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Posted: Apr 15, 2021

Semi Accident Blocks Traffic on US 97 North of Orondo

PHOTO: A two-vehicle accident was reported just after 2 PM Wednesday on US 97, seven miles north of Orondo. On arrival first responders found a two-vehicle blocking accident involving a semi and minivan. Both vehicles had heavy damage. Two occupants of the minivan were treated at the scene and transported to Central Washington Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOZI 93.5 FM • 100.9 FM • 1230AM • 103.1 FM
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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

Fire at fourplex displaces three families, Yakima firefighters say

A fire at a fourplex displaced three families early Wednesday morning, Yakima firefighters say. Firefighters went to the building at 1311 Cherry Ave. shortly before 5:10 a.m., where a fire that had started outside the building had reached the attic space, said Shift Commander Jennifer Norton. A total of 22 firefighters, with six fire engines and a truck, were able to put out the fire by 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2021 5:59:03 PM - SOURCE: Yakima Herald-Republic
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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

Trator Trailer Hits Loudoun County (VA) Fire Apparatus

Four people went to the hospital after an accident involving a fire truck and tractor trailer, reports Loudoun Times-Mirror.

After having stopped to clear cross traffic at the intersection, the engine reportedly proceeded through the intersection and was struck by a tractor trailer that was unable to stop.

Three members of LCFR and the driver of the tractor trailer were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries, per LCSO officials.

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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

One Person Charged After Accident with Richmond (VA) Fire Apparatus

Richmond firefighters are reminding residents about public safety after a fire truck on the scene was involved in an accident, reports ABC 8 News.

The fire department posted to Facebook, “At approximately 10:12 a.m., crews responded to the report of a vehicle fire on Interstate 95 South at mile marker 72 between Maury Street and Bells Road. Engine 5 (1 fire lieutenant + 3 firefighters) arrived first and started to put out a fire in the vehicle’s engine compartment. Truck 2 (1 fire captain + 3 firefighters) was held to block. That means when the Truck 2 crew got to the scene, they activated their lights and began to angle the fire truck to block the Engine 5 crew. While that was happening, a vehicle crashed into Truck 2 and subsequ

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Posted: Apr 14, 2021

West Newbury (MA) Fire Department Awarded $10,000 Grant

WEST NEWBURY — Chief Michael Dwyer is pleased to announce that the West Newbury Fire Department is one of nearly 300 fire departments across the state to have been awarded a grant as part of the Department of Fire Services Fiscal Year 2021 Firefighter Safety Equipment Grant Program.

The $10,000 grant awarded to the West Newbury Fire Department will be used to support the replacement of the town’s current vehicle extrication rescue equipment, which is more than 20 years old.

“We’re very thankful for this funding, which will allow us to purchase a much needed upgrade to life saving equipment,” Chief Dwyer said. “Technology has changed greatly over the past 20 years and this equipment is a key asset to ensuring we are able to assist people swiftly and effectively in emergencies like motor vehicle crashes.”

The West Newbury Fire Department also recognizes that these investments are ultimately citizen funded and strives to always use any funding available to best serve and protect the community. 

This program enables fire departments to purchase a variety of equipment that will make firefighters’ jobs safer. The $4 million awarded to departments statewide is part of a $25 million bond bill filed by the Baker-Polito Administration to support firefighter health and safety over the next five years.

Fire departments in Massachusetts were able to apply to this program for 114 different types of eligible equipment, including personal protective clothing, gear washers and dryers, thermal imaging cameras, assorted hand tools and extrication equipment, communications resources, hazardous gas meters, fitness equipment and more.

“Investing in the short-term and long-term health and safety of firefighters has been a hallmark of the Baker-Polito Administration,” said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “I am grateful that we are able to continue supporting this initiative and make sure that firefighters not only go home safe at the end of every shift, but also that they maintain their health during and after their careers. This funding couldn’t come at a better time either. With the financial challenges that COVID-19 has brought to so many Massachusetts municipalities, this grant funding will mitigate critical budget gaps in many departments.”

A complete list of the awards by department can be found here.

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