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Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event in Missouri raised $1M for first responder nonprofit

VIDEO: The annual Guns ‘N Hoses event at Enterprise Center presented a huge check Wednesday from last year’s event. The event raised one million dollars for the BackStoppers this past November. “That’s two years in a row at a million dollars, and how they’ve supported us,” said Chief Ron Battelle, executive director of the BackStoppers.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis

Flames engulf abandoned California warehouse

VIDEOS: A fire Tuesday afternoon completely burned an abandoned warehouse to the ground. The Stockton Fire Department said the wind-driven fire was reported at 4:54 p.m. on Lindsay and Stockton streets. The fire went three-alarm, which means that a larger response of firefighters was required to extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

New legislation in West Virginia could help retain volunteer firefighters with free vehicle registrations

West Virginia is considering a new bill, House Bill 2191, to provide free motor vehicle registrations and license plates to volunteer firefighters with at least five years of service. The bill was introduced by Delegate Burkhammer on January 11, 2023, and has been referred to the Committee on Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services and then Finance.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Original Newsbreak

VIDEO: Maryland Fire Company's New Airboat To Make Rescue Response 3 Times Faster

The Susquehanna Flats are unlike any other part of the Chesapeake Bay. Where the Susquehanna River meets the upper Bay, swaths of underwater grasses make for great fishing and waterfowl hunting opportunities. But water depths can change drastically very quickly, causing boaters and paddlers to get stranded.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chesapeake Bay Magazine

New York Fire Department Honored with CrossFit Benchmark WOD ‘New York Minute’

The Fire Department of New York is the beating heart of New York City and has come to represent the latest benchmark WOD “New York Minute” released by CrossFit HQ. These brave men and women go head first into burning buildings to save individuals who would otherwise perish, going towards the smoke and flames others wouldn’t dream of nearing, in gear upwards of 130 pounds.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Morning Chalk Up

Man killed in explosion at Ohio manufacturing plant; at least 13 others taken to hospital

VIDEOS: One person is dead following an explosion at an Oakwood Village manufacturing plant Monday afternoon, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office confirms. Officials are expected to provide new details during a 2 p.m. press conference today, which we will stream live. Multiple crews from across Greater Cleveland and Akron responded to the I.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYC-TV NBC 3 Cleveland

A 'true community center' went up in flames 75 years ago in Missouri

Seventy-five years ago this month, Cape Girardeau lost its "true community center." On the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1948, fire destroyed the 21-year-old Houck Field House on the State College campus. Not only was the field house the home of the Indians' basketball games, it also housed hoop competition for Cape Girardeau Central High School, College High School and the Sunday School League.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Southeast Missourian

‘Safest state in the country’: How the Station Nightclub tragedy reshaped Rhode Island’s fire code

VIDEO: Five months after 100 people lost their lives in the Station nightclub fire, Rhode Island lawmakers passed the most sweeping changes to its fire code in state history. And despite some early calls to ease the requirements of the new code by businesses who felt the rules were overly burdensome, the law has remained largely intact.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence

VIDEO: Ohio apartment building destroyed in large fire

Nearly 20 crews are at the scene of a large fire at an apartment complex in Willoughby Friday morning, according to Willoughby Fire Chief Todd Ungar. The building was completely destroyed. The fire is at the Chagrin Riverwalk complex on Mentor Avenue between Erie Street and Kirtland Road. Ungar, who is at the scene, said no one was inside the building when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJW-TV FOX 8 Cleveland

Former NFL player becomes Florida firefighter after tragic loss

VIDEO: A former New England Patriot and University of Central Florida football player is the newest member of the Seminole County Fire Department. Chris Martin left behind his life as an NFL star after an awful personal tragedy and decided to become a firefighter to teach others how to avoid that tragedy.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

Wisconsin fire department gets new child transport device

VIDEO: Ambulance crews in Antigo have some help when taking care of young patients. A special security strap allows then to secure and transport pediatric patients. Up until now they've been using car seats, since traditional stretchers are made for the average adult. While most calls are for adults, they do occasionally need to take a child to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Remembering The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island

PHOTOS: Twenty years after the nation's 4th worst nightclub fire, Rhode Island is still dealing with the collective trauma, legislative fallout and lasting impacts of The Station nightclub fire. The West Warwick, Rhode Island club The Station was purchased by brothers Michael A. and Jeffrey A. Derderian in 2000 and three years later became a scene of tragedy that would haunt Rhode Island forever.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Providence Journal - Metered Site

Traversing through the smoke: Women on the frontline of fires and hardship in Iowa

Megan Wichmann sat in her high school English classroom in 2009 and contemplated her new assignment for the month: Pick a career and research it. Wichmann was interested in shadowing a paramedic, so she went on a few ambulance ride-alongs in Johnson County. Wichmann’s mother’s partner at the time was an Iowa City firefighter, and he asked Wichmann if she wanted to ride along in a firetruck for the day.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Iowan

VIDEO: Crews battle roaring nursery fire in Florida; HAZMAT monitoring smoke

Crews are on scene at a massive fire in Kissimmee. The blaze is located at a plant nursery off of Poinciana Boulevard and was first reported at 2 a.m. The name of the company is Nursery Supplies Inc. Two acres worth of pellets holding plastic planters are burning and crews are using 4,500 gallons of water per minute to douse the flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WESH-TV NBC 2 Daytona Beach

Wisconsin fire chiefs making history

VIDEO: Sharon and Dewayne Smoots are making history and breaking barriers. They are considered the first husband and wife duo to hold two of the highest-ranking positions within the Milwaukee Fire Department. Dewayne joined the Milwaukee Fire Department 35 years ago after a long career with the state's justice department.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

New North Carolina fire rescue truck seeks to further protect firefighters from dangerous chemicals

VIDEO: One of the leading causes of death for firefighters is cancer, often caused by exposure to toxic chemicals that they may face while responding to a fire. Harmful chemicals put firefighters at an additional risk when they’re serving the community, but recent initiatives are hoping to protect them from these dangers.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington

‘Walk for Dustin’ travels through Tennessee raising awareness to firefighter’s mental health

Firefighters across Tennessee are walking hundreds of miles to raise awareness for the mental health struggles first responders face and push legislation in the state capitol. The walk comes as studies from 2022 found firefighters have higher suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) risks. Studies also found suicide happens twice as often with firefighters compared to the general community, and PTSD occurs in 57% of firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville

On this day in 1968, first 911 call made in Alabama, the emergency system fueled by shocking murder

The nation's first 911 emergency call was placed by an Alabama state politician on this day in history, Feb. 16, 1968. The landmark moment came four years after the shocking unreported murder of a New York City woman proved to many Americans the need for a standard and easy-to-use system to call for emergency assistance.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

VIDEO: 2-alarm fire destroys home in New Jersey

PHOTOS: A two-alarm fire gutted a South Jersey home Tuesday night. It happened just before 8 p.m. on the 200 block of Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road in Maurice River Township. Action News obtained dramatic video of the inferno-like scene from the ground as intense flames burned through the two-story house.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia


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