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    On-Duty Firefighter Deaths Hit Record Low

    BOSTON (AP) — The number of on-duty firefighter deaths last year in the United States was the lowest in more than three decades. In a report released Monday, the National Fire Protection Association said 72 firefighters died on-duty in 2010. That's a sharp drop from the 105 on-duty deaths in 2008 and 82 in 2009. The group said it's the lowest ...
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    Off-Duty Coroners Save Choking Boy at Eatery

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Two off-duty deputy coroners in central Pennsylvania showed they're pretty good with living patients too. Centre County deputy coroners Judy Pleskonko and Debra Smeal — still wearing their scrubs — were having dinner at a steakhouse Wednesday when a 15-year-old boy near them started choking on a piece of meat. Pleskonko performed the Heimlich maneuver on 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 almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firesetters kick the habit with the help of firefighters

    As the photos of burn victims filled the screen in front of him, Patrick Lawhorne stared intently and realized just how lucky he was. The Orlando teenager's fascination with fire came to a head recently when he used gasoline to ignite a blaze. "I burned a hole in my neighbor's fence," 16-year-old Patrick said. After attending a Juvenile Firesetters program at ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 ...
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Veteran Charged With Assaulting Off-Duty Firefighter

    BUFORD, GA — A Vietnam veteran in still incarcerated after an incident where he fired a handgun and assaulted an off-duty firefighter with a walking cane outside of his Buford home Thursday. The man, who police said is considered “50 percent mentally disabled” and possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, reportedly fired his semi-automatic pistol in order to get the ...
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    Firefighters Put Out Fires at Same Address 2 Days in a Row

    For the second time within nine hours, firefighters in eastern Berks County were called to a two-alarm fire at the same address. Crews responded about 3:15 this morning to a duplex in the first block of Ehst Road in Washington Township for what emergency dispatchers called a rekindle of the fire that started shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials struck ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Dive Teams Find Two Who Jumped From Bridge; One Survivor

    BOSTON - One man died and another man survived after jumping from the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge into the Charles River Tuesday night, State Police said. The men jumped around 11 p.m. from the bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge, Sergeant Matthew Murray, a State Police spokesman, said. State Police troopers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney's office are investigating, Murray said. ...
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    Former Ambulance Service President Charged with Theft

    NORTHCUMBERLAND COUNTY, VA - The former president of an ambulance service in Northumberland County was charged earlier this month with stealing from the organization. Now some in his community say this is becoming far too common. Investigators said Regan Yoder used his position and the borough credit card to buy personal items and now he faces theft charges. Yoder, 32, is ...
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    FF Award Debate Comes to a Head

    FF Award Debate Comes to a Head
    BOSTON - The roiling debate over the controversial arbitration award for Boston firefighters came to a head today at City Hall, where an army of firefighters held a defiant, spirited rally before standing watch over marathon hearings in the City Council that inflamed passions. The proceedings, stretching into the evening, swung from tedious discussion about city finances to loud, contentious arguments ...
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    Seven Injured NJ Firefighters Returning to Duty

    IRVINGTON — Seven firefighters injured while fighting a three-alarm blaze on Irvington’s Grove Street Tuesday evening all returned to duty, fire officials said. Although four firefighters were taken to area hospitals suffering from bruises, sprains and burns, all were released shortly afterward, Irvington Deputy Chief Pat Hand said. “They’re all going to be OK,” he said. The fire’s cause is still ...
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    Politician Refutes Claim that He Accepted IAFF Campaign Donation

    KANSAS CITY - Fred Arbanas wants to make one thing perfectly clear — he never accepted a campaign donation from Local 42 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. A July report filed by Taxpayer’s Unlimited, the firefighter’s political committee, listed a $2,500 contribution to Arbanas. Arbansas, of course, is in the race of his political life versus Terry Riley, a ...
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    Woman, Dog Rescued from Cliff After 4-Day Ordeal

    WAIKATO, New Zealand - Custard the dog's four day ordeal on a ledge above the Waikato River turned to custard for one of her would-be rescuers with firefighters called to haul both man – and later dog – to safety. Richard Gould's first attempt to retrieve neighbour Chele Clarkin's five-year-old golden labrador from a ledge on a cliff above the Waikato ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Rescuers Pull Man on Fire From Burning Home

    SAN JOSE - Firefighters who arrived at a burning house in San Jose on Wednesday saw a horrifying sight — a man standing in the entryway with his clothes on fire. Two firefighters pulled the man from the house on Tampa Way, rolled him on the grass and began administering medical treatment, according to fire Capt. Chuck Rangel. He was transported ...
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    Off-Duty FFs Investigated In Bar Fight

    MILWAUKEE— The Milwaukee Fire Department says it's conducting an internal investigation into a bar fight allegedly involving two off-duty firefighters. The victim, 56-year-old Jonathan Loiacano, told WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/oXU5uL) he thinks the firefighters should be fired. Loiacano says he suffered a shattered cheek, broken teeth and other facial injuries at the Fit `N Feather Bar in Greenfield on June 23. He says ...
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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 ...
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    Emergency Service Plans to Build, Rebuild, Replace Facilities

    Emergency Service Plans to Build, Rebuild, Replace Facilities
    WINNIPEG 0 If you're old, inconvenient or simply out of shape, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service wants to get rid of you. The city's emergency service has unveiled a four-year plan to replace five outmoded or inconveniently located fire-paramedic stations, rebuild two deteriorating buildings in the same location and build two new facilities to serve new suburbs. According to a report ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Two Firefighters Injured in Hit-and-Run

    Two Firefighters Injured in Hit-and-Run
    TULARE COUNTY - Two Tulare County firefighters were hurt today when a pickup truck hit them as they worked on a vehicle fire near Alpaugh. Authorities are looking for the driver and occupants of the pickup, which did not stop. Authorities suspect the pickup occupants set the fire and were fleeing. Firefighter Pat Hines was thrown 50 feet, breaking ribs and ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Injured In Blaze that Destroyed Three Homes

    TROY, PA - Two Troy Hill families lost their homes to fire this morning after a vacant dwelling between them burned to the ground. One Pittsburgh firefighter was injured when he slipped while climbing from a ladder onto the railing a 20-foot-high deck at the rear of one of the properties. The man, who has not yet been identified, may have ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1

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