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North Carolina fire departments partner with Marines to improve protection

Two volunteer fire departments have come to an agreement with Camp Lejeune to better protect residents of Onslow County. County officials say the arrangement calls for the marine corps base’s fire department to respond off base to help the Verona and Turkey Creek volunteer fire departments when called.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITN-TV NBC 7 Washington

Massive 3-alarm fire fueled by burning pallets erupts at distribution center in California

VIDEO: After an hours-long battle on Thursday, a massive 3-alarm fire at a distribution center in Carson is under control, according to fire officials. It took about 200 firefighters to get the blaze under control. According to an employee, a barrel of hand sanitizer exploded and prompted the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

IAFC-VCOS, NVFC Release Lavender Ribbon Report Update for Preventing Firefighter Cancer

Cancer is a serious health threat facing today’s firefighters. Studies have shown that firefighters have an increased risk of developing several types of cancers, due to the occupational hazards they face. However, there are steps firefighters can take to protect themselves and their crew. The National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section released the Lavender Ribbon Report to present 11 specific actions firefighters need to take to lessen their risk of occupational cancer.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Homeland Security Today

Florida firefighter-paramedic trades in boxing gloves for bunker gear

PHOTOS: You could say Winter Park Firefighter-Paramedic Alfredo Escalera Jr. is a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Born in Puerto Rico, Escalera moved to Casselberry with his mother when he was a small child. Later, he followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a boxer. His father, also named Alfredo Escalera, was a professional boxer with 70 bouts between 1970 and 1983.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Movie Trailer: A Girl’s Firefighting Dreams Spark Adventure in ‘Fireheart’

VIDEO: Entertainment One (eOne) today shared the first trailer and poster for family animated feature Fireheart, coming to cinemas early next year. The CG-animated movie centers on a girl who finds a way to follow her dream of becoming a firefighter and crack a mysterious case of serial arson across jazz age Broadway.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Animation Magazine

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, TODAY spotlights 3 heroes including a retired Maryland firefighter

VIDEO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to recognize this vital period of information and education, we’ve kicked off a new project — TODAY Paints the Town Pink. To get things started, on Friday, that meant turning a bright pink spotlight on three people whose lives have been impacted by the disease.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Today

3 firefighters remain hospitalized in critical condition, 5 others released after explosion at Dallas apartment

VIDEO: Eight people were injured Wednesday in an explosion at an apartment building in southern Dallas, including four Dallas firefighters and four others who are in critical condition, officials said. As of Thursday morning, one firefighter and four other people have been released from the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

Owned by 2 Navy vets, Chicago's Fireboat Tour offers a unique history experience

VIDEO: Sailing on Chicago’s waterways on the Chicago Fireboat is a truly unique experience. The Fred A. Busse is a retired fireboat that was part of the Chicago Fire Department’s fleet till 1981. Built as a modern ship in 1937, the Fred A. Busse was a modern marvel, built with a lower profile to fit under the city’s bridges.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 Chicago

Minnesota Firefighter Out To Prove She’s ‘Tough As Nails’ On TV Reality Show Competition

VIDEO: A Minneapolis fire captain is starring in a TV reality show competition that premieres next week. Kalimba Edwards was in California for six months this summer filming the new season of CBS’s “Tough as Nails.” The show pits 12 people against each other in physical competitions that test strength, life skills and mental toughness.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

Superheroes surprise young Virginia children's hospital patients

VIDEO/PHOTOS: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman, Supergirl, Spiderman and Captain America! Fairfax County Fire and Rescue superheroes dropped by Inova Children’s Hospital in Falls Church for a special surprise Tuesday. “Good to hop up?” Loren Jewell asked her fellow firefighters as she checked her rappelling gear.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington, D.C.

U.S. COVID-19 Recovery Spreads as Prospects Improve in 47 States

The U.S. recovery from the latest COVID-19 wave is taking hold across the country, with cases dropping or poised to start falling in the vast majority of states. In 47 states plus the nation's capital, a measure of average new infections from one newly infected person is below the key level of 1, signaling that cases are expected to decline, according to covidestim, a modeling project with contributors from Yale School of Public Health, Harvard's T.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bloomberg - Metered Site

VIDEO: Two-alarm fire damages Pennsylvania home

A home was damaged by fire Tuesday night in North Whitehall Township, according to a Facebook post from the Slatington Volunteer Fire Department, which assisted at the scene. WFMZ reported the fire was in the 2000 block of Levans Road. The fire call was just afer 10:30 p.m., WFMZ said, and the second alarm was sounded at 10:38, the Slatington department’s post said.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lehigh Valley Live

'Girls aren't firefighters': How women are making firefighting more inclusive

Capt. Karen Bureker didn’t know whether she wanted to have children when she first became a firefighter paramedic nearly 20 years ago. But after getting married, Bureker and her husband decided to start a family. It was during her first pregnancy, after six years on the job, that Bureker realized just how difficult the transition from firefighter to mother would be while rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

The ties that bind: Three new FDNY members following in footsteps of fathers killed on the job

The trio were just kids 20 years ago when their FDNY fathers died: Two during the 9/11 terrorist attack, and the third only a few days earlier while on the job. Sons Jonathan Otten, Gary Watson and Andrew Gorumba will proudly join the Class of 2021 in graduating Wednesday from the FDNY Fire Academy, with each inspired by their heroic dads and determined to follow in their footsteps as members of the department that embraced all three in the dark days after their fathers passed away.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site

California fire department struggles to fill shifts because exhausted firefighters are turning down overtime

Some of our county's biggest wildfires started in October, but as we head into this potentially dangerous time, local fire departments are struggling to fill shifts. Exhausted firefighters are turning down overtime. This past weekend, an engine company at Fire Station 20 was shut down for 24 hours. The reason? A lack of staffing.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS/CW 8 San Diego

On the Road to Healing: Connecticut Fire Chief Running Boston Marathon

With the steady rhythm of a nice long run, Robert Duval of Wauregan finds peace. “I just go out and it just allows me to, like, unravel a lot of things,” he said. And in his four decades in the fire service, the chief of Atwood Hose Fire Company and president of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association has seen a lot of things.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

VIDEO: 3-Alarm fire destroys New Jersey township homes

On Monday afternoon, at 3:30 p.m., Emergency Responders answered a call of a house fire at 31 Bay Way in the Bay Harbor section of Brick. Upon arrival a heavy smoke and fire condition was observed. Strong winds helped to spread the fire quickly. The resident of 31 Bay Way, who was home at the time, was uninjured, but the home was completely destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MidJersey News

'We can become targets': Oregon firefighters to get bulletproof vests

VIDEO: Portland firefighters will soon add bulletproof vests to their arsenal of firefighting gear. Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) confirmed the city will order 200 vests in the near future. “First responders, as they go in, we can become targets,” said Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland

Mississippi fire department is considering a language requirement for employees

The Starkville Fire Department is looking to add a language requirement for some of their employees. The Starkville Fire Department responded to a construction accident last Friday and was immediately on the scene. But despite their skill and teamwork, the department realized they had a communication challenge.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBI-TV CBS 4 Columbus

Chicago Installing ‘Bleeding Control Kits' in Hundreds of City Buildings

The City of Chicago is installing hundreds of kits in city buildings to treat bleeding gunshot victims under a new program officials say could help save lives in an emergency. Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications announced earlier this month that the city has begun installing 426 wall mounted "Bleeding Control Kits" in 269 buildings across the city.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago