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Central Pennsylvania firefighters train with military helicopters

VIDEO: On Wednesday, over a hundred firefighters from throughout central Pa. gathered at Fort Indiantown Gap for emergency training, each one learning about the different military helicopters that fly from the base. “They’re going through four stations, which include orientation to the CH-47 Shanook, the UH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota," said Aviation Safety Officer Danielle Watkins.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV FOX 43 York

Mississippi fire crews spend hours trying to douse fire after blaze erupts at old, abandoned warehouse building

An old, abandoned warehouse building goes up in flames Tuesday evening in downtown Jackson. The facility, which used to be an old recycling building, is located at the intersection of Monument and Palmyra Streets. Crews with the Jackson Fire Department spent hours putting out the blaze. Chief Willie Owens says the fire broke out around 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLBT-TV NBC 3 Jackson

VIDEO: Firefighting robot demonstration held in Pennsylvania

You expect to find firefighters at a fire department. But what you may not expect to find is a firefighting robot like the one on display at the Greenwood Fire Department in Moosic. It's called the Super Vac TAF 35 Mobile Firefighting Robot. It's remote-controlled and can pour 1,200 gallons of water a minute on a fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNEP-TV ABC 16 Scranton

Massachusetts: Many of Boston's fire boxes are over a century old and are still operating smoothly

VIDEO: The Boston Fire Department’s alarm boxes are the same as they ever were – 170 years on the job, and they still work. They are brightly colored, well-marked and appear every 1,000 feet on Boston streets. Still, the vast communications system has, through time and familiarity, become almost invisible — hidden in plain sight.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Fire Department of New York hosts national event over concerns about e-bike, e-scooter battery fires

Following concerns about the rise of e-bike and e-scooter fires in the US, firefighters hosted a national event to raise awareness about the potential risks posed by lithium-ion batteries. Hosted by the Fire Department of New York in mid-September, the symposium was attended by 300 people from across North America, including the National Bicycle Dealers Association president Heather Mason.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: BikeBiz

Fiery crash in California 50 years ago spurs today’s world-class burn care

September 24 marks a dark day for Sacramento. It was 50 years ago that 22 people died — 12 of them children — when a jet taking off from Sacramento Executive Airport overran the runway and slammed into Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour. Witness accounts indicate about 100 people were inside the popular eatery when the inexperienced pilot who had participated in the Golden West Sport Aviation Show changed their lives forever.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UC Davis Health

VIDEO: Michigan firefighters rescue trapped woman from raging fire while sheriff’s deputies man water hoses

PHOTOS: A woman is in critical condition Monday, Sept. 19, after being rescued from her back deck during a raging house fire. The woman, whose name has not been released, was trapped on the deck of the Cutlerville home. Kent County sheriff’s deputies could not reach the woman but firefighters from Cutlerville, Dutton Township and Kentwood were able to rescue her while deputies sprayed water from fire hoses.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive .com

Ohio firefighter pinned underneath fire truck during rollover crash

VIDEO: An elderly volunteer firefighter underwent surgery Monday and remains in a hospital in Columbus after a rollover crash that happened Sunday. Middleport Fire Chief Jeff Darst tells WSAZ the 72-year-old firefighter suffered fractures in his lower leg. Darst says this could’ve easily been fatal, and they’re just grateful it wasn’t worse.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3 Huntington

National group meets in Texas to discuss prevention of firefighter deaths

VIDEO: Kevin Woyjeck, 21, was one of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters killed while trapped in a fire in Arizona in 2013. Released in 2017, a movie called “Only the Brave” highlighted the men’s bravery, making Woyjecks father especially proud. “Kevin was the ninth firefighter in our family.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio

Denver firefighters get second option in cancer-related medical costs

Denver firefighters now have a second option for covering cancer-related medical costs. The Denver City Council unanimously approved a bill that allows firefighters to join the Voluntary Cancer Benefits Award Program (VCAP) set up by the Colorado Firefighter Heart and Cancer Benefits Trust. This measure would exist in place of the existing workers' compensation program set up by the city, but there are a few key differences between the two programs that make the new one more attractive to city employees, city officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Denver Gazette

VIDEO: Flames Engulf Multi-Family Home in Massachusetts, Leaving 5 Displaced

Five people will need somewhere to stay after a fire ripped through the third floor and back porch of a multi-family home in Everett, Massachusetts Monday morning. Firefighters with the Everett Fire Department spent hours battling the fire on Woodlawn Street Monday, where they were met with towering flames when they first arrived.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Nashua

Florida fire rescue truck shot multiple times while heading to call

VIDEO: A Lauderhill fire rescue has been left damaged after someone shot at it while crews responded to a call. A paramedic saw the gunman, and it turned into quite a scare for the first responders. On Friday, the crew of Rescue 30 of Lauderhill Fire Rescue’s fire truck was en route to help a person who was suffering chest pains when it was shot multiple times in the area of Northwest 19th Street and 31st Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSVN-TV FOX 7 Miami

California: Unanswered questions remain in USS Bonhomme Richard fire

VIDEO: A Navy arson trial is about to get underway, more than two years after fire destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard. The trial comes as the Navy continues to unravel why the fire became one of the worst peace-time disasters in Navy history. Beginning on July 12, 2020, the USS Bonhomme Richard burned for nearly five days in the San Diego Bay.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPBS-TV 15 San Diego

‘Five Floors Up’ Review: A Tale of Fire and Family

Chief William “Bill” Feehan kept a photo on his desk at the FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn. He and his young grandson Connor stand beaming in the photo on a fireboat in New York Harbor. The chief’s burly hands rest on Connor’s shoulders and the two brace a gust of wind that has made the boy’s hair into a wild nest.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal - Metered Site

Fallen Firefighter Memorial ceremony returns to Colorado Springs after two-year hiatus

VIDEO: The 36th annual International Association of Fire Fighters Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony returned to Colorado Springs Saturday. Approximately 8,000 guests were in attendance for the first of the event since the pandemic began. “The inability to be together took its toll on all of us," IAFF President Edward Kelly said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRDO-FM 105.5 Colorado Springs

VIDEO: Fire under control after destroying California warehouse

After a nearly two-hour long firefight, crews in Stockton have gotten a handle on a two-alarm fire that destroyed a shuttered warehouse in downtown Stockton Thursday. Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, flames erupted inside of a building, formerly an auto shop, near Hunter and Oak Streets in Stockton, officials with the Stockton Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

2022 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial to be held this weekend in Colorado

For the first time since the pandemic's start, firefighters from across the United States and Canada will gather in Colorado Springs to memorialize those lost due to service to their communities. This weekend will mark the 2022 IAFF Fire Fighter Memorial and it will be a big one as the International Association of Fire Fighters is inviting all the families impacted by cancellations in 2020 and 2021 to join in person for the event.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo

New York: Westchester County Volunteer Firemen's Association swears in first female president

The Westchester County Volunteer Firemen's Association swore in its first female president Thursday night. The gathering of volunteer firefighters at a small banquet hall in Cortlandt also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Mohegan Volunteer Fire Association. New President Angela Outhouse's instinct to respond to emergencies was also on full display.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Westchester

‘Best day of my life:’ Texas city's littlest firefighter helps crew

VIDEO: Sometimes fire departments run across what could become a future employee at the scene of a fire, but that doesn’t happen very often. Well, that’s just what happened at a recent Longview fire. But, it may be a while before he receives a paycheck since he’s six years old. When there’s a fire, it catches the neighborhood’s attention, but six-year-old Spencer Laster, who was home sick, was absolutely fascinated by the firefighters putting that fire out.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV ABC 7 Tyler

Wisconsin fire department offers 'Narcan Hope Kits' to combat overdose epidemic

Opioid related overdoses continue to rise in Milwaukee County. The county’s medical examiner reports that 80% of confirmed drug deaths this year involved fentanyl, with the county on track for 700+ drug related deaths this year. Now, local law enforcement agencies like the Oak Creek Fire Department are working to slow down those numbers by handing out Narcan Hope Kits.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

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