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Marianne Prévôt and fellow researchers with their completed safety device.

Professor leads research on safety sensor for first responders

MinJee Yoo, Reporter October 31, 2023

A device as small as a chip may one day save the lives of those who are first responders.  Marianne Prévôt, an assistant professor in chemistry and biochemistry, led research on the safety sensor,...

Members of the Portage County Water Team travel along the Cuyahoga River after clearing fallen trees that blocked the river passage.

Kent Fire Department removes fallen trees from the Cuyahoga River that caused hazardous conditions for kayakers

Erin Sullivan, Reporter May 10, 2023

The Kent Fire Department cleared two fallen trees that created a hazard for kayakers on the Cuyahoga River Tuesday afternoon.  The fallen trees completely blocked the river and left no clear passage...

Kent Fire Department sets Rec Center prairie ablaze in annual controlled burn

Addison Foreman, Reporter April 25, 2023

The Kent Fire Department conducted its annual prairie burn early Tuesday morning. Firemen and safety officials gathered at the prairie behind the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and set the field...

Kent Fire Dept. holds spring training

Noah Rowe, TV2 Reporter March 22, 2023

The Kent Fire Department spent Wednesday afternoon training at a vacant house. They practiced using ground and aerial ladders as well as other firefighting techniques. Kent's fire captain, David Moore,...

‘I have a very high confidence level’ Kent First Responders speak on preparation for railway incidents

March 9, 2023

There have been two major derailments in Ohio in just over a month, with one in East Palestine and another in Springfield. TV2's Alexandria Manthey spoke to first responders who say they are confident...

Kent Fire Department assists East Palestine following train derailment

February 11, 2023

Several fire departments, including the Kent Fire Department, provided aid to the East Palestine community after a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed from its tracks. TV2's Jacob Brooks spoke with...

Updates on the mill fire investigation

December 6, 2022

A few days after the former Star of the West Mill caught fire, officials began investigating how it happened. Monday morning, multiple agencies collaborated to start the investigation into what caused...

Moving down the train tracks, the operator moves the debris to a separate pile.

Crews clear debris as community mourns loss of downtown landmark

Alton Northup, Staff Reporter December 3, 2022

Fire crews remained in downtown Kent Saturday as maintenance crews worked to clear debris following an explosive fire that ravaged the historic mill complex. Bricks, glass and charred wood scattered...

The latest: Fire, explosion strike historic mill complex in Kent

Jacob Brooks, TV2 Reporter December 2, 2022

Multiple buildings of the former Star of the West mill in downtown Kent caught fire Friday morning. TV2's Jacob Brooks was at the scene and spoke with the fire chief and witnesses who described what...

Firefighters rise into the blaze in downtown Kent.

Multi-alarm fire strikes historic mill complex in Kent

Click here to view more photos from the fire. Heavy fire consumed multiple buildings of the former Star of the West Mill on North Water Street Friday morning around 9 a.m., as smoke visible for miles...

Trainees surround one of the vacant houses being filled with smoke as part of a training exercise.

City of Kent sets controlled fires for fire department training

Tamra McMillion, Reporter July 3, 2022

At 8 a.m. on Friday morning, firefighters entered two vacant houses that were purposely set on fire. Beginning June 30 and continuing after the July 4 holiday weekend, the Kent Fire Department is training...

Attendees visit vendor booths and tables set up along Main Street.

Heritage Festival returns to downtown Kent for its 27th year

Vivien Starcher, Reporter July 3, 2022

The annual Heritage Festival made its way to the streets of downtown Kent on Saturday, July 2. At 10 a.m., classic cars lined up along N. Water Street with sounds of the '70s playing in the background...

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