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California firefighters become targets of retaliation after finding backpack with guns

VIDEO: A fire station in the Oakland hills would seem to be an unlikely spot for a confrontation over guns, let alone one in which firefighters were threatened. "It's unfortunate when violence or threats come home to us in the firehouse," said Zac Unger, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 55.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Oklahoma firefighters grant retired fire captain's wish of one last ride in a fire engine

PHOTO/VIDEOS: Jerald Allison wanted one more ride in a fire engine. The retired Muskogee fire department captain was overheard by residents and workers at Azalea Gardens Memory Care say that he wanted to take one more ride. One of the workers who heard him was Hope Hardesty, who also serves with the Okay Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Muskogee Phoenix

Widow of Florida firefighter denied cancer death benefit; County argues it was a ‘personal medical condition’

When Orange County Fire rescue veteran Erik Siena lost his five-month battle with brain cancer this past May, his wife Christy filed for the line-of-duty death benefit provided under Florida Senate Bill 426. Christy, who served as a paramedic with the department for 16 years, never received out-of-pocket medical expenses, the $7,500 designated for funeral expenses or the $75,000 death benefit promised under the existing law.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Iowa hotel fire forces people to jump from windows, 2 hospitalized

VIDEO: Flames forced people and children to jump to safety in West Des Moines Monday night. Fire crews spent all night putting out a large fire at Valley West Inn on Westtown Parkway. The first crews out arrived just minutes after the building went up in flames. They were able to get everybody out, but that took some time.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

Take a behind-the-scenes look at airport fire-and-rescue department in Minnesota

PHOTOS: There are some airport amenities you can’t wait to use. The Shake Shack in JFK’s Terminal 4. A newly renovated lounge. A fun shop, or a runway viewing deck. One of the most important services, though, which just about every commercial airport has, is one that you hope you’ll never need. Every airport has an on-site fire-and-rescue department, often known as ARFF (airport rescue and firefighting), which responds to accidents and crashes on the airfield, emergency landings and other emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Points Guy

Troopers say man assaulted Pennsylvania paramedics, damaged ambulance at homeless shelter

A homeless man was jailed early Sunday after state police charged him with assaulting two Mutual Aid paramedics and damaging an ambulance that was dispatched to treat him at a Derry Township shelter. Michael J. Muchnock III, 38, who has lived in Hempfield, was arrested on multiple criminal charges, including aggravated assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, harassment, institutional vandalism and simple assault after the 1 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TribLive.com/Tribune-Review

Young Texas bachelor firefighter heats up this season’s The Bachelorette

Does a Houston bachelor face a rosy or thorny future on The Bachelorette? We’ll soon find out. On September 27, ABC revealed the 30 men who will woo Michelle Young, the star of the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. The season premieres October 19. Among the men vying for Young’s roses — and ultimately her heart — is a man from the Bayou City.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Culture Map

Florida Senator files bill to stiffen penalties for firefighter murderers

Republican Sen. Ed Hooper is proposing legislation that would stiffen criminal penalties related to the murder of a on-duty firefighter. Under the proposal (SB 370), the convicted murderer of a firefighter would face the same consequences as a person who killed a police or correctional officer — life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Florida Politics

VIDEO: Tanker catches fire after overturning on I-287 in New Jersey; at least 1 dead

The driver of a gasoline tanker was killed in a fiery crash Saturday morning along Interstate 287 in New Jersey, state police said. The tanker truck overturned around 6:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway at MP 66 in Mahwah, a spokesperson for the NJSP said. Video from the crash site shows a massive fire on the interstate's shoulder, with thick plumes of black smoke filling the skies above.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

Fire Prevention Week kicks off to honor firefighters, first responders

This Oct. 3 through Oct. 9, the United States is honoring the brave firefighters and first responders who risk their lives to protect Americans in Fire Prevention Week. During this week of awareness, it's important for Americans to learn fire prevention and safety and commit to taking the necessary steps to prevent fires.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS News 10 Tampa

Competition fires up at New Mexico Firefighter Combat Challenge

PHOTOS: Firefighters from across New Mexico dashed upstairs, sprayed their hoses and dragged dummies. They were competing in Carlsbad's annual Firefighter Combat Challenge held Friday and Saturday on Canyon Street in downtown Carlsbad. The event saw fire departments and other agencies compete in a series of obstacles intended to simulate real, on-the-job challenges firefighters face when saving lives and battling blazes.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Carlsbad Current Argus

Fire/Rescue in Colorado celebrates a century of service

PHOTOS: This weekend, Craig Fire/Rescue celebrated 100 years of service, full of fire truck rides, cornhole games and tours of the department’s state-of-the-art equipment. However, that wasn’t always the case. Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, said that before Craig established its fire services, the tools that the community did have were primitive.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Craig Daily Press

North Carolina fire departments partner with Marines to improve protection

Two volunteer fire departments have come to an agreement with Camp Lejeune to better protect residents of Onslow County. County officials say the arrangement calls for the marine corps base’s fire department to respond off base to help the Verona and Turkey Creek volunteer fire departments when called.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITN-TV NBC 7 Washington

Massive 3-alarm fire fueled by burning pallets erupts at distribution center in California

VIDEO: After an hours-long battle on Thursday, a massive 3-alarm fire at a distribution center in Carson is under control, according to fire officials. It took about 200 firefighters to get the blaze under control. According to an employee, a barrel of hand sanitizer exploded and prompted the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

IAFC-VCOS, NVFC Release Lavender Ribbon Report Update for Preventing Firefighter Cancer

Cancer is a serious health threat facing today’s firefighters. Studies have shown that firefighters have an increased risk of developing several types of cancers, due to the occupational hazards they face. However, there are steps firefighters can take to protect themselves and their crew. The National Volunteer Fire Council and International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Volunteer and Combination Officers Section released the Lavender Ribbon Report to present 11 specific actions firefighters need to take to lessen their risk of occupational cancer.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Homeland Security Today

Florida firefighter-paramedic trades in boxing gloves for bunker gear

PHOTOS: You could say Winter Park Firefighter-Paramedic Alfredo Escalera Jr. is a little bit of an adrenaline junkie. Born in Puerto Rico, Escalera moved to Casselberry with his mother when he was a small child. Later, he followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a boxer. His father, also named Alfredo Escalera, was a professional boxer with 70 bouts between 1970 and 1983.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Movie Trailer: A Girl’s Firefighting Dreams Spark Adventure in ‘Fireheart’

VIDEO: Entertainment One (eOne) today shared the first trailer and poster for family animated feature Fireheart, coming to cinemas early next year. The CG-animated movie centers on a girl who finds a way to follow her dream of becoming a firefighter and crack a mysterious case of serial arson across jazz age Broadway.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Animation Magazine

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, TODAY spotlights 3 heroes including a retired Maryland firefighter

VIDEO: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to recognize this vital period of information and education, we’ve kicked off a new project — TODAY Paints the Town Pink. To get things started, on Friday, that meant turning a bright pink spotlight on three people whose lives have been impacted by the disease.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Today

3 firefighters remain hospitalized in critical condition, 5 others released after explosion at Dallas apartment

VIDEO: Eight people were injured Wednesday in an explosion at an apartment building in southern Dallas, including four Dallas firefighters and four others who are in critical condition, officials said. As of Thursday morning, one firefighter and four other people have been released from the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

Owned by 2 Navy vets, Chicago's Fireboat Tour offers a unique history experience

VIDEO: Sailing on Chicago’s waterways on the Chicago Fireboat is a truly unique experience. The Fred A. Busse is a retired fireboat that was part of the Chicago Fire Department’s fleet till 1981. Built as a modern ship in 1937, the Fred A. Busse was a modern marvel, built with a lower profile to fit under the city’s bridges.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 Chicago

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