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Firefighter poses for photo in front of every fire department in Minnesota – all 775

PHOTOS: Firefighters are used to getting to their destinations in a hurry. Hubie Widmer took 10 years to complete his quest. “I said, ‘You know, I want to get my picture taken in front of every fire department in the state,’” Hubie said. In March, the Watertown firefighter completed his task. Over a decade, Hubie visited 775 fire departments – as best as he can tell relying on state records – every fire department in Minnesota.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis

Fire department in Wisconsin rolls out new mental health resource program for firefighters

Monday, The Milwaukee Fire Department announced they are partnering with Ignite the Spirit to provide essential mental health resources for firefighters through fully funded therapy sessions facilitated by licensed mental health professionals. The program is launching under the All-Hands Initiative, and Fire Lieutenant Joseph Flick founded Ignite the Spirit in 2018.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

VIDEO: Large fire destroys Massachusetts apartment building; over 80 residents displaced

A massive fire broke out at an apartment complex in Randolph, Massachusetts, on Sunday night, prompting large-scale evacuations and warnings from police and town officials about smoke in the area, as well as low water pressure. The Randolph Fire Department was called to the multi-family residential blaze at 60 Bridle Path Circle just after 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Nashua

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend returns to Maryland in May

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will host the 43rd National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend (Memorial Weekend) on May 4-5, 2024 in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This year’s national tribute will honor 89 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2023 and 137 firefighters who died in previous years.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tri-State Alert

Tornadoes leave a trail of destruction in Oklahoma, communities begin to assess damage

VIDEO: Multiple tornadoes tore across Oklahoma on Saturday night, leaving a wide trail of destruction, leveling homes and buildings and knocking out power for tens of thousands of residents and businesses. At least four people were killed in the state, including a child. The region remained on high alert for severe weather after thunderstorms and tornados rolled through Friday and Saturday from Texas to the Great Lakes.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

‘Protect our brave firefighters’: University of Texas students create firefighting robot

VIDEO: University of Texas students created a robot that can help protect firefighters. Their startup is called Paradigm Robotics. The technology is meant to assist with search and rescues in structure fires or other dangerous situations. Recently, the Austin Fire Department reported two firefighters were injured after searching for a person inside a house fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin

VIDEOS: Massive blaze burns at iconic Oceanside Pier in California

PHOTOS: Firefighters were called out Thursday afternoon to battle an inferno at the far end of the iconic Oceanside Pier. The fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. and the firefight stretched overnight and into Friday. A massive plume of smoke quickly filled the sky, and two firefighting boats arrived on scene shooting water cannons at the structure at the end of the pier, where it broadens to support two structures and is called the hammerhead.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Connecticut town hosts national launch of VR training system to assist first responders

VIDEO: The town of Vernon is proudly billing itself as the first community in the country to adapt what is called the VRNA EMS System to assist first responders. The system, created by nearby East Hartford-based VRSim, uses virtual reality to better train firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and police officers for an array of medical incidents.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford

Details shed light on Utah home explosion caused by detonation of old dynamite

VIDEOS: It's been an interesting couple of days for a Holladay neighborhood. On Tuesday, resident Robert Eliasoff and many others were told to evacuate after old dynamite was found at a home near 6200 South and 2300 East. "An officer approached my door and told me I needed to evacuate and I asked him, 'How much time do I have?' and he said, 'Just get what you can and let's go'," Eliasoff recalled.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTU-TV FOX 13 Salt Lake City

Fire department in Colorado starts wellness podcast

Grand Junction Fire Department Captain James Kavanaugh has recently taken on a new and novel job for a firefighter: podcast host. ”Going Interior,” GJFD’s new wellness podcast, aired its first episode April 1. Kavanaugh, who oversees GJFD’s academy, said the department’s communications staff has had the idea for a podcast for a while, they just didn’t know the format.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel - Metered Site

VIDEO: 12 condo units in Connecticut destroyed by fire

PHOTOS: Twelve condominium units in Brookfield were completely destroyed by an overnight fire, the town’s fire chief confirmed to Channel 3. According to Brookfield’s Volunteer Fire Company, crews from numerous communities responded to help battle the fire at the Ledgewood Complex on Boxwood Drive. The call came in around 1:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

Central Pennsylvania fire companies to start live-burn training for 17-year-olds

The newest generation of firefighters in central Pennsylvania will be partaking in serious training earlier than ever after 21 fire companies in the area banded together to launch an initiative that will train and develop firefighters with live-burn training starting at 17. The coalition of fire companies, named the Capital Region Council of Governments (CapCOG), held a press conference on Wednesday at HACC announcing the “100-Teens-to-Lifesavers Challenge,” which will allow local fire departments to prepare 17-year-olds with previously restricted live-burn training.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive.com

1918 Republic Fire Truck now on display at the Antique Toy & Fire Museum in Michigan

PHOTOS: Dale Bash couldn’t believe what he was seeing. Bash, chairman of the Antique Toy & Fire Museum, a volunteer non-profit organization with a keen eye for history and education, was at the museum’s new facility on Sunday, April 21 in downtown Bay City to open its doors for its first exhibit: a 1918 Republic Fire Truck.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Midland Daily News - Metered Site

Osprey nest sits atop the Delaware fire company siren

PHOTOS: A pair of osprey have returned to nest atop the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company siren. Osprey have been nesting atop the siren for the past several years. Osprey are migratory raptors that go south during the winter and live along our coast during the warmer months. Osprey also are known to mate for life, so it is likely the current pair is the same pair that have nested on the siren in previous years.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRDE-LD NBC 31 Salisbury

Ammonia used to chill huge Washington cold storage warehouse - where did it go in the fire?

Black smoke billowing from the cold storage warehouse fire in Finley over the weekend carried burning plastic and other potentially toxic building materials into the air, including anhydrous ammonia. About 14,000 pounds of ammonia, which was used as a refrigerant at the frozen vegetable warehouse, was lost in the fire, the Washington Department of Ecology confirmed Tuesday to the Tri-Cities Herald.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Yahoo! News

School bus repurposed to help Michigan firefighters in the heat of the moment

VIDEO: Walk through most northern Michigan fire departments and you are bound to see a variety of trucks and vehicles they use to respond to emergencies. But one local fire department has a new addition unlike any other department around. "It's different every day. I get to meet different people every day.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPBN-TV NBC 7 Traverse City

‘What’s old is new again’: Colorado firefighters expect to save more lives with new partnership

In a new partnership allowing firefighters to perform whole blood transfusions in the field, Colorado Springs firefighters predict they will be able to save more lives while out on calls. The partnership is with UCHealth. It gives firefighters the equipment they need to be able to give whole blood to patients suffering from blood loss while in the field.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KKTV CBS 11 Colorado Springs

Massachusetts firefighter to take center stage in comedy event

According to Rochester firefighter and paramedic Mark Lawrence, having a good sense of humor is “almost a prerequisite” in his field of work. On Friday, May 17, Lawrence’s sense of humor, which he described as “absurd,” could help him take home a $5,000 prize. Lawrence will compete against five other New England firefighters in a stand-up comedy competition put on by the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sippican Week

VIDEO: Investigation continues after massive fire lights up sky in Pennsylvania

"I heard explosions. The warehouse is on fire," neighbor Patrick Petrillo said. It was Petrillo's middle-of-the-night unnerving wake-up call. "What did it look like?" I asked him. "It was 200 feet in the air. Higher than those poles, and I knew it was done," he said. The fire erupted in the 4800 block of Kernsville Road, in North Whitehall Township.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown

Alaskan borough declares disaster after fire station fire

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly voted last week to enact a disaster declaration for the recent station fire that devastated the South Tongass Fire Department. Mayors from the borough and cities of Saxman and Ketchikan issued the disaster declaration on April 12. South Tongass Fire Chief Steve Rydeen choked up as he took the podium at the Assembly’s April 15 meeting.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alaska Public Media

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