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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

McAllen (TX) Fire Department Holds Push-In Ceremony for Engine 5

Video via the City of McAllen’s YouTube page

The McAllen (TX) Fire Department Tuesday held a push-in ceremony for its $1.6 million Engine 5, reports

The apparatus is equipped with a 300-gallon water tank and a 100-foot telescoping aerial platform. It’s also equipped with a 2,000-gallons-per-minute water pump and specialized rescue equipment.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Wichita Falls (TX) Firefighters Use Ladder Truck to Help Wife See Hospitalized Firefighter Husband

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Firefighters in Wichita Falls (TX) helped one of their own—in a hospital battling COVID—see his wife, reports

The crew chose to drive a ladder truck to the hospital and lift the incapacitated firefighter’s wife to his window so the two could see each

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Amherstburg, Ontario, Fire Dept. Looks at New Fire Stations

A new $8 million fire station for the Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, Fire Department has been given the green light and for additional planning for the project, according to report published by CKLW AM800.

According to the report, the council has given fire officials permission to look at construction of a new station at the site of the current Station 2 and the closure and consolidation of stations 1 and 3 to be moved to a new site at the Libro Centre, according to the report.

Fire officials believe that’s the best and most economical way to upgrade the old stations and improve response times, the report says.

City and fire officials considered rebuilding the stations and even building a fourth station were considered, but ruled out for financial reasons, according to the report.

The project, which is part of a five-year plan, still needs final approval from the council before any work is done, according to the report.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Newberry Township (PA) Fire Department to Discontinue EMS

Etters, PA – Newberry Township Fire Department & EMS will be discontinuing its emergency medical services on Sept. 30, 2021.

The non-profit organization has provided EMS services to residents of Newberry Township for 66 years out of its facility on York Haven Rd.

The organization responded to 1,285 calls to the community in 2020 and has received a 28% increase in calls in 2021. The non-profit currently gets a substantial amount of funding for its EMS services from Newberry Township.

The non-profit was notified approximately 30 days ago that the Township would be putting a proposal out for Emergency Medical Services for Newberry Township.

“As we could submit a Proposal for this service we are not able to meet their requirements,” the department said. “In addition to an increase in calls and an inability to attract new employees in a time in which there is a nationwide staffing shortage, this notification has resulted in the organization’s heart-wrenching decision to discontinue its EMS services.”

“Like many organizations this year, we are struggling to obtain workers. This combined with the changes that Newberry Township is making has resulted in us being forced to shut our doors,” said Fire Chief Gary Hatterer. “Our hard-working EMS employees typically work 2-3 jobs to be able to provide for their families. The closing of our EMS operations will allow them to focus their professional efforts in other areas.”

Newberry Township Fire Department & EMS will continue to serve their community by providing fire services out of their current location.

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Posted: Sep 15, 2021

Corsicana (TX) Dedicates New Fire Station

Members of Corsicana (TX) Fire Rescue have a new fire station to occupy following a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday (Sept. 14), according to a report published in a press release from Corsicana city officials.

The press release quoted City Mayor Don Denbow who said; “The new facility will provide a safe and modern work area for firefighters. Firefighters will have access to a fitness center, a new decontamination room and adequate room for equipment, personnel and fire administration. The design provides improved living quarters, with privacy for all firefighters. A new station alerting system will improve the response time for emergency calls.

Denbow added; “This impressive new facility is a state of the art fire station and will serve the residents of Corsicana for many years to come.”

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