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    Firefighters' Jobs Spared; Others Not So Lucky

    Firefighters' Jobs Spared; Others Not So Lucky
    PHOENIX - It started with months of debate over firefighter layoffs, the fear of lengthier response times and the potential for tragedy. In the end, the Phoenix Fire Department avoided losing any first-responder jobs. The budget process began late last year when the Fire Department anticipated cutting as much as $25.8 million, or 144 firefighter positions. The proposal would have eliminated ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    110 Firefighters Respond to French Quarter Fire

    110 Firefighters Respond to French Quarter Fire
    Investigators are looking into reports that a suspicious person was seen entering a for-sale historic property owned by Regions Bank on the Vieux Carre block that erupted in flame Thursday morning. The blaze gutted the interior of the building and damaged three buildings in total. Parts of the building fell onto Ursuline Street, presenting a major challenge to the responding firefighters ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread

    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread
    CORONA, CA - Aircraft and ground crews battled an 800-acre wildfire Thursday as it spread over dry, brown hills in western Riverside County. Flames burned near homes protected by cleared ground. Firefighters had the blaze 10 percent contained by late afternoon. Even though there were no immediate threats to structures, the county Fire Department urged residents to be prepared to leave ...
    Published over 4 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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Salt Lake City FFs Rescue One of Their Own

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Salt Lake City fire captain found himself on the other end of a rescue operation Saturday night, and he credits the fast actions of his colleagues with saving his life. Capt. Steve Hoffman had finished Saturday dinner when he began feeling ill. His eyes watered, his tongue felt like it was swelling. He was beginning to ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts

    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts
    SAN JOSE - The San Jose Fire Department is set to close the Communications Hill Fire Station on Aug. 1 and make Station 30 on Auzerais Avenue a "posting station," fire leaders said. The moves are part of a new program to spread firefighters more efficiently throughout the city. Because of city budget cuts and stalled union negotiations, the department is ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Community Lines the Streets to Honor Fallen Firefighter

    Community Lines the Streets to Honor Fallen Firefighter
    OLATHE, KS - From “perfect child” to Marine reservist to Shawnee firefighter, John Glaser of Olathe wanted to help people. In a smoke-filled house last Saturday, he died trying. On Thursday, hundreds of fellow firefighters in dress uniforms joined family, friends and police officers in saying goodbye to the first Shawnee firefighter to die in the line of duty. The somber ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    IL Firefighters Find New Way to 'Fill the Boot'

    IL Firefighters Find New Way to 'Fill the Boot'
    HOMEWOOD, IL - Firefighters are used to handling tough situations. Going into a building fully engulfed in flames to rescue people is not done by those who can't deal with adversity. That may help explain how firefighters in Homewood and Chicago Ridge approached the situation of being told their usual way of collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association was being ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Lightning Blamed for Blaze at Home of Local Firefighter

    A local firefighter's home was damaged Wednesday after being struck by lightning. Deputy Chief Chris Burnham said the firefighter and his wife were at home around 4:15 p.m. when a nearby tree was struck by a bolt of lightning. The electrical charge traveled underground and caused the basement of the home at 41 Brandyview Terrace to catch fire. The firefighter, whose ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later

    Remembering the Charleston Nine Three Years Later
    CHARLESTON, SC - A solemn, subdued memorial is planned for Friday evening to mark the third anniversary of the Sofa Super Store blaze that claimed the lives of nine Charleston firefighters. The Savannah Highway site of the deadly fire will be open for people to pay their respects. Firefighters and families of the fallen will go first, in a private session ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests

    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests
    BOSTON - A labor arbitration panel has ruled that Boston firefighters must submit to random drug and alcohol testing in exchange for a 19 percent raise over four years, a significant bump that will dwarf the pay increases for other city unions. The decision, released yesterday after a bitter four-year standoff, is largely a victory for the firefighters, who the city ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Injured Firefighter Cleared to Return to Full Duty Today

    Injured Firefighter Cleared to Return to Full Duty Today
    MODESTO, CA - Last month, Modesto firefighter J.D. Clevenger said he was eager to return to active duty. "I can't wait to cut another hole in a roof," the 32-year-old said during an interview with The Bee. "The smell of a two-stroke (chain saw) engine will get me over this." He could get that opportunity as early as today, when he ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages

    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages
    GARY, Ind. — A furloughed Gary firefighter has turned to panhandling to support his family. Gary Pickering is one of 34 firefighters the city laid off last week. The 34-year-old married father of four man has been wearing his turnout gear while he solicits donations from passersby in downtown Gary. He tells The Times of Munster that he receives only $350 ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Face Losing 30 Percent Pay; Possible Layoffs

    HAVERHILL — The new year started unhappily for the 29 Haverhill firefighters accused of lying to obtain their emergency medical technician recertifications. On Friday, Mayor James Fiorentini notified the firefighters named last year by the state as participants in the EMT training scandal that they face unpaid suspensions and possibly even losing their jobs. Fire Chief Richard Borden has recommended the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Levee Blast Eases Floodwaters Threat to Missouri Town

    Levee Blast Eases Floodwaters Threat to Missouri Town
    WYATT, Missouri--The dramatic, late-night demolition of a levee sent water pouring onto thousands of acres (hundreds of hectares) of farmland Tuesday, easing the Mississippi River floodwaters threatening the tiny Illinois town of Cairo. But the demolition project did nothing to ease the risk of more trouble downstream, where the mighty river is expected to rise to its highest levels since the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion

    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion
    BERLIN — A 650-foot ferry was ablaze in the Baltic Sea on Saturday after an explosion on the upper deck, officials said. Firefighting ships stopped spraying the vessel, fearing that it would capsize and spill around 170 tons of fuel. There were 204 passengers and 32 crew members who were rescued by six ships that moved in to help after the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Overcome by Fumes in Tragic Manhole Accident

    Firefighter Overcome by Fumes in Tragic Manhole Accident
    TARRYTOWN, NY - Investigators today are trying to figure out why a Tarrytown Volunteer Firefighter and a Department of Public Works employee died after apparently becoming overcome by fumes in a manhole. The victims were identified as public works employee Anthony Ruggiero and firefighter John Kelly by Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau. Public works was investigating a call about backed up ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1

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