VIDEO - A 14-year-old girl was one of several people rescued by firefighters who fanned out across a flood-ravaged Santa Barbara County community after a night of powerful downpours and mudslides.
The girl was trapped for hours in the home, destroyed by mud and debris flows that were powerful enough to move boulders, fire officials said. Firefighters slogged through deep mud to pull 14-year-old Lauren Cantin, covered in mud and taken away on a stretcher, from the rubble.
It was a moment to cherish in what was a devastating day for the community northwest of Los Angeles, where at least eight people were killed in the first major storm of the season in Southern California.
Lauren was located with help from search dogs, who worked tirelessly alongside firefighters throughout the morning to find trapped residents.
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Unique. Dedicated. Old-school.
A straight-shooter. Quite a character.
Those are just some of the ways people describe Al Ewing Sr. Ewing joined the Fawn No. 2 volunteer fire company when he moved to the township from Arnold in 1966, and had been its chief since 1971.
At the end of 2017, Ewing stepped down and let a younger generation take over.
But even at 80, almost 81, he's not done. He remains on board as an active firefighter.
“I'll let somebody else be the boss, and I'll be the follower,” he said Tuesday. “I don't give orders now. I take them.”
Ewing and his wife of 57 years, Lois, have together been the core of Fawn No. 2 for decades. She had long-served as the company's financial secretary, and resigned at the end of the year.
Last week, a South Jersey firefighter arrived at a fire call to find his very own house consumed by flames.
Five days later, he and his family are trying to pick up the pieces, and fortunately, they are getting some much-needed help.
The donations have been pouring in so quickly that Stephanie Penwell doesn't even know where to start.
The Penwell's lost everything when their Southampton home went up in flames last Wednesday.
"It's been amazing," said Stephanie. "We have clothes for pretty much all of our members of our family." The Tabernacle Fire Department is where her husband, Volunteer Firefighter Jason Penwell, works. It is also where the family is currently staying.
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The County of Kern will go into negotiations with its fire union in the next few weeks, if not the next few days, and the stakes will be high.
On Tuesday Kern County Supervisors received a report from the Center for Public Safety Management that called for major changes in funding, operations, contracts and administration at the Kern County Fire Department.
And it triggered passionate discussion.
Kern County firefighters ripped into the report, and into supervisors, at the Tuesday afternoon meeting.
They said county supervisors are trying to beat them down, fund public safety by cutting their pay and benefits, and will ultimately make Kern County less safe for citizens.
A rise in active shooter incidents and the escalating impact of hostile events has prompted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to process NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as April, 2018. As part of the standards process, NFPA 3000 is now open for input until February 23, 2018.
This marks only the second time in NFPA’s 121-year history that provisional standard status has been authorized by the NFPA Standards Council.
Provisional standards are developed when there is a serious life safety concern that warrants an abbreviated standards development process. The typical standards cadence is condensed so that a standard can be issued in a shorter time period in the interest of the public; and in this case, first responder safety.
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Constant innovation and improvement – these are just a couple of buzzwords that can be used to describe what’s trending in firefighting services and products.
I asked my contacts on LinkedIn what’s new in the fire service that has positively impacted service delivery capabilities, and what they would like to see in the way of new products, equipment or technologies to improve service delivery. And my LinkedIn connections never fail to let me down! Here’s what they identified as some of the biggest trends in the fire service, in their own words.
1. Fire Suprression Equipment
“Over in my little niche (industrial firefighting), TFT introduced the Hemisphere Portable Monitor. It is extremely flexible in the way it can be secured to piping, hand rails, even a receiver on a pick-up truck.