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Fallen Heroes Day honors members of Maryland's public safety community who died in the line of duty

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Friday is the 36th annual Fallen Heroes Day. It's a day which honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel who died in the line of duty. The annual event is the only statewide ceremony in the nation that brings together all segments of the public safety community. The Fallen Heroes Day ceremony is usually open to the public.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore

How a 10 cent wrist band is making North Carolina firefighters more aware of their cancer risk

18 hours 55 minutes ago
A 10-cent wrist band could help researchers give North Carolina firefighters greater insight into their risks of cancer. Occupational Health and Safety data reveals firefighters are nine percent more likely to get cancer than the general population. Why is part of a study between the Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University, and North Carolina firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

West Virginia dive team member talks about finding alleged murder weapon in lake

18 hours 55 minutes ago
VIDEO: A possible murder weapon has been found at the bottom of a lake nearly a year after the killing. When Williamson firefighter Shane Runyon went through water rescue training, he never imagined he’d use those skills to help with a murder investigation. Williamson Police Department Chief Grady Dotson enlisted the Williamson Fire Department dive team’s help after getting a tip that a hammer allegedly used to kill John Jackson in May of last year had been thrown into Laurel Lake.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3 Huntington

Vaccine Holdouts: How Some Departments Encourage First Responders to Get Vaccinated

18 hours 55 minutes ago
Though first responders risk their lives by fighting fires and crime every day, an investigation by the News4 I-Team found thousands of public safety personnel in the D.C. region may be risking their safety in another way: by declining to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The I-Team found not only are many police, fire and emergency response agencies grappling with how and whether to urge their members to get vaccinated; many are also operating with an incomplete picture of who has received the shot.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington DC

East Meadow fire latest of 5 reported in New York in past 24 hours

18 hours 55 minutes ago
A series of fast-moving fires have destroyed homes and stretched firefighters thin on Long Island Thursday night. A total of five fires have been reported in Nassau County in the past 24 hours, including the latest fire reported in East Meadow shortly before 8:30 p.m. Dramatic video showed a large flash, in what appeared to have been some kind of an explosion that started the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

11 states have vaccinated at least 50% of their population

1 day 18 hours ago
With demand for coronavirus vaccines declining in parts of the country, the Biden administration announced a change in strategy this week, adopting a more targeted approach for reaching America’s not-yet-vaccinated population. Despite the nation’s relatively smooth and speedy rollout, there’s still a lot of work to do—and a fair amount of doubt, per the week’s reports on herd immunity, that it’ll get done.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fortune

Illinois State Fire Marshal recognizes Arson Awareness Week, urges arson plan review

1 day 18 hours ago
The State Fire Marshal closed 53 cases of arson in 2020, and the office is working to make that number go down. The United States Fire Administration says that over 210,000 fires every year are classified as arson. Those cases also result in 375 civilian deaths, 1,300 civilian injuries, and $1 billion in property damage.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCIA-TV CBS 3 Champaign

Florida governor announces $1,000 pandemic bonus for first responders

1 day 18 hours ago
Governor Ron DeSantis announced one-time pandemic bonuses for about 174,000 first responders in Florida Wednesday. DeSantis says the $1,000 bonuses will be given to law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters. “Supporting our law enforcement and first responders has been a top priority for my administration, and it has never been more important than over the last year.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJHG-TV NBC/CW+ 7 Panama City

Washington state agencies come together to film 'slow down, move over' PSA after serious towing crashes

1 day 18 hours ago
Clark County Fire District 6 officials say it’s the deadliest job in America: towing disabled cars off the side of the freeway. In just the past few months, three tow truck drivers were in serious crashes in southwest Washington. “I think people have been cooped up for so long that they really want to get out and get going and we’ve noticed it,” said David Schmitke, the public information officer and public education coordinator for CCFD6.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPTV FOX 12 Portland

New York recycling plant fire; Train service suspended due to massive blaze

1 day 18 hours ago
VIDEO: Service along multiple Long Island Rail Road lines was suspended Thursday morning between Hicksville and Mineola after a fire ripped through a large Westbury recycling facility overnight. Nassau County Traffic Management and the LIRR confirmed fire department activity on Grand Boulevard between Monitor Street to Broadway just before 9 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPIX-TV CW 11 New York

Connecticut father, daughter attend fire school together to become certified firefighters

2 days 18 hours ago
VIDEO: Some coworkers are like family, but there are two firefighters in Canton that are actually related. In honor of International Firefighters Day, Channel 3 is introducing you to a father and daughter who took bonding to new heights and fighting fires is part of their day to day. “I started off as an EMT about 14 years ago, and a year and a half or so ago, I looked at our ranks and saw we needed some help on the fire side,” said Gerry Holland.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFSB-TV CBS 3 Hartford

Person with garden hose spotted trying to help crews take down Los Angeles fire

2 days 18 hours ago
VIDEO: As crews worked to take down a large fire in South Los Angeles, a person with a garden hose was spotted trying to help the firefighters out. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to what was initially a literal dumpster fire in the 100 block of West 75th Street in Los Angeles Tuesday evening.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTTV FOX 11 Los Angeles

Pennsylvania Firefighters Get Cooking Lesson From Rachel Ray on International Firefighters Day

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VIDEO: Tuesday, May 4th is International Firefighters Day, a day to honor firefighters for their service, including our own. And some members of the Erie Fire Department got a special treat Tuesday night, a virtual cooking lesson from celebrity cook, Rachel Ray! Rachel Ray is on the board of the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which gives grants to fire departments across the nation for life-saving equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Erie News Now

Atlanta firefighters targeted for vandalism while on call

2 days 18 hours ago
VIDEO: Atlanta firefighters early Tuesday morning got a radio call. They jumped into the engine after midnight for the run. A thief decided it was time to go to work. Someone jumped a compromised portion of back fencing at Atlanta Fire Station 2 located along Jonesboro Road and went after the personal vehicles of the first responders.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Woman dead, 2 men hospitalized after apartment fire in New York

2 days 18 hours ago
VIDEO: A woman has died, a man is in critical condition and another man is hospitalized after a multi-alarm blaze at an apartment building in the Bronx early Wednesday morning. Fire broke out on the third floor of the building in the 3200 block of Park Avenue just before 5 a.m. and quickly went to three alarms.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Bill to help first responders suffering from PTSD passes South Carolina House

3 days 18 hours ago
A bill that would help first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) is closer to becoming law in South Carolina. Unlike a physical injury, mental illnesses or mental injuries are not covered under workers’ compensation. House bill 3939 will allow first responders like firefighters and law enforcement to receive workers compensation if diagnosed with a stress-related and mental illness caused by a traumatic event while on duty.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Drones: Fighting Emergencies From the Air in South Florida

3 days 18 hours ago
VIDEO: A tool has landed at Miami-Dade and Broward Fire Rescue and it’s proven to be a gamechanger for emergencies in South Florida. Drones have really proven to change the dynamic for firefighters in our area. It’s something we could only see more of in the future. “It’s been completely a blessing for the fire department,” said Chief Andres Liriano with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami

Volunteer firefighting programs vanishing in larger Indiana departments

3 days 18 hours ago
Not long ago, many of the fire departments in the county relied heavily on volunteer firefighters to handle operations. The cost to train a firefighter even on a volunteer basis, however, isn’t cheap. That has caused many departments in the county to drop their volunteer programs while their full-time staffs have grown along with the population.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Reporter

Virginia fire department gives monumental assist to flag atop Iwo Jima Memorial

3 days 18 hours ago
PHOTOS: Arlington County firefighters answer the call when someone is in need of help in Arlington. This weekend they provided an assist to a group of legendary Rosslyn area residents cast in bronze. Friday’s windstorm tangled the flag atop the Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima memorial.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arlington Now

3 Hurt in Texas Crash as Tornado Crosses I-35E Near Waxahachie

3 days 18 hours ago
VIDEO: Three people were hospitalized late Monday after vehicles collided as a tornado crossed Interstate 35E near Waxahachie, authorities say. The incident involved a "possible fatality" and happened at I-35E and Johnston Road, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The drivers of three tractor-trailers involved in the crash were taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Waxahachie.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Fort Worth
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