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Friday, July 19, 2024

VIDEOS: Huge fire destroys antiques warehouse in Pennsylvania

PHOTOS: A huge fire that could be seen from miles away destroyed an antiques warehouse in Columbia, Lancaster County. Firefighters responded to the fire at Tollbooth Antiques on Chestnut and North Second streets in Columbia around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. The owner, David Doolittle, spoke to WGAL. "It's devastating. It's been a family business for 20 years. We have a family of vendors that have their own businesses inside this building - 50 vendors. We have employees that are very concerned. Vendors are losing inventory. Yeah, we're very upset," he said. The assistant fire chief said one firefighter suffered burns to his hand. It's not yet clear how the fire started.
WGAL-TV NBC 8 Lancaster

Widespread technology outage disrupts flights, emergency services and banking around the world

A technological meltdown disrupted airlines, banks, hospitals and emergency services on Friday. Thousands of Microsoft users reported being suddenly knocked offline, and the culprit appeared to be cybersecurity company CrowdStrike, which had a routine software update malfunction. “CrowdStrike is actively working with customers impacted by a defect found in a single content update for Windows hosts,” the company said in a statement. Customers using Mac and Linux operating systems were not affected, according to CrowdStrike. When the botched update crashed computer systems, scores of airport travelers were stranded, hospital appointments were delayed and live news broadcasts were cut short. CrowdStrike said it was not a cyberattack, but rather a software glitch. In some states, including Alaska and Ohio, 911 phone lines were down.

New video shows moments crane collapsed on busy Florida bridge in April

VIDEO: Newly released video is showing just what happened on the ground the moment multiple vehicles were hit by a crane that suddenly collapsed onto a busy South Florida roadway, and how officers worked to get the bridge clear and victims the help they needed. It happened on April 4 in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Body camera video shows the moments officers first responded to the catastrophic construction failure on the Southeast Third Avenue Bridge, not knowing at the time what just happened and if anyone was hurt. As officers were seen trying to clear the roadway in the midst of rush hour traffic, they discovered driver Carol Zinser, who was seen remarkably getting out of her car that was destroyed by the crane. While some were unscathed from the impact, others like Gemmalyn Castillo were not.
WPLG-TV ABC 10 Miami

California therapy dog group for first responders expands nationwide

VIDEO: A Marin County woman who provides four-legged emotional support for first responders has expanded her nonprofit across the country. When Kerith the golden retriever and her companions come to visit a fire station they bring smiles. Just ask Kerith's human, Heidi Carman. "Kerith lives for this," said Carman. "She's so excited when she sees her firefighter and first responder friends in general." The feeling's mutual for Capt. Mike Lewis and his colleagues at San Rafael Fire Station 51. "It definitely lights up our day as well," Lewis said. "I really feel like we're changing lives and making their mental health a little bit better each visit," added Carman. When we first met Carman and Kerith, Carman had just started First Responder Therapy Dogs in San Rafael.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Tennessee fire department creating new museum dedicated to its history years after SUV crash took out original location

VIDEO: Soon you will be able to learn more about the history of the Knoxville Fire Department. That's because the department is working on creating a museum that will feature vintage items and artifacts. Now that the Knoxville Fire Department headquarters has moved to North Knoxville, Mark Wilbanks, the assistant fire chief, has been quietly working on creating a new KFD museum. "We're kind of changing the lobby into our newest fire museum for the fire department," said Wilbanks. "Our goal is to slowly over time transform this into a public space where folks can come in during the week." The Knoxville Fire Department Museum was previously located in downtown Knoxville at the old KFD headquarters. Back in 2022, a drunken driver crashed into it. And now, the department is working on opening a new one.
WBIR-TV NBC 10 Knoxville

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Oregon: Large pile fire in Portland sends up plume of smoke seen for miles

VIDEOS: A fire at a Radius Recycling metal recycling facility in the St. Johns neighborhood broke out Wednesday afternoon, sending up a plume of black smoke visible from as far away as downtown Portland. There were no injuries reported to first responders or plant personnel, according to Portland Fire & Rescue, and it took about five hours to get the blaze under control. The Radius Recycling facility is located in an industrial area along the Willamette River between the Port of Portland's Terminal 4 and Terminal 5. A PF&R news release describes the company as being "affiliated with" Schnitzer Steel; the company's website says Schnitzer Steel rebranded to Radius Recycling last year. Wednesday's incident was the second major fire at the scrapyard this year; a previous debris fire broke out on the evening of May 9, producing a large amount of smoke, although in that case fire crews were able to put it out in about an hour.
KGW-TV NBC 8 Portland

Ohio EMS wins 8th consecutive American Heart Association Gold Achievement Award for stellar care

The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline program has recognized Delaware County's Emergency Medical Services with their 8th consecutive EMS Gold Achievement Award. This national-level honor recognizes prehospital-care agencies around the country that meet the AHA's standards for rapid and research-based care for the most severe forms of heart attacks and strokes. Mission: Lifeline EMS is the AHA's national initiative to advance the system of care for patients with high-risk, time-sensitive medical emergencies. In 2023, 23.08% of Delaware County EMS’s cardiac-arrest patients were discharged neurologically intact, compared to the national average of around 10%. “We are very proud to be included in this elite group of honorees,” Delaware County EMS director Jeff Fishel said in a media release.
WWHO-TV CW 53 Chillicothe

Kentucky first responder indicted for murder and wanton endangerment in 2023 fire truck crash

VIDEO: Two arrests have been made in connection to a fire truck wreck that happened in October 2023. Austin Turner, the driver of the truck for Coon Creek Fire Department, was indicted by a Leslie County grand jury Monday for murder and wanton endangerment. His mother, Ethel Turner, who is also involved with the department, was indicted for tampering with physical evidence. Both are being held at the Leslie County Detention Center. Austin’s bond is $125,000, and Ethel’s is $25,000. Officials with the Leslie County Sheriff’s Department said when they arrived on the scene of the wreck in October, Turner had left the scene and another firefighter was still trapped in the truck. First responders were able to remove Regina Huffman from the truck and transport her to Mary Breckinridge ARH where she later died.
WYMT-TV CBS 57 Hazard

’The ability to know where they are’: New York-based software to enhance readiness and protect firefighters nationwide

VIDEOS: A technology born right in the Queen City is now keeping firefighters safe nationwide. "Florian" is a piece of software that tracks first responders when in burning buildings. The idea for this technology was born out of tragedy, when two Buffalo firefighters were killed responding to a fire on Genesee Street, back in 2009. Patrick O'Conner, the developer of this software and a former Grand Island firefighter, told me he knew there had to be a better way to protect responders in the line of duty, so he decided to create it himself. When duty calls, firefighters are sometimes dispatched simultaneously and even before ambulances, to provide quick medical intervention. 3AM Innovations president and co-founder Patrick O'Conner said, "For an active shooter, the first responders that get there sometimes are the firefighters, for medical aid and whatnot. Having the ability to know where they are and where the safety areas are for them to actually stage at, is critical."
WKBW-TV ABC 7 Buffalo

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