VIDEO: Dr. Reed Smith knows that when it comes to active shooter emergencies, seconds matter.
That’s why the emergency room doctor, who also serves as the medical director of the Arlington County Fire Department, began studying hundreds of autopsies from victims of mass shootings years ago. With other medical researchers at George Washington University, he found as many as 15 percent of victims might have lived had they gotten care quickly.
He says the desire to reach more victims, and sooner, helped spur a change in how Arlington fire and rescue prepares for incidents of mass violence. Now, instead of waiting for the all-clear from police before entering an active shooter scene -- a process that can take hours -- they work with law enforcement to try to reach the injured amid the violence.
WRC-TV NBC 4 Washington, D.C.
Every year at the end of March, firefighters and the family of fallen firefighter Brian Carey meet at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery for a memorial service.
It will be 10 years ago on March 30 when 28-year-old Carey, a rookie firefighter for the Homewood Fire Department, was killed after he rushed into a burning home in an effort to rescue a resident trapped inside.
A lot went wrong that night in the way the situation was handled, acknowledged Homewood Fire Chief Bob Grabowski.
He said there was no chance to save the resident, 87-year-old Wendell Elias, from the burning home by the time firefighters from multiple departments arrived, and Carey should have never been in there.
A federal report would later blame “ineffective fire control tactics” among the factors that led to the death of Carey, who was the first firefighter to be killed in the line of duty in the Homewood Fire Department’s 109-year-old history.
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The Wyoming Senate spent nearly an hour discussing a bill that would affect the lives of first responders across the state on Monday, Feb. 24.
SF 117 would allow first responders, law enforcement officers and search and rescue workers to apply for workers’ compensation if they receive a mental injury while performing official duty. A first responder is defined as anyone who is employed or volunteers as a firefighter or law enforcement or ambulance personnel.
A mental injury is one experienced by a first responder and established by clear and convincing evidence, including a diagnosis by a licensed psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.
Originally, the language in the bill required that the mental injuries would only be compensable if the first responder submitted to a psychological exam, but Sen. Tara Nethercott suggested an amendment during Monday’s floor session.
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Some Cleveland city council members expressed their disappoint and concern after they said they learned there weren't any minority candidates in the upcoming city fire department cadet class.
Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland told News 5 the current fire class applicants are made up of 42 white male candidates and no minorities, which is a violation of city guidelines, which require at least one out of every 10 candidates be a minority.
Cleveland said she's wondering why the city civil service commission couldn't come up with even one African American, Hispanic, Asian or female candidate.
“How many people did they have to go through, and they came up with 42 white males, it doesn’t add up,” Cleveland said.
It’s disturbing that it doesn’t speak to this city, it doesn’t reflect the city and it’s problematic.”
WEWS-TV ABC 5 Cleveland
Firefighters with Dallas Fire Rescue are doing more than just fighting fires.
They’re also working on growing a free program that they're calling the ultimate form of fire prevention.
It's called the Home Fire Safety Survey Program, where firefighters go into your home and look for all the things that could start a fire, as well as the hazards that would make it hard for you to get out.
"I feel much better, especially in a whole house that's mostly wood," said Elaine Lantz, who lives in a neighborhood around the Bishop Arts District, an area mostly made up of older homes.
We followed firefighters as they made a house call to Lantz' home.
Checklist in hand, the fire safety agents will inspect practically every corner of your home, checking smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, space heaters, outlets, extension cords and even burglar bars.
They have tools on hand to make fixes or install smoke alarms for you. The agents installed several smoke alarms for Lantz, as well as carbon monoxide detectors.
KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth