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    Some MD Firefighters to Get a Raise

    ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has agreed to cut firefighter physical fitness costs from the budget in order to give some emergency workers a pay raise. [widget:news__wtop] Leggett and the Montgomery County firefighters' union recently formed an agreement to drop random drug and alcohol testing and eliminate the department's physiologist position for two years to fund special pay ...
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    Fire Hazard Forces Maytag to Recall 1.7M Dishwashers

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Whirlpool Corp.'s Maytag unit is recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers because of a fire hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Thursday, says the company, part of Whirlpool Corp., has received 12 reports of electrical failures in the dishwasher heating element that led to fires and damage. One kitchen fire caused extensive damage, the agency ...
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    Two Years Later Five are Charged for Retirement Home Arson

    SAN FRANCISCO - Five owners or operators of the Vallejo retirement home where three residents died in a 2008 fire have been charged with criminal violations, authorities said. The fire started accidentally when a spark from a cigar that Robert Bennett, a resident of Casa de Vallejo, had been smoking near an oxygen cylinder ignited the tank's oxygen, investigators said. Bennett, ...
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    Fires Still Burning in Ariz., N.M., Texas

    Firefighters in Arizona and New Mexico worked Monday to subdue large wildfires while blazes in Texas were mostly under control, officials said. Arizona forestry officials said the Horseshoe Two Fire near Portal had scorched about 26,500 acres and was only 20 percent contained despite the efforts of about 630 firefighters backed by 24 fire engines, 16 water tenders and nine helicopters. ...
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    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run

    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run
    BOSTON - A 20-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident after responding to a medical call in Roxbury late this morning, the fire department said. Firefighters were putting gear back on the truck parked in front of 36 Edgewood St. at around 11:54 a.m. when a maroon Dodge Durango hit the firefighter, ...
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    Oil Containment Efforts Halted After Lightning Strike Causes Fire on BP Ship

    GULF OF MEXICO - Things actually can get worse in the Gulf of Mexico. A fire believed to be caused by a lightning bolt forced the shutdown Tuesday of an oil-capturing system near the gushing Gulf oil well, BP said. The fire aboard the drill ship Discoverer Enterprise was spotted around 9:30 a.m. Although it was quickly extinguished without injuries, the ...
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    BLM Offering Reward for Information on Laguna Fire

    Yuma, Ariz. -- After determining the 751 acre Laguna fire to be human caused, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward to the public for information that leads to a conviction. "Right now, it's under investigation to determine who started it and whether it was accidental or intentional," BLM information officer Pamela Mathis said Monday. "But regardless ...
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    BLM Declares Laguna Fire Contained

    BLM declares Laguna Fire contained Source: The Sun (Yuma, Ariz.) Publication date: 2011-05-25 Yuma, Ariz. -- After firefighters successfully controlled the last three major hot spots of the Laguna Fire Monday night, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management declared the fire 100 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. Although the fire has been completely contained, it will continue to burn ...
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    Some Sobering Fire and Injury Stats About the Fourth of July

    SEATTLE, WA - More than 1,000 fireworks-related injuries and fires were reported to the state fire marshal's office in 2009, according to the Washington State Patrol. It found there were 1,236 reports received last year, mostly on July 4. They included 1,036 fires and 200 injuries. Most were caused by children ages 8 to 14, according to the State Patrol. Specifically, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Roof Collapse Sends Four Responders to Hospital

    ROCKVILLE, Md.-- Four firefighters were rushed to the hospital after a roof collapsed on their heads while they were cleaning up after a fire on Wilmart Street in Rockville Wednesday night. The fire broke out on the 1700 block of Wilmart Street at around 7:25 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt. "Three of the four firefighters will ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Failing Grade Sparks Changes at Calgary 911 Center

    CALGARY - Municipal authorities say they're confident Calgary's 911 call centre is headed in the right direction, following an independent audit of its operations released Thursday. "At least the issues have been identified now and solutions are being put in place," said police Chief Rick Hanson, whose concerns sparked the audit last year. While officials said the city-run public safety communications ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Retired Firefighters Ordered To Repay Pensions

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Two pension funds must collect $76 million in overpayments that went to retired Minneapolis police officers, firefighters and their survivors. A judge has ordered two Minneapolis pension funds to recover about $76 million in overpayments to retired police and firefighters or their spouses. Under the order, the 860 retired police officers or their survivors must repay the city ...
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    Fire Chief Resigns After Critical Report

    The resignation the Coatesville, Chester County, fire chief monday came after a blistering independent report that chastised the department as ineptly led and dysfunctional. The evaluation was sought by the city after a Sept. 10 apartment fire resulted in injuries to seven firefighters, some of whom required hospitalization. The Inquirer has obtained a copy of the report which has yet to ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Introduced in the Senate

    Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Introduced in the Senate
    On January 22nd, Senators Tom Carper (DE) and Susan Collins (ME) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in the Senate. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to classify automatic fire sprinkler systems as 5-year property for purposes of depreciation. The bill, S. 2947, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Both Senator Carper and Senator ...
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    Firefighters Injured Battling Border Blaze

    Firefighters Injured Battling Border Blaze
    Two firefighters were injured Friday while fighting a wildfire along the Mexican border, according to the Coronado National Forest. The firefighters were taken to a hospital with non-life- threatening injuries, the news release said. One was released from the hospital and the other was being treated for first- and second- degree burns. They were battling the Bull Fire, which is burning ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Cleared of Pipe Bomb Charges

    BOSTON - Prosecutors this week dropped a reckless-conduct charge against a Salisbury man after what the police initially described as a powerful pipe bomb at his home turned out to be a "tire thumper" used to check the pressure of truck tires, his lawyer said. The misdemeanor charge against Walter Scott Jr., formerly a volunteer fireman, was dropped Tuesday, the day ...
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    Envelopes Containing White Powder Sent to Fed Buildings

    SEATTLE – Envelopes with white powder were found Monday in eight federal buildings in seven different cities across Washington, Idaho and Utah, prompting the evacuation of an IRS building and a U.S. attorney's office, FBI officials said. The FBI is investigating whether the incidents were linked. Special Agent Frederick Gutt said it would be "logical" that they would be. "It is ...
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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 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Ware County Fire Now at Least 4,000 Acres

    A fire that started late Wednesday in Ware County just north of Race Pond has now burned at least 4,000 acres and is keeping U.S. 1 and CSX Transportation closed south of Waycross. The Georgia Forestry Commission has 27 tractor plows working the fire and 20 more on the way, said Mark L. Wiles a senior forester for the Forestry Commission. ...
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    City Urged to Reject New Firefighter Award

    City Urged to Reject New Firefighter Award
    BOSTON - The Boston City Council should reject an arbitration award for firefighters because the cost would be “disastrous for the taxpayers,’’ a fiscal watchdog agency said in a report yesterday. The analysis by the Boston Finance Commission highlighted what the agency described as “deceptive’’ calculations by arbitrator Dana Edward Eischen, who estimated that the award would cost $39.4 million in ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This

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