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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

VIDEOS: Driver killed after tractor-trailer explodes, catches fire in New Jersey

PHOTOS: A truck driver died after a tractor-trailer exploded and caught fire on Route 3 in Clifton, NJ, the Passaic County Prosecutor said. The incident closed lanes on the highway in both directions and forced evacuations at nearby homes on Monday morning, but by the evening authorities said that westbound Route 3 had been opened. Authorities say that the truck crashed into a barrier, causing it to catch on fire. The body of the driver, a 55-year-old man from Linden, was discovered inside the wreckage. The Passaic County Prosecutor said the NJ DEP and Passaic County health officials tested for chemicals in the air following the crash and found there were no airborne contaminants. Authorities said they were also testing the water used to extinguish the flames for chemicals as well.
WNYW-TV FOX 5 New York City

New York City mayor announces new e-bike charging initiative to prevent lithium-ion battery fires

VIDEO: Mayor Eric Adams announced a major step for fire safety to protect New Yorkers from e-bikes and scooters that use lithium-ion batteries. The mayor was joined by members of the FDNY on Monday for the launch of a PR campaign that will alert delivery drivers in particular to never store e-bikes in the home. According to the FDNY, e-bikes have caused over 700 fires across the five boroughs since 2019. The city is also launching an incubator to help build more charging racks to make it easy for e-bike users to charge on the go instead of in their homes. "We will make sure there is a place for people to charge them… this accelerator will make sure we are leveraging the private sector who helped cause this boom to make [charging outside] a possibility for our users,” said FDNY Commissioner Laura Kavanaugh.
News 12 The Bronx

Shift change at one South Carolina fire station better for work-life balance, leaders say

VIDEO: A fire department in Berkeley County says a change to firefighter shifts is showing positive results. The Berkeley Fire Department and EMS piloted a change for its firefighters from 24-48-hour schedules to 48-96-hour schedules for six months last summer before making the switch permanently in January of this year. Firefighters nationwide often work 24-48 shifts, meaning they are on duty for 24 hours and then get 48 hours off. But fire departments across the country are shifting to a different model that has firefighters working 48 hours at a time and then being off for four days. The shift is designed to ease the high-stress shifts firefighters work that can lead to a lack of sleep and less time with family. The National Library of Medicine says the lack of sleep decreases work performance and increases the risk for cardiovascular disease.
WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston

How an antiquing find triggered a Hazmat response in Ohio

An odd find of an antique first-aid kit triggered a Hazmat response in Bexley, and three other antique resellers around the country called emergency services after finding the same material, a local couple says. Kate Sanfilippo, a Bexley resident who sells handmade and vintage items as pickleladyfarm and PickleladyVintage on Etsy, picked up a 1933 Boy Scouts Johnson & Johnson first-aid kit Friday from a local estate sale. One of the items in the kit was a small packet of gauze meant for treating burns that was once wet with picric acid. Sanfilippo searched picric acid online to make sure the kit wouldn't need any hazardous material labeling when she shipped it to a potential customer. Picric acid, it turns out, can spontaneously combust or explode unless diluted by 30% with water.
The Columbus Dispatch - Metered Site

Monday, July 22, 2024

VIDEO: 4 Dallas firefighters injured after engine hydroplanes, falls off bridge

PHOTOS: Four Dallas firefighters were hospitalized after their engine slid off an elevated roadway and landed on the DART tracks below. The accident on the I-345 Expressway, which connects I-45 and US-75, and South Good Latimer happened just after 6 a.m. Dallas police say the fire engine hydroplaned, lost control and went off the bridge. All four DFR members are said to be stable at Baylor University Medical Center. A highway sign fell across the roadway as a result of the crash. Parts of I-345, South Good Latimer, Routh Street and the DART tracks were closed. DART says service will continue to be impacted on Monday morning into the afternoon and possibly later depending on the damage. Dallas Fire-Rescue says three of the four injured firefighters have been released from the hospital.
KDFW-TV FOX 4 Dallas

EMS in Minnesota seeks paramedic diversity to boost outcomes for minority patients

Infinity Beatty-Metcalfe's graduation from Hennepin Healthcare's paramedic trainee program on Friday may have been destiny, but it was a delayed one for the 31-year-old. She pushed herself after growing up in foster care to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) at 19. But Beatty-Metcalfe burned out from the intensity and frequency of ambulance runs in St. Louis. She had been inspired after witnessing the heroism of paramedics who brought a baby born prematurely to a hospital by helicopter. But paramedic training seemed impossible while working to pay bills and starting a family. "That's a lot of balls to balance," Beatty-Metcalfe said. Her struggle is exactly why Hennepin Healthcare's emergency medical services (EMS) division created its trainee program in 2020, paying EMTs to work part time while completing accelerated paramedic training.
Star Tribune - Metered Site

Top 16 Best Firefighter Shows

One of NBC's most popular shows is Chicago Fire, which follows the firefighters, paramedics, and rescue squad in Firehouse 51 as they respond to emergencies and work through struggles in their personal lives. Firefighter shows have captivated audiences for years with their dramatic, high-stakes, and captivating storylines. Almost every major network has tried their hand at a series about firefighters, whether it be a drama like Station 19 or a comedy like The Family Man. Some have done very well, while others only lasted a season or two. These are some of the most popular shows about firefighters.

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