National News

  • Massive fire at Washington state potato plant leads to evacuation of third of town
    VIDEO: A massive fire at a potato plant in Walden brought fears of an exploding ammonia tank, forcing the evacuation of nearly a third of the town for several hours. The fire broke out at the Washington Potato Plant around 5:30 p.m. in one of the dehydrators, according to Kyle Foreman with the Grant County Sheriff's Office.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOMO-TV ABC 4 Seattle
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  • Georgia Fire Captain Leads Pledge Of Allegiance at Inauguration, Spoken And In Sign Language
    Andrea Hall, a career firefighter and union leader from Fulton County, Ga., led the Pledge of Allegiance during the inauguration of President-elect Biden. Hall recited the familiar words of the pledge out loud and in American Sign Language. According to The 19th, a nonprofit news organization, Hall was the first Black woman hired and assigned to a station at the City of Albany Fire Department, and then the first Black woman to serve as fire captain at Fulton County Fire Rescue.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NPR.org
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  • Florida fire department buys technology that shares patient info in real time to hospitals during emergencies
    State of the art technology that can help save lives when seconds count is now in Southwest Florida. A patient’s information can be sent directly to a doctor in real time. We learned how this will help evaluate medical emergencies before arriving at the ER. North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District recently bought new technology that helps paramedics get patient information to hospitals before they show up.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers
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  • University of California Irvine Scientists Working on COVID-19 Vaccine That Would Attack All Strains
    UC Irvine scientists are working on developing a vaccine that would attack all strains of COVID-19 as well as a potential breakthrough that would solve many of the problems related to distributing the medicine, a UCI professor on the project said Thursday. Lbachir BenMohamed, a UCI School of Medicine professor, said his team is developing what they envision will be a vaccine that could work on all strains in the SARS-CoV-2 family.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
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  • Honor365 exhibit recognizes first responders, celebrates 20 years since 9/11
    Young adults who turn 19 this year were born after 9/11, the day in 2001 when planes flew into the World Trade Center and Pentagon killing around 3,000 people. These teens know it as Patriot’s Day. It has been 20 years this coming September since the U.S. was attacked by air and hundreds of first responders, some fallen heroes, answered the call of duty to help at Ground Zero.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Herald - Metered Site
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  • VIDEO: Texas fire crews revive dad and daughter in dangerous house fire rescue
    Cy-Fair firefighters rescued two people from a house fire overnight after a father was desperately trying to save his family, and the entire rescue was caught on helmet camera video. Northwest Harris County neighbors noticed a garage fire at a home in the 21500 block of Wellsford Glen Dr. before 11 p.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
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  • California Firefighters See Red Over Plan to Deactivate, Close Stations
    Oakland, Calif., will begin deactivating some of its fire engines and shuttering stations temporarily on Thursday in a budget-cutting move that drew criticism from firefighters and neighboring communities that contract with the city for fire protection. The fire department will deactivate three engines for six days at a time over the next five months, effectively closing three of the city's 25 stations, each of which operate with one engine.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Government Technology
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  • Fire engine rolls over on way to kitchen fire in Florida city, no injuries
    VIDEO: Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District confirmed Wednesday one of its fire engines flipped over on the way to a kitchen fire. According to the fire district, firefighters were heading to the scene of a kitchen fire at a home in the city when the truck they were in rolled over on Snell Lane.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WINK-TV CBS 11 Fort Myers
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  • Health of Ohio firefighters at forefront with new Columbus Fire Station 16
    VIDEO: One final push officially opened the city's newest fire station Wednesday morning. As part of a tradition, Columbus Division of Fire firefighters and paramedics pushed a fire engine inside the garage bay doors of the new Station 16, located at 1465 Oakland Park Dr., which will provide service to North Linden and the surrounding area.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch
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  • Could Utah become first state to create EMS teams specifically for mental health emergencies?
    A lawmaker’s proposal to make Utah the first state to train emergency medical technicians specifically for responding to mental health emergencies received early support in a state Senate committee Wednesday. SB53 would allow EMTs and firefighters to be trained to respond to mental health calls. Then, agencies throughout the state could form teams made up of those trained EMTs, who would be dedicated specifically to mental health emergencies.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Deseret News
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