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911 calls released: Victims of Las Vegas fire detail how people were trapped and jumping out of windows

A series of the 911 calls made on the night the Alpine Motel Apartments fire went up into flames were released to 8 News Now by the City of Las Vegas Thursday. The calls detail the moments after residents and victims called 911, along with when first responders arrived at the scene that fateful night Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLAS-TV CBS 8 Las Vegas

The fire station on the front lines of California's homelessness crisis: 'We're trying to stop the bleeding'

VIDEO: Paramedic Scott Lazar, a 16-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, is used to treating the same person, sometimes on the same day, on Skid Row. "Deja vu, yeah, it's every day down here," Lazar told "Nightline" as he treats a man for an overdose, as he did just the day before. Over five months, "Nightline" got an exclusive look at life at Lazar's LAFD Station 9, rare access to the day-to-day operations of this team and a glimpse into daily life for this city's most vulnerable.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

Green Bay Metro Fire makes wager with San Francisco Fire ahead of championship game

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the San Francisco Fire Department have partnered to remind communities of the importance of practicing fire safety along with some friendly competition. On the Tuesday following Sunday’s game, the fire chief will install a smoke alarm with the winning team’s emblem on it.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Mental health push brings firefighter training to Florida - and a symbolic helmet sticker

City firefighters can now bear an emblem for mental health on their helmets after the department’s first officer suicide. It’s a way for firefighters to keep the fallen officer close to them; it’s a reminder for them to take care of themselves, said Shawn Weeks, president of Local 1891, which represents Boynton’s paramedics and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Palm Beach Post

High school students to help with construction of 2 new fire stations in North Carolina

VIDEO: Students at Dudley High School are getting the unique opportunity to work on the construction of two new fire stations as summer interns. “Opportunities don't come around like this very often, especially for high school students,” Principal Rodney Wilds said. The Greensboro Fire Department received approval for the necessary funding to rebuild fire stations 7 and 56.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point

‘It will change lives’: Wisconsin firefighters lobby for PTSD bill, paramedics hope to be included

More than 100 Wisconsin firefighters and emergency responders lobbied for a bill Wednesday that they say will save lives. The bill would remove barriers for public safety officers to get worker’s compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder. Because of a 1974 Supreme Court decision, to get worker’s compensation, public safety officers must demonstrate a PTSD diagnosis based on extraordinary stress above what is usually experienced by others on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

North Carolina fire department introduces Ride-Along

Those interested in learning more about the operation of the Asheboro Fire Department will soon be able to with the introduction of the department’s Ride-Along Program. Lt. Jason Joines says the program, which has never before been offered by the Asheboro Fire Department (AFD), is open to any interested individuals, but that it’s aimed towards those who might be considering a career as a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Courier-Tribune

Illinois Police Enter Blood-Drawing Arrangement With Fire Department

Tuesday night's village board meeting was very long and, at times, very confusing, but a few important developments did emerge from it regardless. Among them, the board voted to approve an inter-governmental agreement between the Oswego Police and Fire Departments that will allow fire department paramedics to draw blood for police sobriety tests.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oswego Patch

DC Fire and EMS investigates photo where recruits are seen making hand signal

The D.C. Fire and EMS Department has launched an internal investigation after a photo surfaced Wednesday of a recruit class in which some of the members are making what appears to be an OK sign with their hands. The signal has traditionally been seen as a symbol of understanding or an affirmative reply, but according to the Anti-Defamation League was claimed by white supremacists as a sign of hate.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-FOX 5 DC

‘Great Disaster’ occurred 125 years ago in Montana

Even in its earliest days, before the dawn of the 20th century, Butte had experienced tragedy. Six men died in a fire in the Anaconda Mine on Nov. 23, 1889. Fire swept through the Silver Bow Mine on April 21, 1893, leaving nine dead. But “Butte’s Night of Horror,” which occurred 125 years ago, was on an entirely different scale.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Montana Standard

Firefighters Respond: Dozens of Patients at 7 California Schools Treated After Jet Drops Fuel While Returning to LAX

VIDEO: Dozens of people at seven schools in the Los Angeles area were treated for minor injuries after a plane with mechanical issues dumped a load of jet fuel while returning to LAX for an emergency landing on Tuesday, officials said. The incident was initially reported shortly before noon at Park Avenue Elementary School in the 8000 block of Park Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

Fire department in Maine violated air quality rules when it burned an old market

The town of Wiscasset has been fined $1,000 after its fire department violated air quality rules and created a public safety threat when it burned the old Huber’s Market on Route 1. In a memo dated Jan. 3, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said the Wiscasset Fire Department failed to remove waste material prior to the burn, did not investigate if asbestos or lead paint was present, did not have a written training plan and created a “nuisance and public safety threat” during the demolition of the Huber’s Market building.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bangor Daily News - Metered Site

Volunteer firefighters in one Virginia county fighting for better insurance coverage

First responders in Augusta County are working with county officials to come up with an insurance plan that offers better coverage for volunteer firefighters. Volunteer and career firefighters are held to the same standards of training and certifications but do not receive the same coverage if they are hurt or fall ill on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC/CW+ 29 Charlottesville

Rhode Island: As Middletown debates fire staffing, lack of town water creates concern for some

Sue Gormly stood outside her father’s house on Mitchell’s Lane on Monday morning, surrounded by sweeping fields, and complained of the lack of fire hydrants in the immediate vicinity. Gormly questioned what her family would do if her father’s barn were to catch fire and the Middletown Fire Department’s tanker truck wasn’t available to respond “because they don’t have the manpower to use it,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Newport Daily News

First Responder Organizations nationwide asking drivers to move over after recent Texas crash results in officer, firefighter deaths

After the crash that resulted in the deaths of Lubbock Police Officer Nicholas Reyna and Lubbock Fire Rescue Lieutenant Eric Hill, and left Firefighter Matthew Dawson with critical injuries, representatives from various First Responder organizations across the country are asking drivers across the country to “pay attention and move over.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock

West Virginia mayor, firefighters union announce settlement regarding holiday pay

Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin took steps Monday to correct the way firefighters in the city have been paid for holidays since 2012. A $1.7 million-dollar agreement has been reached between the City of Charleston and the firefighters union. Mayor Goodwin was joined by Myron Boggess of Charleston Professional Firefighters Local 317 to announce the agreement that addresses back-payment discrepancies.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3

Fire department in New York seeks help

Fort Drum’s fire department puts out a call for help. Over the past 3 years, 5 of its fire trucks have failed inspection and haven’t been replaced. With a fleet of aging apparatus, the firefighters’ union tells us it needs Washington to come to the rescue. To fight fires, you need the right tools. On Fort Drum, those tools are becoming scarce.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV CBS 7 Carthage

California city looks to neutral judge in firefighter contract dispute

A city dispute with its firefighters’ union over wage increases may need third-party intervention to resolve. After stalling on contract negotiations in October, negotiators have invoked a provision known as “binding arbitration” for the first time in city history, according to the city’s human resources director.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel

Asbestos forces Virginia fire station to close during remediation

Hampton has a fire station with no firefighters and no fire trucks. The city had to close one of its stations for the time being after workers found asbestos. Fire Station 7 on Fox Hill Road was built in 1967. Last week, renovators were replacing some flooring and found what they thought was asbestos.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth

No Ladders Needed: World’s Tallest Firefighter In Tennessee

VIDEO: Representatives with the Guinness Book of World Records recently visited Tullahoma, Tennessee and brought a measuring stick with them. Tullahoma firefighter Brandon Berridge could break a world record. Berridge stands 7-feet tall, which could make him the tallest firefighter in the world. “He goes by ‘Shorty.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyHighPlains.com