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Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Unattended oil pan sparks early morning house fire in Yakima

A home was nearly destroyed after firefighters say an oil pan left unattended sparked flames in the kitchen. Yakima Fire Department (YFD) reports said fire crews arrived at the 1300 block of W Lincoln Avenue around 4:30 a.m., Wednesday to find a fire coming from the home's kitchen. Everyone had left the home safely before firefighters arrived reports said.
- PUB DATE: 8/16/2017 3:55:42 PM - SOURCE: KIMA-TV CBS 29 Yakima
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Posted: Aug 16, 2017

East Pierce (WA) Receives Grant to Hire New Firefighters

East Pierce Fire and Rescue will soon be welcoming several new firefighters to their workforce.
On Friday, Aug. 4, Fire Chief Bud Backer sent out a press release stating the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded East Pierce the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant, roughly $1.7 million for the next three years, in order to hire nine more firefighters to increase the department’s fire suppression abilities.
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Posted: Aug 16, 2017

St. Clair Shores (MI) Fire Department Will Get New Fire Apparatus

A new ladder truck for the St. Clair Shores Fire Department is in the works. The city was recently awarded a federal grant worth more than $600,000 to help pay for the vehicle, which will replace a ladder truck in use since 1990, C & G Newspapers reported.
The new ladder truck will be purchased after a competitive public bidding process. After a contract is awarded, new fire vehicles are typically delivered within six to nine months. The bidding process can take several months.
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Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Memphis Fire Department Launches Program to Free Up Ambulances

An initiative launched by the Memphis Fire Department is designed to free up ambulances for real emergencies. For several months, the pilot program known as "Right Response" helps those in need of medical attention without tying up ambulances.
The base price for an ambulance ride will cost you $850. In an effort to cut-back on rides for non-emergencies, 'Healthcare Navigators' are now operational. The fully-equipped, medical mobile units have everything needed to administer aid.
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Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Groundbreaking for New Coles District (VA) Fire Station to Replace Older Facility

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Coles District Fire Station, which will replace the current fire station, was recently held at the site, 13712 Dumfries Road.
The new 21,400-square-foot station will house an engine, heavy rescue, a tanker, a basic life support ambulance, hazardous material response units and a brush truck. The existing station is 18,500 square feet and was built in 1979. It will be razed at the completion and occupation of the new building.

The county’s Department of Fire and Rescue Chief, Kevin McGee, also spoke at the groundbreaking and said the new station will be energy efficient and cost efficient to operate and maintain. The new building will also allow fire and rescue personnel to work more effectively by shortening response times, McGee said. “This station is designed to get our responders to their apparatus and on to their response route as quickly as possible in a faster and safer way than we are today. That’s going to be shaving off response times from the many thousands of emergency incidents we respond to from this station for many decades to come.”

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