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Biden Backs COVID Vaccine Mandate For Medics, Firefighters and Police as Controversy Roils Departments

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President Joe Biden Thursday endorsed local government mandates that require first responders to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations.
This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium.

Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine More than 90% Effective in Kids

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Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds.
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Mecklenburg EMS Revamps How It Responds to 911 Calls

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To help manage resources during COVID-19 and a shortage of health care providers, Mecklenburg EMS is changing how it responds to 911 calls.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Officers respond to the scene of a fatal accidental shooting at a Bonanza Creek Ranch movie set near Santa Fe, N.M. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.

Sheriff: Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun that Killed Cinematographer

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Actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set and killed the cinematographer, authorities said.
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TX Police: Discharged Hospital Patient Steals Ambulance Before 100 MPH Chase

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A man discharged from the hospital stole an ambulance and led police on a 100 mph chase.
The photo shows the front of an ambulance with its emergency lights on.

Lawsuit Alleges 911 Dispatcher Hung Up on Spanish-Speaking Caller in Allentown (PA) Fire

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An Allentown man and his 14-year-old nephew died in a fire in July 2020 because a Lehigh County 911 dispatcher did not understand his pleas for help in Spanish and hung up the call.
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FL Battalion Chief Opposed to Vaccine Mandate Loses Job

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Battalion Chief Stephen Davis, a 14-year veteran of fire/rescue, “was terminated on the grounds of failure to follow a direct order,” OCFR spokesperson Lisa McDonald said.
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Investigators: Man Shot into Dallas Apartment, Causing Blast That Injured Firefighters

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Fire investigators believe a man shot into a Dallas apartment and hit a gas line, causing an explosion that injured seven people, including four firefighters.
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San Diego: Falck USA Now Meeting Expectations Prior to Launch

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San Diego's new ambulance provider has made great progress meeting city expectations, a City Council committee was told Wednesday.
The photo shows the front of a white ambulance with the word "ambulance" reversed.

North TX Ambulance Providers Adjusting Call Response

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With staffing shortages, ambulances providers are rethinking the way they respond to calls.