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24 Boston police officers becoming city firefighters this year in large uptick

Two dozen Boston Police officers are shedding the blue for the red this year, switching over to Boston Fire in an unusually large swing among the city’s first responders. Data provided by the city shows that 24 Boston police officers have transferred to the fire department in 2022, enrolling in the academy to become firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Day - Metered Site

Florida: Meet the Retired Firefighter Behind Miami's Iconic ‘Fireman Derek's Bake Shop'

Derek Kaplan has had a passion for baking since the age of 15, but he never imagined that his side hustle would turn into a staple in the Wynwood dessert scene. Known by many as Fireman Derek, Kaplan opened his first bake shop in 2014. Eight years later, Fireman Derek's has customers traveling to Miami from across the country for a taste of their one-of-a-kind pies.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami

A video history of Las Vegas implosions

During the 1990s and well into the 2000s, Las Vegas gained a worldwide reputation for imploding older hotels and casinos to make way for newer and bigger resorts. In true Las Vegas tradition, the building implosions were an event — an epic show with each one appearing to out-implode the previous. Between 1993 to 2016, 13 major properties were imploded, and others were just torn down.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNV-TV NBC 3 Las Vegas

VIDEO: 80 people displaced after large fire breaks out at Arizona apartment complex

Crews say 80 people will be displaced after huge apartment fire broke out in north Phoenix on Thursday evening. The flames broke out around 7 p.m. at a complex near Cave Creek Road and Cinnabar Avenue, north of Dunlap Avenue. One man had minor burns, firefighters said. Residents will be taken to temporary housing, but it’s still unknown what sparked the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Massachusetts fire department working to restore vintage 1930's truck

VIDEO: The Holyoke Fire Department is working to restore a piece of the city’s history. “Firefighting is steeped in history and tradition and this is our, if you will, this is our connection to our forefathers that were here before us, that build the Holyoke Fire Department to what is today,” said Holyoke Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGGB-TV ABC 26 Springfield

Firefighters Show Fasting Diets Can Work for Shift Workers

"Time-restricted" eating is a popular way to lose weight, and a new study suggests it can offer shift-workers a way to eat more healthfully. Time-restricted eating is a form of intermittent fasting, where people limit themselves to eating within a certain time window each day. Outside of that window, they swear off everything other than calorie-free drinks.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: US News

New challenge to firefighters during hurricanes: Electric vehicle fires

Florida officials said firefighters working in Hurricane Ian damage zones are encountering a new problem that is proving challenging - electric vehicle fires from corroded batteries. Florida’s Chief Financial Officer & State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis took to social media Thursday to show the response by North Collier Fire Rescue to an EV that caught fire in the middle of a busy roadway.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX Weather

Former Ohio Buckeye football player turned firefighter living a life of service

For former running back Antonio Pittman, it's not the gridiron fueling his game anymore. He's traded in that sport for a spot with the Columbus Division of Fire. "It's a really, really, great job. I mean that from the bottom of my heart," Pittman said. ABC6/FOX 28 first spoke with Pittman about being a Columbus firefighter back in 2020, when he first started.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSYX-TV FOX 28 Columbus

VIDEO: Homecoming bonfire explodes at Florida high school

PHOTOS: Bay District Schools is reporting an explosion that happened during the lighting of a traditional homecoming bonfire at A. Crawford Mosley High School. BDS officials said they are investigating the cause of the fire and they followed their customary safety protocols. “We know that many people who live close to A.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG-TV NBC 7 Panama City

Man to become one of the only amputee firefighters in Virginia

VIDEO: For the last year, Suffolk Fire and Rescue has been training a new class of heroes. In that class is a one-of-a-kind recruit. When he graduates from training, there will be no other firefighter like him in Hampton Roads. In three weeks, Chris Heater will become a Suffolk firefighter. “I actually grew up watching Backdraft, so, I don’t know.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth

Got water? California firefighters develop system to save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water during training

Ventura County Fire Department's pump pod system now being adopted by other agencies for huge water savings during training. We’re at Camarillo Airport, and at first glance, it looks like the scene of a fire. There are four Ventura County Fire trucks, hoses everywhere, and some firefighters pumping water.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCLU-FM 102.3 Santa Barbara

Full circle: Teen car crash survivor training to become Texas firefighter 2 years after horrific accident

In December 2020, a Tompkins High School football player fought for his life in the intensive care unit after a devastating crash. Now, two years later, he is aiming to help others. Samuel "Sam" Mills was ejected from his vehicle on Dec. 26 after losing control and hitting a curb while driving home from his job at Chick-fil-A on Pin Oak Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston

PHOTOS: Michigan firehouse turned into hip housing, and yes, they kept the fire pole

A unique property recently hit the market on the westside of Grand Rapids. The multi-unit property originally housed the Grand Rapids Fire Department Engine No. 8 back in the early 1900s. The home, located at 40 Lexington Ave. NW and listed for $899,999, is MLive’s House of the Week.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive

VIDEO: Massive fire breaks out at former bank building in California

A massive fire erupted at a former bank building in Boyle Heights and authorities say a person of interest is being interviewed. The blaze was reported at around 1:30 p.m. at a vacant, single-story structure located at 1308 S. Soto St, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. AIR7 HD captured intense flames quickly burning through the roof of the building, sending a towering column of thick black smoke into the air.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Editorial: Searching for the living, finding the dead; Hurricane Ian takes toll on rescuers, too

They go from door to door, hoping to find survivors and accounting for the dead, a grueling mission that continues even as bright and sunny skies make monstrous Hurricane Ian seem like something out of our deepest nightmares. “We end up in this paradise — but next to us is an apocalypse,” one Miami-Dade firefighter assigned to a rescue team told the Miami Herald’s David Goodhue.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Miami Herald - Metered Site

North Carolina firefighters recovering from flash fire burns

Two High Point firefighters are quickly recovering after coming face-to-face with a fire that caused first and second-degree burns to several parts of their bodies. “I definitely feel like it was one of those situations that was kind of a freak accident and kind of the wrong place at the wrong time,” Josh Bryant said.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point

Wisconsin: ‘Decon’ buckets prevent cancer in firefighters

Chippewa Valley Technical College presented the Chippewa Falls Fire Station with a decontamination bucket to help prevent cancer in their first responders. Firefighters have an increased risk of cancer because of the various carcinogens they are exposed to on the job. Money was raised by CVTC to provide these buckets to local fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Domino's Pizza teams up with NFPA to highlight Fire Prevention Week

During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, participating Domino's Pizza stores will highlight this year's safety campaign theme: "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape" with flyers on top of boxes. Domino's is planning the event in conjunction with the National Fire Protection Association, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pizza Marketplace

VIDEO: Texas warehouse fire destroys two businesses

Nearly 100 firefighters were needed to put out a large warehouse fire in north Houston early Tuesday. The Houston Fire Department responded to the fire at Martin's Lumber & Roofing Supply on Jensen Drive just north of 610 near the Eastex Freeway around 5:30 a.m. as black smoke began billowing from every window in the business.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston

VIDEO: Firefighters battle hardware store fire in Texas

The Houston Fire Department is battling a large hardware store fire on the north side of town. Firefighters are responding to the fire at Martin's Hardware & Lumber on Jensen Drive just north of 610 near the Eastex Freeway. Crews arrived around 5:30 a.m. to extinguish the flames, but continue battling the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston

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