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D.C.’s hottest new go-go band is a group of… firefighters?

PHOTOS: At the 11th annual back-to-school bash in D.C.’s Bellevue neighborhood, groups of students devour hot dogs by the dozens, and kids line up for free haircuts and face paint. An ice cream truck attracts a line that stretches all the way down Atlantic Street SW as city employees try to set up a stage for live music in the scorching August sun.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAMU-FM 88.5 Washington, D.C.

New fire truck at Florida airport designed to fight fires from inside aircraft

VIDEOS: There is a new fire truck at Palm Beach International Airport that’s joining the fleet, designed to fight fires from inside the aircraft. “It's a high tech piece of equipment. We just took delivery of it a few weeks ago, and the guys are training on it now. It has every new technology that's available to keep everyone safe here at the airport,” said District Chief Bob Kropa of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTV NBC 5 West Palm Beach

Why Cruise self driving car company is keeping half of its driverless fleet off the streets of San Francisco

VIDEO: Cruise and its autonomous cars spent the weekend pulling back some of their vehicles on San Francisco streets following a request from the Department of Motor Vehicles. This comes after two accidents and several incidents in the past week. Cruise said it will work with the DMV to make improvements to its fleet.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

House Bill 2717 Provides Arizona Dispatchers Help After Critical Incidents

VIDEO: When someone calls 911, it's usually on their worst day. What most people might not consider, are the dispatchers who answer those calls every single day, and the impact it has on their mental health. The signing of House Bill 2717 is a historic decision for all 911 operators in the state of Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: City of Phoenix

'Urgency to act': Database takes in-depth look at devastating opioid epidemic across US

Since 1999, more than a million people have died from drug overdoses. It's an issue that has grappled communities, both big and small, across the U.S. "The drug overdose crisis is impacting nearly every corner of the U.S.," The San Francisco Chronicle's data editor, Dan Kopf, said. The Chronicle, a Hearst newspaper, has documented the accelerating epidemic as drug overdoses claimed the lives of 107,669 people last year.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore

VIDEO: Massive fire destroys old factory in Michigan, four firefighters injured

PHOTOS: Several firefighters were injured Tuesday afternoon when a fire destroyed a large vacant factory near the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Fire crews responded at about noon Aug. 22, to the commercial building near the intersection of W. North and Hamilton streets, north of the Armory Arts complex, in the city of Jackson.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive

911 AI operator in South Carolina weeds out non-emergency calls to free up first responders

Understaffed 911 call centers across the country field non-emergency calls about stray animals or noise complaints on top of their workload of answering serious reports of medical emergencies, crimes and even death. Officials in Charleston County, South Carolina, however, are now leveraging artificial intelligence to streamline non-emergency calls in an effort to free up 911 operators to focus on getting first responders to the scene of emergency incidents as quickly as possible.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut celebrating firefighting boat’s 85th birthday

VIDEO: It was once the most powerful fireboat in the world, but while it’s since been retired from service, the Mystic Seaport Museum is planning a birthday bash to celebrate its legacy. The Fire Fighter, also known as America’s fireboat, was used by the New York City firefighters for 72 years. It also supplied water from New York Harbor during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, pumping for 80 hours straight.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven

Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Georgia unveils nation’s first on-site EMS center

VIDEO: Medical emergencies can happen anytime, including while you’re traveling through the world’s busiest airport. Now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is better prepared for the unexpected. Atlanta cut the ribbon on the nation’s first on-site airport triage center. It’a essentially an entire health clinic, right in the heart of the airport.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta News First

VIDEOS: Firefighters battled blaze at Maryland apartment building

PHOTOS: Prince George's County firefighters battled a three-alarm fire that broke out at an apartment building in College Park early Monday morning. The fire happened at the Wynfield Park Apartments, located at 10209 Baltimore Avenue. Officials told 7News' Maryland Bureau Chief Brad Bell that the fire started on a balcony and burned outside the building and into the attic.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington, D.C.

'It's not something I've ever done': Seniors trapped by mudflow in California freed with help of earthmover

PHOTOS: Fourteen seniors were pulled from a Cathedral City home care facility Monday in a dramatic rescue that the city's fire chief said was unlike anything he had ever done in his 34-year career. The 14 seniors were among the 46 people who were rescued in the city after a mudflow that developed late Sunday night trapped several people in cars, homes and even a train, necessitating several rescues and leaving several people living in homes that continue to be submerged in mud.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Desert Sun - Metered Site

Massachusetts firefighter, Navy veteran honored on stage during Zac Brown Band show at Fenway Park

VIDEO: A Saugus firefighter who is also a decorated Navy veteran was honored on stage during the Zac Brown Band show at Fenway Park on Saturday night. Greg Cinelli was thanked for his service in front of the sellout crowd at America’s most beloved ballpark. Saugus Firefighters Local 1003 shared a video of Cinelli saluting the cheering fans as Zac Brown Band played their hit song, “Chicken Fried.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFXT-TV FOX 25 Boston

Utah first responder PSA: Young actors play role in getting kids to school safely

VIDEO: As Utah students return to their classrooms, getting them to and from school safely is a priority. That means drivers paying attention through school zones and the constant need for more crossing guards. This year, the Unified Police and Unified Fire departments are getting creative to get the word out.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTU-TV FOX 13 Salt Lake City

VIDEOS: FDNY investigating fire that destroyed nine stores, injured 10 firefighters

Huge flames destroyed several businesses in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon. A massive plume of smoke could be seen rising from the 6-alarm fire on Lee Avenue in Williamsburg on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters arrived at the scene four minutes after the initial call just before noon Sunday. Officials say the flames appeared to start in a chocolate shop and spread to at least nine nearby retail stores.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

'A proud moment:' Connecticut fire department promotes first 2 women firefighters as captains

Two Bridgeport firefighters, Necole Dundy Pittman and Montique Pettway-Moore, took a historic step forward together Friday - breaking a glass ceiling. Both are veteran lieutenants who are now captains — the first women captains in the department's history. "This is a moment to be proud of, and I understand the magnitude of my achievement," said Pettway-Moore.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News 12 Connecticut

VIDEO: Massive mudslide sends California firefighters running for safety

Firefighters in San Bernardino County found themselves running to safety after encountering a massive, boulder-filled mudslide barreling towards them Sunday as heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Hilary battered the area. KTLA learned that crews at Fire Station 99 in the Forest Falls area heard a loud noise that they went to check out.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

VIDEOS: 16 apartments destroyed by fire in South Carolina, official says

PHOTOS: More than a dozen apartments were destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon in Greenville County, South Carolina. The fire started just before 1 p.m. at the Stoneledge Plantation Apartments at the corner of Roper Mountain Road and Garlington Road. The Boiling Springs Fire Department said 16 apartments were burned and two other buildings were damaged by heat.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYFF-TV NBC 4 Greenville

Deputies: Man facing charges for racing around fire truck in Florida

VIDEO: According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a man has been arrested after a video showed a car racing around a fire truck with lights and sirens on in April. Deputies said 25-year-old Elijah Grove-Thomas faces felony and misdemeanor charges. According to Orange County Fire Rescue, the incident happened near Sand Lake and Winegard as they responded to a car fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WESH-TV NBC 2 Daytona Beach

3 died, 17 injured - A survivor’s memory of the historic Coal Company fire in Massachusetts

PHOTOS: Anthony Cardiff knows exactly where he was on Aug. 21, 1963, even though it was nearly 60 years ago. It was the day he lost a leg; 19 other people were injured, and three Ashland firefighters were killed by an oil tank explosion at the Centre Coal Company off Route 9 in Framingham. "I remember there was no pain and I sat up," said Cardiff, who was 12 at the time.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Metro West Daily News - Metered Site

States with the most drunk driving fatalities

There were an estimated 42,795 fatalities due to motor vehicle crashes in 2022, down by 0.3% from the year prior, according to early estimates released in April 2023 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While a reduction in crash-related deaths, even one as slight as this, is generally positive, the facts remain deeply concerning: Crash-related deaths rose more than 10% in 2021 and more than 7% the year before that, marking a disturbing trend leading into and persisting through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVZ-TV NBC/CW+ 21 Bend


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