VIDEO: At just 15-years-old, Caleb Hyndman, a student at Lewiston High School, presented a program he developed to a room full of first responders.
"It does take a little bit of courage," Hyndman said. " I found that courage when I learned there was some big miscommunication between blind people and first responders."
Caleb was born blind, so he took his knowledge and experiences to teach first responders how to communicate, guide, and follow proper legal procedure when working with individuals in the community who are blind or visually impaired.
"All things are from personal experience," Hyndman said. At the Asotin County Fire Station, he lead law enforcement, firefighters, and paramedics through a series of activities, dispelled myths about people who are blind, and even had Captain Jeff Klone with Lewiston Police handcuff him so he could explain what that experience is like.
KLEW-TV CBS 3 Lewiston
PHOTOS: The newest group of Boise firefighters began training this past week at the Boise Fire Training Center.
The fire department recruited 18 future firefighters, who will spend the next 20 weeks learning, practicing, and preparing for a career as a firefighter.
A spokesperson for the department said this past week, recruits were issued their gear, spent some time in the classroom, and even did some practice drills.
"Good luck recruits!" The department said in a Facebook post.
KBOI-TV CBS 2 Boise
The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department is building a boathouse for its fire boat at the foot of Tubbs Hill.
Fire Chief Kenny Gabriel says the project will cost about $450,000.
“A lot of it is due to the engineering that has to go into a very specialized anchoring system for the docks, and that comes with quite a price tag,” Gabriel says. “It has to meet the same standards as any building that houses emergency vehicles.”
Miller Stauffer Architects PA, of Coeur d’Alene, is designing the structure.
Verdis, of Coeur d’Alene, is the contractor on the project. North Idaho Maritime, also of Coeur d’Alene, is the subcontractor for the dock and float systems.
Gabriel says the department’s fire boat had been based at the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Marine Division boathouse at Blackwell Island, across the Spokane River from North Idaho College, since the department purchased the boat in its 2015 public safety bond.
Meridian Fire is giving away 600 ice scrapers to the public to promote safe driving practices.
The fire department on Monday say firefighters will be giving away the scrapers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you're interested in picking one up, you can stop by any of these three locations:
Fire Station 4 (Fire Station 4 (2515 S. Eagle Road) Fire Station 5 (6001 N. Linder Rd.)
Fire Administrative offices are located in Meridian City Hall.
KBOI-TV CBS 2 Boise