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California county secures crucial firefighting funds for first responders

Global climate change could make fire seasons more severe, and loss of critical technology more frequent, according to some fire officials. However, one Bay Area county is the first to secure funding for new equipment to help first responders in the event of catastrophe. In the case of natural disasters, first responders depend on communications infrastructure to warn the public, and plan their response.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland

Merger in Washington would make mega fire district with 162,000 residents

A bigger, better, faster and stronger fire district. That is what the fire chiefs of two local fire districts say a proposed merger would bring to their communities. On the Aug. 6 primary ballot is a proposal to merge District 8 in Lake Stevens into Snohomish County District 7, which serves more than 116,000 people from Mill Creek to Monroe and beyond.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: HeraldNet.com - Metered Site

Alabama fire department to receive mental health training; Charleston 9 survivor offers support

VIDEO: 12 years ago, a fire changed David Griffin’s life forever. He was driving a fire truck when he responded to the scene. Griffin spoke Monday night at the Steeple, telling local firefighters the story. The giant furniture store had no sprinkler system. It was nighttime, and dozens of firefighters went inside.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile

Emphasis on training, incident strategy recommended by board following Maryland firefighter's death

A year after Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services experienced their first-career line of duty death while battling a massive house fire in Clarksville, a review committee has returned a series of recommendations to improve safety and accountability in the department. Lt. Nathan Flynn was part of the first team of firefighters to respond to the house in the 7000 block of Woodscape Drive at about 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore

When wildfires rage in Utah, could taxpayers pay the bill?

A Get Gephardt investigation reveals the shocking way ordinary Utahns are starting fires without knowing it, and what you’ll have to pay if you start a fire by accident. 538 wildfires have already flamed in 2019. Even with the late rain, we are on track to match 2018's fire totals. All that firefighting costs millions.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUTV CBS 2 Salt Lake City

New Mexico firefighter dies after battling injuries from fireworks explosion

Roswell firefighter Jeff Stroble, 46, died Sunday at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas. Stroble was working to prepare fireworks for the City of Roswell's Fourth of July fireworks display when an explosion occurred – leaving him in critical condition. Roswell Fire Chief Devin Graham shared the following statement: "It is with great sadness we announce the passing of one of our own Roswell Fire Department Firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque

11 Firefighters, Resident Hospitalized After Hazmat Situation in Boston

Eleven firefighters and one resident were taken to an area hospital Friday when a noxious combination of cleaning supplies triggered a Level 3 hazardous materials situation at a building in Boston's South End. The building was evacuated after a combination of bleach and Murphy's Oil Soap created a noxious, potentially dangerous combination on the third floor of a 5-story rooming house, Boston fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10 Boston

New truck for Michigan department the ‘future of firefighting’

It’s literally one of a kind, and Hadley Township Fire Chief Kurt Nass says his department’s shiny new pumper truck is the “future of firefighting” and the department is excited to show off the new vehicle. Nast said since his department tries to get 24-25 years out of each of its vehicles. “We don’t want to order what he need right now,” said the chief, and instead they try to think of what they’ll need 10-15 years from now.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The County Press - Metered Site

Brief History of Smokey Bear and how the beloved figure has become a lightning rod in a heated environmental debate

Last year, the deadliest wildfire season in state history swept across California. More than 8,000 fires burned nearly two million acres and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to suppress.* In a matter of minutes, a town named Paradise was engulfed in flame and almost completely destroyed; 85 people died.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Smithsonian.com

VIDEO: Minnesota fire chief runs to board careening school bus when driver becomes ill

The rescue of the driver of a runaway school bus was caught on camera in Minnesota. Police say the driver suffered a medical issue, then drove straight into the path of oncoming traffic. No children were on board. In an attempt to stop the bus, a police officer pulled in front of it and slammed on his brakes, but it was still pushing his cruiser forward.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTHR-TV NBC 13

Pennsylvania firefighters mourn loss of one of their own

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flags in Westmoreland County to be lowered to half-staff to honor a firefighter who died hours after returning from a call. North Belle Vernon volunteer fireman Neil Cope, 46, died Tuesday after assisting Rostraver firefighters at a house fire. “We were there probably an hour, an hour and fifteen minutes and they controlled the flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh

Female firefighter in Georgia leads entire engine company for 24-hour shift

Who was it that said “Girls just wanna have fun?” Albany Fire Department Apparatus Engineer Operator/Driver Christy Bengis, an 18-year AFD veteran who is one of two females to serve in that capacity, put that notion to rest when she became the first female firefighter in the department to lead an entire engine company for a 24-hour shift Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Albany Herald

World-class Training: Annual TEEX program draws 700-plus for industrial firefighting drills in Texas

The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is hosting more than 700 firefighters from across the nation and more than a dozen other countries as part of its 57th annual Industrial Fire School this week. Each summer, TEEX hosts three weeklong fire training courses that attract thousands from all over the world to Bryan-College Station.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bryan-College Station Eagle

Memories of spectacular fire at Old Orchard Beach pier in Maine still vivid, even after 50 years

The town’s beachfront was teeming with tens of thousands of tourists on the evening of July 19, 1969. The popular carousel with hand-carved horses spun its riders round and round. The brightly colored Noah’s Ark fun house, a fixture near the iconic wooden pier since 1929, rocked back and forth. Pairs of thrill seekers slid down the massive Jack and Jill slide, shrieking as they dropped 50 feet from the top.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Portland Press Herald

200th New York firefighter dies due to 9/11 illness

Illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks claimed their 200th New York firefighter this week. Firefighters Kevin Nolan and Richard Driscoll died on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) confirmed to The Hill on Thursday. “It is almost incomprehensible that, after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die from World Trade Center illnesses," Fire Commissioner Daniel A.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill

Boston fire chiefs concerned about carbon monoxide poisoning in schools

Fire chiefs renewed warnings Tuesday that students across the state face risks of carbon monoxide poisoning because of a gap in regulations that effectively allows many older school buildings not to install detectors. Any new school constructed with state funds must include carbon monoxide monitoring technology, but that mandate does not apply to existing structures because students do not stay overnight.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lowell Sun

VIDEO: Cal Fire uniform changes are on the way - what do you think of the new look?

Big changes are coming to Cal Fire this year, especially when it comes to those iconic red and yellow colors. Over the next 6 months, Cal Fire will be making changes to their uniforms including updated shirts and a new style of pants. However, they say this isn't a fashion update, it's all meant to better protect firefighters while they work.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Bringing back Sharon's bell: Pennsylvania firefighters to restore city's historic symbol

A piece of Sharon's history has finally found a new home, but firefighters need help getting it there. Sharon's 1,700-pound bell hung at West State Street and South Water Avenue for more than 30 years before it was taken down in March 2016 to make way for a metal sculpture designed and fabricated by local students.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald

Female firefighters in Florida participate in study for new gear

VIDEO: The number of female firefighters is growing in Orange County and across the country, but what's not changing is the way their gear fits -- until now. Thanks to efforts from researchers from more than a dozen universities across the country and the female voice, a study is underway to make sure firefighters can do their job without fear their gear will interrupt their duties.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando

San Francisco firefighters learn Spanish to save precious time in emergencies

On a Wednesday morningin the middle of July, class is in session at San Francisco Waldorf High School. "So, Ha pasado antes? Has it happened before?" But, these students aren't teenagers, they're first responders, learning Spanish one phrase at a time. "Yo soy bombero. Que tal?" "Today is my off duty day," said Lam.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland