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  1. When Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter started his career in law enforcement more than 20 years ago, no one talked about mental health. "Psychologists or psychiatrists... you met with them once when you got your job, and you didn't go back or you were stigmatized in the system," Hunter said. "We've made a lot of progress in understanding that mental health is just as important as physical health and that we can be impacted by the things we see out there.
    - PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 10:35:31 PM - SOURCE: Longview News-Journal
  2. Quick responses by fire departments and emergency management offices helped mitigate damages and losses after numerous wildfires started throughout the Texas Panhandle on Thursday afternoon, but a burn ban remains in place for Potter County through Sunday night and Deaf Smith County is still under a Red Flag Warning due to continuing critical fire conditions.
    - PUB DATE: 2/24/2017 7:40:57 AM - SOURCE: Amarillo Globe-News
  3. "Its vital for us to get something that's easier for the volunteers," Fire Marshal, Richard Castillo said. Victoria County Fire Marshal Richard Castillo speaks about their new smart phone fire app, called Fire app, made for all county volunteer fire fighters. "It will have a drop down of the different types of incident they may go to.
    - PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 5:10:13 PM - SOURCE: KAVU & KUNU-TV Crossroads
  4. Paris firefighters suited up in Hazmat gear to take part in a practice scenario Thursday afternoon. Thursday was day two of the continued training that all 48 Paris firefighters must go through. In all, they need eight hours each year both in the classroom and in scenarios. The firefighters were transferring hazardous material from one container to another, plugging what would be a ruptured pipe and also plugging a leaking container.
    - PUB DATE: 2/23/2017 4:35:43 PM - SOURCE: KXII-TV CBS 12 Sherman
  5. Duane Freeman knows the signs of a heart attack. It is something he was taught in his training as assistant fire chief for Lufkin. However, the training could not prepare him for his own heart attack. "I didn't have the normal warning signs of a heart attack," Freeman said. "I considered myself a healthy person.
    - PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 7:42:03 PM - SOURCE: KTRE-TV ABC 9

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