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Fire-Rescue in Texas launches new pilot program to staff ambulances more efficiently

VIDEO: The pandemic has put more burden on first responders answering emergency medical calls. Dallas Fire-Rescue is hoping to cut down on burnout, response times and overtime with a new approach to staffing its ambulances. A new pilot program will run for six months. At first, DFR will use internal staff to determine if the model works.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDFW-TV FOX 4 Dallas

COVID-19 origins: Why the search for the source is vital

No clear culprit. No smoking gun. While COVID-19's origin story is currently defined by a lack of hard evidence and data, scientists around the world continue their search for answers to how the pandemic began. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks to leading virologists, epidemiologists and coronavirus researchers in "The Origins of COVID-19: Searching for the Source," premiering at 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Health

Missouri firefighters reinforce swift water skills at Six Flags

PHOTOS: The looping and twisting cobalt blue rails of the Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast loomed above the trees. The iconic siren of the ride occasionally blared through the warm September air as maintenance worked on the ride in the closed park. Below the steel supports, firefighters donned in orange and neon yellow wet suits, whitewater helmets and red personal flotation devices hung onto rescue boards through the class-four rapids of the Thunder River ride at Six Flags.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Missourian

Old Virginia fire station becomes themed Airbnb

PHOTOS: Inside the garage of the firehouse, a 1956 pumper and ladder combination fire truck from Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department is the newest addition to the Fire Station 4 Airbnb on Rivermont Avenue. The restored truck still runs but didn’t fit inside the Glasgow department so the Woodland family opened up his home to it recently.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News & Advance

Oldest living member of Kentucky fire department looks back on station’s 150 year history

For 150 years, the people of Lexington have called on the members of the Lexington Fire Dept. to come to their rescue in an emergency. The brave men and women always run toward the danger to save lives. Their sacrifice doesn’t go unnoticed, and was formally recognized Thursday by the Lexington-Fayette County Urban County Government.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV CBS/CW 27 Lexington

Texas fire department's new $1.6M fire truck expands capabilities

VIDEO: The McAllen Fire Department has added a new upgrade that's extending their capabilities and allowing them to rescue people more efficiently. Fire Station 5 is home to the city of McAllen's newest fire truck. The $1.6 million truck is equipped with new gear, including cameras, lights, and a 100-foot aerial platform, a feature their previous truck didn't have.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRGV-TV ABC 5 Weslaco

New York Governor signs legislation to support 9/11 and communications for first responders

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recognized the New York National Guard on Saturday afternoon, 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Hochul spoke at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, and announced that she signed three pieces of legislation to support 9/11 and communications for first responders.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAM-TV ABC/CW 13 Rochester

23 Families Left Homeless After Fire Rips Through Texas Apartment Building

VIDEO: Nearly two dozen families were forced from their homes early Thursday after a fire spread through a Northeast Dallas apartment building, firefighters say. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said firefighters were first called at 12:50 a.m. to the Oak Meadows Apartments located at 11050 Woodmeadow Parkway.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

California fire captain severely burned in warehouse explosion sues vape shop, building owners

A Los Angeles Fire Department captain severely burned in a May 2020 explosion inside a downtown L.A. warehouse has sued the owners of the building and a vaping supply shop housed there, accusing them of hazardous activity, premise liability and negligence. Victor Aguirre and his wife, Claudia Aguirre, filed suit Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against property owner Steve Sungho Lee and his various companies along with the operators of Green Buddha and Smoke Tokes, a smoke and vape shop inside the East 3rd Street warehouse where the explosion occurred.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles

Kansas fire department members speak out after viral apartment rescue

VIDEO: For the first time since their heroic act was caught on camera, Wichita firefighters spoke with KSN News about their Labor Day fire rescue at an area apartment complex. Fireman Brian Doffing says apartment fires like this don’t always end with the best results for victims, but being able to rescue everyone made this one of the types of calls is exactly what makes their job worth it.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNW-TV NBC 3 Wichita

GM advising some Bolt EV owners to park 50 feet away from other cars in case of fire

General Motors is advising some Chevrolet Bolt owners to not park their electric cars within 50 feet of other vehicles to reduce the risk of a potential fire spreading to nearby cars and trucks. The warning follows the Detroit automaker recalling more than 140,000 of the EVs produced since 2016 due to the risk of batteries spontaneously catching fire from “two rare manufacturing defects.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNBC

U.S. researchers to study long-term COVID-19 symptoms in thousands of survivors

The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that it was awarding nearly $470 million to New York University Langone Health for research into the long-term effects of COVID-19 to ramp up an unprecedented national effort to study so-called "long COVID." The federal money will be divvied up by NYU to fund more than 100 researchers at institutions around the country, accelerating work to build a sweeping "meta-cohort" encompassing thousands COVID-19 survivors of various ages and backgrounds who are still experiencing symptoms more than a month after their initial infection.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

VIDEO: Fire destroys dozens of cars at Indiana auto yard

Firefighters say more than three dozen cars caught fire Wednesday morning at a south side business. Crews used tanker trucks to bring water deep into the auto yard. Once the water supply was established, crews had the fire under control in about 40 minutes. Indianapolis Fire Department crews were dispatched around 1:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIN-TV FOX 59 Indianapolis

As Wildfires Burn, Are U.S. Cities Spending Too Much on Their Fire Departments?

It may sound surprising in an era characterized by increasingly destructive wildfires, but Stephen Jellie just spent the past year trying to get rid of firefighters. Jellie is the fire chief and city manager of Ogdensburg, N.Y., a town on the Canadian border that’s small and getting smaller—10,064 lived there in April 2020, down from 12,375 in 1980.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TIME - Metered Site

Oklahoma firefighters rescue country superstar Reba McEntire from second-story window after stairs collapse

VIDEO: A close call for a Texoma country superstar, Reba McEntire, had to be evacuated on a fire ladder from a second-story window Tuesday afternoon. “Oh it was pretty scary, I was worried about who was downstairs and how bad it was,” Coby Scherrill said. Scherrill was touring an historic building downtown Atoka Tuesday afternoon with Reba McEntire for a future project.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXII-TV CBS/FOX 12 Sherman

Pennsylvania township to donate fire engine to tornado-ravaged Alabama fire department

The Whitehall Township Bureau of Fire will donate a retired fire engine to a volunteer fire company in central eastern Alabama ravaged last spring by a tornado. The Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the donation at its Monday night meeting. According to Whitehall Fire Chief David Nelson, the 1990 Mack special edition fire engine placed out of service three years ago will be transported to the Shinbone Valley Volunteer Fire Department in Delta, Alabama.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown

Las Vegas recycling center fire started in ‘hot load,’ spread to warehouse

VIDEOS: Smoke continues to pour from the yard of the Republic Services Recycling Center in North Las Vegas as firefighters work to put out a blaze that sent black smoke billowing over the northeast valley Monday morning. The large 2-alarm fire at the recycling center just north of Cheyenne Avenue at Commerce Street is still burning.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLAS-TV CBS 8 News Las Vegas

Wisconsin teen saves 4 sisters from house fire then dog saves him

VIDEO: A 13-year-old Wisconsin boy is being credited with saving his four younger sisters from a house fire while their parents were at the grocery store. He tried to put the fire out himself but couldn’t, his dog eventually leading him away. Days after a fire tore through her home with her five kids inside, Kelly Omar searched through the rubble for anything she could salvage.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Valley News Live

Minnesota fire department proposes embedded social workers

The St. Paul Fire Department has proposed a new $600,000 program in the 2022 city budget to embed social workers with firefighters, police officers and other city workers, hoping to improve responses for mental health and people experiencing homelessness. Fire Chief Butch Inks presented the initial plan to the city council last week, but he promised to release full details in the next 30 to 45 days.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis

Firefighting has a diversity issue — and these women want to solve that

There are so few women in Daly City’s Fire Department that the women’s bathroom was converted into a private restroom for male captains. In Alameda County, department-wide communications frequently refer to all firefighters as “he” or “him,” despite the longtime presence of women like Fire Captain Kimberly Larson.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner - Metered Site