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Posted: Jul 26, 2017

Lee County EMS Crew Getting New North Fort Myers (FL) Substation

Lee County's Emergency Medical Services will soon have its own substation in North Fort Myers. The North Fort Myers Fire District station off Trail Dairy Circle currently shares its space with an EMS crew. Both chiefs for the departments said it was time for a change because of overcrowding.
"It's a full EMS station," said Lee County's EMS Chief Benjamin Abes about the future building. "So, they'll have their living corridors, they'll have bunk rooms, they'll have a kitchen, they'll have everything they need for a 12 or 24-hour shift."

Chief Abes said his crew's efficiencies are crucial in their line of work.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2017

Renovated Ridgeland (SC) Weight Room Aims for Fitness

During the past few weeks, the building adjacent to the Ridgeland Fire Station on Railroad Avenue has been under renovation. The final product: a weight and exercise room available to all town of Ridgeland employees.
The $7,000 renovation was funded through the fire department’s budget, but $17,000 in equipment was funded through the state’s 1 percent inspection fund the fire department receives each year, Ridgeland Fire Chief Bradley Bonds said.

Typically, the total sum of the 1 percent fund is around $20,000. Bonds said frequently those funds are put towards a different firefighter’s retirement each year, but this year all agreed establishing a designated fitness center was imperative.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2017

Huntsville (TX) Firefighters Unveil New Pumper Fire Apparatus

Huntsville firefighters will soon be able to better serve the community with the newest addition to the fleet. The Huntsville Fire Department recently received the 2017 Ferrara pumper truck at Fire Station No. 2 that City Council approved to purchase last winter, and it should be running the streets in the next week or two.
The new truck comes with a full set of ladders and will be equipped with hydraulic tools firefighters will be able to use to cut accident victims from vehicles. One of the most significant improvements the new truck brings to the table compared to the one it is replacing is the size of the water tank and pumping rate. The truck can hold 1,000 gallons of water and dispense 200 gallons per minute
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Posted: Jul 26, 2017

New Bluefield (WV) Fire Apparatus Welcomed

A firefighting tradition of spraying water and a good wiping down marked the start Tuesday of a new fire engine’s career with the Bluefield Fire Department. The new 2017 Seagrave Pumper fire engine, a state of the art front line pumper, is replacing one engine, a 2007 HME Engine 1, at the department’s central station, Fire Chief Rick Cary said. The 2007 engine will be sent to Station 3 on Cumberland Road to replace a 20-year-old American LaFrance engine which will be placed as a reserve at the central station. The old LaFrance engine was retired Tuesday after 20 years of service.
The increased fire fees allowed the city to purchase the new engine, Cole said. It was designed to handle the city’s steep streets and tight turns; an engine purchased “off the shelf” would not have suited Bluefield’s needs. The new engine cost approximately $500,000.
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Posted: Jul 26, 2017

Fire Apparatus Burglarized in Merced (CA)

The Merced County Sheriff's Office is looking for the people responsible for an unbelievable crime.
Sometime between 5:30 pm on July 23, 2017, and 5:00 am on July 24, 2017, a yellow Rancho Santa Fe OES fire engine was burglarized in Merced County.

Sometime during the night, the suspects used a pry tool to force open the passenger door. Once inside the fire engine, the suspects took several items belonging to the Fire Department.

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