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Pennsylvania fire department to be featured on YouTube channel spotlighting emergency personnel across the country

A local rescue organization is going to soon be featured on a YouTube channel that spotlights emergency personnel across the country. The Perkiomen Township Fire Department will be highlighted during a segment by Heroes Next Door, which says it works to promote awareness of various police, fire, EMS and healthcare services across the country.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Perkiomen Valley Patch

‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!’: Ohio fire department gears up for NFPA sponsored Fire Prevention Week

The Sidney Department of Fire and Emergency Services is gearing up for Fire Prevention Week. “Every year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) coordinates a Fire Prevention Week with special messaging that draws attention to specific fire safety education and awareness topics. The message this year is, ‘Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!’ This messaging will place emphasis on smoke and carbon monoxide detector education,” Sidney Fire Chief Chad Hollinger said.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sidney Daily News

New treatments for COVID-19 may stave off the worst effects of the virus

Even with three highly effective vaccines available in abundance throughout the country, the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 continues to cause a large number of new infections, particularly in states where vaccination rates remain low. What’s more, as schools and businesses reopen and the holiday season approaches, another rise in infections may be on the way.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Conversation

2 Injured in Massachusetts House Fire

VIDEO: Two people have been hospitalized with minor injuries after an early morning house fire in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Five people in all escaped from the home on Carleton Street around 3 a.m. Thursday before firefighters were able to arrive. Fire Chief David Moriarty said heavy fire was showing on the second floor when firefighters first arrived at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Boston

Even in death, a Virginia firefighter is saving lives

Throughout his more than 30-year career as a firefighter, Bobby Duffus' mission was to save lives. It was a mission he was able to continue after his untimely passing. When the Richmond Fire Battalion Chief died on September 17 following a medical emergency, he gave the gift of life to others by donating his organs to those in need.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6 Richmond

Inside the Great Chicago Fire

PHOTOS: Hardly any rain had fallen on Chicago for months, and the drought was getting worse. Over the 22 days leading up to October 8, 1871, it had rained only once—a measly 0.11 inches. “Under the burning sun for so many weeks, the whole city became virtually a tinderbox,” recalled William Bross, one of the Chicago Tribune’s owners.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Magazine

City in Kentucky sets aside millions for ‘hero pay’ for employees; Vaccinations not required

The Lexington council took its first vote Tuesday to set aside $15 million in federal coronavirus relief money for supplemental pay for up to 1,700 essential city employees who have worked during the pandemic. During a Tuesday council work session, Lexington city administrators did not have the full details on exactly how many people and departments qualify as essential workers, nor did it have an exact amount each of those essential workers would receive under the pay program.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald-Leader - Metered Site

Iowa firefighter discusses her battle with narcolepsy on World Narcolepsy Day

Tara O’Connor is a firefighter and EMT for Atkins Volunteer Fire Department. She’s learned to overcome narcolepsy, and is using World Narcolepsy Day, held every year on September 22, to tell her story. O’Connor joined the department two years ago at age 22. She wanted to do it right after high school but had to figure out what was wrong first.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Arkansas recycling center 'fully engulfed' after explosive warehouse fire

VIDEO: According to the Little Rock Fire Department, the Goldman Recycling building was "fully engulfed" and created a large dark cloud of smoke on Tuesday evening. The recycling center is located at 1701 E. 14th Street. The Little Rock Police Department asked people to avoid the immediate area. Neighboring the recycling center is a Budweiser distribution center.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTHV-TV CBS 11 Little Rock

Driver dies after hitting Florida firefighter with pickup truck; Firefighter in critical condition

A man is dead after he crashed his pickup truck into two fire trucks, hit a firefighter and finally collided with a fire hydrant. And authorities say they have no idea why he did it. It all started around 3 a.m. Wednesday when first responders got the call of a crash along U.S. 19 at Innisbrook Drive.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS 10 St. Petersburg

Squishy robots give Kansas firefighters remote insight during emergencies

VIDEO: The Olathe Fire Department is testing out new technology that could help keep firefighters safe. Thanks to a new partnership with Squishy Robotics, the department now has access to three new tensegrity robots that can be used to prevent exposure to hazardous chemicals. The six-month pilot program will allow firefighters to get hands-on experience operating the new technology.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAF-TV FOX 4 Kansas City

Wisconsin fire station climbs ladder to State Register of Historic Places

PHOTOS: La Crosse Fire Station No. 5 has another claim to fame, in addition to being the last station in the city to use horse brigades: It’s now listed on the State Register of Historic Places. The Wisconsin Historical Society, which bestowed the distinction on the station last month, cements the building’s heritage as the last surviving firehouse in the city, although it’s no longer used as a fire station.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

One hurt in honey oil lab explosion in California: 'The garage door was in the middle of the street'

VIDEO: One person is in critical condition after a possible honey oil lab explosion in Merced Monday morning. Merced Fire Department Fire Chief Derek Parker said the person was airlifted to a local hospital. "The garage door was in the middle of the street,' Parker told ABC10. The explosion was reported just after 8 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXTV ABC 10 Sacramento

Report outlines 10 recommendations on how Massachusetts fire department can prevent line-of-duty deaths

Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. submitted to the City Council on Monday a 248-page report that examined every aspect of the Worcester Fire Department, including how it can better prevent line-of-duty deaths. Since 1999, the city has suffered the loss of nine firefighters who all died while battling blazes.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Masslive.com

Veteran EMT misses a paperwork deadline; New York state is forcing him to retake beginner training

Ryan O’Connor has spent more than a decade handling thousands of calls while working as a volunteer emergency medical technician with the Snyder Fire Department. Most came evenings and overnights because O’Connor works full-time in the banking field. The way he sees it, that service didn’t matter much to the state Bureau of Emergency Medical Services last spring, in the midst of a pandemic, after a miscommunication within the all-volunteer department caused O’Connor’s EMT recertification paperwork to be sent six days after his certification expired.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Buffalo News

Parts Of Minnesota City Still Plagued By Needle Littering; Firefighters Picked Up Hundreds Last Month

It’s been two years since WCCO first reported on the dangerous needle littering problem in parts of south Minneapolis. At that time, Minneapolis firefighters planned to pick up the needles until the city found a better solution. But despite their efforts, the problem is arguably worse, says Assistant Minneapolis Fire Chief Melanie Rucker.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

Florida city features father-daughter firefighting rescue team

A fire in an attic may not be the way most people start their day, but for rookie Tampa firefighter Lauren Glanton, it seems to come naturally. "That was my alarm clock," she said. "It was fire time, time to rock and roll!" Answering the call runs in the family. "Broken legs, gunshot wounds, overdoses and everything else," said Lauren’s dad, Larry, a Tampa Fire Rescue paramedic who has seen it all during his 24 years with the department.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa

Fire destroys historic church in Illinois

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A famed church in the Far South suburbs went up in flames Sunday afternoon. Around 2 p.m., nearly a dozen fire departments responded to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Beecher following reports of a massive blaze. Fire crews eventually extinguished the fire but the historic church was heavily damaged.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 Chicago

Virginia firefighters testing out new lifesaving technology

Developed by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL), POINTER is groundbreaking new first responder tracking and location technology that allows first responders to pinpoint their colleagues more precisely in emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-TV FOX 5 Washington, D.C.

Chuck Norris: Some lessons from 9/11 seem hard for us to remember

With lessons learned from 9/11 so widely, recently and painfully recounted, the story of suffering and loss that continue for more than 100,000 fellow Americans must not be forgotten. We cannot lose sight of it as if seeing it through a rear-view mirror, fading in the distance. We need to keep these fellow citizens front and center.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Eagle