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AI tool may help prevent sudden cardiac arrest among firefighters

Recently developed artificial intelligence software can determine whether firefighters may be about to experience a potentially fatal cardiac event. That’s what a team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the University of Rochester, and Google contend in a report that details their machine-learning model.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety and Health Magazine

Can firefighters, EMTs use New Jersey legal weed? 'Nobody wants to be the test case'

VIDEO: At times, Dan Jensen feels like he’s caught between two worlds. One world is on display in his corner office, where he hangs artifacts from his career — his old career, back when he could barely sleep more than an hour or two before the nightmares jolted him awake. There are a few shields from his old firefighter helmets in Pine Beach and Seaside Heights, along with a few award plaques and older, turn-of-the-century firefighting antiques.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Asbury Park Press - Metered Site

Fire & Rescue marine program on Oregon's Willamette and Columbia rivers

VIDEO: It’s a side of Portland Fire & Rescue many in the community don’t see unless they’re on one of Portland’s local rivers. At Station 21 along the Eastbank Esplanade in Southeast Portland, there’s a dock that houses a fire boat and a rescue boat. This is one of three locations that house these types of boats as part of Portland Fire & Rescue’s Marine Program.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

Restoring a piece of history: Firefighters in Illinois to restore original 1939 engine

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Silvis firefighters are taking on a new project: restoring an 84-year-old fire engine to its former glory. The city purchased the American LaFrance engine in 1939 and it was used as a frontline fire engine until 1964. Faded paint on the side shows it was engine #2. "It was traded in and it kind of disappeared," Silvis Fire Chief John Winters said.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQAD-TV ABC/MyNetworkTV 8 Moline

How Charity Is Driving Public Safety Drone Programs

While Kale Geiswite spends his days teaching criminal justice to high schoolers, most of his time off is dedicated to the real world of public safety — fighting fires and aiding search and rescue missions. He’s a volunteer firefighter for the New Berlin Fire Department in Pennsylvania, but recently his work has centered around a tool that might look more like a video game controller his students might use.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Government Technology

White House unveils new tracking tool for heat-related illnesses

The Biden administration on Wednesday launched a new information system to map emergency medical services (EMS) responses to heat-related illness across the country. The online dashboard is run by the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill

Missouri school one of first in the nation to add color-coded security system to help first responders

VIDEO: A Hazelwood school is one of the first elementary schools in the country to install a color-coded security measure designed to guide first responders in times of crisis. “If, unfortunately, something were to happen, having that system, people will know where to go quickly,” said Hazelwood Assistant Superintendent Christopher Norman.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis

Beach in New York reopens after crews spend morning scanning for sharks

VIDEO: Rockaway Beach reopened for swimming and surfing Wednesday after officials spent the morning scanning for sharks. "Drone and harbor unit surveillance this morning did not observe any shark sightings, and Rockaway Beach has reopened for swimming as of 10 a.m. NYC Parks, NYPD, and FDNY will continue land, drone, and boat surveillance on Rockaway Beach throughout the day and into the evening," the Parks Department tweeted.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York City

Florida firefighters help paralyzed woman stranded in 31st-floor apartment

VIDEO: Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue workers went beyond the call of duty to help a woman with special needs get to her 31st-floor apartment. Floodwaters recently shut down her building’s elevator, and that’s when the first responders stepped in to help. The three firefighters will say they were just doing their jobs, but their job was not easy.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

VIDEO: 3 firefighters hurt, dozens displaced after blaze tears through 3 triple-deckers in Massachusetts

Three firefighters were taken to the hospital and 30 people were displaced after a fire spread through three triple-decker homes in Dorchester Monday afternoon, officials said. The fire started shortly before 2:30 p.m. Speaking with reporters later, Boston’s fire commissioner said the fire appeared to have started in a basement area of a building at 20 Irma Street before rising through the back of the structure, punching through the roof and spreading to two neighboring buildings.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHDH-TV 7 Boston

San Francisco fire chief says autonomous vehicles aren't ready for prime time at California PUC meeting

VIDEO: The debate over the future of self-driving cars is picking up steam. Safety was the top concern at Monday's California Public Utilities Commission meeting, bringing autonomous vehicle companies Waymo and Cruise face to face with first responders who've raised concerns about the vehicles. San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson said there have been more than 50 cases of the self-driving vehicles interfering with or impeding emergency responders so far this year.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Hazardous Lake Michigan conditions put Chicago first responders in danger during rescue

VIDEO: A morning swim during hazardous conditions in Lake Michigan on Sunday turned into a dramatic, large-scale rescue that also put first responders in danger. A Beach Hazard Warning was in effect at the time of the rescue. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey had the story. The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project said those signs are often missed or ignored.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

$4M National Institutes of Health grant will test worksite sleep health coaching for Arizona firefighters

A $4 million award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, will allow researchers in the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health to identify key factors for the successful implementation of workplace sleep coaching to improve sleep health in Arizona firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The University of Arizona Health Sciences

VIDEOS: Explosion at North Texas paint factory causes large fire, officials say

An explosion and fire at a Sherwin-Williams paint factory in Garland injured one employee and shut the facility down Monday morning, company officials said in a statement. The explosion happened around 1:15 a.m. Monday at the company's plant at South Shiloh Road and Forest Lane in Garland, according to the statement.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas

High-tech training for EMS crews in Florida

VIDEO: In an emergency, we expect our first responders to be prepared for anything, but that comes with practice, which is exactly what Collier EMS is getting at Naples Community Hospital. Training in NCH’s new state of the art simulation center helps crews prepare for the unexpected. “Yes, this high intensity, low frequency occurrences, high intensity meaning catastrophic results if you don’t figure out what’s going on and low frequency meaning, I may not see one of these my whole career,” said Dr.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers

‘Project Charlie’ puts life-saving gear in every fire department in one Alabama county

Just over one year after a 7-year-old girl died in an Albertville house fire, one volunteer fire chief’s mission sparked by her death has put life-saving equipment in the hands of firefighters. Now, Alder Springs Volunteer Fire Department Chief James Edwards said his mission, Project Charlie, has been accomplished.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNT-TV CBS 19 Huntsville

Alaskan capital of Juneau issues declaration of emergency after widespread river flooding sweeps away at least two structures

VIDEO: The City and Borough of Juneau issued a declaration of emergency on Sunday following a glacial lake outburst flooding event that swelled waters to record levels. At least two structures were swept up into rushing waters and other structures were evacuated on Saturday after the flooding event filled Mendenhall Lake and Mendenhall River to dangerously high levels.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage

VIDEO: Explosion at New Jersey home leaves 2 dead, 2 injured and 2 missing

An explosion at a Buena, New Jersey home has left two people dead, two injured and another two missing on Thursday, authorities said. A 1-year-old girl was airlifted to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in critical condition. A 16-year-old was also taken there in stable condition. A 2-year-old boy, 3-year-old girl, 52-year-old man and 73-year-old were also in the home at the time of the explosion.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York

Seattle firefighters ask for more protections as violent attacks continue

VIDEO: Dale Cieslinski, 60, is accused of throwing a brick at a Seattle Fire Department ambulance Tuesday afternoon in Wallingford. “You are a danger to commit another violent crime, so I’m going to set bail at the amount of $75,000,” said the judge during Cieslinski’s first appearance in court. The crew inside the ambulance was uninjured, though the response time to the call they were on was delayed – obviously, that’s a problem.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle

Ask Your Senators Not to Cut the FIRE and SAFER Grant Programs

On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee considered its Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. The bill proposes cutting the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program (popularly known as the FIRE grant program) and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org


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