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Posted: Jul 9, 2020

$300M in hazard pay made available for Michigan first responders

Michigan Treasurer Rachael Eubanks on Wednesday announced two new grant programs offering a total of $300 million in hazard pay to first responders for working during the coronavirus pandemic. The First Responder Hazard Pay Premiums and the Public Safety and Public Health Pay Roll Reimbursement programs are aimed at helping first responders receive premium hazard pay and reimbursing local governments for payroll costs incurred due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a July 8 state news release.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
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Posted: Jul 9, 2020

Symptoms not enough for 911 COVID-19 screening, study finds

Screening based on conventional COVID-19 symptoms may not be sensitive enough to identify which 911 patients should be tested for infection, a retrospective cohort study published today in JAMA Network Open found. In the study, researchers in Seattle evaluated data from surveillance systems and the electronic medical records of 124 patients with COVID-19 seeking 911 emergency medical services (EMS) in King County, Washington, from Feb 1 to Mar 18.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
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Posted: Jul 9, 2020

Massachusetts firefighters, resident restore Smokey, a 1935 antique pumper truck

PHOTOS: Smokey, a 1935 Ford pumper truck, is back on the road thanks to Easton fire Lt. Jason Healey and resident Chuck Hurley. Smokey began its career as an Easton fire engine. During the 1970s, it was used as a brush truck and then for school visits and parades. “It was sitting in the back bay of the fire station for a long time, broken and collecting dust,” Fire Chief Kevin Partridge said.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wicked Local Easton - Metered Site
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Posted: Jul 9, 2020

Teens lighting fireworks to blame for Puyallup elementary school fire, police say

Two teenage boys are in custody and facing charges for allegedly lighting off fireworks and setting fire to a Puyallup elementary school over the July Fourth weekend. The fire at Karshner Elementary School in Puyallup started around 11 a.m. Sunday, July 5. The flames quickly spread and firefighters on scene were forced to take a defensive approach and fight the fire from the outside of the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
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Posted: Jul 8, 2020

Fire in Grant County Burns 5 Acres

Grant County Fire District 3 crews responded to a brush fire along Crescent Bar Road Wednesday morning a little before 7:30 a.m. Chief Don Fortier says the fire was going up the hill towards some houses. “At last report it was five acres but it is contained and under control. It’s in mop up status.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 12:38:45 PM - SOURCE: KPQ-AM 560
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