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Woman dead, 2 men hospitalized after apartment fire in New York

VIDEO: A woman has died, a man is in critical condition and another man is hospitalized after a multi-alarm blaze at an apartment building in the Bronx early Wednesday morning. Fire broke out on the third floor of the building in the 3200 block of Park Avenue just before 5 a.m. and quickly went to three alarms.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Atlanta firefighters targeted for vandalism while on call

VIDEO: Atlanta firefighters early Tuesday morning got a radio call. They jumped into the engine after midnight for the run. A thief decided it was time to go to work. Someone jumped a compromised portion of back fencing at Atlanta Fire Station 2 located along Jonesboro Road and went after the personal vehicles of the first responders.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Pennsylvania Firefighters Get Cooking Lesson From Rachel Ray on International Firefighters Day

VIDEO: Tuesday, May 4th is International Firefighters Day, a day to honor firefighters for their service, including our own. And some members of the Erie Fire Department got a special treat Tuesday night, a virtual cooking lesson from celebrity cook, Rachel Ray! Rachel Ray is on the board of the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which gives grants to fire departments across the nation for life-saving equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Erie News Now

Person with garden hose spotted trying to help crews take down Los Angeles fire

VIDEO: As crews worked to take down a large fire in South Los Angeles, a person with a garden hose was spotted trying to help the firefighters out. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to what was initially a literal dumpster fire in the 100 block of West 75th Street in Los Angeles Tuesday evening.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTTV FOX 11 Los Angeles

Connecticut father, daughter attend fire school together to become certified firefighters

VIDEO: Some coworkers are like family, but there are two firefighters in Canton that are actually related. In honor of International Firefighters Day, Channel 3 is introducing you to a father and daughter who took bonding to new heights and fighting fires is part of their day to day. “I started off as an EMT about 14 years ago, and a year and a half or so ago, I looked at our ranks and saw we needed some help on the fire side,” said Gerry Holland.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

3 Hurt in Texas Crash as Tornado Crosses I-35E Near Waxahachie

VIDEO: Three people were hospitalized late Monday after vehicles collided as a tornado crossed Interstate 35E near Waxahachie, authorities say. The incident involved a "possible fatality" and happened at I-35E and Johnston Road, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The drivers of three tractor-trailers involved in the crash were taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

Virginia fire department gives monumental assist to flag atop Iwo Jima Memorial

PHOTOS: Arlington County firefighters answer the call when someone is in need of help in Arlington. This weekend they provided an assist to a group of legendary Rosslyn area residents cast in bronze. Friday’s windstorm tangled the flag atop the Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima memorial.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Now

Volunteer firefighting programs vanishing in larger Indiana departments

Not long ago, many of the fire departments in the county relied heavily on volunteer firefighters to handle operations. The cost to train a firefighter even on a volunteer basis, however, isn’t cheap. That has caused many departments in the county to drop their volunteer programs while their full-time staffs have grown along with the population.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Reporter

Drones: Fighting Emergencies From the Air in South Florida

VIDEO: A tool has landed at Miami-Dade and Broward Fire Rescue and it’s proven to be a gamechanger for emergencies in South Florida. Drones have really proven to change the dynamic for firefighters in our area. It’s something we could only see more of in the future. “It’s been completely a blessing for the fire department,” said Chief Andres Liriano with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami

Bill to help first responders suffering from PTSD passes South Carolina House

A bill that would help first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is closer to becoming law in South Carolina. Unlike a physical injury, mental illnesses or mental injuries are not covered under workers’ compensation. House bill 3939 will allow first responders like firefighters and law enforcement to receive workers compensation if diagnosed with a stress-related and mental illness caused by a traumatic event while on duty.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Firefighters battle at least 15 suspicious building fires in Indiana

VIDEO: At least 15 buildings in Gary, Indiana were on fire overnight, forcing firefighters to call backup. At least a dozen different fire departments were at the scene and battled structural fires, according to the Highland Fire Department on its Facebook page. One of the houses that had already been boarded up had its roof cave in due to a fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Study: Volunteer Firefighters Have Higher Levels of 'Forever Chemicals'

Volunteer firefighters — who comprise more than 65 percent of the U.S. fire service — have higher levels of “forever chemicals,” per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in their bodies than the general public, according to a Rutgers study. The study, which was published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, compared the levels of nine PFAS chemicals in the blood of volunteer firefighters against levels in the general population.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Wise

Florida firefighters welcome 7 babies during pandemic

VIDEO: Firefighters in one Florida city have clearly been sparking some flames at home. Seven Orlando firefighters have transitioned from fighting fires to pacifiers as they’ve become dads over the past few months. The Orlando Fire Department welcomed three baby girls and four boys during the pandemic and happily reported all moms, dads and babies are doing well.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa

Honor hometown heroes on International Firefighters’ Day on May 4

Light the town red to support hometown heroes in commemoration of International Firefighters’ Day on Tuesday, May 4. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is asking residents, communities, businesses and fire departments from coast to coast to celebrate firefighters — the special men and women who respond to calls for help every day, with pride and compassion.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Villages-News

West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office, US CISA warn of fire as weapon threat

The state Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency are trying to make the public more aware of the threat of people using fire as a weapon. Both agencies released a Fire as a Weapon Guide, which describes people using fire as a weapon as setting fires or firebombs to hurt people and property.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MetroNews

Firefighter injured after Missouri chemical plant fire forces hundreds to evacuate

VIDEO: A firefighter was injured and hundreds of people were evacuated after a massive fire at Manor Chemicals plant Thursday afternoon. The Affton plant, located in the 6900 block of Heege Road near Tower Tee, had a fire break out around 2:30, and it quickly grew until smoke could be seen for miles.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis

Great Fire of 1901: The march of the fire through Jacksonville in Florida

PHOTOS: In looking over the burned district with the fire still raging fiercely on Bay Street, in the most important retail business portion of the city it’s sad. The entire length of Beaver Street from Davis to the creek, over Liberty Street, have been totally destroyed. This is fourteen solid blocks of residences east and west.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Florida Times-Union - Metered Site

Traumatic Arizona fire highlights need for mental health services for firefighters

VIDEO: A fire at a Tempe duplex that left a nine-year-old boy dead is highlighting the need for mental health services for firefighters. "How do you prepare for someone to see something -- a child that's dead or dying or that's been injured," said Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Deputy Chief Mark Manor. Manor says fire departments have to be reactive when caring for a firefighter's mental health.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)

New Montana law increases penalties for drivers who endanger first responders

A bill strengthening penalties for drivers endangering first responders working on Montana roadways was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Greg Gianforte. House Bill 264 was driven in part by testimony in both the House and Senate from family of Casie Allen and Nick Visser, two Hanser's Automotive tow truck operators who were hit and killed by a truck while clearing a crash on I-90 between Park City and Columbus on an icy morning in October.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPVI-DT NBC 6 Pocatello

Most Americans say they prefer a specific brand of vaccine – and what they've seen on social media influences their decision

Millions of Americans are receiving their COVID-19 vaccines, and in a world of over-sharing on social media, that means Instagram and Twitter feeds are also being flooded with shots. People are not only sharing when they receive their vaccine, but also which vaccine they receive, often using hashtags like #PfizerGang or #TeamModerna.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News