South Jersey Boy, 8, Saves His Family During House Fire
An 8-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after he saved his family from a house fire in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.
"If it wasn't for him I don't think none of us would be alive," Vanessa Indart said.
Indart's son, Kane O'Connor, was sleeping in their home late Friday night when he was awoken by flames and smoke in his bedroom.
"I couldn't breathe and I felt the fire hitting my head," O'Connor said.
"My son came into the room and said, 'Dad, the house is on fire,'" O'Connor's stepfather Jesse Vanderpoel said.
O'Connor, his parents, his 4-year-old sister and the family dog all managed to escape unharmed.
'Emergency!' Actor Calls Firefighters, Paramedics His Heroes
HAZLE TWP., Pa. — When the Pioneer Fire Company was planning its 150th anniversary celebration, several firefighters requested Johnny Gage be the speaker because he inspired so many of them to become firefighters.
When Randolph Mantooth, the actor who portrayed the firefighter paramedic on the hit TV series “Emergency!,” recently spoke at the banquet of Hazleton’s oldest fire company, he said they were his hero.
“You tell me all the time, I’m your hero,” Mantooth said. “You have it backwards. You’re my hero. You saved my sister’s life, and you saved my life.”
FirstNet, AT&T Partner to Build $46.5 Billion Wireless Broadband Network
The Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) have announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders.
This record-breaking public-private partnership is a significant investment in the communications infrastructure that public safety desperately needs for day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, and securing of large events. It will also make 20 MHz of prime broadband spectrum available for private-sector development.
NC Fire Department Gets Hybrid Fire Truck, Ambulance
GREENVILLE, N.C. - A fire department recently unveiled a unique custom-built hybrid rig.
Reflector.com reported that the Greenville Fire/Rescue rig looks like a fire truck, but also has an ambulance module behind the front seats where paramedics can treat a patient while en route to a hospital.
"That's a very big cost savings for the city," Fire Chief Eric Griffin said. "It's really unique for North Carolina."
Chief Griffin said it will cut down on response times to calls.
The ambulance module has the same capabilities of a regular ambulance, but it can only carry one patient. The fire truck has hoses, pumps and carries 500 gallons of water, according to the report.
Crews with Greenville Fire/Rescue are trained for both EMS and fire service.
The rig cost nearly $800,000 and will start responding to calls within the next month.
‘Always in Service’ Campaign Celebrates the Men and Women of EMS; Promotes EMS Week
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), is proud to announce this year’s EMS STRONG campaign theme: Always In Service.
EMS STRONG is an annual campaign designed to unite and inspire EMS personnel, strengthen the profession on a national level, and expand and celebrate National EMS Week, May 21–27.
The ongoing annual campaign continues to bring together key associations, media partners and corporate sponsors who are committed to strengthening the profession, celebrating EMS professionals and helping bring attention to National EMS Week.
Self-Driving Cars May Pose New Challenges for EMS
A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, a state that has gone all-in to entice the company by promising minimal government regulation.
Friday night's crash was blamed on the driver of an oncoming SUV that turned left in front of the Uber vehicle carrying two test drivers and no passengers. There were no serious injuries and the driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation. But images of Uber's Volvo SUV rolled onto its side reverberated heavily on social media.
Uber responded by briefly suspending its self-driving cars in its three testing locations — Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh — as it investigated the accident.
Uber's self-driving car program is rolling out amid questions about how much government regulation it should endure on issues such as accidents, insurance and reporting instances in which the person behind the wheel in test cars needs to take control of the vehicle.