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Former New Jersey fire chief turns 110; He credits his longevity to this beloved sweet drink

Vincent Dransfield turns 110 years old Thursday, but the lifelong Passaic County resident doesn’t seem to be slowing down. He still lives at home, socializes with a wide range of friends and family, keeps up with the New York Yankees — opening day is his birthday — and even continues to drive his Hyundai sedan on local errands.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Advance - NJ.com

This fire department is among the few in Texas with blue trucks and here's why

PHOTOS: Montgomery County ESD 1 firefighters often are asked why their fire trucks are blue. "Our trucks are easy to be spotted," said Fire Chief Jason Oliphant, standing next to the Sierra Blue fire truck, which earned the trucks and the department "The Smurfs" nickname, according to the agency's website.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Courier of Montgomery County - Metered Site

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Fire-extinguishing ball fails, but no recall issued

The government is warning people to immediately stop using a fire-extinguishing device shaped like a ball. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says Elide fire-extinguishing balls can fail to extinguish a fire, leaving people at risk of injury and death. However, the CPSC says Elide Fire USA has not agreed to recall the balls or help customers with a fix for the products.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW-TV NBC 8 Wichita

VIDEO: Flames engulf historic Cleveland church

PHOTOS: Massive flames could be seen shooting from an abandoned Cleveland church early Thursday morning. The building was fully engulfed as SkyFOX was over the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m. The church, located near the corner of E. 91st Street and Miles Park, has been identified as the former Pentecostal Determine Church of God.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJW-TV FOX 8 Cleveland

Fake firefighter with a garden hose refuses to leave deadly blaze, North Carolina cops say

A fake firefighter with a garden hose refused to leave the scene of a deadly blaze in North Carolina, officials told news outlets. Early March 27, the Morganton Department of Public Safety said its crews were called to the fire and spotted a 37-year-old man wearing a New York City Fire Department outfit.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer - Metered Site

SoyFoam: Firefighters Gather in Georgia to Demo First Soybased Fire Suppressant

VIDEO: This week the United Soybean Board announced the first and only soybased fire suppressant had been certified safe for sale. But what do firefighters think about the new product? Firefighters from across the U.S. participated in a fire demonstration at the Dalton, Georgia, fire department looking at the effectiveness of Soyfoam.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Farm Journal

Indiana firefighters find new purposes for old fire hoses that are destined for the dump

PHOTOS: When there's a problem to solve, you can count on first responders to come to the rescue. So when two Fishers firefighters saw some old fire hose on the bay floor, set to travel to a landfill, they put their helmets together to come up with a creative solution. Rob Demlow has been fighting fires in his Fishers community for 19 years.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRTV ABC 6 Indianapolis

VIDEO: 3-alarm church fire briefly closed runways at Love Field Airport in Texas

PHOTOS: A three-alarm church fire near Love Field Airport temporarily closed runways Tuesday afternoon. Dallas Fire-Rescue crews were called to a fire at Iglesia Adventista Church on Denton Ave. around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. Crews began fighting the fire from inside, but "the situation quickly escalated and fire began to come through the roof.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT-TV CBS 11 Fort Worth

Oklahoma State University holds robot, drone demonstration showcasing first responder assistance

VIDEO: In Tulsa, Oklahoma State University held a demonstration to show how they're working to get more drones and robots in the hands of first responders. In the scenario, a drone flew donated blood from a local hospital to a simulated crash scene. A robotic dog from the University of Tulsa picked up the donation and delivered it to a Tulsa Firefighter to give to a patient in the simulated crash scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOKI-TV FOX 23 Tulsa

San Francisco firefighters rally against chemicals used in uniforms

VIDEO: San Francisco could be the first city in the nation to ban a common type of firefighter uniform found to emit cancer-causing chemicals. Firefighters on Tuesday joined city leaders on the steps of city hall to voice their support for new legislation introduced in the afternoon requiring San Francisco to provide new uniforms to its roughly 800 firefighters over the next two years.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

‘Black box’ data recorder recovered from ship that struck Francis Scott Key Bridge in Maryland as recovery efforts continue

A search and recovery effort is underway in Baltimore for six people presumed dead after the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed early Tuesday following a major cargo boat collision. The major shipping port remains closed, which officials say could have significant economic consequences nationwide. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board boarded the ship late Tuesday night to gather evidence for their investigation, agency Chair Jennifer Homendy told CNN on Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN

VIDEO: Ship collides with Francis Scott Key Bridge in Maryland, causing collapse

Six people are missing after a large ship collided with the I-695 Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, causing it to crumble into the Patapsco River. According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the ship named DALI was carrying cargo for the Danish based company, Maersk, from Singapore to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore

Never Forget: 10 years since deadly Back Bay fire took the lives of 2 Boston firefighters

VIDEO: Tuesday marks 10 years since a deadly Back Bay fire claimed the lives of two Boston firefighters. Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were killed while fighting a wind-fueled, nine-alarm fire at 298 Beacon St. on March 26, 2014. The two men went inside after they were told someone might be trapped in the basement, then became trapped themselves.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Bill Written in Response to Ship Fire that Claimed Lives of Two New Jersey Firefighters Advances

Federal legislation calling for studies on vessel fires within three nautical miles of the shoreline to reduce vessel and waterfront facility risk to local communities was passed by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently. The bill was introduced by Congressman Rob Menendez (NJ-08) in response to the tragic vessel fire that occurred in Newark in July 2023, which claimed the lives of two Newark firefighters, Augusto “Augie” Acabou and Wayne “Bear” Brooks Jr.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TAP into Jersey City

VIDEOS: Woman seriously injured after massive fire burns through two New York homes

A woman was seriously injured after a fire burned through two houses in Brooklyn on Friday. NewsCopter 7 was over the fiery scene at 413 E. Third St. between Beverly Road and Avenue C in Kensington. FDNY officials say the four-alarm fire broke out on the first floor of a three-story home at the location around 5:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Man dangling from overhead wire plummets onto fire truck in Washington

VIDEO/PHOTO: An attempt to evade police officers led a man to swing from an overhead cable for more than 45 minutes Saturday afternoon before dropping onto a strategically-stationed fire truck in downtown Vancouver, authorities say. The man, who was not immediately identified, had been involved in an unspecified disturbance when he climbed onto the roof of the Little Conejo restaurant, 114 W.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Oregonian/OregonLive

More than 72K cars in Massachusetts recalled due to fire risk, report says

VIDEO: Is your car at risk of catching fire just sitting at your home? Auto company Carfax said the number of “park outside” recalls—warnings from federal regulators and automakers to park vehicles away from garages or other structures because of significant fire risk—jumped 40 percent nationally and 45 percent in Greater Boston between May 2023 and Jan.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston

VIDEOS: Crews respond to apartment fire in Maryland

PHOTOS: Crews were on the scene of a fire that broke out at an apartment building in Hagerstown Thursday night. The Hagerstown Fire Department said the fire at 673 Oak Hill Ave. started around 6:30 p.m. “The firefighters went up to the top and then the flames started shooting out so they came down as quick as they could,” neighbor Edye Brockett, said.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV 25 Hagerstown

Recharge Room: New space installed for first responders in Arizona to relax, heal

VIDEO: Every day, first responders put their lives on the line serving their communities, which can take a toll on their minds and also their bodies. That’s why the town of Gilbert is trying a new way to help its firefighters and police officers by installing Recharge Rooms. “Recharge is a simple 33-minute circuit that we use the synergy of togetherness or multi-modally,” said Rich Ganley, the executive of Positive Impact Alliance.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Never-before-seen images reveal scope of 2014 Oso landslide destruction in Washington state

VIDEO/PHOTOS: For the first time, photographs of the harrowing devastation caused by the landslide in Snohomish County have been unveiled. Ed Hrivnak, the co-pilot of Snohawk-10, the rescue helicopter that first arrived on the scene, shared his account of the traumatizing events of that day. "It's overwhelming," said Hrivnak.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCPQ-TV FOX 13 Seattle

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