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    Firefighters Credit Equipment, Training for Surviving Explosion

    TEMPE, AZ - The flash and explosion that smashed windows, hurled doors and threw people several feet in Tempe on Saturday was one of the worst nightmares firefighters face. In days gone by, the back-draft-driven blaze that caused a flash and explosion in a 1940s house on South Mill Avenue could have spelled disaster. But with today's equipment and training programs, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    New Bill Would Cover Cancer Costs to FFs Exposed On the Job

    New Bill Would Cover Cancer Costs to FFs Exposed On the Job
    HARRISBURG - Firefighters' work is full of risks. Everyone knows that. What's not so widely known is the risks that come later, after they've hung up their helmets. Consider one statistic: A Cincinnati study found male firefighters 100 times more likely than other men to contract testicular cancer. Because of that and other cancer dangers linked to exposure to toxic chemicals, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    County's Fire Boss Proposes Extending Service

    Idaho -- Nez Perce County's rural fire service would continue next year under a proposal submitted by Fire Chief Ron Hall. One week after voters overwhelmingly rejected a plan to replace the county fire department with a fire district, commissioners appeared ready during budget meetings Monday to continue some sort of volunteer-type service in most of the county not within a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Dog Saves Woman's Life From Animal Shelter Fire

    SAN FRANCISCO - A dozen cats died in a fire that damaged the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society early today, authorities said, but a woman who lives above the animal shelter is crediting her pit bull mix with waking her up and saving her life. The fire broke out in a dryer at the shelter at 2700 Ninth Street in west Berkeley ...
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    First Responders to Receive Back Pay in Lump Sum

    BOSTON - Boston firefighters will receive an average lump-sum payment of $29,000 because of retroactive pay increases included in the city’s new five-year contract with the firefighters’ union, city officials said yesterday. Some firefighters will receive significantly more because of their rank, seniority, and overtime; others will receive less. City officials said the payments, which will be sent to firefighters in ...
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    Longtime Chief Retires After 34 Years on the Job

    NEWINGTON — After 34 years of fighting fires, Newington Fire Chief Roy Greenleaf is hanging up his coat for retirement. His office walls are bare, only a few nails and hooks left as reminders of the memorabilia that once hung there — his three purple hearts, his bronze star and a collection of patches from the various firefighter pipe bands he's ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Mail Carrier Saves Life On Route for Second Time

    AKRON -- Keith McVey has been delivering mail on the same route for 29 years. But he's proved twice now that he's much more than a postal worker. On Saturday, McVey was delivering letters along Carnegie Avenue, when he heard a call for help across the street. A man was trying to wake up his friend who was lying unconscious in ...
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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 ...
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    Strategies Differ in Protecting History from Honey Prairie Fire

    FOLKSTON, Fla. -- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Manager Curt McCasland admitted he didn't know much about swamp fires when he experienced his first: the now 148,522-acre Honey Prairie Fire. After all, McCasland just arrived in October from the Arizona desert where there's a different strategy for fighting fires. "My first reaction was to rain water on this thing," he said of ...
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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 ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Officer Injured After Crashing Into Fire Engine

    BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer has been taken to a trauma center after crashing his police cruiser into a city fire engine. It happened around 10 a.m. in west Baltimore. City fire department spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the fire engine had responded to a report of an injured person. Firefighters were trying to locate that person when the police car ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FFs Rescue Man's Best Friend From 6th Floor Ledge

    DENVER - Denver firefighters helped a dog from a sixth-floor ledge of the Denver Dry Lofts building this morning. Phil Champagne, spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said the person who owned the dog tried several times to get the dog off the ledge without success. However firefighters, who worked their way along the ledge, were able to grab the dog ...
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    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins

    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins
    “Rescue Me” needs help. The FX drama about New York firefighters led by Worcester native, series co-creator, executive producer and writer Denis Leary is choking on fumes. After watching the first four episodes of the sixth season back-to-back - an endurance test I don’t recommend - it’s apparent “Rescue Me” is recycling plots, revisiting Tommy’s tired battle with the bottle and ...
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    Firefighter Gets Lowered Into Well to Rescue Fallen 6 Year-Old Boy

    SHREWSBURY, MA - A 6-year-old Shrewsbury boy escaped with only cuts and scrapes over the weekend after he fell 20 feet into an abandoned well behind his house, firefighters said. The boy, who had just moved with his family to a house on Barrows Road a few days earlier, found the well Saturday afternoon while exploring his new home with friends, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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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, ...
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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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