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Buried alive twice, retired NYC firefighter shares harrowing 9/11 experience

VIDEO: As another anniversary of 9/11 sits on the horizon, officials at Seneca East Local Schools are paying tribute. “As I’m taking my last breaths of life, I realized that my life was over and I did something I hadn’t done in a long time, I closed my eyes and said a prayer,” Joe Torrillo, a retired lieutenant with the New York City Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVG-TV ABC/CW 13 Toledo

Belgium firefighters spend a week with California firefighters

VIDEO: Ten firefighters from Belgium are spending the week with the Fresno Fire Department. “We have a small organization in Belgium that tries to bring firefighters to the U.S. to visit the fire department and to do some hands-on training, to do ride along to see how the job is done over here and to make a comparison on how we do it,” said Marc Opstal who is a Battalion Chief in Belgium.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSEE-TV NBC 24 Fresno

144 Fallen Firefighters to be Honored at NASCAR Xfinity Series Race at Kansas Speedway

Whelen Engineering, a global leader in the emergency warning industry for more than 70 years, Richard Childress Racing (RCR), and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) have teamed up to honor fallen fire heroes at the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on September 9, 2023, at Kansas Speedway. RCR’s No.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: RCR Racing

First responders in one Wisconsin county use 3 words to locate people in emergencies

Fond du Lac County is making use of new, clever technology to get first responders to the right location. The technology, called “what3words,” converts numeric GPS coordinates into words. The words are then decoded by first responders using the what3words app in the field. Fond du Lac County Communications Director Amy Haase says this eliminates the risk of typing in a wrong number for GPS coordinates in degrees, minutes and seconds or decimal degrees.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

VIDEO: Rapidly spreading fire consumes as many as 6 rowhomes in Maryland

PHOTOS: A rapidly spreading fire consumed as many as six rowhomes near Patterson Park. SkyTeam 11, Baltimore's only news helicopter, reported that firefighters were called Wednesday afternoon to the 300 block of South Robinson Street. Baltimore City Fire Department said commanders on the scene found one two-story row home involved with flames eventually spreading to a total of six homes.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore

40 years in the making: City in Kansas recognizes first female firefighter

VIDEO: The Wichita Fire Department hosted a special surprise presentation on Wednesday for a former Wichita firefighter. Rebecca (Downum) Chandler became Wichita’s first female firefighter in 1983. “It was a wonderful time. I didn’t really know how long I could do it, but I did it as long as I could,” she said, “I enjoyed doing it.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWCH-DT CBS 12 Hutchinson

9/11 first responders are still saving lives

VIDEO: New York and Nashville researchers studied blood cell mutations in 9/11 first responders and determined some cells were cloning out of control and causing cardiovascular disease. Thanks to this research, an exercise fanatic discovered he had underlying and extensive heart disease. Roger Grad exercises 90 minutes a day, five days a week.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISH-TV CW 8 Indianapolis

Connecticut fire lieutenant shaves mullet grown out for 798 days for charity

VIDEO: Fairfield firefighters gathered Thursday night to shave a mullet for a good cause. The mullet had been growing out for 798 days by Lt. Lee Corbo. Corbo decided to create a fundraiser and shave his hair in support of the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. He is also supporting a Norwalk firefighter who has been diagnosed with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut

VIDEO: 1 person injured, boat sinks after being engulfed in flames off of New York fuel dock

One person was injured after a boat caught fire on City Island Tuesday just before 6 p.m. The small powerboat sunk in the Long Island Sound shortly after firefighters were able to get the blaze under control. The boat was just off the fuel dock at 673 City Island Avenue in the Bronx when it went up in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Specialized photographer in Louisiana captures dramatic moments in firefighters' daily battles

VIDEO: A volunteer firefighter in Ascension Parish is using his hobby of photography to bring the public into their world. Blake Stone has what some could call a burning passion for capturing the moment. As a volunteer firefighter, he knows from firsthand experience what it takes to stand on the front lines and serve the community.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRZ-TV ABC 2 Baton Rouge

New Missouri law includes PTSD treatment for first responders

VIDEO: First responders can now make use of a new state law meant to help with post-traumatic stress disorder. Senate Bill 24 includes PTSD as an occupational disease when diagnosed in first responders and establishes benefits under workers' compensation. The bill states there is no physical injury required for a first responder to receive benefits.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMIZ-TV ABC 17 Columbia

California firefighters rescue driver from bottom of 100-foot cliff by forming a human pulley system

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A driver who plunged off a 100-foot cliff in a remote area of Southern California and spent five days "immobilized" in their wrecked pickup truck, was rescued this weekend by firefighters who formed a human pulley system to pluck the victim from the ravine, authorities said. The rescue unfolded about 10:58 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

2 killed in apparent street race crash into firetruck in California; 4 crewmembers injured

VIDEO: A driver and passenger were killed in an apparent street race when their vehicle crashed into a firetruck, injuring four crewmembers, in West Compton Tuesday. The crash was reported around 12:30 a.m. as the engine company was responding to a medical incident, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson Craig Little said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

Arizona mom wakes up to find her 12-year-old son on fire after TikTok challenge

VIDEO: A very scary situation, a 12-year-old boy now hospitalized after partaking in a TikTok challenge went wrong. "I woke up to him just screaming and I woke up so fast that I kicked the dog gate out of my door frame, and then I saw him, he was on fire," Tiffany Roper mother of 12-year-old boy said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Mesa

Maryland fire station damaged after ambulance ignites in engine bay, officials say

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A Prince George's County fire station was damaged after an ambulance caught fire early Sunday morning, the agency said. "We do have our share of fires in Prince George’s County, but running a fire within one of our own fire stations is very unique," Department Public Information Director Alan Doubleday said.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington D.C.

Step by step: First responders, residents honor 9/11 victims in Tennessee

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The memory of the victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks was on the minds of dozens of people at AT&T Field in Chattanooga Monday morning. With a week before the 22nd remembrance of that dark day, first responders and the public climbed stairs in their memory. 2,977 people lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga

At least two EVs catch fire in Florida after Idalia storm surge compromises batteries

VIDEO: State officials had been warning Florida residents about the threat posed by storm surge to electric vehicles since Monday, days before Hurricane Idalia made landfall. In the aftermath of the destructive storm, Pinellas officials report at least two incidents of electric vehicles combusting after their lithium-ion batteries were exposed to the saltwater.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa Bay

New York creates battery storage fire safety working group following multiple fires

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the creation of a new Inter-Agency Fire Safety Working Group meant to ensure the safety and security of energy storage systems across the state, following fire incidents at facilities in Jefferson, Orange, and Suffolk Counties this summer. State agencies will begin immediate inspections of energy storage sites, and the working group is intended to help prevent fires and ensure emergency responders have the necessary training and information to prepare and deploy resources in the event of a fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: POWER Engineering

Firefighter Syndrome: University of Hawaii addressing long-term psychological, physical risks

Firefighters who battled the deadly Lahaina wildfires on August 8 have earned immense gratitude for their efforts to fend off the historic inferno fed by hurricane force winds and large swaths of fire prone bone-dry brush. Chris Frueh, a psychology professor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo provides insight into short- and long-term medical, psychological and social risks firefighters can sustain in their line of work.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Hawaii News

Texas fire captain shaves 12-year mustache to raise funds for firefighters battling cancer

VIDEO: Killeen’s Fire Station 9 held an auction to raise donations for two firefighters who are currently battling cancer. The station has an allotted pool of donations named the Benevolence fund, which goes to taking care of firefighter’s financial stability when they leave work due to medical or personal issues.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWTX-TV CBS 10 Waco


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