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Indiana first responders braved dangerous terrain to rescue driver who had been trapped 6 days

VIDEO/PHOTOS: We've been talking about the story all week – how a man survived six days pinned inside his truck underneath Interstate 94 in Northwest Indiana. On Thursday, first responders filled us in on the chaos and conditions they encountered while trying to free Matt Reum from his vehicle. CBS 2's Lauren Victory climbed into the spot in Salt Creek near Portage, Indiana, where Reum was trapped in his truck.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

Ninety-three years ago the first North Dakota State Capitol Building burned down

VIDEO: Ninety-three years ago, the first North Dakota State Capitol Building burned down. According to the State Historical Society, on Sunday, December 28, 1930, a janitor discovered the fourth floor was on fire. It says even though he called the fire department immediately, the building was still a total loss with only the two lower floors and the north wing not completely destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFYR-TV NBC/FOX 5 Bismarck

4.8 million BlendJet portable blenders recalled due to fire and laceration hazards

A popular line of portable blenders could pose a danger to customers, and the brand is asking owners to stop using them immediately, because they can catch fire or slash people. BlendJet is voluntary recalling 4.8 million of its BlendJet2 blenders, according to statements from the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Business

Apartment fire that displaced hundreds of residents caused by contractor's illegal use of torch, FDNY says

VIDEO: A fire that forced hundreds of people from their homes for the holidays in Queens was caused by a contractor illegally using a torch, FDNY officials say. Fire officials say the contractor was using the torch to heat lead paint off a metal closet door frame when it started to smoke. The fire prompted a massive scene Wednesday afternoon on 47th Avenue in Sunnyside.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City

Driver crashes into Texas fire truck as firefighters respond to serious crash

VIDEO: A driver was seriously injured Wednesday after crashing into a firetruck responding to another crash, Dallas Fire-Rescue says. According to DFR, at about 11:30 a.m. firefighters were sent to a crash along the 2500 block of Robert B Cullum Boulevard near Fair Park. While specific details about the crash are not yet known, two people involved in the crash were hospitalized.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

South Carolina fire department announces medical toolkit reduces patient pain by 50%

VIDEO: It’s been a little over three months since the Goose Creek Fire Department announced the new medical tool Pro-Nox that reduces patient pain. The department is excited to share their progress with the pain reliever. So far officials with the fire department said Pro-Nox has been used 20 times and has improved patient care tremendously.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston

With deadline approaching, inside a Nero's Law training session with Massachusetts EMTs

VIDEOS: A training deadline is quickly approaching for EMTs in Massachusetts to be prepped on caring for police dogs — and it's all hands on deck to get all of them up to speed. Nero's Law allows emergency crews to treat and transport police dogs if they are hurt in the line of duty, and also requires them to complete three hours of education on the basics of animal care.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Nashua

VIDEOS: Florida house reduced to rubble by explosion

A house exploded early Tuesday morning in a West Park neighborhood, reducing it to rubble. It happened in the 5200 block of Southwest 20th Street, just south of Pembroke Road. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue received word of the blast around 12:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived there was no fire, but there was debris all over the place.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami

Firefighters in one southwest Missouri city who get cancer will soon be able to get healthcare benefits from new state program

On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the Springfield City Council wasted little time in unanimously approving a set of four bills that joins the city with a statewide pool of funding that provides benefits for firefighters who get any of the 17 different types of cancer the program covers. Known as the Missouri Fire Fighters Critical Illness Trust and Pool, the program was established by a pair of Senate Bills in 2021 and 2022 led by local State Senator Lincoln Hough.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYTV NBC 3 Springfield

Crews in Georgia rescue worker who was trapped for 5 hours at concrete plant, officials say

VIDEO: Fire officials have rescued a man who was trapped under material at a Paulding County concrete plant. The incident happened Tuesday at Wayne Davis Concrete along Hailey Path in Dallas, Georgia. Paulding County fire officials confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that a man in his mid-30s became stuck in a hopper.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Fire department in Kansas gets unique educational tool

VIDEO: A local fire station is using a unique tool to educate the public on fire safety. The Emporia Fire Department has a new inflatable safety house. The department was awarded a grant from Clint Boyer’s 79 Fund in the summer, and now is ready to show this fire safety house to the public. Boyer’s 79 Fund is a grant supporting education, health and safety.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNT-TV NBC 27 Topeka

VIDEO: Woman, teen seriously injured in fire at Chicago apartment complex

Two people were seriously hurt after flames ripped through a building in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Just before 1:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a multi-unit apartment complex in the 4700 block of South Wolcott Avenue. Heavy smoke poured from the front door and windows on the first floor.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

Slow Burn: The Emerging Science of Fire Deaths at Texas Body Farm

PHOTOS: On a hot September day in Texas Hill Country, the fire picked up, its flames popping the Jeep’s burning tires and airbags like plastic chip bags. Thirty or 40 feet away, a crew of firefighters, law enforcement, and forensic anthropologists watched the burning wreckage from the safety of a white canopy, while a firefighter in full protective gear waited, his hose at the ready.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UNDARK

Michigan firefighters identify and help human trafficking victim

VIDEO: Two Grand Rapids firefighters are being credited for finding a case of human trafficking while attending a conference in Traverse City. Battalion Chief Ed Brayman and Equipment Operator Nate Bazen were at an EMS instructor conference in March when they saw a woman who needed their help. “It was much like today.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOOD-TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids

A Minnesota fire department's holiday video goes viral

A creative holiday-themed video by the Red Wing Fire Department has officially gone viral. As of Monday, December 18, the Facebook video has been seen more than 2.1 million times.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Republican Eagle

VIDEOS: Fire damages apartment building under construction in Colorado

Crews from Aurora Fire Rescue and surrounding agencies responded to a two-alarm fire at a construction site in Aurora on Saturday. Smoke from the fire that was burning at an apartment construction site near E. Colfax Avenue and Peoria Street could be seen for several miles. The Link Apartments Fitz, developed by Grubb Properties, is severely damaged.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

Delaware bill would increase first responder pensions

A new legislative proposal promises to provide a significant boost in pension contributions for active first responders throughout Delaware. House Bill 266, officially introduced Friday, December 15th, aims to expand the criteria for compensation taken into account when calculating pensions for retired members of the County and Municipal Police and Firefighter Pension Plan.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRDE-LD NBC 31 Salisbury

EMS company in Ohio recruits Australian trainees to fill need

While businesses across every industry are in dire need of workers, the paramedic workforce is especially thin right now. Spirit EMS in Greenville has struggled due to the shortage but got creative with finding a solution. That sent the company to another continent to find the employees it needs. After partnering with an EMS recruiting firm, three Aussies are now Greenville residents, moving around the world to help address the emergency workforce shortage.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDTN-TV NBC 2 Dayton

Santa's sleigh from ‘Elf' arrives in New York City for fan photos

VIDEO: The sleigh from the movie "Elf" traveled through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, past the sea of twirly-swirly gumdrops and then down the Long Island Expressway and through the Midtown Tunnel. The 18-foot, one-ton sleigh -- with the Clausometer on the dashboard and Kringle 3000 jet turbine engine mounted underneath -- returned to Manhattan on Sunday for the first time since Buddy the Elf helped save Christmas two decades ago.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York City

VIDEOS: Plane makes forced landing, catches fire on North Carolina interstate, officials say

PHOTOS: A plane making a forced landing on Interstate 26 in North Carolina Thursday night caught fire and snarled traffic for hours. Several News 13 viewers have called the newsroom, reporting a crash. And video showed the aircraft on fire. Asheville fire officials confirmed the forced landing. According to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office, multiple people were taken to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC/MyNetwork TV 13 Asheville


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