It was a busy day for the Orange Fire and many Franklin County departments, as severe weather marched through the area on July 7th. Calls ranged from trees and wires down, to a mutual aid run to Warwick for a motor vehicle accident with entrapment.
Structure fires caused by lightning strikes were also reported in Northfield, MA, as well as, Southern, VT.
After the first line of storms left Franklin County tornado watches and warnings were posted for Worcester and Middlesex Counties, with moderate storm damage that followed.
- Tornado, severe thunderstorm warnings in effect for areas of Franklin, Worcester and Middlesex counties - MassLIVE.com
- NWS: Tornado Warning was issued for Boston - WWLP.com
- Tornado Warning Issued For Parts of Mass - CBS Boston
- 7 killed in three-alarm Lowell fire - Boston Globe
- 4 Strategies For Better Sleep - FirefighterToolbox.com
- The Art of Drinking Water - Elephant Journal
- Newport Beach lifeguard drowns in line of duty - Orange County Register
- Life of Constant Crises Takes Emotional Toll on 911 Operators - ABC News
- Mission Hospital Flooded With Patients - WLOS.com
- Fighting Wildfire With Satellites, Lasers, and Drones - 925KissFM.com
- NYPD Helicopter Narrowly Avoids Crashing Into Two Camera Drones - PetaPixel.com
- Pa. man arrested after yelling, interfering at fire scene - FireRescue1.com
Departments Compete in the 'GMA' 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge - AL.com
As part of the competition,"GMA's 5 Alarm Firefighters Challenge," fire departments from across the country were asked to submit their own rendition of the song "Safe and Sound" by Capital Cities, for a chance to compete live on the morning TV show with the winning department going home with $10,000.
In addition to the video, each participating department were required to submit a brief essay, up to 200 words, describing what the department or fire house was most proud of and how it would spend the $10,000.
The top three vote-getters will become finalists.
Each finalist must designated three members from the video to represent the department live on "Good Morning America" during the week of July 14-18. The segments will feature physical and knowledge-based competitions. Each department will earn points with the highest scorer earning the prize money.
- Goshen Fire Department Taking Part in ‘GMA’ 5 Alarm Firefighters Challenge - WGGB.com
- UPDATED Goshen Fire Dep. Out of the Running for GMA’s Firefighters Contest - WGGB.com