VIDEO: Hundreds of firefighters battled a raging and fast-moving fire that spread through a row of town-homes on Staten Island on Monday.
The fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. on Rensselaer Avenue, and within 30 minutes, a fifth alarm had been sounded as the flames quickly spread.
Officials say 18 firefighters and one civilian suffered injuries in the fire, but all the injuries were believed to be minor.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
La Verne Fire Station No. 3 at 5100 Esperanza Drive, which serves neighborhoods in the area, will be closed for about six weeks until the city can hire more firefighters, Mayor Don Kendrick said Monday, Jan. 20.
La Verne Firefighters' Association, Local 3624, posted information about the closure Friday on social media.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - Metered Site
VIDEO: It's a startling statistic - since 2015, more firefighters and police officers are dying by suicide than in the line of duty, according to a report.
In January, nearly 1,000 Fort Worth firefighters will take a course to learn to spot the signs of someone at risk for suicide.
According to a report published in 2017 by the Ruderman Family Foundation, almost 250 firefighters and police officers died by suicide in 2016 across the United States, as compared to just over 200 that died in the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Two decades ago, a machine shed fire in rural Plymouth County might have taken one, maybe two, fire departments to put out the flames.
But in 2019, it took five just to get enough manpower and water to put out the fire. No single department had enough available volunteers or resources.
"The days where the butcher, the baker, and the horseshoe maker ran down the street when the fire whistle blew in town, that doesn't happen anymore," Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper said.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Des Moines Register
A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House that aims to help veteran firefighters.
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and Congressman Don Bacon (R-Nebraska-02), a U.S. Air Force veteran, introduced the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act on Thursday. It aims to provide veteran firefighters with the compensation, health care, and retirement benefits they earned with their military service.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC/CW+ 29 Charlottesville
A series of the 911 calls made on the night the Alpine Motel Apartments fire went up into flames were released to 8 News Now by the City of Las Vegas Thursday. The calls detail the moments after residents and victims called 911, along with when first responders arrived at the scene that fateful night Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLAS-TV CBS 8 Las Vegas
VIDEO: Paramedic Scott Lazar, a 16-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, is used to treating the same person, sometimes on the same day, on Skid Row.
"Deja vu, yeah, it's every day down here," Lazar told "Nightline" as he treats a man for an overdose, as he did just the day before.
Over five months, "Nightline" got an exclusive look at life at Lazar's LAFD Station 9, rare access to the day-to-day operations of this team and a glimpse into daily life for this city's most vulnerable.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
The Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the San Francisco Fire Department have partnered to remind communities of the importance of practicing fire safety along with some friendly competition.
On the Tuesday following Sunday's game, the fire chief will install a smoke alarm with the winning team's emblem on it.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay
City firefighters can now bear an emblem for mental health on their helmets after the department's first officer suicide.
It's a way for firefighters to keep the fallen officer close to them; it's a reminder for them to take care of themselves, said Shawn Weeks, president of Local 1891, which represents Boynton's paramedics and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Palm Beach Post
VIDEO: Students at Dudley High School are getting the unique opportunity to work on the construction of two new fire stations as summer interns.
“Opportunities don't come around like this very often, especially for high school students,” Principal Rodney Wilds said.
The Greensboro Fire Department received approval for the necessary funding to rebuild fire stations 7 and 56.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point
More than 100 Wisconsin firefighters and emergency responders lobbied for a bill Wednesday that they say will save lives.
The bill would remove barriers for public safety officers to get worker's compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Because of a 1974 Supreme Court decision, to get worker's compensation, public safety officers must demonstrate a PTSD diagnosis based on extraordinary stress above what is usually experienced by others on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison
Those interested in learning more about the operation of the Asheboro Fire Department will soon be able to with the introduction of the department's Ride-Along Program.
Lt. Jason Joines says the program, which has never before been offered by the Asheboro Fire Department (AFD), is open to any interested individuals, but that it's aimed towards those who might be considering a career as a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Courier-Tribune
Tuesday night's village board meeting was very long and, at times, very confusing, but a few important developments did emerge from it regardless. Among them, the board voted to approve an inter-governmental agreement between the Oswego Police and Fire Departments that will allow fire department paramedics to draw blood for police sobriety tests.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oswego Patch
The D.C. Fire and EMS Department has launched an internal investigation after a photo surfaced Wednesday of a recruit class in which some of the members are making what appears to be an OK sign with their hands.
The signal has traditionally been seen as a symbol of understanding or an affirmative reply, but according to the Anti-Defamation League was claimed by white supremacists as a sign of hate.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-FOX 5 DC
Even in its earliest days, before the dawn of the 20th century, Butte had experienced tragedy.
Six men died in a fire in the Anaconda Mine on Nov. 23, 1889. Fire swept through the Silver Bow Mine on April 21, 1893, leaving nine dead.
But “Butte's Night of Horror,” which occurred 125 years ago, was on an entirely different scale.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Montana Standard
VIDEO: Dozens of people at seven schools in the Los Angeles area were treated for minor injuries after a plane with mechanical issues dumped a load of jet fuel while returning to LAX for an emergency landing on Tuesday, officials said.
The incident was initially reported shortly before noon at Park Avenue Elementary School in the 8000 block of Park Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
The town of Wiscasset has been fined $1,000 after its fire department violated air quality rules and created a public safety threat when it burned the old Huber's Market on Route 1.
In a memo dated Jan. 3, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said the Wiscasset Fire Department failed to remove waste material prior to the burn, did not investigate if asbestos or lead paint was present, did not have a written training plan and created a “nuisance and public safety threat” during the demolition of the Huber's Market building.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bangor Daily News - Metered Site
First responders in Augusta County are working with county officials to come up with an insurance plan that offers better coverage for volunteer firefighters.
Volunteer and career firefighters are held to the same standards of training and certifications but do not receive the same coverage if they are hurt or fall ill on the job.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIR-TV NBC/CW+ 29 Charlottesville
Sue Gormly stood outside her father's house on Mitchell's Lane on Monday morning, surrounded by sweeping fields, and complained of the lack of fire hydrants in the immediate vicinity.
Gormly questioned what her family would do if her father's barn were to catch fire and the Middletown Fire Department's tanker truck wasn't available to respond “because they don't have the manpower to use it,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Newport Daily News
After the crash that resulted in the deaths of Lubbock Police Officer Nicholas Reyna and Lubbock Fire Rescue Lieutenant Eric Hill, and left Firefighter Matthew Dawson with critical injuries, representatives from various First Responder organizations across the country are asking drivers across the country to “pay attention and move over.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin took steps Monday to correct the way firefighters in the city have been paid for holidays since 2012.
A $1.7 million-dollar agreement has been reached between the City of Charleston and the firefighters union.
Mayor Goodwin was joined by Myron Boggess of Charleston Professional Firefighters Local 317 to announce the agreement that addresses back-payment discrepancies.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Fort Drum's fire department puts out a call for help. Over the past 3 years, 5 of its fire trucks have failed inspection and haven't been replaced. With a fleet of aging apparatus, the firefighters' union tells us it needs Washington to come to the rescue.
To fight fires, you need the right tools. On Fort Drum, those tools are becoming scarce.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV CBS 7 Carthage
A city dispute with its firefighters' union over wage increases may need third-party intervention to resolve.
After stalling on contract negotiations in October, negotiators have invoked a provision known as “binding arbitration” for the first time in city history, according to the city's human resources director.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Hampton has a fire station with no firefighters and no fire trucks.
The city had to close one of its stations for the time being after workers found asbestos.
Fire Station 7 on Fox Hill Road was built in 1967. Last week, renovators were replacing some flooring and found what they thought was asbestos.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
VIDEO: Representatives with the Guinness Book of World Records recently visited Tullahoma, Tennessee and brought a measuring stick with them.
Tullahoma firefighter Brandon Berridge could break a world record.
Berridge stands 7-feet tall, which could make him the tallest firefighter in the world.
“He goes by ‘Shorty.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyHighPlains.com
VIDEO: A massive fire ripped through several buildings, including a pair of apartment complexes under construction in downtown Bound Brook Sunday night, according to fire officials. Firefighters, who continued to battle the blaze past 11 p.m., said there were no serious injuries. A Bound Brook firefighter was treated for a sprained ankle.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
The Colorado Department of Public Safety is using a high-tech airplane to try and solve the mystery of the drones flying in Northeast Colorado.
They call it a multi-mission aircraft and it's usually used to help fight fires.
"We're charged with public safety as one of the missions from our department.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KUSA-TV NBC 9 Denver
A group of Detroit firefighters who made national headlines by posing for a group photo in front of an empty, burning home on New Year's Eve will be disciplined for what the city's fire commissioner described as a “momentary lapse in judgement.”
Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said an investigation into the incident has wrapped up.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive
VIDEO: North Little Rock has invested millions of dollars in its Fire Department over the past few years to create one of the most prepared disaster organizations in the state, officials said.
The department has received more than $36 million over the past two years, and part of that is being used to beef up its specialized units.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arkansas Democrat Gazette - Metered Site
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department hosted its first companion fire academy on Sunday to show the people closest to them what they do every day on the job.
The wives and significant others of 14 different firefighters suited up in their own turnout gear, went through the agility training course, climbed up the ladder on the engine, and even drove a fire engine at Sunday's academy.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence
Amy Quinn has been a paramedic for years. She will be the first to tell you she would not trade it for anything.
"It's really nice to be able to help the community and it's nice to make those one-on-one connections with the people who really want your help," she said.
Quinn has been working at the Scappoose Rural Fire District as a single-role paramedic.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland
VIDEO: On a gloomy morning in downtown Los Angeles, the crew at Los Angeles Fire Station 10 meandered about the firehouse, checked the equipment and swapped playful jabs at one another.
Then the bell rang out.
The loudspeaker blared out orders for a rescue: Someone was on top of a two-story building, possibly threatening to jump.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Orange County Register - Metered Site
Buena Vista Charter Township no longer is considering a proposal to merge its police and fire departments after hearing public backlash to the plan, the township superintendent said.
The proposal considered by Buena Vista's Board of Trustees would have created a new public safety department with some police officers cross-trained to respond to fires, eliminated some fire jobs and hired more part-time, on-call firefighters to maintain services.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate a Dec. 29 crash on I-70 that killed a 23-year-old.
Jenna N. Monet, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, was a passenger in a 2019 Tesla Model 3 when it crashed into the back of a firetruck parked in the passing lane of I-70, Indiana State Police said.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IndyStar
VIDEO: For more than a year, the East Texas 100 Club has helped to raise money and support for the brave men and women who serve East Texas as first responders.
The money they raise plays an important part in helping to care for the families of first responders killed in the line of duty. It also helps to care for those who are seriously wounded.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYTX-TV CBS/CW 19 Longview
For the first time in a least four years, the city of Watertown has set dates to sit down with its fire union to negotiate a contract.
In two weeks, Watertown city officials will be doing something they haven't done in a long time - negotiating a contract with the city fire union.
"I think it's long over due.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWNY-TV CBS 7 Carthage
Next time you call 911, you may not see red lights or hear sirens when fire and rescue personnel get to you and once they're there, you might not be taken to a hospital.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services says it's no cause for concern, MCFRS says what's called a “cold response” can be safer for EMS personnel, community members and patients.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDVM-TV 25 Hagerstown
In her more than 30 years as an artist, Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski has created countless masterpieces.
But nothing has sparked more excitement than the collection she recently created on a series of glass windows, commissioned as a civic work by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. “I had never painted on glass before but I can use my own drawing underneath as a guide.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1
Construction is well underway on the new Roanoke Fire Station No. 7. But before crews took hammers and excavators to tear down the old building, the fire department teamed up with Black Dog Salvage to save historic pieces of the old structure.
The old station was built in 1922 and due to land issues, it had to be torn down in order to build a new station that would meet all the department's needs.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSLS-TV NBC 10 Roanoke
Republicans in the state Senate advanced a bill Wednesday to restrict the use of firefighting foam containing certain PFAS compounds but rejected a Democratic proposal to expand regulation of the synthetic chemicals that have been found in drinking water throughout the state.
The Senate's GOP-led natural resources committee voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the bill, authored by Sen.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News
As California Governor Gavin Newsom continues cracking down on the state's oil industry, local officials say that a move away from oil may carry some unintended consequences.
If Kern's oil industry took a hit, so would it's economy. And that would manifest itself in many ways, one of which being property taxes.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield
New Cedar Falls Mayor Rob Green wants the city council to review the city's controversial Public Safety Officer program.
The city has been slowly replacing firefighter positions with Public Safety Officers, or PSO's, which are police officers cross-trained as firefighters. The move has angered firefighters and was a big issue in the election where council member Green defeated incumbent Mayor Jim Brown.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Radio Iowa
The Superior Fire Department rung in 2020 with a new building, a new chief, a new fire truck and new technology that will take their work into the digital cloud.
It's a young crew heading into the new year. Half the department has been there five years or less. Firefighters in their 20s outnumber firefighters in their 50s by 10-to-1.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Superior Telegram
If your house catches fire, your husband has a heart attack or your cat gets stuck in a tree in Reno this year, you might find yourself the unsuspecting star of a new "COPS"-style reality TV show that airs in real time.
At its meeting Wednesday, the Reno City Council will decide whether to sign a contract with A&E's "Live Rescue" that would allow television production crews to embed with firefighters responding to calls.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Reno Gazette Journal
The Toledo Fire & Rescue Department (TFRD) is rolling out a new way to recruit with a focus on the community.
Fire Chief Brian Byrd has assigned a specific team to recruit even more diverse candidates.
They will work with community leaders like Toledo City Council members and Toledo Public Schools to fill the 50 open spots for the next class.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNWO-TV NBC 24 Toledo
VIDEO: Firefighters in New Bedford protested the mayor's inauguration Monday night over the city's longstanding blackout policy.
Fire station blackouts have been in effect since 2009 when the former mayor, Scott Lang, initiated the policy as a way to try and save money during the Great Recession. Through the policy, a different station is closed, or "blacked out", for a 24-hour period to cut back on staffing, therefore reducing costs.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNE-TV ABC 6
The city faces $10,800 in fines from the state for safety violations at the Warrenton Fire Department.
The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an investigation after anonymous complaints. It fined the city $7,500 for not ensuring a proper respiratory protection program, $2,100 for not ensuring employees wore the right protective equipment, $420 for improper training, $420 for not maintaining a safety committee, $180 for a lack of equipment inspections and $180 for not keeping a hazard communication program.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Astorian
VIDEO: York police said a registered sex offender has been arrested after showing up to emergency scenes pretending to be a firefighter.
Robert Shipman, 29, was arrested Saturday after officers said he blocked the roadway at a serious accident on East Jefferson Street and had red lights on his truck.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte
Engine 72 used to put out fires in North Olympia. Now one rages inside of it, guaranteed to cook a fresh pizza in two minutes.
Christopher and Janene Murray are the owners of Murray's Rustic Pie, a wood-fired pizza operation built in a converted fire engine.
The mobile food truck has been in commission for the pizza business since last summer, traveling to farmers markets, breweries, community events — even weddings — when they're not serving about 30 pies a day from the driveway of the Murray home at 536 NE C St.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin - Metered Site
The city contends the firefighters union shouldn't be permitted to intervene in a civil lawsuit filed by a state board seeking an injunction to stop Youngstown from reducing the number of battalion chiefs.
It also argues in a Monday filing that the State Employment Relations Board, which filed the lawsuit Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Vindicator
VIDEO: Karina Figueroa and her family likely lost everything in a Sunday morning house fire that claimed the life of a metro firefighter. Right now they are not thinking about themselves.
“We can start over again, the firefighter's family can't. All they have left is the memories," Figuroea said.
Officials have identified the West Peculiar firefighter who was killed as 30-year-old Chuck McCormick.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAF-TV FOX 4
When Carol Brown joined the Boulder Fire Department in 1991, she was one of roughly a dozen female firefighters. Today a shift battalion chief, Brown is one of seven.
Though Boulder was among the earliest to admit females to its force — the first two women were hired in 1978, according to Brown — the number of women in the city's firefighting force has fallen over the years as older employees have retired.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Boulder Beat
In 2009, when Fire Chief Tom Burgasser was told to cut 20% of his budget, he knew exactly what to do.
Transporting patients to the hospital instead of handing them over to a private ambulance company seemed like a no-brainer, the chief recalled more than 10 years later.
It cut out the middle man. It would decrease the department's spending while increasing revenue.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Canton Repository
As he stood in the third-floor corner room that served as his office from 2000 to 2009, retired Hartford Fire Chief Charles Teale reflected on some of the more historic moments that had taken place at the Pearl Street headquarters during his tenure.
He recalled firefighters coming into the room after the 9/11 attacks and dumping piles of money they had collected for the 343 firefighters who perished at Ground Zero out onto the long conference table that dominated the room.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant - Metered Site
VIDEO: An internal investigation has been opened to look into the procedures and training protocol of the Saint Joseph County Dispatch Center.
ABC57 is still following the New Year's Eve tragedy that killed four-year-old James and his sister, two-year-old Natalie Kleven and left mother, Brook, and her 3-month-old son in critical condition.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBND-LD ABC 57 South Bend
The morning sky was the color of lead, the air was barely above freezing and the only sound was the crunch of dead leaves as Ryan Mains began a 10-mile run through Crystal Lake's Veteran Acres Park.
He has come here for years to build his stamina on the park's steep hills, preparing for races that stretch well beyond a marathon.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Tribune - Metered Site
Many years of fundraising efforts, patience and persistence led the Adrian Fire Department to accomplish a decade-long goal that will help better serve their community and surrounding areas.
“I started this project ten years ago,” said Wilbur Garrison, Adrian Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief.
The goal of the project was to raise enough money to build a new $250,000 fire station that would be able to house six fire trucks and have a heating system.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFDA-TV CBS News 10
Well-respected and beloved Somerset Fire Chief Scott Jepson died suddenly on Thursday.
Jepson, 54, of Dighton, was a 27-year veteran, joining the Somerset Fire Department in 1992 and taking over as chief in 2008.
His death was announced by Somerset Deputy Fire Chief Jamison Barros, Police Chief George McNeil and Town Administrator Richard M.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Coast Today
Buena Vista Charter Township has scheduled a town hall meeting regarding the proposed merger of its police and fire departments.
The town hall will take place Friday, Jan. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Buena Vista Community Center, located at 1940 S Outer Drive, west of I-75.
The township's goal is to gauge public opinion, answer questions and provide information to residents regarding a potential merger of the township's public safety departments.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mlive.com
Santa Rosa artist Adrian Litman, who lost his home in the Tubbs fire two years ago, wanted to make a simple, direct statement with his new metal sculpture.
He wanted to capture the importance of water in the often gut-wrenching work firefighters do every time an alarm goes off in the firehouse.
Mounted atop a waist-high slab of concrete in front of the Santa Rosa Fire Station 1 on Sonoma Avenue, the metal sculpture is of a giant heart made of silver, flowing water that surrounds red tongues of fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
The number of people who died in fires fell by 25% last year, even as emergency crews responded to a record number of medical emergencies, the FDNY said Wednesday.
Sixty-six people died in fires across the five boroughs in 2019, 22 fewer than the 88 victims in 2018, officials said. Yet the number of medical emergencies jumped by more than 2,300, bringing last year's total to 1,531,870 — the second highest in the FDNY's history, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
A Birmingham firefighter who says the conditions at an East Birmingham fire station made him sick has now filed a lawsuit against the City of Birmingham and Mayor Randall Woodfin.
Michael Horsley who started with Birmingham in 2006 claims he, former and current employees of the City of Birmingham Fire Department ("BFD") have been forced to work in dangerous conditions at Fire Station 27 in the Huffman area.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBRC-TV
Tuesday night saw the end of a 73-year-old tradition.
The Burlington Rescue Squad, a volunteer emergency medical service that has covered the City and Town of Burlington since 1946, officially disbanded when the clock struck midnight.
“It's bittersweet,” said Burlington Rescue Squad Chief Jeff Koenen, who frequently refers to the volunteer service as a tight-knit family and bonafide lifestyle.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News
Detroit's fire commissioner says he will investigate the circumstances of a social media photograph posted on New Year's Eve showing 18 firefighters posing in front of roaring house fire, according to media reports.
The photo was posted on the "Detroit Fire Incidents Page" on Facebook along with the caption "crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Years!" In the background is a house engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Detroit Free Press
A week after passing a measure to set up what's called a 401(a) plan, tax-deferred retirement saving accounts for retiring public safety employees, the City Council on Monday afternoon rescinded the resolution.
Members of the City Council approved the repeal without opposition in an emergency meeting.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Paterson Times
VIDEO: An OSHA report on the fire that left a fire captain dead and three other firefighters injured in Bethalto, Illinois, said communication problems contributed to the dangerous conditions at the fire.
Godfrey Fire Captain Jake Ringering was killed in a fire at 4064 Culp Lane on March 5. An OSHA report of working conditions at the fire was completed in September and was released to 5 On Your Side Monday.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSDK-TV NBC 5 St. Louis
Since joining the Fire Department in 2006, Lieutenant Kyra Neeley King has not only seen a great melding of various rescue services — including medical professionals and firefighters — into a cohesive response force, but she's also witnessed these brave first responders serving a common purpose of helping New Yorkers.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AM New York
VIDEO: The New Bedford firefighters union is once again calling on the city to end its policy of "blacking out" certain engines when the department is short-staffed.
The city's black out policy sometimes leaves one random truck unstaffed to save money. The department has been operating under the policy for at least ten years.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNE-TV ABC 6
PHOTOS: Julian Reams literally is leaving his mark on the St. Lucie County Fire District.
Reams, 32, a firefighter with the agency, also is an accomplished artist from Miami, and he brought some of his artistic passion to his job as a first responder.
Reams has painted three murals on as many fire stations, two of which are stations where he's been based since joining the agency in December 2012.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TC Palm
VIDEO: As a singer-songwriter, Larry Long has made a career out of making music with a message, but he hopes his latest creation will strike a chord on the issue of firefighter health and wellness.
"You can never predict where a song is going to go or the effect it's going to have, but time will tell," said Long, who is from south Minneapolis.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis
The failure of the state of North Dakota's ladder truck has left Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther worried about the department's ability to fight fires and make rescues from taller buildings in Jamestown and the North Dakota State Hospital.
The ladder truck is owned by the state of North Dakota under an agreement where the JFD provides fire protection to the State Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Jamestown Sun
VIDEO: A shortage of water hampered firefighters' efforts Friday to save a historic 120-year-old home in Concord which was originally built for the prominent descendant of a U.S. President.
The fire at 240 Fairhaven Hill Road burned a 6,500-square-foot home that was built in 1899, according to records.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
When the call comes in for an opiate overdose, Akron Fire District Chief Joseph Natko said paramedics drop everything and respond as fast as they can. But four to six minutes can pass from the time someone dials the phone to when a paramedic treats the patient.
When people overdose, Natko said they can seem intoxicated or unresponsive.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Akron Beacon Journal
Jamie Dukes tried the door handle, throwing his weight against the small metal door that led to the outside of a North Charleston industrial facility.
It wouldn't move.
Inside the structure, pallets of polyester were stacked more than 6 feet high. A plastics warehousing firm was moving in, and Dukes, a North Charleston fire inspector, was on site to sign off that the property was up to code.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Post and Courier - Metered Site
VIDEO: The Newark Division of Fire now has a permanent way of remembering its fallen heroes.
The department recently installed a memorial for firefighters killed in the line of duty.
“It's a real risk and our new wall reminds folks of that,” Newark Lt. Neal Murphy explained.
The tribute consists of eight plaques with names, dates and a short description of each of the eight men killed since the fire department's inception.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCMH-TV NBC 4 Columbus
Municipal officials have agreed to set up what's called a 401(a) plan, tax-differed retirement saving accounts, for retiring public safety employees. Members of the City Council approved a measure on Monday allowing mayor Andre Sayegh's administration to set up the plan at the request of the police and fire unions.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Paterson Times
Major changes are coming to the Owen Valley Fire Department.
Lt. Joe Frye said the department will lose a majority of its firefighters at the end of the year because the Owen Valley Volunteer Firefighter Incorporated Group could not reach a contract agreement with the Owen Valley Fire Territory Board.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRTV ABC 6 Indianapolis
The city's firefighters union is pushing for more emphasis on mental health after losing an officer to suicide.
“One of our brothers passed away of this disease,” said Shawn Weeks, president of Local 1891, the union that represents Boynton's paramedics and firefighters. “Nobody thought this was gonna happen.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Palm Beach Post
Knowing how to properly handle all the equipment that's used to fight fires is a crucial part of a firefighter's job.
Joseph Cross looks like he's adept and ready to go to battle, but he is actually not a firefighter – yet. He is training to become one after fighting some personal demons and ending up in prison.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bay News 9
Looking a the numbers at the end of the first year of the Racine Fire Department's home visit program, department Division Chief Brian Wolf said he's seen how the program “is greatly needed.”
For its first year, the program has been focused on cardiac patients. Fire Chief Steve Hansen said the department's partners in the program at Advocate Aurora and Ascension All Saints would like to see the program expanded, but the department's plan is to grow the program incrementally.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times - Metered Site
Much of a Long Island firehouse was destroyed after going up in flames Christmas morning, leaving the chief in tears as he described the loss of two pumpers, a ladder truck, an ambulance and the volunteer department's firefighting equipment.
A passing state trooper noticed the blaze at the unoccupied North Massapequa fire headquarters at 1000 N.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
Spartanburg County's fire service needs have failed to keep up with the growth of more than 50,000 residents over the past 20 years, the county's leading fire official says.
That's primarily because the county's master fire service plan has not been updated in more than 20 years, according to Barry Frost.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spartanburg Herald Journal
VIDEO: Firefighters battled a five-alarm blaze at a commercial building in Mahwah shortly before 5 a.m. Christmas Day, working for hours to get it under control, officials said.
The fire occurred at the Arzee Building Supply Center at 37 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah Police Chief Stephen Jaffe said. All five Mahwah fire department companies, township police and firefighters from mutual aid support from Rockland County in New York responded to the call, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com
The Pell City Fire Department is working on a new partnership with local businesses for 2020.
The department will ring in the new year with its new Fire and Life Safety Program. This program will mainly entail the inspections of all business in the city during the new year.
Ahead of these inspections, the city is also asking that businesses complete a few minor steps that will help both them and the department in the long run.
- PUB DATE: 12/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Clair Times
A nine-foot tree outside Fairfax County's Public Safety Headquarters is not only celebrating the holidays but honoring those who served.
“The cumulative impact of stress from being a first responder starts to creep up on you,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler.
Two years ago, stress caught up with the Chief after some of his friends died in the line of duty and by suicide.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7
As the city continues to stay mum on the plan to encrypt tens of thousands of police radios in New York City, yet another group is expressing concerns that they will also be shut out of the NYPD feed — volunteer firefighters and ambulance companies.
Dozens of volunteer ambulance groups currently respond to help New Yorkers around the city, and they monitor police radios to provide assistance.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: amNewYork
Mike Berthiaume, 31, a Franklin firefighter, was transferring a patient at the hospital when he suddenly felt pain in his knee.
The injury would cause him to miss work, his one true passion, for the next year.
“I basically just twisted my knee the wrong way, it was like a compression and twisting injury, and from there it just escalated,” said Berthiaume.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Boston Herald - Metered Site
One community is getting into the holiday spirit in an unconventional way.
Grayson firefighters saw a video of a fireman in New York, dressed as Buddy the Elf, starting pillow fights with random people.
They said it looked like too much fun not to try themselves.
When people see the Clark Griswold car approaching blaring music from the National Lampoon Vacation films, it's only a harbinger of the surreal Christmas experience that's about to literally strike them.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery
Interstate 485 drivers caused a traffic jam while gawking at and videotaping an overturned car, emergency responders said in a lengthy rebuke on Twitter Saturday night.
“Please put your phones down and keep your eyes on the road,” Matthews Fire & EMS tweeted earlier in the day with two photos from the wreck scene, including one of an overturned car.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Charlotte Observer
A Local Law introduced by Chairman Dan J. Reynolds and the Majority Legislators that shields and protects First Responders has been approved by the Broome County Legislature. At the Regular Legislative Session held on Thursday, December 19th, the Legislature approved the Emergency First Responders Protection Act of 2019.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WICZ-TV FOX 40 Binghamton
The Cambria County Board of Commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to approve a $16.9 million contract for upgrades to the county's public safety radio system, a move designed to improve emergency responders' ability to reliably communicate with each other and with 911 dispatchers.
Robbin Melnyk, Cambria County's 911 coordinator, said during Thursday's meeting of the Board of Commissioners that the “questionable” reliability of the county's existing public radio system “is a safety risk to our responders.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Johnstown Tribune-Democrat
VIDEO: When Paul Pietrafesa, a driver for Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his wife Karen said she was glad he and their family had done everything they always wanted to do, and that they had lived every day like it was their last.
“Cancer doesn't discriminate.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Coral Springs Talks
The labor unions representing Paterson's police officers and firefighters are accusing the city of violating their contracts by not issuing accrued leave time payments to employees who retired since July 1.
Administration officials said the city intends to make the payments eventually, but that checks have not yet been issued because of “a cash flow issue.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NorthJersey.com - Metered Site
A North Bay man has written a song he hopes fire departments will adopt as an anthem. It's called "Smoke Soldiers," a three-minute rock ballad paying tribute to firefighters.
And on Wednesday night, four Santa Rosa restaurants threw their support behind David Benjamin Gruenbaum of Santa Rosa 's effort.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland
After vetting applicants as near as the Central Valley and as far off as Florida, the city of Visalia has selected a new fire chief: Daniel Griswold of Casper, Wyoming.
"Without exception, everyone that had an opportunity to meet and talk with Dan really seemed to find him engaging, personable and approachable," City Manager Randy Groom said.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Visalia Times Delta - Metered Site
Christmas came early for the Willingboro Fire and EMS Department.
Township officials gathered Wednesday to cut the ribbon at the department's brand new, over 30,000-square-feet fire station.
The milestone marks over a decade of the department working to get its members a new home.
“This is something that is a longtime coming and is well deserved.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Burlington County Times
First responders, dispatchers, correction officers and their families in the Tri-State are getting new tools to take care of themselves and their coworkers. The Hamilton County Fire Chief's Association is launching a program to encourage the creation of peer support teams.
Colerain Township Battalion Chief Steve Conn says in 2018 members of the association recognized the need for some type of mental health program for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVXU Cincinnati Public Radio
A Vernon Township firefighter found himself in the middle of his own medical emergency during a call last weekend.
Captain Anthony Karhoff was paged out for a carbon monoxide call Friday night.
"We started to investigate the situation by looking at the CO and smoke detectors in the house and I started feeling kind of uncomfortable, sick to my stomach and nauseous," Karhoff said.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 12 News
Police are trying to sort out the circumstances surrounding a crash involving an Exeter Township Fire Department utility vehicle and a well-drilling truck.
The crash was reported shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday on an icy stretch of Shelbourne Road, between Wingspread Drive and Rugby Road, in Exeter Township.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 News
A Front Range fire chief and former firefighter has died from a rare form of cancer that's believed to be job-related.
Troy Jackson worked with South Metro Fire Rescue for nearly 30 years. He passed away today after a six-year cancer battle.
Doctors diagnosed Jackson with adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2013.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Colorado Public Radio