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    Over 50 San Jose Firefighters Set to be Laid Off

    SAN JOSE, CA - More than 50 San Jose firefighters were set to lose their jobs in a matter of hours Thursday night as the city struggled to close an $118 million budget gap. Firefighters were also upset because the city may drastically change the way labor contract disputes are resolved. Mayor Chuck Reed had a polite but tense meeting with ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Witnesses Told Cops Man Discussed NH Fire

    CONCORD, N.H.—New information released Thursday in a quadruple murder case shows that at least nine people told Keene police after the 1989 fire that the man now charged in the case either threatened to burn down the apartment building or bragged that he had done it. One key witness, however, stonewalled the investigation by refusing to give a sworn statement and ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    NYC Fire Marshals Arrest Bartender for Fiery Trick

    NEW YORK (AP) - A barkeep whose flaming liquor show was featured in "Real Housewives of New York City" has been arrested for performing the fiery feat. Authorities said undercover fire marshals arrested the barkeep about 2 a.m. Sunday after he set alight Apotheke's bar top, where he had poured various liquors. Chief Fire Marshal Robert Byrnes said the stunt sparked ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Take Time To Remember Those Who Have Fallen

    FFs Take Time To Remember Those Who Have Fallen
    BOSTON - Firefighters from across Boston stood two abreast in salute yesterday morning, paying tribute to fallen colleagues buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. Garbed in decorated navy dress uniforms, the firefighters removed their caps to place flowers on the Fireman’s Lot, a burial ground established in 1828 and the resting place for 135 firefighters, 13 of whom died ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Firefighters Gaining More Containment of Race Pond Fire

    Firefighters are gaining control of the Race Pond Fire that has threatened for days to jump into the Okefenokee Swamp, officials said. At last measure, the fire had burned 7,852 acres, counting burnouts, and was 40 percent contained, said Mark Wiles, a Georgia Forestry Commission senior forester working with a joint information team. "We thinking the burnout we attempted over the ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    5-Day Search Suspended for Missing Firefighter

    5-Day Search Suspended for Missing Firefighter
    VANDENBERG, CA - At 6 p.m. on Friday, June 25, the five-day search for Sean Daniel Fleming was suspended, according to officials in a press release. On Saturday, June 19, Fleming — a 32 year-old Vandenberg firefighter from Lompoc — parked his vehicle at Gaviota State Beach and took his kayak out into the ocean to fish. When Fleming failed to ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Fire and Rescue Cleans Up With New Drug Testing Incentive

    Fire and Rescue Cleans Up With New Drug Testing Incentive
    Top Hub fire brass could reap tens of thousands of dollars over the next decade for taking random drug and alcohol tests, padding their pay and straining city coffers for years to come, a City Hall watchdog warned. “It’s a runaway cost, and every year it will get to be more and more,” said Matthew Cahill, executive director of the Boston ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    India Plane Crash Kills Nearly 160

    India Plane Crash Kills Nearly 160
    MANGALORE, India — An Air India Express plane trying to land at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames at dawn Saturday, killing nearly 160 people, officials said. There were eight survivors. Dense black smoke billowed from the wreckage of the flaming Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a hilly area with ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    New Budget Could Restore 13 FF Jobs in Camden

    New Budget Could Restore 13 FF Jobs in Camden
    CAMDEN — A new budget, set to be considered by the city council Tuesday, proposes the rehiring of 47 Camden police officers and 13 firefighters following increased taxation, according to a report on CourierPostOnline.com. The budget, created by Camden Mayor Dana Redd, contains an additional $3.3 million for the police department and $2.2 million for the fire department, after the state ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Four FFs Caught in Explosion Not Wearing Protective Gear

    Four FFs Caught in Explosion Not Wearing Protective Gear
    SACRAMENTO - The four firefighters injured in an apparent gas explosion at a Sacramento home last week were not wearing crucial protective gear, the Sacramento Fire Department confirmed. Firefighters David Storck, Scott McKinney, Jeff Coats and Mike Feyh lacked protective gloves and were not wearing department-issued protective masks when they approached an Oak Park home on July 5 after neighbors reported ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    TX Mayor Has Fire, Police Overtime on Agenda

    HOUSTON, TX - Overtime pay for police and firefighters cost Houston taxpayers $67 million last year, including 714 employees who each earned $20,000 or more, and four officers who pulled down more than $100,000. A Houston Chronicle analysis shows that most of the money — $50 million — went to the Houston Police Department, long bedeviled by staffing shortages while trying ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Cited For Driving Firetruck Without a License

    HAVERHILL — Police have issued former firefighter Kevin Thompson a citation through Haverhill District Court for driving a firetruck without a license, Mayor James Fiorentini said. If the city wins a criminal conviction against Thompson on the driving charge, Fiorentini said yesterday he will ask the Haverhill Retirement Board to revoke Thompson's pension. The board earlier this week awarded Thompson, 52, ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    A Life-Saving Ice Rescue

    A Life-Saving Ice Rescue
    INDIANAPOLIS - The Fishers Fire Department rescued an ice fisherman who broke through the ice at Geist Reservoir this morning. The victim was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, said fire Capt. Ron Lipps. The rescue happened at about 7:30 a.m. near Fall Creek and Brook School roads. The victim was ice fishing when the ice gave way, Lipps said. Neighbor ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF

    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF
    LOUISA, KY - A Kentucky firefighter is recovering in the hospital after he was swept under water during a fire school training Sunday afternoon. Mark Hammond, Regional Training Coordinator for Kentucky Fire Commission, said it happened at about 1:30 p.m. Hammond said the Northeast Kentucky Fire School was conducting a swift water rescue training at Yatesville Lake in Louisa. The firefighter ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Charged After Distributing Advanced Tests

    GREELEY, CO - The Weld County district attorney's office has charged a Greeley firefighter with one count of official misconduct after he gave out tests to firefighters preparing for a certification exam. Lt. Roger Moore, 46, was issued a summons for the Class 2 misdemeanor, according to Jennifer Finch, the district attorney's spokeswoman. No date has been set for a court ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    FF Battling Cancer Gets Help From Around the Globe

    FF Battling Cancer Gets Help From Around the Globe
    PORTSMOUTH, VA - The Portsmouth Fire Department set out to raise money for one of their own who is fighting cancer while raising three small children by selling $5 fire helmet decals and $10 vehicle decals. The effort is helping Sarah and Matthew Fox pay their bills while Sarah, a 38-year-old paramedic and firefighter, battles cancer, which has spread from her ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Virginia Injured Firefighter, Displaces Three

    Virginia Injured Firefighter, Displaces Three
    NORFOLK, VA - A fire in the 700 block of Carolina Ave. this morning sent one firefighter to a hospital and displaced three people. The fire was first reported in the kitchen of the home shortly after 4 a.m., said Battalion Chief Harry Worley, Norfolk Fire-Rescue spokesman. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and flames coming from the home. They went ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Family Closely Watching Bear Fire Wildfire

    HOEHNE -- Family members living on the Roberts Ranch just north of the Bear Fire were breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday as huge plumes of smoke from earlier in the week had shrunk to a light haze drifting over nearby rolling hills and mesas. The Roberts family has spent the week watching firefighters from several states battle the wildfire, which ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Boy, 10, Charged in Fire That Killed Two

    HAVERHILL, Mass. — Prosecutors have charged a 10-year-old Massachusetts boy with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly starting a fire that killed two relatives, including a 6-year-old boy. A not guilty plea was entered for the boy Monday in Lawrence Juvenile Court. His name was not released because of his age. Prosecutors say the boy used a lighter to start the fire in ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Retraining, New Equipment for Firefighters After Facing Unpredictable Explosion

    Retraining, New Equipment for Firefighters After Facing Unpredictable Explosion
    PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, VA - When Prince George's County firefighters first came on the scene of a gas-leak-turned-explosion at the Penn Mar Shopping Center in May, they had all the right policies and procedures on the books to tell them how to respond. Problem was, not enough of them knew those policies and procedures existed, according to a federal safety report ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +4