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Monday, May 23, 2022

Arizona scrapyard fire contained after sparking explosions

VIDEO: A major scrapyard fire has been put out after Phoenix Fire Department and several other agencies worked early Sunday morning to contain it near the I-10 stack. Fire crews were called out to the scene near 22nd Avenue and Willetta Street, south of McDowell Road around 5:45 a.m. Video from the scene showed massive plumes of black smoke over central Phoenix as firefighters worked to put out the flames. Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott Douglas told Arizona’s Family that multiple explosions believed to be caused by magnesium were reported after the fire started. It’s still not yet clear what started the initial blaze. Authorities ultimately upgraded the fire to a fourth alarm, meaning a larger response of firefighters were on the scene. Electricity in the area was cut off as a precaution as Arizona’s Family crews spotted a power pole on fire.
KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix

‘I just wanted to be a part of the best’: Detroit firefighter breaks barriers

VIDEO: Jackie Lam joined the Detroit Fire Department a few years ago because of the department’s reputation of being the best of the best. And without even knowing it, Lam ended up doing a lot more than just fighting fires as she instead paved the way for future generations to follow in her footsteps. It’s one thing to be a female firefighter. There are not many of them, but what about a female Asian American firefighter? That’s something the DFD hadn’t seen in its 162-year history until Jackie Lam came along. Lam has been with the Detroit Fire Department for two and a half years, moving from California to start her career. “So the Detroit Fire Department has a reputation of being one of the best fire departments in the whole world,” said Lam. “So I wanted to be a part of it. Most other departments don’t get to fight as aggressively as the Detroit Fire Department, and I just wanted to be part of the best.”
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Sickness, death still follow FDNY veterans who fought massive East Village phone exchange fire nearly 50 years ago

PHOTOS: Sickness and death stalk firefighters who put out a massive blaze in 1975 that destroyed the New York Telephone Exchange in the East Village. “I have leukemia. Everybody got something,” said retired FDNY Firefighter Danny Noonan. “We lost about 18 guys in the first 10 to 12 years,” Noonan said. “For years, every time the phone rang, all you would hear was, ‘Hey Danny, guess who died?’ ” Veterans of the five-alarm blaze are being honored by a pair of plaques unveiled over the weekend at the FDNY’s academy on Randalls Island. About 700 firefighters fought the blaze, and an additional 4,000 telephone company employees were brought in to fix up the building and repair the damaged cables. No one died fighting the fire itself — but the Fire Department believes many people died from its after-effects. Noonan said it’s believed that about 40% of those who were at the fire were diagnosed with some form of cancer. No one knows for sure.
New York Daily News - Metered Site

New treatment breaks down toxic PFAS ’forever chemicals’ in hours

Earning themselves the moniker of "forever chemicals" due to their ability to persist for a long time in the environment, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are increasingly being shown to pose serious risks to human health. In light of this improved awareness scientists are ramping up their efforts to better break them down before they can cause harm, and a new breakthrough demonstrates how it might be done in a matter of hours using UV light. PFAS are a group of chemicals consisting of more than 4,000 compounds that feature in everything from waterproof clothing and nonstick cookware, to food packaging and firefighting foams. In widespread use since the 1940s, studies have linked use of the chemicals to a wide range of health conditions, including cancers and impaired immune system function.
New Atlas

Friday, May 20, 2022

VIDEO: Explosion, fire rock dock construction company in Wisconsin

Three civilian workers and three firefighters were injured in a massive explosion and fire Thursday at a construction company in Waukesha County. The explosion and fire started shortly before 8 a.m. at Summerset Marine Construction on Chapman Lane in Eagle. No deaths were reported. Two workers were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries. Summerset Marine Construction owner Larry Chapman said the man had a broken leg and was undergoing surgery. He was expected to be OK. Two other workers were treated on the scene. Chapman said they sustained concussions and were dragged out of the building by another employee. "Very unfortunate situation, but we'll get to the bottom of what happened. But for now, I thank God that everybody's alive," said Chapman.
WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

New Jersey beach sand collapse: Firefighter describes efforts to uncover victims

PHOTOS: A New Jersey firefighter says his department is still recovering emotionally after attempting to dig two teenage victims out of a sand collapse at Toms River’s Ocean Beach on Tuesday. Despite first responders’ efforts, Levi Caverly, 18, died in the collapse of a 10-foot hole he dug on the beach with his 17-year-old sister, whom rescuers saved after hours of digging. "Our prayers are with the family," Brian Kubiel, chief administrator of Toms River Fire District 1, told Fox News Digital on Thursday. Fire department personnel, as well as the close-knit community of Toms River, are "emotional" about the tragic loss of Caverly, but they are grateful they were able to rescue his sister, Kubiel said. The pair, who were visiting the Jersey Shore from Maine with their parents, apparently dug the hole in wet weather, causing the walls to collapse around them while they were inside it.
FOX News

Utah fire department to get customized tiller truck

PHOTOS: In 2021, the Orem Fire Department requested, and was granted by the city council, a major purchase for the city — a tiller fire truck. Tiller trucks are the most maneuverable type of fire apparatus in the fleet of fire trucks. They also come with a hefty price tag. Orem’s truck is being built to custom specifications and ,when completed, will cost about $1.6 million, according to Jason Earl, deputy fire chief. The truck will give the department increased compartment space, faster set-up time — which will, in turn, improve response times — improved visibility and safety. Because it is lighter than a typical fire engine, there is less wear and tear on the vehicle and the streets. “When the truck is finished a few employees from the fire department will fly out to Wisconsin and drive it home,” Earl said.
Daily Herald

Oklahoma bill signed ensuring firefighters can provide emergency medical transport in limited situations

The Oklahoma governor has signed legislation into law giving firefighters the authority to transport patients to the hospital in emergency situations. Senate Bill 1515, written by Sen. Darrell Weaver and Rep. Mike Osburn, was filed in response to a situation where an Oklahoma City firefighter was disciplined for his decision to drive a 3-year-old burn victim to the hospital in his fire truck after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. “The child’s parents were extremely grateful for the firefighter’s actions, but under the current law, he didn’t have the authority to take the patient to the hospital,” Weaver said. “SB 1515 ensures important protocols will be followed but allows flexibility in limited emergency situations. I appreciate the tremendous support we received in both chambers and from the governor for this legislation.”
KFSM-TV CBS 5 Fayetteville

Ford recalls thousands of SUVs because engines might catch fire

Ford Motor Co. has asked the owners of 350,000 vehicles to take them into dealerships to be repaired under a three-pronged recall announcement. About 39,000 of those vehicles should be parked outdoors because their engines could catch fire, Ford said. The Michigan automaker said in U.S. government documents posted Thursday that it doesn't know what's causing fires in some 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. Still, the company said the fires can happen even while the engines are off. There have been 16 reports of fires under the hood and 14 of them were in rental company vehicles. Ford hasn't developed a repair for the fires, which appear to start at the back of the engine compartment on the passenger side.
CBS News

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