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Tennessee county is hiring uncertified firefighters and EMTs to help fill vacancies

VIDEO: Staffing shortages are being felt in every office across the country. Many companies have come up with new and creative ways to get people in the door. The Wilson County Emergency Management Agency is one of them. "We’re basically starting over again, with a new curriculum. A lot of our administration a lot of our in house instructors have worked very diligently to set this up.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVF-TV CBS 5 Nashville

Dermatology Society in California to Launch Firefighter Skin Cancer Prevention Screening Program on the West Coast

California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm), the leading voice for Dermatologists, announced the launch of the Firefighter Skin Cancer Prevention Screening Program in California in partnership with the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. CalDerm, alongside our partners at the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, is pleased to utilize the framework built by their professional colleagues in Boston and offer their expertise in skin cancer prevention and screenings to firefighters on the firelines in California.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Morningstar

Ambulance providers warn of 'EMS deserts' across Connecticut

VIDEO: When you call 911, you expect an ambulance within minutes. But Thursday, emergency services providers offered a bleak prognosis to state lawmakers. "You can sum it up in two words,” said Bruce Baxter, president of the Connecticut EMS Chiefs Association. “It's a financial concern and a workforce concern.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut

VIDEO: Raging fire tears through two buildings in Louisiana

PHOTOS: Crews with the Shreveport Fire Department responded to the scene of a two-alarm fire Thursday morning. The call came in around 2:30 a.m. on July 21 to the 200 block of Wall Street in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood. When firefighters got on the scene, they found one home to be fully involved.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSLA-TV CBS 12 Shreveport

Firefighter Occupation Elevated to Highest Classification for Cancer Risk

With guidance from a team of scientists that included a University of Miami public health researcher, the World Health Organization’s cancer division reclassified firefighting as a Group 1 carcinogenic profession. There’s no question that becoming a firefighter is a dangerous job. But beyond the obvious perils of saving lives, research reveals that the profession also brings other risks with it.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Colorado governor authorizes paid administrative leave for state employees acting as volunteer firefighters

State employees in Colorado will now be able to receive paid administrative leave to respond to a fire as a volunteer firefighter or first responder. Gov. Jared Polis signed the executive order authorizing all state agencies and departments to provide up to five days of additional paid leave for these state employees on Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMGH-TV ABC 7 Denver

Illinois first responders using new communication boards for patients facing verbal communication challenges

Communication is key, especially in medical emergencies, but when a patient has a disability affecting their speech or can't communicate because of a sudden medical crisis, first responders have trouble finding out the best way to help the patient in need. The Peoria Area Speech-Language Hearing Association, or PASHA for short, is partnering with Advanced Medical Transport and the Peoria Area EMS to create more than 200 Augmentative and Alternative Communication Boards for emergency responders.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBU-FM 89.9 Peoria

'Aquaman' rescued by authorities and good Samaritan after being thrown off New York bridge into river

VIDEO: A dog nicknamed Aquaman is lucky to be alive after being rescued by a good Samaritan and officials from the New York Fire Department when it was reportedly thrown off a bridge and into the Harlem River. The distressing incident occurred on Tuesday when Marine 4 from the New York Fire Department responded to a report of a dog that was in distress in the Harlem River after somebody reportedly threw the dog off of a bridge, the FDNY said in a post on social media.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

9 Massachusetts firefighters suffer heat-related injuries battling 5-alarm blaze

VIDEO: Boston firefighters battled a five-alarm fire inside multiple East Boston triple-decker homes Tuesday evening. First responders rushed to the scene in the 300 block of Princeton Street amid temperatures in the low 90s. Video from Sky 5 showed smoke and flames pouring from what appeared to be a staircase leading to the roof of the home.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

California fire department goes viral on TikTok giving viewers behind-the-scenes look at everyday life of a firefighter

VIDEO: Amassing more than 116,000 followers and more than two million likes, the Sacramento Fire Department TikTok gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday life of a firefighter. They share videos of themselves cooking, rescuing puppies, and safety tips. Some of their videos have more than 400,000 views.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

South Florida firefighters to lend mental health support to teams working in war-torn Ukraine

VIDEO: As soldiers risk their lives on the front lines, crews of first responders are busy clearing out and re-building the areas that have been destroyed. Those crews, some of which are from other countries like America and Australia, aren't only clearing debris. They're also finding bodies. As a result, they're suffering from deep emotional stress.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami

‘We all started running literally for our lives’: Tennessee firefighter describes scene that injured colleague

VIDEO: A volunteer firefighter is recovering from surgery after being injured while working a scene on I-40 Monday night. Captain Ted Presgraves with the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department suffered a leg injury after officials say a U-Haul driver plowed into their tanker near mile marker 155. “It doesn’t take much for somebody to be in a life or death situation that’s out there risking their lives,” explained firefighter Luke Williams with the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

First responders camp in Minnesota teaches teens ins and outs of rescues

VIDEO: Driving boats, riding in planes, and learning the ins and outs of helicopter rescues - may sound like an action movie, but it's a reality for some east metro kids. WCCO went out with Ramsey County Sheriff's rescue team as a group of eager teens hit the water, too. Paw Htoo of St. Paul says, "I think it's really nice, this is a great opportunity for us.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

VIDEO: Building collapses in Ohio with firefighter inside

A building in Columbus, Ohio, partially collapsed Monday afternoon while a firefighter was inside during an inspection. No injuries were reported in the collapse, including to the firefighter. A business that operated on the ground floor, at 1032 East Long Street, was closed Monday. The owner of the business lived in a different part of the building, but was not inside when it happened, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCMH-TV NBC 4 Columbus

Los Angeles: MLB roasted after nearly setting Home Run Derby participants on fire during introductions

PHOTOS: It helps when batters in the Home Run Derby catch fire during their rounds. MLB nearly took that too literally. As the derby participants were announced at Dodger Stadium, the pyrotechnic jets were set off all around, with one burst shooting high into the sky behind the stage, appearing to nearly set Ronald Acuña Jr.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sporting News

VIDEO: Firefighter recovering after SUV lands on him during rescue attempt in New York City

An SUV rolled over onto a firefighter who was trying to rescue the driver and his son after a crash in New York City. The initial collision happened Sunday afternoon on 11th Avenue at West 42nd Street in Manhattan. The two-vehicle crash involved a BMW SUV and a Volvo sedan. Randi and Matthew Rahn said they were stopped at a red light in their Volvo when the SUV just landed on top of their vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

Traveling EMS memorial makes rare stop in West Virginia

VIDEO: A traveling EMS memorial stopped Monday in the Ohio Valley on its trek across the country. "We realized how impactful that is to the honorees families when they get to see all of this,” said Jana Williams, president of the National EMS Memorial Service. The memorial made its way to Follansbee on Monday, one stop on its trip that began in Texas a few days ago and will end in Arlington, Va.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOV-TV NBC/FOX 9 Steubenville

No survivors after plane crash at North Las Vegas Airport, Department of Aviation confirms

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The North Las Vegas Police Department confirmed on Sunday afternoon that there was a plane crash at North Las Vegas Airport. Police said they received the call at around 12:04 p.m. The Clark County Department of Aviation provided a statement saying that at the airport, there were two general aviation aircraft that resulted in multiple fatalities.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTNV-TV ABC 13 Las Vegas

‘A 1,000% improvement’: Early design for new Colorado city hall and fire station revealed

PHOTOS: The schematic design for a new campus that would include a new city hall and fire station was updated and presented to Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, July 12. Principals from Davis Partnership Architects, who are designing the new fire station, and Anderson Hallas Architects, the designers of the new city hall, were present at Tuesday’s work session to bring City Council up to speed on the designs’ progress.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Steamboat Pilot & Today

Water event, auction make Ohio Firemen's Festival a barrel of fun

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Baltic firefighter Wayne Troyer held the fire hose in his right hand and placed his left on his co-worker's shoulder. The referee started the countdown. "Three!" Troyer looked up at the barrel. It was attached on a line that ran above him. Opposite his team were their opponents: three firefighters from the Winesburg Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Record - Metered Site

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