Cleanup was underway Thursday at a multistory health club shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic that collapsed into a heap of rubble in Brooklyn a day earlier.
Videos posted on Citizen app show FDNY trucks, an ambulance, and numerous police officers and other first responders near a pile of rubble and debris where the three-story building in Carroll Gardens used to stand at the corner of Court Street and Union Street.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York
Three U.S. Department of Commerce agencies, the Economic Development Administration (EDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), announced the awardee of the Accelerate R2 Network (R2 Network) Challenge. The R2 Network Challenge is an interagency program that connects stakeholders in the response and resilience (R2) industries, accelerating the speed at which startups and other organizations can bring innovations to the public safety market, create new businesses and jobs, and support community resilience.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: U.S. Economic Development Administration
Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been attending parties in the city and surrounding area as part of a disturbing contest to see who can catch the virus first, a city council member told ABC News on Wednesday.
Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students have been organizing "COVID parties" as a game to intentionally infect each other with the contagion that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
How severe is the spread of COVID-19 in your community? If you're confused, you're not alone. Though state and local dashboards provide lots of numbers, from case counts to deaths, it's often unclear how to interpret them — and hard to compare them to other places.
"There hasn't been a unified, national approach to communicating risk, says Danielle Allen, a professor and director of the Edmond J.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Public Radio
VIDEO: Nearly 400,000 Nissan vehicles on the road right now could catch fire.
Nissan has issued multiple recalls about the problem, impacting some Muranos, Maximas, Infinitis and Pathfinders, but the company has no fix for the defect that has burned down vehicles, homes and even caught a car dealership on fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
Virginia Beach Fire and EMS employees were “pushed and kicked” Monday night while trying to save the life of a motorcyclist, officials say.
When firefighters arrived in the 900 block of Atlantis Drive in the Seatack community shortly before 9 p.m. “an unruly crowd gathered and rapidly grew in size and out of control, surrounding the scene,” according to a Virginia Beach Fire Department daily briefing report obtained by WAVY-TV 10.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAVY-TV NBC 10 Portsmouth
VIDEO: The state's final report about the Farmington explosion, obtained by the CBS 13 I-Team, reveals what firefighters experienced in moments just before and after the blast. They've never spoken about it publicly, but their interviews with investigators detail the terrifying ordeal and their brave actions that day.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGME-TV CBS 13 Portland
The Kern County Board of Supervisors took a series of steps Tuesday to address a looming budget crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
One of those steps included passing a $3 billion preliminary budget for fiscal year 2020-21, but the most prominent may have been the reduction of firefighter overtime benefits that the County Administrative Office said exceeds federal labor standards.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Bakersfield Californian
EaseAlert is a pre-alert system designed to alert firefighters of an emergency before the alarm sounds in their station. It was created by young entrepreneurs Blake Richardson and Elezar Tonev with the goal to reduce stress and improve efficiency for firefighters.
“My dad has been a firefighter most of my life.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCJB-TV ABC/CW+ 20 Gainesville
For the first time in 73 years, the town's fire and EMS departments will operate as one unified department beginning Wednesday.
The unified department, the result of merging the Coventry Volunteer Fire Association and the North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department, will be known as the Town of Coventry Fire/EMS Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Inquirer
It's not just cops' disciplinary records that should be shared with the public -- firefighters' and correction officers' histories should be posted online too, Mayor de Blasio said Monday.
Now that the state has repealed a part of the 1976 state civil rights law known as 50-a, there is no reason for any city agency to shield relevant records from the public, de Blasio added.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News
VIDEO: A fire at an asphalt processing plant resulted in a hazmat situation and evacuations in Camden County, New Jersey early Tuesday.
Officials said a large tank containing asphalt began to smolder around 12:45 a.m. at Blueknight Energy Partners on the 200 block of Water Street in Gloucester City.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI-TV ABC 6 Philadelphia
A total of $3.5 million was awarded to 154 fire departments, districts and EMS providers through the Small Equipment Grant Program.
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and Gov. Pritzker announced the OSFM received 540 applications, requesting around $12 million in funding during this grant period.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIFR-LD CBS 23 Rockford
The United States has long prided itself as the world's shining beacon. But its current status is a much darker one: the globe's leader in coronavirus cases.
More than 125,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the US, and more than 2.5 million Americans have been infected.
American life has been irrevocably altered by the worst pandemic in a century.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
PHOTOS: City officials invite area residents to join them next week in a celebration of the Fort Walton Beach Fire Department's new fire engine.
City officials used $530,000 in half-cent sales tax money to pay for the 2020 engine, which can pump 1,500 gallons of water per minute and carries a full complement of firefighting, rescue and emergency medical tools and equipment.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Florida Daily News
Every JFRD firefighter will be tested for COVID-19. Testing started Saturday after 14 tested positive for the virus. The city said more than 200 firefighter are in self-quarantine.
COVID-19 tests are underway on everyone in the Jacksonville Fire Department after 14 firefighters tested positive for the virus.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAX-TV CBS 47 Jacksonville
A car slammed into the living area of a Rialto fire station Friday night, June 26, almost striking a firefighter and leaving a stew of smashed furniture, broken glass and vehicle fluid behind as it reversed out of the building.
The firefighter, an engineer who is a veteran of 15 years, was sitting about 3 feet from where the front quarter of the car went into the building, Battalion Chief Cory Cisneros said Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sun
A conflict is brewing between the Oneida County Department of Emergency Services and a handful of local fire chiefs who do not want to give up their 3-digit identification numbers.
The county 9-1-1 Center is planning to switch from number identifications to plain language in order to better serve an impending upgrade to a digital radio system.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rome Sentinel
Startup Allerio announced that its easy-to-use Mobile Hub broadband platform designed for EMS use and the healthcare community has been certified for use by the FCC and multiple U.S. carriers—FirstNet/AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular.
“One of the unique things about this is that there's one button on it—it turns the device on, and it turns the device off,” Allerio CEO TJ Kennedy said during an interview with IWCE's Urgent Communications.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IWCE's Urgent Communications
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday expanded its list of risk factors that make people more likely to develop severe illness or die from COVID-19. The update comes as the number of confirmed coronavirus infections rises to record levels in the United States, driven by alarming spikes in Florida, Texas and other states across the South and West.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
PHOTOS: A garden style apartment building on Spa Road partially collapsed on firefighters Thursday afternoon in Annapolis as they were battling a blaze that had enveloped all three floors, city fire officials said.
One Anne Arundel County firefighter was injured in the fire, Capt. Aaron Edwards, fire department spokesperson, told The Capital.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Capital Gazette - Metered Site
A McDowell County volunteer firefighter was arrested for murder and arson Thursday after authorities say he set a blaze that led to the death of a fellow firefighter.
Robert Lee Beckner, 36, of Iaeger, is charged with first-degree murder and three counts of first-degree arson, according to a criminal complaint filed in McDowell County Magistrate Court.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Every year on June 30, the mountain community of Yarnell remembers the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in 2013's Yarnell Hill Fire.
Last year, the annual service drew nearly 150 people to a memorial park in the center of town. But this year's 7th anniversary remembrance is taking place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Arizona Republic
A senior citizen held at gunpoint an Orange County firefighter who'd entered her home to check on her well-being Thursday morning, before releasing him unharmed, according to Fire Rescue spokeswoman Carrie Proudfit.
Though shots were fired at first responders during the incident, no one was injured, Proudfit said, adding that the Orange County Sheriff's Office is not currently planning to pursue criminal charges.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
A handful of Nashville Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
The president of the International Association of Firefighters has some concerns.
“The ideal situation wouldn't be to close a station, if you need to quarantine all personnel from that station, then do it," said Mark Young.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVF CBS 5 Nashville
City public safety officials and Mayor Bill Peduto on Wednesday showed off a new “silent” alarm system that alerts only the fire and EMS stations that are being dispatched to the call, rather than blasting the call on a radio for every station and first responder on duty to hear.
The $2.8 million, decade-in-the-making alarm system will cut down first responders' stress levels and streamline services, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
VIDEO: A man working atop the iconic Fresno State water tower had to be rushed to the hospital today after being overcome with heat, eventually going into cardiac arrest. "The extended work period up on top there, the strenuous work that they were doing with the heat and the high humidity today, it just overcame him," said Battalion Chief Mike Gibson of the Fresno Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Fresno
There are continued calls to keep two Baltimore City fire units from closing, the closures are proposed as part of city budget cuts.
Firefighters and their families held rallies on Wednesday to voice those calls in public. Firefighters, both active and retired, held rallies outside two fire houses in the city, protesting the proposal to take two engine units out of service permanently, due to city budget cuts.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest forecast of expected U.S. coronavirus deaths, predicting that between 130,000 and 150,000 Americans would die of the novel virus by July 18.
The updated forecast put out by the CDC Wednesday consists of a combination of data from over 20 national models, which also predict an increase in fatalities in several states over the next four weeks, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah, which the CDC says will exceed the number of reported deaths of the last month.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee
The state Natural Resources Board has unanimously approved allowing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to begin drafting regulations to enforce restrictions on firefighting foam that contains chemicals known as PFAS.
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFAS, are chemicals that are found in products ranging from firefighting foam to nonstick cookware.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio
Three Houston Fire Department firefighters were taken to the hospital to be treated for the injuries they received while battling a house fire early Wednesday.
The fire was reported around 2 a.m. at a home in the 8900 block of Wynmeadow, not far from Monroe and I-45.
When firefighters arrived, the one-story home was already engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
For the first time in the history of the Pasadena Fire Department, the entire engine crew rolling out of Station 34 was female.
On Tuesday, the all-female crew were under the command of Capt. Tricia Rodriguez.
"FIRST all-female crew in history of Pasadena Fire Department riding together on Engine 34," a social media post picturing the four of them said.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
COVID-19 has "brought this nation to its knees," Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday.
The country is probably going to spend about $7 trillion "because of one little virus," Redfield said during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
With the 4th of July right around the corner, many people are gearing up to celebrate. In Roswell, however, the holiday is a painful reminder of the loss of one of their own.
Last year, a huge explosion injured 12 firefighters and left one dead as they were preparing for the city's annual fireworks display.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque
VIDEO: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced a task force Tuesday aimed at cracking down on illegal fireworks after city residents have registered thousands of complaints.
“We have concerns about this from all over the city, this is a real problem. It is not just a quality of life problem and noise problem, and it is certainly that … but it can also be dangerous,” the mayor said Tuesday at a press conference.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
VIDEO: Nearly one hundred firefighters from 10 companies and two counties rolled into Specialty Tire in Indiana Monday morning.
Indiana Fire Association First Assistant Chief Ron Moreau described the scene: “Lots of heavy black smoke.”
The picture from Indiana Fire Association shows the issue from the outside.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
With half of US states reporting a rise in new cases, one expert warns of ‘danger signs' in some parts of the US.
After weeks of many Americans failing to heed face mask and social distancing guidelines, health officials in some states are reporting an increase in younger populations testing positive — saying those individuals are often asymptomatic but could be infecting others.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles
Firefighters face occupational hazards on a daily basis. Now, new research shows they face additional risk just by gearing up.
Fabric used for firefighter turnout gear tested positive for the presence of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), according to the study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, led by Graham Peaslee, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: University of Notre Dame News
Chicago Fire showcases the intense and dangerous situations which firefighters deal with every day, and the crew wants it to be as realistic as possible.
They use some fantastic special effects and pyrotechnics, which as amazing as they look, still isn't real enough. In addition, this drama goes above and beyond by using real life firefighters in the show.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Showbiz CheatSheet
There has been quite a bit of discussion about how telehealth could be utilized during a public health emergency or more commonly during medical care. But only 1% of rural communities in the U.S. routinely use telemedicine and it is rarely utilized outside of emergency situations, such as natural disasters.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: EMS1
VIDEO: Drone footage shows the aftermath of the massive fire that ravaged the former Strathmore Paper complex and destroyed Mill Number Two.
The footage was taken Saturday by Samuel Mazzaferro, the owner and operator of West Branch Aerial Photography located in Chester. Mazzaferro made sure to follow all rules and regulations and avoided any interference as firefighters continued to work the scene.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mass Live
A national nonprofit that's been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 says Michigan is one of three states "on track to contain" the novel coronavirus, but officials still warn the fight here is far from over.
COVID Act Now, a group of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and public policy leaders, tweeted Tuesday that Michigan had moved to its lowest risk category on its warning dashboard for states.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Detroit News
Four Rapid City Fire Department firefighters retired Friday as a result of budget concerns and to help prevent possible layoffs in the department.
Capt. Joe Tjaden, Training Section Chief Matt Culberson, Battalion Chief Tim Daly and Fire Chief Rod Seals have a combined 111 years of experience under their belts, according to a RCFD press release.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rapid City Journal
About 60 firefighters with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department cannot work right now.
They either have COVID-19 or may have been exposed.
That's according to Randy Wyse the President of the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters. It comes after Action News Jax confirmed a firefighter at station 21 tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAX-TV CBS 47 Jacksonville
VIDEO: Firefighters battled a massive house fire in Billerica Thursday evening that left the home a total loss.
Crews responding to the scene on Riveredge Road found smoke and flames pouring out of the house.
“I was sleeping on the farmer's porch and the smoke just came out right around me,” homeowner Rob Rawson said.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHDH-TV 7 Boston
The union representing Baltimore's firefighters is calling on residents living in certain neighborhoods to oppose possible firehouse closures.
The two firehouses slated to close are Engine 4 on Cold Spring Lane in north Baltimore and Engine 55 on Bush Street in Pigtown. The city fire union said both companies are responsible for bringing water to fires and have life-saving medical equipment.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
After a serious storm, it's not uncommon to see the world come to a standstill.
Traffic lights often go out, homes are ruined and businesses stay closed, but one restaurant tends to stay operational and consistent, despite the chaos and damage.
In many places, Waffle House has become synonymous with stormy skies; the business is able to make decisions in the face of serious storms that have caught the eye of first responders and federal officials like Craig Fugate.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach
Every week there are numerous scientific studies published. Here's a look at some of the more interesting ones:
Researchers with the Cleveland Clinic developed a first risk prediction model for healthcare providers to predict an individual patient's likelihood of a positive COVID-19 test, in addition to predicting their outcomes from the disease.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: BioSpace
VIDEO: The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) has become the first fire department in the country to develop an in-house fire gear cleaning system.
IFD said “Project Washout” integrates advanced ozone technology with comprehensive gear maintenance, management and repair.
On Wednesday, IFD Chief Ernest Malone unveiled the new system which fire officials said “was created for the sole purpose of better protecting our suppression personnel and implementing cancer preventive initiatives, to help fight the unseen enemies our personnel face every day, including COVID19.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIN-TV Fox 59 Indianapolis
The Union for the Kansas City Fire Department says they are already short 60 firefighters. Cutting 4.5% of the department budget would mean close to $9 million. That would have dangerous impacts on public safety.
“I believe that fire department cuts and public safety cuts should be the last to be made,” to International Association of Firefighters local 42 President Tim Dupin said.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCTV CBS 5 Kansas City
VIDEO: Thursday marks 13 years since nine Charleston firefighters were killed in a fire at the Sofa Superstore on Savannah Highway.
It was June 18th, 2007 at 7:09 p.m. when the alarm sounded – firefighters sprang into action.
Black smoke was seen pouring from the furniture store and warehouse, and as firefighters began to battle the flames, a 911 call comes in saying an employee is trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSPA-TV CBS 7 Spartanburg
FirstNet, the dedicated public safety communications network built by AT&T through a public-private partnership, is getting more than $200 million for enhancements to its portable assets and core network for 5G.
The First Responder Network Authority Board at its quarterly meeting yesterday signed off on $218 million for strategic investments targeting two areas: initial core network upgrades as the first phase of moving to 5G, and expanding FirstNet's fleet of deployable assets.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fierce Wireless
More than 30,000 gallons of toxic fluorochemical foam has been collected from municipal fire departments and commercial airports in Michigan in an effort that state officials believe is the nation's largest collection and disposal program of its type.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and the state fire marshal's office announced the milestone for their per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, foam disposal program on Wednesday, June 16.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive
PHOTOS: Firefighters' tactical decision to use a front-end loader to open up a hallway while battling a fire at Clinton Assembly of God may have saved part of the facility, officials said Tuesday.
The Clinton Fire Department was called to the church at 801 S. Mulberry at 8:19 a.m., and crews cleared the scene at 3:47 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Pantagraph
This page tells the tragic story of the Hotel Vendome Fire & Collapse, which occurred during the mid to late-afternoon hours of Saturday, June 17, 1972. As the fire in the upper floors of the former 7-story hotel (including penthouse) was being extinguished, a collapse of the southeast corner of the building occurred.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Boston Fire Historical Society
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-7th District) introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at honoring lives lost on September 11, 2001.
Spanberger, along with Rep. Peter King (R-New York), filed H.R. 7183 — the National Nine-Eleven Victims and Emergency Responders Flag of Remembrance, Gratitude, and Education for Tomorrow Act, or the National NEVER FORGET Act.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVR-TV CBS 6 Richmond
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced today that Fire-Rescue International (FRI) 2020, scheduled to take place August 19-21 in Phoenix, AZ, has been cancelled due to the impact and ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A virtual FRI format will be announced on July 7, 2020, and will take place over the week of August 19th.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed five coronavirus cases among staff members at the Lakeland, Fla., base for its famed “Hurricane Hunter” research aircraft.
The cases raise the possibility that one of the country's vital early-warning systems could be hobbled during what is already an unusually active hurricane season.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post - Metered Site
The Newton Firefighters Association said on Monday it is taking legal action against the city for taking down a remembrance flag last week that had been hanging inside Station 4 for the last 2½ years.
Marc Rizza, Local 863 president, said in a statement that hanging the Thin Red Line flag “is a protected activity under the collective bargaining laws of the Commonwealth.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Newton
New numbers released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a comprehensive picture of who in the United States has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and how they fared.
The latest figures confirm that older people, minorities and those with preexisting health conditions are at the highest risk of death.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Had the parlor game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon instead been designed with Lisa Camp in mind, everyone in Friendswood and La Porte would have been directly or indirectly touched by the longtime emergency medical services leader.
The Friendswood native is the EMS chief for the volunteer fire departments in both Friendswood and La Porte.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Within a few months, teams of mental health workers and EMTs will be dispatched in some Alameda County cities to help people having a mental crisis or substance abuse problems.
The pilot program, called the “Community Assessment Treatment and Transport Team,” or CATT, will roll out in Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward and Alameda sometime this summer.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times - Metered Site
The following highlights some of the notable fires or building collapses in the lower Valley in the past 10 years... Sept. 11, 2010:
Fire destroys the Housatonic Wire complex in Seymour. The building was slated to be the site of a new development. Jan. 6, 2014:
A four-story Howe Avenue building opposite the Shelton end of the Derby-Shelton Bridge burns and collapses, leaving five injured and several homeless.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CT Post
Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC President and Chairman of the Board, asked Congress to support local fire and EMS departments as he testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
During his testimony, Chief Ludwig highlighted the importance of local fire and EMS departments to helping victims of COVID-19.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
Survivors of COVID-19 are donating their blood plasma in droves in hopes it helps other patients recover from the coronavirus. And while the jury's still out, now scientists are testing if the donations might also prevent infection in the first place.
Thousands of coronavirus patients in hospitals around the world have been treated with so-called convalescent plasma — including more than 20,000 in the U.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
Firefighters across Ohio are mourning the death of Russell Brode, the former president of Akron's firefighter union, who they said died Saturday from what's referred to as “occupational cancer,” or cancer he acquired through fighting fires.
Brode, 54, spent years pushing for better care and training for Ohio firefighters facing the same risk from inhaling cancer-causing toxins released by smoke and other chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Beacon Journal
VIDEO: Over 150 firefighters battled a fire at a vacant building in Shelton.
Crews were called to the vacant building on Canal Street around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, firefighters said. Firefighters from Shelton, Derby and Ansonia responded to the fire and it took more than 155 firefighters to help put out the flames, authorities added.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVIT-TV NBC 30 New Britain
The firefighter's fraternity is a tight one. Due to the many perils of the job, they must rely on each other to remain safe while saving structures and lives.
“There is a lot of trust there,” said third-generation Elk River firefighter Chad Kreuser.
But for Kreuser and fellow firefighter Ryan Wolcenski, it's grown to be so much more: Kreuser learned that he suffers from polycystic kidney disease and in rapid need of a lifesaving kidney transplant.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minnesota
Faced with continued financial shortfalls, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District has announced that it will take “new urgent measures” to maintain its limited operations and keep firefighters safe.
ECCFPD Chief Brian Helmick said during a news conference Thursday that the department will only send firefighters into burning structures if lives are at stake, starting on July 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
As the United States begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, ample praise has been focused upon the nation's emergency first responders – and rightfully so. Millions of nurses, doctors, firefighters and police have set their personal interests aside, routinely placing themselves and potentially their families at risk so that critical frontline medical services remain operational at a time when tens of thousands of Americans have been sickened and died from a disease with no known cure.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Great Falls Tribune - Metered Site
VIDEO: D.C. firefighters saved the day Thursday when they threw their bodies on two dogs who were attacking people while other members were fighting a fire in Southeast.
D.C. Fire and EMS officials say they were in the 4000 block of South Capitol St. SE when two dogs began attacking residents in the area.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTTG-TV FOX 5 Washington, D.C.
A group of New York City emergency medical service workers who gave interviews to the news media, including NPR, are suing the city for allegedly retaliating against them after speaking about their experiences responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday with the federal court in Manhattan, four EMS workers allege the city is violating their right to speak on issues of public concern under the First Amendment, as well as their due process rights.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Public Radio
A large, early morning house fire destroyed a home on Hazel Drive in Putnam Lake on Thursday.
With no fire hydrants in the area, water was carried in on tanker trucks. The family living at the Hazel Drive home were all able to get out safely, with no injuries reported.
Putnam Lake Fire Department responded to the scene, with mutual aid from Patterson, Brewster, Croton Falls, and New Fairfield and Danbury, Connecticut.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News (Lohud.com)
Emergency medical dispatchers across North America can now quickly direct 911 callers during time-critical cardiac emergencies to the closest automated external defibrillator (AED), thanks to the implementation of an AED geolocation plan by Priority Dispatch and the PulsePoint Foundation. The partnership between Priority Dispatch and PulsePoint allows 911 dispatchers to inform callers of the location of AEDs while using existing medical dispatch protocols within Priority Dispatch's ProQA® software, with no changes to workflow—saving critical time during life-threatening emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
The US surpassed 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases as experts predicted Thursday that tens of thousands more people will get infected and die in the months ahead.
Nearly 113,000 people have died from COVID-19 nationwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. An influential model cited by the White House issued the dire prediction, saying the US death toll could reach 169,890 by October 1, with a possible range of about 133,000 to 290,000 deaths.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN Health
Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) have updated and extended the U.S. COVID-19 forecasts through Oct. 1.
Researchers are forecasting nearly 170,000 deaths.
Deaths are predicted to remain level through August but may start to rise in the fourth week and increase during September, according to an IHME release.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7 Seattle
VIDEO: A three-alarm house fire broke out in a home on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Rosedale Street on Tuesday around 10:20 a.m. Firefighters urged motorists to avoid the area while they work to contain the fire, assess the damage, and begin cleaning up. Officials say roads in the area will be closed until approximately 3:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rochester First
Researcher Gregory Chiklis has spent the duration of the pandemic running antibody tests in his Franklin lab, MRN Diagnostics. He has tested hundreds of first responders who were exposed to coronavirus in towns west of Boston.
“We've gone back now and tested their spouses or their partners, in a couple of cases we tested their children who are over 18, and in no cases have we seen that person spread the virus to their family members,” said Chiklis.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston
Billings police arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the influence after he drove through a blocked zone, dragging a firefighter trying to stop him along the way.
Eli Rindal, 23, drove through cones that marked off an area where power crews were repairing a transformer at Bench Boulevard and Joyce Street in the Heights, according to police Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Billings Gazette - Metered Site
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), in partnership with the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA) and the American Psychological Association (APA), has released a new directory of behavioral health professionals that are equipped and ready to help firefighters, EMS providers, dispatchers, and rescue workers.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Preliminary results from an ongoing study suggest that those with a certain blood type may have some protection against the novel coronavirus.
In April, not long after the pandemic began, the genetic testing firm 23andMe began using its testing services to help scientists better understand how genetics may play a role in why some people who contract the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, develop severe infections, while others present only mild or moderate symptoms or have no symptoms at all.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News
VIDEO: Firefighters battled a blaze that erupted and spread into a produce market in downtown Los Angeles Monday, the L.A. Fire Department said.
Propane tanks were seen exploding outside of the one-story building at 815 Kohler St., fire officials said after the blaze was reported around 3:20 p.m.
The produce market was open for business and people were self-evacuating when firefighters arrived at the scene, according to LAFD.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV 5 CW Los Angeles
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has announced five families of front line workers who will receive temporary mortgage payments through its COVID-19 Heroes Fund.
"As COVID-19 lockdowns lift and America begins to reopen, we cannot forget the brave men and women on the front lines who gave up their lives to protect ours during this unprecedented pandemic," the organization said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
The cleanup effort at the memorial along West 7th Street started Monday and featured ordinary citizens who showed up hoping to erase the vandalism.
Among the volunteers was a Fort Worth native who said he understands the hurt behind the recent events, but was adamant: This is not the answer. The vandals spray painted anti-police rhetoric like "F**K 12" and "ACAB" across several stones on the memorial grounds.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth
A mechanical engineer at the University of Virginia has built a semi-autonomous robot to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. According to a release, studies have found that the COVID-19 virus can be destroyed by ultraviolet light and heat while on surfaces, including countertops, chairs, walls and floors.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAV-TV CBS/FOX 19 Charlottesville
A general alarm fire reported as the worst in the history of Kingston destroyed two lumber companies, four homes, seven vehicles and injured 21 people, mostly firefighters, on Aug. 9, 1964.
More than 260 firefighters from across the Wyoming Valley were called to battle the massive blaze at John and Union streets.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Times Leader
VIDEO: Smoke from a huge fire in downtown Phoenix at a four-story apartment complex under construction could be seen from miles away Sunday night. It was at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Grant Street, near Jefferson Street.
According to officials on scene, nearly 40% of the building was complete before the fire erupted.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
VIDEO: The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department is asking for continued prayers for its firefighters who were injured in an explosion while battling a fire on a cargo ship docked at Blount Island. On Saturday, the blaze continued to burn, and experts say it could continue for days.
Eight firefighters were injured in the blast, which occurred on Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJXT-TV 4 Jacksonville
Coronavirus cases in the United States have been slowly ticking up since the Memorial Day holiday, according to a CNBC analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
New cases hit a peak of 31,578, based on a seven-day average, on April 10 before steadily falling to an eight-week low of just over 20,600 a day on May 28 — and have been rising ever since.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNBC
MTV's True Life series is going to the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. The network announced True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders, a new self-shot special spotlighting millennial volunteer first responders working through the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.
True Life Presents: First-Time First Responders will follow Rhanell aka Nurse Barbie, a 31-year-old trauma nurse and Alex aka Ace, a 33-year-old FDNY EMT.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: E! News
Police and firefighters marched with protesters of all ages in Avondale Sunday morning.
Protesters marched at 9:30 a.m. from the Avondale Town Center to district four headquarters.
The march comes after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN.
Organizer and Youth Services Section Police Officer Eddie Hawkins from Avondale, says this is about the community, especially the youth, to come together with police and firefighters to march against officers' misconduct and for the community to have the tough conversations with them.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIX-TV FOX 19 Cincinnati
VIDEO: A massive fire is still burning aboard a cargo ship at Blount Island while several injured firefighters were reported to be in stable condition. The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said 9 firefighters were injured trying to contain the blaze.
According to Fire Chief Keith Powers, eight firefighters were injured in an explosion, and an additional firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAX-TV CBS 47 Jacksonville
A federal agency is warning consumers about a phenomenon they need to know about in the height of grilling season. Under the right conditions, the ATF says "flame jetting" could turn a backyard fire pit or BBQ grill into a flamethrower. It happens in an instant. The effort to ignite or stoke a fire pit or BBQ, creating a fireball, essentially turning portable fuel cans into a device that spews flames.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJLA-TV ABC 7 Washington DC
VIDEO: A new video shows the moment two alleged arsonists turned Sunday's peaceful protest through the streets of Long Beach into a devastating inferno.
The video shows the men toss two beer bottles allegedly filled with gas into the Men's Suit Outlet on Pine Avenue before fleeing on foot. Moments later, an officer arrives at the scene as the fire spread and angered community members tried to help.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles
It's not very often that someone does a job for 50 years, let alone three people doing that same job for 50 years. But Thursday night, three special Columbiana County community members were honored.
You see them in your town — men and women who drive around in the giant red truck to help put out fires.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBN-TV CBS 27 News Youngstown
The regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and coordinating officer for COVID-19 response and recovery in New England said his agency is maintaining logistical and other capabilities in the region, even though the surge is over, just in case there is a second wave.
Retired Coast Guard Capt.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lowell Sun
VIDEO: Several homes were destroyed and evacuations were ordered when a grass fire ignited Wednesday afternoon near a Suisun City neighborhood, officials said.
The fire ignited around 3:45 p.m. in the marsh of Kellogg Street, near the Suisun City Wildlife Center, the Suisun City Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA-TV NBC 3 Sacramento
Five, four, three, two, One-Stop. Placing the emotional and upsetting events on the ground – the civil unrest across the country after the death of George Floyd – to one side for a moment, last weekend we placed two Americans into space from the U.S. mainland after a 9-year delay. After blasting off from the Kennedy Space Center and then whizzing around the Earth at speeds that eventually hit 17,500 mph, the SpaceX spacecraft carrying two NASA astronauts docked with the International Space Station, completing the first leg of a historic journey.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: EMS1
More than 130 days have passed since the first known case of COVID-19 was identified in the United States. Over that period, nearly 1.8 million Americans have been infected — and over 100,000 of them have died.
While no state has avoided the virus's reach, cases have been largely concentrated in densely-populated states in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 24/7 Wall Street
Members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) National Response Team have been sent to Minneapolis and St. Paul to investigate the fires set to local businesses during the recent unrest that took place in both cities.
According to a spokesperson with the ATF St. Paul Field Division, they've been requested to work alongside both city's fire departments and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division to help determine the parties responsible for the fires.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis
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