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Posted: Sep 16, 2021

U.S. researchers to study long-term COVID-19 symptoms in thousands of survivors

The National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday that it was awarding nearly $470 million to New York University Langone Health for research into the long-term effects of COVID-19 to ramp up an unprecedented national effort to study so-called "long COVID." The federal money will be divvied up by NYU to fund more than 100 researchers at institutions around the country, accelerating work to build a sweeping "meta-cohort" encompassing thousands COVID-19 survivors of various ages and backgrounds who are still experiencing symptoms more than a month after their initial infection.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News
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Posted: Sep 16, 2021

Will incoming rain put an end to Washington's fire season?

Clouds are building and temperatures are cooling across Washington state. After a summer of what the Washington Department of Natural Resources considers the worst drought since 1894, will this weekend’s rain event put an end to the wild record-setting 2021 fire season? “I would say to you that we are now at the very tail end, and we’re seeing a very strong sense of relief,” said Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

North Boston Volunteer Fire Company (NY) Welcomes Two Fire Apparatus

North Boston Volunteer Fire Company has taken delivery of two Toyne PRV™ XL Pumpers, reports Carroll Times Herald.

Last month, the fire department posted to Facebook, “The day is almost here when North Boston will take delivery of two 2021 Toyne PRV Rescue Pumpers to continue the tradition since 1904 of protecting the residents of the Town of Boston. Members of the truck committee are currently in Breda, IA completing final inspection. Impressive work by Toyne and their dedicated employees.”

The department needed apparatus capable of carrying a wide range of equipment while providing highly capable pumping support. Designs called for customized roll-out shelving and slide-out toolboards. Engine 3 and 4 can each hold 8 SCBA bottles in special wheel well compartments, with additional custom SCBA storage located in the body.

The PRV XL Pumpers are equipped with a 1,000-gallon UPF tank, 1,500-GPM Hale Qmax pump and an Akron 34450 monitor with an electric riser for fire suppression. Toyne specially built the pump control panels on NBVFC’s PRV apparatus to slide out from their stored position in the body to conserve space.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Food Trucks to Service Toronto Fire Services

Two food trucks will be on call to provide snacks, beverages, and mobile kitchens to Toronto Fire Services, reports blogTO.

The trucks replace vehicles that were 25-years-old. Though owned by the City of Toronto, the new vehicles are staffed by non-profit support organizations affiliated with TFS.

These trucks provide crews with the essentials for their demanding jobs, without the frills we’ve come to associate with food service on wheels.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

San Diego County (CA) Heli-Hydrant Now Ready

San Diego County’s first heli-hydrant is now accessible to the region’s fleet, reports KPBS.

The 5,000-gallon water tank can be continuously refilled and remotely controlled by a helicopter pilot.

This partnership is known as the Rapid Aerial Water Supply system. It’s designed to proactively combat wildfires and protect life and property.

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