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‘Ghost stations’ in rural Maine mask depth of firefighter shortage

When Greg West received the alert for a motorcycle accident just after 2 a.m. last August, he dragged himself out of bed, then drove to the intersection of Stoddard Pond Road and Route 201 in Bowdoin. He was the only member of Bowdoin Fire and Rescue to respond. West, the deputy fire chief, found himself wearing “a lot of hats” at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Penobscot Bay Pilot

Safe Place signs in Mississippi help youths find help when in danger

The yellow signs on the outside of some buildings means a little more than some might think. Fire Station one isn’t just another fire station – it’s also a safe place for kids who find themselves in tough situations. Assistant Chief Duane Hughes said having this designation is an honor. “Fire stations in Columbus and around the nation have always been considered safe places for kids.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBI-TV CBS 4 Columbus

Focus on Fitness: Indiana fire department starts new program

The Clarksville Fire Department is ramping up its attention to fitness through a recently implemented program that uses simulated work situations to help firefighters improve health. The project has been among the first from from Maj. Jeff Spainhour, who has been the department’s training coordinator since December.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News and Tribune

4-Alarm fire destroys historical buildings and impacts four businesses in Oregon

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The Mt. Angel Fire District said a four-alarm fire broke out in the early morning hours on Saturday. At 12:48 a.m., officers from the Mt. Angel Police Department discovered that a building in the 200 block of South Main Street was on fire. The officers called in what they had found, and the Mt.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

‘It’s a miracle’: Florida firefighter recounts near-death experience after being hit by speeding truck

A Palm Harbor firefighter and paramedic received a hero’s welcome at a community fundraiser Saturday after she was nearly killed on the job just a few weeks ago. Lt. Ashley White, 38, was hit by a speeding pickup truck while responding to a crash in September in Palm Harbor, authorities said. “It’s a miracle, honestly, seeing the damage to our apparatus that was done and knowing that he was driving at a high rate of speed,” she said Saturday at a fundraiser organized for her at the Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge 1719.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa

Fallen Colorado firefighter honored with coffee blend

Firefighter Dan Felt still has some of the gear Chief Daniel "Skip" Bergbauer used at Red White & Blue Fire District in Breckenridge. "This is his jacket, this is the car he used to drive," said Felt. "We’re hanging on to his equipment, but we miss the guy." Fire Chief Bergbauer spent 25 years working as a firefighter at Red, White, and Blue.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Buggy shop restores 1899 ladder wagon for Pennsylvania hose company

PHOTOS: Mifflinburg Hose Company turns 125 years old in 2022 and when it celebrates that milestone, a piece of its past will proudly be displayed. The volunteer fire company commissioned a full restoration of an 1899 hand-drawn ladder wagon built by the American LaFrance Fire Engine Co. in Elmira, N.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Item

25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds

As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country's infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. And as the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow. Today, one-in-four pieces of all critical infrastructure in the US — including police and fire stations, hospitals, airports and wastewater treatment facilities — face substantial risk of being rendered inoperable by flooding, according to a new report released today by the First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research and technology group that assesses the threat posed by flooding across the country.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Weather

VIDEO: Massive fire destroys apartment complex in Texas

A massive fire destroyed an apartment complex on the north side early Friday morning and firefighters had a tough time putting it out. The fire broke out around 3 a.m. near Castle Hills. So far, there haven't been any reports of people injured, but several pets have been seen roaming around nearby. Firefighters rushed to the scene south of Loop 410 in the 7900 block of Jackson Keller Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KENS-TV CBS 5 San Antonio

3 female firefighters keeping watch and making history in Virginia county

Three female firefighters are breaking barriers by filling top leadership roles at a fire station in Fairfax County. 7News Anchor Alison Starling spoke to the women about making history while saving lives. Captain Emily Murphy, Captain Katja Lancing and Captain Felecia Barnes -- Three of the finest Fairfax County Fire has to offer, now the officers in charge of Engine 437.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington DC

The Hartford Hosts Second Annual National Junior Fire Marshal Day; Deputizes 65,000 New Junior Fire Marshals

The Hartford, which has provided fire-safety education to more than 111 million children since 1947, deputized more than 65,000 new Junior Fire Marshals in one day as part of its second annual Junior Fire Marshal Day. The company created the live, virtual fire-safety event in 2020 to address the critical lack of in-person, fire-safety education available to elementary school students because of the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Business Wire

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson sends food truck to Kentucky first responders

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sent his food truck to feed Louisville first responders on Wednesday. Officials told us the truck fed members of the Louisville Division of Fire and Louisville Metro Police Department for free. The truck, called Mana Mobile, is a collaboration with his tequila brand, Teremana.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati

New documentary recounts deadly 1981 Star Hotel fire in Vermont

VIDEO: Nearly 40 years ago, a fire at the Star Hotel in Bellows Falls claimed the lives of two young firefighters. Now, there's a new documentary out during Fire Prevention Week helping to raise money for a park dedicated to them. The evening of Dec. 29, 1981, firefighters were called to a blaze at the hotel.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAX-TV CBS 3 Burlington

VIDEO: Truckload of New C8 Corvettes in Tennessee Goes Up in Flames

Corvette fans, you might want to look away for this one. Videos shared early on Wednesday by Corieblue Fickes to Facebook show what looks to be a truckload of newly built C8-generation Chevrolet Corvettes going up in flames in a parking lot roughly 30 minutes north of Nashville, Tennessee—about an hour and a half south of the car's Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly plant.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Road and Track

California firefighters responded to a person stuck on cliffside; They found a mannequin instead

A cliff rescue resulted in a surprise for firefighters in Santa Barbara on Monday. Crews were dispatched to Hope Ranch Beach around 4 p.m. after receiving reports of a person stuck on a cliff about 30 feet down. After arriving with UTV's, a drone, fire engines and a truck, firefighters discovered the "person" in need was a hanging mannequin.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

Maine father and son firefighting team honored before heading overseas for deployment

A father and son firefighting team in Hermon was honored Wednesday before they head overseas for deployment. The Hermon Fire Department presented Eric and Noah Campbell with the Blue Star Flag. It’s given to military members serving overseas. Eric had been set to retire from the department, but getting the opportunity to work directly with his son changed his mind.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS/CW+ 5 Bangor

Connecticut's bravest show breast cancer support with custom pink helmet badges

Local firefighters will be showing off their colorful side this month, with unique pink ribbon badges adorning their helmet fronts. Pink ribbons are a universal symbol of breast cancer prevention and support and typically worn during Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October. Deputy Fire Chief Paul Wilson said the decision to go with pink helmet badges was made to show support and solidarity for the cause.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Shelton Herald

US could see 'twindemic' of severe flu and COVID-19

October typically marks the beginning of the flu season and it's coming with new warnings of a possible "twindemic" of COVID-19 and influenza. The United States and much of the world got a welcome break from the flu last year with fewer cases than any time in recent history. The coronavirus was spreading fast but pandemic mitigation measures like masking, social distancing and people going to school and working remotely left few opportunities for the flu virus to spread.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City

Two firefighters injured fighting explosive 3-alarm fire in Oregon

PHOTOS/VIDEOS: Two firefighters were injured Tuesday afternoon while fighting a 3-alarm fire that burned through a building in Southeast Portland. Crews were called out at about noon Tuesday on reports of black smoke coming from a building near the intersection of Southeast 13th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

Woman Charged With 3rd-Degree Murder in Crash That Killed Pennsylvania Firefighter

A New Jersey woman who police said drove her jeep through an emergency area on I-76 in Montgomery County over the summer and struck and killed a firefighter while injuring three other first responders is now charged with third-degree murder. Her initial DUI charge was dropped. Jacqueline Walker, 63, of Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, is charged with third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and other related offenses.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia