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Massive apartment fire displaces dozens in Georgia

VIDEO: A raging fire in southwest Atlanta displaced people from about a dozen apartments on Saturday morning. The flames gutted Harvest Oak Apartments at 2989 Delmar Lane. A battalion chief said the call came at 3:40 a.m. and the first units to arrive encountered heavy fire in the center of the building.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Former FDNY commissioner on losing 343 firefighters on 9/11: ‘We had the best fire chiefs in the world’

Former FDNY commissioner Thomas von Essen told "Fox News Reporting" on Saturday that the 343 firefighters who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks were the "best fire chiefs in the world." Of the 2,753 people killed at the World Trade Center, 343 were first responders from the Fire Department of New York, while another 71 were law enforcement officers from 10 different agencies.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

Mississippi county gets new $1.4M one-of-a-kind 9/11-themed fire truck

PHOTOS: Madison County took delivery of a new one-of-a-kind 20th Remembrance of 9/11 Rosenbauer 101 King Cobra Fire Truck on Thursday afternoon. The new $1.4 million truck was delivered after being featured at a national fire chiefs conference recently where it was highlighted because of its one-of-a-kind 9/11 paint job to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 featuring all the names of the New York Firefighters who were killed responding to the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Online Madison

New study aims to track search-and-rescue workers’ exposure to carcinogens at Florida's Surfside condo collapse

If you worked at or near the site of the building collapse in Surfside, researchers with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine want to examine your toenails. Dr. Natasha Schaefer Solle, a research assistant professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said the nail can reveal cancer risks.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

How the Fire Department of New York Changed After 9/11

Most of us remember September 11, 2001 as a horrific day. For the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), however, the horror stretched on. Fires around the World Trade Center Plaza, including two of the biggest in New York’s history, took three days to subdue. It took three months to extinguish the smoldering fires in the stories upon stories of rubble, rubble which included more than 90 vehicles and spewed out toxins and hampered the search for identifiable remains.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Harvard Business Review

Georgia fire department unveils new mobile medic unit

VIDEO: On Thursday, WALB News 10 was given its first look at the Valdosta Fire Department’s (VFD) new mobile medic unit, which residents will be seeing cruising around. A lot of the calls the department gets are medically related, making this addition crucial to VFD’s services. The unit will help reach patients in medical emergencies, wherever they are, including on rough terrain or unreachable areas.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WALB-TV NBC/ABC 10 Albany

Frank Siller returns to NYC as part of 500-mile 9/11 walk, sharing message of heroism

PHOTOS: Frank Siller had a message about heroism for the students at Blessed Sacrament School Thursday morning: It’s all around us. “What do heroes do?” the CEO of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation asked the seventh- and eighth-graders gathered in the rain to greet him upon his return to Staten Island during his “Never Forget Walk.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Staten Island Advance

With Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, help is one call away for Wisconsin fire departments needing backup

VIDEO: The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is now just one day away. The event changed the way crews across the country plan for and respond to emergencies, and that includes here in Wisconsin. There’s one system more than 86% of fire departments use when disaster hits in Wisconsin, the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or MABAS.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Fire destroys Alabama church group’s mobile kitchen during Ida recovery efforts

VIDEO: Hundreds of volunteers from across the country are in South Louisiana easing some of the burdens from Hurricane Ida. Many of these volunteers are feeding neighborhoods, but now, one group is dealing with a disaster of their own. Over the last several days, Celebration Church in Terrytown has housed a group of volunteers from Oak Park Church in Mobile, Alabama.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRG-TV CBS 5 Mobile

Two firefighters injured battling fire at Massachusetts apartment complex

VIDEO: Pittsfield firefighters put out a fire overnight at White Terrace Apartments on the intersection of White Terrace and North Street. According to a report sent to 22News from the Pittsfield Fire Deputy Chief Neil Myers, the department received information of the fire on White Terrace around 11:27 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP-TV NBC/CW+ 22 Springfield

Actor Steve Buscemi: Everyone Said ‘Never Forget’ 9/11; Some Have No Choice

VIDEO: My dad was a sanitation worker for New York City. His message to me and my brothers was, when you turn 18, take whatever civil service test is available. Lucky for me, it was the Fire Department’s. I didn’t yet know what I wanted to do for a career, but at Engine 55 in Lower Manhattan, I found something even better: a brotherhood.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TIME - Metered Site

Training Center in Tennessee to teach first responders to work nuclear emergencies

The land passersby see cleared in west Oak Ridge near the Oak Ridge Turnpike will soon host a training center for first responders, including those responding to nuclear emergencies. Morris Hassler, senior director of Global Security & Strategic Partnership for Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), the company which manages Y-12 National Security Complex, recently spoke to the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce about these new buildings, which together will be called the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oak Ridger

The ‘unseen’ threat: Surge of COVID-19 cases affecting Texas firefighters

Michael Glynn had a long day. He attended a funeral for a beloved retiree of his department, then went to the hospital to be with the family of another retired firefighter. “Speaking to a firefighter that is dying in a hospital bed and their family is being told they have 15 more minutes? That’s sad,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin

Reno Breathe Bar offering oxygen naps to firefighters

VIDEO: Reno Breathe Bar in Midtown is offering oxygen naps for firefighters in Northern Nevada. It’s a way for the business to say thank you to those battling the fires in our area. “I just really want to make sure the families and friends of these firefighters know we are open for them whenever we can get them in,” said Amy Burkett, owner of the Breathe Bar.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOLO-TV ABC/CW+ 8 Reno

Nearly 2 decades after 9/11, a former firefighter sees the NYC memorial for the first time

VIDEO: Michael Silvestri dipped his fingers into the flowing water and made the sign of the cross, from his forehead to his broken heart. The waters here, in the South Pool of New York City's 9/11 Memorial, are like holy water, he said. "It's sacred. It's their graves," Silvestri said. His cross was also a silent prayer for the strength he needed to stand at this memorial for the first time.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Erie Times-News - Metered Site

Toxic firefighting foams; a challenge for Massachusetts to quickly replace

Fire departments across Massachusetts face a “daunting” task in replacing the foams they use to fight fires caused by fuels or other flammable liquids, one chief told a task force mulling ways the state can address contamination by a class of chemicals known as PFAS. Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a group of long-lasting, man-made chemicals used for decades in consumer products like non-stick coating and in certain firefighting foams.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP-TV NBC/CW+ 22 Springfield

New Studies Find Evidence Of 'Superhuman' Immunity To COVID-19 In Some Individuals

Some scientists have called it "superhuman immunity" or "bulletproof." But immunologist Shane Crotty prefers "hybrid immunity." "Overall, hybrid immunity to SARS-CoV-2 appears to be impressively potent," Crotty wrote in commentary in Science back in June. No matter what you call it, this type of immunity offers much needed good news in what seems like an endless array of bad news regarding COVID-19.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Public Radio

Firefighters extinguish large blaze at downtown Las Vegas warehouse

VIDEO: The Las Vegas Fire Department responded and put out a large fire at a vacant warehouse in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday night. The heavy smoke and fire were visible for miles as the two-story building at 1026 S. Main went up in flames shortly after 8 p.m. According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, crews were able to contain the fire from spreading to other structures and extinguished the blaze in less than a half-hour.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLAS-TV CBS 8 News Las Vegas

Florida county fire rescue's newest fire engine celebrates 'Champa Bay' sports teams

VIDEO: Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's newest fire engine hit the streets this week, and it'll likely make you do a double-take. The "Champa Bay" fire truck is professionally wrapped with championship logos celebrating the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa

Ohio city continues tradition of lighting candles for lives lost on September 11

This Sept. 11, Tallmadge Circle will once again be lit up with nearly 3,000 candles to represent the lives lost at the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa. on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist act in world history. Since 2003, the Tallmadge Fire Department, with help from local volunteers, have lit 343 red candles for the fire department personnel who died that day, 60 blue candles for police, 55 green candles for military and 2,518 white candles for civilians.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal - Metered Site