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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

VIDEOS: Flames tear through cottage in Pennsylvania

PHOTOS: "A little bit of smoke to start with and I said that looks funny and then it burst into flames," said Harrison Leuckel. The longtime resident first spotted the fire around 1:55 p.m. Tuesday in the now-burned down cabin, located within the Waldheim Park church-owned community. Smoke could be seen for miles but luckily the flames didn't spread in this mostly seasonal community of 82 cabins covering 40 acres along South Mountain. 15 live there full-time, including Kathy Walck, who said the cottage was empty. "What did you think when you saw the flames?" I asked. "I was very surprised, I could see them from my cottage," Walck said. At least half a dozen fire crews were called in, mainly due to the need for tanker trucks to supply water. The recent snow and curvy roads also made getting to the scene a challenge.
WFMZ-TV 69 Allentown

Alabama firefighters: New schedule change improving fire operation

VIDEO: Firefighters who work for Decatur Fire and Rescue have operated on different schedule since early 2024. The previous schedule had firefighters working 24 hour shifts, before having 48 hours off. The new schedule has firefighters work 48 hours straight, before having 96 hours off. Decatur Fire Deputy Chief Nathan Springer said the move was requested by firefighters in 2023, and has already improved fire operation since. “We’ve not had any true negative feedback,” he said. “Even from some of our department members who were apprehensive about the change, they have reported being pleasantly surprised with the rest they’re getting in their off time, and reporting to work more well rested.” Springer said the scheduling model allows firefighters to spend more time with their families, and have more time off.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

Texas brewery releases ’Great Fire’ beer to commemorate 1911 fire

PHOTOS: In commemoration of a 1911 fire that helped shape Conroe's history, Fass Brewing on the downtown square has released a special beer. Fass Brewing launched its first Rauchbier called "The Great Fire" this week commemorating the Feb. 21, 1911 anniversary of the fire that decimated the east side of the courthouse square. Conroe’s big fire of Feb. 21, 1911 was so significant to the town, it is the subject of a Texas State Historical Marker downtown and its still being commemorated 113 years later. It has been said that a cold front had come through town the night of Feb. 21 and during the night fire broke out in the upstairs of a drug store on the eastern side of the courthouse. At the time, nearly all the structures in downtown were made of wood.
Houston Chronicle - Metered Site

Fire rescue chaplain in New Mexico writes song on destigmatizing firefighter mental health

VIDEO: According to the National Fallen Firefighters Association, around 100 U.S. firefighters die by suicide each year. As head chaplain for Albuquerque Fire Rescue, this is the reality David Meyers faces in his line of work. “We see lots of things. We experience lots of things. People tend to think firefighters are big, bad, tough, and strong. While they are, we are also human,” Meyers said. Meyers provides education, support and resources to fellow firefighters who may be struggling with their mental health. His experiences and the loss he has faced inspired him to write the song, “Ropes.” “We had a loss in our department a few years back. And there’s other departments, you know, around the country that have suffered the same,” Meyers said. Mental health and suicide are often stigmatized, he says. He also never thought he’d put that into song.
KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque

Millions of Toshiba laptop adapters recalled for fire and burn hazards

Approximately 15.5 million Toshiba laptop AC adapters have been recalled by Dynabook Americas due to fire and burn hazards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to the commission, the recalled adapters can overheat and spark, posing burn and fire hazards to consumers. The recalled AC adapters were sold both on their own and with Toshiba brand personal laptop computers. They can be identified by their date codes which range from April 2008 through December 2012, which are formatted in either a year month, date format (i.e., April 2008 is 0804, or a year week, date format, i.e. week 15 of 2008 is 0815). The adapters are black and the model numbers and serial numbers and date codes are printed on the AC adapter rating label.
WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

VIDEO: 500-gallon underground propane tank found at Virginia home that exploded, killing a firefighter and injuring others

A 500-gallon underground propane tank was found at a Virginia home that exploded Friday, killing one firefighter and injuring others, officials said Saturday. Loudoun County Fire and Rescue were called to the home in Sterling around 7:40 p.m. for a gas leak, Chief Keith Johnson said at a news conference. The tank was leaking propane that “had migrated into the homes,” he said. Firefighters were inside when the home exploded, Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief of Operations James Williams previously said. “Total devastation,” is how Williams described the scene and damage. “There’s a debris field well into the street and into the neighboring homes.” Officials initially said nine firefighters suffered injuries that ranged from serious to less severe.
NBC News

Florida city shows off eight new fire vehicles to address issues of growing population

VIDEO: The City of Tampa unveiled eight new vehicles on Monday as part of a multi-million dollar investment in fire safety. “We’ve been waiting for quite some time and it really is a milestone,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said. The city showed off eight new additions to its fleet, including three new fire engines, three advanced life support ambulances and two new Ambu-buses that can be used for mass casualty events and evacuations. The new vehicles are part of a $127 million investment in new vehicles for Tampa Fire Rescue, but just getting the new vehicles has not been easy. “Well, one of the biggest challenges is of course the manufacturers,” Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Barbara Tripp said. “Where it used to take eight to 12 months for new apparatus, not it’s taking us 24 to 36 months.”

Rangers hockey players honor FDNY, NYPD with jerseys while arriving in firetrucks, police cars before Stadium Series game

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The New York Rangers decided to arrive in New York style at MetLife Stadium ahead of their Stadium Series game against the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon. The Rangers arrived in East Rutherford, New Jersey, accompanied by members of the FDNY and NYPD while wearing jerseys for each first responders’ hockey clubs. Each player walking into the arena was next to either an NYPD officer or FDNY firefighter after traveling to the game on firetrucks and in police cars. The NHL’s annual Stadium Series found its way to MetLife Stadium for the second straight day after the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers played on Saturday night, with the home Jersey team taking the 6-3 victory. Of course, this game counts like any other regular-season contest, but each team is trying to soak everything in during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
FOX News

Antique Toy & Firehouse Museum in Michigan to Unveil Restored Facade

PHOTOS: The Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum on Patterson Road is home to more than sixteen-thousand firefighting and construction toys as well as sixty firefighting buses and other equipment. What began as Jim Dobson's personal collection of firefighting memorabilia in the 1950s has blossomed into a treasure trove of over 16,500 firefighting and construction toys, complemented by a collection of 60 firefighting apparatus. Managed by a public foundation, the museum is expanding its facility to include a restored fire station on Washington Avenue. The museum serves as a beacon for those eager to explore and learn about the history of firefighting. Mike Snyder, Vice Chairman of the Antique Toy and Firehouse Museum, reflects on the museum’s next phase.
WEYI-TV NBC 25 Saginaw

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