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    Orlando's Longest-Serving Female Firefighter Retiring

    Orlando's Longest-Serving Female Firefighter Retiring
    Barbara Skees, 57, is retiring from Orange County Fire Rescue this month as the agency's longest-serving female firefighter. Skees will have spent 30 years and one month with the department when she retires Oct. 28. During that time, she's gone from one of a handful of women working in the field to one of many – and inspired her son to ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +5
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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 ...
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    FF Pinned by Engine In Rollover; Sustains Serious Injuries

    FF Pinned by Engine In Rollover; Sustains Serious Injuries
    SHAPLEIGH, ME - A Shapleigh firefighter is in the hospital with serious injuries after crashing her engine Sunday evening. Officials say Captain Natasha Kinney was returning to the station after a call when she lost control of the engine she was driving and rolled over on Newfield Road. The engine came to a rest on it's roof and crews had to ...
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    Volunteer FD Exhausted After Extreme Amount of Fires

    LAUREL -- Jones County's volunteer fire departments responded to 51 calls ranging from brush and structure fires to medical emergencies during the Memorial Day weekend. "That's an extremely high number of incidents for this time frame," said Jones County Fire Council Public Information Officer Lance Chancellor. "Volunteer firefighters responded to 15 woods or brush fires, four structure fires, 25 medical first ...
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    TX Fire Chief Drops Prerequisites for Prospective Firefighters

    TX Fire Chief Drops Prerequisites for Prospective Firefighters
    ARLINGTON, TX -- In anticipation of what he calls a "retirement bubble," Fire Chief Don Crowson has removed the requirement that prospective firefighters already be trained in emergency medical procedures. Nearly 40 percent of the city's sworn firefighters are eligible for retirement. So to open the doors to more applicants, the department has dropped all certification prerequisites for the first time ...
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    New Memorial Dedicated to Three LODDs in Early 20th Century

    APPLETON, WI — Three city firefighters who died in the line of duty, all in the early 20th century, will be recognized this fall at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial. The names of Chief Elmer Anderson, Assistant Chief Mike Calnin and firefighter Louis McGillan will be added to the memorial at Ben Hansen Park in Wisconsin Rapids at 3:33 p.m. Oct. ...
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    Firefighter Found Guilty of Fire Truck DUI

    Firefighter Found Guilty of Fire Truck DUI
    MADISON, S.D. (AP) - A volunteer firefighter in Madison has been convicted of driving a fire truck while drunk over Labor Day weekend. Jurors on Wednesday deliberated about 45 minutes before finding 43-year-old Scott Johnson guilty of driving under the influence. Johnson was arrested following a false alarm call. A police officer tested Johnson's blood-alcohol level as being just over the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -7
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    14-Year Old Boy Admits to Starting LA Wildfire

    14-Year Old Boy Admits to Starting LA Wildfire
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A 14-year-old boy who allegedly told deputies he dropped a lighter as he was trying to smoke pot in a field Sunday sparked a 40-acre blaze that briefly threatened some 50 homes and forced evacuations before it was contained, authorities said. The boy from Saugus, one of four people detained in connection with the blaze, was booked ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety

    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety
    NEW YORK — A set of 354 narrow steps spirals all the way up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, and it's the only escape route for tourists in an emergency. On a recent summer day, one tourist put his hands on his knees and gasped for air as a few others funneled down the tightly twisting staircase to the statue's ...
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    Eight Injured in Ambulance Collision

    ANNAPOLIS, MD - Eight people were sent to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries after a car and an ambulance transporting a patient collided in Annapolis, a fire department spokesman said. The crash occurred around 7 p.m. at the intersection of northbound Route 2 and the westbound off-ramp of U.S. 50, near Anne Arundel Medical Center, said Battalion Chief Steve Thompson with ...
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    Fatal Philly Fire Sparks 'Brownout' Policy Questions

    PHILADELPHIA - A 12-year-old autistic child who died in a West Philadelphia rowhouse fire Saturday night might still be alive if not for a recent city policy of temporarily shutting firehouses to save money, the head of the firefighters union and community members said Sunday. "This is just a Russian roulette game, and now a kid is dead," said Bill Gault, ...
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    Dumped Gas Tank Explodes, Rockets Into MA Home

    BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - A 50-pound gas tank dumped in a Massachusetts salvage yard has exploded and rocketed into the air before crashing through solar panels and the roof of a nearby home and landing in a bedroom. Fire department Deputy Chief Thomas Levy says two people were at the home in Bridgewater, a town of about 25,000 residents just south ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Killed After Being Hit by School Bus

    Firefighter Killed After Being Hit by School Bus
    DERBY, NY - A 49-year-old volunteer firefighter from Derby was struck and killed by a school bus shortly before dawn Monday at an intersection not far from his home. Ronald Wattie, of Revere Drive, had to be freed from under the school bus that struck him at about 6:55 a.m. at Erie Road (Route 5) and Revere in the Town of ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Elks Lodge Honors Firefighter, Police, Park Rangers for Service and Heroism

    ST. LOUIS - Three police officers, one firefighter and two park rangers were honored by members of St. Charles Elks Lodge 690 at a reception last month for their community service and heroism. Recipients included: St. Charles City park rangers Sgt. Paul Jokerst and Christina Gonzalez, St. Charles Sheriff's Deputy Ron Neupert, St. Charles Police Officer Michael Davis, St. Peters Police ...
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    Fallen Firefighter: Thomas Shields

    Fallen Firefighter: Thomas Shields
    Age: 42 Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion Rank: Second Assistant Fire Chief Nature of Death: Heart Attack Classification: Volunteer Emergency Duty: No Incident Date: 05/31/2011 Duty Type: After Incident Time: 12:52 Activity Type: Other Death Date: 05/31/2011 Fixed Prop. Use: Residential Fire Dept. Info: Flanders Fire Department Company #1 and Rescue 27 Main ST Flanders , New Jersey 07836 Chief: Greg Widzemok ...
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    Firefighter Among Those Trapped In Ferris Wheel

    Firefighter Among Those Trapped In Ferris Wheel
    RACINE - It was a terrifying situation for more than a dozen children: being trapped on a Ferris wheel for three hours. Luckily, one of the people trapped with them was an off-duty firefighter. Capt. Nick Comande of the Racine Fire Department was riding the Ferris wheel at Racine's Party on the Pavement festival with his 9-year-old daughter Rachel. He had ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest

    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest
    BANGOR, ME — Capt. John Prentiss, a 23-year Bangor Fire Department veteran, says he hangs out with angels. Those angels are the four medically trained firefighters who worked with him on Sunday and brought him back from the dead. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those four guardian angels,” Prentiss, 55, said Wednesday while sitting in his Dedham ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +11
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    City Hopes to Halt Hydrant Openings Amid Heat

    City Hopes to Halt Hydrant Openings Amid Heat
    Columbus, Ohio -- City residents caused headaches for firefighters when some opened fire hydrants to cool off amid midsummerlike temperatures on Tuesday. Firefighters shut off about 50 fire hydrants across the city, Battalion Chief Michael Fowler said. Open hydrants are a problem every summer, he said, but the situation came early this year as the high temperature on Tuesday hit 93 ...
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    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss

    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss
    FREEMONT, WA - The pain, sorrow and sense of loss triggered by Saturday's Fremont apartment fire is shared not just by those who knew the five victims but by the firefighters unable to save them. Firefighters who have been "beating themselves up" over their inability to rescue the woman and four children in the burning apartment attended a Tuesday night session ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His

    FF In Critical Condition After Stolen Car Slams Into His
    FORT WORTH, TX - An off-duty Fort Worth firefighter was seriously injured when a man drove a stolen pickup into his vehicle Sunday morning, authorities said. Mark Puente, 25, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition following the 11:05 a.m. wreck in the 5600 block of Bryant Irvin Road near Southwest Loop 820, officials said. The driver of ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1

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