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Protocols Weren’t Followed Before Tiger Attack on Zookeeper

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Longtime procedures involving the handling of potentially dangerous animals were not followed in April when a Topeka Zoo employee was attacked and injured by a tiger , according to a report released Thursday. The report detailing …

Pennsylvania to Close Popular Hiking Trail, Citing Safety

JIM THORPE, Pa. — Pennsylvania officials are closing one of the most scenic and popular hiking trails in the state because of longstanding concerns about its safety, prompting backlash from hikers. The Pennsylvania Game Commission is closing the main Glen …

Firefighters at Houston Chemical Disaster Scrambled for Foam

Firefighters confronted with the worst Gulf Coast industrial disaster in 14 years had to call on outside sources to augment their supply of the special foam required to extinguish chemical blazes. Intercontinental Terminal Co. confirmed it appealed to other companies …

Texas Eyes Penalties for Denying Responders’ Workers’ Compensation Claims

A bill recently filed in the Texas House of Representatives would penalize insurers that illegally deny Texas first responders access to medical treatment for line-of-duty injuries covered under state workers’ compensation laws. According to one of the authors of House …

New Emergency Equipment Aids Obese Patients in Wisconsin

The Janesville Fire Department has upgraded its technology and equipment to better help overweight patients and reduce the risk of injury to emergency responders. Janesville ambulances are equipped with power-assisted stretchers that lower and lift, The Janesville Gazette reported. They …

Agencies Turn off Emergency Response Radio Encryption

Some police and fire departments are bucking a trend to conceal dispatch communications from the public, acknowledging that radio encryption has the potential to backfire and put first responders in danger. Agencies with digital radio systems have turned off the …

North Dakota Emergency Responders Receive Rail Safety Training

Emergency responders in the Red River Valley are being trained on the details of oil tanker cars similar to the ones that derailed and burned in Casselton, N.D., in late December. The classroom is coming to them. The railcar leasing …

Oklahoma County to Hold Wildfire Training Exercise

A town and county in eastern Oklahoma are teaming up to prepare emergency responders for wildfire outbreaks. The McAlester News-Capital reports the McAlester Police Department and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office will participate Saturday in a large scale exercise conducted …

New Incident Management Training Facility to be Created in Tennessee

Two Tennessee agencies are partnering to create the nation’s first incident management training facility. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Department of Transportation are scheduled to break ground for the new facility on Wednesday. The …

Atlanta Firefighters’ Cars Targeted by Thieves

Firefighters near Atlanta, Ga., believe their personal cars are being targeted by thieves while they’re away fighting fires and responding to emergencies. Wayne Hines of the Fulton County Professional Firefighters’ Union says the cars, parked at fire stations just southwest …