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Greatest fire dog: Meet Smokey, who saved lives and melted hearts as a fearless mascot in Ohio

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PHOTOS: Her name was “Smokey,” and she belonged to the firemen of Companies 1 and 2 at the fire station at Webster and Ford streets during the 1930s and ‘40s. On Memorial Day 1935, a stray 3-month-old puppy showed up at the station, tired and thirsty. Capt. John Murphy couldn’t resist helping her. “She sat up on her haunches, looked up at us and we looked back at her and in about three minutes, she took over the place,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News - Metered Site

Kentucky firefighter put on leave over photo posted to social media

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VIDEO: A firefighter in Powell County has been put on administrative leave after a social media post circulated showing him hanging out of the window of a car. The Clay City Fire Department shared this photo from someone in Estill County. It shows a man hanging out of the window of a moving car they say almost hit one person.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKYT-TV CBS/The CW 27 Lexington

New York governor enacts law targeting lithium-ion batteries and here's what it does

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VIDEO: Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill on Thursday aimed at getting dangerous lithium-ion batteries off the streets and out of homes. According to FDNY data, this year alone in the city there have been 110 investigations connected to lithium-ion battery fires that resulted in 50 injuries and one death.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLNY-TV CBS 55 Riverhead

Florida fire & rescue company the first in the country to use new technology

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VIDEO: Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue is the first in the country to use a one-of-a-kind piece of equipment that aids in emergencies. In collaboration with NASA and the company Squishy Robotics, the robot device is designed to reduce response time and keep first responders safe. The co-founder of Squishy Robotics says the robot was initially intended for planetary exploration, but an alternative use was found.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum Bay News 9 - Metered Site

VIDEOS: 3 injured, roughly 50 displaced after 4-alarm fire destroys apartment building in Philadelphia

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PHOTOS: A massive four-alarm fire destroyed an apartment building in Philadelphia's Rhawnhurst neighborhood. The call came in around 9:24 p.m. Thursday for flames showing from the roof of the property located on the 7400 block of Roosevelt Blvd., just north of Cottman Avenue. "On arrival companies found heavy smoke conditions emanating from the fourth floor.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia

Florida fire trucks will soon have blue rear lights and here’s why

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Until this month, only police and prison vehicles could use blue lights. Large fire trucks throughout the Sunshine State will soon have blue rear lights in addition to the red tail lights seen on practically all vehicles nationwide. There’s a good reason. This past Legislative Session, state lawmakers unanimously approved a bipartisan bill (HB 463) to allow government-owned fire department vehicles weighing more than 12 tons to have blue lights on their rears.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Florida Politics

Biden signs Fire Act, sending millions to departments across the U.S.

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President Joe Biden signed the Fire Grants and Safety Act this week, reauthorizing millions of dollars in grants for fire departments across the United States. Biden reiterated his view of the crucial role fire fighters play in communities big and small. “The only thing that saves fire fighters is more fire fighters,” he said in an Oval Office signing.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFF.org

VIDEO: Large fire destroys old high school in Indiana

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PHOTOS: A historic building went up in flames, breaking many hearts for residents in Decker, Indiana. The fire destroyed the former Decker high school. The old Decker school holds many memories to the community. "We used to roll, skate, jump rope, hopscotch, and play in the trees. There's still one tree left over there that we used to play on," said Decker resident Yolanda Lane.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTHI-TV CBS/FOX/MyNetworkTV/CW+ 10 Terre Haute

Idaho fire department, paramedics look at new method of responding to calls: ‘Safe & more efficient’

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If you’ve ever seen a fire truck respond to a medical emergency and wondered why, you’re not alone. Ada County’s emergency response system currently stitches together responses from several fire departments and the Ada County Paramedics to respond to calls for medical emergencies. These agencies have a one-size-fits-all approach to who can respond to calls – with everything from a sprained ankle to a car accident with multiple life-threatening injuries getting the same initial response.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: BoiseDev

Firefighters in one Florida county rally for new contract, better starting pay

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VIDEO: Firefighters in Brevard County say they want a new contract. They and some of their supporters gathered outside the county’s government center on Tuesday afternoon to raise awareness for their cause. Currently, the starting salary for firefighters in Brevard County is approximately $15 per hour.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTV ABC 9 Orlando

Missouri fire department crew comments on recent mine shaft rescue

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VIDEO: Emergency responders with the Kansas City Fire Department helped rescue two people from an abandoned mine shaft early Sunday morning. Authorities say they got the victims out in about 30 minutes. “The cave was pitch black,” KCFD Fire Captain Chris Vandermillion said. “We were fortunate to have lights, ropes and that helped in finding them.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAF-TV FOX 4 Kansas City

VIDEO: Behind Phoenix Fire Department's new 'firefighter with a sign' safety campaign

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The Phoenix Fire Department is hoping a new social media campaign will help keep residents and visitors safe around the Valley. You may have already seen their online posts featuring a firefighter with a big handlebar mustache holding up a sign that offers a public safety reminder. They're simple photos, but the messages are hugely important.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix

Storm Beryl leaves millions of Texans without power as dangerous heat descends on the region

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VIDEO: Restoring power to millions of Texans slammed by the deadly and destructive storm Beryl could take days or even weeks, posing a dangerous scenario for residents who will not have air conditioning as sweltering heat settles over the state. Beryl slammed into southern Texas as a Category 1 hurricane Monday, knocking out power to more than 2.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Weather

Threat Under the Floor: Unmarked abandoned wells pose deadly danger in South Carolina

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VIDEO: You could be living on top of a danger in South Carolina and not even realize it - something some Upstate families have learned the hard way. Abandoned water wells - there’s a proper procedure for how they should be closed up, but officials say that isn’t always happening. “They’re all over and sometimes they’re just covered up and kind of forgotten,” said Oconee County Emergency Management Director Scott Krein.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHNS-TV FOX 21 Greenville

New Jersey fire chief dies at 110; This was his touching final wish

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PHOTOS: Vincent Dransfield was so famously resilient that when he passed away at home in Passaic County, three months after celebrating his 110th birthday, it came as a surprise. “It was very unexpected,” said his granddaughter, Erica Lista. Even among world’s few hundred supercentenarians, the term for those 110 or older, Dransfield stood out as an anomaly.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com

VIDEO: Fire torches 45-foot vessel on San Francisco Bay; 2 boaters escape

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Two boaters and a dog managed to escape unharmed Monday afternoon when a fire destroyed the boat they were on in San Francisco Bay. The fire burned the 45-foot vessel off Westpoint Harbor in Redwood City at around 1 p.m. The San Francisco Fire Department said one of its rescue boats was at the scene extinguishing the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Firefighters to get cancer coverage benefits even after retirement under new North Carolina law

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VIDEO: A new law just signed by Governor Roy Cooper is aimed at protecting those who protect us. It all comes after families of firefighters diagnosed with cancer fought for years for more support and funding. It would impact families like Christy Burgess. Her husband Nathan was a Raleigh firefighter and burn instructor who served for decades.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVD-TV ABC 11 Durham

East Palestine train derailment a game changer for first responders; One Pennsylvania county discusses impacts

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PHOTOS: The train derailment spewing toxic chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio, wasn’t just a game changer for the railroad industry – it’s one for first responders as well. “This is something we have more discussions about now,’’ Sharon fire Chief Bob Fiscus said about hazardous chemical spills. When a Norfolk Southern train derailed and caught in East Palestine on Feb.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Niagara Gazette - Metered Site

VIDEO: Fire destroys building, kills two pets in South Carolina

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A fire early Friday morning along the 200 block of North 12th Avenue in Dillon destroyed a two-story storage building, and shed, burned two vehicles and killed a dog and pet snake, according to Dillon Fire Chief Keith Bailey. Bailey said firefighters rescued a man from the burning building. He added the man went to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation, but is expected to recover.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPDE-TV ABC/CW 15 Florence
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