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Biden cancels nearly $6 billion in student debt for 78K public service workers including firefighters

President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the White House has approved the cancellation of nearly $6 billion in federal student debt for thousands of public service workers. The 78,000 eligible public service workers include teachers, nurses and firefighters, according to the White House. "These public service workers have dedicated their careers to serving their communities, but because of past administrative failures, never got the relief they were entitled to under the law," Biden said in a statement touting the move.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

VIDEOS: Chicago firefighters battle extra-alarm fire at restaurant furniture business

More than 150 Chicago firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at a business in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The fire broke out at about 10:43 p.m. in the 4200-block of South Ashland Avenue, Chicago police said. Massive flames and clouds of smoke could be seen billowing from the business, where CFD says a large amount of wooden pallets burned.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Firefighters in Oklahoma train to battle fires in hoarding conditions at brand new facility

VIDEO: Moore firefighters train to battle not only dangerous fires, but hoarding conditions as well. A brand new training area now gives Moore firefighters first-hand experience when evacuating hoarder homes, thanks to a local nonprofit. Goodwill Central Oklahoma donated nearly $3,000 worth of salvaged goods to the Moore Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma City

High-rise roof fire near World Trade Center in New York City unnerves many, prompts counterterrorism response

VIDEO: Because it was on the roof of a skyscraper under construction, a floor-wide fire in Lower Manhattan Wednesday was visible for miles. Hard work by nearly 80 firefighters and EMTs got the blaze under control, but its location — just steps away from the World Trade Center site — left many of the thousands of people in the Financial District concerned that this wasn’t just any fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York City

1934 Ford fire truck: An effort to preserve firefighting history for one Nebraska fire rescue department

VIDEO/PHOTOS: In about four months, towns across America will hold their very own Fourth of July parades. Local fire and rescue teams often join in the fun, hanging off fire trucks and ambulances as they ride through town. If you find yourself in Waverly for its parade, you might see something a little less normal.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The North Platte Telegraph - Metered Site

VIDEO: Fire burns through 55-plus community's clubhouse in Pennsylvania

Flames and thick smoke could be seen coming from the clubhouse of a 55-plus community in Montgomery County Wednesday morning, leaving residents without one of the vital places in their lives. Firefighters could be seen pouring water onto the fire at the community center at the Village of Neshaminy Falls off Stump and Horsham roads in North Wales, Pennsylvania.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia

Massachusetts fire department is now using AI technology during response calls

VIDEO: Foxboro firefighters are now trained on a new tool to help patients while in the back of an ambulance. The ultrasound device is now equipped with artificial intelligence to better pinpoint someone’s organs. “Ultrasound images inherently aren’t clear pictures of what’s going on inside, so having that quick step to say okay the algorithm in the computer is seeing what I’m looking at – now I know I’m in the right place,” said Brian Foley, a Foxboro firefighter paramedic.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston

Ohio will help fire departments destroy PFAS-laden firefighting foam

Ohio has launched the first program in the country to collect and destroy PFAS-laden firefighting foam. The takeback program is a statewide effort for fire departments to dispose their stores of Aqueous film forming foam, otherwise known as AFFF – one of the most pervasive sources of "forever chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVXU-FM 91.7 Cincinnati

Hives for Heroes: Teaching veterans, first responders the art of beekeeping in South Dakota

VIDEO: A national non-profit organization that teaches veterans, first responders, and active military members the art of beekeeping is looking to expand its local operation this year. At Hives for Heroes, veterans in Rapid City get paired up with an experienced mentor who teaches them about the hobby.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEVN-LD FOX 7 Rapid City

VIDEO: Three-alarm fire engulfs historic church in Missouri

A three-alarm fire engulfed a historic vacant church Monday night in St. Louis. The St. Louis Fire Department responded at around 8:45 to a fire at the former St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, located at 3114 Lismore St., in the St. Louis Place neighborhood. The building is designated as a St. Louis City Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis

New Hampshire firefighters among first in the nation to get PFAS-free gear

When former Concord firefighter Chris Andrews introduced himself to city councilors, he described himself as “a cancer survivor — at least for now.” At the outset of his career, new types of protective gear, including the addition of breathing equipment and innovations in boot and pant materials, had made Andrews feel safer than his predecessors.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Concord Monitor - Metered Site

Firefighters burn large tumbleweed piles after thousands invade Utah neighborhoods

VIDEO/PHOTOS: After thousands of tumbleweeds buried homes in Eagle Mountain, crews have been conducting controlled burns to eliminate piles of them. Unified Fire Authority conducted their second burn on Monday morning in a coordinated effort with the Eagle Mountain City Streets Department. They said it was intended to "efficiently dispose of the tumbleweeds" that accumulated along Eagle Mountain Blvd.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City

The U.S. Needs Wildland Firefighters More Than Ever, but the Federal Government Is Losing Them

Black Butte is an inactive volcano that rises from the high desert in eastern Oregon. In May 2022, a turboprop plane approached its pine-blanketed slopes, carrying about 10 men wearing bulky Kevlar outfits. They were smokejumpers with the United States Forest Service, the agency that directs the majority of the nation’s efforts to manage wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ProPublica

Driver charged with 5 counts of manslaughter in wreck with Oklahoma firetruck

VIDEOS: The driver of the car who wrecked with a Tulsa firetruck on Feb. 26 is facing five counts of manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence, according to court documents. The wreck happened around 5:30 p.m. when 28-year-old Keiosha Rucker, driving a white Hyundai, pulled in front of a Tulsa fire truck that was responding with lights and sirens to a call.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KJRH-TV NBC 2 Tulsa

Denver metro firefighters hit the bars with bagpipes, drums for St. Patrick's Day fundraiser

VIDEO: The sound of bagpipes and snare drums could be heard up and down Denver’s Market Street throughout St. Patrick’s Day weekend. "We are raising money for what we do all year long,” said Paulette Diaz, member of Colorado Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. “It’s an honor because we’re honoring our fallen firefighters and fallen police officers and fallen medics.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC/MyNetworkTV 9 Denver

Maxim fire engine celebrates 100th birthday at Massachusetts fire station

PHOTOS: The red paint of the 1923 Maxim fire engine glistened in the afternoon sunlight as it stood in front of the Northborough fire station. “It’s more than just a truck. It’s more than just steel on wheels,” said Shay Bailey. Members of the Northborough Firefighters Association are celebrating the engine’s 100th birthday.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Community Advocate

VIDEOS: FedEx tractor-trailer removed from bridge in New York hours after going over railing

Crews worked throughout the day Thursday to get a FedEx tractor trailer off I-90 and onto the road below, after a crash in the morning sent the truck over the railing on a bridge, barely hanging on above Pittsford Mendon Center Road. The truck was removed from I-90, the state Thruway, shortly before 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHEC-TV NBC 10 Rochester

Arizona firefighters help driver after he almost ran them over while they played pickleball

VIDEO: Some Tempe firefighters who were enjoying a pickleball game between calls Tuesday had to abruptly end their break when a car almost ran them over in their station’s parking lot. The first responders quickly shifted from play to work mode to take care of the driver after he crashed into parked vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale

Florida fire department introduces unique 107-foot ladder truck

VIDEO: Fort Myers Firefighter Sean McNamara said they're getting used to a special truck that can attack difficult situations unlike any in their fleet. It's been about 100 years since they had to use a truck like this, but this one is modern. "This truck is a 107-foot straight stick ladder, it is different from our other ladder trucks," McNamara said.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBH-TV NBC 20 Fort Myers

Wisconsin firefighters compete for $1 million on 'The Amazing Race'

VIDEO: Two first responders from southeast Wisconsin are competing on the 36th season of "The Amazing Race." Sunny Pulver and Bizzy Smith are best friends and firefighters. Pulver works for the Madison Fire Department and Smith works for the New Berlin Fire Department. The two quickly became best friends while receiving their training and are now ready to race into a new challenge.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

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