The mental and physical anguish of being a firefighter can extend far beyond the day-to-day routine.
Whether they attend to large building blazes or conduct medical checks in what can be unsterile environments, these first responders continually put themselves at risk of contracting what could be a multitude of diseases.
That is why the Clinton Township Fire Department recently aligned with a Canadian detection screening service called CancerDogs. Based out of Quebec and started back in 2010, the service uses specially-trained dogs to detect the odor of all types of cancer present in a person’s exhaled breath.
Screening trials commenced in 2011. Four trained dogs are able to detect a general cancer odor composed of metabolic waste products. The dogs are trained via a library of breath samples collected from people diagnosed with cancer, but not yet treated. Abnormal or precancerous cells are also able to be detected.
VIDEO: Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is using first of its kind satellite technology with the goal of being the first to know when a wildfire sparks.
With the 2019 fire season underway, PG&E has launched their wildfire tracking system, using heat sensored satellite technology to better track wildfires.
According to the utility company's spokesperson, Paul Moreno, PG&E has devoted several years of testing and development to incorporate the wildfire detection and alert system. Just as Cal Fire and people who live in California have had to adapt to the "new normal" of devastating wildfires, so have they.
In many cases the satellite system is expected to provide an early, if not the first, indication of an incident.
According to PG&E, it works by incorporating data from two new GOES satellites, as well as three polar orbiting satellites, to provide PG&E with advanced warning of potential new fires.
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The 70th anniversary of the Mann Gulch fire tragedy in Montana won’t go unmarked.
The U.S. Forest Service and its partners, including the Museum of Mountain Flying, are formulating plans for a public event on Monday, Aug. 5, near the Meriwether Picnic area at the Gates of the Mountains north of Helena.
Twelve young Missoula-based smokejumpers and fire guard Jim Harrison of Missoula lost their lives when the routine wildfire blew up on Aug. 5, 1949, in the steep, rocky gulch 40 miles north of Helena. The jumpers were flown to the fire on a Johnson Flying Service Douglas DC-3, N-24320, which has gained recent fame as Miss Montana. The airplane was resurrected by the Missoula flying museum and flown to and from Europe in May and June to help commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift.
If you call 911 in the District, chances are you may not always get an ambulance.
“In the past, we would always have to transport no matter what,” said Captain Richard Hall with Engine 2, in Chinatown. “It wasn’t even a question of what the emergency was."
The fire department is one of many stations within the city that is working with the Right Care, Right Now nurse triage diversion program, meant to reduce calls that first responders don’t always deem life-threatening.
“We are overtaxed and the emergency departments in the city are also overtaxed,” said Dr. Robert Holman, medical director for D.C. Fire and EMS.
He said that instead, patients are being diverted to clinics and rideshares as part of the diversion program that launched a little more than a year ago.
Holman said the city realizes that many people of the older generation may have some hesitations against the program but the hope is that the program will continue to change that habit and expose patients to the nurse line.
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The city and firefighters’ union have agreed to a memorandum of understanding that changes the future staffing distribution of the New Haven Fire Department and creates a potential path to cutting required staff levels.
As compared to the collective bargaining agreement that expired in June 2018, the agreement mandates two squads, tactical and special operations companies, each be replaced with a Heavy Rescue/tactical company and an additional Advanced Life Support, or ALS, unit, bringing the department’s total to three.
Under the agreement, Fire Chief John Alston can, as an alternative, instead choose to decrease the number of firefighters required to be on shift at one time from 72 to 69 by eliminating the department’s ALS units, then, picking one of two options: ensuring the department has 60 medics to staff 10 paramedic engines or deciding to “drop or pause ALS service.”
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