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Firefighters protest in their underwear against austerity measures in Sabadell, Spain, earlier today. Spain has been in recession for the best part of the past four years as the economy battles to recover from the collapse of its once-booming real estate sector. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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The death of 20-year-old U.S. Forest Service firefighter Anne Veseth of Moscow while fighting the Steep Corner fire near Orofino is highlighting the dangerous job crews face as at least a dozen blazes continue to burn across the state, the Associated Press reports. Veseth died Sunday when a tree fell and crashed into another tree, causing it to topple on her. “The Forest Service is devastated by the loss of one of our own,” said Forest Supervisor Rick Brazell, adding that his agency is investigating the fatal incident. “We ask the public to join us in keeping the family in their thoughts and prayers.”
Veseth, pictured here, was a student at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, where she was studying auto mechanics; her older brother also is a wildland firefighter in Idaho. You can read more here.
Two firefighters and a state trooper rescued two children trapped in an overturned car in Fernan Lake. A Jerome police officer risked his life to apprehend a suspect during a high-speed pursuit in Jerome, even after being shot in the eye. Two Lewiston police officers rescued a victim who was trapped in a burning apartment. All are among the 10 peace officers and two firefighters who are being awarded the Idaho Medal of Honor this year, which will be bestowed in a ceremony next Friday at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial in Meridian. “These twelve professionals have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their commitment to the service of others,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, chairman of the Idaho Medal of Honor Commission.
The medal was created in 2004 and the first honoree was slain Idaho State Trooper Linda Huff; click below for the full announcement, including the list of this year's 12 honorees and what they did.
RAHWAY, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters were needed stat after a flying squirrel went nuts in a New Jersey hospital's emergency room.
The squirrel kept launching itself from an 8-foot-high wall-mounted lamp into a glass wall after becoming trapped in a trauma room at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway Tuesday night.
Fire Department spokesman Capt. Ted Padavano told The Star-Ledger of Newark (http://bit.ly/vxBiL0 ) it would climb up on a light and would jump off and glide.
A pair of firefighters threw a blanket over the squirrel and released it into a wooded area outside the hospital.
Padavano believes there may be a nest in the building because it's the second time in two weeks that a flying squirrel got in the ER.
As part of National Fire Prevention Week, off-duty firefighters have teamed up with Domino's in Post Falls to help make sure that people in the area have fully functioning fire alarms. If they do, their pizza is free.”We are here to check your smoke detectors. If you would like us to and if they are working Domino's has graciously picked up your tab for your pizza,” Troy Speziale with the Kootenai County Fire Department said. The arrival of the firefighters in a 1940s fire truck caught some Domino's customers, like Ryan Matheny, by surprise.”We decided not to cook tonight, then you got 5 people by your door, the house is a mess,” Ryan Matheny said.But good news for Ryan, he got a free pizza because all of his smoke detectors worked/Kylie Cruz, KXLY. More here.
Question: When did you last check your smoke detector? Do you have a working fire extinguisher in your house?
Hundreds of firefighters and dozens of firetrucks, hotshot crew carriers and other fire apparatus accompanied the funeral procession today for fallen Boise firefighter Caleb Hamm, 24, who died July 7 while fighting a fire near Mineral Wells, Texas. His funeral is at 11 a.m. today at the Doubletree Riverside, followed by a private interment; here's a link to his obituary.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made to the Wildland Fallen Firefighters Foundation (2049 Airport Way, Boise, ID 83705) or Caleb Hamm Memorial Fund at any Mountain West Bank.
Firefighters with the highest level of medical training will be on duty 24-7 at two more of Spokane’s 14 fire stations under an agreement approved Monday by the Spokane City Council.
Under the deal between city administrators and the city’s firefighters union, the city will spread its paramedics among 10 stations, instead of eight. It will cost the city an additional $60,000 a year.
“If you vote yes, you’ll save somebody’s life, without a doubt,” Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer told the City Council before it voted 5-1 in support.
The city had been scheduling two paramedics to be on duty at eight stations, though because of vacations or sick leave, sometimes only one would be on duty. Starting Aug. 1, it will guarantee at least one paramedic on duty at ten stations all the time.
The stations with the enhanced service are:
∙ Station 2, 1001 E. North Foothills Drive
∙ Station 17, 5121 W. Lowell Road
Schaeffer said the West Plains fire station that will open next year after the city annexes 10 square miles, including the Spokane International Airport, also will have a paramedic on duty.
It was an evening last June when an EMS crew from the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department was dispatched to a scene where a vehicle had crashed into a home. Firefighters Nathan Hyder and Dylan Clark found a truck crashed into the garage, its wheels still spinning, its accelerator pressed to the floor, with the female driver unconscious inside and the garage so filled with black smoke and flying debris from the spinning tires that there was no visibility at all. Despite great risk, the donned their breathing apparatus, entered the garage, broke out a window of the pickup, turned off the ignition and rescued the driver, saving her life. Now they're both receiving the State of Idaho Law Enforcement, Firefighting and EMS Medal of Honor, as are three Boise police officers, Adam Crist, Casey Hancuff and Jason Rose, who rescued a critically injured shooting victim in August of 2010; and a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer who was killed in a gunfight in 1989, Brent “Jake” Jacobson. Jacobson, who was pursuing brothers James and Joseph Pratt after a home-invasion robbery and hostage situation in Sagle when he was shot, is receiving the award posthumously.
The Medal of Honor, which the Idaho Legislature established in 2004, is presented each year at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial ceremony, which this year is scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m.; the first recipient was slain Idaho state Trooper Linda Huff. “By their selfless actions, these six professionals demonstrated their commitment to the service of others,” said Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, who chairs the Idaho Medal of Honor Commission. There's more info here about the award and recipients.
Spokane Valley firefighters are taking part in a national emergency responder campaign aimed at supporting breast cancer research.
Firefighters will wearing pink t-shirts with the Spokane Valley Fire Department logo on Oct. 25 - Oct. 27. Crews ordered 70 extra shirts that were sold to family and friends.
The fire department will donate $5 for each shirt worn to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“Together we can raise awareness about this devastating disease and make an impact in our community by committing to regular screenings,” Bill Clifford said in a news release.
The Northern Lakes Fire Station in Hayden, Idaho, is selling similar t-shirts.
Firefighters at the Northern Lakes Fire Station in Hayden will be wearing pink t-shirts this month to raise awareness for breast cancer research.
”Due to their compassionate nature, firefighters have a long history of taking on noble causes,” according to a news release. “Once again that compassion is manifesting itself.”
Local 4045, stationed at 125 Hayden Ave., are selling the shirts to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. T-shirts are $15 each or two for $25.
Buy the shirts at the fire station in Hayden, or call Firefighter Luke Michael at (208) 277-8525.
Fire crews will wear their typical protective suits if called out on blazes but will don the pink shirts at all other times, Michael said.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.