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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Pasco Firefighters installing free smoke alarms

Frefighters are partnering with the American Red Cross for the Sound the Alarm Campaign. Sound the Alarm was created for the community to prevent house fires. Pasco Firefighter, Ben Shearer said nonfunctioning fire alarms are a problem nationwide. He said more than 50 percent of residential fires that they go to are in homes without working smoke alarms.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:21:27 AM - SOURCE: KEPR-TV CBS 19
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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Somervell County (TX) 2016 Spartan ER/International

Photos and Write-Up courtesy of Lindsay Dye

Engine 1 was placed into service with the Somervell County (TX) Fire Department in October, 2016. The cab is an International 4400 four-door model with seating for 5. The body is Spartan ER’s Legend model and is constructed of formed aluminum. Full-depth compartments and roll up doors are on each side of the body with hinged and roll-up doors on the rear. Metro Fire’s shop performed custom set up and installation of tools and equipment.

The power is provided by a Navistar N9 330-hp engine and an Allison EVS 3000 five-speed transmission with pushbutton controls. The apparatus has a Hale DSD single stage, top mount 1,500-gpm pump along with a Pro Poly 1,000-gallon tank and Newton dump valve in the rear.

The hosebed accommodates 1,000 feet of 5-inch LDH, 200 feet of 3-inch hose, and 200 feet of 2-inch hose coupled down to a 1.5-inch smooth bore. The front bumper contains a 200 feet of 1¾-inch hose (100 feet is connected to a 1.5 inch discharge and 100 feet is a dry lay). Two 1¾-inch speedlays (200 feet on the top lay and 150 feet on the bottom lay) are located on the lower front of the pump panel. A Task Force Tips Hurricane deck gun (Model # XFIF-PLNJ) is mounted on top of the pump panel.

Warning lights include a Whelen Freedom Model FN60QLED Lightbar (60 inch) along with Whelen M6 Super LED lights on the body perimeter and two Whelen Model L31 beacons on the rear corners of the body. Scene lighting is provided by Whelen Model 900 lights along with a Pioneer Shadow Series Command telescoping light mounted on the cab roof and a 20-inch Rigid Industries E Series bar mounted through the front bumper. Audio warning devices include a bumper-mounted Federal Q2B siren and a Whelen Model 295SLSA-1 siren module connected to two Whelen 100-Watt speakers mounted behind the front bumper.

Dealer: Metro Fire Apparatus Specialists-Houston, TX
Representative-Josh Slovak, Territorial Manager 

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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Spokane Valley voters asked to support $113 million fire department levy

The Spokane Valley Fire Department wants voters to approve a $113 million tax to help pay salaries, buy new fire engines and build a new Barker Road fire station and a new maintenance facility. The maintenance and operations levy will be on the Feb. 12 special election ballot. The cost would be spread across four years.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 5:29:21 AM - SOURCE: Spokane Spokesman-Review
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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

Florida Benefit Proposal Helps Fire­fighters Deal With Cancer

VIDEO: Florida lawmakers will try once again this year to create a system to help a particular group with a higher risk of developing cancer: firefighters. The Centers for Disease Control found in a study that firefighters are at a 15 percent greater risk of developing cancer than the average person.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum Bay News 9
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Posted: Jan 15, 2019

After North Carolina house fire and bridge collapse, 6 firetrucks stranded, 1 injured

VIDEO: Buncombe County authorities said a fire truck ended up in a creek on the way to a fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters were responding to a house fire on White Bridge Road, near Upper Flat Creek Road in Weaverville, about 12:40 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters say the home involved was engulfed in flames when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: ABC 13 WLOS
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