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VIDEO: Fiery crash into New Jersey fire station injures three

A fiery crash between a pickup truck and an antique Chevrolet was captured on camera on Sunday near Atlantic City, New Jersey. According to Galloway Township police, a Ford F-150 pickup truck hit the back of a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air about 8 p.m. Footage from multiple security cameras and broadcast on NBC News Philadelphia showed the antique vehicle burst into flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Former Missouri firefighter develops ‘game-changing’ way to store COVID vaccines at ultracold temperatures

A former Kansas City firefighter believes he’s developed a product that could be a game-changer in getting COVID-19 vaccines to people at the temperatures in which the doses need to be stored. On Tuesday, Edward Collins gave FOX4 an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at his company, Vaccine Pods. “We assure that these vaccines are making it to the end user and the shot in the arm and the proper temperature the entire time,” Collins said.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAF-TV Fox 4 Kansas City

Rescue 42 CEO Tim O’Connell outlines benefits of Compact Rapid Deployable units with FirstNet

AUDIO: Rescue 42 CEO Tim O’Connell describes how agency-owned Compact Rapid Deployable (CRD) units can provide an easy-to-deploy FirstNet cell tower that can be transported to an incident site with first responders, typically sooner than deployable can arrive from FirstNet, built by AT&T. AT&T cited the CRD program as part of its innovation announcement on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IWCE's Urgent Communications

Firefighters Battle an Unseen Hazard: Their Gear Could Be Toxic

Every day at work for 15 years, Sean Mitchell, a captain in the Nantucket Fire Department, has put on the bulky suit that protects him from the heat and flames he faces on the job. But last year, he and his team came across unsettling research: Toxic chemicals on the very equipment meant to protect their lives could instead be making them gravely ill.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The New York Times - Metered Site

Century-old fire engine returning to Wyoming fire-rescue

A piece of Sheridan history will soon return home. According to Sheridan Fire-Rescue Chief Gary Harnish, a 1919 American LaFrance Fire Engine used by the city more than a century ago has been located more than 2,000 miles away in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. Even better, the Surfside Beach Fire Department is dedicated to helping the fire engine return home, and Harnish said he is excited for the engine to become part of the Sheridan community again.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sheridan Press

Video shows moment New York firefighter knocked unconscious from falling AC unit

An FDNY firefighter was knocked unconscious when an air conditioner fell from a window and struck him in the head while he was battling a Brooklyn blaze on Monday morning, sources said. The shocking incident took place outside a home in Bensonhurst and sent the smoke eater from Ladder 172 to the hospital where he was in serious condition, according to FDNY sources.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post

Washington state provides $750K for new ‘floating fire engine’ for South King Fire

After 36 years of service, a new Maritime Emergency Response Vessel is in the works with the help of a $750,000 allocation from Washington state. Last week, South King Fire and Rescue announced the department received the final contract appropriating $750,000 from the 2020 Washington state operating budget to pay for a major portion of the new fire rescue boat.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror - Metered Site

4 firefighters injured in blaze at California retail building

VIDEO: Four firefighters were injured including one with second-degree burns as crews Monday battled a fire at a commercial building in Chula Vista. Four workers also were inside the Action Footwear retail store in the 600 block of H Street, though all made it out safely on their own, according to the Chula Vista Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego

Neptune ambulances cleaned of COVID in minutes; first in New Jersey with new disinfecting system

Minutes — and even seconds — can make a difference in a medical emergency. But the global pandemic has first aid services across the globe trying to figure out how to balance disinfecting for COVID-19 and quickly returning ambulances back to service. Neptune thinks it solved the problem after they became the first town in the country to equip its fleet with a system that drastically cuts down the time it takes to sanitize ambulances after calls for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press

Second vaccine shots postponed for Delaware first responders

Delaware is hitting pause on giving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to thousands of first responders in the state. The move affects an estimated 3,000 to 3,500 people, according to Delaware's Fire Prevention Commission. The men and women on the front lines are seeing high COVID-19 call volume and are concerned about when they'll be fully protected from the virus.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

1 killed after fire truck in Colorado collides with sedan

VIDEO: One person was killed and two others badly injured after a Denver fire truck collided with a sedan Saturday afternoon. The fire truck was entering the Broadway and Speer intersection at 1:37 p.m. when it t-boned an oncoming car. The crew was en route to a potential structure fire and had its lights and sirens on as it was crossing the intersection, police said.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Man Spotted Stealing from California Engine as Crews Fight Building Fire

VIDEO: While firefighters were responding to a fire at an Ocean Beach bar Friday night, a man allegedly climbed into a fire truck and stole a bag of equipment, according to San Diego police. The fire broke out at a single-story building at the intersection of Lotus and Bacon streets at around 9:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Fire department major in Oklahoma faces punishment after driving burn patient to the hospital due to ambulance delay

A disciplinary hearing was held Friday afternoon for an Oklahoma City Fire Department Major who rushed a young burn victim to the hospital in his fire engine after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance. Firefighters with knowledge about the disciplinary action tell KFOR that Maj. Corey Britt has been relieved of his role as a Senior Company Officer at Station 34.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma

Garage, equipment at home of Maine contractor burns, estimated $1M loss

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The office of the state fire marshal is investigating a fire Saturday night that destroyed a four-bay commercial garage and construction equipment at the home of Lisbon contractor Scott Kelly, president of Centuri Construction Group. The garage, located about 200 feet from Kelly's home on Kelly Lane, was a total loss, Deputy Chief Bob Robitaille of the Lisbon Fire Department, said Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Center Maine

Massive fire at Washington state potato plant leads to evacuation of third of town

VIDEO: A massive fire at a potato plant in Walden brought fears of an exploding ammonia tank, forcing the evacuation of nearly a third of the town for several hours. The fire broke out at the Washington Potato Plant around 5:30 p.m. in one of the dehydrators, according to Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle

Georgia Fire Captain Leads Pledge Of Allegiance at Inauguration, Spoken And In Sign Language

Andrea Hall, a career firefighter and union leader from Fulton County, Ga., led the Pledge of Allegiance during the inauguration of President-elect Biden. Hall recited the familiar words of the pledge out loud and in American Sign Language. According to The 19th, a nonprofit news organization, Hall was the first Black woman hired and assigned to a station at the City of Albany Fire Department, and then the first Black woman to serve as fire captain at Fulton County Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR.org

Florida fire department buys technology that shares patient info in real time to hospitals during emergencies

State of the art technology that can help save lives when seconds count is now in Southwest Florida. A patient’s information can be sent directly to a doctor in real time. We learned how this will help evaluate medical emergencies before arriving at the ER. North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District recently bought new technology that helps paramedics get patient information to hospitals before they show up.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers

University of California Irvine Scientists Working on COVID-19 Vaccine That Would Attack All Strains

UC Irvine scientists are working on developing a vaccine that would attack all strains of COVID-19 as well as a potential breakthrough that would solve many of the problems related to distributing the medicine, a UCI professor on the project said Thursday. Lbachir BenMohamed, a UCI School of Medicine professor, said his team is developing what they envision will be a vaccine that could work on all strains in the SARS-CoV-2 family.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Honor365 exhibit recognizes first responders, celebrates 20 years since 9/11

Young adults who turn 19 this year were born after 9/11, the day in 2001 when planes flew into the World Trade Center and Pentagon killing around 3,000 people. These teens know it as Patriot’s Day. It has been 20 years this coming September since the U.S. was attacked by air and hundreds of first responders, some fallen heroes, answered the call of duty to help at Ground Zero.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald - Metered Site

VIDEO: Texas fire crews revive dad and daughter in dangerous house fire rescue

Cy-Fair firefighters rescued two people from a house fire overnight after a father was desperately trying to save his family, and the entire rescue was caught on helmet camera video. Northwest Harris County neighbors noticed a garage fire at a home in the 21500 block of Wellsford Glen Dr. before 11 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston