Sioux City Fire Rescue is being recognized for its efforts to save the lives of people fighting heart attacks.
The department has received the American Heart Association's "Mission Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award" for its work to treat those patients with the highest standard of care.
"Gold-Plus" is the highest level of award offered by the AHA and Sioux City is one of five cities in Iowa to be recognized at that level.
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Davenport City Council on Wednesday honored Behning and Captain Todd Whitchelo for being awarded police officer and firefighter of the year, respectively, by the Davenport American Legion Post 26.
Whitchelo was recognized for coming to the aid of a climber who who was seriously injured in a 30-foot fall. Whitchelo and his wife were walking in a local state park, when they came across the young man who had fallen from off the rock cliff. He and his wife administered first aid. Whitchelo notified emergency medical crews of the situation and called for a helicopter to airlift the man to Iowa City, where he received treatment and made a full recovery.
"It's been a privilege to work for the Davenport Fire Department for nearly 30 years, and I can't imagine ever doing anything else," Whitchelo said. "It's just a real honor, but I didn't do anything that any other firefighter, paramedic, police officer, first responder in the nation would do."
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Three local fire departments participated in a training burn Saturday morning in a vacant house on Rock Island Street in Knoxville. The structure had previously been used for training purposes, but without live fire. The departments trained on fire behavior, attack strategies and more. Knoxville Firefighter Travis Delaney says that this training provided invaluable experience, especially for newer members.
“We’ve got a lot of new people, including myself. We’ve had fires around here, but nothing to this extent, so it was nice getting in there, working as a team. We’re young, we’ve got a few older people here where you can only do so much, so having a live fire is a really integral part of training to get that feel for it. It was a live burn, I mean it could happen tomorrow. So it gives us another tool to familiarize with it.”
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VIDEO: I-380 has reopened following a rollover crash that caused a fire just before 2 a.m. on Thursday.
The Iowa Department of Transportation said a truck crashed and was engulfed in flames causing the closure of Walford Road that passes over the interstate.
The crash happened in the southbound lanes at the bridge between Wright Brothers Boulevard and the truck stop south of Cedar Rapids.
Officials said fire crews were able to put out the fire and conducted a search for a possible victim.
Though no victims were found in the area, officials were later advised that a man had asked for assistance at a local business.
Officials determined the man to be the victim in the rollover, but his name and condition has not been released at this time.
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The Newton Fire Department responded to call about a person who had been splashed with a chemical that had been disposed of in the garbage. The chemical caused a burning sensation when it came in contact with the person’s skin.
The incident occurred before 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, near the intersection of South Eighth Avenue West and West Seventh Street South, across the street from Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Once on scene, fire crews found the chemical was leaking from the garbage truck and was reacting with the city street, according to Newton Fire Chief Jarrod Wellik.
The NFD identified and neutralized the chemical, rendering it harmless. The person who had come in contact with the chemical was not transported to the hospital. The origin of the chemical remains under investigation.
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