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    City Agreement Puts Eight Firefighters Back on the Job

    City Agreement Puts Eight Firefighters Back on the Job
    LAWRENCE, MA- Eight of 24 city firefighters laid off in July are being rehired immediately after Mayor William Lantigua and Lawrence firefighters came to a long-awaited cost-savings agreement yesterday. The Lawrence firefighters' union voted 57 to 7 to make $241,000 in contract concessions, which include each firefighter working 24 hours overtime for free and giving up a week's vacation. Firefighters voted ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Off-Duty FF's Gear Swiped While Helping With Rescue

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials in Michigan are seeking the return of hockey equipment taken while an off-duty firefighter was helping a woman trapped in a burning car. Ann Arbor battalion chief Robert Vogel says Monday that the bag of gear either was taken from the bed of John Maguire's truck or plucked from the ground nearby where it had fallen ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Responders To Be Honored During Colorado Parade of Thanks

    Responders To Be Honored During Colorado Parade of Thanks
    FOURMILE CANYON, CO - A barefoot violinist, Malcolm Watson, will lead a firefighter appreciation parade with other grateful local residents today in Boulder. Watson lives in Fourmile Canyon and is one evacuee who was able to return to a standing home after the recent wildfire there. The parade will start on Pearl Street and 16th Street and travel a mile east ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Good Samaritan Warns Deaf Family About Fire

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say a man alerted a family that included three deaf people about a fire in the attic of their Indianapolis home. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the fire was reported just after midnight Tuesday and that all four residents safely escaped. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes despite the closest fire ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors

    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors
    SEATTLE - The city of Seattle's attempt to overturn a $12.75 million judgment awarded to a former firefighter — using secretly shot video of the man chopping wood and playing horseshoes and bocce ball — unfairly distorts the actual injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall, his lawyers said in court papers filed Friday. Lawyers for Mark Jones argued that he ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Admits to Smoking Pot Each Time He Worked as a FF

    Man Admits to Smoking Pot Each Time He Worked as a FF
    BOSTON - A federal judge in Maine, sentencing a 32-year-old former Boston firefighter on a marijuana-growing charge this week, noted that the man had admitted smoking about 2 ounces of the drug each week during the time he worked as a firefighter, prosecutors said. The comments came when Sean Berte was sentenced Thursday by US District Judge George Z. Singal in ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Fast-moving Blaze Began as Grass Fire

    Fire officials say a three-alarm fire that destroyed a garage and four vehicles at a northern Vanderburgh County property Sunday morning started as a grass fire. Homeowner Thomas Wilson, 69, is the only person who lives at 9301 Old State Road, about a half-mile north of East Mount Pleasant Road, and he was not injured in the blaze. The fire was ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    First Responders Free Boy With Head Stuck in Toilet Seat

    ESSEX, United Kingdom - Firefighters in Essex used cutting equipment to rescue an 18-month-old boy who had a toilet seat stuck on his head. The boy, from Loughton, had put the training toilet seat on his head but it slipped down over his ears. Firefighter Steve Seary said: "It was around his neck, but it wasn't causing him any difficulties. We ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign

    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign
    SILVER SPRING, Md. - A pedestrian is hit and injured by a car every eight minutes, federal officials say. Local leaders are now out to stifle that trend. A local effort to cut down on the amount of pedestrians injured and killed in accidents kicked off in Silver Spring Tuesday with a sobering demonstration. The Street Smart campaign is a joint ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Training Instructors Faked Credits as Favor

    Training Instructors Faked Credits as Favor
    BOSTON - Two instructors suspected of falsifying training records for more than 200 emergency medics across Massachusetts told state public health investigators that they were simply trying to help colleagues who did not have the time or money to take the medical refresher courses required to renew their licenses. State officials reported yesterday that one of the instructors, former Trinity Ambulance ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Spend the Day Closing Hydrants they Didn't Open

    Firefighters Spend the Day Closing Hydrants they Didn't Open
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Firefighters spent a portion of their Sunday shutting hydrants that were apparently opened by people looking to get relief from the hot weather. At the corner of South Ohio Avenue and Siebert Street, a fire hydrant was opened at least four times on Sunday, it was reported. One firefighter said that he has responded to 15 reports of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Food On Stove Ignites Fire That Kills Three

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Authorities say a South Carolina mother who died in a fire with her twin 3-year-old sons had left them alone in her house with food on the stove when the blaze broke out. Charleston County Sheriff's spokesman Maj. John Clark says 30-year-old Mary P. Brown of Charleston had left the house to pick up a friend Tuesday evening. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Hands-Only CPR, Firm Dispatchers are Lifesavers

    ATLANTA — More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research. The two new studies conclude that "hands-only" chest compression is enough to save a life. They are the largest and most rigorous yet to ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Ex-Forest Officials Want Deeper Probe Into Station Fire

    Ex-Forest Officials Want Deeper Probe Into Station Fire
    LOS ANGELES - A group of former U.S. Forest Service officials is calling for a new and independent investigation into the agency's handling of last year's devastating Station fire, with many contending that an internal inquiry completed in November ignored critical missteps. That probe by the Forest Service's Washington, D.C., headquarters found no tactical errors in the initial attack on the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Air Ambulance Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a bird strike shattered a windshield on a medical helicopter that was flying from Aberdeen to Fargo, N.D. The Careflight helicopter from Avera St. Luke's Hospital made a safe emergency landing early Monday at the Fargo airport. The pilot was treated for minor injuries. A paramedic, nurse and patient also ...
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    AZ Wildfire May Become Largest In History

    ARIZONA - An enormous wildfire in eastern Arizona is poised to become the largest in state history, as firefighters tried Tuesday to keep the blaze from crossing into New Mexico and devouring a small mountain town. Fires grew elsewhere in New Mexico and at the state's border with Colorado, where flames forced the closure of a busy interstate highway. In Luna, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Fight to Stop Ambulance Fees May End Up In Court

    Fight to Stop Ambulance Fees May End Up In Court
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - The Montgomery County Council approved a proposal in May to charge ambulance fees, but the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association has submitted more than 50,000 signatures to add a referendum on the November ballot. However, some of the signatures submitted were rejected by the county Board of Elections, and there's a chance the referendum would not ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Injured in Fall from Fire Truck

    NEWARK — A Newark firefighter suffered serious injuries after he fell from a city fire truck while responding to an incident Monday night, authorities said. The firefighter was sitting in the "bucket seat" and tumbled into the street when the vehicle made a left turn onto Osborne Terrace just before 10 p.m. Monday, according to Newark Fire Chief Michael Lalor. The ...
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    HFD: 30 Fires May be Work of 1 Arsonist

    Arson investigators believe at least 30 intentionally set fires in southwest Houston dating to the beginning of last year may be the work of the same person or group of people, officials said Tuesday. Almost all the fires occurred at apartment complexes or homes on the southwest side during the early morning hours. In all instances a flammable liquid such as ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Competing In Combat Challenge at US Air Force Academy This Weekend

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters from Colorado and elsewhere are expected to compete in the "Rumble in the Rockies" contest at the Air Force Academy this weekend. The event Saturday and Sunday is one of a series called the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Vail is scheduled to hold a competition in August. Firefighters compete in five events designed to test ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1