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New Jersey Squirrel Attack

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Two K9s Trained to Support Firefighters with PTSD, Anxiety

Two Labrador retrievers specially trained to support firefighters with post-traumatic stress or high-level anxiety are set to join the Los Angeles County Fire Department Tuesday as part of a new program. Donated by Thor’s Hope Foundation in partnership with Performance … Continue reading

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Nevada Air Guard Continues Firefighting Mission

Military aerial firefighting units, including the “High Rollers” of the Nevada Air National Guard, have dropped more than 1 million gallons of fire retardant so far this fire season. “It’s very rewarding knowing you are helping so many people,” said … Continue reading

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LAFD Debuts the RS3: First Robotic Firefighting Vehicle in the United States

The Los Angeles City Fire Department debuted the first robotic firefighting vehicle in the United States, putting it to use on its first day in service. The Thermite RS3 (manfactured by Textron: Howe & Howe Technologies) is a compact, low-center … Continue reading

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Radio Travel Report – Morro Bay

By David Akins, N6HHR, SCMA ORC-209 Morro Bay is a beach town in San Luis Obispo County, about 250 miles northwest of Long Beach. It’s best known for Morro Rock, a 576-foot volcanic plug situated in the middle of the … Continue reading

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Will SmartPhones Replace Public Safety Radios? FirstNet Push-to-Talk Just Might Make That Happen

FirstNet Push-to-Talk (PTT) service, provided by AT&T, delivers the performance that public safety needs and can be an LMR alternative for some agencies, according to the captain of a New Jersey police department that conducted a beta trial of the … Continue reading

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Hytera Requests New Trial, Motorola Solutions Seeks Permanent Injunction in Federal-Court Case

Hytera Communications is asking for a new trial and a drastic reduction in a $764.6 million judgment against it, while Motorola Solutions seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting Hytera from selling much of its portfolio of DMR portable radios, according to … Continue reading

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Becker Avionics Changes the Way Pilots Monitor Radio with 3D Audio

Becker Avionics has brought a new intercom system to the market that makes it easier for pilots to listen to multiple radios at once using 3D audio. The system, AMU6500, is parallel to the company’s DVCS6100 intercom system with 3D … Continue reading

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LACOFD Firehawk unit receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has announced that the Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department Air Operations (LACOFD) Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk helicopter teams are the 2020 recipients of the Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award. The award honors the person or … Continue reading

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First Engine Broke Down En Route to Woolsey Fire, Sources Say. Blaze Grew at a Terrifying Rate

When the Woolsey fire broke out a year ago at Boeing’s shuttered nuclear and rocket engine testing site near Simi Valley, a private fire crew working for the aerospace giant was the closest to the flames. A firetruck headed to … Continue reading

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