Washington Firefighters Use Skills in Nationwide Battle Against COVID-19

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In the midst of a global pandemic, two local firefighters have gone above and beyond to help not just their communities, but the country, work toward recovery.

Philadelphia Fire Boat Pilot Dies After Contracting COVID-19

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While stationed at his assignment at the Marine Unit, Fire Boat Pilot John Evans, 64, contracted COVID-19 and subsequently passed away.

Podcast: Politics and Tactics

Politics and Tactics
Frank Ricci, David Polikoff, and Sam Villani discuss the issue of teachers during the pandemic and letting firefighters make decisions so they can develop.

Acting Chief of KY Fire Department Dies of COVID-19

Firefighter fatality
Acting Chief Garry Key, 70, developed COVID-19 while on-duty from attending various mandated functions for the Zoneton Fire Protection District.

Health and Wellness for Women in the Fire Service

March 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM CDT / 11:00 AM PDT / 6:00 PM GMT

This webcast is based on the U.S. Fire Administration study “Emerging Issues for Women in the Fire Service.” Topics include cardiac health, cancer, and behavioral and mental health. You will be presented with the results of recent studies by the Women’s Biomonitoring Collaborative, including attention-grabbing resources meant to inspire firefighters about the importance of post-incident decon.

PPE Evaluations: From Risk Assessment to Selection

March 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT / 12:00 PM CDT / 10:00 AM PDT / 5:00 PM GMTThis webcast is based on five successful firefighter evaluations of personal protective equipment (PPE) from risk assessment through evaluation and selection. It explores the nuances and time lengths (which differed because of fiscal time constrictions) of the processes for the items typically associated with firefighter PPE: helmet, hood, gloves, coat and pant, and boots. The presentation includes pilot programs, evaluation solicitations, evaluation forms, requests for proposal, and language suggestions for requirements. Successful personnel engagement strategies and practices are also discussed.

What Lessons Has EMS Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic?

February 18, 2021 1 PM EST / 12 PM CST / 10 AM PST / 6 PM GMTPlease join Jonathan Washko and Matt Zavadsky as they discuss what we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus has changed EMS forever – from our role in the communities we serve, how we care for our workforce and in our approach to patient care. Both presenters offer realistic, humorous and controversial discussion that will help you understand how we can shape the future of EMS delivery in a positive way.
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Water Woes Linger in MS and LA After Freeze

Rising temperatures have melted the snow and ice in Mississippi and Louisiana, but tens of thousands of people still had little or no water service Monday, some waiting a week for restoration since the outages began during an extended freeze.
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CA Firefighter, Medic Shot; Cops Nab Suspect in Connection with Killing

A firefighter and a paramedic responding to a medical emergency over the weekend were injured in a drive-by shooting.
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Engine Failure, Blast in Plane Scare; Debris Rains on CO Neighborhood

A Boeing 777-200 suffered a catastrophic failure in its right engine and flames erupted under the wing as the plane began to lose altitude.
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Peterstown (WV) Rescue Squad Hurting After Loss of County Funding

With no county money now supplementing services, Peterstown Rescue Squadis in danger of cutting back on ambulance availability to Monroe County residents.

Customers, Staff Fired Back in LA Gun Store Shooting; Three Dead

A person entered a gun store and shooting range in a New Orleans suburb and fatally shot two people Saturday, prompting customers and staff to open fire on the shooter, a sheriff said. The shooter also died.

Some Electricity Restored in TX, Water Woes Grow

Power was restored to more homes and businesses Thursday in states hit by a deadly blast of winter that overwhelmed the electrical grid and left millions shivering in the cold this week.

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