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108-year-old man is oldest firefighter at New Jersey volunteer fire department

VIDEO: Vincent Dransfield lives life on his own terms, and that’s not something many 108-year-olds can say. He leased a car two years ago and is still driving — in more ways than one. “I’m still driving everybody crazy,” Dransfield joked. When asked what type of car he drives, he responded by saying “four wheels.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York City

Who Knew? Toyota Has a Fire Department!

Design. Engineering. Technology. Manufacturing. These are a few of the departments you likely think of when you think of a car company. And when it comes to Toyota, you can add fire department to the list. The automaker recently shared a feature highlighting its Fire and Rescue Brigade. There's one at each of its manufacturing plants in North America.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Antonio Express-News

'Not often do you get the opportunity to live both dreams in a lifetime': Phoenix firefighter is a former Super Bowl champ

VIDEO: The alarm sounds and Roy Lewis grabs his gear and darts to the truck. He feels a rush of adrenaline as he climbs into the driver's seat, starts the engine and turns on the siren. Lewis is a Phoenix firefighter who's living his dream of helping the community. "I always vowed if I ever had an opportunity to give back, I would," he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Mesa

Why Teslas keep catching on fire

When Thayer Smith, a firefighter in Austin, Texas, received the call that a Tesla was on fire, he knew that he’d need to bring backup. It was in the early morning hours of August 12, 2021, and a driver had slammed a Model X into a traffic light on a quiet residential street in Austin before crashing into a gas pump at a nearby Shell station.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: VOX Media

Risk management experts, fire chiefs join battle on catastrophic fires

If Frank Frievalt was a guest on the old “What’s My Line” game show, it’s likely the panelists would guess he’s a property and casualty insurance executive. Frievalt can expound knowledgeably and passionately about such things as property loss calculations, disaster risk assessments, actuarial tables, and wildfire mitigation efficacy.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Insurance News Net

Investigators to look into cause of deadly Chicago fire that spread to multiple floors of high-rise

VIDEOS: Chicago firefighters were back on the scene of a deadly high-rise fire early Thursday morning, and investigators are expected to start trying to determine a cause of the blaze. One woman died and nine others were hurt in the incident, including a firefighter, at an apartment building on South Lake Park Avenue Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Uber for EMS, Israeli-modeled program will be tested in Iowa

VIDEO: Call it Uber for EMS – at least that's what Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg calls it. An Iowa pilot program plans to give two EMS providers $50,000 each to use an app to notify nearby first responders to quickly respond to an emergency before an ambulance can arrive. Providers can now apply for the grant and must match it with $25,000 of their own money.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

YouTuber Buys $1.5 Million Fire-Damaged Tennessee Mansion

VIDEO/PHOTO: Mike Thakur, content creator/YouTuber, has purchased one of the most talked about home listings, reports WSMV. It’s a Franklin mansion that has extensive fire damage and was listed for $1.5 million. The listing went viral, receiving 1 million views on Zillow and shared on the account Zillow Gone Wild.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Davidson County Source

Digital reporting tool in Florida aims to protect fire investigators, boost public safety

After a fire, investigators charged with determining the cause of the blaze sometimes stumble on unstable surfaces, breathe in toxins, or face other health and safety risks. But they had no central place to document their exposure to hazards at work, and researchers had no central place to evaluate that data to try to mitigate those risks — until now.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Florida Hospital News

VIDEO: 16-year-old boy injured during house fire in California, 1 other person sent to hospital

A 16-year-old boy was injured Tuesday night during a house fire in the Sunland-Tujunga area, authorities said. The fire was reported at around 9:16 p.m. at the home on Sherman Grove Avenue. When firefighters arrived, the fire was coming from the garage, exposing neighboring homes to flames. Firefighters found the boy outside with burns and injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Firefighters worry about chemicals in their gear, but alternatives could present problems too

Firefighter Jason Burns appreciates the attention that firefighting foam has received recently because long term exposure to it has been linked to cancer. However, he says he’s rarely used firefighting foam in his nearly 20-year career. “I tend to focus on our gear because most fire departments aren’t using foam on a regular basis, whereas I’m using my gear, firefighters are using our gear 10-14 times a tour, which is what we call our day of work,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Carolina Health News

Michigan firefighters use special tool for electric vehicle fires

VIDEO: Car fires are nothing new -- but electric car fires are different. Now, the Shelby Township Fire Department has a new tool that saves time -- when putting out the flames. The key is a giant fire blanket for the very specific type of fire. "These were bought specifically to help us in the event of an electric vehicle fire," said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit

Commentary: EMS workers from throughout Idaho attend EMS Day at Statehouse

Updating Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Idaho is no small task, but I was grateful for the opportunity to join my EMS colleagues to discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for Idaho. EMS workers from throughout the state — as far away as Boundary County — traveled to Boise on Monday to help make a difference on behalf of the communities they serve.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Body cam video shows Oregon crew fighting fire reportedly caused by extension cord

A few weekend fires are bringing an advisory from Rural Metro Fire (RMF) in Josephine County. It says a fire destroyed a shop and pickup early Monday morning in the 200 block of Teel Lane in the New Hope area southwest of Grants Pass. It says though no injuries were reported, the fire is one of three fires in three days involving extension cords running to vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford

Doctors gave him a 1% chance to live; Now he’s a professional firefighter in Colorado

After sustaining a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident five years ago, it seemed as if Jimi King’s dream of becoming a full-time firefighter vanished in an instant. Doctors at St. Anthony’s Hospital, who had at first given him just a 1% chance of surviving the crash, were slightly more hopeful after King came out of a four-day coma.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Canon City Daily Record - Metered Site

Firefighters Burn Institute in California marks 50 years of service

Each year, an estimated 7 to 12 million people worldwide sustain burn injuries that require medical care. That trauma can lead to long recovery, absence from work, school, or even death. Amid those dark statistics is a bright spot in Sacramento: The Firefighters Burn Institute, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UC Davis Health

EMS in Central Texas training bar owners to stop bleeding during mass casualty events

Austin-Travis County EMS and firefighters explained how to help save a life during mass casualty situations through the "Stop The Bleed" course on Monday. According to the Gun Violence Archive, last year, the U.S. saw more mass shootings than days, with 647 occurrences. Its data also shows this year we've seen nearly 40 mass shooting before January is over.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC 24 Austin

Fatal house fire was latest of New York City battery blazes, FDNY says

A Queens house fire that killed one person and injured 10 others was sparked by a lithium-ion battery, the fire department said Saturday. It adds to a series of battery blazes that have caused concern in the city. The latest ripped through two floors of a home on 89th Street, a few blocks from LaGuardia Airport, around 11 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV Mission Broadcasting 11 New York City

Indiana fire chief celebrates 60 years of service

VIDEO: A local fire department celebrated a huge milestone for their fire chief. The Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department celebrated 60 years of service for Fire Chief Pete Taylor. Taylor started working with the department when he was just 18 years old. The department held an open house at the station.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTHI-TV CBS/FOX/MyNetworkTV/CW+ 10 Terre Haute

Molly the fire safety Dalmatian reached kids across the globe and saved lives; Her legacy lives on

With her red-painted nails, matching bandana and fire hat, Molly the Dalmatian earned a special spot in the hearts of children nationwide through fire safety education. Since 9 weeks old, Molly helped Arkansas-based retired firefighter Dayna Hilton teach kids about home escape maps, crawling low under smoke and everything in between.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today - Metered Site


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