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VIDEO: Dozens without a home after hot inferno burns at Northeast DC apartment building

Nearly two dozen residents in D.C.’s Eckington neighborhood are without a home after a massive fire engulfed an apartment building in Northeast overnight Monday, authorities said. The flames also damaged nearby homes. Firefighters were called to an apartment fire in the 300 block of Seaton Place NE just after midnight, D.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.

Fire Department Instructors Conference returns to Indianapolis

More than 35,000 firefighters from across the world will meet in Indianapolis this week for an almost century-old international conference. The 97th annual Fire Department Instructors Conference International has returned to Indianapolis for the 29th year in a row, and will feature more than 250 speakers and classes.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISH-TV CW 8 Indianapolis

Historic Outlet building in Rhode Island was destroyed in spectacular 1986 fire

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: The closed Outlet store building was just steps away from WJAR's Broadcast House in downtown Providence. So, on Oct. 16, 1986, Frank Coletta and Art Lake were among the first to smell smoke. The Outlet was on fire, and WJAR had a front-row seat. "Firefighters shown here on the Broadcast House roof.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAR-TV NBC 10 Providence

Colorado firefighter travels country to train departments on how to battle electric vehicle fires

VIDEO: When not stationed at the firehouse or battling blazes, one Aurora firefighter dedicates his time to training firefighters and departments nationwide in responding to lithium-ion battery fires and electric vehicle fires. Paul Shoemaker, a veteran firefighter and paramedic with the Aurora Fire Department for a decade, collaborates closely with the National Fire Protection Association, the Fire Safety Research Institute, and Underwriters Laboratories.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News Colorado

One Colorado fire department has responded to a fire every 12 hours since April 1

VIDEO: The Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) has responded to a significant fire every 12 hours since April 1, according to a new video posted by Ashley Franco, the Public Information Officer for CSFD. The video was posted to social media on Thursday, April 11 along with a warning from CSFD to homeowners to check around their homes for any fire hazards and to always have working smoke alarms.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXRM-TV FOX 21 Colorado Springs

New fire truck in North Carolina helps fight fires, the cancer-causing chemicals they cause

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Raleigh firefighters are adding a new truck to their fleet to help protect them from cancer-causing soot that can cling to skin and gear. Rehab 12 has several features to help protect firefighters, including a handwashing station. Battalion Chief Keith Wilder said it is ready to use as soon as an emergency arises.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh

FDNY required to give EMTs bulletproof vests under bill approved by New York City Council

VIDEO: New York City Council approved a bill Thursday requiring the FDNY to give bulletproof vests to EMTs. Supporters say it's necessary as threats against first responders intensify. Natasha Nembhard joined the FDNY first as an EMT and now as a paramedic in Brooklyn because she loves to help people.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City

Medics trapped inside ambulance after flipping, crashing into Texas restaurant

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Two medics were rushed to a hospital Thursday night after their ambulance flipped and crashed into a restaurant in southwest Houston. It happened a little after 10:30 p.m. when the Houston Fire Department was called to a motor vehicle accident on S Gessner near Westpark Tollway. It’s unclear what exactly caused the crash, but officers with the Houston Police Department said it appears the private ambulance was headed southbound on Gessner when it changed lanes and hit a restaurant’s exterior before flipping.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston

VIDEO: California pallet yard fire forces school, road closures

A multi-acre pallet yard fire with 20 to 50 foot flames near Tracy lit up the early morning sky on Thursday. Since about 2 a.m., fire crews with the South San Joaquin County Fire Authority and several other surrounding agencies have been responding to a fire located in a 6-acre pallet yard along Grant Line Road.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV FOX 40 Sacramento

New York City is trying to stop deadly e-bike fires with these 3 approaches

PHOTOS: New York City is trying to address the deadly threat of e-bike battery fires in various ways. City leaders have passed new laws, increased fines, initiated more aggressive regulation, and supported pilot projects with businesses and nonprofits. That's because some cheap, retrofitted lithium-ion batteries for e-bikes and e-scooters don’t meet safety standards and are dangerously explosive.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gothamist

In 1877, 21 died, but 2 heroes emerged from a six-story hotel fire in Missouri

PHOTOS: In the years after the Civil War, the finest lodging downtown was the six-story Southern Hotel, at Fourth and Walnut streets. It took up most of the block where the Stadium East Garage stands today. Next door was Tony Faust's Oyster Bar, the city's best restaurant. In those days, hotel fires were rightly to be dreaded.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Metered Site

Ford recalls nearly 43,000 SUVs due to gas leaks that can cause fires, but remedy won't fix leaks

Ford is recalling nearly 43,000 small SUVs because gasoline can leak from the fuel injectors onto hot engine surfaces, increasing the risk of fires. But the recall remedy does not include repairing the fuel leaks. The recall covers certain Bronco Sport SUVs from the 2022 and 2023 model years, as well as Escape SUVs from 2022.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News

Illinois city bands together through 7-hour soybean plant fire

VIDEO: On Monday, a soybean dryer caught fire at Gibson City’s IFF plant. From fearless fire crews to generous community members, all hands were on deck. Firefighters are using some heavy-duty equipment to get inside of the soybean dryer. They said it took hours to put out the flames, and on Tuesday, they were keeping a close eye on it since the facility was still smoldering.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIA-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Firefighters in one California county back plans to restore net neutrality following intentional throttling during wildfire

Six years ago, the Santa Clara County Fire Department was battling one of the largest wildfires ever to break out in California, the Mendocino Complex fire. With thousands of firefighters on the front line, county officials needed to coordinate fire suppression efforts at multiple points. But they ran into a major roadblock.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Palo Alto Online

Iowa's newest millionaire: Newton firefighter claims $1 million Powerball prize

An Iowa man who missed a share of Saturday's $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot by just one number has claimed his consolation prize. Trent Baker, a 37-year-old firefighter from Newton, matched the first five numbers of Saturday's drawing (22-27-44-52-69), but missed the Powerball (9). He's one of seven players across the county to do so, winning $1 million.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

Norfolk Southern agrees to pay $600 million for East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment

VIDEO: Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay $600 million in a class-action lawsuit settlement related to last year's fiery train derailment that affected East Palestine, Ohio. The company said Tuesday that the agreement, if approved by the court, will resolve all class action claims within a 20-mile radius from the derailment and, for those residents who choose to participate, personal injury claims within a 10-mile radius from the derailment.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

VIDEO: Troopers assist fire crews by battling flames in New York

The New York State Police said its troopers stepped in to assist fire crews with a huge house fire. NYSP said Troop A- Lockport Troopers helped with the devastating house fire on Royal Pkwy North in Lockport. The troopers broke down the door rescued a dog and assisted with the fire hoses.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGRZ-TV NBC 2 Buffalo

Firefighters in one Nebraska city benefit from health screenings worth $1.1 million

VIDEO: More than 90% of Omaha firefighters are taking part in a comprehensive physical exam aimed at cancer prevention and wellness, thanks to a $1.1 million federal grant just for firefighters. The hope is that in the future, Omaha will support ongoing wellness efforts for this group with an exponentially higher rate of cancer and cardiac health issues.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KETV ABC 7 Omaha

Pennies help boost fire, police services in two California cities

Most people don’t view pennies per se as being valuable. But in Manteca and Lathrop pennies have shored up public safety. Measure C — a one cent sales tax on top of the basic one cent local sales tax Lathrop voters imposed in 2012 — last year generated $10.4 million for the city of 32,500. It includes $4 million sent to the Lathrop Manteca Fire District enabling the hiring of nine firefighters, 1.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Manteca Bulletin

Florida governor signs law creating new penalties for exposing first responders to fentanyl

Drug users and dealers who recklessly expose first responders to fentanyl and cause them to overdose will now face additional penalties thanks to a new law signed by Governor Ron DeSantis Monday. Body camera footage from August of last year, captured a Flagler County Sheriff’s Deputy suffering a suspected fentanyl overdose after handling narcotics that later tested positive for the substance.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAX-TV CBS 47 Jacksonville

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