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  • Pennsylvania firefighters mourn loss of one of their own
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the commonwealth flags in Westmoreland County to be lowered to half-staff to honor a firefighter who died hours after returning from a call. North Belle Vernon volunteer fireman Neil Cope, 46, died Tuesday after assisting Rostraver firefighters at a house fire. “We were there probably an hour, an hour and fifteen minutes and they controlled the flames.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPXI-TV NBC 11 Pittsburgh
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  • Female firefighter in Georgia leads entire engine company for 24-hour shift
    Who was it that said “Girls just wanna have fun?” Albany Fire Department Apparatus Engineer Operator/Driver Christy Bengis, an 18-year AFD veteran who is one of two females to serve in that capacity, put that notion to rest when she became the first female firefighter in the department to lead an entire engine company for a 24-hour shift Wednesday.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Albany Herald
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  • World-class Training: Annual TEEX program draws 700-plus for industrial firefighting drills in Texas
    The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is hosting more than 700 firefighters from across the nation and more than a dozen other countries as part of its 57th annual Industrial Fire School this week. Each summer, TEEX hosts three weeklong fire training courses that attract thousands from all over the world to Bryan-College Station.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bryan-College Station Eagle
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  • Memories of spectacular fire at Old Orchard Beach pier in Maine still vivid, even after 50 years
    The town’s beachfront was teeming with tens of thousands of tourists on the evening of July 19, 1969. The popular carousel with hand-carved horses spun its riders round and round. The brightly colored Noah’s Ark fun house, a fixture near the iconic wooden pier since 1929, rocked back and forth. Pairs of thrill seekers slid down the massive Jack and Jill slide, shrieking as they dropped 50 feet from the top.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Portland Press Herald
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  • 200th New York firefighter dies due to 9/11 illness
    Illnesses related to the 9/11 attacks claimed their 200th New York firefighter this week. Firefighters Kevin Nolan and Richard Driscoll died on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) confirmed to The Hill on Thursday. “It is almost incomprehensible that, after losing 343 members on September 11, we have now had 200 more FDNY members die from World Trade Center illnesses," Fire Commissioner Daniel A.
    - PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Hill
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  • Boston fire chiefs concerned about carbon monoxide poisoning in schools
    Fire chiefs renewed warnings Tuesday that students across the state face risks of carbon monoxide poisoning because of a gap in regulations that effectively allows many older school buildings not to install detectors. Any new school constructed with state funds must include carbon monoxide monitoring technology, but that mandate does not apply to existing structures because students do not stay overnight.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lowell Sun
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  • VIDEO: Cal Fire uniform changes are on the way - what do you think of the new look?
    Big changes are coming to Cal Fire this year, especially when it comes to those iconic red and yellow colors. Over the next 6 months, Cal Fire will be making changes to their uniforms including updated shirts and a new style of pants. However, they say this isn't a fashion update, it's all meant to better protect firefighters while they work.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding
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  • Bringing back Sharon's bell: Pennsylvania firefighters to restore city's historic symbol
    A piece of Sharon's history has finally found a new home, but firefighters need help getting it there. Sharon's 1,700-pound bell hung at West State Street and South Water Avenue for more than 30 years before it was taken down in March 2016 to make way for a metal sculpture designed and fabricated by local students.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Herald
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  • Female firefighters in Florida participate in study for new gear
    VIDEO: The number of female firefighters is growing in Orange County and across the country, but what's not changing is the way their gear fits -- until now. Thanks to efforts from researchers from more than a dozen universities across the country and the female voice, a study is underway to make sure firefighters can do their job without fear their gear will interrupt their duties.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKMG-TV CBS 6 Orlando
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  • San Francisco firefighters learn Spanish to save precious time in emergencies
    On a Wednesday morningin the middle of July, class is in session at San Francisco Waldorf High School. "So, Ha pasado antes? Has it happened before?" But, these students aren't teenagers, they're first responders, learning Spanish one phrase at a time. "Yo soy bombero. Que tal?" "Today is my off duty day," said Lam.
    - PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2 Oakland
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