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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

VIDEO: Smoke clears at Illinois industrial park fire nearly 14 hours later

After keeping fire crews busy for nearly 14 hours, an industrial park fire in Sauget that filled the air with smoke is finally out. Fire crews cleared the scene just before 6:00 a.m. at the Eagle Industrial Park on Mississippi Avenue in Sauget. The Sauget Fire Chief, Roger Thornton, said some crews may return throughout the day to check on a few small hot spots. This all comes after the intense fire burned for quite a long time, with smoke billowing from the scene for hours. Thornton also said that the fire happened at a storage facility inside the Eagle Industrial Park. It’s a 39-acre industrial park that occupies the former property of the Big River Zinc Corporation. The area has now been converted to a full-service trans-loading operation. Chief Thornton told us his crews got the first call for the fire about 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. It quickly went to a second alarm, with crews from Cahokia Heights responding as well.
KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis

Texas firefighter says next-generation pacemaker allowed him to get back to work

World Heart Day is just a few days away, and in honor of that, one Houston firefighter is sharing his story of how his own fellow first responders came to his rescue when his heart nearly stopped. Being a firefighter is not an easy job. But for Engineer Operator Jason Belin, it’s a job he loves but nearly had to quit after he got quite the scare back in June. “The personnel that I was working with that day said that I passed out for a minute or so," Belin said. Jason was in training with other first responders when his heart rate dropped. He was only 46 years old and had no history of heart problems. “At that time, they noticed that my heart rate had dropped from 80 beats per minute to 20 beats per minute," Belin said. His fellow firefighters rushed to his side, helping to get him awake and to the ambulance immediately.
KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston

Red Sox pay tribute to fallen Baltimore firefighters

VIDEO: The Red Sox paid tribute to three fallen Baltimore firefighters during a baseball game in Boston on Monday. The team flashed pictures of Lieutenant Paul Butrim, Firefighter Paramedic Kenneth Lacayo and Lieutenant Kelsey Sadler on the Fenway Park jumbotron during a break in the game. Lieutenant Butrim was a lifelong Red Sox fan. According to a Tweet from the Baltimore Firefighters Union IAFF Local 734, Boston firefighters also hosted Baltimore firefighters for the day. Butrim, Lacayo and Sadler died while battling a vacant rowhome fire on Stricker Street last January. The families of the firefighters called for action on vacant homes from Baltimore City Council in July. They asked city leaders to reduce the number of vacant homes because of the dangers posed to first responders who show up there.
WMAR-TV ABC 2 Baltimore

At Freedom House in Pennsylvania, these Black men saved lives; Now the paramedics are a book topic

PHOTOS: John Moon stands on the 2000 block of Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh's Hill District. He's in front of a building that houses the Hill District Federal Credit Union, but he points to a plaque affixed to the stone façade commemorating the Freedom House ambulance service, widely acknowledged as the first paramedic program in the United States. A half-century ago, Moon was a Freedom House paramedic, and he remains fiercely proud of it: The service, staffed overwhelmingly by Black men from the neighborhood, revolutionized emergency street medicine on the same blocks where many were underemployed, or even believed to be "unemployable." "We were considered the least likely to succeed by society's standards," said Moon, who was 22 and a hospital orderly when he started training to join Freedom House.
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11 Minutes Documentary Details 2017 Mass Shooting at Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival

VIDEO: Jason Aldean remembers hearing a popping noise, and thinking it was an equipment malfunction. “When I turned around,” he says, “my bass player was just looking at me like a deer in the headlights. And my security guy was on stage at that point, telling me to get down, waving me off the stage.” Aldean will never forget what happened the night of Oct. 1, 2017, when a relentless gunman turned the celebratory Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas into a maelstrom of unimaginable horror. And he shares his vivid memories in detail for the first time in 11 Minutes, a four-part documentary — set to premiere Tuesday, Sept. 27 on Paramount + — that takes viewers inside the heart-stopping stories of terror and survival during the worst mass shooting incident in U.S. history.
Cowboys & Indians Magazine

Monday, September 26, 2022

New state-of-the-art fire station being built in Florida focuses on hot zone concept

VIDEO/PHOTOS: A new state-of-the-art fire station is under construction in Riviera Beach, and once complete, city leaders believe it will be a model for the rest of the country. City manager Jonathan Evans and city councilman Douglas Lawson received a tour of the $20 million facility, with Riviera Beach Fire Chief John Curd leading the way through the 30,000 square-foot building at the corner of North Congress Avenue and Blue Heron Boulevard. "This is the largest investment the city of Riviera Beach has made on the west side of the community, probably in a generation," said Evans "This facility is the cornerstone to Reimagine Riviera Beach. You can't reimagine Riviera Beach if you don't address critical infrastructure. Public safety is critical infrastructure and a critical component of our community." Station No. 88 is a long time coming.
WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach

Vermont fire department will always remember Firegirl 15A1

PHOTOS: Over the past six years, when the volunteer firefighters of Essex Fire Department in Vermont responded to a call, they knew a young girl in their community was thinking of them and waiting for their safe return. They can just look at their newest fire engine if they ever need reminding of her presence and support. The truck is named “Addi’s Engine,” but it was Addi’s long before it was officially put into service in late 2020. Addi Carroll was born with a mysterious, previously unknown, fatal disease. In 2016, she requested a backyard swimming pool from the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and as a special surprise, the Essex Fire Department showed up to fill the pool from their tanker. That day changed her life. “From the moment she met the members of the Essex Fire Department, she fell in love with the fire service,” Addi’s mom, Tammy Carroll, said.
Pierce Manufacturing

Hackers steal South Carolina fire department’s paychecks

Hackers allegedly stole over $8,000 in paychecks following an email hack from an Upstate fire department. According to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Reidville Fire Department located at 3380 Hwy 417 on a report of fraud/payroll theft. Once deputies arrived on the scene, they spoke with Fire Chief Patrick Evatt. Evatt told deputies that six members of the fire department failed to receive their direct deposit on Wednesday. Deputies said they discovered that someone hacked and/or gained remote access to the Assistant Chief’s employee email and gained access to employee direct deposit information and payroll accounts. The unknown subject(s) then edited the direct deposit information of the six employees resulting in their payroll earnings being deposited into reloadable pre-paid debit cards.
WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence

Maryland fire department planning to celebrate 150 year anniversary

VIDEO: The 150th anniversary of the Salisbury Fire Department is a little over a month away. And first responders are gearing up for the fun. Staff says there will be live rescue demonstrations, tours of the firehouse, a parade, and a visit from a special guest. On top of having a good time, you’ll be able to see the growth of how far the department has come. “Just excited about getting to celebrate 150 years, and see how much we’ve grown over the years from our little small, one engine bay firehouse to now the big firehouse that we have here, so it’s going to be a great day,” says Deputy Chief Darrin Scott of the Salisbury Fire Department. This event takes place on October 22nd at 10 AM at the Salisbury Fire Department rain or shine.
WMDT-TV ABC/CW+ 47 Salisbury

New program in Maine will allow EMS clinicians to initiate Suboxone treatment after overdoses

For people struggling with addiction in Maine, the risk of a deadly overdose has never been higher. Data from Maine EMS shows overdose calls for all substances increased 28% from 2020 to 2021 and 62% from 2010 to 2021. According to the agency, the number of opioid overdoses also increased dramatically, rising 38% from 2020 to 2021. A new strategy would allow EMS clinicians to initiate Suboxone treatment for patients after experiencing an overdose. The medication treats withdrawal symptoms and can help people living with opioid addiction enter into recovery. If the rollout meets expectations, Maine would be the first state in the nation to allow emergency responders to initiate recovery care using the medication.
WMTW-TV ABC 8 Poland Spring

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