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One month after deadly Alabama fire station attack, no arrests made, Station 9 remains closed

VIDEO: It’s been more than a month since the deadly attack at Birmingham’s Fire Station 9, and still there have been no arrests. “Life changing, career changing, we’re just trying to get back to a sense of normalcy whatever that new normal may be,” says Captain Orlando Reynolds with Birmingham Fire and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRC-TV FOX 6 Birmingham

Florida firefighter injured in accident realizes his dream of becoming a doctor

VIDEO: Becoming a doctor is no easy feat. Now imagine doing it as a second career after an accident that nearly killed you. One such South Florida physician is making Miami Proud with his passion and persistence. "Emergency medicine is the heartbeat of the hospital and the community," said Dr. Christopher Nunez.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFOR-TV CBS 4 Miami

Study Uncovers Gaps in Skin Cancer Prevention Among Volunteer Firefighters

A study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that among volunteer firefighters in the United States, there are gaps in skin cancer prevention efforts. Among firefighters, rates of melanoma incidence and mortality are higher than that of the general population. This can be attributed to excess occupational exposure to ultraviolet rays and cancer-causing agents found in flame retardants.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dermatology Times

Apple issues warning for people who leave their iPhone on charge while they sleep

In the digital age, where smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives, the practice of charging our devices overnight has become a norm. It offers the convenience of starting the day with a full battery, ready to tackle the challenges ahead. However, a recent warning from Apple sheds light on the potential dangers associated with charging your iPhone overnight.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Microsoft Start

Thousands of fire chiefs from around the world attend IAFC conference in Missouri

VIDEO: Firefighters from around the world will be in Kansas City this week. It's part of a massive International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire-Rescue International Conference and Expo. The 150th IAFC anniversary event, held in KC this year, draws in around 10,000 fire chiefs and company officers.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSHB-TV NBC 41 Kansas City

New law aims to help New Hampshire firefighters with occupational cancer

A law that went into effect this month in New Hampshire makes all types of cancer among firefighters a presumptive occupational disease. The new statute is aimed at making it easier for firefighters with cancer to receive workers' compensation. Research shows firefighters are at a higher risk of contracting the disease than the general population, and they deserve the presumption that it was caused by their work, Brian Ryll, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire said in an interview.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Hampshire Public Radio

36 years ago: Northwest Flight 255 crashes after takeoff at Detroit Metro Airport, killing 156

VIDEO: Wednesday marks 35 years since the deadliest plane crash in Michigan history. On August 16, 1987, Northwest Flight 255 took off from Romulus headed for Arizona — it didn’t make it far. Investigators blame a number of pilot errors on the crash, but the most important takeaway is the lives lost: 156 people were killed that day, all but one person on board and two people who were in vehicles near I-94 and Middlebelt Road.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit

Battery storage safety incidents guide for first responders published by American Clean Power Association

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) has launched a new guide aimed at helping first responders understand and deal with battery storage safety incidents. Including recommendations for pre-incident planning and incident response, the guide addresses potential hazards such as fire, explosions, arc flash, shock and toxic chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Energy Storage News

Wisconsin fire department creates 'flex farms' to address community need

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters have found another way to help the community, using their green thumbs to grow fresh food year round. It's part of a pilot program called "Gardens for First Responders," but fire crews aren't the only ones getting their hands in the soil. "I knew that our community needed growth; I knew we had food deserts," said Andre Lee Ellis with Community Agricultural Growing Experiences.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

8 ways one Ohio fire department is addressing a potential overtime crisis

Akron, like many state and local governments, has used recent federal stimulus windfalls to grow its cash reserves during a pandemic that didn't hurt income tax receipts in the city the way some had feared. Finance Director Steve Fricker has managed a cash reserve in the general fund that's nearly tripled since 2020.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal - Metered Site

Two South Carolina volunteer firefighters prove age is just a number

VIDEO: Two volunteer firefighters in Laurens County are proving that age is just a number. Jean Swanson and Ann Jenkins have a combined 62 years of volunteering at the Hickory Tavern Fire Department. “Dedicated. Loving. Friends,” said Chief Lance Roper. Swanson joined the department 44 years ago. Since then, her husband and son have served as chief.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNS-TV FOX 21 Greenville

US probing Virginia fatal crash involving Tesla suspected of running on automated driving system

U.S. auto safety regulators have sent a team to investigate a fatal crash in Virginia involving a Tesla suspected of running on a partially automated driving system. The latest crash, which occurred in July, brings to 35 the number of Tesla crashes under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration since June of 2016.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

VIDEO: 5 dead, several hurt in Pennsylvania house explosion

Five people were killed and several others injured in a house explosion Saturday in Plum, a suburb of Pittsburgh. The explosion destroyed three structures and damaged at least a dozen others, authorities said. A person who was initially unaccounted for after the explosion was among the five dead, officials said Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

Former Massachusetts fire chief's invention changed firefighting in early 1900s

PHOTOS: New Bedford Fire Chief Edward F. Dahill changed the way firefighters fight fires. Dahill dedicated 59 years of service to the department from 1888 to 1947, and left behind an invention that made an extremely difficult job less difficult for all firefighters. He invented the first aerial ladder hoist, called the Dahill hoist, in 1902.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Bedford Standard-Times (South Coast Times) - Metered Site

Driver of stolen truck switches to stolen ambulance, hitting multiple cars on chase from Virginia to DC, police say

VIDEOS: A Maryland man led police on a wild chase from behind the wheel of two different trucks and then a stolen ambulance Saturday afternoon, striking multiple vehicles across three different highways, police said. The suspect caused a multi-car crash on I-395 in a stolen truck before stealing an ambulance that was responding to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

Video About Florida Firefighter’s Triumph Over Cancer Garners Telly Award Recognition

VIDEO: A heartfelt video about a Coral Springs-Parkland firefighter who beat cancer has won a prestigious Telly Award. Produced by the City of Coral Springs Communications and Marketing Department, Driver Engineer Brian Hobson was presented with the award on August 3. A survivor of thyroid cancer, considered occupational for firefighters, Hobson was diagnosed early and treated quickly after an annual Life Scan physical – a comprehensive medical test covered by the city for all first responders.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coral Springs Talk

‘A long time coming:’ Fire protection district in Colorado ready to unveil state-of-the-art fire station

PHOTOS: Cañon City Area Fire Protection District’s shiny new Headquarters & Fire Station No. 3 is state-of-the-art, contemporary and, frankly, a long-time coming. What personnel and administrators value most, they say, is its functionality. The new nearly $12 million facility, located at 3016 E. Main St.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Canon City Daily Record

Fire or active shooter? Tennessee teachers could be tasked with determining the difference when the alarm goes off

During the attack at the Covenant School, emergency calls to 911 show at least one teacher stepped into the hallway after hearing alarms go off, thinking it could be a fire drill. One proposal in Tennessee’s upcoming special legislative session would change how schools react when the alarm sounds. According to the bill, HB7002, guns fired inside a school could produce smoke that sets off fire alarms.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLN-FM 90.3 Nashville

Vintage Fire Museum in Indiana raises $600K for purchase of building

PHOTOS: After three years of raising money, the Vintage Fire Museum’s capital campaign has been completed with over $600,000 contributed for the purchase and restoration of its building. The museum, at 706 Spring St., Jeffersonville, has been at its location since 2020. It had been at other sites, including just across the street from the current spot.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News and Tribune - Metered Site

The 10 Best TV Shows About Firefighters, According to IMDb

There is something about watching firefighters work that is naturally dramatic and exciting to witness. Life and death situations, danger, physical feats, and the men and women working hard in service of others make for a powerful combination. Which perhaps is why firefighters make for great TV. Audiences cannot get enough of firefighters on television, and some fantastic pulse-racing, heart-wrenching firefighter shows have been produced over the years.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Collider


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