As as assistant fire chief in Columbus, Ohio, Jim Davis battled the opioid crisis and trained firefighters to recognize public health issues when they answered calls.
When Davis starts as Fort Worth’s new fire chief in September, he plans to bring that same collaborative approach.
Davis’ unique background — he has a 20-year history as a critical care nurse and flight nurse — helped him become Fort Worth’s 13th fire chief.
He will oversee the 987-member department that has a $145 million annual budget but Davis doesn’t come in with a predetermined agenda. Davis, 54, said the rapid growth that has made Fort Worth the 15th largest city in the U.S. is part of what intrigued him about taking the job.
“When you’re not landlocked or growth-restricted that’s a good opportunity,” Davis said.
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Kyleigh Lough, 12, held a large fire hose and opened the nozzle, shooting a powerful jet of water 20 feet into a green traffic cone and knocking it over.
“It looks really fun, I think,” Kyleigh said when asked if she might like to be a firefighter one day. “They don’t just fight fires — they help people. They go along with police officers and help people who get hurt.”
Kyleigh and about 60 other kids took part in the third annual Teen Firefighter Camp at Fire Station No. 7 next to the airport on Tuesday. The camp is designed to expose teens to the skills necessary to be a firefighter. About half of the attendees were young women, a population the Lakeland Fire Department is targeting for recruitment because only eight of its 150 firefighter/emergency medical technicians are women.
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A fast-moving wildfire has grown to more than 50,000 acres in Wasco and Sherman counties, burning through structures and forcing people to evacuate their homes.
Deputies said they found a person dead Wednesday afternoon near a tractor that had been burned by the flames.
The Substation Fire broke out on Tuesday near The Dalles. Wind coupled with the hot, dry conditions caused the fire to quickly spread across the regional terrain of grass and shrubbery. Governor Kate Brown declared the fire a conflagration earlier in the day, which allows the state fire marshal to mobilize fire resources to help fight the fire.
Calmer wind conditions are allowing firefighters to better fight the fire, which is primarily burning through the Deschutes Canyon area.
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Firefighter fatalities are occurring at the same rate today that they were 20 years ago. Although the number of fatalities has dropped, it is simply because there are fewer fires. The following graph shows fireground fatalities per 100,000 fires over the last 20 years. Despite all the efforts that have been made to reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries over the last two decades—such as changes in command and control procedures, improvements in personal protective equipment, and deployment of rapid intervention teams—these measures have made little impact, as shown by the black trend line in the graph.
Over the past two decades, there’s been an annual average of more than 76,000 injuries and almost 90 fatalities in the U.S. fire service.
The woman charged with arson, murder, assault and causing a catastrophe in a blaze that killed two Kansas City firefighters admitted her guilt to a fellow detainee soon after being arrested, according to testimony given Wednesday.
Thu Hong Nguyen told Misty Levron that she set a fire that killed people by using liquid in her nail salon, Levron testified Wednesday at Nguyen’s trial.
“She said she didn’t understand why it went wrong,” Levron said, recalling their conversation on Oct. 26, 2015, two weeks after the fire that killed John Mesh and Larry Leggio. “Nobody was supposed to die.”
Levron’s credibility was questioned by defense attorney Molly Hastings, who noted that Levron told her husband in a recorded jail phone call that she had a plan to use some information she had to get a charge against her out of Florida dropped.
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