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    Firefighter Recalls Explosion Chaos

    Firefighter Recalls Explosion Chaos
    SACRAMENTO - For five minutes, it was like the hundreds of gas-leak calls before it. Then in a flash of blue, it turned into one of the worst calls in recent Sacramento Fire Department history. In an interview Friday with The Bee, Sacramento firefighter Dave Storck described how a routine call turned into a chaotic scene at an Oak Park home ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Escapes Ambulance After Cutting Off Own Ear

    Man Escapes Ambulance After Cutting Off Own Ear
    A prisoner had part of his ear cut off in a "calculated" sequence of events so he could escape from an ambulance in Greater Manchester, police have said. Michael O'Donnell, who had been sharing a cell with his brother, is on the run from HMP Salford after his ambulance was held up by masked men on Sunday. Greater Manchester Police believe ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest

    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest
    BANGOR, ME — Capt. John Prentiss, a 23-year Bangor Fire Department veteran, says he hangs out with angels. Those angels are the four medically trained firefighters who worked with him on Sunday and brought him back from the dead. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those four guardian angels,” Prentiss, 55, said Wednesday while sitting in his Dedham ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +11
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    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide

    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide
    WASHINGTON - A D.C. fire engine crashed into a Metro bus in Northwest D.C. Wednesday, injuring 22 people - including four firefighters. The fire truck was on its way to help a pedestrian who had been hit by a car on 13th Street and Madison Street, when it struck the Metro bus on 14th Street just after 10:15 a.m. Eighteen people ...
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    Cleveland Firefighters Take TUFF Titles

    Cleveland Firefighters Take TUFF Titles
    CLEVELAND - Cleveland firefighters brought home three titles from the Tennessee Ultimate Firefighter (TUFF) competition held recently at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle. Sixteen firefighters from the Cleveland Fire Department competed in the event to benefit the Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial. “I am proud that Cleveland firefighters compete in this event each year,” stated Chief Chuck Atchley. ...
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    Fire Chief Killed in Silo Explosion

    Fire Chief Killed in Silo Explosion
    SACKETS HARBOR, NY — An assistant fire chief with the Sackets Harbor Fire Department was killed Sunday morning when a silo at North Harbor Dairy exploded after it caught fire. Garrett W. Loomis, 26, Sackets Harbor, was among members of the department responding Sunday to the County Route 75 farm because of a reported silo fire. The farm was the location ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -8
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    FF Risks Life, Saves Woman Stuck in Live Wires

    FF Risks Life, Saves Woman Stuck in Live Wires
    FORT ERIE - A woman is trapped inside a crashed, burning car energized by fallen hydro wires. Every time she touches the car's frame to get out, she gets shocked by the wires' electrical power vibrating through the vehicle. That is the scene volunteer firefighter Captain Robert Puttick arrived to Saturday. Off-duty during the 9:30 p.m. crash, Puttick said when he ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Is the Chicago FF Test Keeping Women Out?

    CHICAGO — As Chicago prepares to pay $30 million to African-American men who were denied firefighting jobs because of a discriminatory entrance exam, the city was hit Tuesday with another lawsuit, this one on behalf of women who were disqualified because they failed the physical abilities test. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court claims that the test, which includes arm ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    NJ Firefighters Experience Simulated Terrorist Attack

    NJ Firefighters Experience Simulated Terrorist Attack
    NEWARK -- As firefighters from the Bayonne, Hackensack and Newark Fire departments sifted through burned-out cars and cracked cement slabs inside the improvised Metro City Tunnel, none of them heard the mechanical cry for help coming from the back of a truck. Stepping carefully over the shifting, wet debris behind them, Newark firefighter Frank Bellina pulled a life-size mannequin out of ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Are Pregnant Firefighters Being Discriminated Against?

    Are Pregnant Firefighters Being Discriminated Against?
    WASHINGTON, DC - The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department in recent years has developed a bit of an overtime problem. And part of the solution has created an entirely different problem: angry, pregnant firefighters. The root of the problem is that too many firefighters haven’t been on full-duty status, so their colleagues have been collecting time-and-a-half to fill in, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Did CT Firefighers' Oxygen Tanks Run Out?

    Did CT Firefighers' Oxygen Tanks Run Out?
    BRIDGEPORT -- Firefighters. They rush into buildings when everyone else is rushing out. "Maybe there's something wrong with our wiring," said Assistant Fire Chief Manuel Firpi, as he stood Sunday outside the 7-11, the Ocean Terrace firehouse. "It's like a calling, like a priest or a teacher or a medic, not everyone can do the job. There's just something inside you ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Paramedic Brutally Attacked by Drunk Student

    Paramedic Brutally Attacked by Drunk Student
    MANCHESTER CITY, UK - "Getting verbally abused is the norm but this was no way near normal - in my 26 years as a paramedic I have never been subjected to an attack like this." Ann Sumner had much of her hair pulled out of her head, she was punched and scratched and left with a form of whiplash in her ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -5
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    50 Firefighters Suspended Over Fake Medical Training

    50 Firefighters Suspended Over Fake Medical Training
    BOSTON - The Boston Fire Department suspended 54 firefighters yesterday who were among more than 200 EMTs who state investigators say faked medical training certifications in a fraudulent scheme that came to light last year. While many private ambulance companies planned to fire emergency medical technicians named in the state public health investigation, the Boston Fire Department began its own yearlong ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Charged With Looting Following Joplin Tornado

    JOPLIN, Mo. — The Jasper County prosecutor has charged one Kansas firefighter with stealing after the May 22 tornado. Prosecutor Dean Dankelson on Wednesday filed a misdemeanor charge of stealing against 25-year-old Matthew W. Page. Page was one of three Baxter Springs, Kan., firefighters dismissed in June for alleged misconduct while responding to the tornado. Fire Chief Les Page, the father ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'

    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'
    George Ballew spent Monday in an emergency shelter, nursing his wounds and worrying about his missing wife. He was clutching a tube of toothpaste, the fingers on one hand cut, broken and wrapped in gauze, when an emergency volunteer approached. "George, your wife is OK," she told him gently. "We just found her." "Oh, thank God," he said, collapsing into the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Young First Responder Killed In One-Vehicle Crash

    Young First Responder Killed In One-Vehicle Crash
    ANTIOCH, IL - An Antioch firefighter died early Saturday when a pickup truck he was driving crashed into a utility pole in far north Lake County, authorities said. Eric Norden, 30, of Wilmot, Wis., died from multiple trauma, said Lake County Coroner Richard Keller. He said Norden was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:45 a.m. Keller said Norden was driving ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    GA Battalion Chief Attempts to Rescue Troubled Youths

    GA Battalion Chief Attempts to Rescue Troubled Youths
    GWINNETT COUNTY, GA - A Gwinnett County firefighter's mission is to save lives in a broader context: He has moved beyond emergency response to early intervention. Battalion Chief Eddie Myers, whose wife is a Loganville private school administrator, recognized a need for positive role models in schools. Two years ago, he created FLAME (Firefighter Lunch and Mentoring Experience), a program that ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +7
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    AUDIO: Retired Firefighter Killed by Police Officer In Home Intrusion

    AUDIO: Retired Firefighter Killed by Police Officer In Home Intrusion
    YUKON, OK — A retired Yukon firefighter was shot and killed by a Piedmont police officer after forcing his way into the officer's home in Yukon. Police say 47-year-old Devin Nemecek was killed Tuesday by officer Jack Neumann Yukon police spokeswoman Klare Ly said Neumann returned home to find Nemecek banging on a door. Ly said Nemecek forced his way into ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Off-Duty FF Pulls Man From St. Louis River

    ST. LOUIS — An off-duty firefighter is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a man whose pickup truck veered into St. Louis' River Des Peres. Authorities say firefighter Steve Nienhaus saw the vehicle enter the river Sunday morning, then quickly swam into the water to save the driver who was slumped over inside the truck. St. Louis Fire Department Capt. ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later

    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later
    CHARLESTON, SC - A solemn, subdued memorial is planned for Friday evening to mark the third anniversary of the Sofa Super Store blaze that claimed the lives of nine Charleston firefighters. The Savannah Highway site of the deadly fire will be open for people to pay their respects. Firefighters and families of the fallen will go first, in a private session ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1

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