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Ohio state grant helps University of Cincinnati researchers improve firefighter PPE

VIDEO: Data from the National Fire Protection Association shows overexertion, stress and medical issues has been the leading cause of death for firefighters. A new state grant is helping fund a project to help keep them safe. Firefighters use a specific type of jacket on the job, but the University of Cincinnati is working on adding different elements to better protect them in their work environment, and it’s all thanks to a $1.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1 - Metered Site

Firefighter in Louisiana undergoes medical center's first international kidney transplant

VIDEO: A Louisiana firefighter has a new lease on life after she received a gift like no other from an unlikely hero thousands of miles away. Our story starts with a Denmark woman named Marianne Poulsen. For more than two years, Marianne’s husband, Michael, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant but much to her dismay, she was not an organ donor match.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVLA-TV NBC 33 Baton Rouge

VIDEO: Dramatic footage shows firefighters extinguishing large greenhouse fire in Minnesota

Firefighters from multiple departments worked overnight to knock down a massive fire at a well-known greenhouse in Maple Grove. Fire crews were called out around 3:30 a.m. for the blaze at Lynde's Greenhouse and Nursery off 93rd Avenue North, east of Elm Creek Boulevard. As they arrived, firefighters saw large flames and a large pillar of smoke billowing out of the greenhouse, according to the department's Twitter feed.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis

'She'll have a little piece of my heart forever': Firefighter rescues little girl in Florida

VIDEO: Many St. Augustine first responders are back home with their families after a very busy week. The St. Augustine Fire Chief says they had 26 rescues during Hurricane Ian. One St. Augustine firefighter, Hardus Oberholzer, was part of many of those dangerous missions. He says the department has a saying: "The more risk, the more you save.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: First Coast News

VIDEO: Man behind Instagram’s ‘Fire Department Chronicles’ talks Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month and the man behind Ingram’s ‘Fire Department Chronicles” is sharing tips to keep your family safe as we head into the fall and winter months. Firefighter and paramedic Jason Patton joined Action News 5's Andrew Douglas at the digital desk to talk how being fire safe can support first responders.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV NBC 5 Memphis

Pennsylvania firefighters open time capsule with items from 1916 and 1967

PHOTOS: Firefighters in Newtown Square staged their own sequel to the movie “National Treasure” recently as they retrieved and opened a decades-old time capsule that had resided in the cornerstone of their old station for over 45 years and contained many items from 1916. In 1965, the company’s original fire station on Newtown Street Road was knocked down and from that wreckage firefighters retrieved a time capsule that was placed there in 1916.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Times - Metered Site

Tennessee fire chief calls for stricter penalties for drivers who ignore ‘Move Over Law’

The Memphis Fire Department chief is calling for action after two firefighters were struck and injured by a driver Sunday morning on I-240 & Kerr Avenue. Memphis Fire Chief Gina Sweat said she wants harsher penalties to be handed down for motorists who cause these accidents. “Firetrucks are big and red, and they have a lot of lights.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMC-TV NBC 5 Memphis

VIDEO: Massive fire destroys vacant building in Texas

A vacant building on the Southwest Side was destroyed after a massive fire early Friday morning. The fire started just after 12:30 a.m. at a building along Frio City Road near West Malone. Crews arrived to find heavy flames shooting out of the building. The building eventually collapsed. Firefighters say the building wasn't occupied at the time and there were no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABB-TV FOX 29 San Antonio

Fire truck damaged after car crashes into a Kansas fire station

PHOTOS: A Shawnee fire truck is heavily damaged after a car crashed through a garage door at the John B. Glaser Fire Station, 6501 Quivira Road, early Thursday morning. Shawnee Deputy Fire Chief Corey Sands says that one of the station’s two fire crews was out on an emergency medical call around midnight, when the second fire crew back at the station awoke to a loud sound and found a car had crashed through a garage door and into the front of their parked truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Shawnee Mission Post

Hurricane Ian: Storm barrels toward South Carolina as death toll in Florida grows

Nearly 2 million customers in Florida were without power early Friday two days after Hurricane Ian slammed into the state, killing at least 12. Florida’s Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie suggested the number could be higher, announcing during a news conference Friday that as many as 21 deaths had been reported in Ian's wake.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Virginia: 'Hall of Flame' championship belt inspires fastest fire department response

PHOTOS: The Danville Fire Department has just implemented a new system to give its firefighters bragging rights for good work. "Starting this month, we have instituted the “Hall of Flame” Championship Belt," DFD said in a Facebook post. "This will be awarded to the station and shift with the fastest turnout time [each quarter.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSET-TV ABC 13 Lynchburg

VIDEO: Downed power line sparks flames in Florida, fire station bay flooded

Weather conditions in Florida's Gulf Coast are dangerous due to Hurricane Ian -- and authorities are experiencing issues as rain and wind hammer the area. The Naples Fire and Rescue Department posted a video of a downed power line that sparked flames in the street on Wednesday. No one was hurt but authorities shared the footage to remind the public to stay off roads until the storm passes.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach

City in Kansas adds 24-7 defibrillator called a 'SaveStation' to local park

The City of Overland Park now has a defibrillator available 24-7 at one of their parks, what they are calling their new “SaveStation”. Jason Green, EMS Chief for the City of Overland Park, said this will help save more lives, with everyone being able to use it and follow its instructions. Green said the city’s cardiac arrest save rate is around 42 percent, which is much higher than other Kansas City metro emergency services, and across the country.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCTV CBS 5 Kansas City

New video encourages volunteers to answer the call In Pennsylvania

Just in time for Fire Prevention Month, Doylestown Borough and Doylestown Township have released a new video aimed at recruiting new members for the Doylestown Fire Company. Both the borough and the township ran the video spot at their September public meetings. The video will also be shown on their websites, at the County Theatre and through a variety of other avenues.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Doylestown Patch

Texas fire chief tours modern station in Polish sister city, proposes firefighter exchange

On Wednesday, Tyler Fire Chief David Coble toured a recently-constructed fire station in Tyler’s sister city of Jelenia Góra, Poland. Coble is traveling with a group of representatives from East Texas to deepen the partnership between the two communities. His Polish counterpart led the delegation on a tour of Jelenia Góra’s main fire station, an expansive and modern facility that opened in the last two years.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler

Assistant New Mexico Fire Chief lands acting role in comedy television series 'The Curse'

Española Assistant Fire Chief John Wickersham will have a role as a Fire Chief on the upcoming comedy television series “The Curse.” Filmed in Española, the show is set to star Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie. According to Wickersham, he was joined by several other local firefighters to film scenes on Sept, 20 and 21 at the Española Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rio Grande Sun

VIDEO: Massive junkyard fire sends black plume of smoke into Philadelphia sky

PHOTOS: Crews worked all night to put out the hot spots of a massive junkyard fire in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. The three-alarm fire broke out around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Sedgley and Erie avenues, sending a black plume of smoke into the sky. Multiple vehicles and tires were ablaze inside the junkyard, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

2 firefighters injured in Texas apartment explosion return to work 1 year later

VIDEO: Two of the three firefighters critically injured in an apartment gas explosion in Southeast Oak Cliff returned to work on Tuesday. They managed to make the return two days before the one-year anniversary of the explosion. One year ago on Thursday, Cpt. Christopher Gadomski, Ron Hall and Pauline Perez were investigating a gas leak at Highland Hills Apartments in Southeast Oak Cliff.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDFW-TV FOX 4 Dallas

Washington fire station temporarily inoperable after $90K in lifesaving equipment stolen

PHOTOS: Grays Harbor Fire District 1 Station 2 has been temporarily put out of service after $90,000 in lifesaving equipment was stolen Tuesday morning. Police were called at 6 a.m. to the fire station located at 1880 South Bank Road for an overnight burglary. Officials said thieves stole equipment such as defibrillators, jaws of life, radios and more from a tender, fire engine, and an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle

Michigan firefighters combat cancer with shirts, hats and mustaches

In addition to battling blazes, Dearborn Heights firefighters are hard at work these days trying to snuff out something that hits very close to home for them – cancer. The department has embraced a “Movember” fundraising campaign that encourages mustache growth to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press & Guide - Metered Site


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