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VIDEO: Fox News Christmas tree set on fire in New York; suspect identified

A large Christmas tree outside Fox's Midtown headquarters was set ablaze early Wednesday by an arsonist who was quickly taken into custody. The 50-foot tree on Sixth Avenue went up in flames just before 12:15 a.m., and heavy flames then spread to smaller decorated trees in the display. Police say the 49-year-old suspect climbed up "the metal superstructure" -- the tree is an artificial sculpture that is shaped to look like a tree -- lit papers he brought with him on fire, and shoved the papers into the tree structure.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Georgia fire department displays art made by local students and teacher

PHOTOS: The Savannah Fire Department displayed artwork created by students at Islands High School and their teacher on Tuesday. The five pieces of artwork were part of an ongoing project to honor the history of the Savannah Fire Department. The project required students to do archival research in order to uncover photographs to incorporate into the artwork.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAV-TV NBC/CW+3 Savannah

'The Night the Courthouse Burned' 30 years ago in Iowa

Saturday, December 11th marks the 30th anniversary of the Page County Courthouse fire. In commemoration of that tragic and historic event, KMA News presents a special series of reports looking back at the fire, its aftermath, and the effort by Page County residents to save the venerable structure. In part one of "The Night the Courthouse Burned," local officials past and present recall the moment the unthinkable occurred.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMA-AM 960/FM 99.1 Shenandoah

'They burn extremely hot': Arizona fire department uses different tactics to battle electric vehicle fires

VIDEO: On any given call, the likelihood first responders will find an electric vehicle on the streets of Phoenix is going up. “There are more and more of these electric vehicles on the road, so we have to be more cognizant if it’s a hybrid if it’s an electric vehicle, how we approach it,” Capt. Evan Gammage with Phoenix Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

U.S. again averaging 100,000 new COVID cases per day after holiday

For the first time in two months, the United States is averaging more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases each day, shortly after millions of Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. The seven-day moving average of new cases was 121,437 as of Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Fire destroys building at famed winery in New York

VIDEO/PHOTOS: No one was hurt, but one of Three Brothers Wineries and Estates’ famed spots was destroyed in a fire on Monday. Firefighters from Varick, Romulus, Ovid, Fayette, Border City, Oaks Corners, Lodi, Interlaken, Canoga, and Waterloo were called to the scene shortly after 6 p.m. Flames could be seen from a significant distance away.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FingerLakes1

Intensive Smoke Diver Training prepares Kansas firefighters for the worst-case scenario

VIDEO: More than 500 firefighters are on staff in Wichita. Of those, only six have been through the smoke divers training in Georgia, and three others attended a spin-off course in Oklahoma and Indiana. Those who have passed the training said it is helping their response time to save those in need.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW-TV NBC 3 Wichita

New Wisconsin law bans cellphone use while driving near roadside emergencies, adds other safety rules

Gov. Tony Evers was in Amherst to sign 2021 AB 297 into law on Monday. The governor was joined by Democratic Rep. Katrina Shankland, of Stevens Point and other local elected leaders, first responders, roadside assistance workers, and construction and utility workers. “Many of the jobs are hazardous enough on their own without having to fear for your life due to a distracted or dangerous driver,” said Governor Tony Evers, “at every crash site, our states emergency responders whether it’s fire, law enforcement, EMS, towing and transportation, are at risk of being struck, injured, or even killed.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

The Story Behind Pearl Harbor’s Most Successful Rescue Mission

When Julio DeCastro, a civilian worker at Pearl Harbor’s naval yard, reached the capsized U.S.S. Oklahoma on the infamous morning of December 7, 1941, he heard the sound of frenetic tapping of sailors trapped within the hull. Hours earlier, during a surprise assault on the Honolulu military base, Japanese forces had bombarded the American battleship with torpedoes, sending it rolling onto its side with more than 450 men still below deck.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Smithsonian Magazine - Metered Site

Graduates in Georgia get firefighter jobs right after high school thanks to new program

VIDEO: An expanded partnership between the Columbus Fire & EMS Department and the Muscogee County School District helps the city recruit firefighters and provides job opportunities for aspiring public servants, right out of high school. After department officials visited each MCSD high school to explain the program last spring semester, more than 25 students participated in the Saturday morning program called Combat Challenge.
- PUB DATE: 12/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ledger-Enquirer

Three-alarm fire displaces nearly 30 residents at Louisiana apartment complex

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A three-alarm fire raged early Monday (Dec. 6) at the Cypress Run Apartments complex in Algiers. Occupants smelled smoke around 4:40 a.m. and began evacuating the first involved three-story building before New Orleans Fire Department crews arrived on scene, resident Kiesha Williams told WVUE-Fox 8.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVUE-DT FOX 8 New Orleans

North Carolina volunteer firefighter injured when tire on fire engine 'exploded', according to officials

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Hubert Volunteer Firefighter received treatment at Vidant Medical center after an accident involving their fire engine Saturday. Deputy Chief of the Hubert Volunteer Fire Department, Hernan Melendez, said the accident happened when his team was returning from the annual Maysville Christmas Parade.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Atlanta’s Winecoff: Deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history, 75 years later

There’s a reason that the death toll of the Winecoff hotel fire in 1946 has never been surpassed. Immediately after the disaster that killed 119 people, cities across the country began to re-examine their fire codes. In their definitive 1993 book, “The Winecoff Fire,” co-authors Sam Heys and Allen Goodwin point out that the blaze prompted new laws requiring sprinkler systems, fire escapes and fire doors.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Metered

A hockey puck shaped device could stop a fall -- how it works for firefighters, others

VIDEO/PHOTOS: What if you could control the force of gravity to avoid injury? A couple of Cincinnati inventors have a device that allows people and objects to descend slowly and carefully. Bailout Systems is the brainchild of retired Navy diver Michael Ragsdale, who along with mechanical engineer Ben Krupp, have come up with something the size of a hockey puck.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVXU 91.7 FM Cincinnati

Florida announces $12M for first responders' mental health

Talk to many firefighters and they’ll explain that "suck it up and get on the truck" mentality. "Coming from a law enforcement family, to talk about feelings and emotions is a challenge at times," admitted firefighter Dustin Hawkins. "After my father, being 30 years in law enforcement, I just now coaxed him into the ‘snuggle with the struggle.
- PUB DATE: 12/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa

5 years since Ghost Ship warehouse fire kills 36 in California

VIDEO: Dec. 2, 2021 marked the fifth anniversary of an Oakland tragedy. In 2016, a late night fire broke out at a warehouse. It happened during a dance party and killed 36 people. The master tenant, Derick Almena, was sentenced earlier this year to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRON-TV MyNetwork 4 San Francisco

American Cancer Society partners with IAFF to help firefighters battle cancer; North Carolina supports alliance

A new partnership between the American Cancer Society and the International Association of Fire Fighters will work to improve policies and treatment for firefighters with cancer. The IAFF, or firefighter’s union, describes the new partnership as pivotal in their battle with cancer. The collaboration was announced Thursday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC/MyNetwork 13 Asheville

'Life-saving' tool helps Missouri firefighters revive smoke inhalation patients

It's a tool that can be the difference between life and death on the scene of a fire. The Kansas City, Missouri, Fire Department is now making sure every crew has a special kit that can treat patients for smoke inhalation. A house fire on Saturday could have been a tragedy, but firefighters say the victim inside was saved by a tool they recently started carrying.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMBC-TV ABC 9 Kansas City

Drew Barrymore Show swung by, interviewed New York fire department's first female firefighter

Actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore welcomed the Long Beach Fire Department to the “Drew Barrymore Show” last month. Barrymore recognized the entire department, highlighting firefighter Catherine Lewis. Lewis, who is known as Cat to her fellow firefighters, was sworn in as the first paid female firefighter in the department’s 111-year history in March, which Barrymore noted.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LIHerald.com

Fire department in Maine purchases potentially life-saving training prop

VIDEO: A long-awaited addition to the Hermon Fire Department has finally arrived. A new training prop is helping firefighters be better prepared to enter burning buildings. “We’ve been getting pictures of this as it’s been built over the months, so it’s kind of like a baby. We’ve been waiting for it to arrive,” said Hermon Fire Chief Frank Roma.
- PUB DATE: 12/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor