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Close calls with drivers are on the rise, Connecticut firefighters say

VIDEO: The Torrington firefighter’s union said there has been a troubling trend across the state. It said drivers have been disregarding the “move over” law. On Monday, a firefighter was hurt on a scene when a driver drove over a wire and entangled him, according to Local 1567 IAFF Torrington Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

What are nitazenes? Growing concerns over new opioids stronger than fentanyl

VIDEO: If you haven't heard of nitazenes, you're not alone. Officials are issuing warnings about the new and deadly threat in the nation's ongoing opioid epidemic. What are nitazenes? Nitazenes are a class of synthetic opioids that have been around since the 1950s, but now, authorities say they are being mixed with other illegal narcotics, like heroin and methamphetamine.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York City

Home Depot paying $1.3M for fire code violations in 2022 arson that destroyed California store

PHOTO: Home Depot is paying $1.3 million in fines after an investigation revealed fire code violations following an arson that burned a South San Jose store to the ground, prosecutors said. Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen's office announced the fine against the hardware giant Monday, which followed an investigation by the DA's office and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives into the 2022 fire that destroyed the store on Blossom Hill Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Double-parked cars increasingly impede DC Fire and EMS responses, officials say

VIDEO: D.C. fire officials say drivers are double-parking near firehouses, leading to delays that could have life-or-death consequences. Firefighters at 414 8th St. SE more frequently see ride-share and delivery drivers parked in the marked area, often leaving vehicles unattended. Saturday, when firefighters there were rushing to a call for a crash on Interstate 295, they were blocked by a double-parked car.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

Fire department in Ohio urging awareness after firefighter dies from suicide

VIDEO: An American flag flew gently in the breeze at half-staff Monday outside of Fire Station #1 in Canton. Inside, the gear of Jared Kneale, including his helmet, gloves and boots, were displayed by a fire truck as a tribute to a man who was loved by so many. "Words can't express the loss. Jared was a great guy.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland

VIDEOS: Tank battery fire causes massive flames in Oklahoma; Residents nearby shelter in place

A tank battery caught fire near Bethany on Sunday night, causing massive flames in the area. Sky 5 flew over the scene near the Bethany water tower, and pilot Chase Rutledge said he could feel the fire from the helicopter. It wasn't clear exactly what caused the fire, but lightning from severe storms continues to strike in the area.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOCO-TV ABC 5 Oklahoma City

What is hydroxocobalamin? The drug that likely saved FDNY firefighter who collapsed in burning home

VIDEO: Officials credited a smoke inhalation drug for likely saving the life of a New York City firefighter who fell unconscious and stopped breathing while battling a house blaze Friday. The firefighter was one of three injured during the response in the Bronx. All are expected to recover, Mayor Eric Adams and Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said at an evening news conference.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York City

Driver of fleeing vehicle causes fiery crash involving ambulance and life-threatening injuries in Florida

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: At approximately 2:44 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputy attempted a traffic stop on a 2014 BMW X1 for a traffic violation on Ulmerton Road near Railroad Avenue. The driver, 41-year-old Willie Lee Daniels, initially stopped for deputies but quickly conducted a U-turn and fled the traffic stop at a high rate of speed.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IONTB

EMS Week at 50: Honoring the Past While Looking at the Future

Half a century ago, a presidential proclamation called on the nation to support efforts to improve emergency medical care across the country. It also established the first national EMS Week, a tradition we proudly continue today. Much has changed since 1974, yet there is still much we can learn from those trailblazing professionals who helped EMS evolve into the sophisticated branch of medicine it is today.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of Emergency Medical Services

4 dead as severe storms hit Houston area; hundreds of thousands lose power in Texas

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Emergency crews in southeast Texas were clearing debris and assessing flooding early Friday after powerful storms tore through the state, killing at least four people and knocking out power to nearly 800,000 customers. The winds — which reached 100 mph — were reminiscent of 2008's Hurricane Ike, one of the costliest natural disasters in American history, Houston Mayor John Whitmire said in a briefing Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

North Carolina's SouthPark fire: ‘Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about it,’ firefighters say

VIDEO/PHOTOS: We’re approaching one year since a deadly fire at a construction site in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood. Anchor Erica Bryant spoke with some of the heroes who were right in the middle of it. It’s an interview that none of the firefighters really wanted to do, mainly because May 18, 2023 is a day that’s hard for them to think about.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

Firefighters compete in 2024 West Regional Classic Firefighter Challenge in Nevada

VIDEO: Firefighters from agencies across the western region are competing for the top seed at the 2024 West Regional Classic Firefighter Challenge. The Sparks Fire Department and Sparks Firefighters Local 731 will host the event, also known as “The Toughest 2 Minutes in Sports.” “It’s a qualifier for Worlds.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLO-TV ABC/CW+ 8 Reno

A vintage fire truck bell may soon sound again in Pennsylvania

PHOTOS: A piece of Leetsdale fire department history has made its way back to the borough. Mary Jane Wasco, daughter of the late Fire Chief Charlie Wasco, donated the bell of a 1937 Ahrens-Fox fire truck that was driven by her father for many years. She presented it to council and borough firefighters May 9.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sewickley Herald

4 dead as severe storms hit Houston area; nearly 1 million without power in Texas

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Emergency crews in southeast Texas were clearing debris and assessing flooding early Friday after powerful storms tore through the state, killing at least four people and knocking out power to some 800,000 customers. The winds — which reached 100 mph and included some tornadoes — were reminiscent of 2008's Hurricane Ike, one of the costliest natural disasters in American history, Houston Mayor John Whitmire told a briefing Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

VIDEO: Dashcam shows semi driver hanging over Ohio River moments after Kentucky bridge crash in March

We now have a first-person dramatic look at the Clark Memorial Bridge crash that left a semi-truck driver hanging over the Ohio River on March 1. Video from inside and outside the truck's cab was played in court Wednesday morning as the man charged in the crash appeared in court. The dashcam video shows 33-year-old Trevor Branham's pickup truck swerving out of his lane to avoid hitting an electric vehicle that stalled on the bridge.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAS-TV ABC 11 Louisville

One Oregon fire department to start training with virtual reality headsets

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Clackamas Fire Department is getting some major upgrades thanks to virtual reality or VR. The station's brand new VR simulation program was funded by the State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) grant. The department is now the second fire agency to use this program in the U.S., a department in Oklahoma was the first.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATU-TV ABC 2 Portland

After more than 2 years of advocacy, FDNY Commissioner celebrates Congressional passage of lithium-ion battery regulation

VIDEO: FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh is celebrating the successful Congressional passage of lithium-ion battery regulation, achieved through collaborative advocacy efforts with local, state, and federal partners. “This bill is the first step in what must be a long-term, nationwide conversation,” Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh said.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: City of New York Fire Department

Dramatic rescue of man trapped underneath his car in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Chopper 6 was over a dramatic crash rescue that unfolded in Chester County on Tuesday. Firefighters responded to a collision on the 400 block of Hilltop Road in Tredyffrin Township just after 10:30 a.m. Authorities say a man had been trapped under a red SUV for at least 30 minutes before he was freed.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

A lonely desert fire station in California, the only lifeline for millions of Vegas travelers

PHOTOS: The rain was pounding in the Mojave Desert on the Saturday before Easter when the first call came in about a crash along Interstate 15. Details were sketchy: head-on collision, Mercedes versus another car, a 7-year-old not breathing, a nurse on scene performing CPR. San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site

FDNY says ‘All Heroes Welcome’ in new recruitment campaign aiming to diversify firefighter ranks

PHOTOS: “New York’s Bravest” want to look more like New York. The Fire Department announced a new campaign Tuesday aiming to diversify its rank-and-file with hundreds of new recruits from all walks of life in the Big Apple. FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanagh announced the call to arms, dubbed “All Heroes Welcome,” at the department’s Downtown Brooklyn headquarters on May 14.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: amNY

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