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Officials investigate cause of fire that destroyed part of Maine campground

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed part of a Scarborough campground. Thankfully, no one was injured. Fire crews were called to the scene at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for the 3-alarm fire at Bailey's Camping Resort on Pine Point Road. The restaurant Seaside Square Cafe is part of the resort.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland

Officials investigating cause of fire that destroyed part of Maine campground

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fire that destroyed part of a Scarborough campground. Thankfully, no one was injured. Fire crews were called to the scene at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday for the 3-alarm fire at Bailey's Camping Resort on Pine Point Road. The restaurant Seaside Square Cafe is part of the resort.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland

Wisconsin fire department already dealing with equipment issues now facing staffing shortage

VIDEO: For two days last week, Menomonee Falls had almost no equipment to fight a fire. There were no fire engines Tuesday, and by Wednesday night, only part of a ladder truck was working. But Assistant Chief James Mollet said that is not even the worst part. “The fact we are up here talking tonight because of vehicles being broken or out of service, to me, that’s the bright side,” said Mollet.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Report: Inactive sprinklers, previous collapse contributed to Pennsylvania firefighters' deaths

VIDEO: New information has been released on the investigation into the deaths of two York County firefighters. The report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration tries to answer one question: should Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony have been allowed in a partially-collapsed former mill? The Institute released a 57-page report detailing where they think the York City Fire Department went wrong on March 22, 2018 at the old Weaver Organ and Piano Company, and what the department can do to improve in the future.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg

VIDEO: Arizona fire departments going social for water safety

Mesa Fire and Medical and the Glendale Fire Department have joined together to spread the word about water safety through the easiest and most accessible platform — social media. The two departments posted on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts a video with a warning to keep kids safe and prevent drownings, especially with summer in full swing.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 92.3 FM Glendale

Traveling RV Brings Pediatric Emergency Training To First Responders in Colorado

VIDEO: First responders can now be better prepared for emergencies involving children. The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) is on the road with its Mobile Training Center. For much of June, the specially-equipped RV is parked at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority’s administrative building.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Helicopter Crash-Lands On Top Of Building In New York, Killing Volunteer Firefighter, Pilot

A helicopter crashed on top of a building in Midtown on Monday afternoon. It happened at around 1:43 p.m., according to FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. The helicopter was flying in restricted air space and in rain and fog when it crashed. More than 100 emergency responders rushed to the scene at 787 Seventh Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York CBS Local

Fire union to Maryland governor: Act now or risk catastrophic failure of the radio system

The message from Montgomery County’s fire union to Governor Larry Hogan was direct and alarming. The county’s emergency radio system is on the brink of “catastrophic failure,” and officials must find a way to replace the system “as quickly as humanely possible.” A three-page letter sent June 5 by International Association of Firefighters Lodge 1664 President Jeffrey Bundle to Hogan details concerns that the radio system is long overdue for an upgrade.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUSA-TV CBS 9

IAFC Launches iCHIEFS Podcasts

Each month co-hosts Tom Jenkins, Rogers, Arkansas Fire Chief and 2017-2018 IAFC president, and Sheldon Gilbert, ESCI chief executive officer, will discuss hot-button issues with leaders inthe fire and emergency service. Episode 1 explores reducing cancer risk for firefighters in conjunction with Safety Stand Down Week, June 16-22.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org

Preventing cancer among firefighters; Two-day symposium in Florida focuses on the cancers killing firefighters

The names etched on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs underscore the grim truth about the leading cause of death among firefighters. Over the past five years, 65 percent of the 944 firefighters whose names were added to the wall succumbed to job-related cancers. This year will be no different, according to Patrick Morrison of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Miami

Louisiana police department investigates firefighter harassment

There are still questions on why a group of people allegedly threw water balloons, and shouted offensive comments at firefighters. The incident happened while those firefighters were responding to an EMS call last Sunday at Ford Park. The Shreveport Police is investigating. According to Police Chief Ben Raymond a look into the calls on that Sunday shows police were called to the Ford Park area at least 5 times for minor accidents, loud music, and loitering.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport

Medical emergency takes the life of a Missouri firefighter, department mourns

The Maryland Heights Fire Department (MHFD) is mourning the loss of one of their own Saturday. Officials said firefighter and paramedic Chris Moore died Saturday morning at his home in Eureka. His death is still considered in the line of duty as he fought fires both on Thursday and Friday. Regulations allow up to 24 hours after a firefighter leaves a fire for deaths to be classified in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis

Study: Fire services in California county aren’t sustainable, need change

The way Tuolumne County provides fire protection services is not sustainable without changes that could prove to be controversial, according to a new independent study that will be discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday. There was a shortfall of more than $1.5 million in the county’s overall fire protection system in 2017 that was expected to grow to more than $2 million by 2022, the study determined.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Union Democrat

Washington, D.C. mother and daughter battle blazes — and stereotypes about firefighting

VIDEO: Jacqueline Pinnix was surprised when her daughter told her she wanted to become a firefighter. Jalisa Pinnix, 28, had never expressed interest in any careers related to the medical or emergency services fields. But growing up, Jalisa always admired her mother, who worked as an EMT. Jalisa used to brag about her mom's job racing across Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11

Fighting wildfires, North Carolina pilots fear close encounters with drones

Pilot Robert Delleo has been flying for the N.C. Forest Service for 10 years and says it’s not unheard-of to hit a bird as you’re skimming just above the treetops over a wildfire. What he really worries about, though, is the possibility of hitting a drone, which fly at that same altitude and are just as impossible to see when you’re moving at more than 200 mph.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News & Observer

1 dead, 5 injured after storm topples crane into Texas apartments

VIDEO: A woman died and at least five more people were injured Sunday afternoon when a crane fell into an Old East Dallas apartment building as storms pummeled the Dallas area. Crews searching Elan City Lights apartments found the woman inside an apartment after the crane crashed into the east side of the building, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News

New Jersey first responders who volunteered at Ground Zero could get accidental disability pensions

Bill Ricci wasn’t on duty when he and 87 other firefighters from the Clifton Fire Department took buses to and from Ground Zero to assist with rescue and recovery efforts in the days and weeks after 9/11, he told state lawmakers Thursday. Like many, he volunteered. And nearly 18 years later, his health has suffered for it.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

Rhode Island firefighter's amputation blamed on out-of-service ladder truck, other issues

A Pawtucket Fire Department injury report obtained by Target 12 blames an out-of-service ladder truck, a lack of funding to repair it, training, and a number of other issues for an injury to a firefighter that resulted in him losing his foot. The firefighter's foot was amputated 15 days after he was injured during a May 15 triple-decker fire at 579 Central Ave.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV News 12

Louisiana firefighters stage daring rescue as woman's car is swept away on flooded street

VIDEO: A pair of Baton Rouge firefighters are being praised for taking swift action after a woman was carried away by flood water Thursday morning. WBRZ was rolling as the driver's sedan went underwater at the Acadian underpass near I-10. As the woman's vehicle is carried away in the several-feet-deep water, two Baton Rouge firefighters rush in to save the driver trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRZ-TV ABC 2 Baton Rouge

California's largest wildland fire started by hammer sparks

Sparks from a hammer driving a metal stake into the ground ignited a 2018 blaze in Northern California that killed a firefighter and became the largest wildland fire in state history, officials said Thursday. The blaze started July 17, 2018, in Mendocino County and quickly spread, aided by dry vegetation, strong winds and hot temperatures.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

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