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How Florida first responders are working to prevent overdose deaths

VIDEO: Drug overdoses are taking the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year in the United States. Law enforcement agencies are throwing all of their resources at drug dealers to put a stop to the trafficking of killer drugs, while local firefighters are trying to train the public in reversing the effects.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

VIDEO: 2 Cars Catch Fire At California Auto Parts Yard

Firefighters responded to an auto parts yard in south Sacramento after two cars caught fire early Friday morning. The fire started just after 3 a.m. near 25th Avenue and Florin Perkins Road. Crews got to the scene and found the fire in the middle of an auto dismantler yard. Apparently, two vehicles that had just shown up at the yard after some recent accidents had caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

LifeFlight of Maine unveils new simulation lab to sharpen skills

VIDEO: When the call for help goes out, LifeFlight of Maine answers. But when they’re not saving lives all across the Pine Tree State, they’re keeping their skills sharp at the all-new simulation and learning lab. The in-house labs officially opened this week in Bangor, Auburn and Sanford, the beginning of a statewide training connection.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS 5 Bangor

Illinois firefighters take 4,000-mile road trip in town's 1st firetruck

PHOTOS: Two Elizabeth volunteer firefighters recently took the trip of a lifetime when they drove the town’s first firetruck along U.S. 20 from Elizabeth to Newport, Ore., a round-trip journey of more than 4,000 miles. Bob “Hambone” Wand, who is retired from the Elizabeth Fire Department, and Jacob Krug, a current volunteer, left Elizabeth on June 17 in the 1½-ton 1937 Chevrolet Rotary Fire Pump firetruck.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Telegraph Herald - Metered Site

Documentary on deadly 2018 Texas apartment fire seeks to bring answers to victims’ families

Nearly four years ago, Brian Kyle “BK” Frizzell lost his sister, Haley Frizzell, and roommate David Angel Ortiz to a fire that was deliberately set at the Iconic Village Apartments in San Marcos. Haley, 19, was the youngest of five victims – along with Dru Estes, 20; Belinda Moats, 21; Ortiz, 21; and James Philip Miranda, 23 – who lost their lives on July 20, 2018.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Texas Standard

History made as 2022 Philadelphia paramedics and firefighter/EMTs graduate

The Philadelphia Fire Department (PFD) is welcoming 76 new members — 67 firefighter/EMTs and nine paramedics — into its ranks after a nine-month training program. This year was the first live audience fire department graduation after the start of the pandemic. The fire department also celebrates 150 years in 2022.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Al Dia News

Helicopter falls from the sky, lands on Washington teen who saves pilot

VIDEO: Logan Schneider thought his day was done on his family's cherry farm last week when it was really just beginning. "Looking at what happened, I don't know how we both got out," he said. Logan was riding a tractor in the orchard about 12 miles north of Wenatchee last week when a helicopter hit overhead powerlines and landed on top of him.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Homelessness to firefighter: Utah man shares his journey from off the streets

VIDEO: Every day at work, Dyllon Ryser gets to help people. Whether it's fighting fires, providing urgent medical care, or sometimes offering a pep talk on the side. "Good job. Keep up the hard work, man. Keep your head up, OK," Ryser said to a man needing first aid. "I know it's hard out there on the streets.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSL-TV NBC 5 Salt Lake City

Arson dogs come from around the US to train in Maine

Maine is home to one of the most important training sites in the country for law enforcement canines. That’s according to the people who pay for all of it. State Farm Insurance has been funding arson dog purchasing and training since 1993. Heather Paul, the company's national arson dog program coordinator, said the average residential house fire costs them $45,000 to insure.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCSH-TV NBC 6 Portland

Illinois fire department looks ahead to fall recruitment using new methods

Peoria Fire Department is gearing up for fall recruitment by thinking outside the box to attract talent. Interim Fire Chief Shawn Sollberger said recruitment numbers have been down for a while. “What we’re used to is hundreds of people wanting to be a firefighter, and now we’re running into dozens of people wanting to be firefighter,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBD-TV CBS 26 Peoria

VIDEO: SpaceX rocket booster explodes on South Texas launchpad

On Monday, a SpaceX booster test ended with an explosion on the Orbital Launch Pad triggering a fire near the base of the launch tower, as detailed in a recent video posted by NASASpaceflight. The Booster 7 test was conducted in preparation for a future Starship orbital test flight in Cameron County, Texas, according to the NASA video of the incident.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Beaumont Enterprise - Metered Site

‘Lifeline': Here's How 988 Suicide Prevention Line Works

The new mental health crisis number 988 launches Saturday, according to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The number will be available 24/7 for people to anonymously call or text trained counselors at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

Fires 150 years ago leveled, remade Michigan city

A pair of large fires in the late-1870s in Alpena altered the shape of the newly incorporated city and the development afterward remains visible today thanks to tougher building requirements inspired by the blazes. The fires not only shifted future development from Alpena’s north side to the other side of the Thunder Bay River, but also led to the establishment of the city Fire Department and motivated what was then called the Alpena Common Council to draft and implement new zoning and building codes to help bolster safety.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Alpena News

Connecticut fire department, union agree to random drug testing following issues within department

The New Britain Fire Department and Local 992 have come to an agreement to randomly drug test staff members. The agreement will test a third of the department yearly. That is about 45 people of the 130 on staff. Chief Raul Ortiz says it’s a robust and extensive policy. In January, a New Britain firefighter died at his Southington home.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Ohio firefighter goes from losing arm to smashing weightlifting records

VIDEO: An Ohio man is proving even though his body is different, he can do what everyone else can and more. Four times a week, Mike Diehl walks into Powerstation Gym, loads up the rack, concentrates on his breathing, and engages his core while working out. He continues to push the limit with every press, pull and squat.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOV-TV NBC/FOX 9 Steubenville

VIDEO: Massive Fire Decimates Multi-Million Dollar Property in Massachusetts

A massive fire destroyed a multi-million dollar home in Hingham, Massachusetts, on Monday afternoon. The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m. on Mann Street. Video from nearby showed heavy flames and smoke that could be seen for miles around. According to Zillow, the home was sold on June 10 for $3.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-CD NBC 10 Boston

North Carolina fire department displays historical mural

PHOTOS: A new mural depicting the history of the Clayton Fire Department is on display on the side of Station One in Clayton. The mural was painted by Lacey Crime Art and can be seen driving along West Home Street. The mural tells the story of from a volunteer firefighter group that started in 1883.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNCN-TV CBS 17 Goldsboro

Firefighting grandma: Texas volunteer was certified just shy of her 62nd birthday

PHOTOS: Sometimes no news is good news. For Toni Stithem, a Victoria County volunteer firefighter, the relatively quiet Fourth of July weekend was a good thing. Stithem was one of about a dozen firefighters assigned to fire watch at Patriot Park during the evening of July 4. They stood by just in case any fires broke out.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Victoria Advocate - Metered Site

Fire chief: Response to paper warehouse fire may be largest in Wisconsin history

VIDEO: Firefighters from across the state say they’re still recovering from the Combined Locks fire that engulfed a paper warehouse over the weekend. The Combined Locks fire chief said Monday this fire had one of the biggest -- if not the biggest -- fire responses in Wisconsin’s history. He also said he couldn’t be more grateful for the help from 67 agencies and 700 emergency responders who helped to put this fire out.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

‘So There's Been a Nuclear Attack': New PSA Despite ‘Low' Likelihood of Strike in New York City

VIDEO: New York City launched its newest PSA on Monday with a focus on preparing for a possible nuclear attack. "While the likelihood of a nuclear weapon incident occurring in/near New York City is very low, it is important New Yorkers know the steps to stay safe," the NYC Emergency Management Department said in its press release.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

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