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Pennsylvania volunteer fire department gets 1938 fire engine returned after over 50 years

VIDEO: A local fire department in Beaver County is going back in time after getting a very special delivery over the weekend. The Conway Volunteer Fire Department has its 1938 Darley Fire Engine returned to its station on Sunday after being without it for more than 50 years. The fire chief tells KDKA that the truck was donated in the 1970's when it was replaced with a newer truck.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh

VIDEO: Multiple school buses catch fire at lot in Texas, cause explosion

Multiple school buses caught fire at a lot on Thursday afternoon, sending thick, black smoke around the Northwest Dallas area. Crews battled the fire at a lot near Interstate 35E and Manana Drive. It's unclear what led to the fire. Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) said it responded around 3:30 p.m. after receiving calls about a tractor on fire and that other tractors were around it.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

'Public safety will be our #1 priority': Firefighters get new training academy in Georgia

VIDEO: Did you know Macon-Bibb County has a Class 1-rated fire department? The department says that means you get a better rate on your home insurance. To keep that high standard, first responders need to train constantly, and now they have a state-of-the-art facility where they can work harder to keep you safe.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAZ-TV CBS/CW+ Macon

Arkansas bill that would allow city fire department bomb squads to conceal carry, make arrests during threats passes committee

VIDEO: A bill that would allow city fire department bomb squads to conceal carry and make arrests during explosive threats advanced through a House committee Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Meeks, was presented Tuesday morning. Meeks was accompanied by Todd Cardin, the Conway Fire Department’s Bomb Squad Commander.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARK-TV NBC 4 Littlerock

911 calls released on actor Jeremy Renner snowplow accident in Nevada

VIDEO: Emergency calls from Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue tell the story of how a dispatcher and people on scene of a snowplow accident worked to help save 51-year-old Marvel star Jeremy Renner on New Year’s Day near his Reno home. Renner was clearing snow when he ended up being run over by his snowcat.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVVU-TV FOX 5 Henderson

VIDEO: Fire destroys 113-year-old Delaware building beyond repair

A three-story building that stood for more than a century in downtown Laurel was being taken down Wednesday afternoon following an early morning fire that damaged the brick structure beyond repair. No injuries were reported, and the State Fire Marshal's Office continues to investigate the blaze that destroyed the 113-year-old building located at 130 E.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Delaware Online - Metered Site

'This is a journey': Former Minnesota firefighter helps create transitional healing center for burn survivors

VIDEO: A former firefighter who was badly burned on the job is turning his pain into purpose. Jake LaFerriere helped set up a first-of-its kind facility for families facing the same struggles. It was in 2010 when LaFerriere's life changed forever when he was on duty as a Minneapolis firefighter. "I was on fire and I jumped from the third floor, and by the grace of God I survived this experience because there was a porch overhand down here that caught me," LaFerriere said.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

Florida's Daytona International Speedway to use fully electric fire truck

PHOTO: REV Fire Group has partnered with Daytona International Speedway to provide four firefighting trucks to the track ahead of the 2023 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and Daytona 500. While these include standard pumpers, one will be an electric model called the Vector. “We are excited to provide the all-electric Vector for our Florida neighbor, Daytona International Speedway, to protect its employees, NASCAR drivers, and the many fans and spectators who attend The Great American Race and other events,” commented REV Fire Group Vice President Mike Virnig.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Checkered Flag

Health Sciences students help Kentucky fire department stay healthy and pain-free

Firefighters across the world risk their lives every day to protect citizen lives, properties and the environment from disasters. Rescue missions and other duties — such as saving a family from a burning building or pulling an injured person out of a vehicle after a collision — can prove to be extremely challenging, especially paired with the grueling schedules they are required to work.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Kentucky

VIDEO: 2 displaced after multiple crews battle South Carolina house fire

Crews are battling a house fire in Surfside Beach Tuesday morning. Horry County Fire Rescue crews were dispatched to Heathermuir Drive just after 8:30 a.m. HCFR said the fire is under control and no injuries were reported; however, two people have been displaced. They will receive assistance from the Red Cross.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach

North Carolina first responders blazing new trail with fire engine party bus

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Two local first responders are setting the downtown Asheville scene on ‘fire’. Technically retired, Tanker 364 is now blazing a new trail in western North Carolina. It’s not your typical fire engine anymore. Tanker 364 has been transformed into the ‘Hot Zone Party Fire Engine' – the brainchild of Terry Whitaker and Dakota Andrews.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

‘Kraken' COVID Variant, XBB.1.5 Climbing in Midwest, Experts Say More Cases Expected

The new and highly contagious COVID variant dubbed XBB.1.5 roughly doubled its prevalence in the Midwest over the last week and experts say that growth will likely continue in the weeks ahead. The variant now makes up 43% of cases in the U.S. and more than 14% of cases in the Midwest, climbing in both metrics from 30.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago

VIDEO: Chicago Fire Department battles extra-alarm warehouse fire

The Chicago Fire Department battled an extra-alarm fire in a West Side warehouse Tuesday morning. The fire was in a one-story commercial building in the 4500-block of West Fulton Street. Chopper 7HD flew above the scene, where flames could be seen pouring through the roof of the warehouse. The fire raged for more than an hour and around 7:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

‘Decon Kits’ hope to help prevent cancer in Alabama firefighters

VIDEO: January is firefighter cancer awareness month. It’s a time for departments and advocates to raise awareness about the ongoing occupational hazards that firefighters face every day. According to research by the CDC and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Firefighters have a nine percent higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer and a fourteen percent higher risk of dying from cancer than the average person but, advocates in Alabama are working toward ways to help lower those statistics.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNT-TV CBS 19 Huntsville

California: Suspect Steals Ambulance in San Francisco, Abandons it in Oakland

VIDEO: Police are searching for a suspect who stole an ambulance in San Francisco Monday night. This all happened when paramedics were in the process of brining a patient to the ambulance in the area of 47th Avenue and Irving Street at 6:42 p.m. The California Highway Patrol was able to locate the ambulance using GPS and pursued it through San Mateo and Alameda counties before it got onto city streets in Oakland, the San Francisco Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

Why some say Tennessee's 'Move Over' law needs stronger enforcement to prevent first responder crashes, deaths

‘Move over’ is a law created to protect first responders on the scene of incidents. Unfortunately, drivers continue to ignore the siren and the flashing lights and it’s costing people their lives. After six big wrecks involving Memphis firefighters, leaders and families say enough is enough. Now there are calls to stiffen penalties for drivers who break the law, and for more enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATN-TV ABC 24 Memphis

Longtime firefighter dedicated to telling the story of the Denver Fire Department

VIDEO: When Denver’s Fire Station Number 1 was built in 1909, firetrucks were still pulled by horses. One-hundred-fourteen years later, the horses are gone but the building remains as a tribute to the men and women who have dedicated their lives to keeping the city safe. “The fire house itself is just something that’s very cherished,” says long time firefighter Steve Montoya.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

Fire crews monitor for hotspots after massive blaze destroys Illinois business

VIDEO: Fire crews continue to monitor for hotspots after a huge fire destroyed a Schaumburg commercial building Thursday night. Fire officials said Friday they will continue to watch for hotspots and they plan to determine if the building is structurally sound. It took about two-and-a-half hours to get the fire under control Thursday after it broke out at around 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Maine fire department sporting new look thanks to one of its own

VIDEO: The Orono Fire Department is going to be riding around in style thanks to the work of one of their own. “Art has always been a passion of mine. My twin brother and I, even through grade school, we were in art class and what not,” said Dennis Bean of the Orono Fire Department. “My high school art teacher actually encouraged me to attend an art school in Boston.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor


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