• Charles Porter's photograph of firefighter Chris Fields holding the dying infant Baylee Almon won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography in 1996

Firefighter from iconic Oklahoma City bombing photo retires

The firefighter who appears in an indelible image that now hangs in the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. After a 31-year career as an Oklahoma City firefighter, Chris Fields reminisces about the day that changed his life forever — April 19, 1995 — the day of the Oklahoma City bombing, which claimed the lives of [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighters not pleased with new chief’s selection process

Firefighters in Aurora, Colo., are speaking out after learning on Twitter the city manager has narrowed the field in an effort to fill Aurora’s fire chief position. “As you might have guessed, we are swamped trying to play catch-up on fact-finding regarding the two fire-chief finalists,” firefighter Dave Hamam told Denverite Friday. “We are also working diligently [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • A firefighter watches from the scene of an apartment complex fire as firefighters douse fires at nearby homes Monday, March 20, 2017, in Overland Park, Kan. Once one roof caught fire, embers jumped from roof to roof, spreading the blaze, said Overland Park Fire Department spokesman Jason Rhodes. Charlie Riedel AP Photo

Officials identify the cause of the Kansas apartment fire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A fire that leveled a multi-million dollar apartment building under construction and spread to about two dozen homes in suburban Kansas City started when a welder accidentally ignited wooden building materials, fire officials said. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze at the CityPlace development in Overland Park on Monday [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Six babies welcomed to small Iowa department in seven months

Members of an Iowa fire department have reportedly had seven babies in seven months. "Everyone kept announcing and it was like a new announcement every month," said Katie Welp. Since August of last year, the Mediapolis Fire Department kept expanding- a 50/50 split of boys and girls between six children born in seven months. "We [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Vigilance Hose Co. firefighters Troy Keenhold, Danny Keenhold and David Hess resigned in mid-January 2017 after former Mayor Carl Strye Jr. was reinstated to the company. Strye was charged with stealing $8,000 from the Vigilance Hose Co. Social Club.  Credit:  Pamela Sroka-Holzmann | For lehighvalleylive

Concerns over leadership leads to half the fire company quitting

Fifteen Pennsylvania volunteer firefighters have walked out on their department amid the reinstatement of what they consider to be poison membership in regards to leadership. The Nazareth-based volunteers of the Vigilance Hose Company objected to the lifetime-membership approval of Mayor Carl Strye Jr., who was charged with stealing $8,000 from the Vigilance Hose Company Social [...]

March 22nd, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Emmaus Fire Department building located at 100 N. 6th St., in Emmaus. Credit:  April Bartholomew / The Morning Call

City will ask state Supreme Court to revoke firefighters’ right to unionize

March 21--Emmaus Borough Council has decided to take its three-and-a-half-year legal battle with organized firefighters to the state's court of last resort. Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to authorize its solicitor to appeal to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania a lower court ruling that Emmaus firefighters have an unusual employment relationship with the borough allowing them to form a union and [...]

March 21st, 2017|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
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Technological advances in Texas helping locate firefighters in distress

An innovative startup company in Texas is working to develop and distribute wearable, tracking technology for first responders — technology that does not require GPS. Chris Kehl, along with a group of mostly firefighters, says the company ResponderX is at a point where it’s nearly ready to start testing its TaskForceTracker equipment in real-life scenarios, [...]

March 21st, 2017|Fire News, Rescue News, Safety|0 Comments
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‘I thought it was just a doll,’ paramedic says about rescuing baby; mother and father found dead

Paramedic Todd Zobrist said he saw a car seat in the partially-submerged vehicle but didn't immediately know there was a baby inside. Then he felt the baby's feet. "At first I thought it was just a doll," Zobrist told reporters during a news conference Friday. He recalled saying to himself, "Hey, this is an infant [...]

March 21st, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Man who broke leg during robbery arrested after calling ambulance

A burglar in Virginia was arrested at a local hospital after breaking his leg while attempting to rob an apartment. Leoul Yosef, 21, awaited arrest in a Fairfax County hospital after he broke his leg by jumping from a second floor balcony while attempting to rob a woman moving into her new apartment in Alexandria. Yosef crawled away from the [...]

March 21st, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighter found unresponsive at station, later pronounced dead

March 17--Longtime Ames firefighter Steve Buser, a champion of emergency medical training and fitness, was found unresponsive in his fire station's workout room Friday morning and later pronounced dead. He was 51. "It's been devastating, to be honest," said Rich Higgins, an assistant chief with the Ames Fire Department. "It's been a tough day for the whole department." [...]

March 21st, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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