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    On-Duty Firefighter Deaths Hit Record Low

    BOSTON (AP) — The number of on-duty firefighter deaths last year in the United States was the lowest in more than three decades. In a report released Monday, the National Fire Protection Association said 72 firefighters died on-duty in 2010. That's a sharp drop from the 105 on-duty deaths in 2008 and 82 in 2009. The group said it's the lowest ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    A Unique Rescue Situation

    A Unique Rescue Situation
    GRAND ISLAND, NE - With almost 30 classes packed into just three days during the 73rd annual Nebraska State Fire School in Grand Island, there simply wasn't time for every volunteer firefighter to take every course that was offered. That's why volunteer firefighters Aaron Pokorny of Madison and Chad Winkelbauer and Paul Leiting, both of Randolph, gathered at 4 p.m. Saturday ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Woman Burned At Gas Station After Boyfriend Lights Up

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has third degree burns after her boyfriend lit a cigarette next to her as she was pumping gas at a Chattanooga service station. Twenty-year-old Samantha Lawrence suffered second and third-degree burns to about 30 percent of her body, mostly her torso and arms, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department. Investigators ruled ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze

    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze
    HOMEWOOD, IL - A 21-year-old Homewood firefighter underwent skin-graft surgery Thursday to repair first- and second-degree burns suffered in an extra-alarm fire Tuesday night that claimed the life of a firefighter and an elderly war veteran. Karra Kopas, a part-time firefighter/paramedic and Prairie State College student, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday while recovering in the burn unit at the University ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    A Firefighter's Determination Can't Be Beat

    A Firefighter's Determination Can't Be Beat
    HOUSTON - One year ago, a Cy-Fair volunteer firefighter's life was changed forever. Thomas Shuster lost both of his legs at the hands of a suspected drunken driver. And now, he's telling us about the journey he's taken the past year and his hope for the future. Success comes in the small victories for Shuster. "I've realized that my life changed ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Aussie Firefighters Run Across US in 9/11 Tribute

    Aussie Firefighters Run Across US in 9/11 Tribute
    WASHINGTON - A group of sweaty and red-faced runners from Australia and the U.S. arrived on foot at a D.C. fire station Tuesday afternoon as part of a 4,600 mile cross-country journey. The 36 emergency responders are running cross country to honor firefighters, police and EMT's who died in the terror attacks of September 11th. They began their run in Santa ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco

    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco
    TAMPA - It's a dessert. Bananas, ice cream, cinnamon and butter. You wouldn't exactly imagine having to save someone from bananas Foster. But for the finishing touch, it's a flambé. Most recipes call for a quarter-cup of dark rum, brought to the table and ignited. On Saturday night, a fun dessert went terribly wrong and five customers at a Palm Harbor ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Off-Duty Paramedic Saves Motorcyclist's Life

    Off-Duty Paramedic Saves Motorcyclist's Life
    SUFFOLK, UK - A motorcyclist is recovering in hospital after he was saved by an off-duty paramedic driving his son to a football match. Steve Todd has told how he rescued the 23-year-old biker, who was face down in a water filled ditch and whose helmet was stopping him from breathing properly. "I don't really like to say it, but there ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +8
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    Firetruck Safety Changes Urged by US

    BOSTON - Federal authorities say Massachusetts should enact laws that require firefighters to wear seat belts and be tested on air brake operation before they are allowed to drive firetrucks, according to a new federal report on the investigation of the fatal firetruck crash in Boston last year. The investigation concluded that a fire lieutenant who was killed and two firefighters ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    New Firefighter Training Simulator Stresses Safety

    ORLAND, IL - The Orland Fire Protection District next week is unveiling a state-of-the-art simulation training program that it hopes eventually will become the go-to facility for departments across the region. The system uses computer-graphic imaging to depict real-life firefighting situations. It is only the fourth in the country based on the Blue Card command training program created by a retired ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Three FFs Continue to Serve After Surviving Natural Gas Bomb

    Three FFs Continue to Serve After Surviving Natural Gas Bomb
    COLUMBUS, OH - The construction worker who showed up at the Hilltop fire station was nonchalant. He thought an underground gas pipe had been punctured on W. Broad Street and asked firefighters to take a look. Firefighters respond to gas leaks every day, and most don't amount to much. But this one, less than a block from Fire Station 17, was ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Volly Firefighter, 26, Dies Post-Training Session

    Volly Firefighter, 26, Dies Post-Training Session
    A volunteer firefighter with the Big Tree Company died Wednesday night after becoming ill during a routine fire training session Monday. Jarrett Eleam, 26, felt ill during Monday evening's self-contained breathing apparatus training at the Big Tree fire hall on South Park Avenue, Hamburg. He was transported to Mercy Hospital by the fire company's EMS unit. After being admitted for observation, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -6
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    Cee Lo Re-records 'Forget You' to Thank Firefighters

    Cee Lo Re-records 'Forget You' to Thank Firefighters
    Firefighters are important to us all, and Cee Lo is making it known that firefighting professionals are especially important to him. The hit song of the year, "Forget You" has been completely re-recorded in a tribute to firefighters. According to Boombox, Cee Lo credits firefighters for rescuing his mother from a serious car crash. They also report that his mom was ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Hero FF Recalls the Moment He Became Disabled

    LANCASHIRE, UK - Hero firefighter Steve Morris has spoken in detail for the first time about the six minutes that changed his life forever. Three years after being permanently disabled in a house fire which killed a grandmother and her four-year-old granddaughter, Mr Morris has given his support to a disability hate crime campaign to be launched next week. The blaze, ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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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, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Dad Helps Rescue Own Son After Crash

    Firefighter Dad Helps Rescue Own Son After Crash
    MANATEE, FL — It was a firefighter’s worst nightmare. The critically injured teenager that Arthur Kersey helped remove Sept. 1 from the mangled wreckage of a head-on collision was his own son, Dylan. But in the predawn darkness of the 5:42 a.m. crash, Kersey didn’t recognize the wreckage of the heavily damaged 1996 Chevrolet or the bloody victim he helped extricate. ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Talks Stalled for Camden Firefighters, Police

    Talks Stalled for Camden Firefighters, Police
    CAMDEN - Days before Camden lays off as many as half of its police officers and a third of its Fire Department, negotiations between the city and the public safety unions appear to be at a stalemate, with the mayor saying the unions won't accept concessions. "Police and fire have not given up one thing," Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd said ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    FF Stable After Falling 30 Feet Through Roof

    HONOLULU -- A Honolulu firefighter is hospitalized in serious condition after falling through a warehouse roof. The Capt. Dwayne Lee, 43, stepped on a panel and fell about30 feet while investigating smoke coming from a Kalihi warehouse Monday night about 10 p.m., Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig said. The warehouse was on Republican Street in Kalihi. Firefighters responded to a ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Ca. Train Derailment Causes Toxic Clouds, Dangerous Tunnel Fire

    Ca. Train Derailment Causes Toxic Clouds, Dangerous Tunnel Fire
    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Firefighters continued to battle a stubborn tunnel fire Sunday that broke out when several cars of a freight train derailed near Bakersfield. Several homes were evacuated when a tanker car carrying denatured alcohol burst into flames, authorities said. There were no injuries in the accident, which happened about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the entrance to a tunnel on ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Student EMT Tried Desperately to Save Classmate's Life

    Student EMT Tried Desperately to Save Classmate's Life
    BOSTON - A quick-thinking student EMT who tried to save a Bolton high school senior who died Monday after collapsing at track practice said yesterday he struggled mightily to rescue his friend. “I did what I needed to do,” Brad Lewis, a Nashoba Regional High School student EMT, told reporters. “I wasn’t treating symptoms, I was treating my friend. It was ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +3

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