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Indiana police, fire departments get embedded athletic trainers

VIDEO: Some local police and fire departments have a new employee at the station. Just like a football or basketball team, there's now an athletic trainer working full-time, embedded at the police station or firehouse. It's a program that's growing throughout central Indiana, keeping first responders healthy and saving taxpayers money, too.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTHR-TV NBC 13 Indianapolis

New York City Housing Authority proposes new policy that would ban e-bikes, lithium-ion batteries from buildings

VIDEO: An increase in fires caused by lithium-ion batteries has sparked a call for better education and enforcement efforts from New York City leaders. There were 104 fires caused by lithium-ion batteries in 2021, leading to 79 injuries and four deaths, according to the FDNY. This year, that number is already up to 126, with 74 injuries and five deaths.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Legislation to help first responders and educators buy homes has rare bipartisan support

The HELPER Act is a bipartisan legislation bill and home loan assistance program backed by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff to allow law enforcement, firefighters, EMS and educators of grades K-12 to purchase homes in the communities they serve. The HELPER Act, or Homes for Every Local Protector, Educator, and Responder, would provide civil servants a one-time-use home loan at a 3.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News

Health First is 1st in Florida to offer whole blood on air ambulances

VIDEO: A new tool to treat those suffering from trauma-related injuries in Brevard County is now available as they fly to the hospital. Health First was the first hospital in the state of Florida to begin using what’s known as “whole blood” on its air ambulance helicopters. Rob Spivey, the trauma program manager at Holmes Regional Medical Center and First Flight nurse manager, said there is a growing movement in the U.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 13 Orlando

VIDEO: North Carolina firefighters battle house inferno

Winston-Salem firefighters battled an inferno at a house on Sunday morning. Video shows crews attempting to put out the blaze that engulfed the house on Patterson Avenue completely in flames at 3:15 a.m. A person with The Habitat Homeless Veterans Transition Project, LLC tells FOX8 that the house was one of their homes.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point

Firefighter who pulled lone survivor from Flight 255 wreckage in Michigan talks about crash, 35 years later

VIDEO: It’s been 35 years since the tragic crash of Northwest Flight 255. The plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metro Airport back on Aug. 16, 1987, killing 156 people -- with just one person surviving, a four-year-old girl. Hank Winchester talked with Captain John Thiede of the Romulus Fire Department, the firefighter who pulled that child from the wreckage that night.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Florida county's first firefighting academy for high schoolers opens at local high school

Palm Bay High School’s new firefighting academy is serious business — and not just because, as instructor Chester Bombriant quipped, “everything in that classroom could hurt you.” It’s also a college-level course, and it’s the first of its kind in Brevard County. About 100 students are in the program.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Florida Today - Metered Site

Memorial unveiled for fallen firefighters in South Carolina

VIDEO: Sitting in the heart of downtown Anderson is a new memorial dedicated to the firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. “This monument stands as a symbol of strength, courage, dedication, brotherhood and sacrifice,” Anderson Fire Chief Charlie King said. “I’m sure that no one on this memorial would have ever known they were answering their last call,” Dr.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSPA-TV CBS 7 Spartanburg

Fire department in Tennessee reports over 100 overdose incidents so far in August

During Overdose Awareness Month, Knoxville Fire Department is working to shed light on the frequency of overdoses in Knox County. From Aug. 1-12, KFD responded to a total of 101 reported overdoses, according to their Twitter posts. Assistant Chief Mark Wilbanks confirmed that since the beginning of 2022, the station’s total overdose response number was 1301, as of Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WATE-TV ABC 6 Knoxville

Video captures house explosion that killed 3 in Indiana; coroner identifies victims

Authorities on Thursday identified the three people killed in a house explosion that rocked a suburban Indiana neighborhood and damaged nearly 40 homes. Meanwhile, officials were still investigating the cause of Wednesday's blast. Initially, Evansville Fire Department Chief Mike Connelly said the explosion was accidental but later retracted that sentiment, explaining the state fire marshal would lead the probe to determine a cause.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today

AT&T is using amphibious vehicles, drones and more to restore its network during disasters

PHOTOS: In a nondescript warehouse outside of Atlanta, nestled among the office parks and chain restaurants that pepper suburban America, AT&T is preparing for catastrophe. This is one of the company's Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) sites, a place where a volunteer group of AT&T workers can test and train on equipment that can quickly spin up connectivity when a local office is destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: EnGadget

Louisiana city renews search for remains of 4 victims in 1973 UpStairs Lounge fire

Nearly a half-century after arson killed 32 people in a New Orleans gay bar, the City Council has renewed the search for the remains of four victims, including three who were never identified. The UpStairs Lounge burned on June 24, 1973, killing 31 men, including two whose mother died with them, and injuring another woman and 14 men.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWL-TV CBS 4 New Orleans

Wisconsin fire department citizenship requirement dropped by Fire and Police Commission

The Milwaukee Fire Department has opened the door for more people to become firefighters. Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski said the change is a long time coming. The Milwaukee Fire Department can now hire anyone who is legally hirable, whether they’re a United States citizen or not. Chief Lipski said the department can benefit from more diversity, people who are multilingual and anyone who wants to serve their community.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

'Earliest detection is best;' New firefighter app aims to better track cancer risks

It’s the deadlier than fire, on-the-job danger every firefighter faces - cancer. The CDC has found cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters, and the World Health Organization has now defined firefighting as a cancer-causing profession. In May 2021, News 13 debuted its investigative documentary Deadlier than Fire, focusing on the need for presumptive worker’s compensation benefits for North Carolina firefighters diagnosed with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

VIDEO: 1 employee hospitalized after massive fire engulfs Illinois recycling center

Nearly 200 first responders are on scene after a five-alarm fire ripped through a Metro East recycling center. The fire was reported around 10 a.m. Wednesday on Fox Industrial Drive in Madison, Illinois. Heavy black smoke was seen across the area as flames shot out of the Interco building. Workers were inside recycling batteries, Madison Mayor John Hamm III said.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis

‘Getting harder and hotter’: Phoenix fire crews race to save lives in America’s hottest city

PHOTOS: The 911 call came in about an elderly man who had fallen outside a storage facility in central Phoenix. The fire crew, who are also paramedics, found 80-year-old Noel laid on his back on the concrete ramp under direct sunlight; he was weak, thirsty and very hot. Noel, an Englishman with diabetes and hypertension, had been moving furniture when his legs gave way.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Guardian

New report from Maryland agency details what happened on day of fire that killed 3 firefighters

VIDEO: January’s deadly vacant rowhome fire along south Stricker Street rocked Baltimore City to its core. Three firefighters were killed and another was injured that day, and since then the cries for change have grown louder. Now, a new report from Maryland Occupational Safety and Health reveals the possible failures that may have put the firefighters in danger.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBFF-TV FOX 45 Baltimore

Wisconsin fire department celebrates 150 years of service

VIDEO: After 150 years of service the De Pere fire department has gone through many large changes. Despite these changes, the department uses its history to prepare for the future. "We always grow from the big events we have to get a little bit better," said battalion chief Brett Jansen. A technological advancement that is a far cry from the humble beginnings of the fire department back more than a century ago.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

VIDEO: Two Escape Burning Wreckage of Plane That Crashed on Freeway in California

Two people escaped the burning wreckage of a small plane that crash-landed Tuesday afternoon on the 91 Freeway in Riverside County. The single-engine Piper PA-32 flying to Corona Municipal Airport went down at about midday on the eastbound 91 Freeway in Corona and might have struck at least one vehicle, according to the Corona Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC 7 San Diego

Paramedic among 2 killed when car hits first responders at South Carolina crash scene

A Florence County paramedic and a motorcyclist she was treating at the scene of a crash were killed Tuesday night in a series of events that unfolded in the 2700 block of Pamplico Highway. Paramedic Sara Kinsy Weaver, 32, of Florence, and Cedric Antonio Gregg, 37, also of Florence, died after a vehicle crossed the median at a high rate of speed and hit several first responders who were working at the scene of the initial crash, Coroner Keith von Lutcken said.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSPA-TV CBS 7 Spartanburg

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