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Hyundai recall grows due to vehicle fires

Hyundai has issued a recall for certain model-year 2018 Santa Fe sport utility vehicles as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues a consumer alert – park these vehicles outside – due to the potential for under-hood, ABS-based vehicle fires. This recall is in addition to another one issued in February 2022 for certain 2016-2018 Santa Fe models for the same issue.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Brake Report

VIDEO: 100+ people displaced after 3-alarm fire rips through Maryland apartment

Montgomery County firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire in Rockville Monday morning, that has left more than 100 residents searching for a new place to live, just weeks before the holiday season begins. Fire crews were called to a three-story apartment building in the 800 block of College Parkway just before 9 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9 Washington DC

Texas: A visit to one of the 'most haunted' fire stations in the country

VIDEO: El Paso Fire station Number 9 is one of the most haunted fire stations in the country, according to firerescue1.com. ABC-7's Drew Cosgray went to the fire station in Central El Paso to hear about the tale. Firefighters at the station constantly hear doors open and footsteps while no one else is there and will be woken up right before a call in the middle of the night.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVIA-TV ABC/CW 7 El Paso

'I feel lucky': Tom Greif doesn't let MS stop him from being a fire chief in Idaho

When Tom Greif has a day off, one would expect him to unwind from the pressures of being Coeur d'Alene's fire chief. Perhaps spend a day golfing or fishing, two of his passions. Which he might. But disconnect? Even for a few hours? He can't. "Even if I go away for the week or go on vacation, I don't truly unplug.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coeur d'Alene Press

New York City artist gifts painting to FDNY members who saved his life after he went into cardiac arrest

VIDEO: A New York City artist wanted to thank the men and women who saved his life in the best way he knew how -- with a work of art. Ray Trosa is a New York native hailing from Astoria, Queens whose mixed-media art style spans from large-scale paintings to lighting design. Back in April 2022, Trosa suffered a medical emergency and when members from FDNY Station 49 arrived, his condition worsened and he went into cardiac arrest.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

VIDEO: Firefighters battle fire at Kansas recycling plant

PHOTOS: Fire crews from both Sedgwick County Fire District 1 and the Wichita Fire Department are still fighting a fire at Evergreen Recycle in north Wichita. The fire broke out Sunday night in the 300 block of W. 53rd Street North. The fire was clearly visible on KSN’s SkyView camera. The Wichita Fire Department said a large mass of wood products was burning and that thousands of gallons have been dumped on the fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW-TV NBC 3 Wichita

Boston firefighters help surprise teen with Halloween costume that fits his wheelchair

VIDEO: A high school student from Roslindale got the perfect Halloween costume to complement his wheelchair on Friday. Jose Bello suffers from muscular dystrophy, which leaves him wheelchair-bound, but he also loves firefighters. This Halloween, his mother reached out to a company called Magic Wheelchair to get her son a costume.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Georgia fire department to offer virtual fire inspections

Statesboro Fire Department has announced that beginning November 1, 2022 they will be offering “Virtual Fire Inspections” for certain types of fire safety inspections. The department says the program is intended to make fire inspections easier and more convenient for business owners and their employees.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: All on Georgia

Michigan firefighters get married after fighting warehouse fire

VIDEO: A joke over breakfast turned into a life-changing moment for two Lower Michigan firefighters. They were in Upper Michigan - hours from home - battling the Menominee warehouse fire. Joshua Halliday is a firefighter at the Frederic Fire Department near Grayling. His wife, Stephanie Halliday, is also a firefighter at the nearby Beaver Creek Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUC-TV NBC/FOX 6 Marquette

EMS, community college in North Carolina launch new program aimed at paramedic recruitment

The future of recruitment in emergency services is changing, and Burke County is getting a head start. Burke County EMS and Western Piedmont Community College are partnering to offer the region’s first EMS Academy next year, where participants will earn all the credentials they need to to be paramedics.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Morganton News Herald

New Video Shows Florida Firefighter Saving Girlfriend From Fiery Crash

New video shows the moment a Broward firefighter saved his girlfriend from a burning car after a fiery crash involving a fuel truck on Interstate 95 earlier this week. The cellphone footage shows firefighter Bryan Aparicio and his girlfriend, Su Hninyi, running as the fuel tanker and other vehicles are consumed by flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami

A Proclamation on National First Responders Day, 2022

On National First Responders Day, we honor the bravery of our Nation’s heroes who put their lives on the line for their fellow Americans each and every day — from law enforcement officers who keep our streets safe and firefighters who rush into burning buildings, to relief workers who care for our families after natural disasters and EMTs, paramedics, and other public health workers who provide life-saving emergency care at a moment’s notice.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The White House

ATF completes investigation into January 24 fire that killed 3 Baltimore City firefighters

The ATF says they've completed their investigation into the January 24 fire that killed three Baltimore City firefighters. It was that morning when a vacant home at 205 S. Stricker went up in flames. Paul Butrim, Kelsey Sadler and Kenneth Lacayo were among the firefighers who responded to battle the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore

Unvaccinated firefighters in Washington can return to work

Starting Nov. 1, firefighters who were let go from South King Fire and Rescue because of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be allowed to come back to work. The agency’s board of directors voted unanimously during their Sept. 27 meeting to authorize Fire Chief Dave Mataftin to let unvaccinated firefighters return beginning Nov.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Federal Way Mirror - Metered Site

Year of negotiations leads to new, 4 year contract for firefighters in Texas

A year of preparations and negotiations has led to a new, four-year contract for firefighters with the City of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth City Council unanimously approved the agreement on Oct. 25 following 97.4% approval of the proposal by the 970 members of the association. The agreement is the fourth collectively bargained agreement between the city and firefighters, according to the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Association.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVT-TV CBS 11 Fort Worth

VIDEO: Massive fire rips through 3-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles

Firefighters battled a massive blaze that ripped through a three-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday evening. Flames ripped through the roof of the boarded-up building located near the intersection of Los Angeles and 3rd streets. The blaze erupted just after 7:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Laura Kavanagh sworn in as New York City's next FDNY fire commissioner, 1st woman in department's 157 year history

VIDEO: Laura Kavanagh will be named New York City's next fire commissioner today. She will also become the first woman to lead the FDNY in its 157-year history. Mayor Eric Adams will make the announcement at Engine 33, Ladder 9 in Noho, a historic building where the city's first fire commissioner was headquartered.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

New Illinois Law Requires Smoke Detectors With 10-Year Battery Life Or Hardwired Home Units

A new state law that goes into effect Jan. 1 requires all homes to have smoke detectors with a 10-year sealed battery life or a hardwired system. The Rockford Fire Department and the Illinois Firefighters Association held a news conference on Wednesday to draw attention to the law and urge property owners to make the necessary changes now.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rock River Current

Hidrent app in Maine provides off duty firefighters more ways to help their community

From house fires to car accidents, firefighters are trained to respond to emergency situations. If we already trust these men and women in those moments, why not trust them with smaller jobs around the home? That’s the idea behind a new app called “Hidrent,” spelled a little differently. It’s a service that connects off duty firefighters with anyone in the area who needs a task completed.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABI-TV CBS 5 Bangor

Pennsylvania EMS gets new wearable carbon monoxide detectors after day care leak

For years, Allentown EMS has had carbon monoxide detectors available for crew, but only one detector per ambulance. After a significant number of carbon monoxide incidents last year, the city moved to get a wearable monitor for each full-time EMS employee. “We’ve had the meters, but we wanted to take it a step further, use them more,” said Mehmet Barzev, chief of EMS operations for the city of Allentown.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lehigh Valley Live

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