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Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Firefighters Get Help from Train at Finley (WA) Fire

BENTON COUNTY, WA—The Tri-Cities here has an unusual fire apparatus stationed in Pasco--a fire train. The train transports water to difficult to reach places, and it features three monitors. In addition to getting to places that are hard to reach with fire apparatus, the train also acts as a water tender. While local department rigs carry 400 to 750 gallons of water, each train car carries 30,000 gallons of water.

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Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Things to start doing when you’re nearly 80: Fighting fires? Meet New Jersey Fire Academy’s most recent graduate

PHOTOS: Bob Halberstadt turns 79 on the Fourth of July. He’ll be nearly two weeks past graduation by that point. And Blairstown Hose Company No. 1 Chief Calvin Inscho figures Halberstadt will have changed his mind by then. Not about becoming a volunteer firefighter. He achieved that on Saturday when he received his New Jersey state Firefighter 1 certification from the Warren County Fire Academy and he has no plans to step away from his newest challenge.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: LehighValleyLive.com
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Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Government Accountability Office: Required Auction of Public Safety Spectrum Could Harm First Responder Capabilities

In 11 large metropolitan areas, critical communications for police, firefighters, and others take place in the T-Band part of the radio spectrum. For example, the NYPD dispatches 911 calls via the T-Band. Starting in 2021, public safety T-Band will be auctioned as required by law. Public safety organizations must move their communications to another part of the spectrum within 2 years of the auction's end.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: GAO.gov
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Posted: Jun 25, 2019

California's homeless encampment fires: Trying hard to find the numbers

If you think there have been a lot more homeless encampment fires of late, you would be right. But, homeless encampment fires are somewhat a numbers game, but the numbers are hard to find. The fire that burned a Pittsburg roofing business's inventory and storage lot full of plastic piping, was caused by a fire that started in a homeless encampment just outside of the businesses perimeters.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV FOX 2
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Posted: Jun 25, 2019

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

Arizona’s largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as critical for the wider deployment of renewable energy and for a more resilient power grid.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK-TV 3 (azfamily.com)
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