Lawsuit: Chemicals in firefighters’ gear causes cancer
The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), a labor union representing more than 330,000 firefighters, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the group that set the standard for fire protection gear.
Girl power! Teenage girls train to be firefighters
You’ve heard about baseball camps, computer camps, and arts & crafts. For the first time ever, this week, Harris County firefighters are hosting an all-girls firefighter and EMS camp. Harris County ESD No. 48 Fire-EMS (HCESD48) hosted what they call, “Camp Spark.” The camp is free. Houston Life’s newest reporter Melanie Camp trained with the girls on Wednesday. You can watch more as soon as video of the experience can be processed.
Training with firefighters
Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. on Houston Life, it’s International Firefighters Day. We’re live at a local fire department with a story of one firefighter who overcame his fear of death. He put all concerns to the side to save a family. You’ll see what these heroes go through day in and day out. That’s Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. on KPRC 2.
Houston firefighter reprimanded after mother, daughter die of carbon monoxide poisoning, NBC News reports
The Houston Fire Department reprimanded a firefighter for misconduct after an investigation into a delayed 911 response to a case in which a mother and daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Human remains found in Mexico identified as missing Los Angeles firefighter
The human remains of a Los Angeles firefighter were discovered in Mexico, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Francisco “Frank” Aguilar went missing Aug. 20 during a trip to his condo near Rosarito, a coastal border city. “This is a tragic outcome to a case we were hoping would end differently,” LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a statement. In early October, Mexican authorities arrested 32-year-old Fanny N. and 27-year-old Santos N. on suspicion of kidnapping, according to CBS News. Aguilar was a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Details on experimental drug being used to treat HFD captain battling COVID-19
WOODLANDS, Texas – A Houston firefighter's family is hoping a new drug will help him win his battle with COVID-19. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, there are four hospitals across the country experimenting with the drug. Now, the company that makes the drug, NeuroRX, says they believe by using it as an injection, it can be used for conditions like bipolar depression and also respiratory distress. The department said they got approval from NeuroRX to get the drug transferred from Houston Methodist to Memorial Hermann in the Woodlands to treat Capt. Pena added that, right now, 96 Houston firefighters are in quarantine and 34 firefighters have tested positive.
Search suspended for 20-year-old Crosby firefighter thrown from Jeep into water over Galveston Causeway Sunday
HOUSTON – The U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search for a 20-year-old Crosby Fire Department firefighter on Monday night. "We have suspended the search pending any additional information,” wrote Captain Jason Smith, sector Houston-Galveston commanding officer. “I just hope they find him and that he’s OK.”Tim Miller, with Texas EquuSearch, is aiding in the rescue and recovery effort. According to Miller, if need be, Texas EquuSearch will bring in a helicopter on Tuesday to search from above. If you have any information about Zavala’s whereabouts, you’re asked to call the Galveston Police Department at (409) 765-3702 or Texas EquuSearch at (281) 309-9500.
Local fire chief, who worked in Australia, explains why it’s so hard to contain the wildfires
MAGNOLIA, Texas – Dozens of firefighters from the United States arrived in Australia on Monday to help fight the increasingly devastating wildfires burning throughout that country. More than one hundred fires have destroyed more than 14 million acres and thousands of homes and other buildings since September. Vincent worked as incident commander for the Tri-County wildfire, the largest in East Texas history. He has also traveled to Australia several times to work with firefighters there as a visiting teaching fellow. The local Greater Houston area task force, Texas Task Force 1, has not been asked to deploy at this time.