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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Grant wins Sand Hills volunteer fire department new truck

The new brush truck came from a $100,000 cost share grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program that Sand Hills VFD received in September 2016. According to a press release from the Texas A&M Forest Service, the vehicle is in service and has already been used several times.

The Sand Hills Volunteer Fire Department can now rely on the assistance of a 2016 Ram 4500 brush truck when called out on the job.


The new brush truck came from a $100,000 cost share grant from the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program that Sand Hills VFD received in September 2016.


According to a press release from the Texas A&M Forest Service, the vehicle is in service and has already been used several times. It comes equipped with an 350-gallon water tank, spray nozzles, front bumper remote controlled monitor and foam capability.


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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

1 injured when Miami Fire Rescue truck driving with lights and sirens collides with car

A Miami Fire Rescue Truck on its way to an emergency call with lights and sirens blaring collided with a Toyota Corolla "when it turned into their path," according to Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.

The impact of the crash, which happened on Northwest 54th Street and 13th Avenue in Liberty City at about 5 p.m., forced both vehicles into the side of a building before they came to rest on the street.


The driver of the Corolla, who was not named, was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries, Carroll said.


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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Panama City Beach firefighters get a new ladder truck

Fire Station 31 in Panama City Beach has a new ladder truck that will allow them to better serve the residents and visitors of the world's most beautiful beaches. Tradition calls for a special ceremony before pushing it in the fire station's bay.

The new Pierce Ascendant ladder truck has already been in use and is more manageable than the original ladder truck Fire Station 31 has. The new ladder truck's ladder reaches 107 ft.


"This is, again, smaller than the original ladder truck so it's more maneuverable getting closer into the condominiums and townhouses if the ladder is needed," said Chief John Daly, Fire Chief Panama City Beach Fire Rescue.


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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Donation will help county buy defibrillators for backcountry fire stations

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation has donated $44,500 to the county government to purchase automatic external defibrillators that could provide life saving emergency treatment. The donation will allow the county to buy 25 AEDs that will be put in fire stations in rural communities.
The donation will allow the county to buy 25 AEDs that will be put in fire stations in rural communities. The devices provide an electrical shock that can restart an irregular heartbeat. They are commonly found in schools and many businesses, but in rural areas the potentially lifesaving gear is sometimes too far away to help people in distress.
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Posted: Jun 23, 2017

Camden County adds new fire engine to fleet after equipment problems

CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga.- A new $255,000 fire engine has been put into service in Camden County, the fire rescue department tells First Coast News. The new engine, a 2016 Freightliner Rescue Pumper, will be housed in Waverly at Station 17.

The funding for this new engine was approved before the First Coast News investigation aired. However, since it aired, the county commission approved another new piece of firefighting equipment, a 4-door pumper truck, which will be ready in 2018.


“We are very excited about this new engine,” Crews said in a statement.


“This vehicle replaces an older, more costly to maintain engine that has served its purpose and will now fall into a back-up position with much less use.” 


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