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Monday, November 23, 2020

6-Alarm Fire Contained at California Apartment Building Near University Campus

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a six-alarm fire Saturday evening at an apartment building under construction near the University of California campus. The blaze was reported shortly before 6 p.m. and was located in an apartment building under construction and believed to be unoccupied in the 2000 block of University Avenue, two blocks west of the Cal campus. Originally designated as a two-alarm blaze, Berkeley firefighters eventually upgraded the incident to a six-alarm fire, receiving mutual aid from departments in neighboring Oakland, Piedmont, Emeryville, Albany and El Cerrito. The Alameda County Fire Department also assisted. “We can handle two-alarms, so that puts all of our 7 engines, 2 truck companies, 2 ambulance companies and command staff to work,” said Berkeley Fire Department Assistant Chief Keith May. “But because of the size of it, and the building and the exposures, we had to call in for additional resources.”
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Police: DC Firefighter Shot While Tending to Shooting Victim

Gunfire struck a D.C. firefighter who was tending to a shooting victim in Southwest Washington Sunday night, police say. A man was shot about 4:20 p.m. in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at the corner of MLK Avenue and South Capitol Street SW, police said. As firefighters and police responded to the shooting, gunfire erupted across the street in the 3800 block of Halley Terrace SE. A bullet struck a D.C. firefighter EMT who was helping the injured man, police said. A woman standing at the scene was also shot in the hand, according to police. The firefighter suffered a graze wound to his leg, News4's Darcy Spencer reports. He was later released from the hospital and is in good spirits, fire officials said. No one else was found injured at the Halley Terrace shooting, police said. John Donnelly, acting chief for D.C. Fire and EMS, said the team of firefighters who responded were shaken up during the shooting, and the fire truck shielded some of them from getting hurt. Fire officials say a fire truck was riddled with bullet holes.
WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington DC

Macy’s unveils holiday windows in honor of essential workers, first responders in New York

VIDEO: Despite a year and holiday season of change amid the COVID-19 pandemic, one sign of normalcy remains: the Macy's holiday windows. This year's light show was unveiled Thursday and will stay lit throughout the holiday season. The theme for this year's display is "Give, Love, Believe" and Macy's is using the show as a way to celebrate the spirit of so many after a tumultuous year."It is a thank-you letter to all essential workers, New Yorkers, first responders, marchers for equality that showed their true grit in this very challenging year," said National Windows Director Manny Urquizo. This year's display includes social distancing markers for everyone who wants to stop by and take a look.
WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Former ’05 Bronco’s Football Player Finds Dream Job As Denver Firefighter

After playing under the lights at Mile High Stadium, a former Denver tight end has chosen to trade in his NFL helmet for a Denver Fire helmet. Former Bronco Wesley Duke is now one of Denver Fire Department’s newest and most energetic firefighters. Duke, who played for the Broncos in 2005, said the decision to become a firefighter was fueled by commonalities between athletics and firefighting, and a desire to give back to the community that supported his career in the NFL. “I’ve done a lot of good jobs. This is my third professional career, and by far the best,” Duke told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas. After leaving professional football, Duke worked as an over-the-road truck driver. He got married and had three children in that time. Duke said truck diving paid well, but wasn’t as exciting and potentially fulfilling as working a servant to his community.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Friday, November 20, 2020

VIDEO: Massive fire destroys New York county warehouse

A massive fire destroyed at least one building in Orange County. A large fire broke out around 11 a.m. on Thursday in Middletown at a large commercial building on Midland Avenue. The blaze also started a number of brush fires behind the building. "On Thursday 11/19/2020 Middletown FD was alerted to a structure fire on Midland Avenue Extension. On arrival, units had heavy fire in a commercial building. We would like to thank the MANY agencies that were operating on scene, the brush fires, standby, and the OC management teams. THANK YOU," the Middletown Fire Department wrote on Facebook while sharing photos of the blaze Friday morning. Officials from the City of Middletown confirmed the fire started at 9 Midland Avenue. The blaze caused several roads to close including parts of Wisner Avenue and North Street. It's believed the blaze was started when a forklift hit a natural gas line, NewsSource reports. No injuries were reported.
Hudson Valley Post

Kansas department wants firefighters exposed to COVID-19, but not positive, to continue to work

The Kansas City, Kansas Fire Department says firefighters who have been exposed to COVID-19 but who have not tested positive should continue to work. The fire department says that since the virus hit, 67 members have tested positive. There are more than 400 members of the firefighters union. "I think it's creating a potentially dangerous situation for both the firefighters and the public," said union president J.J. Simma. If a firefighter tests positive, it's treated like any on-duty injury. If a firefighter is exposed, but not showing symptoms, they still must quarantine but they would have to use their own sick time. It is not treated the same as an on-duty injury. "If I am quarantined and I have no illness, I have nothing to put down on the injury or illness on-duty form," fire Chief Michael Callahan said. Simma said some new firefighters who lack much built-up time off are exhausting their sick leave and vacations.
KMBC-TV ABC 9 Kansas City

Owners of businesses tied to Los Angeles explosion that injured firefighters strike plea deals

The owners of two smoking and vaping supply stores in downtown Los Angeles where a large explosion left several firefighters seriously injured struck plea deals with prosecutors Thursday that call for their businesses to pay more than $100,000 to the city. As part of the agreement with the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, the retail businesses, Smoke Tokes and Green Buddha, must pay the Los Angeles Fire Department roughly $127,000 to compensate the agency for the investigation into the May 16 blast, which rocked downtown L.A. In addition, Raheel Lakhany and Shafaq Sattar, who each owned one of businesses, agreed to cease operating at the location of the fire. Charges against Lakhany and Sattar as individual defendants were dismissed as part of the deal. Instead, their businesses pleaded no contest to four municipal code violations involving the improper storage of flammable materials and other fire code violations.
Los Angeles Times - Metered Site

’New era in vaccine design’: How the COVID vaccine works & why it’s different than others

The coronavirus vaccine works entirely different than any other human vaccine ever used. Scientists say to not think of this vaccine like a flu shot, because it uses new technology some are calling a game changer. “It's a new era in vaccine design,” says postdoctoral researcher Stephen Goldstein. A flu vaccine is a diluted version of the virus that might provide a defense if the actual virus is introduced into the human body. When a patient gets injected with the coronavirus vaccine, messenger RNA carries instructions to the cells on how to make COVID-19 spike proteins. The spike proteins have shown to not be harmful to humans during clinical trials. Goldstein says the body can pump out huge quantiles of the spike protein into the blood stream, which can then attack the virus if it's introduced into the body.
KUTV-TV CBS 2 News Salt Lake City

Utah: Hill Air Force Base expands emergency response capability with new state-of-the-art vehicles

PHOTOS: The 775th Civil Engineering Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight recently added two new vehicles to their fleet Oct. 29, which will greatly expand emergency and incident response capability. The first of two is a 2020 Oshkosh P-23 Aircraft Rescue Firefighting vehicle. The truck, which has a call sign of “Crash 8,” is a completely modernized, top-tier aircraft fire response vehicle that uses the latest in technology for efficiency and crew safety. Although it is usually deployed with three firefighters, the truck is designed to be completely operated by one firefighter within the cab. The large, reinforced heat resistant glass cockpit area provides greatly improved visibility while the 6-by-6 wheel drive and articulating axles allow for a tighter turning radius. “With 3,000 gallons of water, 420 gallons of AFFF (foam) and 500 pounds of dry chemical, this platform utilizes integrated computer software to control the pump pressures and valves, in order to pump and roll or simultaneously move while applying agent,” said Jeff Herriott, 775th CES deputy fire chief.
Robins Air Force Base

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