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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
  • A fire hydrant sits outside a Gatlinburg fire station. Hydrants ran dry on Nov. 28 when a wildfire that began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park swept into the city, damaging pumping stations. . Credit:  Saul Young/News Sentinel

Firefighters raced to Gatlinburg, only to find some hydrants were running dry

Feb. 17--Firefighters from across the state flocking to Gatlinburg to battle a growing firestorm couldn't be sure the fire hydrants they uncapped would provide any water. And within two hours of the mega wildfire reaching the city on Nov. 28, the hydrants were running dry. "Water loss occurred in certain areas as early as 8:30 p.m. due to the fact [...]

February 17th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighter, paramedic releases song about the struggles with being a first responder and PTSD

A Canadian paramedic and volunteer firefighter in Nova Scotia has made a music video, claiming that music “heals” him. 43-year-old New Minas resident Kevin Davison and friend Doug Foulkins created a song titled When Those Sirens Are Gone, creating a music video with the help of Ontario’s first responder organization known as TEMA. “I can write [...]

February 17th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Volunteer firefighter resigned after social media post critiqued firefighters

A Texas volunteer firefighter has resigned after a social media scandal reportedly got out of hand. According to local news outlet Texomas, the Wichita County firefighter resigned after he posted a critique of volunteer firefighters, namely an allegation on their response time. The specifics of the post are unknown at this time. Bowman Fire Chief [...]

February 17th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Volunteer firefighter, player benched when ice rescue causes him to miss team bus

CLAYTON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York high school basketball player who helped rescue an ice fisherman from Lake Ontario was kept from suiting up for a game because the heroics caused him to miss the team bus. WWNY-TV reports Lucas Patchen was among the volunteer firefighters in Clayton who rescued a stranded fisherman from a drifting ice slab Saturday. Video provided [...]

February 17th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Firefighter shot 14 times returns to work after 2 years

Told he would never work again, he credits his faith, co-workers and family for giving him the courage to fight back after being shot 14 times outside his College Park, Georgia home in December 2014. Today, College Park firefighter and medic Eddie Baker is back on the job after two years of demanding, physical rehab. [...]

February 16th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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FBI raid at fire station leaves police to guard building

Milwaukee Police are staking out in front of a local Wisconsin fire station after FBI agents raided the building last Friday. An FBI Spokesman declined to comment on the warranted raid -which took place at Milwaukee Fire Station 29- and only noted that there was an ongoing investigation. MFD officials confirm a federal raid at [...]

February 16th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Unplowed driveway leaves firefighters without access to burning home

A fire on Mill Road had New Canaan firefighters calling for assistance after an unplowed driveway left them unable to access the home. On Feb. 13 around 10 p.m., the New Canaan fire department responded to a call at a two-story house at 208 Mill Road after the homes smoke detectors went off. When firefighters arrived, they found the 1,000-foot shared driveway [...]

February 16th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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