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    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety

    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety
    NEW YORK — A set of 354 narrow steps spirals all the way up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, and it's the only escape route for tourists in an emergency. On a recent summer day, one tourist put his hands on his knees and gasped for air as a few others funneled down the tightly twisting staircase to the statue's ...
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    TX Fire Chief Drops Prerequisites for Prospective Firefighters

    TX Fire Chief Drops Prerequisites for Prospective Firefighters
    ARLINGTON, TX -- In anticipation of what he calls a "retirement bubble," Fire Chief Don Crowson has removed the requirement that prospective firefighters already be trained in emergency medical procedures. Nearly 40 percent of the city's sworn firefighters are eligible for retirement. So to open the doors to more applicants, the department has dropped all certification prerequisites for the first time ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Media Angered by Firefighter's Back-Door Jail Exit

    DAYTONA BEACH -- The arrest of Daytona Beach firefighter Adam Silva angered and surprised many of his colleagues; but his release from the county jail incensed TV media. It was the way Silva left the jail that made tempers rise, Volusia County officials say. The 30-year-old firefighter, arrested twice in one week -- on charges of rape and attempted rape -- ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Fire Crews Extinguish Blaze at UK Nuclear Weapons Base

    London, England - Fire crews have extinguished a fire at a nuclear weapons base west of London, the British Ministry of Defence said Wednesday. The fire broke out late Tuesday in "a building within the conventional non-nuclear explosives area" of Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, Berkshire, about 45 miles west of the British capital, the Ministry of Defence said. The base ...
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    Was Key Information in Station Fire Witheld?

    Was Key Information in Station Fire Witheld?
    LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Forest Service has launched an inspector general’s investigation and invited Congress to order a broad inquiry into last summer’s disastrous Station fire, after the recent discovery that dispatch recordings from the critical early hours of the blaze were withheld from The Times and a federal review team. The inspector general’s probe will focus on why several ...
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    Church That Fed Florida's Homeless Destroyed by Fire

    HUDSON, Fla. -- A Florida church dedicated to feeding the homeless has been destroyed in a fire. Fire rescue crews were called to the Lakeview Baptist Church in Hudson, about 45 miles north of Tampa, on Tuesday. Flames were shooting from the roof and the nearest hydrant was six blocks away. Forty firefighters battled the flames, which took about an hour ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Police, First Responders Warned About Dangers of 'Detergent Suicides'

    NEW YORK - Police across the city have been warned that "detergent suicides" - which use household cleaners to create poisonous gas - can also kill cops and other first responders, the Daily News has learned. A recent internal order says people who kill themselves in this way often post warning signs, such as "Hydrogen Sulfide Suicide," so relatives and cops ...
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    Sheriff Opens Closed Jail to House 19 Displaced by Fire

    Sheriff Opens Closed Jail to House 19 Displaced by Fire
    HAMILTON — Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones opened a wing of the recently closed Resolutions Jail facility to house 19 residents of a Hamilton group home displaced by a fire Monday morning, Aug. 2. An exterior light may have caused the fire in which a firefighter was injured. Smoke and flames could be seen coming out the top of the ...
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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 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    EMTs Help Deliver Baby on NYC Subway Platform

    EMTs Help Deliver Baby on NYC Subway Platform
    NEW YORK — An FDNY lieutenant and two EMTs delivered a baby on July 23 in an unlikely spot, the 4/5 subway train platform at Bowling Green in Manhattan. "It was a great experience it was amazing to see another human life to come into the world," said EMT Tom Loggin from Station 4. He and his partner, EMT Jerry Chatelain, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    DC Metro Riders Rescued After Live Wire Falls On Track

    WASHINGTON - Metro is back to normal service Friday after a downed power line stranded more than 40 passengers Thursday afternoon. The 41 passengers got stuck when a storm brought a power line down on the tracks west of Washington. They were able to get off the train about three hours later. [widget:news__wtop] Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Capt. Oscar Garcia ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Talks about Beekeeper Rescue

    Firefighter Talks about Beekeeper Rescue
    PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI - We all love fresh honey, but no one wants to be stung. A Pittsfield Township beekeeper is now recovering after bees attacked her in defense of their queen. "Person in distress. They told us had something to do with bees," said Pittsfield Township Fire Captain Jeff Foulke. A day later at the Pittsfield Township home and you'd ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'

    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'
    SAN RAMON — Thanks to the bravery of eight San Ramon Valley firefighters, Dr. Robert Litman is alive and seeing patients again. The immunology and allergy specialist thanked the crew Wednesday night for rescuing him from his blazing Blackhawk home the night of June 22 — the same blaze that killed Litman's 19-year-old son. "Instead of being a second victim, I ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Politician Refutes Claim that He Accepted IAFF Campaign Donation

    KANSAS CITY - Fred Arbanas wants to make one thing perfectly clear — he never accepted a campaign donation from Local 42 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. A July report filed by Taxpayer’s Unlimited, the firefighter’s political committee, listed a $2,500 contribution to Arbanas. Arbansas, of course, is in the race of his political life versus Terry Riley, a ...
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    Over 50 San Jose Firefighters Set to be Laid Off

    SAN JOSE, CA - More than 50 San Jose firefighters were set to lose their jobs in a matter of hours Thursday night as the city struggled to close an $118 million budget gap. Firefighters were also upset because the city may drastically change the way labor contract disputes are resolved. Mayor Chuck Reed had a polite but tense meeting with ...
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    Hands-Only CPR, Firm Dispatchers are Lifesavers

    ATLANTA — More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research. The two new studies conclude that "hands-only" chest compression is enough to save a life. They are the largest and most rigorous yet to ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life

    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life
    NEW YORK - Three firefighters and a cop plunged into the roiling East River yesterday to rescue a suicidal man who jumped from an East Harlem pier as well as two men who tried desperately to save him, authorities said. The drama on Pier 107 began at about 12:15 p.m. when Richard Karin, 60, who had been drinking, leaped in, sources ...
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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, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This

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