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Louisiana fire chief riding bike to calls after Hurricane Ida damages bridges

There's a volunteer fire chief who is riding is bicycle to answer calls for help because the bridges in his town are out. In a post, the State Fire Marshal talked about what Lockport Fire Chief Armand Autin is doing to serve his Lafourche Parish town. "Because the bridges are out due to Ida, Chief Autin is driving his truck to the closest bridge, then riding his bicycle across the bayou to respond to incidents," the post says.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KATC-TV ABC/CW+ 3 Lafayette

Washington fire & rescue introduces department's first all-female crew

For the first time in Graham Fire & Rescue's history, the department has an all-female crew. "It can be a challenge to really have women even be interested in the fire service," said Graham Fire & Rescue Lieutenant Jill D'Len. "Not a lot of women think that it's a career that they can possibly pursue.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Video captures home explosion in New Jersey after flood prompts evacuation

VIDEOS: A house exploded in New Jersey Thursday morning just hours after it was evacuated due to flood waters from Ida, and a person who was traveling in the vicinity was injured by the blast. It happened around 5:44 a.m. on River Road near Whittier Street in Rahway. Several residents posted on social media that they heard or felt the explosion, which was caught on Ring video from a nearby home.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

How a vision for the 9/11 Memorial blossomed into a piece of New York's everyday fabric

PHOTOS: This is wrong, Michael Arad thought. It was 2003. Arad was 34, a few years removed from graduate school and working as an architect for New York City’s housing department when the call went out for designs for a memorial at ground zero. An open competition would produce a winning design. Architect Daniel Libeskind the designer of the Freedom Tower, had charge of the master plan for the site and had set the design guidelines for the memorial.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ithaca Journal

South Carolina student trades football helmet for firefighter helmet

Clemson recruited Noah DeHond to play football in 2017. The Rochester, New York native played on the offensive line. He was redshirted his freshman year before suffering a neck injury in 2018. He never got a chance to play in a game. “I have no regrets about my time with the football team,” DeHond said.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSPA-TV CBS 7 Spartanburg

Nebraska town's first fire engine joins Stuhr Museum collection

PHOTOS: Cairo’s first fire engine, a 1936 Dodge fire truck, has found a new home at Grand Island’s Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer. It was the first fire engine purchased by the Village of Cairo and belonged to the Cairo Volunteer Fire Department. “They have put a lot of work into restoring it and love it very much, and they’re donating it here so we can share it with everybody,” Stuhr Curator Kari Stofer said.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Grand Island Independent

‘Backdraft’: After 30 years, a Chicago firefighting movie that still crackles

Ask any 10 firefighters to name the best movie about their profession and I’ll bet seven or eight immediately would cite the Chicago-set “Backdraft,” which to this day sets the bar for the most impressive staging of raging, roaring, realistic fires, accomplished primarily through practical effects on controlled sets, with the addition of some spectacular blending of visual effects courtesy of Industrial Light & Magic.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times - Metered Site

60 years after plane crash in Chicago suburbs, group works to honor victims of TWA Flight 529

VIDEO: Sixty years ago this week, one of the largest aviation disasters of its time happened in Chicago’s suburbs when a flight from Midway Airport went down minutes after take-off. Few may remember the tragedy. It was September 1, 1961. TWA Flight 529 was hopscotching across the country. It had just taken off from Midway Airport and was headed for Las Vegas.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGN-TV 9 Chicago

Arkansas city leaders work on system to eliminate language barrier between 911 dispatchers, public

City leaders are working to make every 911 call just a little more efficient. Thousands of calls come in to the dispatch center every day. But what happens when there is a language barrier during that emergency call? “Sometimes, we have trouble communicating and finding out the information we need,” said Ronnie Sturch, Jonesboro E911 Director.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KAIT-TV ABC/NBC/CW+ 8 Jonesboro

West Virginia firefighters respond to daily drug overdose calls, observe National Recovery Month

September 1st marks the start of National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month is observed annually in September to give communities resources for individuals recovering from drug abuse. The theme for this year’s recovery month is, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVNS-TV CBS/FOX 59 Lewisburg

Pennsylvania 8-year-old holds lemonade stand to raise money for a real-life fire truck for his community

An 8-year-old boy decided to give his lemonade stand earnings away for a huge cause: a real-life fire truck for his community. Andrea Dembeck, from Danville, Pennsylvania, told FOX News that her third grader Andrew decided he wanted to run a lemonade stand this summer to help the Friendship Fire Company’s efforts to get a new ladder truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

New 'mu' coronavirus variant could escape vaccine-induced immunity, WHO says

Health officials are watching another new coronavirus variant, dubbed "mu," which they say has concerning mutations that could allow it to escape vaccine-induced immunity. The variant, also known as B.1.621, was first detected in Colombia in January 2021, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Live Science

Report: More than 70% of New York City firefighters in 9/11 response diagnosed with related health conditions

More than 70% of New York City firefighters who responded to scenes following Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks have been diagnosed with 9/11 related physical or mental health conditions, according to a new report. The FDNY's report on the health impacts of rescue and recovery workers found that more than 11,300 members have been confirmed with at least one health condition covered by the World Trade Center Health Program, including asthma, cancers post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse disorder.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York

New training equipment in Virginia shows changing fire behavior

VIDEO: The Charlottesville Fire Department has new equipment that can show changes in fire behavior as they happen. Training and EMS Captain Jess Rodzinka says this new training equipment is partially in response to a four percent jump in fires throughout the city, especially in the kitchen. There's been an 85 percent increase in cooking fires.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAV-TV CBS 19 Charlottesville

Minnesota fire department speaks out amid rise in dangerous urban exploration incidents

VIDEO: The growing vigil for 20-year-old Tiquann "T.J." Davis Jr., near St. Paul's Marshall Avenue bridge, is both a sad and frustrating reminder of what's at stake for the St. Paul Fire Department. "A tragedy occurred here and it's happened in the past," said Steve Sampson, Deputy Chief of Operations for the St.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis

Recalled Chevy Bolt bursts into flames in a California parking lot

New footage of a burning Bolt EV added more fuel to Chevy's raging battery fire saga this week. Early Monday morning, 20-year-old Jesus Damian's 2017 Bolt EV burst into flames while sitting in a parking lot near his apartment in Sacramento, California. The all-electric vehicle was unplugged and off when the fire broke out.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mashable

Here’s a list of TV documentaries and specials that will mark 20th anniversary of 9/11

We’ve put together a list of TV specials and documentaries commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. This list will update as new programming is announced. 9/11: One Day In America (9 p.m., National Geographic Channel/Hulu) — This new documentary series offers an in-depth and visceral account of Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News & Observer

Boat fire at Massachusetts marina considered a ‘multi-million dollar loss’

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The cause of a fire that destroyed a large boat at Pope’s Island Marina Monday evening is under investigation, according to New Bedford Deputy Fire Chief Scott Kruger. Kruger tells 12 News the boat has been deemed a “multi-million dollar loss.” The boat contained 500 gallons of fuel, according to Kruger, which made fighting the flames difficult.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence

'I still get letters': How photographer Thomas Franklin shot the famous 9/11 photo

Photographer Tom Franklin wasn’t even supposed to be in The Record's newsroom in Hackensackthat morning. He’d been in the Dominican Republic for a baseball project and had stopped by to talk to his editor. They were discussing the assignment when someone interrupted with the news that a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Intelligencer

VIDEO: Fire truck hit by semitrailer in South Carolina

All eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 26 near exit 35 in Spartanburg County were blocked Monday due to a crash involving a semitrailer and fire truck. The South Carolina Highway Patrol said the fire truck was in the area putting out a vehicle fire when it was hit by the semitrailer. Troopers said no one was in the fire truck when it was hit.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYFF-TV NBC 4 Greenville