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Structure Fire in Paradise

From VOCM Family of Four Homeless After Paradise Fire   A family of four has been left homeless after fire extensively damaged their house in Paradise this morning.   The blaze broke out at about 4:00 at a house on Vambury Street off St. Thomas’s Line, but the occupants were awakened by the smoke alarm […]

Structure Fire on Thorburn Rd.

From VOCM There were no injuries in a house fire on Thorburn Road early this morning, but the home itself was extensively damaged.   Firefighters from at least three stations of St. John’s Regional responded to the blaze which, according to callers to the VOCM Newsroom, was intense.   Acting Superintendent Tony Renouf says crews […]

Fire Code charges laid in explosion that injured Mississauga firefighters

From Mississauga,com   Train said both Hamilton and Mills suffered broken bones as a result of the incident and are still recovering from their injuries. Presently, he said, Mills is on modified duties and hopes to return to the firetruck in the near future. Hamilton is still undergoing physiotherapy and working with medical professionals to […]

Firefighters help deliver baby in Goulds home

From The Telegram   The firefighters found mom in the bathroom. Erbland said there was no way the baby was waiting for the ambulance. “She was on the bathroom floor and just as we walked in she was having a contraction. You could see the baby’s head so we knew he was coming so we […]

One Dead after Driver Loses Control of Vehicle

The vehicle was travelling east on Pitts Memorial Drive when the driver lost control, left the highway and came crashing down on Richard Nolan Drive below the overpass. The vehicle hit a concrete barrier and burst into flames coming to rest upright on its nose. It all happened just before 1:30 p.m.   http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&id=53895&latest=1  

Crews Fight Fire and Ice at Mount Pearl Blaze

From VOCM crews arrived to find fire in the basement of the single-family dwelling, and after forcing entry into the home they made quick work of the blaze. The rec-room area in the basement sustained extensive fire damage and there is heavy smoke damage to the remainder of the home. There was no one in […]

Rates of PTSD in Firefighters

From About Health Rates of PTSD in firefighters may be heightened more so than in other professions. See, many people will experience a potentially traumatic event at some point in their life. But just because you have experienced a traumatic event does not mean that you will definitely go on to develop PTSD. However, people […]

Why firefighters in Memphis are calling it quits

From The Washington Post The city council there, realizing there isn’t enough money to pay the city’s pension debts, voted for a less generous plan in December. In response, at least 250 police officers and firefighters quit their jobs, and the city is having trouble finding replacements. “I can’t justify me putting my life on the […]

Impatient drivers ticketed for illegal passing near accident scene

From CBC A dangerous situation on the Outer Ring Road near Mount Pearl was intensified Thursday after some drivers began passing on the shoulder of the highway, not far from where responders were dealing with a three-vehicle collision.  RNC Const. Steve Curnew said such behaviour increased the risk of further accidents, and was also a danger […]

Hiker Safe After Cuckhold’s Cove Rescue

Another great job by our High Angle Rescue Team From VOCM A hiker is safe and uninjured after being rescued from a dangerous area near Quidi Vidi Harbour. VOCM’s Mike Lockman reports. http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&ID=53051

Goulds Fire Destroys Garage, Spares House

Great job by crews to keep fire from spreading to the house From VOCM A fire in Goulds last night destroyed a family’s garage, but left the home relatively untouched. The blaze broke out around 6:30 p.m. in the garage attached to the home on Howlett’s Line. The family reportedly escaped unharmed. http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&ID=52982  

911 Deal Closer After Davis Steps in to Negotiations

From VOCM There’s still no deal, but the province and the capital city appear to be close to an agreement on 911. Davis met with St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe late yesterday in an effort to reach a compromise before March 1. Public Safety Minister Judy Manning did not participate. Davis says the first choice […]

Manning Pushes for 911 Control, Despite Opposition Criticism

From VOCM Manning says the “Public Safety Answering Point” is essentially a call centre. http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&id=52859&latest=1 This woman has no grasp of this issue

Davis, O’Keefe to talk 911 on Tuesday

From The Telegram Davis and his chief of staff, Joe Browne, will meet O’Keefe and Coun. Danny Breen Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Local/2015-02-22/article-4053235/Davis%2C-O%26rsquo%3BKeefe-to-talk-911-on-Tuesday/1 Hopefully cooler heads will prevail and this will all be resolved at that point

9-1-1 Operator Changeover to Cost Extra $2-million: Liberals

From VOCM The Liberal Opposition says taking the 9-1-1 system from the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and giving it to the RNC will cost an extra $2 million. Opposition MHA Cathy Bennett is questioning the rationale of bringing a new operator in at this stage of the game. Bennett, the MHA for Virginia Waters, […]

Liberal MHA wants Manning Removed from 911 File

From VOCM The Liberal MHA for the Bay of Islands says Minister Judy Manning has made a complete mess of the new 911 system file, and is calling on the premier to remove her from it.   Eddie Joyce says Manning promised residents of the Avalon Peninsula that the new 911 system would be delivered by […]

Province Prepared to Make Concessions on 911 Service: Manning

From VOCM The provincial government isn’t closing the door just yet on the possibility of reaching a deal with the City of St. John’s on expansion of the 911 system. The emergency service will become province-wide in a month or so and part of the arrangement would have seen the capital city operate the system […]

Minister Provides Update on 911 Negotiations with the City of St. John’s

From Fire and Emergency Services “After months of negotiations with the City of St. John’s to formalize a contract for the provision of 911 call taking services for the Avalon Peninsula, the city has advised that it is not prepared to enter into an agreement based on the new Crown corporation, NL 911 Bureau Inc., […]

NDP Calling on the Premier to Address 911 Service

From VOCM NDP Leader Lorraine Michael says it’s time for the Premier to make clear that government’s plan for the existing 911 service on the Northeast Avalon will soon be downgraded to a two-tiered system. Micheal says the capital city currently has one of the highest rated 911 services in the country. She says talks between […]

No injuries in Sunday morning fire on Bell’s Turn

From CBC Two people and their pets escaped unharmed after a fire extensively damaged a bungalow in St. John’s Sunday morning. The fire at the two-apartment home on Bell’s Turn in the east end of St. John’s happened around 5:00 a.m. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/family-escapes-bell-s-turn-house-fire-without-injury-1.2958850