VIDEOS: At least 16 people were displaced Thursday night when a large fire destroyed a condominium building in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
The three-alarm blaze broke out around 8 p.m. on Shawsheen Court. Flames were already going through the roof before fire crews arrived.
The roof collapsed, and smoke could still be seen rising from the rubble hours after the fire began.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
The city is creating a multi-agency task force to crack down on illegal fireworks this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced earlier this week.
The task force will be comprised of 32 agents — 10 officers from the NYPD Intelligence Bureau, 12 fire marshals from the FDNY and 10 deputy sheriffs from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sunnyside Post
Photos obtained by News4 Investigates show two massive fires, nine years apartment, at the Brentwood Oaks apartments show both buildings had a sprinkler system that did not prevent it from burning to the ground.
Additional documents obtained by News4 Investigates show that firefighters also faced additional problems during the May 24th fire, including a delay in getting through the gates.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSMV-TV NBC4 Nashville
PHOTOS: A 7-year-old with a big heart wanted one thing for her birthday, and it wasn't anything to keep for herself.
The Superior and Duluth Fire Department's teamed up with 7-year-old Monroe Kroll, to give extra comfort to those in the community who may need it most.
For Kroll's 7th birthday, instead of gifts to keep for herself, she requested that her friends buy stuffed animals to give to children in need of comfort.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBJR-TV NBC 6 Superior
VIDEO: Tom Hill is also known as “Bull” where he's from. A retired firefighter for Orange County Fire Rescue in Central Florida, Bull has walked close to 3,000 miles now for firefighters who have passed. He came up Highway 17 and made a stop in Richmond Hill on Saturday, and said for the 33 years he was a firefighter, there was no help for families who lost firefighters due to cancer, and that's why he's walking to Charleston now.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bryan County News
VIDEO: A massive 2-alarm fire at a Northeast Side apartment complex looks to be intentionally set, according to San Antonio Fire Department officials.
The fire started just after 4 a.m. Thursday at the Cottages at Terrell Hills apartments on Harry Wurzbach Road near Rittiman Road.
Firefighters immediately went defensive due to the size of the fire, using ladder companies and fighting the fire from above, as flames were shooting through the roof of one of the buildings.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOAI-TV NBC 4 San Antonio
VIDEO: When rioters set fire to parts of the Twin Cities last summer, the world was watching.
So were investigators, who were about to take on one of the biggest tasks of their careers.
More than 160 arson investigations are connected to the unrest last May, according to Jeffery Reed, assistant special agent in charge for the ATF's St.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis
The Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in Leesburg killing four onboard was conducting a test flight with a newly installed piece of firefighting equipment when a piece came off and swung into the blades, the preliminary crash report from the National Transportation Safety Board shows.
The Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise May 25 near the Leesburg airport.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando
An internal audit of the city's fire department is raising alarms at city hall. It shows response times are too slow. And some fire stations have had to temporarily shut down.
Chief Scott Wolverton went before the a city council committee to answer to the results. The audit showed that the department's overall response times have fallen below national standards.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTBS-TV ABC 3 Shreveport
Reforms for cutting, welding, and hot work that stem from the death of two Boston firefighters seven years ago were again at the forefront of a legislative hearing Monday with first responders saying legislation is needed to prevent further deaths and hold violating companies accountable.
A Sen. Nick Collins bill (S 1554) would implement recommendations from a special commission created and named after Boston firefighters Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy, who died in a 2014 fire reportedly caused by welders working on a building next door to a brownstone in the Back Bay.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP-TV CW 22 Springfield
VIDEO: On Tuesday morning, firefighters responded to a fire at Galice Resort, the iconic restaurant and store situated along the Rogue River to the northwest of Merlin.
Austin Prince from Rural Metro Fire confirmed to NewsWatch 12 that the structure was "fully involved," as firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDRV-TV ABC 12 Medford
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) announced “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” as the theme of this 2021's Fire Prevention Week.
This year, Fire Prevention Week is recognized from October 3 through 9 and seeks to better educate the public about the sounds of smoke alarms, what they mean, and how to respond to them.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNT-TV CBS 19 Huntsville
A Tarboro 16-year-old raised more than $22,000 for his local volunteer fire department as part of a project to become an Eagle Scout.
If it wasn't for Will Wooten's hard work, leaders of the Heartsease Volunteer Fire Department said they wouldn't be able to fight fires safely.
“I was not expecting this at all,” Wooten said.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh
Monday night, a fire tore through the upper floors of a building on Greig Street; two people were in the home at the time and were taken to area hospitals.
A firefighter was also taken for treatment and is on the mend.
The Firefighters Association said they had to wait over seven minutes to get an ambulance for a firefighter suffering from a rapid pulse and heat exhaustion, the delay they say is unacceptable.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rochester First
VIDEO: An Oklahoma fire department is working hard to rescue “The Spirit Of Oklahoma,” a fire truck sent to New York City to help with 9/11 recovery.
Now that it's up for sale, the Calera Fire Department is doing everything it can to buy it and bring it home.
The clock is ticking as a bright red badge of brotherhood between Oklahoma and New York firefighters – with a history spanning 26 years - could be lost in just 10 days.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOTV-DT CBS 6 Tulsa
VIDEO: Over 100 firefighters are battling an explosive fire in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning.
The fire broke out at a three-story building in the 200 block of S. Los Angeles Street, near 3rd Street shortly before 2 a.m.
Los Angeles Fire Department says it has declared it a "major emergency" fire, and 150 firefighters are "still in an active firefight.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
PHOTOS: A Horry County Fire Rescue ambulance flipped on its side after a crash in Myrtle Beach Monday afternoon, according to Master Cpl. Thomas Vest with the Myrtle Beach Police Dept.
At 12:43 p.m., police said the northbound lanes of Robert M. Grissom Parkway and the westbound lanes of Mr. Joe White Avenue were closed to traffic.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPDE-TV ABC 15 Florence
A Wisconsin man appears to have broken the world record for most pushups in a year in his effort to raise money for the families of fallen first responders.
Nate Carroll, of Winneconne, completed his 1,500,231st pushup Sunday at the 50-yard line during halftime of the 48th annual Fun City Bowl, a football game between New York City first responders at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal
VIDEO: A project in Pueblo more than than two decades in the making is finally complete.
Pueblo's first-ever motorized fire truck has been restored.
The 110-year-old vehicle has helped out in some of the city's most significant emergencies, like the Great Flood of 1921 and the opera house fire of 1922.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOAA-TV NBC 5 Pueblo
Every year, more than 300,000 people die from cardiac arrest, but a new study could help cut into that number for communities around here.
When your heart stops, time is of the essence, but that doesn't just go for paramedics getting on scene.
“Good compressions on someone? A maximum of two minutes — a minute, really ideal,” said Rich Burns, Brunswick County's EMS training coordinator.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WECT-TV NBC 6 Wilmington
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Phoenix fire officials say a sixth alarm fire at a recycling yard near 35th Avenue and Buckeye prompted the largest response in the department's history on June 5.
"I can't remember the last time we had a sixth alarm," said Phoenix Fire Captain Todd Keller. "We've had a couple two, three alarms in the last couple of months, but this is a big one.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
Firefighters with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District have new technology that helps them navigate through burning buildings and find people twice as fast, according to the Fire Chief.
The technology is called the C-Thru platform. It includes a navigation unit that attaches to the firefighter's helmet and allows them to clearly see objects in a burning building.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland
VIDEO: A man was taken away in handcuffs after getting into a dangerous altercation with a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crew, and it was all caught on camera.
The incident occurred Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Southwest Eighth Street and 42nd Avenue.
Cellphone video shows a man dressed all in white striking the front windshield of a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck with a baseball bat, cracking the glass.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami
VIDEO: A pair of pint-sized brothers in Brooklyn are making a big impact on their community.
Gideon and Josiah Trank, ages eight and seven, have raised hundreds of dollars for first responders with their front yard lemonade stand. Friday, they rented the Cocky's Bagels food truck for the Brooklyn police and fire departments with their earnings.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland
VIDEO: The Baltimore City Fire Department, in an effort to increase diversity and equity within the agency, named its first LGBTQIA+ liaison, and some in the community are applauding the move.
Baltimore City Fire Department paramedic Kyle Lovell is the department's first LGBTQIA+ liaison. He's a five-year-veteran of the department and a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-AM 1090 Baltimore
It was a sad and hard thing to see this past weekend when pictures emerged from a fire on Mackinac Island at the 120-year-old Brigadoon Cottage. The Memorial Day weekend fire to the historic location caused damage to the structure estimated to be close to $1 million. Thankfully there were no injuries, and as they say, things can be repaired and replaced, but people can't.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCRZ-FM 108 Flint
PHOTO: A specially painted lifeguard tower at Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey is promoting the Los Angeles Fire Department's new Sirens of Silence program, which helps raise awareness and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The program is a partnership with the county fire department, Fourth District County Supervisor Janice Hahn and the Department of Beaches and Harbors.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Marina Del Ray Patch
The City of Cayce will have its 1936 fire truck back on the streets Wednesday, June 9, as part of the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association 2021 Convention at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The fire truck, which was restored in 2019, will be escorted to the convention center at 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Columbia Star
Overdoses in Jacksonville are increasing at an alarming rate, and the pandemic only made the situation worse.
The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said 2020 was the highest year it's seen for overdose calls: the department responded to 5,050 overdose calls. Another 2,800 calls were reported as opioid-related.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV News 4 Jacksonville
Flashover is a very dangerous phenomenon, in which all of the exposed combustible materials in an enclosed area near-simultaneously ignite. Thanks to a new AI-based system, however, firefighters may soon receive warnings when flashover is imminent.
Typically, flashovers occur when a structure fire causes the temperature in an enclosed space to reach at least 593 ºC (1,100 ºF) – this is the approximate autoignition temperature of many commonly used organic materials.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Atlas
PHOTOS: For 30 years, Ramon Barreto has worked as a San Francisco firefighter, responding to calls within the city and facing down some of the region's most challenging wildfires. But by night, he brings that blazing energy into the ring as one of the Bay Area's most legendary wrestlers: Chicano Flame.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SF Gate
It all started after a furniture factory burned down.
The factory, once located at the end of Putnam Street in the Chesterfield community, caught fire at a point when fire service was provided in the area by a joint effort from the city of Morganton, Oak Hill Fire and what later became Triple Community Fire Department, Chesterfield Fire Chief James Robinson said.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The News Herald
VIDEO: The St. Louis Fire Department is showing off its newest fire truck, all thanks to Ameren Missouri. The truck costs about $1 million dollars and it took 9 to 10 months to design and another to build. Ameren Missouri helped with the design and donated the truck to the fire department.
St. Louis City has two to three significant underground every year that can burn for hours, which can extensive damage and outages.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMOV-TV CBS 4 St. Louis
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Firefighters were able to return a woman's American flag from her apartment after losing her home to a 4-alarm fire in Myrtle Beach Wednesday morning.
The flag was all she had left.
It was emotional devastation for firefighters, and the people who stood watching the fire destroy their homes.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPDE-TV ABC 15 Florence
A Los Angeles County firefighter appeared to have a longstanding job-related dispute with the colleague he shot and killed at their small fire station in what became California's second deadly workplace shooting in less than a week, authorities said Wednesday.
The gunman also wounded a fire captain at the station about 45 miles (72 kilometers) north of Los Angeles on Tuesday before setting his house on fire in a nearby community and apparently killing himself, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Horry County Fire Rescue responded to a two-alarm fire at an apartment building in the 9000 block of Shore Drive Tuesday night before it turned into a four-alarm fire.
Crews were initially dispatched at 11:01 p.m. when a second alarm was sent.
Firefighters were pulled from the Ocean Bridge apartment building around 6:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPDE-TV ABC 15 Florence
Sometimes careers start from the most unusual beginnings. So it was for Aaron Knotts, now chief of the Chillicothe Fire Department.
“The summer between my eighth- and ninth-grade years,” he began, “I went to South Carolina with a friend and his family for a weeklong vacation. While down there, we had purchased some fireworks that were legal in SC.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chillicothe Gazette
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition caused by experiencing a traumatic event and effects both military and civilians alike. According to WebMD, nearly eight percent of adults will develop PTSD at some point in their lives.
Doctor Sam Fiala, an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University Central Texas, said the last 15 months has been hard on a lot of people.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCEN-TV NBC 6 Temple
FDNY hero Abraham Miller, on a roof six stories above a Manhattan street, heard the screams before spotting something through the flames and billowing smoke: A child's tiny hand, extended from an apartment window.
As a colleague lowered Miller down by hand with a rope, with the screams of other residents echoing through the darkness, the five-year veteran tried to put the 5-year-old girl at ease.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site
VIDEO: Firefighters put out a massive blaze at a warehouse in Huntington Park on Monday night, officials said.
The fire was reported around 8:29 p.m. at a shoe factory located at Salt Lake Avenue and E. Gage Avenue, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
Aerial video from Sky5 showed heavy fire and smoke could be seen emanating from the commercial structure.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles
VIDEO: Eight years ago on Monday, the Houston Fire Department endured its darkest day in history.
The Southwest Inn fire and building collapse eventually claimed the lives of five firefighters, and it was the single deadliest day for the Houston Fire Department.
Their fellow firefighters gather at the site each year to make sure the fallen lost that day in 2013 aren't forgotten.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
VIDEO: Greensboro firefighters are taking a significant step toward restoring a tradition that honors colleagues who have died.
The inspiration centers around the Firemen's monument in Green Hill Cemetery.
“We've got so much that we take for granted just like this statue here. A lot of the firemen were not even familiar with it or really knew what the history of it was,” Retired Battalion Chief Carl Eller said.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGHP-TV FOX 8 High Point
Newark firefighters will be dispatched to all life-threatening calls beginning this weekend, officials announced Friday — a change that prompted the city's fire and police unions to raise concerns about training, equipment and compensation.
University Hospital will continue to provide ambulance services to the city, but firefighters will also be dispatched in life-threatening situations.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Jersey Journal
PHOTO: A large mural honoring a firefighter and other Detroit public employees who died from COVID-19 has been unveiled next to a fire station.
Capt. Franklin Williams of the fire department dominates the painting. But there are images of a bus driver who made an emotional plea for protection from COVID-19 before he caught the virus, and 5-year-old girl Skylar Herbert, who was the daughter of a firefighter and police officer.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit
VIDEO: At least one firefighter was hurt in a crash involving a fire engine responding to a call along Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon.
Police said firefighters and civilians were injured when Engine 29 crashed about three blocks from its Girard Avenue station. At least one firefighter could be seen getting removed from the rubble.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia
VIDEO: A huge fire broke out Thursday night at the site of the former "Just For Fun" roller rink in north suburban McHenry.
The roller rink at 914 N. Front Street closed last fall. The rink closed last fall after more than 70-years in business. It started out as a dance hall and was converted into a roller rink a few years later.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
VIDEO: It's not the oldest fire station in the Buffalo Fire Department but it is one of the most spectacular. Firefighter James Rice says "It was built during Buffalo's industrial era. They were very proud of their fire service and fire departments."
The structure was built in 1897. In those days it was horses that pulled the engines.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo
VIDEO: A Manitowoc teenager donated metal American flags to the Green Bay Metro Fire Department and Police Department Wednesday.
Justis Henderson started making metal art with his father in their garage when he was 10 years old. What was a hobby turned into a business.
He's 17 now and just branched off of his dad's business, Metal Art of Wisconsin, to start his own metal art company - Flags by Justis.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1
As a veteran Allen firefighter and paramedic, Jason Denton knew the signs of a stroke. He just never expected to experience those symptoms himself. He and his physicians are bringing attention to the warning signs and lifesaving treatment for National Stroke Awareness Month.
In early March, after helping with a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Allen, Denton called his brother as he was leaving.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Allen American
VIDEO: An off-duty Rochester firefighter came to the rescue during a recent boat fire – using an unconventional means to help extinguish it.
Rochester firefighters' union IAFF107 says firefighter Oscar Herrera stepped in to help fight the fire on May 20 at Mayer's Marina on Irondequoit Bay.
Video captured him using his jet ski to help get the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHAM-TV ABC/CW 13 Rochester
Anyone having a heart attack at the nation's busiest airport should be prepared to wait.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's average response time in 2020, from the 911 center receiving a medical call to the first unit reporting on scene, was 11 minutes and 48 seconds.
Even if a 911 operator at the airport knows CPR or has previous medical training, they are prohibited from giving life-saving instructions to 911 callers.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta
Dozens of people are displaced and five buildings were damaged Wednesday when a seven-alarm fire spread through a Dorchester neighborhood.
The fire was reported at about 11:15 a.m. on Fayston Street. From Sky 5, heavy, black smoke could be seen coming from at least three triple-deckers -- Nos. 86, 84 and 82 Fayston -- at the corner with Mascoma Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
VIDEO: Eleven-year-old year old Brady Young thrives on structure.
From Cub Scout to Boy Scout, Brady said the principles he's learned have helped shape him.
Always be, “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, irreverent,” recalls Brady who made sure to add, “I feel like I'm all of those.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPTV NBC 5 West Palm Beach
Members of the Farmington Hills police and fire departments, along with officers from the Farmington Public Safety Department, received cardiac health screening tests as part of the Hearts for Heroes program back in December. Created by Dr. Justin Trivax and Dr. Herman Kado, Farmington Hills interventional cardiologists, the Hearts for Heroes program grew from an idea that originated with Trivax's high school daughters, Tessa and Sienna.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: C & G Newspapers
VIDEO: A firefighting helicopter crashed into a marsh near Leesburg Airport in during a training exercise around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Leesburg Police Department said the four people on board were from a company called Firehawk Helicopters, a fire suppression company.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WESH-TV NBC 2 Orlando
VIDEO: The first responders who warned Selden residents after sirens failed during Monday's tornado saved lives, an official said Tuesday.
A power outage caused the city's sirens to fail just moments before the tornado hit town. Sheridan County Fire Department Capt. Micah Goscha and two other volunteer firefighters acted as the backup warning, driving around town in two fire trucks and using the PA system and sirens to tell people to take shelter.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Wichita Eagle
VIDEO: A fire broke out at a liquor store early Wednesday in Compton, officials reported.
The fire erupted about 5:45 a.m. at the liquor store located at 2430 E. Alondra Blvd., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Video from Sky5 showed firefighters battling the blaze from outside of the building, with flames and smoking emanating from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles
VIDEO: Firefighters raced to the scene of a north Austin city-owned warehouse fire on the afternoon of May 6, arriving within five minutes of the first call.
But it wasn't until a third alarm unit arrived a little over an hour later that crews were told the smoke swirling around the warehouse could be laced with asbestos, according to internal city documents obtained by KXAN that reveal new details of the incident that potentially exposed 115 firefighters and civilians to the cancer-causing building material.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
As the employment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) increases, a recent report has named North Dakota as the state most prepared for commercial drone use.
North Dakota has dedicated time and money to researching, designing, and providing the necessary tools for widespread drone use. UAVs can be deployed very effectively for a broad range of applications, including aerial imaging, emergency rescue, and delivery of goods, but, in some cases, legal issues have slowed their adoption.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: News Dakota
VIDEO: A massive fire damaged a South Nashville apartment complex Monday night, displacing residents and impacting at least 18 units.
Emergency crews were called to the Brentwood Oaks Apartments around 8:15 p.m. before firefighters called for additional personnel to help manage the scene. The fire destroyed the entire third floor of the building and most of the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKRN-TV ABC 2 Nashville
As a way to help with emergencies on town trails, the Fire Department has started on a trail-marking project.
Firefighter Christopher Fusco has been spearheading the project for over four years and first implemented it at Crescent Lake with the help of Firefighter Ryan Pulver.
The markers are placed about every hundred feet.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Record Journal - Metered Site
In just eight days in January, an EMT and a paramedic with Beaufort County EMS each racked up more than 140 hours doing a job that required quick thinking and reactions at any time of day or night, from rushing to transport trauma patients to the hospital to responding to life-threatening medical emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Island Packet
The annual National Memorial Day Concert airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS.
It will include a 20th anniversary remembrance of 9/11 presented by Steve Buscemi.
“I went to D.C. almost 20 years ago the year after 9/11; I was asked to do the 9/11 tribute then because they knew I'm a former firefighter with Engine 55 in Manhattan,” Buscemi said.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOP News Washington DC
VIDEO: A fire ripped through row houses in Yonkers on one of the hottest days of the year so far, displacing nearly 100 people and injuring more than a dozen firefighters as well as one resident.
The blaze appeared to have started Sunday afternoon in the backyard of one home on Maple Street but it quickly spread to four nearby houses, according to fire officials and witnesses.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
A 26-year veteran of Polk County Fire Rescue became the first woman to be promoted to the rank of deputy chief, the county announced this week.
Jennifer Huff will serve in the planning division, according to a release.
“Deputy Chief Huff's promotion is a huge milestone for Polk County Fire Rescue,” Fire Chief Robert Weech said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTSP-TV CBS News 10 Tampa
Honoring EMS workers during the month of May, FOX23 learned how the Tulsa fire chief helped launch the first paramedic firetrucks in Tulsa more than 20 years ago.
Tulsa Fire Chief Michael Baker has had a career full of helping people. He worked in the military, then as a paramedic, and then a firefighter, before taking on the role of chief about a year ago.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOKI-TV Fox 23 Tulsa
A fire authority allows communities to share resources to provide emergency services and react nimbly to areas that have little or no emergency response capabilities on their own, fire authority leaders around Michigan say. One authority — essentially a new government entity created to manage a service in multiple communities — already exists in Northeast Michigan, in the Rogers City area.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Alpena News - Metered Site
VIDEO: In March 2019, a massive chemical fire broke out after a leak at a chemical tank farm in Deer Park spread to almost a dozen other tanks. A plume of smoke soon loomed over the Houston skyline and lingered there for three days. Residents of Deer Park were forced to shelter in place due to air pollution hazards, the Houston Ship Channel closed for three days, and millions of gallons of hazardous waste spilled on the ground and leaked into the water.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
VIDEOS: Napa's fire department is burning up social media with a new safety video.
It's a rock parody with a fire prevention message. "We thought it would be funny if we did the Talking Heads song, "Burning Down the House," explained Napa Fire Marshal Greg Fortune.
"But we did it as "Don't Burn Down Your House.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Fox 2 Oakland
PHOTOS: Two fire engines collided near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus Thursday afternoon, injuring six firefighters, according to fire officials.
Little Rock Fire Department Capt. Doug Coffman said the accident took place at South University Avenue and West 28th Street at 4:29 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arkansas Democrat Gazette - Metered Site
VIDEO: A fire raged through several buildings in Revere, Massachusetts, Thursday, sending smoke high into the air over a tightly packed neighborhood near the ocean.
The five-alarm fire burned on Endicott Avenue, near the world-famous Revere Beach.
Six buildings were damaged, three badly, Revere fire Chief Christopher Bright said, but it didn't appear that anyone was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-CD NBC 10 Boston
Across the country and right here in central PA, fighting fire is in most cases a male-dominated field.
But right here in Central Pennsylvania there is an exception to the norm.
Molly Gontis, a 9th grader said, “I'm a freshman.”
Molly is just 16 years old and her partners in fire, as they go by the three amigos, are only 17 and juniors in high school in Boswell.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTAJ-TV CBS 10 Altoona
As the world is getting back to some normalcy, medical experts want to reemphasize the pandemic isn't over, which is why the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's research team is trying to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on first responders.
OSU Wexner Medical Center and researchers at the OSU College of Medicine have been awarded a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term, longitudinal impact of COVID-19 on first responders, healthcare workers, and the general population.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDTN-TV NBC 2 Dayton
VIDEO/PHOTOS: A fireball explosion at a home in Martinez was captured in multiple videos Wednesday afternoon, destroying the residence and sending up thick, black smoke hundreds of feet into the air. Investigators say three minors playing with fire were the cause.
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said Wednesday evening that the fire started in a backyard on Arthur Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Fox 2 Oakland
Allegheny Health Network has teamed up with Marvel Comics to tell the true-life stories of medical responders from community EMS services, who have been serving the community through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Set in the winter of 2020, the first responders' stories are brought to life in a comic book, titled “The Vitals: True EMS Stories,” that was unveiled Monday.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
PHOTOS: The Asheville Fire Department might be the most accepting of change in the fire service, given what firefighters have been through over the last several years. The department has made significant changes in a short period of time, specifically when it comes to effort to better protect a firefighter from a risk many weren't even talking about a decade ago.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
Mayor Sylvester Turner joined Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena to announce the proposed pay raise for Houston firefighters.
Turner said because of the $670 million American Rescue Plan from President Joe Biden's administration, the city will be able to use those funds to help raise firefighters' pay.
He said under the new pay, Houston firefighters will receive an 18% increase in pay over the next three fiscal years, which will be based on qualifications.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
A University of Florida research team is working on a robot dog that has the ability to enter an enclosed space, scan it, and provide humans with a visual of what's inside, an application that could lessen dangerous situations for first responders.
The team of graduate and undergraduate students is led by Eric Jing Du, Ph.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Florida News
VIDEO: Sacramento area firefighters are facing some new challenges on emergency calls.
A man is going up to crews with a camera while they're on calls, often peppering them with foul language and intimidation. Video shows the man behind the camera verbally confronting fire crews and coming right up to firefighters with taunting language.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento
For the first time in its history, Albuquerque Fire Rescue now has a behavioral health director.
AFR Behavioral Health Director Maia Dalton-Theodore will be tasked with supporting the mental health needs of the department's firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs.
"I really look forward to continuing the ongoing mission of normalizing the ability for people to ask for help and reducing the stigma, and also to continue the work around behavioral health for this department,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque
Sixty-six emergency communications districts in Tennessee experienced service interruptions, lasting more than 97 hours, as a result of the Christmas morning suicide bombing on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville, according to a report released earlier this month by the Tennessee Emergency Communications Board.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tennessee Outlook
Atlanta is set to build its first “micro station” for emergency medical services in southwest Atlanta to shorten response times to 911 calls.
The City Council on Monday voted to approve up to $4 million in bonds that the city will borrow to fund the new station. It will be located at 4532 Campbellton Road on property that is owned by the city, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a press release.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Metered Site
Tuesday was a "landmark day," as the United States reached a new COVID-19 vaccine milestone: 60% of adults have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, according to the US Centers and Disease Control and Prevention.
But vaccination rates across the United States are uneven -- a worrisome trend that could obstruct efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Health
VIDEO: A large fire broke out at a paper recycling center in New Jersey Monday afternoon sending plumes of black smoke into the air.
The fire, which broke out just before 5 p.m., prompted a 3-alarm response from nearby fire departments to the Colgate Paper Stock Recyclable Processing Facility in New Brunswick.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNBC-TV NBC 4 New York
VIDEO: A firehouse was evacuated and a nearby Roslindale street was shut down Monday night after a suspicious package containing an unknown chemical was discovered.
The suspicious package came in the mail to a Brooke Street home, prompting a resident to bring the package to the nearby firehouse on Canterbury Street, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHDH-TV 7 Boston
VIDEO: A 100-year-old fire engine has been refurbished and returned to it's original department.
Larry Manaro spent a year restoring McDonald's first fire engine. Now retired Fire Chief Todd Stitt approached him about fixing it up.
The truck was in rough shape and had been stored in a garage for years.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WYTV ABC 33 Youngstown
VIDEO: A fire department ambulance that was stolen Monday in Reading later crashed into a tractor-trailer in Lancaster County.
Reading police say Reading Fire Department ambulance No. 4 was taken while first responders were attending to a call inside Kennedy Towers senior center, located in the 300 block of South Fourth Street.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown
VIDEO/PHOTOS: Thick black smoke billowed into the air Sunday after a train derailed in northwest Iowa, prompting authorities to evacuate part of a small, nearby town.
The fiery derailment happened early Sunday afternoon on the southwest edge of Sibley, which is a town of about 3,000 people roughly 200 miles (321.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis
VIDEO: Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tapped Acting Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt, who lost her teenage son to one of the city's most infamous shootings in 2007, to serve as the first Black woman to run the Chicago Fire Department.
Lightfoot announced Nance-Holt's nomination at a graduation ceremony for the latest class of Chicago Fire Department paramedics on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago
That is how Carter Stewart and Ohio State University described the relationship between Columbus city leaders and the police department.
The city has a new social media policy for police officers and firefighters. It says, while social media can be fun, employees could be disciplined, even fired, for saying anything negative about the city and its operations.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBNS-TV CBS 10 Columbus
VIDEO: The FDNY is gearing up for a very busy season on the water.
The department answered hundreds of calls last year, and is expecting the same this year. CBS2's Andrea Grymes got an inside look at how they do their job, and what you can do to stay safe.
With sunny skies ahead and calm seas around her, Grymes went on patrol with the FDNY's Marine Division.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCBS-TV CBS 2 New York
Every day, in communities across the country, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers put themselves on the line to save lives, safeguard dangerous situations, and deliver hope to families and communities in crisis. With selflessness, professionalism, and grace under fire, they provide essential care — never more so than during our battle with COVID-19 over the past year.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The White House
On Thursday, May 13, Firefighters from across Southern Ocean County responded to a structure fire at an 8 unit apartment building in the Royal Timbers complex. According to the Little Egg Harbor Township Police Officers arrived approx 3pm to Wild Oaks Court where they immediately encountered the fire and began to evacuate and redirect traffic.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: TAP into Little Egg Harbor & Tuckerton
The state of Michigan is taking blood samples from firefighters as part of a project to study how much exposure they receive to toxic PFAS chemicals.
This week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced the launch of the PFAS in Firefighters of Michigan Surveillance (PFOMS) project, a multi-year $1 million biomonitoring effort to assess firefighter exposure to the “forever chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mlive
VIDEO: It was not business as usual at Storm Engine Company No. 2 in Derby. One day after the tragedy in New Haven that cost the life of fallen firefighter Ricardo Torres, who ran into a burning building, saving the lives of two people.
It would be his final heroic act.
Firefighters in Derby shared with News 8 what drives firefighters to do what most people would not — run towards danger?
“Somebody has to answer the call when somebody needs help,” said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
VIDEOS: This weekend's graduation day marks 25 years since a tragic fire in a UNC fraternity house killed five students.
The painful date is etched in local memory: May 12, 1996.
It was graduation day – and Mother's Day.
A smoldering cigarette sent the Phi Gamma Delta house up in flames, killing five students and injuring three on what should have been a happy day of commencement.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRAL-TV NBC 5 Raleigh
Just 30% of Americans are worried about contracting COVID-19, the lowest fear level recorded by Gallup since the survey firm began tracking the pandemic in April 2020, and 69% of Americans said the pandemic was getting “better” in the U.S. as more Americans get vaccinated and states begin reopening parts of the economy.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Forbes
VIDEO: A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter crashed at an airport in Oklahoma City during a training flight Wednesday afternoon.
Emergency responders, including the Oklahoma City Fire Department, were called to the 1700 block of North Cimarron Road in the area of the Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOR-TV NBC 4 Oklahoma
Two Los Angeles County firefighters could be fired and a third suspended after some first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others, court documents say.
The court documents were filed Monday as part of widow Vanessa Bryant's federal lawsuit against Los Angeles County that alleges invasion of privacy.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Cory Roebuck, a volunteer firefighter with the Western Taney County Fire Protection District, is helping the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
A ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday at the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce launched the Taney County 100 Club. Roebuck said he nearly died eight years ago when he was left hanging from a tree while responding to flash flooding.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KYTV NBC 3 Springfield
The Lakeville Board of Directors Meetings are held quarterly - on the 2nd Wednesday of each quarter (Jan/April/July/Oct) at 6:30pm at the LVFD fire station. These meetings are open to the public.