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World's Largest Fire Helmet Sculpture: World record set in California

PHOTOS: At the Barstow Fire Headquarters Station on Barstow Road in Barstow, California, sits a large fiberglass FDNY fire helmet replica, dedicated to all 343 firefighters that died on September 11th 2001; the giant fire helmet sets the world record for being the World's Largest Fire Helmet Sculpture, according to the WORLD RECORD ACADEMY.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: World Record Academy

'I call them family': Georgia fire department helps teen fight for his dream

VIDEO: 18-year-old Garry Mitchem has always dreamed of becoming a firefighter for Baldwin county. His disability doesn't stop him from achieving that dream, or helping his community. "I love this fire department, I love Milledgeville, I love both the county and the community," he said. He also said he's the fire department's biggest fan, and he his love for it comes from his dad.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

New Jersey fire department graduates first-ever class of Junior Public Safety Academy

PHOTOS: From tears to triumph. That was the journey for one history-making group of city teens this summer. The inaugural class of the Trenton Junior Public Safety Academy learned firsthand that being a first-responder means hard work and dedication even just to learn the skills needed for the job.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Trentonian

New Mexico State Police chase stolen fire truck

VIDEO: A fire truck was stolen earlier this week in Corrales. Now, New Mexico State Police has shared video of the chase and the arrest that followed. Video posted by state police on Facebook shows the stolen fire truck heading west on I-40, a short time after it was stolen while responding to a medical call.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque

VIDEO: Crews battle massive warehouse fire in Massachusetts

The state fire marshal is investigating a raging fire that tore through a warehouse in Dudley, Massachusetts, Thursday night. Massive flames ripped through the warehouse on Roberts Road at 11:30 p.m. Firefighters who have been on the scene for hours were ordered out of the building due to extreme, hazardous conditions.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

San Francisco firefighters credit mobile technology in park rescue

VIDEO: Firefighters in San Francisco are crediting mobile technology for a rescue. It's a piece of technology that most people walk around with every day, and now first responders are using it to lead them to people who need help. Fort Funston in San Francisco is a beautiful place to hike, but after dark, it can get disorienting.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

School's unique safety features inspiring other Minnesota schools to craft better emergency plans

VIDEO: A charter school in St. Paul attracts students with unique needs from around Minnesota and across the country. And the building's safety plan is so successful, the state hopes other schools will follow suit. Every inch of Metro Deaf School was carefully thought out. "We had a deaf architect working alongside hearing architects," said Melissa Sweetmilk, the school's principal.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

Americans Mourn Huge Loss of 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York

VIDEO: It's a sad day for Americans as what some would argue as being the most important museum in the country has closed their doors forever. Wednesday, August 17, was the final day of operation for the 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York City. According to NBC New York, the decision was brought on after a sharp drop in visitors since the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBUF-FM 92.9 Buffalo

North Carolina firefighters running 41 miles in 24 hours to benefit non-profit

On Saturday, New Hanover County firefighters will test both physical and mental boundaries. “Our job is very physical but it’s a lot of mental too,” says Jason Sinclair with NHCFR. “Especially in a hurricane deployment or if we have to work all 24 hours, it’s not just physical ability, it’s a lot of mental.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWAY-TV ABC/CBS/CW+ 3 Wilmington

4 people, including firefighters, hurt in massive fire in Pennsylvania

VIDEO: Four people, including firefighters, were injured in a massive fire that destroyed two buildings in Beaver County early Thursday. The fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Brighton Avenue in Rochester. Rochester Assistant Fire Chief Mike Mamone said the fire started in an apartment and then spread to an antique shop and other parts of the buildings.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh

Florida firefighter, paramedic in high spirits after fighting off alligator

VIDEO: Sit down and talk to J.C. Defeats, as his friends call him, and you'll immediately see his humble nature. The former U.S. Air Force pararescueman, and now Oldsmar firefighter and paramedic knows how to handle stressful situations. Little did he know he would be in the center of one. "That thing was huge.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa

Percentage of female firefighters with Michigan fire department surpasses national average

With close to 25% of its roster comprised of women, the East Tawas Fire Department (ETFD) exceeds the national average for the percentage of female firefighters. According to the most recent available data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), females account for roughly 8% of the overall firefighter population in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IOSCO County News-Herald - Metered Site

Wisconsin fire department addresses mental health

VIDEO: Responding to crisis after crisis, day after day takes a toll on the mental health of firefighters and paramedics. Even veteran first responders struggle with their mental health throughout their careers. To address the issue, the Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue Department is developing new initiatives to address mental health in their team.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Authorities warn potent ‘Rainbow Fentanyl’ is spreading on the West Coast after bag seized in Oregon city

Authorities are warning that a more potent form of fentanyl is making its way along the West Coast after a bag of the drug was seized during the execution of a warrant in Portland recently. Deputies found body armor, $5,000 in cash, nine guns, some of which were modified and stolen, and drugs including meth, heroin, 800 pills of fentanyl and four grams of multi-colored, powdered fentanyl, often referred to as ‘rainbow fentanyl.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV-TV FOX 12 Portland

VIDEO: Medical examiner called to I-79 truck fire in West Virginia

A huge blaze and massive amounts of smoke were seen at a vehicle fire on I-79 southbound in Marion County. According to Marion County 911, the call of a vehicle fire was made at 4:24 on Tuesday afternoon. A video sent by 12 News viewer Chad Nuzum shows what appears to be a box truck still smoking with multiple crews on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV NBC 12 Clarksburg

'It's just legacy:' Florida firefighter's widow helps find hope through new role

VIDEO: Inside a locker at Fire Station 3, Brian McCluney's clothes are exactly as he left them. It's been three years since he worked here, but signs of him are everywhere. “That is his helmet shield, the emblem that was on the front of his helmet,” Stephanie McCluney, his widow, said pointing to a fire truck.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: First Coast News

How a 2003 house fire shaped a Missouri fire department's training and gear

VIDEO: Dennis Jenkerson remembers the moment he thought he was going to lose two firefighters like it happened an hour ago. “When I say trapped, I mean they had nowhere to go,” Jenkerson said. “They were hanging out the window and the fire was blowing out the window above them.” That was 19 years ago.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis

Maine firefighters use duct tape to help put out a fire at a metallurgy company

Firefighters battled a smoldering fire for nearly five hours at Elmet Technologies at 1560 Lisbon St. Monday afternoon before employing a duct-taped pole to reach burning material in a duct and extinguish it. At 4:19 p.m., the department responded to reports of heavy smoke blowing out from a duct near the top of the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lewiston Sun Journal - Metered Site

Texas Firefighter Who Died From Off-Duty Accident Helps Others as Organ Donor

VIDEO: A firefighter in Rockwall County, who was also an organ donor, is being remembered for his commitment to service and passion to help others. Clifford Haney,45, was taken off life support on Tuesday. He sustained major injuries after he fell while at his off-duty job as an HVAC tech last week.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth

VIDEO: Massive fire rocks chemical plant in Ohio

A fire at a chemical plant in Madison Village caused massive fireballs to shoot into the air Monday night. The fire took place at ChemMasters located at 300 Edwards Street. According to Madison Village, dispatch crews were called to the scene about 9:50 pm. The fire chief at the scene told 19 News that the fire initially started in a storage unit where plastic containers were housed.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOIO-TV CBS 19 Shaker Heights

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