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Hyundai and Kia recall nearly 3.4 million vehicles due to fire risk and urge owners to park outdoors

Hyundai and Kia are recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles in the U.S. and telling owners to park them outside due to the risk of engine compartment fires. The recalls cover multiple car and SUV models from the 2010 through 2019 model years including Hyundai's Santa Fe SUV and Kia's Sorrento SUV. Documents posted Wednesday by the U.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

VIDEO: Owner vows to rebuild after fire destroys part of Florida beach & tennis club

Part of St. Augustine’s Atlantic Beach & Tennis Club was destroyed in a fire early Tuesday morning. The club’s owner, who lives right behind the club, said he learned of the fire when he woke up at 1:45 a.m. and saw flames shooting through the roof of his business. “I couldn’t believe it,” Bill Brothers said.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV CW 4 Jacksonville

Stricter penalties proposed for violators of South Carolina's Move Over Law

Most people know when an emergency vehicle of any kind approaches their vehicle with lights flashing it means get out of the way. But did you know that you can be fined in South Carolina for not moving away when a police car, firetruck, ambulance or any emergency vehicle is parked on the side of the road as officers deal with crashes and disabled vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The State - Metered Site

From the ashes: Alumni from Indiana high school compile research on 1952 fire

PHOTOS: Before anyone knew it, the school was engulfed in flame. Three men driving near Center Grove High School noticed the strange, yellow glow in the late hours of Oct. 31, 1952. They found the school on fire, with both the main school building ablaze and spreading to the gymnasium. Witnesses say the flames shot 150 feet into the air.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Journal

Celebrities turn out for One805 live fundraiser concert in California to support first responder mental health, safety

PHOTOS: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Oprah, and Ellen DeGeneres were among the attendees at a charity fundraiser hosted by actor Kevin Costner on his Summerland estate Friday. The event, called One805LIVE!, took place on Costner's 1.4-acre beachfront estate and aimed to support local first responders.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Edhat Santa Barbara

Demolition begins after large fire at vacant mill building in Connecticut

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a large fire at a vacant mill building in Naugatuck Monday night and demolition crews have begun to knock it down. Officials said the fire started just after 6 p.m. Monday in the area of 200 Water St. and flames were found coming from the roof of the building, which is actually five separate buildings that are connected.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

New York officials call for I-84 'crash gate' following deadly bus crash

VIDEO/PHOTOS: In a crash where minutes count, local officials and firefighters in Orange County said precious time may have been lost in last week's charter bus crash in Wawayanda that killed two people and injured 40 others. The charter bus was on Interstate 84, around 45 miles northwest of New York City.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York City

South Carolina fire department to pilot new mental health app

VIDEO: The Charleston Fire Department is hoping to pilot a new app to expand mental health resources for its firefighters. Firefighters have a heightened risk of developing PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol use disorders because of their repeated exposure to stress and trauma, recent studies from the National Institute of Health show.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston

COVID among reasons nine EMS ambulances in Hawaii closed over the weekend

An unusually high number of City ambulances were closed during Sunday’s midnight shift, nine out of 21 ambulances were offline due to low staffing. The Honolulu Emergency Services Director Dr. Jim Ireland said sick leave due to COVID-19 was among the reasons. Saturday evening’s EMS briefing included plans to cover nine ambulance units that would be closed for the shift beginning at midnight Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHON-TV FOX/CW 2 Honolulu

Tennessee city's first fire truck restored to original condition

PHOTOS: Kingsport's first fire truck has been restored back to its original condition. The 1917 American LaFrance fire engine is dubbed "Old Hul-dy.” It went into service one hundred and six years ago and was Kingsport's only fire truck at the time. Firefighters had to hand crank it to start the truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCYB-TV NBC/CW 5 Bristol

Cleanup begins after 4-alarm fire damages restaurants, apartments and businesses in downtown Tulsa

VIDEO: A four-alarm fire that sparked in Downtown Tulsa on Saturday damaged restaurants, apartments and some businesses, officials say. Two downtown Tulsa restaurants and bars burned, gutting an entire building with apartments on the second floor. Small puffs of smoke still rose from the ruins of the building, 24 hours after the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTV-DT CBS 6 Tulsa

Ronny J. Coleman, past California State Fire Marshal and CSFA Volunteer Committee Chair passes

Ronny J. Coleman, a revered nationally-recognized fire service leader for half a century, who served as California State Fire Marshal and as the chair of the CSFA Volunteer Committee, passed away Sept. 19 in Sacramento. Chief Coleman had been the Fire Chief of the City of Fullerton Fire Department when he was appointed in 1992 by Governor Pete Wilson to the position of State Fire Marshal, a position he held for 8 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: California State Firefighters' Association

9/11-related illnesses have now killed same number of FDNY firefighters as day of attacks: 'Our hearts break'

Two more firefighters have died from illnesses related to their work at the World Trade Center during and after the 9/11 terror attacks, officials announced on Sunday. Their deaths bring the overall toll linked to 9/11-related diseases among members of the Fire Department of the City of New York to 343, which is equal to the number of FDNY members who died on the day of the attacks, the department said.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Fire Rescue department in Florida promotes safe haven for newborns with new apparatus stickers

PHOTOS: Polk County Fire Rescue teamed up with A Safe Haven for Newborns foundation to encourage the safe harboring of babies throughout the county. To help get the information out that every fire station is a designated Safe Haven location where newborn babies can be dropped off, stickers were plastered on the fire department's vehicles that hit the roads every day.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 St. Petersburg

Outrage in court as rabbi, son avoid prison time in deadly blaze that killed New York firefighter, nursing home resident

VIDEO: There was outrage in court in Rockland County where a father and son avoided prison time for starting a fire that killed a firefighter and a man at a nursing home. Dozens of firefighters protested outside the Rockland County Court House in New City and emotional victim impact statements were read in court.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Railroads work to make sure firefighters can quickly look up what is on a train after a derailment

In the chaos after a Norfolk Southern train careened off the tracks and caught fire in eastern Ohio in February, it took roughly 45 minutes for firefighters to learn exactly which chemicals were involved. Now the railroad industry is trying to ensure that never happens again. Ever since that Feb. 3 derailment prompted concerns about rail safety nationwide, the major railroads have redoubled their efforts to make sure that more and more first responders can immediately look up the contents of any freight train.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAE-TV ABC 4 Pittsburgh

Los Angeles Fire Department asking for public's input as they revisit 'firefighter tattoo policy'

VIDEO: The Los Angeles Fire Department is asking for the public’s input as they revisit their “firefighter tattoo policy,” officials announced on social media Thursday. “We would love to hear your input, to help us factor in the views of the public we serve,” the post read. “Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on tattoos on your firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Amazon Adds Alexa Emergency Assist to Echo Devices

Amazon is making it easier to get emergency help without your phone. The retail giant announced a new Alexa Emergency Assist service as part of its September product event on Wednesday. The service will allow customers to reach emergency responders through Echo devices while also sending alerts to emergency contacts.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNET

German firefighters get training tips from Chicago Fire Department

VIDEO: Some of the firefighters responding to calls on Chicago's South Side are a long way away from home. In fact, they traveled thousands of miles just to be here. CBS 2's Noel Brennan introduces us to the German firefighters who've joined the Chicago Fire Department for a couple of weeks. In Chicago, a firehouse and good food go hand in hand.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

VIDEO: Crews in North Carolina investigating cause of structure fire

The Charlotte Fire Department is working to determine the cause of a structure fire in north Charlotte Thursday morning. The incident occurred just before 4 a.m. on Keswick Avenue right off North Tryon Street. Fire crews said the structure was a two-story house that was under construction. “A fire can spread quickly in an open building before it gets dried in with drywall, so a small amount of fire can spread very quickly with exposed wood,” Battalion Chief Blake Redden said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte


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