Two Kansas City firefighters die when building collapses

Two firefighters were killed and two hurt after a burning building on Independence Avenue collapsed on them Monday night, Kansas City fire officials said. Firefighters were dispatched to a building in the 2600 block of Independence Avenue about 7:30 p.m. and found the structure heavily damaged by smoke and flames. Fire crews evacuated people from…read more

Emergency Response Program Makes Cottonwood Heights A Model

For years residents living along the Wasatch Front have discussed the timing and potential fallout of the “Big One.” It seems like a safe bet that if and when a catastrophic event occurs in the Salt Lake Valley, many communities will be taken by surprise and crippled by the ensuing interruption of basic services we…read more

Education and fire prevention at the center of Orem Fire Department open house

Since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed by fire departments to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire on Oct. 8 and 9, 1871. The week recognizes how safety and education can prevent fires and disaster. On Wednesday, the Orem Fire Department held its 10th annual open house to commemorate Fire Prevention Week. The family-friendly…read more

Millions of dollars in California fire prevention money goes unspent

Amid a drought that has created bone-dry conditions across much of California’s wildland area, a state fire prevention account has ended recent fiscal years with tens of millions of dollars unspent. The money has been generated by a contentious, four-year-old fee pushed through by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats over the objections of Republicans…read more

Rush of emotions as Obama honors firefighters in Maryland

Brenda Pridgen dabbed away another tear as she composed herself to meet President Barack Obama, an encounter that elicited a rush of conflicting emotions for the widow of Baltimore firefighter James E. Bethea. “My husband would have loved this,” Pridgen said of Sunday’s memorial service at Mount St. Mary’s University for 87 firefighters — including…read more

Oregon shooting: Gunman dead after college rampage

The gunman who opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College targeted Christians specifically, according to the father of a wounded student. Before going into spinal surgery, Anastasia Boylan told her father and brother the gunman entered her classroom firing. The professor in the classroom was shot point blank. Others were hit, she told her family.…read more

The prisoners fighting wildfires in California

When painter Henry Cruz was sent to San Quentin prison three years ago, for a crime he doesn’t want to talk about, he never thought he would spend part of his sentence fighting fires. But that’s what he has been doing for the past 18 months. “It gets scary sometimes, but at the same time,…read more

Park City Fire District installs solar panels

A recently completed renewable energy project at the Park City Fire District will save taxpayers several thousand dollars a year, according to Chief Paul Hewitt. Last month, 117 solar panels were installed on the fire district’s administration and logistics building, 736 Bitner Road. It went online Aug. 18. “Really, it was a no-brainer,” Hewitt said…read more