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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Man Hurt in Freak Fire Hose Accident

    SOMERVILLE, MA - A Somerville man is recovering after being struck by a street-cleaning sign that was knocked over by a fire hose in a freak accident on Monday night . Baljit Singh, 49, was listed in fair condition yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital after being injured during the bizarre chain of events, officials said. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. ...
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    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'

    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'
    DETROIT - Detroit firefighters had to battle strong winds, hot and dry conditions, downed power lines and a lack of equipment and manpower at the same time they fought about 85 fires that erupted in four hours Tuesday afternoon. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, though dozens of homes were destroyed -- including 18 vacant houses, two occupied homes and ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Fairfax Co. Firefighters Collect $561K for Muscular Dystrophy

    FAIRFAX, Va. - If you threw a buck or two into the boots of Fairfax County firefighters over the weekend, you'll want to know just how successful those firefighters were in their aggressive efforts to collect cash for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department firefighters and public safety workers collected more donations than any fire service organization ...
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Could You Beat the 44 Second Fastest Dresser Title?

    MACON, GA - It all started with a little trash talking at the fire station. Several months later, Macon-Bibb County firefighter Ellen Kicklighter has been honored as the fastest firefighter in the state when it comes to getting dressed into her fire gear. Kicklighter, a 43-year-old mother of two, beat out other Macon-Bibb firefighters during competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    FF Loses Home in Blaze; No Hydrants In the Area

    A Lancaster County firefighter lost his home in a fire early Monday. Eric Reisinger said he, his girlfriend, and his father were sleeping when the fire started, possibly in the garage of the house along Elizabeth Road in Washington Boro. He said he awakened to the sounds of tires popping. Everyone escaped the flames, but the house was gone by time ...
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    Rescue Teams Save Children Trapped In Dilapidated Building Blaze

    Rescue Teams Save Children Trapped In Dilapidated Building Blaze
    CHICAGO - Several people, including two children, were rescued Monday morning from a blaze in a sparsely occupied Bronzeville condo building where conditions were described as "pretty bad" by a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. A firefighter was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center for burns to his ears, said Chief Kevin MacGregor, a Fire Department spokesman. When the firefighters ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    FDNY Far Behind In Racial, Gender Diversity

    FDNY Far Behind In Racial, Gender Diversity
    The debate over diversity in the FDNY has focused on one statistic - 91% of the Bravest are white. But in the shadow of the legal battle to bring more blacks and Hispanics into the department lurks another number: 31. That's how many female firefighters are employed by the FDNY, the nation's largest department with about 11,500 members, records show. It's ...
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    Firefighters See Firsthand How 'Fill The Boot' Helps

    Firefighters See Firsthand How 'Fill The Boot' Helps
    Last week, firefighters from Marion County Fire Rescue and the International Association of Firefighters Local 3169 conducted their annual Fill The Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For three days, firefighters from 24 stations manned intersections across the county, offering their boots to be filled with cash and coins from passing motorists. According to Orlando MDA Executive Director, Brittany Lara, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Golfer's Swing Sparks 12-acre Wildfire

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Forget "Fore!" "Fire!" was the cry of the day for a golfer whose off-target swing sparked a 12-acre blaze in Southern California. The golfer at the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine landed a shot in the rough Saturday. On his next swing, his club snagged a rock, causing a spark that lit the rough ablaze and ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -4
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years

    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years
    BANGKOK (AP) - A 603-pound (274-kilogram) woman believed to be the heaviest in Thailand left her apartment for the first time in three years Thursday with the help of Bangkok city hall and a forklift. Neighbors of 40-year-old Umnuayporn Tongprapai contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority when they learned she needed medical attention to remove a tumor in her right leg. Bangkok's ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Roof Collapse Sends Four Responders to Hospital

    ROCKVILLE, Md.-- Four firefighters were rushed to the hospital after a roof collapsed on their heads while they were cleaning up after a fire on Wilmart Street in Rockville Wednesday night. The fire broke out on the 1700 block of Wilmart Street at around 7:25 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt. "Three of the four firefighters will ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Food On Stove Ignites Fire That Kills Three

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Authorities say a South Carolina mother who died in a fire with her twin 3-year-old sons had left them alone in her house with food on the stove when the blaze broke out. Charleston County Sheriff's spokesman Maj. John Clark says 30-year-old Mary P. Brown of Charleston had left the house to pick up a friend Tuesday evening. ...
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    Longtime Chief Retires After 34 Years on the Job

    NEWINGTON — After 34 years of fighting fires, Newington Fire Chief Roy Greenleaf is hanging up his coat for retirement. His office walls are bare, only a few nails and hooks left as reminders of the memorabilia that once hung there — his three purple hearts, his bronze star and a collection of patches from the various firefighter pipe bands he's ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes

    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes
    ASHLAND, Ore. — Families looked for valuables, pets and mementoes Wednesday in the ashes of 11 homes destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire while a homeless man accused of starting the blaze sat in jail. John Thiry, 40, was arrested at 3 a.m. under a freeway ramp and charged with 11 counts of reckless endangerment and 11 counts of reckless burning, authorities ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Firefighters Get Preview Of Burn Center They Helped Fund

    Firefighters Get Preview Of Burn Center They Helped Fund
    SACRAMENTO, CA - Dozens of regional firefighters Thursday got a peek at UC Davis' new facility for burn victims – a center they helped get built and a replacement for the facility where some of them were patients themselves. The renamed Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center, which will begin receiving patients in late September, was financed in part by $1 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Toddler Treading Water Miraculously Survives Fire

    Toddler Treading Water Miraculously Survives Fire
    TRENTON - Call Augustine Pope a miracle toddler. About an hour after falling asleep in a Trenton basement, he awoke to flames and smoke clogging the air early Thursday. As at least four others escaped the house, Augustine got trapped in the basement, which began to fill with water as firefighters fought the blaze. Somehow, he stayed afloat as the fire ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3

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