Micronesia News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Fire chiefs gather for annual training forum in Guam

The 8th Annual Western Pacific Islands Association of Fire Chiefs Training Forum kicked off today. Fire Chiefs Gary Ludwig and Jeff Tucker are on island as part of the forum. Chief Ludwig is President of the International Associations of Fire Chiefs and has over four decades of experience in fire, EMS, and rescue. He currently is the Fire Chief in Champaign, Illinois. "The fire service is what we call all hazards so we handle everything. When we talk, we're going to talk about, you name it- fire suppression, EMS, HAZMAT, to emergency management, to the cancers that impacting our firefighters and cardiovascular disease...there's a whole range of issues that we are here to discuss and see what we can do about helping each other out," he said. The two-day forum is being held at the Lotte Hotel and is being attended by fire and emergency personnel from local, federal, and military agencies.
KUAM News 63 Dededo

Island takes cover for the Great Guam Shakeout

It doesn't matter where you are or live in the world at any given moment and earthquake can happen, and every year Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense encourage the island community to participate in a worldwide campaign to spread awareness about what to do when a tremor strikes. Guamanians took cover for the Great Guam Shakeout earthquake drill. Guam school children at Agana Heights Elementary School were ready to go. "This past week we were doing the drop cover hold drill throughout the day at different times so that they got the feeling of it coming as a surprise," one teacher told KUAM News. And at 10:17 Thursday morning it was go time. The students and even teachers crouched under their desks and tables.
KUAM News 63 Dededo

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services still sifting through what caused Garapan fire

The cause of a house fire in Gualo Rai last Monday that left eight people homeless remains undetermined, with investigators of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services still sifting through the scene for clues. According to a DFEMS statement yesterday, it received a call last Monday at 1:13am from the Department of Public Safety’s 911 dispatch reporting of a structure fire in Gualo Rai behind Subway. At 1:15am, rescue and medical teams from the Susupe, Garapan, and Kagman fire stations were dispatched to the site, with the first units arriving at the scene at about 1:22am. The fire was reportedly controlled at 2:10am. No person was injured and no treatment was provided at the scene for medical complaints. The DFEMS units confirmed that the structure was already fully engulfed when they got there. Fire crews continued to suppress the fire to prevent it from traveling or damaging other homes near it.
Saipan Tribune

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