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Wisconsin fire department to no longer require U.S. citizenship for firefighters and EMTs

After a three year hiring freeze, the Madison Fire Department is accepting applications for full-time firefighters and EMTs, no longer requiring applicants to have U.S. Citizenship. According to a news release by the City of Madison Fire Department, "in spirit of inclusion and accessibility," this year's process will incorporate new approaches throughout the hiring process to minimize barriers that previously limited people from applying, like time constraints, and also adapting to a "changing economic and technological landscape since the Covid-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com

VIDEO: Massachusetts fire department teaches fire safety in a new way

The Mansfield Fire Department posted an educational video last week to its website that teaches youths how to react in fire emergencies. In honor of fire prevention week, Mansfield firefighter David Kepleskey created a rap song and video in his firehouse featuring fellow firefighters Rick Landry, Jared Morse and Captain Will Cornell.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Campus

'A national tragedy': 10 years ago, Big Tex went up in flames at Texas State Fair

Ten years ago Wednesday, Big Tex burned. And there was no saving him. A reported electrical fire sent the State Fair of Texas icon up in flames, nearly incinerating him into a heap of ashes. Only a fried skeleton of the famed cowboy and his waving hands were left in the end. And if you don't think Big Tex means a lot to some people, just go back and look at our coverage from the day it happened.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

Researchers in Oregon create video game to prepare players for the next big earthquake

VIDEO: It's the gameplay with a play on words in the title: Cascadia 9.0 Researchers at Lewis & Clark College are taking interactive measures to make sure people know what to do in case of an earthquake emergency. In doing so, they've created a video game to pay homage to the notorious fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and its potential to produce a magnitude-9.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVL-TV CBS 10 Medford

VIDEO: Man uses drone to help firefighters identify hotspots from massive Georgia apartment complex fire

People driving through Midtown Tuesday could probably still smell the smoke from a massive fire that destroyed an apartment complex on Monday night. The fire started in the Peachtree Walk Apartments, and damaged a number of businesses on 12th Street. Firefighters were finally able to knock it down with some help from a drone pilot who helped them identify the hotspots.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Remembering the 23rd Street Fire that killed 12 firefighters in New York

PHOTOS: On Oct. 17, 1966, 12 firefighters were killed in what was the deadliest day for the New York City Fire Department until the 9/11 terror attacks. Two chiefs, two lieutenants and eight firefighters lost their lives as they tried to battle a fire at 22nd St. by entering a building on 23rd St. before it collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site

New for firefighters: A guide for talking with doctors

A newly published guide is intended to help firefighters talk with their health care provider about the unique health risks they face on the job. Developed by the National Volunteer Fire Council, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the First Responder Center for Excellence, the Provider’s Guide to Firefighter Medical Evaluations details the physical challenges firefighters face and how they impact health.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety and Health

University tests new technology to help seniors during California's Great ShakeOut, future disasters

What do you do when there’s an earthquake? Drop, cover and hold on, says the Earthquake Country Alliance, a “public-private-grassroots” partnership made up of people, organizations and regional alliances geared around raising disaster preparedness in the face of earthquakes and tsunamis. Orange County residents may receive text alerts Thursday morning, encouraging them to do just that and take cover as part of the statewide Great California Shakeout.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Pilot - Metered Site

New fire rescue units hit the streets in Florida city

The first of more planned advanced Critical Care Rescue Units are operating on Jacksonville’s streets now, funded from Jacksonville’s 2023 budget. Along with the usual advanced life-saving equipment when someone is injured in a fire, crash or other incident, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department’s two new rescue units also carry high-level critical care medications like blood clot stabilizers and drugs to lower rapid heart rates.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJCT-FM 89.9 Jacksonville

VIDEO: Fire Devours New York Industrial Complex, Ignites Air Quality Concerns

A monstrous fire devoured a factory in Queens' Long Island City early Tuesday, spewing thick black smoke into the air as bright orange flames leaped into the pitch-black sky overnight. The blaze erupted at a commercial laundromat on 30th Street, near Hunters Point Avenue, around 2:30 a.m. and quickly escalated, triggering a fourth alarm -- which means more fire companies are called in -- a few hours later.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

South Carolina Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan gives out nearly $1 million in first year

Tracy Williams got started in the fire service at a young age. “They asked me if I wanted to be a part of the junior program. Well, I said yeah just something new, getting ready to get out of high school I’ll just try it. From that day on, I’ve been hooked,” he explained. That was nearly 40 years ago for the current Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal at the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department in Spartanburg County.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNS-TV FOX 21 Greenville

Machine learning-based solution could help firefighters circumvent deadly backdrafts

VIDEO/PHOTO: A lack of oxygen can reduce even the most furious flame to smoldering ash. But when fresh air rushes in, say after a firefighter opens a window or door to a room, the blaze may be suddenly and violently resurrected. This explosive phenomenon, called backdraft, can be lethal and has been challenging for firefighters to anticipate.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tech Explore

Emergency responders in California urge people to prepare for the next 'Big One'

33 years ago the Bay Area was rocked by the Loma Prieta earthquake. Experts warn it's not a matter of if a major quake will strike again, it's a matter of when. First responders have an important message. Emergency responders are urging all of us to take this time to reflect on the past, and prepare for the future.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

VIDEO: Warehouse fire in Indiana

Evansville and Henderson fire crews are on the scene of a business fire at the corner of East Franklin Street and Morton Ave. Firefighters say they saw smoke coming from the Morton Warehouse as they approached the building and were able to determine it was coming from the warehouse. Evansville police are also on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEHT-TV ABC 25 Evansville

Retired New Mexico firefighter brings awareness on Instagram

A recently retired firefighter is using social media to give people a front row seat to the local action. From car fires, truck fires, house fires, Albuquerque firefighters have seen it all. “Wildfires are a big thing here now, hazardous material calls, medical calls, the old fallen and I can’t get up thing.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque

Driver cited for DUI after firefighter, 5 others hurt in Illinois crash with emergency vehicles

VIDEOS: A firefighter was among at least six people injured in a serious multi-vehicle crash on the Eisenhower Expressway on Sunday morning, Illinois State Police said. Illinois State Police said troopers responded to a hit-and-run crash at about 5:54 a.m. While they were on the scene, a silver Infiniti struck an ISP squad and a Chicago Fire Department truck at about 5:29 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago

Fire department in Florida hosts donation drive to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian

Tampa Fire Rescue is hosting a donation drive to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida. The drive, which runs from Monday, Oct. 17, through Friday, Oct. 21., will be at multiple sites across Tampa on different days. “We’ve already sent down our first responders to support them as they recover from this disaster, but this donation drive is another big way for the city and community to give back," Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Barbara Tripp said.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa

VIDEO: Several animals missing after massive fire tears through Florida home

Several animals are missing after a massive fire tore through a Fort Myers home early Friday morning. Firefighters quickly responded to the home on Sunset Road around 2:30 a.m. Numerous dogs and a cage of parrots made it out ok; however, many cats and two monkeys are missing, according to the Fort Myers Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBH-TV NBC 2 Fort Myers

‘Historic’ U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit Tackles Challenges, Opportunities for Fire Service

Fire service and homeland security leaders discussed issues ranging from wildfires in the wildland-urban interface and improving firefighter safety to fostering more diverse and inclusive fire departments at the U.S. Fire Administrator’s Summit on Fire Prevention and Control on Tuesday at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Md.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Homeland Security Today

New Texas fire department marriage counseling program working to help couples stay together

Firefighters help their community. They respond to emergencies, but what if there’s an emergency in their personal life? Houston Fire Department is hosting a new clinic to help firefighters navigate hurdles in their nuptials, so they can continue to safely and effectively serve their community. Executive Assistant Fire Chief of Houston Fire Department Rodney West said, “It is an opportunity for men and women who take more home than sometimes they bring when they leave a shift to enhance themselves in a personal world.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston

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