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  • VIDEO: Giant waterslide goes up in flames in New Jersey
    A giant waterslide at a New Jersey waterpark lived up to its name Tuesday, when it went up in flames. The ride called 'High Anxiety,' went up in flames at Mountain Creek Water Park in Vernon. A spokesperson for the water park says the fire broke out when the park was closed, and there were no reported injuries.
    - PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WABC-TV ABC 7 New York
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  • Georgia firefighter union says fix pay scale or waste tax payer money
    Representatives for Albany’s fire department said if the city doesn’t fix their pay scale, it’s just wasting taxpayer dollars. Union members told WALB Investigates, that firefighters were given a choice between getting a city-wide raise or fixing issues with the department scale. Most chose to correct the scale.
    - PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WALB-TV NBC/ABC 10 Albany
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  • Congressmen introduce bill to allow North Carolina volunteer firefighters to get retirement benefits
    Volunteer firefighters in North Carolina may someday qualify for state retirement benefits. On Monday, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) was joined by Congressman Ted Budd (NC-13), Congressman Richard Hudson (NC-08), Congressman Greg Murphy (NC-03), Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-09), Congressman Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05) and Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07) in introducing H.
    - PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville
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  • Paramedics Take Part in Chaotic Competition at First Responders Conference in Florida
    Paramedics were put to the test Tuesday at a conference that attracted hundreds of first responders to South Florida. The paramedic competition was a highlight at the "First There First Care" Conference at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood. Dema Ammar is a student at Palm Beach State College and studying to become a paramedic.
    - PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVJ-TV NBC 6 Miami
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  • Kansas University’s Hoch Auditorium burned down 30 years ago from a lightning bolt
    On June 15, 1991, just days before scheduled improvements were to begin, a lightning bolt split and seared the roof of KU’s Hoch Auditorium, sparking a massive blaze. “The fire started around 3:20 p.m., shortly after a violent thunderstorm began pelting the Lawrence area with heavy rain and pea-sized hail,” said Kansas Alumni magazine.
    - PUB DATE: 6/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIBW-TV CBS 13 Topeka
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  • Dramatic video shows moment Texas fuel tanker explodes, injures several
    VIDEO: Multiple people were hurt after a fuel tanker caught fire and exploded on Sunday near Crowell, Texas. Crowell is about 80 miles west of Wichita Falls. Foard County Sheriff Mike Brown told WFAA that the truck driver and a couple of volunteer firefighters were injured in the incident, but their injuries were minor.
    - PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas
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  • Female firefighters in Florida hope to inspire next generation
    They may not be the first, but the 10 women who make up Clearwater Fire and Rescue’s team are certainly blazing the trail. The fire department recently highlighted their 10 female fire personnel – or "firemedics," as they call themselves. "I love working with people, I love being that person people call," said Nina Borders, who has been with the department for four years.
    - PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTVT-TV Fox 13 Tampa
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  • Old Helmet In Alaska Returns To Morris Plains Fire Department in New Jersey
    PHOTOS: After somehow getting all the way to Alaska, a piece of Morris Plains Fire Department gear is finally home. Some older items recently returned to the department, including a helmet found at a transportation museum in Anchorage. The Morris Plains Fire Department isn't sure how it ended up in Alaska, but now it's back.
    - PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Morristown Patch
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  • Why Firefighters Stopped Putting Water on Illinois Chemical Plant Fire
    As a fire continues to burn at a chemical plant in suburban Rockton, Kirk Wilson, chief of the Rockton Fire Protection District, says that firefighters stopped putting water on the fire, fearing that water run-off could carry chemicals into the nearby Rock River. “We stopped some of the water suppression and some of the fire suppression, and we went ahead and let the product burn off due to the fact that the Rock River sits just west of Chemtool, (approximately) 500 yards away,” he said.
    - PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago
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  • Delaware General Assembly task force gives recommendations on recruiting more volunteer firefighters
    The Delaware General Assembly is aiming to help with what volunteer fire departments say is a struggle to get new members. A task force has come up with ten new recommendations and new programs to attract and retain more volunteer firefighters. Among those recommendations, develop a recruitment and retention training class at the Delaware State Fire School, and establish an program that would assign full-time members to companies in all three counties.
    - PUB DATE: 6/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMDT-TV ABC/CW+ 47 Salisbury
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