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CA-KNF-Yeti (Formerly China 2)

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DailyDispatch - California

First responders participate in triennial disaster drill at Redding Regional Airport

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 05:20 AM

Preparing for what they hope will never happen. First responders participated in a full-scale training exercise at Redding Regional Airport on Wednesday, March 29. The Federal Aviation Administration requires it every three years. The call came in a little after 10 a.m.: a 76-passenger plane crashed at Redding Regional Airport.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2023 2:20:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Highway 101 closed near Gaviota following major injury crash, two firefighters struck by car while responding

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 06:58 PM

First responders transported eight patients to Marian Medical, including two firefighters, following a major injury crash on Highway 101 according to Santa Barbara County Fire. County fire spokesperson Scott Safechuck said the two firefighters are awake and talking at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital as of 8:18 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2023 3:58:28 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

Pushback against a lawsuit that could change how the Forest Service fights fires from the air

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 03:00 AM

There is growing pushback against a lawsuit that could change how the Forest Service fights fires from the air. A nonprofit environmental group is trying to stop the Forest Service from dropping retardant into water. They argue that under the Clean Water Act, it is illegal to drop pollutants into water without a permit.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS News

Follow Up: 'Women in Fire' program to add four women firefighters to Yurok Fire Department

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 05:00 AM

Only 12% of National Forest firefighters are women. However, thanks to one national program, the Yurok Fire Department is hoping to change that. Through the national park service’s "Women in Fire" program and the Redwood National Park, the Yurok Fire Department was provided $100,000 to train four Yurok women to become firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2023 2:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Encampment fire causes temporary closure of freeway exit in Santa Barbara

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 10:36 AM

A fire at an encampment between the Northbound 101 Freeway and the Cabrillo exit caused the temporary closure of the exit in Santa Barbara on Tuesday night. A plume of thick black smoke could be seen near the freeway around 6 p.m. Santa Barbara Police detained a man as firefighters put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2023 7:36:43 AM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara

'It's been such an amazing journey': Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Kristin Crowley looks back at first year on job

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 03:00 AM

It has officially been one year since Kristin Crowley was sworn in as the 19th fire chief in Los Angeles Fire Department history, becoming the first female to hold the position. Since then — and busier than ever before — she looks back on her time on the job thus far fondly. "It's been such an amazing journey," she said during a one-on-one interview with KCAL News's Joy Benedict.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV CBS 9 Los Angeles

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

NFPA calls IAFF lawsuit over PFAS in bunker gear misguided, ill-informed, meritless

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 07:06 PM

"NFPA’s process is the gold standard for standards development and involves a proven, consensus-based approach," said Vice President Lorraine Carli

2 N.M. firefighters report they were shot at while responding to fire

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:41 PM

The two told Santa Fe County sheriff's deputies they heard gunshots, saw a man chasing them as they fled and saw what looked like a bullet hit the ground nearby

FDNY chiefs’ demotions affect sex harassment case against fire marshal

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:20 PM

Demoted Assistant Chief Joe Jardin was going to be the hearing officer

Photos: Utah crews rescue 2 people buried by avalanche

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 11:22 AM

One patient had to be extricated from beneath a vehicle; both were transported to a medical center

2 Calif. firefighters struck at scene of highway crash

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 10:48 AM

A Santa Barbara County captain is in serious but stable condition in an ICU; an engineer has been released from the hospital

Maine bill would allow some first responder suicides to be classified as line-of-duty deaths

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 10:19 AM

Under the measure, public safety leaders could classify first responder suicides as LODDs, and victims' families would be eligible for a $100,000 benefit

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