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VIDEO: 2 homes destroyed in Pennsylvania fire: 'We lost everything'

A fire broke out and destroyed two homes in New Eagle after police said a man was burning weeds with a propane torch in his yard and went back inside. A neighbor who saw the fire on First Avenue alerted homeowner Randy Leach, who tried to put the fire out with a garden hose. One of the homes, which is used for storage and recreation and was unoccupied, burned to the ground.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh

Texas fire department's groundbreaking program has offered 1,000 units of whole blood in the field

VIDEO: A San Antonio Fire Department program is now the gold standard across the country, making whole blood available on ambulances and at trauma scenes. Three years ago, San Antonio mom Tiffany Kieschnick was driving to the store to get her son iced tea. “I ended up having a stroke on my way home, and I flipped my car into a ditch and coded in the car.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio

Hawaii firefighters join police for key training on active school shooter situations

First responders are training together for an active shooter on campus. Their focus is saving lives faster. For the exercise, it’s an active shooter on campus and first responders from the Honolulu Police Department and Honolulu Fire Department carried mock victims from the building into an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hawaii News Now

100-Year-Old North Carolina Fire Commissioner Gets A Big Thank You

Usually when people turn 100, they’re no longer active in their profession, however, Curtis Kennedy is anything but usual. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday, but Kennedy – an original fire commissioner for the McLeansville Fire Department when it began in 1951 – still plays an active role as a fire commissioner for the department.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rhino Times

9/11 flag displayed in Virginia while making its way around the world

VIDEO: On Wednesday morning the Virginia Patriot Guard Riders arrived in Lexington for a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. A flag that once flew in New York at the World Trade Center after the September 11th attacks was displayed on the flag pole at the Lexington fire department for 9 minutes and 11 seconds during the ceremony.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXR-TV FOX 27 Roanoke

PHOTOS: Fire destroys 91 golf carts at Arizona golf complex

An overnight fire at the Randolph Golf Complex destroyed 91 golf carts and other equipment in a blaze that the Tucson Fire Department responded to around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. A solar panel structure above parked golf carts was on fire when firefighters arrived, said Tucson Fire Public Information Officer Michael Colaianni, and the fire was put out at about 2:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tucson.com

Retired Texas firefighter needs help with historic photo

PHOTO: It was last month when retired Odessa Firefighter John Taylor stumbled across an old, unique photo. It was a group photo taken in 1927 of the first fire engine along with the first 13 volunteer firefighters in Odessa. Taylor, who has been researching the history of Odessa Fire and Rescue since the 80s, was stunned when he came across the photo on the website Traces of Texas.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Odessa American Online

Volunteer fire departments in New York can now charge for an ambulance; it could save rural EMS service

In much of America, if you call an ambulance, you get a bill afterwards. But in rural New York state, where a lot of emergency services are bundled in with fire departments, that often doesn’t happen. Volunteer fire departments haven’t been allowed to charge for ambulance service. But that means they’ve had to eat the cost.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSKG-FM 89.3 Binghamton

Chevron Refinery in Mississippi hosts volunteer firefighter training

VIDEO: Volunteer firefighters were focused as they fought furious flames at the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery’s volunteer firefighter training. Nicole Walters and John Ford with the East Jackson Volunteer Fire Department said they came to the training to become more prepared. “We’re used to interior firefighting, and this right here is something different, something we’re looking forward to.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOX-TV ABC/CBS 13 Biloxi

New Massachusetts Fire ATV Paid for With Donated Cans

PHOTO: To pay for its new emergency response all-terrain vehicle, the Fire Department sorted and recycled about 217,000 cans donated by community members. The Lanesborough Fireman's Association bought the $15,000 vehicle, a Can-Am Outlander Max XT, entirely with money from its Cans for Lives program, which helps fund the purchase of emergency equipment and vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: iBerkshires.com

VIDEO: 5-Alarm fire erupts at commercial building in California

Firefighters engaged a massive 5-Alarm fire at an unknown commercial building in Riverside County Monday afternoon. The fire was first reported at around 1:30 p.m. 22000 block of Opportunity Way where it quickly grew to engulf more than 10 acres of cardboard, outside storage area and other materials by 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles

Pennsylvania county dedicates $10M fire training center

PHOTOS: Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Sunday marked the next chapter that will allow firefighters, police and other first responders to prepare for emergencies without leaving Carbon County. The rain also didn’t stop various fire companies, law enforcement agencies, elected officials, friends and family from gathering on the Broad Mountain in Nesquehoning to ring in and celebrate the nearly complete Emergency Operations Training Center.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times News Online

North Carolina firefighters, supporters are pushing hard for PFAS-free turnout gear

Firefighting is an occupation that comes with inherent risks. In addition to the physical demands, there are also health risks associated with the job. For instance, the rate at which firefighters develop cancer outpaces the general population by 9 percent, and their risk of dying from cancer is 14 percent higher, according to a study published by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: North Carolina Health News

Five new 9/11 bills signed into law in New York

The bills are expected to help and support New Yorkers "whose lives were transformed on that terrible day." In remembrance of the 21st anniversary of 9/11, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul today signed five pieces of legislation that officials believe will provide support to 9/11 victims, survivors and their families.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Valley Post

'It’s been a good ride': Wisconsin firefighter set to complete 50 years of service before his retirement

PHOTOS: A Whitewater firefighter is coming up on a major milestone in his career, as he will hit 50 years of service before he retires next summer. You can usually find Terry Phelps behind the wheel of a fire truck. “I grew up on the fire department,” Phelps said. “My dad was on for 25 years.” Service is in Phelps’ blood.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1

VIDEO: 3 firefighters injured after fire erupts at historic church in South Los Angeles

Three firefighters were injured early Sunday morning while battling a fire that engulfed a historic church in South Los Angeles, officials said. More than 100 firefighters responded to the major emergency fire at Victory Baptist Church at 4802 S. Mckinley Ave. for one hour and 40 minutes. One firefighter suffered moderate injuries and two others sustained minor injuries; two of them were transported to a hospital while the other was treated at the scene, an LAFD spokesperson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

First responders pay tribute to fallen heroes on 9/11 in Texas county

PHOTOS: First responders from across Brazos County gathered early Sunday morning outside the Stella Hotel in Bryan. The group of firefighters, police officers, and paramedics paused to pay tribute to their brothers and sisters that made the ultimate sacrifice 21 years ago today. First responders, many in full gear climbed the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs as a tribute to the heroes who died at Ground Zero on 9/11.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBTX-TV CBS 3 Bryan

Fire Trucks Crash Racing to Put Out New Jersey Fire, 3 Firefighters Critically Hurt

VIDEO: A pair of fire trucks racing through a New Jersey city en route to put out flames scorching a downtown business collided, critically injuring three firefighters Saturday evening, city officials said. The two fire department trucks were responding to a fire on Main Street when they smashed into one another at Broadway and Straight Street around 5:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

Oklahoma State University Fire Training program gets first new truck in 90 years

VIDEO: Oklahoma State University christened its first new fire truck in almost a century on Sunday. The school’s Fire Service Training program plans to use it to train a new generation of firefighters. The ceremony happening on September 11th was pure coincidence, meant to coincide with the start of its biannual academy, but the program’s directors believe in its significance.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTUL-TV ABC 8 Tulsa

Renovated former hospital in Vermont now housing for firefighters

VIDEO: An old hospital is getting new life while helping retain and recruit firefighters. The Vermont Fire Academy is based in Pittsford which can be up to two hours away from many fire departments across the state. The distance has made it difficult for firefighters to get the necessary training and hard to incentivize them to attend optional ones.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAX-TV CBS 3 Burlington

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