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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

VIDEO: California building blaze in industrial area continues for 4 hours

Firefighters were battling a building fire in an industrial area at 10930 W. Randall Street in Shadow Hills Wednesday morning. The fire was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday and was still burning by 6:30 a.m. Two large one-story commercial buildings, a vehicle, vegetation and debris were reportedly involved. Approximately 100 firefighters were estimated to be on scene. No injuries were reported.
KCBS-TV CBS 2 Los Angeles

Alabama airport unveils new fire trucks designed just for aircraft emergencies

VIDEO: The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport now has its first ever fire station on its airfield. It's called the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) building. During Tuesday's ribbon cutting, two new fire trucks were also unveiled and they're unlike any emergency vehicle around. "These types of fire trucks are not really necessary outside of the airport. They are designed specifically for aircraft and airports," said Board Chair of the Birmingham Airport Authority Darlene Wilson. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Cory Moon said the two new trucks are bigger and can hold more water and have other unique features. "Blaze One has a height reach extendable turret with a piercing nasal that's able to breach the skin of an aircraft and extinguish the fire inside the aircraft," said Moon.
WBMA-LD ABC 33/40 Birmingham

Country Singer Mike Ryan Shares Update After Devastating Tour Bus Fire: ’We’ll Replace What Was Lost’

PHOTOS: Rising star Mike Ryan recently encountered a scary situation on the road when his tour bus caught fire. The independent country singer took to social media to share the devastating news with his followers early Tuesday morning (Nov. 29) alongside three photos of the aftermath of the tour bus fire. The first photo shows Ryan’s black tour bus with the front windows torched with soot covering the ground. The series continues with photos of the back of the bus completely burnt and melted before the final snapshot took fans inside the now-destroyed bus. “There isn’t much good news here but at least no one was on the bus when it happened,” Ryan captioned the photos.
Music Mayhem Magazine

Texas Bartenders to Be Trained as ‘First Responders’ in Strategy to Reduce Fentanyl Deaths

More than a dozen bars in Texas will soon be stocked with naloxone and bartenders will be trained as “first responders” to administer the medication that can reverse an opioid overdose, Travis County Judge Andy Brown announced on Monday. “Today, I’m excited to share how we are taking life-saving steps that are more inclusive and meet people where they are,” Brown said during a press conference at the Star Bar in Austin. The event was live-streamed on KVUE News. The initiative is part of the county’s strategy to reduce accidental overdose deaths. “Travis County is working with nonprofits here and local nonprofits to provide bars and bartenders with Narcan, plus the training that is required to use it,” he continued. Narcan is one of the brand names under which naloxone is sold.
The Epoch Times

CDC: Flu season intensifies with 6M infected in US

Flu season is intensifying in the U.S. with more than 6 million cases confirmed so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Monday. The federal health agency said in a weekly update it has already recorded more than 53,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from the flu this season, as of the week ending Nov. 19. Twelve children have died from the flu so far, the CDC said, and the cumulative hospitalization rate is the highest it’s been at this point in the flu season since the 2010-2011 one. The CDC recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu annually. Flu season typically starts in October and ends around May, with a peak in December or January. It began six weeks early this year, causing a spike in hospitalization rates.
The Hill

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Fiery tractor trailer crash kills woman in New York, shuts down part of expressway

VIDEOS: A woman was killed when her car was sandwiched between two tractor trailers and went up in flames in a horrific crash that caused delays in both directions on the Cross Bronx Expressway in the Bronx. The victim's sedan collided with a tractor trailer, contracted by the U.S. Postal Service, in the westbound lanes at around 12:35 a.m. Tuesday. The woman was sitting in her crashed sedan, stopped behind the tractor trailer, when another tractor slammed into her vehicle. The impact set the sedan ablaze, and the flames spread to the first tractor trailer. The woman was killed in the fire. Both tractor trailer drivers escaped their rigs with no injury, but the first truck was also destroyed by fire. All westbound lanes of the expressway were closed, and one lane was getting by eastbound as first responders worked to douse the flames and police investigated.
WABC-TV ABC 7 New York

Florida fire department gets new airplane training facility

VIDEO: The Charlotte County Fire and EMS headquarters is about to become a hot place. Tuesday, the county will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new $9 million Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting training facility. It’s a simulator, that looks like a normal-sized passenger jet, sitting on the county property behind the fire administration building. “So the seats are the same, the aisles are the same, the cockpit is the same, the dimensions are the same,” Charlotte County Fire Battalion Chief, Larry Lippel, says. But this airplane is steel, all black, and made to burn. With a few taps on an iPad, crews can set fire to the wings or the cargo area, and safely control the flames and the heat of the fire. They can also set up safe zones, where other firefighters can watch the active training. Every firefighter who works in an area with an airport needs to get aircraft fire training once a year.
WFTX-TV FOX 4 Cape Coral

Colorado: Smart phones or watches might be calling 911 without you knowing, and dispatchers need it to stop

VIDEO: We're talking between 40 to 60 fake 911 calls a day, coming into the Summit County Dispatch Center. Team members expect this only to get worse as the season picks up for skiers. Summit County Director 911, Trina Dummer, was more than happy to sit down with CBS News Colorado to get a message out to the public before a big gift-giving holiday begins. She warns that some versions of Apple Watches and iPhone 14s have a system on them that automatically sends a 911 call if they detect a crash. The issue is, every one of those calls that came in this year have not been real emergencies. The calls have been people crashing while skiing but being fine or even stopping too suddenly while skiing. The alert system gives someone 20 seconds to stop the alarm from going out to dispatch, but according to dispatchers that's simply not happening for whatever reason.
KCNC-TV CBS 4 Denver

Ford Recalls Nearly 522,000 Escapes, Bronco Sports Over Fire Risk

Ford’s latest major recall affects nearly 522,000 of its popular Escape and Bronco Sport mid-size SUVs. The issue involves a fuel leak inside the engine compartment. Affected vehicles include model-year 2020-23 Escapes and model-year 2021-23 Bronco Sports equipped with 1.5-liter engines. The issue is with the fuel injector, which may crack and leak; as a result, fuel or fuel vapor may accumulate near a hot surface on the engine or around exhaust components, potentially causing ignition and an underhood fire, increasing the risk of injury. To resolve the issue, dealers will update the engine control software to include fuel injector leak detection and install a drain tube for free.

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