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Posted: Dec 1, 2020

'One of the toughest fires I've ever fought': Massachusetts firefighters battle wind-fueled house blaze

VIDEO: Fire Chief Michael Williams has seen and fought his fair share of fires in his 34-year career in Brockton. But when it comes to 2 1/2-story homes, few fires rival the difficulty of the one battled late Monday night in the city. "This is one of the toughest fires I've ever fought in a 2 1/2-story home," Williams said at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Enterprise News
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Posted: Dec 1, 2020

Chicago mass honors victims, survivors and heroes of Our Lady of Angels fire 62 years later

An oversized, multicolored quilt, deemed the “Quilt of the Angels,” was draped over the altar at the Church of the Holy Family in Little Italy for Sunday’s 5 p.m. Mass. The names and ages of all 95 victims from the Our Lady of Angels School fire in 1958 are stitched on each patch. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” said Larry Furio, a survivor of the tragic blaze that resulted in stricter fire safety codes nationwide.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times - Metered Site
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Posted: Dec 1, 2020

USS Bonhomme Richard warship fire hero shares his story

In an exclusive interview with ABC10 News, a firefighter shared his heroic story of helping battle the massive fire that erupted aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard this past July. “It was a crazy situation,” said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Sepulveda with Navy Region Southwest Fire Emergency Services. “We [had] about 400-plus firefighters on-scene at the time,” he stated and added, “I was on the front lines with the firefighters and was directing the fire attack on the forward side of the ship at that time.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGTV ABC 10 San Diego
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Posted: Dec 1, 2020

First responders? Long-term care patients? CDC committee considering who's in group '1a' for COVID-19 vaccine

The committee that decides who gets the coronavirus vaccine first meets virtually Tuesday as officials prepare for distribution that could potentially come within two weeks. Look for discussion of two questions: Where should people in long-term care facilities be in the vaccine line and the power of states and governors to shift priorities for who gets immunized first.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: USA Today
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Posted: Dec 1, 2020

Defense Department Project Detects Change, Assesses Damage With Artificial Intelligence

In a project for the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), computer scientists have turned to artificial intelligence and aerial imagery to construct a detailed damage assessment solution. The tool can be used remotely and automatically to determine the amount of damage to buildings and structures from a natural disaster or catastrophe.
- PUB DATE: 12/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AFCEA Signal
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