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Students in Nebraska gain real-world firefighting experience through one-of-a-kind community college internship

A new program in Omaha is helping future firefighters get more hands-on experience as they finish their studies. “Every class you learn a lot, you know, book knowledge, but out here, you’re really putting it to use,” says Michael Molacek, a student at Metropolitan Community College studying fire science.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOWT-TV NBC 6 Omaha

Video shows apparent explosion before massive fire at Chicago townhomes; firefighter injured

A firefighter was injured Thursday as a massive fire ripped through homes in unincorporated Maine Township Thursday evening, according to officials. The blaze broke out in the 9400-block of Margail Avenue, between suburban Des Plaines and Park Ridge. Doorbell camera obtained exclusively by ABC7 captured a sudden apparent explosion before flames began sweeping through the townhome.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

'It's a huge honor': Kentucky firefighter donates kidney to fellow firefighter's son

In 2021, Lexington Fire Department Lieutenant Joseph Sexton's son, John, got very sick. What Sexton and his wife, Katie, thought was a stomach bug turned out to be much worse. John, who was 5 years old at the time, had contracted E-Coli 0157. The E-Coli then developed into a rare disease called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLEX-TV NBC 18 Lexington

Video captures moment driver crashes, flips inside Pennsylvania car wash

PHOTOS: A man was rescued Tuesday afternoon after he became trapped at a Montgomery County car wash. It happened around 2:30 p.m. at the Wave Car Wash located on the 200 block of Bethlehem Pike in Colmar. Video obtained by Action News shows the moment a 77-year-old man crashed through a gate and flipped inside the car wash.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

Texas fire chief recognized as an inductee of the 2023 National Fire Heritage Center's Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders

The Fire Museum of Texas recognized Chief C.A. Pete Shelton, of Beaumont, as an inductee of the 2023 National Fire Heritage Center's Hall of Legends, Legacies and Leaders. The National Fire Heritage Center was established as a non-profit organization by a few fire protection experts in response to a mission charged by the U.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Examiner

PHOTOS: Driver plows into fire truck on interstate in Connecticut

A driver crashed into a fire truck on Interstate 91 south in Windsor Locks on Wednesday morning. Public safety dispatchers confirmed to Channel 3 that a Windsor Locks Fire Department vehicle was involved in the collision just before 4 a.m. State police said the fire truck had been parked in the right and right center lanes right before exit 38.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

Texas firefighter suits back up after having leg amputated from on-duty accident

VIDEO: After losing his leg while responding to an accident on I-45, Centerville volunteer firefighter Colton Adams has checked off yet another box on his road to recovery and normalcy. Adams and his fellow firefighter Clint Franklin were struck and injured by a vehicle nearly seven months ago. Adams was taken by air ambulance to a hospital in Temple where he was later released and still continues rehabilitation to this day.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBTX-TV CBS 3 Bryan

'It looked like a battlefield': Firefighters who battled deadly New York fire reflect a year later

VIDEO: One year after New York City's deadliest fire in decades, the firefighters who responded to the Twin Parks North West apartment complex on Jan. 9, 2022 are sharing their stories. "It was a fire that you probably respond to once in a career," said Jeffrey Facinelli, a battalion chief at the FDNY's 18th Battalion.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 The Bronx

Pennsylvania teen develops boards to help first responders communicate with people with disabilities

VIDEO: A Delaware County teenager is hoping to change the way first responders interact with people with disabilities by providing them with a new tool. Jessica Smith, 19, has spent the last few years designing police communication boards, which are laminated pieces of paper to help an officer and a person who may not understand them to get on the same page.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

With AED loan program, Iowa fire department hopes to equip citizens for emergency response

VIDEO: Having a defibrillator on hand probably isn't the first thing many of us are thinking about when planning get-togethers. But a program from the Nevada Fire Department is letting anyone have access to a valuable tool for preparing themselves for emergencies. "We've used the AED at youth football, or we've also seen AEDs go out of state to South Dakota to a Boy Scout camping trip.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOI-DT ABC 5 Ames

VIDEO: Historic Oregon church burns in 3-alarm fire

Portland fire and rescue crews are responding to a three-alarm fire in the 900 block of SW Clay Street. Crews were dispatched shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to the fire at the former Portland Korean Church. The building was completed in 1905, initially as the First German Evangelical Church. It remained in use by the same congregation for 73 years.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

Fire department in Illinois training to reduce firetruck accidents

PHOTOS: When the Evanston Fire Department goes out on an alarm call, getting to the scene of the emergency quickly can be a matter of life or death – but arriving there safely is just as important. From Jan. 1, 2019, through Nov. 5, 2022, the EFD reported 65 accidents involving a city-owned vehicle, according to data released to the RoundTable though a Freedom of Information Act request.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Evanston Round Table

Drone video shows 63 rescued after The Wheel at ICON Park in Florida loses power

Orange County Fire Rescue released drone video on Tuesday showing crews working to rescue 63 people from The Wheel at ICON Park after the ride lost power on New Year’s Eve. The video shows fire crews climbing up the ride and onto the gondolas to reach the people trapped inside on Saturday. More than 20 pods were occupied when the ride stopped functioning, according to fire rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Seattle firefighters responded to 1,500 encampment fires in 2022

VIDEO/PHOTOS: New data released Tuesday by the Seattle Fire Department shows the city’s fire crews responded to 1,538 encampment fires during 2022, averaging 128 a month. The data reflects a slight increase from 2021, when Seattle Fire recorded 1,446 fires at encampments, and 854 in 2020. On Monday, KOMO News reported on an encampment fire in South Lake Union where wooden structures and tents burned.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS/CW+ 19 Pasco

January dedicated as firefighter cancer month

VIDEO: “Firefighters have a nine percent greater chance of getting cancer than the general public, but we have a fourteen percent chance of dying from it than the general public,” said Joe Schumacher, COO of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network was created to help bring down that statistic and educate firefighters on protecting themselves from this disease.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAV-TV CBS 19 Charlotte

VIDEO: Day three of the investigation into Indiana warehouse fire

PHOTOS: Residents saw black smoke again Monday afternoon after a flare up fire at the warehouse fire in Evansville. On Saturday, a fire broke out at an Evansville warehouse on North Garvin Street, burning an estimated 260,000 square feet. For nearby neighbors like Samuel Dickenson, it was a little too close for comfort.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFIE-TV NBC 14 Evansville

Arizona firefighters pioneer ‘forever chemical’ treatment

Donating blood can save lives, but in the future, doctors may also prescribe rolling up a sleeve and exposing a vein for the health of certain donors. Research from Australia published in 2021 suggests blood donations reduce the donor’s concentration of a class of toxic substances called “per- and polyfluoroakyl substances,” or PFAS, popularly called “forever chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gilbert Sun News

Find My iPhone leads to car crash rescue in California

A California woman was saved after her car crashed off a 200-foot cliff on Christmas Day thanks in part to her iPhone's location tracking feature, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The woman likely crashed her vehicle driving home from a family gathering overnight on Christmas Day, according to a press release from the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

Wisconsin fire departments invest in young people to recruit and empower future firefighters

Emmanuel Mielke was nervous when he started his first day as a firefighter in February at a station in downtown Madison. But he had a head start. Mielke already met some of his colleagues when they were his instructors at the NextGen Responders Academy, an emergency medical responder and fire training certification program for high schoolers.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Firefighters battle two fires in one day at Texas condo complex

VIDEO: The smoke detectors woke up Gina Harris around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. There was a smell of smoke in her unit. She called 911 when she couldn’t get the detectors to stop. Soon, she was standing in the street watching part of her condo complex burn. Dallas Fire-Rescue said the fire at Parkway Quarter Condominiums, off the Dallas North Tollway between Keller Springs and Arapaho, was out by 5 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

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