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Changing Pennsylvania Gaming law would help fire departments

VIDEO: As the sirens fill the streets of Ashley Borough, volunteer firefighters are always ready for the call. Chief Wes Saltz has been on duty for 35 years. "A lot has changed. The number of volunteers is probably about 25% of what it used to be from when I first started. The demands on the departments are very different," said Chief Wes Saltz, Ashley Borough Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton

Kansas: Stolen Jackie Robinson statue found 'dismantled and burned'

PHOTOS: Police in Kansas are searching for a suspect after a bronze statue of Jackie Robinson was vandalized and stolen last week. The dismantled remains of the artwork were found Tuesday morning by the Wichita Fire Department when it responded to a small trash fire. Wichita police said Monday it had located the truck that was believed to be used in the theft of the artwork, but added that detectives and officers were still searching for the people responsible.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

VIDEOS: Texas farm fire could take days to fully extinguish

PHOTOS: Multiple fire departments are still battling a large fire burning at a chicken farm in a rural part of Northeast Brazos County. The fire was reported just after 5 p.m. at Feather Crest Farms near Fickey Road east of Kurten and officials Monday night said it could be days before it’s fully extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBTX-TV CBS 3 Bryan

In an emergency? In one Florida county, you can make a 911 video call

Imagine that you’re jogging down a trail and you trip on a rock. You’ve twisted your ankle, and there’s nobody around. So you call 911, but the dispatchers don’t know where you are and neither do you. Well, you’re in luck. Orange County has implemented a new form of emergency communications technology that allows residents to make video calls to first responders.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel - Metered Site

New bill would cover cancer screening costs for Oklahoma firefighters

A new bill proposed by State Representative Daniel Pae (R-Lawton) would void costs of medical screenings for Oklahoma firefighters. House Bill 3573 was named "Fighting Chance for Firefighters Act." The yearly screenings covered in the bill are for lung, prostate, testicular, skin, colon and breast cancers.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KJRH-TV NBC 2 Tulsa

VIDEO: Driver killed in fiery tanker crash in Ohio, causing diesel spill into creek

One person is dead following a tanker crash on SR-8 in Northfield Center Township that left a nearby creek contaminated with diesel fuel. Summit County Inspector Bill Holland says at around 9:15 a.m., the tanker truck was traveling northbound on SR-8 tried to get on I-271, when it lost control and went over the side of the bridge.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOIO-TV CBS 19 Shaker Heights

2 Texas firefighters injured, jumped from second-floor of apartment complex after man points gun at them

VIDEO: Two firefighters were injured after a gun was pointed at them, and they jumped from the second-floor of an apartment complex in southwest Houston on Saturday, according to the Houston Police Department. Houston firefighters responded to the 6000 block of Bissonnet Street at about 11 p.m. to save a man who was having seizures.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston

Leaders in one Florida county pushing for firefighter protection law expansion after 2011 explosion, fire

Two St. Johns County leaders are pushing for significant changes at the state level to better protect firefighters who experience “line of duty” injuries or sicknesses. It stems from this explosion and fire in St. Augustine that happened back in August of 2011. David Stevens is the union president for St.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

Colorado fire department has largest therapy dog program in the state

VIDEO: West Metro Fire started the dog therapy program four years ago with two dogs, Remmey and Captain. Fast forward to today, the program is the largest in the state, with 11 therapy dogs. “The dogs bring an amazing sense of calmness and excitement to our crews. The dogs are just a really good addition to our crews and we’ve added to our toolbox of mental health and wellness," said Captain Reid Norwood at West Metro Fire station 3.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

VIDEO: Fire breaks out at multi-family home in Rhode Island

Six families are displaced after a heavy fire broke out at an apartment building in Warren. Firefighters rushing to Arlington Avenue around 2 a.m. Friday found heavy smoke and flames shooting from the top floor. Bristol, Warren and Providence firefighters are on scene and still working to put out hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence

4 Texas firefighters injured in roof collapse, highlighting concerns about the way new homes are built

VIDEO: On Monday evening, Austin firefighters responded to a fire burning from a two-story home on Camperdown Elm Drive in South Austin. While firefighters were battling the flames, the roof of the home collapsed on four of them. "Luckily, our firefighters were able to get themselves out of this instance but that's not always the case, unfortunately, across America," said Rachael Lewis, the Austin Fire Department Operations PIO.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC 24 Austin

Gamewell fire boxes protected one Pennsylvania city since the Statue of Liberty; now they are history

PHOTOS: A sentinel of safety on York's streets since 1884, the city’s Gamewell fire alarm system is shutting down. It’s hard to imagine a 140-year-old communication system still in operation in an age where AI is taking over physical buttons via voice and short-lived, disposable appliances are the norm.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Daily Record - Metered Site

Fire breaks out at multi-family home in Rhode Island

VIDEO: Six families are displaced after a heavy fire broke out at an apartment building in Warren. Firefighters rushing to Arlington Avenue around 2 a.m. Friday found heavy smoke and flames shooting from the top floor. Bristol, Warren and Providence firefighters are on scene and still working to put out hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence

South Carolina firefighter opens up about cancer battle as part of Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month

A Horry County Fire Rescue firefighter is opening up about his cancer battle as part of Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month. It’s aimed at helping departments educate on ways to prevent cancer and what can be done if you are diagnosed. The American Cancer Society said cancer is the leading cause of line-of-duty deaths among firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence

VIDEO: New Jersey warehouse inferno escalates to 8 alarms, forces evacuations

An inferno that torched a New Jersey warehouse, spewing smoke seen for miles, is under control authorities say, though firefighters expect to be dousing hotspots throughout the day Thursday. The fire on Nassau Street and Georges Road in North Brunswick erupted at an address linked to an old mattress factory around the time of Wednesday's evening rush.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York City

Ravens or Chiefs? Maryland, Missouri restaurants bet to feed the AFC winner's fire department

Jimmy's Famous Seafood and Joe's Kansas City BBQ made a bet that the loser of the AFC Championship game Sunday will feed the winner's fire department. Here's the bet: if the Ravens win, Joe's Kansas City will ship enough barbecue to feed the Baltimore City Fire Department. If the Chiefs win, Jimmy's Famous Seafood will send crab cakes to the Kansas City Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore

Tennessee fire department welcomes first student interns

VIDEO: When leaders at Sullivan East High School and Kingsport City Schools approached the Kingsport Fire Department to create a co-op program for students in its fire science classes, Assistant Fire Chief Terry Arnold said the department was interested right away. “It is a great benefit, number one to give back to the community, and for recruitment,” Arnold told News Channel 11.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHL-TV CBS/ABC 11 Johnson City

VIDEO: Man dies after running back inside burning California home

A man died after he ran back inside a burning home in Mission Hills early Wednesday morning. The fire started inside a one-story duplex located at 10803 N. Noble Ave. and Chatsworth Street, near the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway, around 3 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. All four residents made it out of the burning home safely, before a man in his 70s ran back inside to try and grab some of his personal belongings.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

Federal fire safety campaign makes a stop at Chicago firehouse

VIDEO: Some of the top authorities on firefighting and emergency care in the U.S. appeared in Chicago on Tuesday. With more than 150 people already killed in fires in the U.S. this year — a rate on track to top 2023 fire deaths in the country — fire prevention safety measures were a big focus in a wide-ranging press conference at the firehouse in North Lawndale on the city’s Southwest Side.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 Chicago

Fire department in Utah launches e-bike team at airport

VIDEO: In collaboration with the Salt Lake City International Airport, the Salt Lake City Fire Department is rolling out a new team to respond to emergencies. The airport now has a two-person e-bike squad that responds to medical calls in the terminal six days a week. “They’ve got all of their basic life support equipment,” said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

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