourists for the opportunity to observe its "working waterfront," and with the coming of things like ferry service and now the offshore wind industry on top of being a bustling fishing port, it's only getting busier. That's one reason why New Bedford has been "on the hunt" in recent years for equipment that would safeguard the city from any potential radiation-related threats coming by sea, says New Bedford firefighter and hazmat coordinator Travis Rebello.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cape Cod Times - Metered Site

First responders in one Wisconsin city learn to speak Spanish

VIDEO: Almost a dozen first responders in the city of Racine recently completed an introductory Spanish language course tailored to their line of work. From January to April, once a week for three hours police officers and firefighter-paramedics go to the class, “Spanish for First Responders” at Gateway Technical College.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

91-year-old donates $500,000 to rural volunteer fire department in Missouri

VIDEO: Neighbors helping neighbors is the motto of the Calhoun Volunteer Fire Department. Mark Hardin brought that mindset to the table when he started as Fire Chief back in December of 2021. "There's a sense of pride and community,” Hardin said. “It’s not just one person. It’s all of us.” But when he started, it was a department of just one, with old gear and trucks that didn't run.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMBC-TV ABC 9 Kansas City

VIDEO: Fire destroys building at greyhound park in Arizona

Tucson fire crews battled a huge fire at Tucson Greyhound Park early in the morning on May 4. TFD says units responded about 3:00 a.m. to the 2600 block of south 3rd Avenue for a commercial building fire. The building was identified as the former Tucson Greyhound Park in South Tucson. Tucson Fire says heavy fire conditions forced crews to take a defensive approach, as well as call in additional resources.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson

3 injured after fire department tanker collides with semi in Ohio

PHOTOS: Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash involving a local fire department’s tanker truck and a semi-truck in Canton Saturday morning. The crash happened around 10:27 a.m. in the 2800 block of Faircrest Street SW. According to Canton fire officials, an East Sparta Fire Department tanker truck was heading to a fire at the PSC Metals facility in Canton Township when it collided with a semi-truck, causing the semi to flip onto its side.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJW-TV FOX 8 Cleveland

Hundreds rescued as storms move across Texas; Child dies after being swept away in floodwaters

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Storms in Texas brought additional rain Sunday to the already saturated Houston area where hundreds of people have been rescued from flooded homes and roads, while to the north in the Fort Worth area, a child died after being swept away when the car he was traveling in got stuck in floodwaters.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRE-TV ABC 9 Lufkin

Georgia fire museum vandalized by ax-wielding man

VIDEO: A man was booked into the Cobb County jail after police say he got inside the Marietta Fire Museum and went on a rampage, causing significant damage. The free museum is filled with equipment and tools used by the Marietta Fire Department dating back to 1854. Capt. Steven Dau oversees the Marietta Fire Museum.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

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