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Posted: Jul 20, 2017

Marina del Ray (CA) Fire Station Makes Room for Women

Wearing a Wonder Woman headband to drive home her message, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn turned a routine board approval of upgrades to the Marina del Rey fire station into a principled stand for greater gender parity among the county's firefighters. 
Los Angeles County Fire Station No. 110 on Admiralty Way will be getting a $900,000 remodel that includes new dorm rooms, lockers, fixtures, partitions and restroom facilities to fulfill Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and accommodate female firefighters.

The county will start looking for a project architect on Aug. 1, and a 10-month construction schedule is expected to begin in May or June of next year.

In the meantime, Hahn and her three female colleagues on the five-member county board — each of whom also donned Wonder Woman headbands during the July 11 board discussion — are pressuring county fire officials to redouble their efforts to recruit qualified female firefighters.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017

Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Prepares for Plane Accident

Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority officials just dropped $807,000 on a piece of equipment they hope they never use. In a demonstration that simulated a response to a plane crash, the authority Thursday unveiled the Lehigh Valley International Airport's new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle.
Resembling the "Urban Assault Vehicle" from the 1981 movie "Stripes," the new firefighting apparatus is designed to quickly get help to a burning plane, even if it has skidded off the runway into difficult terrain.

"Airports don't have fire hydrants on the airfield, which means ARFF must rapidly transport the necessary water supply directly to an emergency and this top-of-the-line response vehicle further enhances the safety of our passengers," said Charles Everett, airport executive director.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017

Brockville (Canada) Fire Apparatus Now Teaching Tool

It’s put in its time in service of the community; now, this 20-year-old Brockville Fire Department war horse may dedicate the rest of its days to teaching.
Brockville council is expected to vote next week on a motion to donate a retired 1997 pumper truck to St. Lawrence College, for use by the Brockville campus’s pre-service firefighter program
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Posted: Jul 20, 2017

Driver Killed Following Crash With Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Apparatus

An early morning crash killed one person after the car they were driving slammed into a Miami-Dade fire truck Thursday.
" " Officials say the accident occurred just before Northwest 74th Street around 2:30 a.m. Fire rescue crews had responded to a call of a separate hit and run crash at the location and had blocked off the road when a 2014 Hyundai Sonata hit the fire truck.

The driver, 57-year-old Lizardo Alvarez, died at the scene.

"Standard acting procedures are to block the incoming traffic, so our drivers position our vehicles in a way to block traffic," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Ernie Jillson.

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Posted: Jul 20, 2017

Opioid Epidemic Overwhelms Delray Beach


The cost of dealing with the problem is staggering. 

This year, the city is projected to spend more than $3 million on personnel and equipment for first responders who deal with overdoses. 

"I don't think anybody wants to die and they know that they just almost died, but yet they cannot not shoot up again," Delray Beach Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Todd Lynch said.  

In some cases, fire rescue may make a run to treat the same person several times a day.

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