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VIDEO: Historic 338-year-old hotel in Massachusetts damaged in massive fire

The historic Veranda House Hotel on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, was damaged Saturday after a huge blaze ripped through the building. Firefighters received a report that the hotel, which is more than 338 years old, was on fire early Saturday, the Nantucket Fire Department said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News

Wyoming firefighter artist honors comrades with sculpture

PHOTO: At a training facility out of public view off Highway 287, local firefighters conduct exercises to prepare for all types of emergencies. Now those firefighters are greeted by a massive steel sculpture commemorating the work they do to protect the community. Local firefighter Brandon Russell collaborated with Laramie Public Art Coalition to create the sculpture, titled “The Vitruvian Firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Letter Journal

Reaching new heights: Ohio fire department drone offers life-saving technology at feed mill fire

A quick decision to break out a new drone may have saved a life at a June 17 fire scene. Scott Wolfe was out to dinner with his family that Friday when he got a call about a fire at the MARS Horsecare facility in Dalton. Crews from multiple departments responded. A drone with thermal imaging technology the Wooster Township Fire Department had acquired just days earlier was about to be thrust into service for the first time, and Wolfe was the only one on staff qualified to operate it.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Record - Metered Site

Park outdoors: Ford expands recall for possible engine fires

Ford is expanding a recall of SUVs and telling owners to park them outside after a series of engine fires that can happen even when the ignition switches are off. The company also announced Friday that it's recalling another 100,000 SUVs in the U.S. for a different problem that also causes engine fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

‘It’s like being a kid out there:’ South Carolina fire department hockey team competes for charity

When they’re not suppressing fires or responding to medical emergencies, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, along with other Grand Strand first responders, can be found on the ice. “It’s like being a kid out there,” said Ross Porter, an engineer and paramedic for the City of Myrtle Beach. A group of about 25 make up the roster of the MBFD’s hockey team.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach

Two boats 'completely destroyed', eight others damaged in Ohio fire

The US Coast Guard’s Toledo Marine Safety Unit responded to a massive fire at the Son Rise Marina in Sandusky on Thursday. According to the Coast Guard’s Great Lakes division, they responded to a pollution threat caused by the fire. Officials said multiple boats went up in flames. The Coast Guard said it is working with port partners to mitigate environmental impacts and to oversee the removal of the boats.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVG-TV ABC/CW 13 Toledo

Reports of bomb threats to campuses across U.S. include Kansas schools

A report of a bomb threat Thursday afternoon at Dodge City Community College is the latest among similar threats made to campuses across the U.S., investigators confirmed. On the all reporting a bomb in the Arts classroom at Dodge City Community College, no suspicious device was located. The Dodge City Police Department said the call said the bomb was located at the back of a classroom and that it would detonate in a little more than one hour.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWCH-DT CBS 12 Hutchinson

Firefighters who saved the historic Whiskey Row are being celebrated 'Kentucky style'

VIDEO: What better way to say 'thank you' than with a bottle of bourbon? That's what Old Forester is doing to commemorate the Firefighters who saved Whiskey Row seven years ago. The historic block in Downtown Louisville caught fire on July 7, 2015, and was nearly destroyed. Firefighters managed to safely put out the fire while also preserving the historic façade.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLKY-TV CBS 32 Louisville

4 types of robots currently used to aid first responders

First responders must handle various disaster response situations, ranging from simple fire extinguishing drills or minor accidents to huge disasters such as terrorist attacks. While the job of all first responders, including firefighters, police and medics, is to prepare for often dangerous scenarios, there is always a risk of the first responders getting into the same trouble as those they attempt to rescue every day.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: We Are The Mighty

Florida firefighter paddles 80 open ocean miles for cystic fibrosis research

PHOTOS: At 25 years old, Destin firefighter and EMT Holly Heidenreich loves the extreme life. Most recently paddling 80 miles from Bimini, Bahamas to mainland Florida with her bare hands. With her teammate, Megan Scully from Lake Worth, Fla., the women made up the only prone board paddling team for the 2022 Crossing For Cystic Fibrosis challenge.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRG-TV CBS 5 Mobile

VIDEO: Fourth of July fireworks explosion caught on video as adults, kids run for cover

A fireworks explosion in front of a suburban home during the July Fourth holiday that caused young children and adults to flee was caught on security video. The blast occurred during a celebration as they were attempting to light fireworks on a front lawn. As the fireworks light up, a blast is seen going in all directions, prompting adults to grab the children and move for cover.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox News

Florida fire rescue's new truck weighs 90,000 pounds, is 47 feet long and holds 500 gallons of water

PHOTOS: Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dan Naughton stood atop a 6,000-pound truck holding a bucket of water. Moments earlier, it had been filled by firefighters from the hose of a smaller truck. Naughton faced the crowd beneath him, and slowly emptied the bucket into the truck’s 500-gallon tank. As the last droplet trickled out, onlookers cheered, and Naughton – a Palm Beach County Fire Rescue driver – smiled back.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Palm Beach Coast - Metered Site

Massachusetts fire department divers recover lost diamond ring from river

VIDEO: A Chicago woman is expressing her gratitude to members of the Cambridge Fire Department Dive Team and Marine Unit after they helped find her diamond ring that fell into the Charles River in Massachusetts. Cambridge Fire Lt. Stephen Capuccio said those Dive Team and Marine Unit members were working a detail on the Charles River on Sunday when they were alerted about a lost ring at the Charlesgate Yacht Club.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Tornado touches down in Ohio; Fire, police stations damaged

Goshen Township Administrator Steve Pegram held a press conference Thursday after a tornado touched down Wednesday, damaging multiple buildings and knocking down trees. On Wednesday, Pegram declared a state of emergency for Goshen Township. A preliminary National Weather Service survey Thursday declared the tornado was an EF2 tornado.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCPO-TV ABC 9 Cincinnati

'The toughest two minutes in sports': Minnesota firefighters headed to North Dakota for firefighter challenge

Members of the Perham Fire Department take their commitment to life-saving quite seriously — so much so that they began a fitness initiative in early 2022 to improve their overall health. As a part of this initiative, five firefighters will be competing in the Firefighter Challenge in Bismarck, N.D. on July 15 and 16.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Perham Focus

VIDEO: 3 Firefighters injured while battling warehouse fire in Kentucky neighborhood

Three firefighters were injured while battling a warehouse fire that took nearly 100 firefighters and more than 30 firefighting tools to control. According to Louisville Fire Department Maj. Bobby Cooper, one of the firefighters was injured after being shocked by a down power line. The firefighter was transported to the hospital and was conscious and alert, Cooper said.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDRB-TV FOX 41 Louisville

Long-time volunteer firefighter kidnapped in Alabama ‘a super, super woman’

The victim of yesterday’s Calhoun County kidnapping “could have been anyone,” according to Sheriff Matthew Wade. Instead, it was a woman known to most area law enforcement and emergency workers for almost three decades as a steady, steadying presence at crime scenes and accident sites. “She’s a super, super woman,” said Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown about Betty Cobb, 75, who was found Monday, bound with duct tape in the closet of an Anniston home hours after she was snatched from her home on Choccolocco Road in rural Calhoun County.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AL.com

Firefighters Rescue Woman From Under Transit Bus in Connecticut

VIDEO: Several firefighters rescued a woman who was trapped under a CT Transit bus in Stamford on Tuesday. The incident happened at the intersection of Broad and Atlantic streets about 3 p.m. Officials said they received several 911 calls reporting the incident. Responding officials said a woman was trapped under the front axle of a tandem-style CT Transit bus.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain

Florida firefighters surprised by gunfire during attempt to extinguish house blaze

VIDEO: Firefighters have a dangerous job to begin with, putting out risky and potentially deadly fires. They don’t expect to deal with gunfire in the process. A holiday fire call turned dangerous Monday night with first responders dodging bullets after Lauderhill Fire Rescue crews arrived to the scene of a house fire that was possibly started by fireworks.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

Fire and rescue paramedic students in Virginia participate in a first of its kind virtual reality training

VIDEO: Imagine having doctors, first responders, and paramedics go through real life training before they ever enter the field, without the real life consequences. That’s what students from Roanoke County Fire and Rescue experienced as part of a research study to see how these simulations affect a student’s critical thinking.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC 10 Roanoke

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