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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Seven North Carolina Fire Apparatus Stranded After Bridge Collapses

 
 
Investigators told TV station WLOS that the small concrete bridge crumbled under a truck from the Reynolds Fire Department, which was freed from the creek with a crane Sunday afternoon.  

The Weaverville Tribune reports seven fire trucks from three different departments are trapped on the wrong side of “very steep” private driveway and it is unclear how long it will take to free them. Asheville and West Buncombe firefighters are cover shifts in those districts that lost use of their trucks, the Tribune reported.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Cherokee (GA) Fire Station Closed for Renovations

“The contractors are performing a renovation to include a full roof replacement, replacing the HVAC, upgrading the ceiling tiles and lights throughout the station (and) increasing the size of the mechanical room, plus they are isolating the firefighter gear room to accommodate ventilation separate from the inside station area,” said Cherokee County Field Operations Chief Shane West.  

The gear isolation work is being done because of recent evidence about the harmful effects of post-fire toxic and often carcinogenic soot on fire gear and the firefighters themselves, officials said.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Bovina (TX) VFD Receives Fire Apparatus

 
 

The new ladder on the truck will allow the fire department to reach fires that previously, they could not.  

"There's a lot of industrial buildings around here." said Marquez. "We've got Sweet Bran a mile down the road, they have high buildings. We've got feed lots, we've got dairies and a lot of times there's hay fires where you just park and throw water."

Marquez said it has been nearly 25 years since his team has seen an upgrade.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

St. George (UT) Fire Department Donates Fire Apparatusr

The department donated a fire truck to Dixie Technology College for use in its firefighter training program. The truck was a Vanpelt model from 1974 that had been a reserve firefighting vehicle for several years.  

Originally purchased used from the West Covina Fire Department (Calif.) in 1990, the truck served the St. George community on active duty for about 10 years.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Hillsborough County Fire-Rescue (FL) Fire Apparatus 'Total Loss' After Accident

He says the ladder truck is a total loss and it will cost more than $1 million dollars to replace it.   

Dougherty says the truck did its job and protected the firefighters and deputies who were attending to the patient. Fire truck drivers are trained to block lanes to protect personnel from traffic.

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