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Firefighters Knock Down Major Emergency Blaze in California Warehouse

VIDEO: Firefighters tonight battled a major emergency blaze in a large, vacant warehouse in Woodland Hills, preventing it from spreading to nearby structures and putting out the bulk of the flames in just over one hour. The fire was reported at 9:10 p.m. at 6000 N. De Soto Ave., said the Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles

Fire-Rescue in Texas celebrates 150 years of service

July 4 marked the 150th anniversary of Dallas Fire-Rescue. On Monday morning at the Dallas Firefighter's Museum, DFR held a sesquicentennial appreciation block party. One-hundred and fifty years ago, in 1872, one unit of volunteer firefighters was recognized by the City of Dallas. The department has since grown to 2,000 members with 58 fire stations.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

Arson 90 years ago led to Major League Baseball in Seattle

If we told you the Seattle Mariners were sparked from an actual spark, would you know the story? If we told you the fire of a fanbase was rooted in an actual fire, would you know who to thank? You have to go back 90 years ago to July 4, 1932. "Not a lot of people I think are aware of it now," Seattle baseball historian Dave Eskenazi said.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Colorado fire-rescue heads toward in-house advanced life support unit

Boulder Fire-Rescue is making progress on its goal to upgrade the level of care its emergency respondents can provide in the field. When 2023 rolls around in just under six months, Boulder Fire intends to have its own in-house advanced life support emergency medical services unit, allowing city personnel to administer life-saving drugs, perform invasive procedures and the full scope of cardiac resuscitation in the field.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Camera - Metered Site

'Standing with him': Florida fire department finds special way to support firefighter in ICU

VIDEO: Apopka firefighters found a special way to support one of their own who is fighting in the ICU after a serious injury. Apopka Firefighter Austin Duran was seriously injured on the job Thursday when a 4,500 lbs sand trailer fell on him. His firefighter family came up with a way to show their support for him by creating a workout dedicated to him that they call do together in his honor.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOFL-TV FOX 35 Orlando

PHOTOS: Pennsylvania home destroyed, three dogs die in fire

With a wall of flames blocking the front door, Eli Hessler and his 14-year-old daughter safely fled their burning home at Broad and First streets when a massive fire broke out about 2 p.m. Thursday. Hessler’s wife, Steph, and the couple’s two other children were not home at the time. Hessler and his family were heartbroken that their three dogs perished in the multiple-alarm blaze that sent up columns of smoke that could be seen six miles away.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Williamsport Sun-Gazette - Metered Site

Texas firefighter’s stint on ‘American Ninja Warrior’ a lesson in perseverance, tenacity

When Denton firefighter Gary Weiland, 42, had his left leg amputated in 2018, he worried whether he could still be an example of strength for his children. “Physically, it was really hard to take, and mentally, it was even harder,” Weiland said of his amputation. “When I looked at my kids, they looked at me like I was the most pathetic thing they’ve ever seen.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Denton Record-Chronicle

Fireworks shows left to contractors following 2019 explosion in New Mexico that killed one firefighter

June 5, 2019 is a date that may be etched in the minds of Roswell residents forever. On that day 12 City of Roswell Fire Department firefighters suffered injuries when a warehouse near the Roswell International Air Center exploded. The firefighters were preparing fireworks for the Fourth of July when an aerial shell was ignited with an electric match, read an investigation from the New Mexico Fire Marshal’s office, leading to the ignition of other explosives in the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Carlsbad Current Argus - Metered Site

Massachusetts fire, police departments released from ‘70s-era diverse hiring consent decree

The Springfield Fire Department and Brockton Police Departments have been released from a nearly half-a-century-old consent decree that prioritizes the hiring of Black and Hispanic candidates in Massachusetts police and fire departments. U.S. District Court Judge Patti. B. Saris released the two departments from the state-mandated decree on Wednesday afternoon, court documents stated.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Republican - MassLive

Drowning in corn kernels: Inside Minnesota fire department's grueling grain bin rescue

PHOTOS: When emergency dispatchers told Minnesota’s Sleepy Eye Fire Department that a man was drowning in corn kernels, the volunteers knew they were facing a farm foe as deadly as a city’s towering inferno. “It’s just pulling them down like quicksand is what it is,” Sleepy Eye Fire Chief Ron Zinniel told Coffee or Die Magazine.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coffee or Die Magazine

Gripping body camera video shows massive downtown Las Vegas fire, life-saving efforts by first responders

VIDEO: Sunday, June 19 saw the largest fire in 25 years in the City of Las Vegas, and it happened in the middle of the night and in a populated neighborhood. And yet, nobody died. Call it a miracle, but the new bodycam footage shows just how heroic the work of first responders was that night as they evacuated residents just feet from the relentless flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVVU-TV FOX 5 Las Vegas

FEMA releases largest update to its mobile app in a decade

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing the largest update to its mobile application in a decade, the agency announced today. FEMA is releasing the app at the beginning of a hurricane season that experts predict will be above average and a wildfire season that's already devastating, for example, In New Mexico.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville

Texas fire department preparing for potential rise in newborn drop-offs following Roe v. Wade ruling

Days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, hospitals, clinics, and even fire departments are preparing to navigate the ruling. After the abortion ruling, the Port Arthur Fire Department is prepared for an uptick in newborn drop-offs. According to Port Arthur Fire Chief, hardly anyone uses their Safe Haven resource, but that could change after the Supreme Court ruling.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBMT-TV ABC/NBC 12 Beaumont

Last Missing Portrait of 9/11 Victim Placed in Memorial Photo Wall in New York

A portrait filled the last vacancy on the photo wall at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Wednesday, concluding the almost 16-year-long project to memorialize the hundreds killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of 2001. Antonio Dorsey Pratt's portrait, provided through Voices Center for Resilience, an organization started after 9/11 that is dedicated to remembering the victims, was hung on the wall.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

States spending the most on fireworks

Fireworks on the Fourth of July date back all the way to the nation's founding. On July 2, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife that signing the Declaration of Independence—which would happen in two days—should be met with celebrations that included “illuminations,” the 18th-century word for “fireworks.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tulsa World

VIDEO: Massive fire erupts at boys summer camp in Maryland

PHOTOS: Crews are battling a massive blaze at a Maryland summer camp for kids that broke out Wednesday morning. Frederick County Fire & Rescue said at least 100 personnel are on the scene of the fire at Camp Airy. They said the two-alarm fire started in the dining hall and the initial dispatch was at 7:34 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington, D.C.

Nearly half of firefighter job-related deaths across the country caused by sudden cardiac events, according to Missouri study

According to a report, nearly half of all firefighter duty-related deaths across the country are caused by sudden cardiac deaths. The Springfield Fire Department says education is crucial in prevention. Springfield Fire Department’s Division Chief Kelly Ash says physical fitness is also crucial, with the department dedicating an hour a day to keeping firefighters in shape.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYTV NBC 3 Springfield

Mural in Illinois honors military heroes, police, firefighters and first responders

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Paint splatters the sidewalks in Marion after two generations partnered together to honor those who risk their lives to public safety. A retired Marine veteran who lost people in the Vietnam war has partnered with descendants of a long line of military folks to produce a mural memorializing the military and first responders.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Southern Illinoisan - Metered Site

How one city in Texas integrated mental health response into 911 dispatch systems

Each year, the Austin, Texas, Police Department (APD) call center diverts more than 80% of its calls to mental health clinicians, freeing police officers to focus on “hot calls,” such as life-threatening situations and robberies in progress. Since 2019, Integral Care, the city’s Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority, has been integrated into APD’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GCN

Pennsylvania General Assembly sends new bill designed to improve safety in state-regulated facilities to Governor's desk

Pennsylvania lawmakers have sent a new bill designed to improve safety in state-regulated childcare facilities to Governor Tom Wolf's desk, the General Assembly announced Wednesday. Introduced by Republican State Sen. Dan Laughlin, Senate Bill 563 was crafted in response to a fire that killed five children in Erie three years ago, according to Senate Republicans.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV FOX 43 York

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