Emergency Response

NEWS
5:46 am
Sat November 29, 2014

In 'Disaster City,' Learning To Use Robots To Face Ebola

Since it was built by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in 1998, 90,000 emergency responders have come to "Disaster City" to climb over mangled steel and through derailed chemical trains.
Lauren Silverman KERA

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 10:05 am

About three hours southeast of Dallas, there's a city that's been hit by almost every disaster you could imagine including earthquakes, hurricanes and even bombs. It's appropriately called Disaster City.

It's a training site for first responders, but the facility is looking ahead to a different kind of disaster — infectious diseases like Ebola, and robots may play a key role.

One of the first things you see when you enter Disaster City is an enormous pile of rubble.

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Solidarity Eases Burden Of Volunteer Firefighting

The Paonia Fire Department is staffed by volunteers.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

There are 198 all-volunteer fire departments in Colorado that serve about half of the state’s population. And a recent report finds many of these operations are seriously understaffed.

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NEWS
9:01 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Small Volunteer Fire Departments, Like Galeton, Colo., Look To Evolve

Nathan Heffel KUNC

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:29 pm

Colorado has a shortage of volunteer firefighters, nearly 3,500, according to numbers recently compiled by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News Even with statewide recruitment efforts underway, smaller agencies may have to find ways to adapt in order to survive.

One of those agencies is the small 14 person Galeton Volunteer Fire Department, northeast of Greeley. The department has been around since the early 50s and has always been volunteer driven.

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NEWS
1:29 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Shrinking Pool Of Volunteer Firefighters Leaves Communities At Risk

Chief Brita Horn of the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Colorado says the department is "always short-handed."
Bente Birkeland KRCC

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:03 am

Judy and Harry Gaylor live in the mountains of Evergreen, west of Denver. The 70-acre stretch of land is covered with aspen and lodgepole pines and has been in Harry's family for close to a century. But, last year, a wildfire came dangerously close to burning his family house to the ground.

Harry credits volunteer firefighters from Evergreen Fire Rescue for containing the wildfire as it raged toward their neighbor's house.

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HEALTH
1:31 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Replacing An Ambulance With A Station Wagon

Eric Bleeker and a partner respond to 911 calls in this vehicle. The medical team can run simple lab tests and prescribe some drugs, which may spare a patient a trip to the ER.
Eric Whitney

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 8:58 am

When a fire department gets a call for medical help, most of them scramble both an ambulance and a fully staffed fire truck. But that's way more than most people need, according to Rick Lewis, chief of emergency medical services at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority in the Denver suburbs.

"It's not the prairie and the Old West anymore, where you have to be missing a limb to go to the hospital," Lewis says, "Now it's a sore throat or one day of cold or flu season sometimes, and that can be frustrating for people, I know it is."

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COMMUNITY
9:01 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Local Motion: Hugh Carson on Emergency Ops during the Front Range Floods

Emergency personnel help to rescue pets after historic flooding in Larimer County
Credit Hugh Carson

For this episode of Local Motion, we spoke to retired firefighter Hugh Carson about his experience helping to coordinate emergency response in the wake of the historic flooding that hit the Front Range in September.

Carson has a long history with disaster management, and has spoken to KVNF before about his experiences with wildfire. He joins us this time for an insider's look at how emergency personnel deal with a much different element: water, and lots of it.

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NEWS
8:51 am
Wed October 23, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Headlines

  • Committee Will Look at State's Flood Response
  • Logging Production Hurt by Government Shutdown
  • After Shutdown, Maroon Bells May See Cutbacks
  • US Representative Cory Gardner Questions Health Exchange Problems
  • Delta County to hold Tax Lien Sale in Early November 
NEWS
8:15 am
Mon October 14, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, October 14, 2013

Headlines

  • Pilot Unharmed after Crash Landing at Telluride Airport
  • Contaminated Gasoline Sold at Two Colorado Stores
  • State Panel to look at Disaster Relief, Emergency Management
  • Water to play a Big Role in State Legislature Next Year
  • Budget Cuts Could Mean the end of Work Release in Mesa County