The three largest public safety agencies in Franklin County will no longer release the number of personnel who have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the agencies said Monday.
The Columbus Divisions of Fire and Police and the Franklin County sheriff's office all cited consultations with legal counsel.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch
If you go outside at sunset, listen in the distance and you may hear something you don't hear too often.
Each night at dusk, bagpipes and drums will echo through neighborhoods across the country.
"You should listen at sunset -- there are pipers and drummers all across the area," Thomas Johnson, a captain with Aurora Fire Department told FOX31.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDVR-TV FOX 31 Denver
Sometimes miracles happen because every little thing goes right. And people involved are smart and creative and fearless.
This is the story of a hairstylist, a team of automotive prototype designers and a massive global company that in just a few days went from creating high-tech cars guided by artificial intelligence with the use of robots to old-fashioned built-by-hand assembly the way things were done back in the 1900s.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
In a joint letter, members of Staten Island's political delegation today called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio to work with relevant pension boards to ensure that first responders and other essential employees who die as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) be guaranteed contractual line-of-duty death benefit and payments.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SILive.com
After the recent signing of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act by President Donald J. Trump, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) President, Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, expressed mixed emotions about the stimulus package.
“While I am pleased that Congress and the President took action to help those who are suffering economically by allocating federal money for hospitals, law enforcement, educational institutions, airlines, and drug companies, I am extremely disappointed that federal funding desperately needed by the American fire and emergency medical services was largely overlooked,” Chief Ludwig said.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
The Rowlett Fire Department has a long history of providing innovative solutions to complex issues. Continuing that legacy of care and commitment to our community, the Rowlett Fire Department has implemented a TeleMedic program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TeleMedic embraces current technology and allows the online one-on-one video assessment of non-critical patients to reduce the risk of provider- or patient-borne exposure to contagions.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Rowlett Lakeshore Times
At exactly 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evening, thousands of New Yorkers in quarantine stood on their porches and near their windows to applaud first responders and health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.
This powerful act of solidarity, which lasted several minutes, came about after a call on social media to #clapbecausewecare.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
The Laurel County Fire Department has launched a new phone app this week that includes two sections pertaining to COVID-19.
"To our knowledge it's one of the first ones in the area," said Laurel County Fire Chief Terry Wattenbarger. "We're the first emergency service to actually have a mobile app like that.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Times-Tribune
Chief Diana Matty has heard the cries of doctors across the country: They need ventilators.
As Palm Beach County braces for a potential spike in coronavirus cases, the West Palm Beach fire chief has coordinated efforts with the county's 10 other fire departments to let hospitals know they are poised to loan ventilators, should the need arise.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Palm Beach Post
A program conducting home visits with vulnerable patients after they have been checked out of the hospital is doing its best to go online, both for the sake of the paramedics and patients.
Racine's Mobile Integrated Health program went into a trial phase in the fall of 2018 and was fully implemented in 2019.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times
To ensure uninterrupted service during the coronavirus pandemic, 18 fire departments in San Bernardino County have joined under a regional management team, an action usually reserved for fighting large wildfires.
“COVID-19 has the possibility of affecting a significant portion of the fire and EMS workforce,” the San Bernardino County Fire Chiefs Association said Thursday, March 26, in announcing formation of the agencies that will cooperate with the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Incident Management Team.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun
VIDEO: The staff at the Tybee Island Fire Department have been hard at work since Wednesday making masks for those that need them most.
The dedicated team is one of several groups working to fill the nationwide mask shortage triggered by frightened Americans concerned about their respiratory health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAV-TV NBC/CW+ 3 Savannah
With 16% of its workers in self-isolation due to exposure to the coronavirus, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services will run ambulances to situations that are not life-threatening staffed solely with emergency medical technicians and not the more highly trained paramedics who are now required to be on board.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NOLA.com
The Senate approved more than $163 billion designated to assist local fire and EMS departments as part of an economic stimulus package to safeguard the U.S. economy and help the nation respond effectively to the 2019 novel coronavirus and its resulting illness, COVID-19. The House is expected to pass the $2 trillion stimulus bill on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
Calls to New York City's 911 medical services hit their highest levels since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to emergency workers' unions, stretching staffs that have already seen their own ranks thinned by coronavirus infections.
Medical emergency calls are up 40% to about 6,500 a day, according to Oren Barzilay, president of Local 2507, a union that represents emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire inspectors and dispatchers.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bloomberg
Mayor Jack Young will give employees in the city a stipend to ease financial burdens as they continue to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVID-19 Pandemic Mission Critical Stipend will be meant for “frontline public-facing employees” including firefighters, EMTs and police officers. They will receive an extra $200 bi-weekly.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJZ-TV CBS 13 Baltimore
With the number of people in the city testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) growing by the day -- 84 members of the FDNY have tested positive for the virus, according to an FDNY spokesman.
The number of FDNY employees who have tested positive has almost doubled since yesterday, when FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated during an interview on Fox News that 46 members had tested positive for coronavirus.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SILive.com
VIDEO: The New Haven Fire Department has a new weapon in the war against Covid-19.
The department purchased an AeroClave device, which is a fogging system that disinfects on contact.
“We are using it for firefighters or medics that go into a building of potential exposure. When they come out, we can actually decontaminate the firefighters gear and spray the firefighter right down on scene,” said Mark Vendetto, Assistant Chief Operations with the New Haven Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTNH-TV ABC 8 New Haven
Kentucky firefighters say they struggle still to get COVID-19 tests and don't get workers' compensation for missed days while self-quarantining or waiting for test results.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced Tuesday a Louisville firefighter was the first to test positive for the coronavirus. The man is self-isolating at home, Fischer said.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald Leader
Mansfield Fire Chief Steve Strickling has issued a directive to his employees to limit their exposure working at other jobs, including township fire departments and hospitals, for the time being due to COVID-19 concerns.
Strickling said he does not know the exact number of his employees who work elsewhere too but said "there are quite a few.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Mansfield News Journal
VIDEO: Montgomery County first responders who are on the frontlines in the fight against the coronavirus are using spray guns to clean ambulances and keep themselves safe.
“One of our employees came up with the idea just to go to Home Depot or Lowes and get paint sprayers,” Justin McNabb, a Narberth Ambulance Infection Control Officer, told NBC10.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCAU-TV NBC 10 Philadelphia
VIDEO: Thuy Dinh was stuck at home while the coronavirus pandemic was quickly moving across the world.
So, the mechanical engineer put her talents to use—from home.
“A lot of people right now who aren't in the medical field feel like there's a sense of helplessness,” Dinh said.
She had seen a design of a protective face shield on Facebook and decided to use her own home 3-D printer to make one.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KENS-TV CBS 5 San Antonio
In reaction to Ohio's first confirmed death from coronavirus, a state lawmaker is urging his colleagues to back a bill that would require hospitals and local boards of health to notify first responders when a patient they've treated is suspected of having a contagious disease.
“We need to make sure our first responders stay healthy and are able to respond to the community's call for service,” said state Rep.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Toledo Blade - Metered Site
As shelter-in-place orders and other directives from government officials take effect, people across the country are adapting to a new normal of social distancing, working from home and, in some cases, temporarily closing up shop during the COVID-19 outbreak. Health officials say such measures are essential to help “flatten the curse,” keeping the number of disease cases at a manageable level, spread out over time.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fire Rescue 1
While some families are grappling with how to keep their children educated and entertained in this new age of social distancing, many on the front lines are grappling with whether to risk coming home to their families some nights or pondering whether responding to an emergency could result in exposure.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bucks County Courier Times
Fire departments in Arizona went straight to the state Capitol Monday after a workers' compensation insurance company said their firefighters would not receive coverage if they contracted COVID-19 on the job.
A voicemail was sent to Arizona's Family confirming that's what 7710 Insurance said, but the company is now admitting they made a mistake.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 (azfamily.com)
After weeks of protests and motions from City Council trying to prevent it, Engine 11 in the South End has been decommissioned.
New Bedford Firefighters Local 841 sent out a statement about the closure on Sunday, highlighting the fact that the closure happened during a pandemic.
The statement said the closure adds to response times and reduces the level of preparedness that the city needs amid the current time of uncertainty.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Bedford Standard-Times
In the battle against coronavirus, first responders are stocking up on the tools they need to stay safe, including personal protective equipment and ultraviolet lights that zap the potentially deadly COVID-19.
Upper Pine Fire Protection District began using two portable ultraviolet lighting devices, which cost about $6,000 total, to disinfect ambulances and fire stations.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pine River Times
The California Highway Patrol has closed its academy because of the coronavirus pandemic, but Cal Fire says its training academy in Ione is staying open for classes for its recruits.
“These are essential classes that we need to continue with,” Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean said. “We are very cognizant of the situation and we will constantly re-evaluate the situation as conditions change.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee
The state is trying to avoid depleting the ranks of police and fire departments – and the prison – after the governor activated the R.I. National Guard last week.
Gov. Gina Raimondo said on Monday she has heard from city and town leaders concerned that activating the guard could make it hard for public safety officials to properly staff their police and fire departments, where personnel often serve in the armed services.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
When Hayward Fire Chief Garrett Contreras saw that San Jose had to quarantine many of its firefighters after they were exposed to coronavirus, he thought it could happen to his city, too.
“We started to get concerned about taking care of our people,” he said. “Once I realized that there was a lack of testing for sick people in general, I realized there was a broader problem.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KQED-FM
Three Springfield Township firefighters are in quarantine after they learned through social media they had been exposed to a presumptive coronavirus patient.
Chief Barry Cousino told The Blade neither the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department nor St. Luke's Hospital informed his department of the potential exposure.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Blade
The unions representing cops, firefighters and EMS officers are urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to make them a higher priority for access to coronavirus testing given their front-line duties interacting with the public amid the pandemic.
Ninety-eight NYPD officers and other employees and 17 Fire Department/Emergency Medical Service personnel have tested positive for COVID-19.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
North Branford Fire Chief William Seward was alarmed when he got the news: his department, which runs the town's ambulance service, would only receive one box of 35 respirators from the strategic national stockpile.
What's more, all of those masks — which Seward picked up today in Essex — are expired.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New Haven Register
Knowing that firefighters have to protect themselves to help others, Worthington officials worried about having their 36 full-time staff working together in its single fire station.
“We were hearing about these other stations being forced to shut down elsewhere. That would decimate our fire and EMS protection if we had to close our firehouse,” said Mark Zambito, assistant fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch
“If you see this message — this means your files are now encrypted and are in a non-working state!”
That note was discovered on the Bluffton Township Fire District's computer servers on Sunday, which were rendered inoperable by a hacker, according to a report from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Island Packet
Fox's "The Resident" is doing its part to protect the residents -- and other health care workers -- at an Atlanta-area hospital amid the spread coronavirus.
Dr. Karen L. Law, who is the program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Emory University, posted a photo to Instagram on Wednesday showing off a donation of masks, gowns and other supplies made by the team behind the medical drama.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
More than 30 members of the Spokane Fire Department are in self-quarantine in an attempt to stop the spread of sickness amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The firefighters – representing about 10% of the department –were exposed to patients who had symptoms similar to COVID-19. As of Thursday morning, none of them had received a positive test for the novel coronavirus – though one firefighter is in the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Spokesman-Review
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and other public safety and related industry organizations wrote to congressional leaders urging action on repealing the T-Band auction mandate on the nation's largest municipalities as part of any coronavirus emergency stimulus spending package. Read letter (PDF)
“We write to strongly urge you to include language that would repeal Section 6103 in Title VI of P.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
Legislation that would prevent the T-Band spectrum – a public safety radio network intended to ease communication among first responders in 11 metropolitan areas – from being auctioned to other users has garnered support from International Association of Fire Chiefs President and Board Chair Gary Ludwig and International Association of Fire Fighters General President Harold Schaitberger.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Safety+Health Magazine
The ambulances at the West Metro Fire Department have been turned into isolation rooms on wheels. The countertops have been cleared, the EKG machines have been bagged, and the back of each ambulance has been sealed off from the cab. This is just part of the fire department's plan to battle COVID-19.
Fire departments across the state, including Denver, Aurora, Arvada and Fort Lupton, changed the way they do business as the coronavirus spreads.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Denver Post
Several boxes and hand sanitizers have been delivered to a fire department in Tennessee after two brothers who tried to capitalize on the coronavirus outbreak by stockpiling nearly 18,000 bottles with the intent to resell the goods had their stash cleaned out.
The Chattanooga Fire Department said on Facebook it received a donation of sanitizing products after a "viral story" about individuals who "purchased thousands of those items.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX News
Kentucky firefighters, police and other public safety workers say the Friday closure of most child care centers could hurt staffing, hamper public safety and impede the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
To stop the spread of the respiratory illness, Gov. Andy Beshear ordered Kentucky child care centers closed by Friday.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lexington Herald Leader
New York City could soon be placed under a “shelter-in-place” order to contain the coronavirus — here's what it would mean for the Big Apple's 8.6 million residents.
Under the strict public health measure, all non-essential businesses would be shut down. That means only police and fire departments, hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and perhaps gas stations, banks and laundromats would remain open.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
The head of a local union is concerned that not enough is being done to protect firefighters and the public during the coronavirus outbreak.
Ralph Sicuro, president of the International Association of Firefighters Pittsburgh Local 1, says they are already seeing how fast the virus can spread.
Sicuro tells KDKA additional protective gear was given out like masks and gowns, but the firefighters do not feel it is enough protection.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh
VIDEO: The novel coronavirus is changing the way first responders with the Orange County Fire Authority respond to calls.
Crews demonstrated what it will look like in a mock call Tuesday.
If it doesn't put a life at risk, dispatchers will screen callers. For patients showing symptoms of novel coronavirus, crews will wear their personal protective equipment.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
The death of Cowlitz 2 battalion chief Mickel Zainfeld has prompted local agencies and grassroots groups to boost efforts to help firefighters, police and other first responders cope with the emotional trauma of their jobs.
And one way may be for both them and the public to tone down the superhero image they bear.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily News
Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, Old Fourth Distillery has been distributing make-shift bottles of hand sanitizer.
Starting today they are shifting their efforts and giving back to those on the front lines.
Co-Owner of Old Fourth Distillery Jeff Moore has been making hand sanitizer with their own in-house alcohol.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGCL-TV CBS 46 Atlanta
VIDEO: “Three, two, one,” counted down a researcher with N.C. State University's Wilson College of Textiles. With a click, flames ignited and scorched a firefighter's helmet, protective hood and turn out gear.
It's how the state is fighting cancer with fire power.
Data gathered from the mannequin, which is armed with sensors and better known at N.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
Leaders of several Cleveland suburbs are making plans that could see them share police officers and firefighters in the event of a coronavirus outbreak in their departments.
Officials from Lyndhurst, Richmond Heights, Highland Heights, Mayfield Heights and Mayfield Village met Friday in Lyndhurst for a preliminary discussion about sharing resources if a coronavirus outbreak impacts them.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland.com
After the first case of covid-19, the disease caused by the new strain of coronavirus, was announced in the United States, reports of further infections trickled in slowly. Two months later, that trickle has turned into a steady current.
This so-called exponential curve has experts worried. If the number of cases were to continue to double every three days, there would be about a hundred million cases in the United States by May.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Washington Post - Metered Site
The quarantining of three firefighters who responded to Alaska's first confirmed case of the coronavirus came out of caution, not because of a lapse, Anchorage's fire chief said Monday.
The firefighters, who responded to a 911 call about the case last week, took standard measures to protect against infectious disease, said Chief Jodie Hettrick.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alaska Public Media News
Even in cities with big hospitals, the novel coronavirus is testing the limits of the modern health care system. But fighting the virus in rural Alaska presents additional challenges: Some of Alaska's remote villages can be 100 miles from the nearest hospital, and many are disconnected from the road system and only reachable by plane.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alaska Public Media News
A South Florida elected official is facing some backlash from emergency workers after he appeared to propose exposing firefighters to the new coronavirus as a way of ensuring there are more people with immunity to help fight the spread of the disease.
Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola on Friday at an emergency city meeting asked if there were doctors in the audience.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: South Florida Sun Sentinel - Metered Site
The IAFC is continuing to monitor the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) inside the United States. As your agency likely is preparing to care for potential patients and protect firefighters and EMS personnel from exposures, please know that the IAFC stands with you and is ready to help.
In addition to continuously updating the Coronavirus resources page, the IAFC Coronavirus Task Force held their first meeting last week.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: IAFC.org
When the call came across the pagers, there was something in the dispatcher's voice that signaled it was serious.
“Her voice sounded distressed.”
“I knew I had to put on real clothes for this one.”
“You could tell the panic in the page.”
“We could hear it, the seriousness, but the average person probably wouldn't.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Alexandria Echo Press
Concerned about the effects of coming into contact with the coronavirus, unions representing firefighters, paramedics, nurses and hospital workers are asking lawmakers to act on their behalf.
As workers on the front lines of the epidemic, the unions said they want assurances — perhaps requiring additional legislation — that their benefits won't be exhausted if they contract COVID-19 or miss work because they're under quarantine after coming into contact with people with coronavirus.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Fighting fires is no easy task. The work is often intense and physical. But that's not stopping about 10,000 women from joining their male counterparts on the front lines. Except, there is one big difference: their gear.
With every zip, pull of a boot, and tug of a coat, the volunteer firefighters of Chaires and Capitola prepare themselves for the toughest of fires.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCTV CBS 6 Thomasville
Ed Parkinson today was named by the FirstNet Authority Board as executive director—operationally, the chief executive officer (CEO)—for the FirstNet Authority, becoming the organization's third full-time staff leader and its first in more than 17 months.
FirstNet Authority Board Chair Ed Horowitz said that Parkinson was selected at the conclusion of a “comprehensive and thorough search” to lead the FirstNet Authority staff.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Urgent Communications
With Engine Company 11 set to be decommissioned on March 22, some residents and city councilors are still fighting to keep it running.
At Thursday night's City Council meeting, Councilor-at-large Brian Gomes submitted a petition to the council with 1,164 signatures in support of keeping Station 11 open.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Standard-TImes
The Department of Public Safety of Newark, N.J., is warning residents they could be prosecuted for falsely reporting coronavirus cases in the city.
The city's public safety director, Anthony Ambrose, cautioned Newark residents against posting false information about cases on social media, saying it can cause “unnecessary public alarm.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
VIDEO: Dr. Christopher Bosche was 44 when he died on Sept. 12th, 2017. His 3-year battle with cancer was linked to exposure while responding to Ground Zero following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
State Rep. Brenda Shields (R-St. Joseph) said Bosche is one of three first responders from Missouri who died from illnesses linked to their response to 9/11.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis
PHOTOS: “Stress is the body's reaction to harmful situations,” according to WebMd. “Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviors, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is immune.”
Working in stressful and intense situations can take their toll on police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Source - Metered Site
Texas A&M University researchers have developed a flood prediction tool that can improve emergency response during hurricanes.
The almost real-time device uses an algorithm to determine the flow of water with the help of information about a city's architecture, drainage systems and flood gauges, according to a Texas A&M Engineering website news release.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Eagle
The Eugene Springfield Fire Department received Tuesday the first in a new line of locally built electric trikes the vehicle manufacturer hopes will change the way first responders reach people in need of emergency help.
Arcimoto, which last year launched its three-wheel Fun Utility Vehicle after a dozen years of redesign and development, now has delivered the first Rapid Responder model to the local fire department.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Kolby Adams is a tenacious 7-year-old with a lot of big ideas, and he's not letting his tender age stand in his way of shaking things up.
The Swartz Creek youngster's latest venture is his vlog, the theme of which might come as a surprise to some people.
“When he first said he wanted to be a vlogger, I thought that the last thing I wanted to do was a vlog about worms and G.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Swartz Creek View
PHOTOS:Four Arkansas firefighters were hospitalized after an accident on Interstate 55 near Marion on Monday.
The Marion Fire Department was clearing the scene of an unrelated accident at the 24-mile marker of Interstate 55 when the department was “involved in an accident with a semi truck.”
According to a Facebook post, four fire department personnel were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNWA-TV NBC 51 Rogers
The Chicago Fire Department is swapping out coloring books for virtual reality headsets as its preferred educational tool to instill fire safety basics in the minds of elementary and middle schoolers.
Fire Commissioner Richard Ford unveiled the technology Tuesday during a demonstration at St. Sabina Academy with a group of 5th and 6th graders who strapped on the headsets to find themselves getting out of bed to the sound of a beeping smoke detector.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times
PHOTOS: San Bernardino County Fire Department search teams staged a daring and complex rescue of a man trapped in a remote mine over the weekend, authorities say.
Early Sunday morning, County Fire officials received a call from an unidentified explorer in a rural, unincorporated area of Twentynine Palms who had recently left a mine and reported that a partner was still inside and unable to get out.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Press
A bill is being discussed in a Kansas Senate committee Tuesday that would give fire investigators law enforcement powers in the state.
This means, if an investigator encounters a crime in progress, they would have the legal right to pull-over, detain, and even arrest someone. The Kansas Fire Marshal, Doug Jorgensen, made clear during his testimony in favor of the bill that investigators would not be conducting traffic stops.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSNT-TV NBC 27 Topeka
A few Upstate ambulances are now carrying a cooler that can save lives.
The No. 1 cause of preventable deaths that ambulances deal with is loss of blood, said Aaron Dix, Prisma Health's executive director of emergency medical services.
If someone has a severe gunshot wound or hemorrhaging or has been in a severe accident, they could lose blood faster than an ambulance can get them to a hospital, Dix said.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Greenville News
VIDEO: A new partnership hopes to increase the number of people in Indiana who can donate tissue after they die.
The partnership is between Carmel Fire Department and Indiana Donor Network. The changes that this partnership brings could impact thousands of people a year.
Organs cannot be donated from people who die outside of a hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISH-TV CW 8 Indianapolis
“This is - ‘Follow me, follow me, follow me.' Left, right, upstairs, basement, ‘Show me your basement.' That's a good question - ‘Where's your bedroom?' You would want to know ‘Is the baby in the bedroom?'''
Cindy Hanzes, of Connellsville, demonstrated words in American Sign Language to firefighters attending a special class at the Morrell Volunteer Fire Company.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald-Standard - Metered Site
The man who would become Patient Zero for the new coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. appeared to do everything right. He arrived Jan. 19 at an urgent-care clinic in a suburb north of Seattle with a slightly elevated temperature and a cough he'd developed soon after returning four days earlier from a visit with family in Wuhan, China.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bloomberg Businessweek
A fire lieutenant used bad judgment when he tried to make a training exercise more realistic and ended up starting a blaze that injured a fellow firefighter, Fire Chief John Oates said Monday.
Lt. Doug McKeon, a 21-year department veteran, was suspended without pay for 14 days in January and February, according to a disciplinary letter released after a Freedom of Information request.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hartford Courant
The Cumberland County Coroner's Office has released the names of the two people killed Monday morning in a fire in Monroe Township.
Jerome Guise, 34, of Boiling Springs, was a firefighter with the Mount Holly Springs fire department, Coroner Charley Hall said. Guise was killed when the front porch of the home on the 1500 block of Boiling Springs Road collapsed while he was fighting the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: PennLive Patriot-News
They're not the Bravest when it comes to the coronavirus.
The FDNY won't dispatch its firefighters to potential coronavirus patients, leaving its paramedics and EMTs to handle them alone, The Post has learned.
The department issued an order Friday temporarily relieving firefighters from responding to calls of the second highest priority for patients with fever, coughing, difficulty breathing or even those who are unconscious.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Post
When the Jaws of Life don't work and a man is dying, a little ingenuity and a big engine could prove to be the best combination.
West Springfield and Westfield firefighters pulled a crashed vehicle apart with a fire truck to extricate a seriously injured driver Wednesday, said West Springfield Lt. Andrew Lyne.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Republican - MassLive
Some residents in northeast Albemarle County are concerned about a proposal to move daytime fire-rescue staff farther away from their area.
As part of County Executive Jeff Richardson's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021, Albemarle County Fire Rescue would reallocate weekday, daytime fire-rescue staff from Stony Point Volunteer Fire Company and East Rivanna Volunteer Fire Company to the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department and Pantops Public Safety Station to meet system-wide response time standards and call volume.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Progress
Florida lawmakers were on the verge of sending Gov. Ron DeSantis legislation Friday that requires panic buttons at every school, the latest security measure being implemented on campuses after the Parkland school shooting two years ago that killed 17.
The measure, known as “Alyssa's Law,” would establish an electronic link between schools and law enforcement — and reduce the confusion that became so apparent as a gunman roamed the grounds of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day 2018.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC News
As first responders get more and more calls about coronavirus, there are serious concerns among the ranks on how they respond.
“We are very very concerned,” said Patrick Morrison of the IAFF.
Morrison said they're telling fire departments across the country to take inventory of their gear.
“What we are hearing from our members around the country is we do not have enough supplies," Morrison said.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
A glitch in Pittsburgh's new payroll system triggered overpayments totaling about $400,000 for nearly half of the city's 600 firefighters, officials said. The city is now asking for the money back.
The problem occurred in late December after arbitrators provided a new five-year contract to the International Association of Firefighters Local 1, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
If people need to get in from outside in the event of an emergency in downtown Bloomington, the fire department wants to let people know with specific voice directions in addition to the blare of a siren.
The Bloomington Fire Department wants to install an outdoor warning siren with public address capability on the roof of the Government Center, 115 E.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bloomington Pantagraph
One of the most important tools for the Mount Vernon fire department is now half a century old.
"You can see the scratches and marks on it. The once really bright red paint is more of an orange color now. It's faded over the past 50 years. But overall, it's still an excellent running truck," said Chief Brad DeLay, Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Protection District.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSPR-TV ABC 33 Springfield
With the elimination of their positions finalized earlier this week, firefighters are asking the city to negotiate on the change to public safety officers.
Scott Dix, president of Cedar Falls Firefighters Local 1366, made the request to begin formal union negotiations in a letter sent to the city Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Firefighters Local 313, the local union of firefighters in Morgantown, is dissatisfied with the proposed budget from City Manager Paul Brake because they said it puts the safety of citizens and firefighters at risk.
The initially proposed budget would decrease the number of firefighters from 61-49, a reduction of 12 positions.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV 12 Clarksburg
With wires stuck to his head and a stuffed toy monkey in his arms, Brian McCoy heaved a deep breath as he settled into a reclining chair at South Metro Fire Rescue's headquarters in Centennial.
He slipped on headphones, put up his feet and watched as a TV screen played scenes from under the sea: dolphins twirling, seaweed swirling, sharks prowling.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Denver Post - Metered Site
VIDEO: The Webbers Falls Fire Station in eastern Oklahoma caught fire Wednesday, destroying one building and all the gear inside it.
"Our department is now on the ground," Webbers Falls Fire Chief Shawn Smith said. "It was heartbreaking, this is our second home, we spend a lot of time down here."
Smith and other volunteer firefighters were out of town attending training for severe weather when the fire was reported before 2 P.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHBS/KHOG-TV ABC 40 Fort Smith
VIDEO: More than 40 years ago, the first woman went through Norfolk's fire academy.
Pamela Ells-Johnson was just 25 years old and tells 13News Now that she was simply looking for a career when she applied.
She ended up paving the way for women in Norfolk Fire-Rescue. Although back then, it was called Norfolk Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WVEC-TV ABC 13 Hampton
PHOTOS: Ever have a hard time making a turn on a tight Wollaston street packed with parked cars? Try doing it in an almost 60-foot-long fire truck.
As Quincy's development boom continues, the fire department is preparing to put into service a new, $1.45 million tiller truck to help firefighters take tight turns and get closer to ever-taller buildings.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Patriot Ledger
The City of Ann Arbor and the firefighter union agreed Monday night to new collective bargaining terms before the expiration of the current contract for the first time in 25 years.
City Council voted 8-1 to approve the contract March 2 at Larcom City Hall, 301 E. Huron St. Council also voted unanimously to approve a new contract with the police department deputy chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MLive.com
PHOTOS: The criminal complaint filed against Press Bar owner Andrew Charles Welsh outlines firefighters' efforts to contain the fire and details leading up to the blaze.
Welsh is suspected of setting the Feb. 17 fire that destroyed the historic building by igniting an accelerant on his office desk, according to court records.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SCTimes
Republican State Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington along with Democrat Ram Villivalam from Chicago are sponsoring legislation to help volunteer firefighters and EMT's with a $500 tax credit.
Metamora Fire Chief Mike Sluga said he hopes this new tax credit could help boost recruitment.
Metamora's Chief Sluga has been on the job for almost 40 years.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEEK-TV NBC 25 Peoria
As Milwaukee prepares to host the Democratic National Convention some leaders within the city are getting new roles to keep the area safe. Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Hafemann is the person behind the city's fire and EMS response for the DNC. He has been planning for everything from a person suffering from heat exhaustion to a bomb.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee
Anyone who hasn't been to the city for some time will be captivated, and possibly alienated, by the new architectural profile of New York. The Empire State, the Chrysler and other 1930s classics have maintained their grandeur. But they seem to be losing much of their visual relevance to the most recent construction development: the ultra-high residential apartment buildings that continue to spring up in Manhattan.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: New York Daily News - Metered Site
Developers who are looking to build new projects in Bound Brook will now have to pay for increased security measures at construction sites after a destructive Main Street fire in January that investigators have said was purposefully set.
The borough committee last week unanimously passed the new ordinance, which will be added to its construction code, that will require developers to have 360-degree motion detectors and video surveillance, along with a physical security guard, on-site at all times once there are flammable materials, like wood, at the property.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NJ.com
A fire station south of Tucson that services about 5,000 residents is set to close by May unless union members and the company that owns the station come to an agreement.
Nico Latini, president of the Old Pueblo Firefighters Association, the union that represents Rural Metro firefighters in Pima County, said Station 81, at 966 E.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Star
A pair of southwest Ohio lawmakers want any workers compensation claims for a first responder's post-traumatic stress disorder to be paid from the state's unclaimed funds program.
A bill submitted for introduction by Ohio Reps. George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., and Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, offers an alternative proposal to the first responder PTSD bill overwhelmingly supported last month by the Ohio House.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dayton Daily News
There were 103 reported suicides by firefighters nationwide in 2017.
It's a startling number, according to the Ruderman Family Foundation, which last year published a study of first responder deaths that found suicide, not deaths in the line of duty, are the greatest peril firefighters and law enforcement officers face.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Carlsbad Current - Metered Site
To celebrate Read Across America day, St. George firefighters visited elementary schools Monday to read to students in an effort to help promote the importance of reading.
In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, Read Across America is a reading initiative held annually and was first incepted in 1997 by the National Education Association.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: St. George News