Fire fumes sends 9 first responders to hospital


Prentiss, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – UPDATED 1:25p.m. - Maine State Fire Marshal officials say 8 firefighters and one state trooper had to be hospitalized after a camp fire in Prentiss early Sunday morning.

Sgt. Joel Davis of the Maine State Fire Marshal's office said a fire on Tucker Ridge Road was very smoky and filled with some though was "toxic" fumes. Davis said all people sent to hospitals have been treated and released and that there were no serious injuries.

NEWS CENTER spoke with several volunteer firefighters that were on scene and said they believe their treatment was for "precautionary" reasons and that there has been no confirmation of any toxic fumes during the fire.

Fire officials said initial reports indicated a potential meth lab fire. After investigation, officials determined that was not the case.

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Join WLBZ 2 for Make a Difference Day 2014


Make a Difference Day is Saturday, October 25 and WLBZ 2 and the United Way of Eastern Maine are asking you to join in and work on a project in your area.

WLBZ 2 is spending the day helping to put in a healing garden at Sarah's House-- a cancer patient hospitality house in Holden.

For a project you can get involved in, visit the Volunteer Maine website or give the United Way of Eastern Maine a call at 941-2800.


Ride For A Reason raises awareness of veteran suicide


MACHIAS, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- An average of 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives every day. That's according to the organization Active Heroes, a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans struggling with depression.

On Saturday in Machias, a local army veteran and an advocate for the Active Heroes held Ride For A Reason to raise money for the nonprofit's Carry The Fallen campaign.

The A.T.V. riding event drew more than 150 people and raised more than $4,500 for the campaign which will help pay for the treatment of veterans suffering from depression and other mental illnesses.

Local veteran Shawn Goodwin organized the event when he learned about veteran Army Captain Justin Fitch and his road to recovery after dealing with depression. Now Fitch strives to help other veterans get the help they need and know that it's okay to ask for it.

UMaine to cut $7 million from budget


ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On Thursday, the University of Maine announced it will cut $7 million from its $242 million budget in the next fiscal year.

According to the Vice President of Administration and Finance Ryan Lowe, the roughly three percent cut will not eliminate any academic programs. The university will also try to avoid any layoffs, but details are still being worked out. UMaine's goal is to disrupt student affairs as little as possible, but with a little more than three million dollars being cut from academic affairs, the Maine Education Department is skeptical.

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Connect with Your Inner Child — on the Catching Health Calendar

Connect with Your Inner Child — on the Catching Health Calendar

Check out upcoming health events in Maine, including a weekend workshop that will help you connect that little child who lives in your heart. Go to the Catching Health blog ...

 

Ebola: Maine Medical Center Separates Fact From Fiction

Ebola: Maine Medical Center Separates Fact From Fiction

In an effort to help staff separate fact from fiction, this afternoon Maine Medical Center’s Communications and Marketing department sent out its first MMC Daily Briefing on Ebola and Infection Prevention. Read what was in the briefing ...

 

 

 

Bangor's Ebola Task Force meets at BIA


BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Bangor's infectious disease task force met Thursday morning at Bangor International Airport to outline an immediate and fluid response should a biological threat like Ebola come to the community. he Task Force is made up of local and state health and government organizations including Bangor International Airport, Maine CDC, EMHS and Border Patrol and many more.

The task force has been meeting monthly since the plane carrying the first Ebola patient stopped at BIA for refueling. Since the cases of Ebola in the U.S. have increased, the meetings have become more frequent. Bangor's Airport is international and although the possibility that an Ebola person infected will go through BIA is unlikely, there is still a chance it could happen. The task force wants to be ready for in order to contain the virus and keep it from spreading.