Safety & Loss Control News

Central Texas Now Has Air Tanker Base to Help Fight Wildfires

State Rep. John Cyrier (Lockhart) announced the establishment of a portable air tanker base at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) capable of equipping large, Type 1 air tankers to drop fire retardant during wildfire events in Central Texas and surrounding …

Volunteer Firefighters Scarce in Small Illinois Communities

Small communities throughout Illinois are having trouble recruiting and retaining volunteer firefighters. Seventy percent of the state’s fire departments are volunteer, The State Journal-Register reported. Springfield is the only community in Sangamon County with an all full-time fire department. Loami …

Study: 5 of Worst U.S. Truck-Congested Areas Are in Ohio

Five of the country’s 100 worst congested areas for trucks are in the state of Ohio, and three of those areas are in Cincinnati, according to a study. The American Transportation Research Institute has ranked Interstate 71 at I-75 junction …

FBI: Security Planning for Houston Super Bowl in Works for Years

When tens of thousands of fans stream into NRG Stadium in Houston for the Super Bowl this Sunday, they will understandably be thinking more about the big game than the behind-the-scenes preparations that have gone into ensuring their safety — …

Minnesota’s ‘Plow Cams,’ Allow Drivers to See Road Conditions

Motorists venturing out onto snowy highways can now get a close-up look at the conditions they might encounter thanks to “plow cams” that the Minnesota Department of Transportation has mounted on some of its snowplows. The video cameras are mounted …

Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants More Focus on Repeat Drunk Drivers

An Oklahoma woman was killed in a traffic accident on New Year’s Eve caused by a drunk driver who had been cited several times previously for driving under the influence. Now, an Oklahoma state representative is calling for a stronger …

New Traffic Cameras Activated in New Orleans

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration says 55 new traffic cameras will begin photographing and fining speeders today. The revenue from the controversial cameras will be used to help close budget gaps in 2017, although Landrieu has said that’s not …

Injury Crashes Involving Texting, Driving Decrease in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has seen a significant decrease in injury traffic accidents involving drivers distracted by an electronic device since a law banning texting and driving went into effect last year. Data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office show that injury crashes …

New Orleans Settles Katrina Police Action Civil Rights Cases for $13M

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the settlement of three federal civil rights lawsuits stemming from city police actions related to Hurricane Katrina. Landrieu joined city officials and the families of James Brissette, Henry Glover, Ronald Madison, and Raymond Robair …

Possible Petroleum Contamination Prompts Tap Water Warning in Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, a Texas Gulf Coast city, is warning its 320,000 residents not to use tap water because it might be contaminated with petroleum-based chemicals, prompting a rush on bottled water and the closure of local schools. City officials said …