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    USFA and NIOSH Begin Study on Cancer in Firefighters

    EMMITSBURG, MD-- USFA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are partnering on a study to examine the potential for increased risk of cancer among firefighters due to exposures from smoke, soot, and other contaminants in the line of duty. This will be a formal epidemiological study with medical oversight. The primary objective of the project is to ...
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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, ...
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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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    Woman Killed, 2 Injured in Warehouse Fire

    A woman was killed in a warehouse fire that sent two other people to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation Tuesday night. Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Tim Smallwood said the woman was found inside the building, which is on Trenton Avenue just north of Interstate 244, and that medics brought her out and administered CPR before taking her to a hospital. ...
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    Man Pleads Not Guilty to Topless Coffee Shop Fire

    AUGUSTA, Maine — A 49-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to a topless coffee shop in central Maine. Raymond Bellavance Jr., of Augusta, entered his pleas Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court. Bellavance is accused of setting fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro in the early morning hours ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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 almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    USFA Conducts Arson Awareness Week

    USFA Conducts Arson Awareness Week
    The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the theme of Arson Awareness Week 2010: Community Arson Prevention. USFA and its partners are conducting education and awareness efforts based on that theme today through Saturday. The goal is to give communities tools and strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and places of worship. USFA's partners are the International Association of ...
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    Firefighter Injured While Rescuing Squatters from Auto Dealership Fire

    Firefighter Injured While Rescuing Squatters from Auto Dealership Fire
    VALLEJO — A three-alarm fire scorched a shuttered Vallejo auto dealership often frequented by the homeless, authorities said. Vallejo firefighters responded about 7 a.m. to the former Bill Lang's Cadillac Pontiac at 4301 Sonoma Blvd. The call escalated to three alarms before crews from Vallejo, Crockett, American Canyon, Benicia and Cal Fire had the blaze under control about an hour later. ...
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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 ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Damages West Virginia Coal Mine

    STOLLINGS, W.Va. — The second fire in a year will delay the reopening of a southern West Virginia coal processing plant, owner Massey Energy Co. said Wednesday. The fire that damaged the new Zigmond Processing plant Tuesday and one that destroyed its predecessor Aug. 27 started with cutting and welding on steel pipe, Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere ...
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    Firefighters Continue Battling Volusia Brush Fire

    Volusia County firefighters this morning are continuing to battle the 125-acre brush fire that threatened homes Wednesday near DeLand. Pat Kuehn, spokeswoman for Volusia County Fire Services, said firefighters will be putting out flares and hot spots today. Winds are predicted to pick up today and they could affect the fire located in the Daytona Park Estates subdivision, on Larkspur Road, ...
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    Colorado Fire Is State's Most Destructive

    Colorado Fire Is State's Most Destructive
    BOULDER, Colo. — As thousands of people waited to learn if their homes survived a raging Colorado wildfire, Dan Hackett hiked a second time behind roadblocks to make sure his house near Boulder was still standing. Hackett, who lives in the mountain community of Gold Hill, said he watched his neighbor's home burn. "The house 200 feet from my house is ...
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    Fire Marshal to Testify in Home Invasion Trial

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A fire marshal is expected to testify in the trial of a man charged in the killings of a woman and her two daughters in a Connecticut home invasion three years ago. Testimony is to continue Friday in New Haven Superior Court in the case of Steven Hayes, one of two men charged with capital felony, murder, ...
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    Fire Officials Investigate Noose Incident at Academy

    DENVER - Denver fire officials are investigating the discovery of a noose by a black Aurora firefighter in a conference room at a training center used by both Denver and Aurora fire departments. The Denver firefighter who planted the noose at the Rocky Mountain Fire Academy in Denver did so as a joke, said Denver Fire Lt. Phil Champagne. "It was ...
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    Rescue Teams Attacked With Bricks When Responding At Scene

    UNITED KINGDOM - Firefighters were pelted with stones and bricks when they turned up to put out a blaze in woods. The crew, from Blackburn Fire Station, were attacked by youths after arsonists started a rubbish fire in an area off Fishmoor Drive in the town. Yesterday, the yobs were blasted as ‘stupid’ by Lanc-ashire Fire and Rescue Service, which said ...
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    Closed Fire Station: Heart Attack Victim Dies

    NEWBURYPORT -- A Woodman Way man died Thursday, three days after going into cardiac arrest while the nearest emergency response facility, the West End fire station, was closed due to a budget dispute between firefighters and Mayor Donna Holaday, Andrew J. Soucy, 70, died Thursday at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H. Soucy suffered a heart attack while attending a condominium ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Neighbors Try, Fail to Save Toddler Before FFs Arrive

    Neighbors Try, Fail to Save Toddler Before FFs Arrive
    At fire scenes, police and neighbors typically wait for firefighters, the ones with the protective gear. But that doesn't work when somebody says a toddler is trapped upstairs in a burning townhouse, which happened early Friday morning in Grandview. At that point, they went. No one was able to save the child. But they tried. First up was the neighbor, Steve ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1