Written by Andrew Good
Pasadena, CA – In 1999, six career firefighters lost their lives responding to a five-alarm fire. They were part of a group of 73 dispatched to a smoke-filled warehouse in Worcester, Massachusetts. Lost inside the building’s tight corners, they were unable to find an exit before running out of oxygen.
Avoiding a tragedy like that has been a technical challenge for decades. In the outdoors, firefighters can use GPS to track one another, and radios to stay in communication. But when they move into a steel and concrete building, these technologies suddenly become unreliable.
Clarksville, TN – On Thursday, December 15th around 3:30pm, Clarksville Police and Clarksville Fire Rescue responded to a truck on fire at the Hilo Gas Station on Riverside Drive (under the walkway that goes over Riverside Drive).
The truck was unoccupied, parked and there are no reported injuries.
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Gathers Insurers’ Data For East Tennessee Wildfire Claims Map
Nashville, TN – As part of the ongoing emergency response to the November 28th, 2016 wildfires in Gatlinburg, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) has begun compiling insurers’ claims data so it might be combined with satellite imagery and GIS mapping software in order to determine claims and potential claims from the fires.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Crime Unit, along with authorities in Sequatchie County, have charged 24-year-old Dakota Ashton Tucker of Monteagle for deliberately setting a fire that burned 65 acres.
Tucker is now charged with setting fire to personal property or land for the fire that occurred November 14th near Sunshine Road in Sequatchie County. He is currently being held in the Grundy County jail. Additional charges against Tucker are pending.
State Farm® urges consumers to be cautious when frying a turkey
Bloomington, IL – On Thanksgiving there are more cooking fires than any other day of the year. Grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November according to State Farm.
With the popularity of turkey frying increasing, U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage each year.
Clarksville, TN – This evening, November 14th, 2016 at 9:50pm, Clarksville First Responders were dispatched to Cedarbend Road due to an E911 call about two residential trailer fires.
Clarksville Fire and Rescue currently is working on the fires and has them both under control at this time. The homeowners were not at home, and there are no reported injuries.
Nashville, TN – With dry conditions, low water levels, and little to no precipitation forecast throughout most of Tennessee for the foreseeable future, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans to make fire prevention and fire safety a top priority this fall.
“Drought conditions are increasing the threat of wildfires in Tennessee counties, specifically those in the eastern portion of the state,” said State Fire Marshal and Commerce & Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “We urge Tennesseans to heed any burn bans currently activated in their community. By employing just a few basic fire safety precautions, the public can help prevent the devastating loss of life and property.”
Nashville, TN – The dry conditions across Tennessee has created a tinderbox where fires can be accidentally set, which has led the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to urge sportsmen be especially cautious as the popular muzzle-loading season opens statewide.
“There are a lot of fires being fought right now and we have even had some on our wildlife management areas, especially in East Tennessee, so we are urging sportsmen to be careful as they get outside and enjoy their hunt” noted Mark Gudlin, the chief of wildlife and forestry for the TWRA.
Nashville, TN – With state fire statistics consistently indicating smoking as a major of cause of fire loss, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans that care must be taken with cigarettes.
Fires caused by smoking materials have had a devastating impact on the Volunteer State. The Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System shows that during 2011-2015, Tennessee fire departments responded to 3,916 smoking-material fires.
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville Fire, Police, and Emergency Medical Services handled numerous serious calls-for-service overnight, beginning at 7:48pm with a report of a shooting at a residence on Lincoln Drive.
A 24-year-old man was transported by ambulance for a gunshot wound to the left thigh. The man reportedly shot himself by accident while cleaning a firearm.
Officers were dispatched to a shooting at a residence on Ryder Avenue at 2:22am Saturday. Numerous witnesses gave conflicting stories, but the shooting may have stemmed from a prior altercation at a nearby convenience store.
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