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    Paramedics Under Siege Are Too Frightened to Serve

    Paramedics Under Siege Are Too Frightened to Serve
    ROODEPOORT, South Africa - If there's a crisis in Roodepoort's Durban Deep, don't expect paramedics to turn up to help. Paramedics are under siege, fearing whether a callout may be an ambush, following the weekend rape of an ambulance crew while tending to a child. At Station 21, where the two paramedics are based, colleagues were still shaken from the incident. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Climber Killed In Oregon Fall Id'd As Fire-Medic

    Climber Killed In Oregon Fall Id'd As Fire-Medic
    PORTLAND - A 30-year-old Southeast Portland climber who fell off Beacon Rock and died Sunday evening was a firefighter-paramedic who worked in Oregon, Skamania County sheriff’s officials said. Nathan “Nate” Turner fell about 5:30 p.m., according to a bulletin from the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office. Rescuers first believed he’d only suffered a broken arm and leg. Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Firefighter Sworn In From Hospital Bed After Crash

    Firefighter Sworn In From Hospital Bed After Crash
    AMITYVILLE, NY - William End wanted to become a firefighter because of friendship. Sunday he got his wish -- but the swearing-in took place in a hospital bed where he lay recovering from a crash that killed one of his good friends in the department. End barely had the strength to lift his new Amityville Fire Department badge, and he choked ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Medical Responder Killed in Ambulance Crash En Route to Scene

    Medical Responder Killed in Ambulance Crash En Route to Scene
    SAN DIEGO — Hours before he was fatally struck by a car while setting up flares around a highway traffic accident, emergency medical technician Esteban Bahena made this post to his Facebook account: “Just transported a patient coming off a jet plane. Love my job.” Bahena, 24, died about 8:30 a.m. Thursday after getting hit on state Route 163 south of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -7
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Firefighter Location Technology Unveiled

    New Firefighter Location Technology Unveiled
    WORCESTER - Scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute today demonstrated new technologies that could save the lives of firefighters trapped inside burning buildings. At WPI's annual conference on indoor location tracking for rescue workers, held in Worcester, researchers demonstrated new electronic systems that cut in half the average time needed to track down a lost firefighter. "The technology's actually better than we ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Watch: Rare Brazillian 'Fire Tornado' Caught on Video

    Watch: Rare Brazillian 'Fire Tornado' Caught on Video
    BRAZIL - Like a special effect from a Harry Potter film, a tornado of fire rises from the ground as if enchanted. This rare phenomenon then swept through burning fields and stopped traffic in Brazil as bush fires spread across the country. The whirlwind of flame, several metres high, was caught on camera in Aracatuba, in southern Sao Paulo state. It ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Firefighters Help Revive Toddler Who Fell Into Pool

    Firefighters Help Revive Toddler Who Fell Into Pool
    STATEN ISLAND, NY - A 14-month-old boy was hospitalized on Saturday after falling into a backyard swimming pool at his family’s home on Staten Island, officials said. The boy, Vincent Fougere, somehow wound up underwater in the pool behind his house on Brehaut Avenue in Tottenville shortly after noon, the police said. It was not immediately clear how long the boy ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Tires of Plane Catch Fire in CA Landing

    Tires of Plane Catch Fire in CA Landing
    SACRAMENTO — The tires of a JetBlue airplane caught fire yesterday during a hard landing in Sacramento that sent passengers down emergency slides to escape the aircraft and left 15 people with minor injuries. Passenger Michelle McDuffie said people onboard felt a thud when the plane touched down at about 12:50 p.m. after a flight from Long Beach, Calif., but nobody ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Longtime Firefighter Honored on 104th Birthday

    Longtime Firefighter Honored on 104th Birthday
    GOSHEN — Glen Arden's oldest resident, S. Delvalle Goldsmith, was honored recently with a surprise 104th birthday party that included a dozen members of the Patterson Fire Department, where Del served as department chaplain and fire policeman for 50 years. Arrangements for the party were made by Lt. John Bodor, under whom Del served while with the department. Along with many ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +6
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    FDNY Veteran Accused of Growing 100 Marijuana Plants, Endangering Kids

    FDNY Veteran Accused of Growing 100 Marijuana Plants, Endangering Kids
    NEW YORK - A city firefighter was caught "red-handed" tending more than 100 marijuana plants - each worth $5,000 - in the basement of a Queens house, a prosecutor said Monday. Patrick Murray was not only running an illegal drug operation, but he was also endangering three young kids living above the drug den, exposing them to harmful fumes from powerful ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Transgendered Widow of FF Regrets Springer Appearance

    Transgendered Widow of FF Regrets Springer Appearance
    WHATRON, TX - The transgender widow at the center of a court battle focusing on her late firefighter husband's estate apologized Tuesday for her appearance on a tabloid talk show 15 years ago during which she surprised a man who once kissed her with the news that she was born a boy. Nikki Araguz, 35, expressed deep regret for not telling ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    New Fire Trucks Advertise Paramedic Abilities

    New Fire Trucks Advertise Paramedic Abilities
    BARTLETT, IL — The Bartlett Fire Protection District is placing new signs on ITS fire engines and ladder truck that say “Paramedics,” indicating that even these vehicles designed for firefighting now carry advanced life support capabilities. Fire Chief Michael Falese said these vehicles have the obvious fire suppression capabilities that most people are aware of, but they also have carried fully ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Former Volunteer Firefighter Charged in Arson Killings

    Former Volunteer Firefighter Charged in Arson Killings
    EAST WINDSOR, CT — A former volunteer firefighter in Connecticut has been charged with arson murder in a 1986 fire that killed a local couple. Police say 48-year-old Peter Waraksa set the fire that killed 59-year-old Orie Weeks and his 57-year-old wife, Assunta Weeks, on Oct. 7, 1986. Police Chief Edward DeMarco Jr. and prosecutors say the case file in the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Firefighter Caught Cheating on Promotions Test Gets Promoted

    Firefighter Caught Cheating on Promotions Test Gets Promoted
    ORLANDO, FL - An announcement regarding an Orlando firefighter who was caught cheating on a promotions test has his department in a frenzy: he's getting a promotion. Two years ago, Orlando Assistant Fire Chief Rudy Johnson said he didn't cheat after listening in on radio transmissions for advanced information on the promotions test. Johnson claims that it was broadcast over open ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Immediate Danger Has Passed After 'Catastrophic' Dam Break

    Immediate Danger Has Passed After 'Catastrophic' Dam Break
    Iowa Governor Chet Culver said Saturday night the immediate danger near Lake Delhi had passed after a "catastrophic" dam breach sent water spilling downstream and hundreds of people fleeing for safety, The Des Moines Register reported. Culver praised the quick action of emergency personnel in response to the dam break which sent water downstream from the Maquoketa River into the streets ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Sledder, 62, Hurt When Improvised Rocket Explodes

    Sledder, 62, Hurt When Improvised Rocket Explodes
    INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 62-year-old sledder looking for a burst of power got it when the homemade rocket strapped to his back exploded, burning him over nearly 20 percent of his body. Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the man, whose identity hasn't been released, was hospitalized in stable condition Monday. [widget:news__firelinks_best] The man was hosting a Sunday night ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Air Ambulances Agree to Protocol Upgrades

    Air Ambulances Agree to Protocol Upgrades
    ARIZONA - Seven air ambulance companies operating throughout Arizona have agreed to major changes in how pilots will communicate with each other as they approach Flagstaff Medical Center. The changes include well-defined approach paths laid out miles before the hospital and a schedule for radio broadcasts on an assigned frequency intended for other pilots operating in the area to announce their ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Suit Filed Against City of Boston for '09 Truck Crash

    Suit Filed Against City of Boston for '09 Truck Crash
    BOSTON - The City of Boston and six truck maintenance shops have been sued for their alleged roles in allowing a 49,000-pound firetruck to go out on the road with faulty brakes, leading it to plunge down a hilltop street two years ago, killing a firefighter and damaging a Mission Hill apartment complex. The lawsuit was filed by Federal Insurance Company, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat

    NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat
    NEW YORK - A Long Island town's fire chief and a New York City firefighter were arrested Tuesday for brandishing guns while threatening a pedestrian, officials said. Michael Charles, the Hempstead fire chief, held a handgun on his hip while Brian Schuck, an eight-year-FDNY veteran, toted a shotgun when they harassed a man walking down a Hempstead street Sunday afternoon, Nassau ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2