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A meteorite shot through the Russian sky & exploded,  sending a molten meteor shower to the ground & people into panic. around 950 were reported injured. There was damage, too. Windows exploded, doors flew off buildings & structures shook.

Imagine having to treat patients in this environment of panic.

Sources: Russia Today, ParamedicTV.com

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KJCT ABC 8 Grand Junction

Feb. 14, 2013. 08:05 PM EST

A new foam has been developed which can contain, put out & even prevent fires far better than some normal techniques. It also makes the environment safer for the firemen involved.

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Three Minneapolis firefighters knew they had to enter Accent Signage to help wounded victims with the shooter still on the loose. With no weapons, flak jackets, or head gear, the three went inside the building knowing the shooter could easily target them as they tried to save the people who had been shot. Here they relate their experience.

Full Article

Sources: KSTP TV, Firerescue1.com

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SEATTLE

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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Traci and Christopher Sturdevant are specialists deployed to southern Afghanistan. They are also married. They share their experience working together  in the base clinic & being together in the army.

Sources: DODLive.com, ParamedicTV.com

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