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Minnesota Firefighter Out To Prove She’s ‘Tough As Nails’ On TV Reality Show Competition

VIDEO: A Minneapolis fire captain is starring in a TV reality show competition that premieres next week. Kalimba Edwards was in California for six months this summer filming the new season of CBS’s “Tough as Nails.” The show pits 12 people against each other in physical competitions that test strength, life skills and mental toughness.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

Superheroes surprise young Virginia children's hospital patients

VIDEO/PHOTOS: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman, Supergirl, Spiderman and Captain America! Fairfax County Fire and Rescue superheroes dropped by Inova Children’s Hospital in Falls Church for a special surprise Tuesday. “Good to hop up?” Loren Jewell asked her fellow firefighters as she checked her rappelling gear.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington, D.C.

U.S. COVID-19 Recovery Spreads as Prospects Improve in 47 States

The U.S. recovery from the latest COVID-19 wave is taking hold across the country, with cases dropping or poised to start falling in the vast majority of states. In 47 states plus the nation's capital, a measure of average new infections from one newly infected person is below the key level of 1, signaling that cases are expected to decline, according to covidestim, a modeling project with contributors from Yale School of Public Health, Harvard's T.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bloomberg - Metered Site

VIDEO: Two-alarm fire damages Pennsylvania home

A home was damaged by fire Tuesday night in North Whitehall Township, according to a Facebook post from the Slatington Volunteer Fire Department, which assisted at the scene. WFMZ reported the fire was in the 2000 block of Levans Road. The fire call was just afer 10:30 p.m., WFMZ said, and the second alarm was sounded at 10:38, the Slatington department’s post said.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lehigh Valley Live

'Girls aren't firefighters': How women are making firefighting more inclusive

Capt. Karen Bureker didn’t know whether she wanted to have children when she first became a firefighter paramedic nearly 20 years ago. But after getting married, Bureker and her husband decided to start a family. It was during her first pregnancy, after six years on the job, that Bureker realized just how difficult the transition from firefighter to mother would be while rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

The ties that bind: Three new FDNY members following in footsteps of fathers killed on the job

The trio were just kids 20 years ago when their FDNY fathers died: Two during the 9/11 terrorist attack, and the third only a few days earlier while on the job. Sons Jonathan Otten, Gary Watson and Andrew Gorumba will proudly join the Class of 2021 in graduating Wednesday from the FDNY Fire Academy, with each inspired by their heroic dads and determined to follow in their footsteps as members of the department that embraced all three in the dark days after their fathers passed away.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site

California fire department struggles to fill shifts because exhausted firefighters are turning down overtime

Some of our county's biggest wildfires started in October, but as we head into this potentially dangerous time, local fire departments are struggling to fill shifts. Exhausted firefighters are turning down overtime. This past weekend, an engine company at Fire Station 20 was shut down for 24 hours. The reason? A lack of staffing.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS/CW 8 San Diego

On the Road to Healing: Connecticut Fire Chief Running Boston Marathon

With the steady rhythm of a nice long run, Robert Duval of Wauregan finds peace. “I just go out and it just allows me to, like, unravel a lot of things,” he said. And in his four decades in the fire service, the chief of Atwood Hose Fire Company and president of the Connecticut Fire Chiefs Association has seen a lot of things.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

VIDEO: 3-Alarm fire destroys New Jersey township homes

On Monday afternoon, at 3:30 p.m., Emergency Responders answered a call of a house fire at 31 Bay Way in the Bay Harbor section of Brick. Upon arrival a heavy smoke and fire condition was observed. Strong winds helped to spread the fire quickly. The resident of 31 Bay Way, who was home at the time, was uninjured, but the home was completely destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MidJersey News

'We can become targets': Oregon firefighters to get bulletproof vests

VIDEO: Portland firefighters will soon add bulletproof vests to their arsenal of firefighting gear. Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) confirmed the city will order 200 vests in the near future. “First responders, as they go in, we can become targets,” said Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland

Mississippi fire department is considering a language requirement for employees

The Starkville Fire Department is looking to add a language requirement for some of their employees. The Starkville Fire Department responded to a construction accident last Friday and was immediately on the scene. But despite their skill and teamwork, the department realized they had a communication challenge.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBI-TV CBS 4 Columbus

Chicago Installing ‘Bleeding Control Kits' in Hundreds of City Buildings

The City of Chicago is installing hundreds of kits in city buildings to treat bleeding gunshot victims under a new program officials say could help save lives in an emergency. Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications announced earlier this month that the city has begun installing 426 wall mounted "Bleeding Control Kits" in 269 buildings across the city.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago

Massive fire in Arizona prompted new push to inspect one city's recycling yards

In June 2021, a massive fire tore through a Phoenix recycling company. Hundreds of firefighters had to be called in to help fight the blaze, and it generated the largest response in Phoenix Fire Department’s history. The massive blaze at Friedman Recycling saw wood, tires, and other raw materials burn, sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix

First responders and volunteers praised for response to Hi-Line train derailment in Montana

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: First responders and volunteers in Liberty County and surrounding counties quickly came together after an Amtrak train derailed just outside of Joplin on Saturday, September 25, 2021, leaving three people dead and dozens injured. A spokesperson for BNSF says the section of track where the derailment happened was last inspected on Thursday, September 23.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRTV CBS 3 Great Falls

Group of Hispanic firefighters in Arizona help their community, mentor others to join the fire service

The Valley Hispanic Bomberos, a nonprofit group made up of Hispanic firefighters, is rooted in culture and tradition with the goal of protecting their communities while mentoring others to join them in the fire service. The organization is made up of roughly 1,200 members, and for many of them, they serve the same communities they grew up in.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale

Thousands participate in 2021 Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk in New York

PHOTOS: After it was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stephen Siller Foundation Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk resumed for 2021, where the organization said it expected more than 30,000 participants on Sunday. The route retraced the heroic steps of Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY), who lost his life on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Staten Island Advance - Metered Site

Pennsylvania Firefighters Volunteer To Drive Kids To And From School Amid Bus Driver Shortage

McKeesport firefighters aren’t just fighting fires and responding to car crashes, they’re picking up school students stranded by the bus driver shortage. Only on KDKA, Meghan Schiller talks with the firefighter who answered the call and now spearheads an initiative to ease the stress on parents, students, and teachers.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh

New Jersey fire company raises funds for station damaged during Ida flooding

The Raritan Township Fire Company is raising funds to restore its gear and station after the remnants of Hurricane Ida deluged the building with flooding and water damage, rendering it uninhabitable for a few months. The storm inflicted damage on the whole station, including the firefighters’ wooden gear lockers, walls, kitchen, generator, bay doors, and other pieces of equipment, said Chief Keith Paradiso.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jersey City Journal

VIDEO: Family displaced after large fire damages home in Maryland

A family is without a home following a violent fire in Windsor Mill Thursday evening. Baltimore County fire crews took hours to get the blaze under control. "When Capt. Roy pulled over top, we had fire that was well up into the attic, probably for some time before we arrived. That fire had burned its way up through the actual roof by the time our units had got there.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Maryland

New York 911 dispatchers pleased with law making them ‘first responders’

Hallie Pfendler and Denyse Hastwell are 911 dispatchers in Lewis County. The two work hand in hand to get help to people who need it. “We’re considered secretaries and we do a lot more than that. We potentially save lives. We do CPR instructions. We get people there that need to be there,” said Hastwell.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV CBS 7 Carthage