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Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Union seeks public's help to keep 2 Baltimore firehouses from closing

The union representing Baltimore's firefighters is calling on residents living in certain neighborhoods to oppose possible firehouse closures. The two firehouses slated to close are Engine 4 on Cold Spring Lane in north Baltimore and Engine 55 on Bush Street in Pigtown. The city fire union said both companies are responsible for bringing water to fires and have life-saving medical equipment.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAL-TV NBC 11 Baltimore
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Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Florida's Waffle House Index: If the Waffle House is closed, you know the storm is serious

After a serious storm, it's not uncommon to see the world come to a standstill. Traffic lights often go out, homes are ruined and businesses stay closed, but one restaurant tends to stay operational and consistent, despite the chaos and damage. In many places, Waffle House has become synonymous with stormy skies; the business is able to make decisions in the face of serious storms that have caught the eye of first responders and federal officials like Craig Fugate.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPEC-TV CBS 12 West Palm Beach
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Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Research Roundup: Predicting Susceptibility to COVID-19 and More

Every week there are numerous scientific studies published. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting ones: Researchers with the Cleveland Clinic developed a first risk prediction model for healthcare providers to predict an individual patient’s likelihood of a positive COVID-19 test, in addition to predicting their outcomes from the disease.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: BioSpace
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Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Indianapolis Fire Department launches first-of-its-kind ‘Project Washout’ for professional gear cleaning

VIDEO: The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) has become the first fire department in the country to develop an in-house fire gear cleaning system. IFD said “Project Washout” integrates advanced ozone technology with comprehensive gear maintenance, management and repair. On Wednesday, IFD Chief Ernest Malone unveiled the new system which fire officials said “was created for the sole purpose of better protecting our suppression personnel and implementing cancer preventive initiatives, to help fight the unseen enemies our personnel face every day, including COVID19.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXIN-TV Fox 59 Indianapolis
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Posted: Jun 18, 2020

Fire department union in Missouri reacts to being asked to cut 4.5% of budget

The Union for the Kansas City Fire Department says they are already short 60 firefighters. Cutting 4.5% of the department budget would mean close to $9 million. That would have dangerous impacts on public safety. “I believe that fire department cuts and public safety cuts should be the last to be made,” to International Association of Firefighters local 42 President Tim Dupin said.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCTV CBS 5 Kansas City
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