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California sinkhole made national news, wrecked two vehicles, and is growing

PHOTOS: The Chatsworth sinkhole that made national news this week when it swallowed two vehicles and led to the harrowing rescue of a mother and her daughter, was created by pounding torrential rain in the San Fernando Valley on Jan. 9. Now city crews are investigating how it happened. A mom and daughter in their Nissan, and a male driver and his passenger in a pickup truck, escaped from the dark, gaping, flooded hole on Monday night after their vehicles fell, without warning, into a cavernous gap in Iverson Road just yards from the 118 Freeway in northern Chatsworth.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury News - Metered Site

Police department in Florida trains firefighters to spot human trafficking at airport

VIDEO: It was stepped up training for first responders as they learned to spot human trafficking at airports. Miami-Dade firefighters are helping combat a sad reality. “It does exist, it is a daily crime that is hidden right in our backyard,” said Jessica Barriel, of the Miami-Dade Police Department Human Trafficking Squad.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami

Pennsylvania fire department to hold Annual Smoke Detector Blitz for MLK Day of Service

The Norristown Fire Department will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving the community of Norristown on Jan. 16 with its 5th Annual Smoke Detector Blitz. In partnership with the American Red Cross and students from Ursinus College, all on-duty fire department staff will conduct a neighborhood Smoke Detector Blitz from 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times Herald

VIDEO: Residents of Northern Illinois city voice concerns after massive blaze spews apparent chemicals in air

There will be an update Thursday afternoon after a massive fire erupted at the Carus Chemical plant in La Salle Wednesday morning. Some neighbors have concerns. The residential neighborhood around the plant appears to have been covered with chemicals. A shelter-in-place was ordered for several hours as a precaution, but has since been lifted.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Truck 5 arrives: Arkansas fire department shows off new equipment

VIDEO: The Hot Springs Fire Department made a trip to City Hall Tuesday to show the city board of directors one of its newest purchases. The board approved the $2.2 million purchase of a 107-foot tiller aerial ladder by Pierce Manufacturing Inc. and accompanying equipment in May 2021. The cost was included in the $2.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sentinel-Record

‘Nothing Short of a Miracle': Texas Firefighter Returns After 500-Day Battle With COVID-19

VIDEO: EMT firefighter Joseph Solecki is back on the front lines with the Irving Fire Department after the battle of his life. For 500 days, Solecki had COVID-19 and it was a battle that nearly cost him everything. “Just amazing, it’s actually nothing short of a miracle,” said Capt. Jeff Judd, with the IFD.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

‘It was a calling’: Senior chaplain building chaplaincy program for North Carolina fire department

VIDEO: Fires, crashes, and other emergencies — firefighters see it all. The Raleigh Fire Department is building a program to provide comfort for both firefighters and fire and accident victims. The goal is to instill hope. For 25 years, the Rev. Jeffrey Neal responded to emergency calls as a firefighter with the Raleigh Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Goldsboro

Florida doctor, a pioneer of emergency medical services in 1960s, dies at age 98

If you ever need to call 911, you will take for granted that the first responders who arrive will have sufficient training and skills to cope with virtually any medical emergency That wasn’t the case in much of the country well into the 1960s, when Dr. Eugene Nagel helped develop the modern emergency medical system.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Ledger - Metered Site

VIDEOS: Statement from Pennsylvania State Police about huge restaurant and inn fire

Pennsylvania State Police released a statement on Tuesday after a huge fire destroyed a popular tourist spot in Strasburg, Lancaster County. The Hershey Farm Restaurant and Inn is a total loss with damage estimated in the millions of dollars. "On 1/10/23 at approximately 1149 hours, troopers from PSP Lancaster and Strasburg Fire Department responded to the Hershey Farms Restaurant and Inn located at 240 Hartman Bridge Rd.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGAL-TV NBC 8 Lancaster

Officials in one southwest Louisiana city finalize pay matrix for firefighters at special meeting

VIDEO: After several meetings between the city and firefighters, council appearances and even a protest, city officials finally have a pay plan for the fire department. After a final discussion Tuesday, city officials are addressing their concerns by implementing a pay matrix. Starting this month, all fire suppression employees will see a pay increase.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPLC-TV NBC/CW+ 7 Lake Charles

New York: US officials announce new national strategy to fight fires inspired by deadly Bronx blaze

VIDEO: A new strategy unveiled Tuesday aims to use previous fire investigations to prevent similar fire tragedies from happening again. U.S. Fire Administrator Lori Moore-Merrell traveled to New York City to honor the 17 lives lost in last year's tragedy at the Twin Parks building. It was the first stop in a tour of some of the deadliest infernos.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York City

Fire protection district in Missouri implements cyanokits in ambulances

Lake Ozark Fire Protection District is working to equip cyanokits on their ambulance and trucks. The district has one. It’s kept in the ambulance should it be needed. ”I found out that we didn’t have it, and with us being a fire ALS (advance life support) Transport Agency, it’s not only crucial for the citizens we serve, but it’s crucial for our own folks,” said Deputy Chief Marc Carr.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYTV NBC 3 Springfield

Ohio fire department closes baby box due to 'outdated' department of health regulations

VIDEO: The Union Township Fire Department is closing its Safe Haven Baby Box due to "burdensome" and "outdated red tape" from the Ohio Department of Health, Union Township officials said in a press release. Under Ohio's Safe Haven Law, a baby box, also known as a newborn safety incubator, allows parents to anonymously surrender a newborn without facing criminal charges.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati

VIDEO: Everyone made it out OK after massive fire at Michigan apartment complex

Fire crews in Walker say no one was hurt after firefighters battled a blaze at an apartment complex Monday afternoon. It happened around 2:30 p.m., and according to a post online by the Walker Fire Department, the fire started on a balcony off Weatherford Dr. NW. Multiple fire crews could be seen tending to large plumes of smoke and flames at Green Ridge Apartments near the Green Ridge strip mall off Alpine Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WZZM-TV ABC 13 Grand Rapids

California's 'endless onslaught' of severe weather forces thousands to flee their homes, leaves 1 dead

VIDEO: Thousands of Californians fled their homes as severe weather continued to batter the state, leaving one dead, a child missing and massive swaths of power outages on Tuesday. Moderate to heavy rains were expected to continue to hammer much of California on Tuesday as a fresh low-pressure system barreled toward the state as part of a "parade of cyclones" that prompted a string of rescues Monday.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Fire destroys parts of Georgia fire station, displaces firefighters

A dozen East Point firefighters will be redeployed after a late-night fire destroyed one of the city's fire stations. The City of East Point's Fire Department says the blaze broke out shortly before 11:32 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Fire Station #3, which is located on the 3800 block of North Commerce Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Maryland paramedics add ultrasound to their toolbox

Ocean City paramedics are bringing new equipment into the field to better treat trauma patients. Ocean City Fire Department (OCFD) says the Ocean City Career Fire/EMS Division is getting ready to add ultrasound technology to its crews. Officials say the equipment will help determine the extent of injuries in trauma and medical patients.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMDT-TV ABC/CW+ 47 Salisbury

First Female Firefighter Doll Tells Girls, ‘Yes, They Can’

With all of the benefits of pretend play, one toy company is aiming to inspire young girls with a new line of dolls, fashioned after female firefighters. Triple F, which stands for Fierce Female Firefighters, has launched a line of authentic firefighter plush characters, with the third character coming out this month.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GIFTS and Decorative Accessories

Tractor-Trailer Fire Blocks Lanes on Interstate in Virginia

VIDEO: A tractor-trailer fire caused delays on Interstate 495 in McLean, Virginia, on Sunday, authorities said. The truck was at mile marker 43.5 on I-495. All lanes were closed, causing traffic to be backed up for about 1.3 miles, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Traffic was being diverted to Georgetown Pike.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV ABC 4 Washington, D.C.

Firefighters' vehicles burned at California fire station, arson suspected

VIDEO: Officials are investigating a fire that broke out in the back parking lot of Pacific Beach Fire Station 21 on Mission Boulevard. According to SDFD, several personal vehicles belonging to firefighters were damaged. Additionally, some lifeguard equipment and an ATV were burned. The fire broke out around 4 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGTV ABC 10 San Diego


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