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Posted: Aug 31, 2015

Disoriented, running out of air, Pennsylvania firefighters were surrounded by fire

Deep inside the smoky and pitch-black third floor of the Sandone Tire warehouse on Wyoming Avenue, shortly before the smoldering building would become a fireball that would shine like a torch Wednesday night, Scranton firefighter Lt. Kelly Hopkins and three others ran dangerously low on air. They were lost.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: scranton times-tribune
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Posted: Aug 31, 2015

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr Becomes First Woman to Lead the IAFC

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, a fourth-generation firefighter, was installed today as president and chair of the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Pledging to focus on reducing firefighter deaths and related firefighter safety and health issues, she becomes the first women to lead the IAFC in its 142-year history.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs
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Posted: Aug 31, 2015

Drone tracks fire hot spots in successful Olympic forest test

Officials fighting a forest fire in Olympic National Park say they successfully used a drone last week to get overhead, infrared video to steer water-dropping helicopters to their target. “They were watching a live feed and were able to direct helicopter bucket drops to heat,” said Brentwood Reid, fire-information officer for the Paradise fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
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Posted: Aug 31, 2015

Disoriented, running out of air, Pennsylvania firefighters were surrounded by fire

Deep inside the smoky and pitch-black third floor of the Sandone Tire warehouse on Wyoming Avenue, shortly before the smoldering building would become a fireball that would shine like a torch Wednesday night, Scranton firefighter Lt. Kelly Hopkins and three others ran dangerously low on air. They were lost.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: scranton times-tribune
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Posted: Aug 31, 2015

911 calls from fatal Washington wildfire: 'Send somebody fast'

Homeowners frantically asked for help as a swiftly moving wildfire headed toward their houses, 911 audio calls show, and dispatchers tried to clear up confusion over injured firefighters from a blaze in Washington state that ultimately killed three firefighters. The Aug. 19 fire near Twisp, Washington, also injured four firefighters — one critically.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: u.s. news & world report
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