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Firefighters help local family

 

Montgomery County Government TennesseeMontgomery County, TN – For local firefighters helping a family devastated by fire doesn’t just end when they put out the flames.

On Saturday, December 16th, an early morning fire completely destroyed the Brantley home at 3845 Aly Sheba Drive. Stephen, his wife Iliana and their four children, Jazmine, Jayden, Jonah, and Joel, ages 3 to 11, were not injured by the fire but they lost all their belongings including four family pets.

Local firefighters step up to help family who lost their home and belongings to a fire.

Local firefighters step up to help family who lost their home and belongings to a fire.

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Clarksville 9/11 Ceremony Honors Fallen Heroes

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Fire Rescue presented its annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Monday evening, September 11th, 2017 at the city’s main fire station. A large crowd was present for the event, which marked the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

Guest speakers included Clarksville Fire Rescue Chief Michael Roberts, who paid tribute to all firefighters and first responders who lost their lives on 9/11, and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan.

Clarksville Holds 9/11 Ceremony

Clarksville Holds 9/11 Ceremony

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 8

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 8 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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City of Clarksville swears in Seven new Firefighters

 

Group fills vacancies left by recent retirements, promotions

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – On Friday, May 12th, 2017 Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan administered the oath to seven new Clarksville Fire Rescue firefighters who recently completed six weeks of initial training at the Tennessee Fire Service Academy.

The oath and pinning ceremony was attended by several dozen spouses, children and family members who cheered the firefighters into their new careers.

Deputy Fire Chief Ray Williams, left, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Fire Chief Mike Roberts joined to welcome seven new firefighters to Clarksville Fire Rescue on Friday, May 12th. The new firefighers are Brooklyn Lyle, Robert Bruce, Josh Banker, Luke Culwell, Sean Humphries, Ja’Kyari Jenkins and Michael Johns.

Deputy Fire Chief Ray Williams, left, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Fire Chief Mike Roberts joined to welcome seven new firefighters to Clarksville Fire Rescue on Friday, May 12th. The new firefighers are Brooklyn Lyle, Robert Bruce, Josh Banker, Luke Culwell, Sean Humphries, Ja’Kyari Jenkins and Michael Johns.

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Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services hosts Second Annual Light and Fight

 

Written by Leejay Lockhart
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell Fire and Emergency Services in cooperation with Middle Tennessee Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society, hosted the second annual Light and Fight February 18th, 2017, at the Fort Campbell Fire Training Facility near Campbell Army Airfield.

The event provided firefighter training to approximately 50 participants from approximately 20 fire departments and involved 30 volunteer instructors. Personnel from seven states were at the training.

Dave Brasells, president of the Middle Tennessee Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society, served as incident commander and he said the training was modeled after the Illinois Fire College Urbana-Champaign.

Soldiers assigned to 550th Engineer Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, supported at Fort Campbell by the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, perform vertical ventilation training at the second annual Light and Fight Feb. 18, 2017, at the Fort Campbell Fire Training Facility near Campbell Army Airfield. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Soldiers assigned to 550th Engineer Detachment, 716th Military Police Battalion, supported at Fort Campbell by the 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, perform vertical ventilation training at the second annual Light and Fight Feb. 18, 2017, at the Fort Campbell Fire Training Facility near Campbell Army Airfield. (Leejay Lockhart, Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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New NASA Tracking Technology Could Help Track Firefighters inside Buildings

 

Written by Andrew Good
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, 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.

A test of a new tracking technology, which can be followed on a computer map. JPL may have solved a longstanding technology problem for firefighters: how do you track them inside of buildings, which often block radio signals? (Paul Wedig/DHS-Science and Technology Directorate.)

A test of a new tracking technology, which can be followed on a computer map. JPL may have solved a longstanding technology problem for firefighters: how do you track them inside of buildings, which often block radio signals? (Paul Wedig/DHS-Science and Technology Directorate.)

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Six Clarksville Firefighters head to East Tennessee

 

Crew will help in aftermath of wildfires that struck Sevier County

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville has sent six firefighters to East Tennessee to help battle fires that have ravaged Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Fire Chief Mike Roberts said the local firefighters from Clarksville Fire Rescue volunteered for the duty and by 1:00pm Tuesday were headed to join crews in Sevier County.

Members of Clarksville Fire Rescue departed for duty in East Tennessee Tuesday afternoon.

Members of Clarksville Fire Rescue departed for duty in East Tennessee Tuesday afternoon.

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City of Clarksville swears in new Firefighters

 

19 recent academy grads ready to protect growing City

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – A couple of weeks ago, Clarksville Fire Rescue’s big news was all about bricks and mortar as a gleaming new Fire Station 11 was dedicated.

Last week, however, the focus turned to the flesh-and-blood, brains-and-brawn part of the equation.

Clarksville Fire Rescue Chief Mike Roberts and Mayor Kim McMillan welcomed 19 new firefighters to the department on Friday.

Clarksville Fire Rescue Chief Mike Roberts and Mayor Kim McMillan welcomed 19 new firefighters to the department on Friday.

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NASA research helps develop Artificial Intelligence Technology that may one day help First Responders in the Field

 

Written by Andrew Good
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Firefighters have only their wits and five senses to rely on inside a burning building. But research developed in part by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, may change that, introducing artificial intelligence (AI) that could collect data on temperatures, gases and other danger signals and guide a team of first responders safely through the flames.

AUDREY, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis, has received the Undersecretary’s Award for Collaboration from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in recognition of its joint development by JPL and DHS.

New artificial intelligence technology, developed jointly by the Jet Propulsion Lab and the Department of Homeland Security, could one day guide first responders in the field. (USAF photo/Tech. Sgt. Rey Ramon)

New artificial intelligence technology, developed jointly by the Jet Propulsion Lab and the Department of Homeland Security, could one day guide first responders in the field. (USAF photo/Tech. Sgt. Rey Ramon)

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Austin Peay State University’s GIS Center uses Google IoT grant to assist Volunteer Firefighters

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – For volunteer fire departments, the risks that come with the job can often be different than those of full-time firefighting units in major cities. In many small, rural communities, volunteer firefighters battle the same blazes as their full-time counterparts, often meet at the scene rather than all coming together from a central fire station.

Because of the independent nature of volunteer units, it can be difficult for unit commanders to identify who is available to fight the blaze when they arrive on site.

Students at the Austin Peay GIS Center showcase how beacons can be used to show location on Thursday, August 4th, 2016. (Cassidy Graves, APSU)

Students at the Austin Peay GIS Center showcase how beacons can be used to show location on Thursday, August 4th, 2016. (Cassidy Graves, APSU)

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