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North Carolina fire department hires full-time psychologist, among the first fire departments in the state to do so

First responders face traumatic experiences and emergencies everyday. “Those sights and sounds stick with us throughout our life, so the more those build up, the more sometimes it starts to wear on us,” said Northern Wake Fire Dept. Chaplain and Firefighter Lauren Deer. When Deer came back from her first fatality call, she didn’t know how to handle it.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Goldsboro

New Jersey fire department swears in 21 new firefighters, bringing total to 682

“We have a distinguished, prestigious, and proud fire department, which is visible in the heroic actions of our firefighters every single day,” Mayor Steven Fulop said at the ceremony. “Being a firefighter is a difficult job and I want to thank the 21 new firefighters as you raise your hand today and take the Oath of Office to join the best fire department in the state.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hudson County View

Florida firefighters surprise 11-year-old boy they helped to deliver a decade earlier

VIDEO: Firefighters in Deltona, Florida made a special visit Thursday to the home of a boy they helped deliver 11 years ago. Susan Rubi credits the paramedics for saving her son Jacks' life after she unexpectedly went into labor at 26 weeks. "Doing what they did especially as fast as they did we wouldn’t have had him today," she said.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

VIDEO: Building collapses after large fire sparks in northwest Oklahoma

A building collapsed after a fire sparked Thursday morning in northwest Oklahoma City. The fire started at a building in the 2400 block of Northwest 40th Street, near Interstate 44 and Pennsylvania Avenue. When crews arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the building. The building has since collapsed, and crews firefighters are working to put out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City

Maryland fire chiefs now have helpers under new pilot program

The Baltimore City Fire Department began a pilot program Monday to assign senior officers to assistants responsible for making numerous fire scene decisions. Dubbed “battalion technicians,” the assistants aim to assist firefighters with tasks that can become overwhelming in an emergency, such as: B.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Local Today

Elite group of first responders help Texans recover from disasters

VIDEO: As North Texans prepared for severe weather and heeded tornado warnings Monday night, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a familiar directive. “The State of Texas has resources ready for swift deployment, and we are fully prepared to address any potential severe weather expected to impact communities across our state,” the governor announced Monday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin

Jay Leno interview: 'Boom ... my face caught on fire'

Jay Leno, the guru of the garage, did not mince words describing the accident that put him into intensive care. “And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas," Leno said. "And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire.” In a televised interview on NBC’s "Today" show, the comic looked only a little worse for wear, and he’s now back on stage doing standup after nine days at the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Autoblog

Connecticut: Sandy Hook 10 Years Later - First responder’s wife came face-to-face with shooter

It has been 10 years since 20 students and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Rob Sibley is a Deputy Chief in the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department and is also the deputy director for Emergency Management in the village of 9,000 people. Back in 2012, Sibley’s youngest son was in the 3rd grade at Sandy Hook Elementary.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

VIDEO: 30 years worth of evidence, including DNA, possibly destroyed in New York Police Department storage facility blaze

Evidence, including DNA and items collected from crime scenes, dating back up to 30 years may have been destroyed in a 3-alarm fire that overtook a New York City Police Department storage facility in Brooklyn. Eight people suffered minor injuries, fire officials said. The blaze erupted around 10:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

Leading cause of death among firefighters might come as a surprise

Firefighters face risks every time they respond to a call, including possible long-term dangers to their health. But the current leading cause of death among firefighters may come as a surprise. According to the International Association of Firefighters, heart disease was the former leading cause of death among firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFVS-TV CBS 12 Cape Girardeau

‘We’re just putting smiles on kids’ faces;’ Firefighters bring Christmas cheer to young patients at Shriners Children’s Boston

PHOTOS: In lieu of a sleigh and reindeer, Santa and Mrs. Claus — Boston Fire Department lieutenants by day — rode a firetruck to Shriners Children’s Boston hospital to deliver holiday cheer Tuesday. About 30 children peered out the hospital windows as the Clauses inched closer in the bucket of a fire ladder.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Globe - Metered Site

Subaru Recalls Ascent for Potential Fire Risk

Subaru’s latest recall affects nearly every one of its family-hauling Ascent SUV. The issue stems from the electrical system and could lead to a fire. Included in the population are model-year 2019-22 Ascents. The ground bolt that secures the ground terminal of the positive temperature coefficient heater in the wiring under the dashboard may have been improperly fastened, which could result in melting of the ground terminal and surrounding components, increasing the risk of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cars.com

VIDEO: Multi-alarm fire at New Jersey commercial building burns through the night

Firefighters spent hours in freezing temperatures battling a fire at a commercial building in Linden. The blaze broke out around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday and eventually went to three alarms. It was still burning more than 6 hours later. Video from NewsCopter 7 showed heavy smoke and flames shooting through the roof of the facility before dawn.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York City

Inside the New $12.4 Million Fire Station at an Alabama Airport

A new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) station and new ARFF trucks were unveiled last week at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth (BHM) International Airport. The new facility and trucks, together with First Responders, are the cornerstone of BHM’s emergency readiness. At a ribbon-cutting, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin joined board members of the Birmingham Airport Authority, project contractors, architects, Birmingham Fire and Rescue, and the airport staff to celebrate the completion of this major project.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Birmingham Times

Florida warehouse fire that killed 4 prompts questions over fireworks storage

VIDEO: Orange County leaders are questioning safety issues surrounding a deadly warehouse fire that ignited fireworks stored at the property. The fire – which happened on Dec. 1 – could come up on Tuesday at the county commission meeting. There are legal questions over whether the company was even allowed to store fireworks there.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

‘We Lost Another Giant’: Retired Fire Chief From Long Island Dies From 9/11-Tied Illness At 80

Brian O’Flaherty was just yards away from the World Trade Center, working at the New York City Fire Department’s command post inside the Marriott Hotel, when the South Tower collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, killing hundreds and leaving him seriously injured. More than two decades later, the retired battalion chief and US Navy veteran from Rockville Centre died Saturday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Voice Suffolk

Kentucky fire department unveils new all-hazard response boat

VIDEO: The Louisville Fire Department unveiled a new boat on Monday to help with emergency situations. The 42-foot long, 29,000-pound all-hazard response boat can be used to help fight fires and hazmat situations, for medical responses, mass casualty evacuations, rescues and towing for stranded boaters.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV FOX 41 Louisville

VIDEO: Four-Alarm fire rips through vacant California strip mall

Firefighters extinguished a Four-Alarm fire at a strip mall in Long Beach Sunday morning. According to Long Beach Fire Department, crews were dispatched at around 3:40 a.m. after receiving reports of a structure fire at a strip mall. The fire, located on Anaheim Street and Olive Avenue, damaged the building, which was said to be vacant as it was undergoing renovations.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles

Homecoming held for historic Rhode Island fire truck

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: A homecoming for a historic East Greenwich city service ladder truck was held on Saturday. The Ahrens-Fox fire truck made it's way back to the city, and its been nearly 65 years since it was last in service. The truck was used from 1931 to 1958. When it went out of service, it was sold to the South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department in Connecticut for use in ceremonies and parades.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence

In 1907, Santa Claus was briefly blamed for devastating Illinois fire

Santa Claus was briefly blamed for a Dec. 21, 1907, fire that destroyed the eastern half of the 600 block of East Adams Street. The final damage estimate, over $137,000, made the fire the most expensive in Springfield history up to that time. The blaze started in the Johnston-Hatcher store on the southwest corner of Seventh and Adams streets.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The State Journal-Register - Metered Site


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