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Hidrent app in Maine provides off duty firefighters more ways to help their community

From house fires to car accidents, firefighters are trained to respond to emergency situations. If we already trust these men and women in those moments, why not trust them with smaller jobs around the home? That’s the idea behind a new app called “Hidrent,” spelled a little differently. It’s a service that connects off duty firefighters with anyone in the area who needs a task completed.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS 5 Bangor

Pennsylvania EMS gets new wearable carbon monoxide detectors after day care leak

For years, Allentown EMS has had carbon monoxide detectors available for crew, but only one detector per ambulance. After a significant number of carbon monoxide incidents last year, the city moved to get a wearable monitor for each full-time EMS employee. “We’ve had the meters, but we wanted to take it a step further, use them more,” said Mehmet Barzev, chief of EMS operations for the city of Allentown.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lehigh Valley Live

VIDEO: 100 firefighters battle fire at vacant warehouse near riverfront in Missouri

St. Louis firefighters were at the scene of a large fire at an abandoned warehouse near the Mississippi River just north of the Gateway Arch. The St. Louis Fire Department said the fire is at a warehouse near the intersection of North 1st Street and O'Fallon Street. The first call for the fire came out at around 7 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis

Massachusetts firefighter diagnosed with cancer following free screening

Worcester firefighter Ryan Kelley had a scab on his temple for two years that never really healed. He hadn’t done anything about it, when his whole truck decided to attend a free cancer screening held by DetecTogether and UMass Memorial Health at Polar Park last year. When doctors from UMass saw the scab, they told Kelley it looked like basal cell skin cancer.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mass Live

Singer Jon Bon Jovi Thanks New Jersey First Responders at Annual Event Celebrating Community

The 7th Annual JBJ Soul Kitchen Chili Cook-Off highlighted eleven local first responder units including Fire, Police and EMT, and their chili, but the event was so much more – a celebration of community. The attendees donated more than 580 pounds of food for Fulfill’s People’s Pantry, totaling 386 meals, and Jon Bon Jovi was on hand to taste each entry and thank the first responders for their service.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Insider NJ

Maryland volunteer fire department gets state-of-the-art airboat for rescues

PHOTO: Emergency crews on the upper Bay will soon be able to respond to those tricky shallow-water rescues more easily and safely. The all-volunteer Susquehanna Hose Company (SHCo) in Havre de Grace just announced they’re getting a state-of-the-art airboat. It will be the department’s first vessel of this kind and the only airboat in service in the area.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chesapeake Bay Magazine

2-alarm pallet fire erupts at commercial building in California, prompting quick response from firefighters

VIDEO: A dramatic two-alarm fire erupted Monday afternoon at a commercial building in Monrovia, prompting a quick response from at least two local fire departments. The blaze, fueled by stacks of pallets, was reported about 5 p.m. at a structure in the 800 block of East Huntington Drive. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find flames shooting through the roof.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Florida teen who survives shooting goes on to become hero, future firefighter

VIDEO: At just 18 years old, Jah’ere Robinson became a hero in the same Palm Beach County neighborhood where a stray bullet injured him as he took out the garbage. Jah’ere spent six months in the hospital and months recovering. Two years after surviving the shooting, a neighbor credited him for acting quickly during an apartment building fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

New initiative in Maryland set to protect first responders by marking unsafe vacant homes, buildings

Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott along with the Baltimore City Fire Department, elected officials launched its Unsafe Vacant Marking Initiative Monday. The initiative will help first responders identify unsafe vacant homes, buildings, or structures when determining the structural integrity before entering by noting the secured 12x12 inch red square reflective signs on properties considered unsafe for anyone to enter.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBFF-TV FOX/MyNetworkTV 45 Baltimore

Wisconsin first responders describe daring night-time cliff rescue

VIDEO: A daring rescue off a cliff at Peninsula State Park in Door County this weekend saved a woman’s life. She was in stable condition Monday after the difficult task of getting her safely off the cliff. Multiple agencies responded to make this rescue mission a success. Video shared by the Gibraltar Fire Department is just a glimpse of the treacherous rescue at the park in Door County after a 32-year-old woman fell from a parking lot on top of Eagle Bluff, landing on a ledge about 50 feet below.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

PHOTO: Pennsylvania firefighter grows over 1,000 pound pumpkin, displays it at local firehouse

One City of Erie fire department is celebrating Halloween with a carved pumpkin that weighs more than 1,000 pounds. It’s the second time an Erie firefighter has grown a pumpkin for the community to enjoy. Erie Fireman John Stewart grew a pumpkin that weighs over 1,000 pounds. The pumpkin sits outside Firehouse 13 on East 28th Street.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: YourErie.com

Texas firefighters investigate downtown fire that destroyed multiple buildings

VIDEO: McKinney firefighters are investigating the cause of a large fire in Downtown on Sunday night. According to officials, the fire began just after midnight on North McDonald Street. Firefighters initially began fighting the blaze at a church on Wilcox. Several nearby homes were evacuated before the fire spread to a nearby house.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

Retired Kentucky firefighter 'pins' his daughter during recruit graduation ceremony

VIDEO: After months of training, Lexington Firefighter class number 70 is ready to serve the city. This class has a unique story. For the first time in the department’s 151 years of service, a female recruit will follow in her father’s footsteps and become a Lexington Firefighter. In most cases, it’s the son who follows in his father’s firefighter boots.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV CBS/CW 27 Lexington

North Carolina college program trains firefighters in high school

Remington Embry, who graduated from Surry Community College’s first offering of the Firefighter Career & College Promise program, was recently hired as a full-time firefighter with Central Surry Volunteer Fire Department in Dobson. The statewide Career & College Promise (CCP) program gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credentials, tuition-free, while they are still in high school.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mount Airy News

Minnesota community remembers Black church destroyed by arson in 1907

VIDEO: Dozens of people gathered in Hastings Sunday afternoon to learn about a local Black church that was set on fire over a century ago. Nobody was ever charged in connection with the fire. The Hastings community came to First Presbyterian Church to remember history that happened blocks away. Building Remembrance for Reconciliation, nonprofit, organized the event called “Breaking the Silence: Remembering Brown’s Chapel AME.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 6 St. Paul

Maine firefighters feted for 75 years of service

In late October 1947, residents of this small town on the Blue Hill Peninsula watched as ominous gray smoke rose high into the skies over Mount Desert Island. The summer had been bone dry—the state had only received about half its normal precipitation since the end of June—and a single careless spark might ignite a conflagration closer to home.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Penobscot Bay Press

VIDEO: Driver of stolen U-Haul opens fire on another vehicle following fiery crash in Texas

A stolen U-Haul went up in flames after a driver led police on a miles-long chase in west Houston early Wednesday morning, according to the Houston Police Department. This happened on the Westpark Tollway service road at Dairy Ashford. Houston Transtar cameras caught the end of the chase where the U-Haul truck caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston

Wisconsin launches $1 million program to collect firefighting foam containing toxic 'forever chemicals'

Fire departments throughout Wisconsin will soon have the chance to safely dispose of firefighting foam containing toxic "forever chemicals" free of charge. The Department of Natural Resources announced the beginning of its foam collection program, which received $1 million in funding from the current state budget.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald - Metered Site

Kentucky firefighter gets new kidney after finding perfect match in fellow firefighter

VIDEO: A northern Kentucky firefighter is recovering after a fellow firefighter stepped up to donate when he needed desperately needed a kidney. It started when Newport firefighter Bob Hug had been struggling with kidney disease and was in desperate need of a kidney transplant for well over a year. He had been on dialysis for six months and through many ups and downs with possible donors and matches, but none had worked out.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati


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