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Monday, July 22, 2024

VIDEO: 4 Dallas firefighters injured after engine hydroplanes, falls off bridge

PHOTOS: Four Dallas firefighters were hospitalized after their engine slid off an elevated roadway and landed on the DART tracks below. The accident on the I-345 Expressway, which connects I-45 and US-75, and South Good Latimer happened just after 6 a.m. Dallas police say the fire engine hydroplaned, lost control and went off the bridge. All four DFR members are said to be stable at Baylor University Medical Center. A highway sign fell across the roadway as a result of the crash. Parts of I-345, South Good Latimer, Routh Street and the DART tracks were closed. DART says service will continue to be impacted on Monday morning into the afternoon and possibly later depending on the damage. Dallas Fire-Rescue says three of the four injured firefighters have been released from the hospital.
KDFW-TV FOX 4 Dallas

EMS in Minnesota seeks paramedic diversity to boost outcomes for minority patients

Infinity Beatty-Metcalfe's graduation from Hennepin Healthcare's paramedic trainee program on Friday may have been destiny, but it was a delayed one for the 31-year-old. She pushed herself after growing up in foster care to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) at 19. But Beatty-Metcalfe burned out from the intensity and frequency of ambulance runs in St. Louis. She had been inspired after witnessing the heroism of paramedics who brought a baby born prematurely to a hospital by helicopter. But paramedic training seemed impossible while working to pay bills and starting a family. "That's a lot of balls to balance," Beatty-Metcalfe said. Her struggle is exactly why Hennepin Healthcare's emergency medical services (EMS) division created its trainee program in 2020, paying EMTs to work part time while completing accelerated paramedic training.
Star Tribune - Metered Site

Top 16 Best Firefighter Shows

One of NBC's most popular shows is Chicago Fire, which follows the firefighters, paramedics, and rescue squad in Firehouse 51 as they respond to emergencies and work through struggles in their personal lives. Firefighter shows have captivated audiences for years with their dramatic, high-stakes, and captivating storylines. Almost every major network has tried their hand at a series about firefighters, whether it be a drama like Station 19 or a comedy like The Family Man. Some have done very well, while others only lasted a season or two. These are some of the most popular shows about firefighters.

Friday, July 19, 2024

VIDEOS: Huge fire destroys antiques warehouse in Pennsylvania

PHOTOS: A huge fire that could be seen from miles away destroyed an antiques warehouse in Columbia, Lancaster County. Firefighters responded to the fire at Tollbooth Antiques on Chestnut and North Second streets in Columbia around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. The owner, David Doolittle, spoke to WGAL. "It's devastating. It's been a family business for 20 years. We have a family of vendors that have their own businesses inside this building - 50 vendors. We have employees that are very concerned. Vendors are losing inventory. Yeah, we're very upset," he said. The assistant fire chief said one firefighter suffered burns to his hand. It's not yet clear how the fire started.
WGAL-TV NBC 8 Lancaster

Widespread technology outage disrupts flights, emergency services and banking around the world

A technological meltdown disrupted airlines, banks, hospitals and emergency services on Friday. Thousands of Microsoft users reported being suddenly knocked offline, and the culprit appeared to be cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which had a routine software update malfunction. “CrowdStrike is actively working with customers impacted by a defect found in a single content update for Windows hosts,” the company said in a statement. Customers using Mac and Linux operating systems were not affected, according to CrowdStrike. When the botched update crashed computer systems, scores of airport travelers were stranded, hospital appointments were delayed and live news broadcasts were cut short. CrowdStrike said it was not a cyberattack, but rather a software glitch. In some states, including Alaska and Ohio, 911 phone lines were down.

New video shows moments crane collapsed on busy Florida bridge in April

VIDEO: Newly released video is showing just what happened on the ground the moment multiple vehicles were hit by a crane that suddenly collapsed onto a busy South Florida roadway, and how officers worked to get the bridge clear and victims the help they needed. It happened on April 4 in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Body camera video shows the moments officers first responded to the catastrophic construction failure on the Southeast Third Avenue Bridge, not knowing at the time what just happened and if anyone was hurt. As officers were seen trying to clear the roadway in the midst of rush hour traffic, they discovered driver Carol Zinser, who was seen remarkably getting out of her car that was destroyed by the crane. While some were unscathed from the impact, others like Gemmalyn Castillo were not.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

California therapy dog group for first responders expands nationwide

VIDEO: A Marin County woman who provides four-legged emotional support for first responders has expanded her nonprofit across the country. When Kerith the golden retriever and her companions come to visit a fire station they bring smiles. Just ask Kerith's human, Heidi Carman. "Kerith lives for this," said Carman. "She's so excited when she sees her firefighter and first responder friends in general." The feeling's mutual for Capt. Mike Lewis and his colleagues at San Rafael Fire Station 51. "It definitely lights up our day as well," Lewis said. "I really feel like we're changing lives and making their mental health a little bit better each visit," added Carman. When we first met Carman and Kerith, Carman had just started First Responder Therapy Dogs in San Rafael.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Tennessee fire department creating new museum dedicated to its history years after SUV crash took out original location

VIDEO: Soon you will be able to learn more about the history of the Knoxville Fire Department. That's because the department is working on creating a museum that will feature vintage items and artifacts. Now that the Knoxville Fire Department headquarters has moved to North Knoxville, Mark Wilbanks, the assistant fire chief, has been quietly working on creating a new KFD museum. "We're kind of changing the lobby into our newest fire museum for the fire department," said Wilbanks. "Our goal is to slowly over time transform this into a public space where folks can come in during the week." The Knoxville Fire Department Museum was previously located in downtown Knoxville at the old KFD headquarters. Back in 2022, a drunken driver crashed into it. And now, the department is working on opening a new one.
WBIR-TV NBC 10 Knoxville

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