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Emergency crews rescue obese, elderly woman stuck in chair since July

Feb. 18--Residents in a Springfield Township neighborhood had no idea one of their neighbors was living in squalor until emergency vehicles lit up their typically quiet street. The smell of human excrement reached the sidewalk as emergency responders worked to remove a 550-pound elderly woman from her living room chair Thursday evening. Barbara Foster, 75, [...]

February 20th, 2017|Rescue News|0 Comments
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Bayonne Firefighters pull pilot alive from plane crash

BAYONNE -- A small plane crashed in Bayonne on Avenue E between 41st and 42nd Streets on the morning of Sunday, February 19, injuring the pilot and causing damage to several vehicles and wires, according to the Bayonne Police Department. The pilot was taken to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment, the BPD confirmed; no [...]

February 20th, 2017|Rescue News|0 Comments
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As solar panels become more prevalent, they also create new challenges for firefighters

Feb. 19--Solar panels are everywhere, from tiny squares powering roadside signs to rooftops shining with panels harvesting sunlight for electricity -- but they are presenting new challenges for firefighters. One of the first things a firefighter does in a structure fire is cut the power for safety. But how do you do that when the [...]

February 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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The women of South Whidbey Fire/EMS: changing perceptions one fire at a time

The fire service has traditionally been dominated by men, and continues to be in many departments across the country. But that isn't the case for South Whidbey Fire/EMS. "When I first got here, one of my realizations was that there were a lot of females because I came from a department that didn't have many," [...]

February 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Terminally ill, formerly homeless veteran thanks firefighters who found his family

Feb. 18--It had been nine years since Orlando Fire Department Lt. Davis Odell Jr. had seen David Weatherbee. Back then, Weatherbee was scruffy and homeless, suffering from alcoholism in south downtown Orlando. On Friday, the 56-year-old shone bright with love, a clean shave and fresh clothes, alongside his family. Odell and other Station 5 firefighters [...]

February 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • A section of southbound Interstate 15 just south of Hwy 138 is washed away on Friday, Feb., 17, 2017, in the Cajon Pass, Calif. A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. (David Pardo/The Daily Press via AP)  /The Daily Press via AP)

Cajon Pass sinkhole swallows San Bernardino County fire engine

Feb. 18--CAJON PASS -- A portion of the right lane and shoulder of southbound Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass has collapsed and a fire engine has fallen over the side. Image credit: Facebook The collapse occurred just south of Highway 138. A fire engine was parked near the area when the portion [...]

February 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Supreme Court decides in favor of Bellevue firefighters in skin cancer case

The Washington Supreme Court moved this week in favor of two Bellevue firefighters battling melanoma whose insurance benefits were rescinded by the city and state Department of Labor. "I thought [the verdict] was great. The fact that skin cancer is a presumptive disease for firefighters, there's kind of this promise made to us… When it [...]

February 12th, 2017|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
  • Lt. Calvin Baskerville, a Fort Hood police officer, directs U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Lawrence Toh (right), a Fort Hood firefighter, to an area where simulated casualties were found during the III Corps 2013 full scale forces response exercise May 15, 2013. The exercise simulated several explosions and 47 casualties on Fort Hood and Central Texas College. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

Bill would let firefighters, EMTs carry guns on duty

Measure would allow licensed firefighters, EMTs to carry while on duty. McLennan County’s state representatives have expressed support for a bill that would allow first responders with a state License to Carry a Handgun to carry while responding to emergencies, but local officials have differing views. Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum, said he’s adamantly opposed [...]

February 12th, 2017|Fire News, Rescue News|0 Comments
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Augusta firefighters brighten day of young boy battling brain cancer

Feb. 11--Cameron Fulling and his parents got to take their minds off his fight against cancer for a while Thursday while the wannabe firefighter took a tour inside the Reynolds Street fire station. Cameron, 9, showed up in a fire truck shirt and fire department hat that was soon replaced as Augusta firefighters showered him [...]

February 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighters waging uphill financial battle as donations decline: ‘Please help us help you’,

Feb. 11--Penn Hills and Verona fire companies are hoping residents' response to their latest donation drive works out better than last year's effort. That was the one in which they spent more on postage than they received in donations. "When you spend a couple thousand dollars on letters twice a year, and only receive $1,500 [...]

February 11th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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