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County-wide emergency responders meet for first-ever group training program in Tennessee

MTSU Police has joined hundreds of law enforcement and emergency personnel from throughout Rutherford County to take part in a first-ever comprehensive training program to better coordinate response to major incidents and active threats in the county. MTSU Police Capt. Jeff Martinez, a U.S. Army veteran, is among a group of instructors who is helping train roughly 1,200 emergency personnel by the end of the year made up of law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel representing Rutherford County, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, Eagleville, MTSU and Motlow State Community College.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mufreesboro Voice

Cal Fire YouTube Clip Shows Power of Fire Retardant Drop

VIDEO: A fire retardant drop from a Cal Fire aircraft can be beautiful when you see it in person however, it can be very dangerous to people and vehicles on the ground. The red substance cascading down to the ground from an airplane may appear like a cloud of smoke but a video posted Friday by Cal Fire shows how dangerous it can be.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Maryland county to give 7.9 percent pay raise to county's career firefighters

County Executive Jan Gardner (D) has announced a nearly 8 percent pay raise for the county’s career firefighters and EMTs, starting Oct. 26. In an email to acting Fire Chief Tom Coe and county firefighters — including Stephen Jones, president of the Career Firefighters Association of Frederick County Local 3666, the county’s career firefighter union — Gardner said the raise was to help the county remain competitive with other jurisdictions and show her appreciation to the department.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Frederick News-Post - Metered Site

'Glamorized camping': Utah firefighters moving into a tent while new station is built

VIDEO: A large white tent on a lot in a north Provo neighborhood will be home base for a group of firefighters during the next 10 months. The temporary fire station will house crews during the the desperately-needed reconstruction of Provo Fire Station 2. 2News reported on the issues with Station 2 last year — including mold, flooding, and structural concerns.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City

'Ambiguous loss' a distinct form of grief in case of missing Florida firefighters

The family of missing Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter Brian McCluney remains unflinching in their faith. “I believe in a God of miracles,” said Stephanie McCluney, Brian McCluney wife, at a press conference on Friday. But McCluney’s family is also showing signs that their faith is tempered by resignation that their loved one and his close friend, Justin Walker of Virginia, might not have survived.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: First Coast News

DCFD ALIRT team to improve low retention numbers for volunteer firefighters in Kentucky

The Daviess County Fire Department has implemented a new program that officials say will be better for both firefighters and the community. The Daviess County Advanced Large Incident Response Team (ALIRT) will help to reduce firefighter injuries, heat exhaustion and fatigue during large incidents, and will give firefighters the chance to work alongside colleagues from various departments across the county.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Owensboro Times

Georgia apartment fire injures 3 firefighters, 1 seriously, forces 11 families from their homes

VIDEO: Three firefighters are recovering from injuries they received while working a massive fire caused by a lightning strike at the Liberty Oaks Apartments on Saturday that displaced 11 families. One firefighter received traumatic injuries after a roof collapsed on him. A second firefighter received first and second degree burns, while a third firefighter is suffering from third degree burns.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Large-scale incident safety for first responders - Emergency management, response has changed since 9/11

For first responders, the 9/11 terrorist attacks were a mind-numbingly unique and devastating event. “It was hard to prepare for something of that magnitude. It was such a large call,” said Patrick J. Morrison, assistant to the general president for occupational health, safety and medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety+Health Magazine

First responders in a Viriginia county hope to prevent the ‘unknowns’ of emergencies with new program

When a first responder knocks on a door, it’s not always clear what sort of situation they will walk into — a distrustful dog ready to bite the stranger entering the home, a violent person, a resident who is severely allergic to the latex gloves, or another unexpected situation. James City County is promoting its Heads Up program, which aims to tackle those unknowns with the help of county residents.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

How two suburban firefighters from Illinois made it on 'American Ninja Warrior'

"American Ninja Warrior" is an individual competition that challenges elite athletes with a series of extreme obstacle courses requiring strength, speed, balance, stamina -- and a certain willingness to sacrifice their bodies -- until only the winner remains. But two suburban firefighters have made a name for themselves on NBC's TV show by working as a team.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald - Metered Site

Texas first responders cycle across state to honor fallen heroes

VIDEO: Texas first responders rode across the state for eight days honoring 14 first responders who died in the line of duty. Thirty-three riders participated in the Texas Brotherhood Ride which started in Hempstead, then on to Dallas and ended at the Texas Capitol. Houston firefighter Robb Hyatt said the goal was to honor first emergency responders and give emotional and financial support to their families.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBC-TV Fox 7 Austin

Florida firefighters say firehouse destroyed by Hurricane Michael now a life or death issue

Dominick and Alicia Rhodes have had blue tarps covering the roof of their Florida home and a firetruck in their front yard since Hurricane Michael devastated their rural inland county 10 months ago. The couple — who have three kids, maintain two full-time jobs and work as volunteer firefighters in their spare time — are now caretakers of one of the Mossy Pond Volunteer Fire Department fire engines because the firehouse where they once stored their trucks and equipment was obliterated by the storm.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Baltimore Fire Department’s Plan To Scale Back Number Of Initial Responding Units Draws Concern From Union

The Baltimore City Fire Department plans to cut down on the number of firefighters responding to initial calls, a move that isn’t sitting well with the firefighters’ union. Currently, five engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs and a medic unit are dispatched when a call comes in. Come September, though, that number will shrink as the department tests reducing initial responding units to three engines, one truck and one battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore

Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band in New York honors lives lost

On August 24th, 2009, the City of Buffalo lost two members of its fire department during a building fire. In the days that followed, firefighters from across the country came to Buffalo to honor Firefighter Jonathan Croom and Lieutenant Chip McCarthy. Members of the Washington, DC Fire Department's Pipes and Drums band played the funerals, and formed friendships with some of the Buffalo firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo

New club aims to help Pennsylvania students connect to public service careers

A new club at Hempfield Area High School could help bridge the gap between a lack of volunteer firefighters and a younger workforce. The Public Services Club is headed by biology teacher, volunteer firefighter and paramedic Justin Heddinger. The organization will introduce students to careers like volunteer firefighting, police work, emergency management, EMS and 911 dispatchers.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TribLIVE

Private fire crews assisting with fire mitigation in California

After three consecutive and horrendous years of wildfires, there is an important shift going on this year in firefighting. Cal Fire, Contra Costa Fire, Orinda-Moraga Fire, East Bay Parks, East Bay MUD, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and many others mean to keep their hills firestorm free. As we've covered the enormous brush clearing project stretching 17 miles from Berkeley to Lafayette, we could not help but notice crews wearing gear that reads 'Firestorm'.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Firefighters in New York will be paid nearly $1 million in back pay

City firefighters will be paid nearly $1 million in back pay connected to the five-year contract dispute with the city. City Comptroller James E. Mills said Wednesday that the payout for the retro pay and health benefit deductions will be “just a couple of thousand dollars short of $1 million.” The payouts — scheduled to go out on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Chaplaincy service for firefighter 1st responders started in Washington state

“We have a duty to those who put their lives on the line daily,” states southeastchaplaincy.com, a newly formed service and website being stewarded by local Firefighter Chaplain Cole Massey to support first responders in Southeast Washington. “It is our desire to meet every call or need as it arises.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - Metered Site

When disaster strikes, a search website for first responders will save lives

When Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2,000 years ago, it took hours for a single message from Pompeii to reach rescuers 18 miles away. Today we have the opposite problem during disasters: too much rapid information from many sources, with consequences just as fatal for some people. Engineers at the University of California, Riverside are working to change this with a tool that searches real-time text, photo and video from social media and surveillance cameras alongside data from sensors, like fire detectors and security alarms.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: UC Riverside News

Alaskan firefighters worry about wildfire danger with hunting season set to begin

Hunting season is set to begin this weekend and there is concern about hunters traveling near wildfires currently burning in the Willow area. Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said at a news conference Wednesday that officials are considering closing the Willow marsh, also called the Willow swamp.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVA-TV CBS 11 Anchorage

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