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Oregon firefighter running Boston Marathon helps save life of downed runner, realizes he knows her

Nick Haney ran a Boston Marathon he will never forget. The Gresham firefighter and paramedic finished Monday’s race more than seven minutes slower than his goal of under 2 hours and 55 minutes, but he did help save a life along the way. And in a twist, it turns out he knew the runner he saved -- an acquaintance, Meghan Roth, from Minnesota whom he’d met through a mutual friend two years back.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Oregonian

Firefighters rescue beer in Colorado after runaway semi carrying Coors crashes

PHOTOS: First responders were able to rescue hundreds of Coors beers on Friday following a beer truck crash. Thankfully, no one was injured in the crash involving a truck filled with adult beverages made from Rocky Mountain spring water! Summit Fire and EMS is reporting the driver of the truck lost their braking capacity while coming down an icy I-70 from the Eisenhower Tunnel Friday morning.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

What to know about the COVID-19 treatment molnupiravir

The world could soon be armed with another tool to fight the coronavirus pandemic: a twice-daily pill that has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death among people infected with the coronavirus. The drug, molnupiravir, offers another tool alongside vaccines for countries to manage the coronavirus pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post - Metered Site

Boston Opens First New Firehouse In More Than 30 Years

VIDEO: The city of Boston celebrated the opening of its first new firehouse in more than three decades on Thursday. The new $23.5 million, state-of-the-art facility is the Engine 42, Rescue 2, District 9 Firehouse in Roxbury. “It’s so important that we make sure that our first responders, our frontline workers, have the support and the tools necessary to do their jobs and to do it with honor and integrity,” said Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

New Orleans EMS first in region to carry blood for emergency transfusions

New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (NOEMS) will be the first ground ambulances in the region to carry blood for emergency transfusions for patients with traumatic injuries. “We did the numbers over a year. There were about 80 to 90 patients that we envisioned that blood could have been given and an opportunity for a difference to be made, so this is a really huge opportunity that we’re excited to tackle,” said Dr.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVUE-DT FOX 8 New Orleans

7 of the Most Dramatic U.S. Plane Crashes

Aviation accidents are so rare that they naturally make front-page news. Some plane crashes, however, have left lasting imprints due to their unique circumstances or indelible images. Although not the deadliest in American history, these seven plane crashes are among the most unforgettable. Thick fog enveloped a B-25 Mitchell bomber as it approached Manhattan on a routine flight from Massachusetts to New Jersey on the Saturday morning of July 28, 1945.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The History Channel

First responders in Hawaii sound the alarm after 5 overdose deaths in a single month

VIDEO: Overdose-related calls more than quadrupled in September on Kauai, which has first responders concerned. “We’ve seen a dramatic increase of these opiate overdoses,” said Cody Bonilla, county supervisor for the Kauai Emergency Medical Services, “We’re seeing the cases being linked to fentanyl.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hawaii News Now

California couple finds wedding ring in house fire rubble after plane crash

In tears Tuesday, just one day after a plane crash fire in Santee destroyed their first home, newlyweds Cody and Courtney Campbell held out hope they would find Cody's wedding ring in the rubble. He had been wearing a black rubber ring and kept his other ring in their home. "To get it back would be amazing, but in the end, this is all that matters,” Courtney Campbell said.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS/CW 8 San Diego

1 in custody for explosive fire at California train yard

VIDEO: A man was taken into custody in connection with a fire at a Wilmington train yard Wednesday that sent thick plumes of black smoke into the air over the South Bay and Long Beach area. The blaze was first reported just after 2:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Alameda Street. Aerial footage from AIR7 HD showed an outdoor yard with tires, machinery and commercial rubbish on fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Minnesota fire department's big red trucks go green with new idle reduction system

Fire trucks are iconically red, but two of Rochester's newest fire apparatuses are helping the city go green. The Rochester Fire Department recently retired two vehicles and replaced them with truck 42 and engine 5. These vehicles have new technology to be more environmentally friendly. "We get on a scene whether on a highway or at a house.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIMT-TV CBS 3 Mason City

Report: Payroll mistake led to $3.5M in overpayment to EMTs; New York City says the money needs to be repaid

The city is demanding that EMS workers repay the combined $3.5 million they were accidentally overpaid, the Daily News reported. Some workers saw an increase of a few hundred dollars in their paychecks, but there were a handful of employees who received as much as $10,000 – all dependent on the amount of overtime they worked between March and August, according to the report.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Staten Island Advance

Wisconsin firefighter featured in 2022 Firefighter Calendar for heroic efforts

Retired firefighter Chuck Roberts, from Eagle, participated in the American Lung Association in Milwaukee’s Fight For Air Climb a dozen times and in total raised $53,769. Now, the local firefighter is being honored for his amazing efforts to help end lung disease. The Lung Association launched its 2022 Fight For Air Climb Firefighter Calendar to honor local heroes and support its vision of a world free of lung disease.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Jefferson County Union

New U.S. COVID cases are down 21%; See how your state is doing

Community transmission of COVID remains high in 89.2% of American counties, according to current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite that, the latest wave, driven by the highly contagious and completely dominant Delta variant, appears to have crested, with new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the virus all in decline from levels two weeks ago.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fortune

Phoenix first responders get new blood test that screens for 50 types of cancers

Phoenix first responders are some of the first in the country to get a brand-new type of cancer screening, and it's as easy as a blood test. The Galleri test is a game changer that screens for 50 different types of cancers at the same time and can find them in early stages. At Vincere Cancer Center in Scottsdale, firefighters and police officers were eager to get the major health check on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV Phoenix (azfamily.com)

New Jersey fire house damaged by blaze, officials say

A blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon at the Dunellen Defender Fire Company No. 1, officials said. A post from the company did not provide specifics on what was damaged but photos from the scene showed that at least two fire trucks were damaged as well as the front of the firehouse. “We are still assessing the damage and the cause is being investigated by the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office,” the post stated.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Journal

The Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans collapsed two years ago; a look back

PHOTOS: The Hard Rock Hotel collapsed two years ago on Oct. 12, 2019, killing three workers and injuring dozens more in one of the worst ever construction accidents in New Orleans. Structural design errors led to the upper floors crumbling into the floors below, damaging two massive cranes that threatened to tumble into nearby buildings.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport

Firefighters in one Northern California district have responded to 113 arson fires so far this year

So far this year, the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority has responded to 168 fires, two-thirds of which have been declared arsons, Capt. John Corippo reported last week. “We responded to 168 fires since Jan. 1, and 113 of those were intentionally set,” said Corippo, describing arsons as 67 percent of the fires UVFA crews have investigated in 2021.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times - Metered Site

Fire department in Washington state keeping all of its firefighters with vaccine exemptions

The Spokane Valley Fire Department isn’t losing a single firefighter with an exemption over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. It worked out accommodations for the 22 who had a medical or religious exemption approved. The biggest change is those who are unvaccinated and staying on the frontlines will be separated from the rest of the department.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane

VIDEO: California mobile home park fire hospitalizes 1, prompts evacuations

At least one person was severely burned in a fire that started Monday afternoon at mobile homes in Manteca and prompted evacuations, authorities say. Multiple homes caught fire at the Islander Mobile Home Park. Embers from that fire then sparked a vegetation fire close to the mobile home neighborhood, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

Florida police, firefighters hope stickers will speak for special needs patients who can't

Something as simple as a sticker can now be a game-changer for first responders. The Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue came together Monday to unveil stickers they developed to identify specific special needs. "Sometimes when first responders respond to the scene, we’re not always quite sure what we’re responding to," said Tampa police interim chief Ruben Delgado.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa