DETROIT, MI MCGRAW + CICOTTE BUILDING FIRE
FIREGROUNDIMAGES - Drone footage of heavy fire from a vacant commercial building on the corner of McGraw and Cicotte. The building already a loss, firefighters took a stand protecting the occupied exposures on the block.
ERVING MA PAPER MILL FIRE
- PHOTOS | ERVING, MA ERVING PAPER MILL BALE FIRE - WEB360°
- VIDEO | Erving Paper mill fire contained - Recorder.com
- Crews Respond to Paper Mill Fire in Erving - WGGB.com
- Firefighters fight brush fire outside Erving Paper Mills - MassLIVE.com
Jon McDuffie - You owe injured Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern a beer. Yes, you… and I’m not joking.
When a video went viral showing Captain Dern doing his job and jarringly falling into an inferno, his one moment of unintended sacrifice had a Butterfly Effect of change that is rarely seen. His accident is making a difference.
First, firefighters across the world are being challenged through social media to think first about his survival, the long road he faces to recovery, his family, and his brothers in IAFF Local 753. Every Monday Morning Quarterback attempting to critique Captain Dern’s tactics has been unceremoniously harpooned in social media. Having the eyes of our families and friends on us has forced us to realize something we should have already known: in the real world, accidents like this are a cause for rally, prayer and support first and foremost not judgment, what ifs, and disparaging remarks.
For that, you owe Pete Dern a beer. read more...
Firefighters pioneer tough new workout to get healthier, work smarter
Mlive.com - Members of the station's Rescue 10 group have pioneered a fitness program focused on making firefighters not only better at their jobs, but also healthier. read more...
Medical Tools That Spread Superbugs Have to Change
Wired.com - In the past few months, 11 people in Los Angeles who underwent surgical procedures using a device called a duodenoscope got sick—infected with a so-called superbug called CRE, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, likely carried by the scope from other patients the doctors used it on. Two of the CRE-infected patients died, joining the list of the more than 20,000 people who die every year from infections that antibiotics can’t beat. And the people at the highest risk are the ones with the least say in the matter. read more...
“We Are Not Ready”: Ebola Analysis from Front-Line Workers
Wired.com - We’ve just passed a difficult and little-noticed anniversary: Last week, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa achieved its first birthday. Though the viral outbreak has been contained, it is still not under control: According to the World Health Organization, cases continue in Sierra Leone and are rising again in Guinea. read more...
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Trending: Is an Uber faster than an ambulance?
EMS1.com - In New York City, it takes an ambulance about six minutes to reach a caller in Manhattan, whereas it takes an Uber between two to three minutes, according to a post by Minqi Jiang on Medium.com. It begs a question that’s being asked across the web: Could Uber drivers equipped with an AED and four hours of CPR and defibrillator training improve cardiac arrest survival rates?
What do EMTs know about dying that non-responders don't?
EMS1.com - I don't think being an EMT in itself necessarily gives someone any insight into death and dying, it merely exposes one to it, and to the experience of trying to delay in another that fate we all share. But it does hit home how many people die, inside and outside hospitals alike. How many of us die? The answer is "all of them, sooner or later." That's something hard to grasp emotionally.
Colerain Township Fire Department introduces new tactic in heroin fight
WCPO.com - A group of local emergency medical responders believe they have a new method to fight heroin abuse in their community. The Colerain Township Fire Department began handing out recovery information on Wednesday to the families of people who overdose and they revive.
NEW YORK EAST VILLAGE GAS EXPLOSION
East Village Gas Explosion Reveals Problems in City’s Inspection System
NYTimes.com - In the nearly eight months after utility workers found evidence of a leaking unauthorized tap on a gas line in an East Village building, the city never sent an inspector to make sure the dangerous activity had not recurred.
The reason, city officials say, was simple: They were never aware of any potential hazard.
Now, the building is gone — the site of a fiery explosion on March 26 that destroyed much of the block and left two men dead. The police and criminal prosecutors believe the blast may have been caused by the continued tapping of a gas line there.
But even without a definitive conclusion, the way in which an inappropriate and dangerous gas situation at 121 Second Avenue was handled has exposed what many consider to be a gap in the flow of information between the utility companies and the New York City Department of Buildings. The only notification about the leak discovered in August came a month later in a routine filing from Consolidated Edison, which was all the utility was required to share with the city. read more...
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Firefighter invents device to prevent fire truck backing accidents
EMS1.com - It's a concern every time a fire truck or ambulance goes in reverse. Responders are careful and vigilant, taking precautions not to back over somebody or something. To do the job safely, St. Paul fire crews rely on hand signals between a driver and a spotter, but that method can also have its limitations and concerns. Each year trucks that are backing up cause around 20,000 injuries and more than 100 fatalities in the U.S. "They’re hard to see, you have a lot of miscommunications and delayed reaction times," fire captain Jovan Palmieri explained.
Wales’ ‘flying’ doctors to use world’s most advanced emergency medical vehicles
Gov.wales - Wales’ new ‘flying’ doctors will travel to the scene of emergencies in the most advanced vehicles seen anywhere in the world, Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced today. The Deputy Minister unveiled the high-tech rapid response vehicles and saw them in action during a live exercise at the Ministry of Defence’s Caerwent training facility in Monmouthshire.
Tactical to practical: military technology could save firefighters’ lives
CronkiteNewsOnline.com - Nearly two years ago, 19 firefighters died fighting a blaze near Yarnell. Since then, experts have looked for ways to prevent another tragedy. They said they hope one new piece of communication technology, previously used by the military and adapted for wildfire firefighters, will help.
Robots on reins could be the 'eyes' of firefighters
PHYS.org - Researchers at King's College London have developed revolutionary reins that enable robots to act like guide dogs, which could enable that firefighters moving through smoke-filled buildings could save vital seconds and find it easier to identify objects and obstacles. The small mobile robot – equipped with tactile sensors – would lead the way, with the firefighter following a metre or so behind holding a rein. The robot would help the firefighter move swiftly in 'blind' conditions, while vibrations sent back through the rein would provide data about the size, shape and even the stiffness of any object the robot finds.
FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use
Reuters.com - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750 requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48. Now the U.S. aviation regulator intends to streamline the process by no longer requiring companies with exemptions to obtain a new certificate of authority for each new use of a drone, the people familiar with the matter said. read more...
Musical Glove Helps Stroke Patients Use Their Hands Again
Wired.com - Nearly 800,000 people have a stroke each year. That’s about one person every 40 seconds. It’s the leading cause of long-term disability in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are many treatments that help stroke patients recover lost abilities. But the problem, says Nizan Friedman, founder of Flint Rehabilitation Devices, is that too few patients keep up with their therapy after leaving the hospital. “They’re left at home, with just a list of exercises that the therapist gives them to do,” he says. “It’s just not motivating, people don’t continue the therapy.” Friedman hopes to change that with MusicGlove, a wearable computing device designed to help patients improve their fine motor skills. read more...
Video Acepilot2k7 - New York City Fire Department Tower Ladder 85, "The Monster Truck", returning to the station In Staten Island.
The FBI Releases Final Report of the 9/11 Review CommissionReport Details the FBI’s Implementation of the 2004 9/11 Commission Recommendations
FBI.gov - The FBI released The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century, the final report of the 9/11 Review Commission. This congressionally mandated review focused on the FBI’s implementation of the recommendations proposed by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission). read more...
9/11 Remains Identified as 26-Year-Old New Jersey City Man
NBCNewYork.com - More than 13 years after the twin towers fell, medical examiners have been able to identify one of the 2,753 people who died Sept. 11 terror attacks. The city identified Matthew David Yarnell, 26, by retesting DNA reference samples of remains found during original recovery efforts at ground zero between 2001 and 2002. Yarnell, of Jersey City, is remembered as a good friend and prankser who carried around a phony $1 million bill and asked strangers if they could “break a million,” according to a New York Times portait published on Dec. 18, 2001.