Daily Dispatch: West Virginia News
Kanawha Ambulance Authority to Offer Hep A Vaccines for First Responders
Thu, 17 May 2018 14:55:00 -0700
As the number of Hepatitis cases grow, the Kanwah County Emergency Ambulance Authority is working to protect its first responders. Thursday the Authority announced a two-day clinic with Hepatitis A vaccines for paramedics, firefighters and county employees. Ben Surface is just one of the dozens of Kanawha County paramedics running lifesaving calls every day.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 2:55:00 PM - SOURCE: WOWK-TV CBS 13
A day in the life of a Bridgeport firefighter
Fri, 18 May 2018 04:06:31 -0700
'I want to be a firefighter!" is A common answer to the childhood question 'What do you want to be when you grow up?" However, for the men and women who actually do grow up to become firefighters...the job takes a lot of dedication...heart...and courage. "We go into people's houses that we've never been into before; we basically go into these houses blind under smoke and fire conditions," said Matt Reed, a paramedic, and firefighter with the Bridgeport FD.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 4:06:31 AM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
School bus catches on fire in French Creek
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:07:24 -0700
The Adrian Volunteer Fire Department responded to a school bus fire around 3:30 Wednesday morning. According to the Fire Chief, the school bus was parked at the French Creek Elementary School and at this time, they do not believe that the start of the fire is suspicious. Officials say that the engine area of the bus had the most damage and believe that is where the fire could have started.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:07:24 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Jane Lew, Pricetown volunteer fire departments honor mothers
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:18:29 -0700
Two county fire departments hosted Mother’s Day events over the weekend. Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual Baked Steak Dinner on Sunday, using the same recipe that the Auxiliary founding member, Reta Stewart, developed. This year, the department almost completely sold out of steak, marking it as a success once again.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:18:29 PM - SOURCE: Weston Democrat
Ballard firefighter goes above call of duty during deadly crash
Wed, 16 May 2018 08:43:39 -0700
It was a normal day for many in Monroe County on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Then, first responders' pagers went off. Firefighters, including Assistant Fire Chief for Ballard Volunteer Fire Department, Craig Gillespie, got their gear and rushed to the scene of an accident. "Said it was on Route 12, about two miles from our station.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 8:43:39 AM - SOURCE: WVNS-TV Channel 59 Bluefield
Whitesville VFD implements new CPR device
Tue, 15 May 2018 21:25:53 -0700
A new CPR device is making work for the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and EMTs more efficient. The device is called a Lucas 2 CPR Device, and Assistant Fire Chief David Hodges is excited about what he has seen after training sessions with his department. "It is such a positive vibe throughout the department," he said.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 9:25:53 PM - SOURCE: Logan Banner
Charleston reviews Kanawha-Charleston Health Department’s meeting minutes to see if needle exchanges were ever approved
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:23:54 -0700
Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper says the city is reviewing the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health meeting minutes from 2015 to see if the needle exchange program was ever approved in an actual vote. City Fire Chief Robert Sutler and Mayor Danny Jones’ secretary went through meeting minutes from Aug.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:23:54 PM - SOURCE: WVMetroNews
Randolph County: Cleanup continues after storm
Tue, 15 May 2018 15:49:14 -0700
A fast-moving storm only took a half hour to knock out power lines, tear off roof shingles, and even leave trees on top of houses. "It was really bad for a minute, it didn't last more than a half hour I don't think and it took trees down, roofs, " says Elkins resident Cathy Varney Varney takes care of an Elkin's homeowner, whose roof was damaged from the storm.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 3:49:14 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Wood County Firefighters Association honors six fallen firefighters
Mon, 14 May 2018 18:42:58 -0700
Firefighters from around Wood County gathered Monday evening to honor fellow firefighters that died in the last year. "I think this ceremony is very important for us to remember the ones that we've lost in the last year and really honor their service, says Chief Jason Matthews, Parkersburg Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 6:42:58 PM - SOURCE: WTAP-TV Fox Channel 5 News Center
Wheeling Fire celebrates 100 years of IAFF charter
Mon, 14 May 2018 18:57:46 -0700
The City of Wheeling will soon host the 2018 Professional Fire Fighters of West Virginia State Convention. It is a special year to hold the convention in Wheeling, because 2018 marks the Wheeling Fire Department's 100th year as an International Association of Firefighters charter member. Wheeling Firefighters Local 12 was actually one of the initial 22 IAFF charter members.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 6:57:46 PM - SOURCE: Your Ohio Valley News WTRF
Huntington Fire rescue boat pulled from Ohio River
Mon, 14 May 2018 22:07:59 -0700
The Huntington Fire Department's rescue boat is out of service Monday night after it began to sink in the Ohio River. Fire Chief Jan Rader tells WSAZ they took the boat out for the first time in a while, and when they started up a pump that normally takes water from the river and pumps it out to fight fires, the boat actually began taking on water.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 10:07:59 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Large amount of biohazard medical waste found on porch of abandoned house in Charleston
Mon, 14 May 2018 16:03:23 -0700
Charleston firefighters say hospital trash and medical waste on the porch and around a home on Morris Street is a public health hazard. Charleston's building commissioner went to check on the home, located at 107 Morris Street. Charleston Fire Department Lt. David Hodges says the abandoned home has been a cause of concern from neighbors for quite some time and has been on the city's radar.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 4:03:23 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Multiple fire departments respond to apartment fire in Jefferson
Sun, 13 May 2018 16:25:46 -0700
Multiple crews responded to an apartment fire in Jefferson Sunday afternoon. Firefighters said a fire broke out on the second floor of an apartment in the 6700 block of MacCorkle Avenue at about 4:10 p.m. Sunday. Everyone made it out of the building safely. Extra fire crews were called in to help because of the size of the building, The West Side, Lakewood and Jefferson fire departments responded to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2018 4:25:46 PM - SOURCE: WVAH-TV Fox11
State Police investigate strange suicide, fires in Clay County
Sun, 13 May 2018 14:56:31 -0700
West Virginia State Police and the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating after a man set a home and business on fire and then fatally shot himself in Clay County. State Police said Lante Wiseman, 73, set his home in Duck on fire Sunday morning, as well as his family's business, Wiseman Furniture.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2018 2:56:31 PM - SOURCE: WVAH-TV Fox11
Multiple exotic pets killed in Charleston house fire
Sat, 12 May 2018 15:51:07 -0700
The Charleston Fire Department says multiple exotic animals were killed in a house fire on the city's West Side. The homeowner, Michael Butcher said 15 of his 19 pets were killed mainly by smoke inhalation. Fire crews responded to the fire at a home in the 300 block of Dayton Driver at about 2:15 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2018 3:51:07 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Fire damages home in Cabell County just outside of Huntington
Fri, 11 May 2018 13:15:33 -0700
Several fire departments responded to a blaze in Cabell County Friday that damaged a two-story home. The fire was reported about noon at the residence in the 4400 block of Ohio River Road, just outside of Huntington. No injuries were reported. Firefighters said the fire apparently started on the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 1:15:33 PM - SOURCE: WVAH-TV Fox11
One killed, dozen injured after car crashes into Sophia Bingo Hall
Fri, 11 May 2018 07:10:02 -0700
One person was killed and a dozen injured Thursday after car crashed into Bingo hall in Raleigh County. Linda Keen, died after a vehicle driven by Peggy Griffin crashed through the wall of the building and hit Keen and some of the other patrons inside, according to a news release from the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 7:10:02 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Charleston: Oakwood Road fire station nearing completion
Thu, 10 May 2018 17:23:00 -0700
Less than two months until the brand new fire station is open in Charleston. This week signs were installed outside Fire Station #3. This is over by Oakwood Road. The old station closed last spring and was demolished due to structural issues. Fire Chief Rob Sutler says they hope to have the new building open by July 1.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 5:23:00 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Woman's body found after fire destroys mobile home in Berkeley County
Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A woman's body was found in the charred remnants of a mobile home fire Wednesday morning in Berkeley County, W.Va. Chief Marty Roberts of the Baker Heights Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze was reported shortly before 4 a.m. at 1657 Douglas Grove Road. He said about 75 percent of the structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald Mail Media
Sculptor crafts tribute to late Buckhannon firefighter
Wed, 09 May 2018 13:07:41 -0700
Local sculptor Andy Thorne has been hard at work over the past year molding memories of a man who touched — and even saved — the lives of many. If he was still alive, that man would have been his father-in-law. Thorne is married to Amy Bennett Thorne, the daughter of Joe Bennett, a beloved, longtime career and volunteer firefighter with the Buckhannon Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 1:07:41 PM - SOURCE: Record Delta

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