COVID-19

The Augusta Fire Department has begun using personal protective equipment when responding to medical emergency calls to protect patients and firefighters from exposure to the coronavirus, reports The Augusta Chronicle. When dispatch receives a call regarding a medical emergency, additional screening questions will be asked to the patient for possible COVID-19 symptoms or exposure. Emergency...
Apparatus

The DuBois Volunteer Fire Department recently loaned North Point Fire Co. of the Sandy Township Volunteer Fire Department an engine for use while theirs was being repaired, reports The Courier Express. North Point, which serves all of Treasure Lake and Sabula, in addition to assisting with fires in the township or mutual aid requests in...
Apparatus

The Anna Fire and Rescue Department is offering to send a fire truck — with its lights on — to help local residents celebrate their birthdays during the Shelter at Home order, reports WSIU NPR. Public Information Officer Scott Bennett says the timing worked out because their new firefighters need to complete their driver training...
Apparatus

Williams Lake City Council has authorized a nearly $1.2-million contract for the purchase of a ladder truck, reports mycariboonow.com. Fire Chief Erick Peterson has eliminated three capital projects from 2021 to create a surplus of $70,000. Additionally, he said staff will pursue additional savings by auctioning/trading in the existing ladder truck, current year fleet reserve/surplus,...
COVID-19

As part of new protocols to protect firefighters and residents from the deadly virus, will e wearing new protective gear, reports Burnaby Now. Firefighters, who usually respond to medical emergencies in their station uniforms, will now also be swathed in head-to-ankle coveralls. The department decided to take the step to protect firefighters and the public,...
Equipment

The Glastonbury Fire Department said it has made some protocol changes, specifically when responding to 911 calls, reports Eyewitness News 3. When someone dials 911, dispatchers and firefighters now ask a series of questions. Specifically, if the person seeking help has traveled outside of the country and has a cough, a head cold or a...
Apparatus

The Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston is getting a new hazmat apparatus ready for action, reports DVIDS. The 30-foot apparatus has carrying capacity, four air tanks for refilling bottles used for breathing air, a 15-foot light mast that can provide 6,000 watts of light, and a generator that can put out 25,000 watts of...