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New U.S. COVID cases are down 21%; See how your state is doing

Community transmission of COVID remains high in 89.2% of American counties, according to current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite that, the latest wave, driven by the highly contagious and completely dominant Delta variant, appears to have crested, with new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the virus all in decline from levels two weeks ago.
- PUB DATE: 10/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fortune

Phoenix first responders get new blood test that screens for 50 types of cancers

Phoenix first responders are some of the first in the country to get a brand-new type of cancer screening, and it's as easy as a blood test. The Galleri test is a game changer that screens for 50 different types of cancers at the same time and can find them in early stages. At Vincere Cancer Center in Scottsdale, firefighters and police officers were eager to get the major health check on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV Phoenix (azfamily.com)

New Jersey fire house damaged by blaze, officials say

A blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon at the Dunellen Defender Fire Company No. 1, officials said. A post from the company did not provide specifics on what was damaged but photos from the scene showed that at least two fire trucks were damaged as well as the front of the firehouse. “We are still assessing the damage and the cause is being investigated by the Middlesex County Fire Marshal’s Office,” the post stated.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Journal

The Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans collapsed two years ago; a look back

PHOTOS: The Hard Rock Hotel collapsed two years ago on Oct. 12, 2019, killing three workers and injuring dozens more in one of the worst ever construction accidents in New Orleans. Structural design errors led to the upper floors crumbling into the floors below, damaging two massive cranes that threatened to tumble into nearby buildings.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport

Firefighters in one Northern California district have responded to 113 arson fires so far this year

So far this year, the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority has responded to 168 fires, two-thirds of which have been declared arsons, Capt. John Corippo reported last week. “We responded to 168 fires since Jan. 1, and 113 of those were intentionally set,” said Corippo, describing arsons as 67 percent of the fires UVFA crews have investigated in 2021.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times - Metered Site

Fire department in Washington state keeping all of its firefighters with vaccine exemptions

The Spokane Valley Fire Department isn’t losing a single firefighter with an exemption over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. It worked out accommodations for the 22 who had a medical or religious exemption approved. The biggest change is those who are unvaccinated and staying on the frontlines will be separated from the rest of the department.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane

VIDEO: California mobile home park fire hospitalizes 1, prompts evacuations

At least one person was severely burned in a fire that started Monday afternoon at mobile homes in Manteca and prompted evacuations, authorities say. Multiple homes caught fire at the Islander Mobile Home Park. Embers from that fire then sparked a vegetation fire close to the mobile home neighborhood, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento

Florida police, firefighters hope stickers will speak for special needs patients who can't

Something as simple as a sticker can now be a game-changer for first responders. The Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue came together Monday to unveil stickers they developed to identify specific special needs. "Sometimes when first responders respond to the scene, we’re not always quite sure what we’re responding to," said Tampa police interim chief Ruben Delgado.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV FOX 13 Tampa

‘Ghost stations’ in rural Maine mask depth of firefighter shortage

When Greg West received the alert for a motorcycle accident just after 2 a.m. last August, he dragged himself out of bed, then drove to the intersection of Stoddard Pond Road and Route 201 in Bowdoin. He was the only member of Bowdoin Fire and Rescue to respond. West, the deputy fire chief, found himself wearing “a lot of hats” at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Penobscot Bay Pilot

Safe Place signs in Mississippi help youths find help when in danger

The yellow signs on the outside of some buildings means a little more than some might think. Fire Station one isn’t just another fire station – it’s also a safe place for kids who find themselves in tough situations. Assistant Chief Duane Hughes said having this designation is an honor. “Fire stations in Columbus and around the nation have always been considered safe places for kids.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBI-TV CBS 4 Columbus

Focus on Fitness: Indiana fire department starts new program

The Clarksville Fire Department is ramping up its attention to fitness through a recently implemented program that uses simulated work situations to help firefighters improve health. The project has been among the first from from Maj. Jeff Spainhour, who has been the department’s training coordinator since December.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News and Tribune

4-Alarm fire destroys historical buildings and impacts four businesses in Oregon

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The Mt. Angel Fire District said a four-alarm fire broke out in the early morning hours on Saturday. At 12:48 a.m., officers from the Mt. Angel Police Department discovered that a building in the 200 block of South Main Street was on fire. The officers called in what they had found, and the Mt.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

‘It’s a miracle’: Florida firefighter recounts near-death experience after being hit by speeding truck

A Palm Harbor firefighter and paramedic received a hero’s welcome at a community fundraiser Saturday after she was nearly killed on the job just a few weeks ago. Lt. Ashley White, 38, was hit by a speeding pickup truck while responding to a crash in September in Palm Harbor, authorities said. “It’s a miracle, honestly, seeing the damage to our apparatus that was done and knowing that he was driving at a high rate of speed,” she said Saturday at a fundraiser organized for her at the Tarpon Springs Elks Lodge 1719.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLA-TV NBC 8 Tampa

Fallen Colorado firefighter honored with coffee blend

Firefighter Dan Felt still has some of the gear Chief Daniel "Skip" Bergbauer used at Red White & Blue Fire District in Breckenridge. "This is his jacket, this is the car he used to drive," said Felt. "We’re hanging on to his equipment, but we miss the guy." Fire Chief Bergbauer spent 25 years working as a firefighter at Red, White, and Blue.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver

Buggy shop restores 1899 ladder wagon for Pennsylvania hose company

PHOTOS: Mifflinburg Hose Company turns 125 years old in 2022 and when it celebrates that milestone, a piece of its past will proudly be displayed. The volunteer fire company commissioned a full restoration of an 1899 hand-drawn ladder wagon built by the American LaFrance Fire Engine Co. in Elmira, N.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Item

25% of all critical infrastructure in the US is at risk of failure due to flooding, new report finds

As a massive investment to repair roads and adapt to climate change faces an uncertain fate in Congress, a new report finds much of the country's infrastructure is already at risk of being shut down by flooding. And as the planet heats up, the threat is expected to grow. Today, one-in-four pieces of all critical infrastructure in the US — including police and fire stations, hospitals, airports and wastewater treatment facilities — face substantial risk of being rendered inoperable by flooding, according to a new report released today by the First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research and technology group that assesses the threat posed by flooding across the country.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Weather

VIDEO: Massive fire destroys apartment complex in Texas

A massive fire destroyed an apartment complex on the north side early Friday morning and firefighters had a tough time putting it out. The fire broke out around 3 a.m. near Castle Hills. So far, there haven't been any reports of people injured, but several pets have been seen roaming around nearby. Firefighters rushed to the scene south of Loop 410 in the 7900 block of Jackson Keller Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KENS-TV CBS 5 San Antonio

3 female firefighters keeping watch and making history in Virginia county

Three female firefighters are breaking barriers by filling top leadership roles at a fire station in Fairfax County. 7News Anchor Alison Starling spoke to the women about making history while saving lives. Captain Emily Murphy, Captain Katja Lancing and Captain Felecia Barnes -- Three of the finest Fairfax County Fire has to offer, now the officers in charge of Engine 437.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington DC

The Hartford Hosts Second Annual National Junior Fire Marshal Day; Deputizes 65,000 New Junior Fire Marshals

The Hartford, which has provided fire-safety education to more than 111 million children since 1947, deputized more than 65,000 new Junior Fire Marshals in one day as part of its second annual Junior Fire Marshal Day. The company created the live, virtual fire-safety event in 2020 to address the critical lack of in-person, fire-safety education available to elementary school students because of the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Business Wire

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson sends food truck to Kentucky first responders

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sent his food truck to feed Louisville first responders on Wednesday. Officials told us the truck fed members of the Louisville Division of Fire and Louisville Metro Police Department for free. The truck, called Mana Mobile, is a collaboration with his tequila brand, Teremana.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLWT-TV NBC 5 Cincinnati