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Posted: Sep 18, 2020

Ohio dispatch center using new technology that lets 911 callers live stream from scene

Using technology that most everyone already has, regional dispatchers hope to give first responders the ability to see what they will encounter even before they arrive at the scene of an emergency. “When you make a phone call often to 9-1-1 its in a stressful environment or the rate of anxiety is high for the caller, so they are not good information providers at least not at the detail level that we would like to have,” said Roddy Walter, director of WARCOG, a consolidated dispatch center that serves the communities of Ashland, Orrville, Wooster and the fire service for Kidron Ohio.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJW-TV FOX 8 Cleveland
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Posted: Sep 18, 2020

New peer-to-peer program helping Florida firefighters

A new peer-to-peer program is providing St. Lucie fire personnel with much-needed resources during difficult times. "Firefighters know what other firefighters go through," St. Lucie County Fire District Division Chief Aaron Shaw said. "And if nothing else, it's just a way for us to vent and speak to each other.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFLX-TV FOX 29 West Palm Beach
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Posted: Sep 18, 2020

Firefighters on the call for COVID patients in Texas

Firefighters don’t just fight fires, many are also paramedics, EMTs, and registered nurses. Now, they’re also COVID first responders. Firefighters are used to quickly evolving situations. That’s why they were able to jump into action once the COVID-19 pandemic hit. “We hope for the best, but prepare for the worst," said Jaime Lopez.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGNS-TV NBC/ABC 8 Laredo
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Posted: Sep 18, 2020

Iowa fire department shines a light on cancer prevention by recognizing their washing machine

You would think axes or power tools would be a favored tool in firefighting. But for the Waterloo Fire Department, that's not the case. They put a lot of value into their washing machine. With their jobs involving putting themselves at risk daily, Battalion Chief Bill Beck said that also includes the risk of cancer.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWWL-TV NBC/CW 7 Waterloo
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Posted: Sep 18, 2020

Pennsylvania first responder becomes TikTok star inspiring happiness among his fellow heroes

VIDEO: Kevin Cunrod is a Susquehanna Valley EMT. He is a Manheim firefighter. And in his off time, between calls, he's a TikTok star. "There are a lot of first responders out there who are down and they're stressed," said Cunrod. "If I can help them to not be stressed or my partners not to be stressed, I'll keep doing it.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPMT-TV FOX 43 York
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