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Hybrid & electric cars are increasing their numbers on the road. But this means that more MVA’s involve these cars. Firefighters have unique concerns in these situations, such as electrocution, an exploding battery & the lack of noise when a car is running & even moving.  So firefighters in Seattle are getting trained by car experts on battery-charged electric & hybrid cars. 

FYI, electrocution & exploding batteries are not such a big concern. The silent engine is.

Sources: KING 5 News, FireRescue1.com

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Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury, Mass., has a surface area of 770 acres, is 4 miles long & oddly shaped. This can make rescue a challenge. So to resolve this problem, the local fire department got a hovercraft. This enables rescuers to travel across the lake frozen or liquid.

“In warmer weather, you have the police boat on the lake. Obviously, it’s in shrink-wrap right now,” Fire Chief Jim Vuona said. “The advantage of the hovercraft is it can go over broken ice.”

Read the full story by John Swinconeck at the Shrewsbury Daily Voice.

Sources: Shrewsbury Daily Voice, FireRescue1.com

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An ambulance driver died as he was transporting a burn victim.

Sources: STATter.com, New York News | NYC Breaking News

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A news cameraman was filming aerial shots of emergency response to a truck rollover east of Perth, Australia when the helicopter crashed near where rescue crews were working. A spokesman for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said they had gotten reports that the helicopter, a Bell 206, hit the ground hard while it was filming a traffic incident at Baskerville. A spokesman for the Fire and Emergency Services Association told AAP the helicopter was on its side in a paddock. The tail section was broken off.

Both cameraman Adam Delmage and the pilot survived with relatively minor injuries. The incident has been described as an emergency landing by the pilot. The pilot acted quickly to prevent a fire by having the firemen put foam on the still running turbines. Cameraman Adam Delmage was flung from the rolling chopper. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate to find the cause of the crash

Sources: STATter911.com, Radio Australia, BBC News, 9 News Perth, Channel 10 Australia, YouTube description

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A Russian Fireman climbing a ladder to save a child encounters a dangerous surprise.

Sources: BBC News UK, FlashoverTV

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