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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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    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 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Injured In 4-Alarm Seattle Blaze

    SEATTLE -- Seattle firefighters have controlled a four-alarm blaze that tore through the former Sunny Jim peanut butter plant in south Seattle, injuring a firefighter and sending smoke high into the air. An estimated 120 firefighters responded Monday to the vacant, city-owned, two-story building. Fire officials say one firefighter was injured by a piece of falling siding. He was reported in ...
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    Firefighter Hurt Battling Chatsworth Commercial Blaze

    A firefighter was injured early Tuesday battling an intense blaze that destroyed most of an import business housed in a commercial building in Chatsworth, officials said. Firefighters responded to an alarm at 12:15 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of Bey-Berk International in the 9600 block of Cozycroft Avenue. By the time co-owner Kurken Berksanlar arrived about ...
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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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    University Receives $1M Grant for Firefighter Heart Disease Study

    Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs, but half of those who die while working actually do so from a heart attack. A $1 million, three-year grant to the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will fund research to determine whether medical treatment can help prevent the progression of early atherosclerotic disease in firefighters. Most ...
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    Maui Brushfire 60% Contained

    WEST MAUI, HI - A West Maui brushfire that has burned 1,100 acres since Monday in the Olowalu area is 60 percent contained and firefighters are expected to continue monitoring the area tonight, Maui County said Wednesday. The county says the area of the fire is closed to public access for safety reasons. Mayor Charmaine Tavares said Wednesday, "I would like ...
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    Second Fired FF Wins Back His Job

    DEKALB COUNTY, GA - A second DeKalb County firefighter dismissed after a fatal Dunwoody fire has won back his job, WSB-TV is reporting. A hearing officer ruled for William Jeffrey Greene when he appealed his termination last week, according to reports. Greene was one of the five firefighters fired when a blaze killed 74-year-old Ann Bartlett, hours after the firemen responded ...
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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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    Former Acrobat Finds a Niche as a Firefighter

    DECATUR - This daring young man on the flying trapeze decided to become a firefighter. Jason Nolan, a Decatur firefighter since Sept. 4, 2008, began performing in the Illinois State University Gamma Phi Circus in Normal and on the road in 1994. His wife-to-be, Meghan, was also part of the circus, an institution peculiar to Illinois State and Florida State. "My ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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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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    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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    Missouri Eases Permits for Relief Trucks

    Missouri officials said they were waiving fees and expediting highway permits to make it easier for trucks to haul relief supplies into tornado-stricken Joplin. The Missouri Department of Transportation said permits were required for out-of-state trucks and vehicles hauling wide loads; however, the permits would be issued without charge and would be given high priority for approval. The agency said in ...
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    Cops, Firefighters Protest Pension Changes at Political Fundraiser

    BALTIMORE - Holding signs that said "City Hall Has Turned Their Backs on Police and Firefighters," about two dozen police and firefighters union members protested the City Council's passage of a pension bill that took effect Thursday. The union members wore shirts saying, "We Protect You. Help Protect Us," and yelled as local city and business leaders entered a fundraising event ...
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    FF Badly Burned When Antique Fire Engine Catches Fire

    SHERMAN COUNTY, OR - A Sherman County firefighter was badly burned as he tried to fix an antique fire engine earlier this week, the South Sherman Fire District reported. Josh Higgins was helping fellow firefighters move the engine from a fire substation in Kent to the main station in Grass Valley, where it was to be restored, said Assistant Chief Glenn ...
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    Official: 1 Dead in Natural Gas Explosion

    LOS ANGELES – An apparent natural gas explosion at a welding shop Friday collapsed part of the building and hurled two workers into the street, killing one and leaving the other in critical condition, fire officials said. The two-story wooden building in south Los Angeles was shaken by the violent explosion at about 6:15 a.m. that turned the front of the ...
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    Injured FF Sues Department After Fire Works Blast

    UK - A retained firefighter who was injured in a fire at a fireworks factory in which two of his colleagues died is suing East Sussex fire service. Timothy Austin, from Barcombe fire station, is also seeking damages from factory owners Alpha Fireworks. Firemen Geoff Wicker, 49, and Brian Wembridge, 63, were killed in the fire at Marlie Farm in Shortgate, ...
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    Deficit-Plagued Yonkers Talks With Unions to Try and Save Jobs

    YONKERS, NY - With hundreds of pink slips already handed out Wednesday, Yonkers' mayor, city council and municipal unions were negotiating down to the wire on a bare-bones city budget agreement. The city faces a $110 million deficit, with a deadline that could be stretched into today, for the start of the new fiscal year. Talks were "productive and substantive," Mayor ...
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    Birmingham Responder Suing City, Mayor for Failure to Pay OT

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - A Birmingham firefighter is suing the city and Mayor William Bell claiming the city failed to pay overtime. The lawsuit claims firefighters were not paid time-and-a-half for extra hours worked. It also claims by not paying time-and-a-half on those extra hours, the city no longer matched all pension benefits as required. Local firefighter union attorney Ray Fitzpatrick said ...
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    LA Considers 37% Ambulance Fee Raise

    LOS ANGELES—An ambulance ride in Los Angeles could go up 37 percent in July if the city approves a committee recommendation. The city's Public Safety Committee on Monday night proposed raising fees for basic life support ambulances to $974 from $712, plus mileage of $15.75 a mile. Advanced life support ambulance fees would go to $1,373 from $1,004, plus mileage. The ...
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