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Posted: Dec 13, 2017

Old Saybrook (CT) Firefighters Donate High Water Rescue Fire Apparatus

This five ton vehicle replaced a 1970 military 2 ½ ton vehicle. Firefighters formed a committee to research and locate the proper vehicle. They then painted and fully outfitted the truck with the necessary equipment and tools to put it in service for the town.  

The truck carries 635 gallons of water and has a separate foam cell. The fire pump can draft water from a pond or river and the truck carries 400 feet of hose located on two electric reels. The pump has capabilities to supply other vehicles if needed during forest fires.

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Posted: Dec 13, 2017

Erie (PA) Fire Chief Asks for New Fire Apparatus

With the daily wear and tear and harsh weather conditions in Erie, Chief Guy Santone says it's time to update the fleet.  "It's not like driving a car, when these trucks go out they are pushed... they are worked hard,"  Santone expressed the need for a new truck at the department's budget session with City Council last week.    

 A new rescue pumper or tower truck can cost anywhere from $750,000 to $1.2 million completely outfitted. "We would like to get on a program where we get a new fire truck every four years.  They were receptive to that and to what I had to say," Santone tells us.   

But the trucks are not only getting older, they are getting more expensive to fix.  Mechanic Judd Spaulding says, "they have 50 to 60 thousand miles on them but they are city miles, full throttle to complete stop, it's not highway easy miles on these trucks at all".

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Posted: Dec 13, 2017

Working smoke detectors save Spokane Valley man's life

Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to an early morning house fire at 4308 E 2nd Avenue in Spokane Valley. Firefighters arrived at small, single-family home, just after midnight to find a man had safely made it outside and smoke coming from the front of his home. Crews quickly extinguished a small fire in the attic over the living room.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 8:01:00 AM - SOURCE: KXLY-TV ABC 4
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Posted: Dec 13, 2017

Woman burned in Tacoma house fire

One person was hurt in a house fire in Tacoma. The fire broke out at the home in the 5700 block of Park Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. A woman who lives in the home was seriously burned and was transported to a Seattle hospital. Firefighters knocked down the flames after about an hour and were able to keep the fire contained to the first story of the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 7:37:55 AM - SOURCE: KIRO-TV CBS 7
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Posted: Dec 13, 2017

North County RFA Chief: Community paramedics aim to improve response times

Community paramedics are the way of the future, according to Chief John Cermak of North County Regional Fire Authority. “It’s proactive medicine, as opposed to reactive,” Cermak said. “A community paramedic can prevent 911 calls.” Indeed, he is working with a group to get a CP for North County, as part of a grant request developed by the North County Accountable Community of Health (NCACH) that serves Skagit, Whatcom, San Juan, Island and Snohomish counties.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 7:00:25 AM - SOURCE: Stanwood/Camano News
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