fire department http://www.kplu.org en Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses http://www.kplu.org/post/study-finds-mrsa-superbug-lurking-washington-firehouses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159322994&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Fighting fires is a dangerous job, and <a href="http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553%2814%2900135-7/abstract" target="_blank">new research on firehouses around Washington state </a>has revealed another hazard — one that lurks on firefighters’ boots, their trucks and even their TV remotes.</p><p>MRSA is a nasty and sometimes deadly bacterium that’s hard to kill with antibiotics. It’s normally associated with hospitals, nursing homes or prisons, but researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health recently tested 33 firehouses for the presence of MRSA.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">They found the bug at 19 of those firehouses. Twelve crews reported having at least one member who’d gotten an infection requiring medical care.</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17812 at http://www.kplu.org Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses Preparedness and special equipment make Seattle tunnels safe, say fire chiefs in Satsop http://www.kplu.org/post/preparedness-and-special-equipment-make-seattle-tunnels-safe-say-fire-chiefs-satsop <p>This week, the Seattle Fire Department has been in training for what might be a nightmare scenario: the possibility of fire inside a deep-bore tunnel.&nbsp; A technical rescue team has been practicing at the unfinished nuclear power plant in Satsop, west of Olympia.</p><p>About a dozen firefighters are in a huddle at the base what was designed to be a cooling tower. It’s been re-purposed into one of the nation’s premiere training grounds for urban firefighters.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:44:37 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6758 at http://www.kplu.org Preparedness and special equipment make Seattle tunnels safe, say fire chiefs in Satsop Seattle facing more budget cuts next year http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-facing-more-budget-cuts-next-year <p>Police, fire and all other departments in Seattle have been asked to find budget cuts for next year. Mayor Mike McGinn has instructed every office to look for trims because of lagging city revenues.</p><p> Tue, 03 May 2011 22:32:58 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1531 at http://www.kplu.org