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    Widow Rescues Firefighter Benefits

    Widow Rescues Firefighter Benefits
    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - A young Volusia County widow's quest to close a legal loophole that would protect firefighter death benefits ended happily Friday -- thanks to a timely save from Orange County sheriff's deputies. Kristen Curry had been lobbying -- for two years -- for a bill that would guarantee full death benefits to firefighters who are killed during a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    NJ Firefighters Experience Simulated Terrorist Attack

    NJ Firefighters Experience Simulated Terrorist Attack
    NEWARK -- As firefighters from the Bayonne, Hackensack and Newark Fire departments sifted through burned-out cars and cracked cement slabs inside the improvised Metro City Tunnel, none of them heard the mechanical cry for help coming from the back of a truck. Stepping carefully over the shifting, wet debris behind them, Newark firefighter Frank Bellina pulled a life-size mannequin out of ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Group Buys One of Nation's First Animal Ambulances

    Group Buys One of Nation's First Animal Ambulances
    MOSS LANDING, CA — In a moments notice, wildlife rescuers from WildRescue of Moss Landing can respond to injured wildlife in one of the nation's first animal ambulances. After raising $5,000 to purchase a used ambulance listed on the Web, WildRescue Founder Rebecca Dmytryk and her team converted the ambulance once used to transport humans. Two months of modifications included fixing ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Amazing Dog Leads Troopers to Massive Blaze [Video]

    Amazing Dog Leads Troopers to Massive Blaze [Video]
    CASWELL LAKES, AK -– German shepherds were bred for intelligence to protect sheep flocks from predators. They are revered for their loyalty and renowned to be sensitive to people’s emotions. While a collie named Lassie may be best known as a dog hero for the saying “Lassie, go get help,” Buddy carried on the tradition set by German shepherds Strongheart and ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +14
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    USFA and NIOSH Begin Study on Cancer in Firefighters

    EMMITSBURG, MD-- USFA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are partnering on a study to examine the potential for increased risk of cancer among firefighters due to exposures from smoke, soot, and other contaminants in the line of duty. This will be a formal epidemiological study with medical oversight. The primary objective of the project is to ...
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    TX Mayor Has Fire, Police Overtime on Agenda

    HOUSTON, TX - Overtime pay for police and firefighters cost Houston taxpayers $67 million last year, including 714 employees who each earned $20,000 or more, and four officers who pulled down more than $100,000. A Houston Chronicle analysis shows that most of the money — $50 million — went to the Houston Police Department, long bedeviled by staffing shortages while trying ...
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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 ...
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    Veteran Charged With Assaulting Off-Duty Firefighter

    BUFORD, GA — A Vietnam veteran in still incarcerated after an incident where he fired a handgun and assaulted an off-duty firefighter with a walking cane outside of his Buford home Thursday. The man, who police said is considered “50 percent mentally disabled” and possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, reportedly fired his semi-automatic pistol in order to get the ...
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    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests

    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests
    BOSTON - A labor arbitration panel has ruled that Boston firefighters must submit to random drug and alcohol testing in exchange for a 19 percent raise over four years, a significant bump that will dwarf the pay increases for other city unions. The decision, released yesterday after a bitter four-year standoff, is largely a victory for the firefighters, who the city ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    911 Reveals Chaos After Plane Hit IRS Building

    911 Reveals Chaos After Plane Hit IRS Building
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Callers to 911 emergency officials in February told of seeing and hearing a fiery plane crash at an IRS office building in Austin, Texas and described a chaotic scene afterward with people running all around. Some callers were frantic and others remarkably calm in the 911 recordings released Monday by the Austin Police Department. "I'm calling about the ...
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    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash

    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash
    TULSA - A paramedic had to be taken to the hospital herself after being hit by a Jeep while responding to an accident near 51st and Harvard. It happened early Friday morning. It started with an accident in the intersection in which the driver of a car t-boned a minivan. While investigators were attempting to move the car and minivan out ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    9-1-1 Dispatcher Suspended Over April Fool's Prank

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher in Missoula who broadcast a false report of an explosion as an April Fool's Day prank will be suspended for one week but will not be prosecuted. Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Thursday it would be "extremely difficult" to establish criminal intent in the case. The request for an emergency response came ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Educate Yourself: Attend New Safety Summit on Safe Implementation of Electric Vehicles

    DETROIT - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the SAE International will be co-sponsoring the U.S. National Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit on October 19-20, 2010, at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan. The purpose of the U.S. National Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit is to support the rapid implementation of electrical and hybrid-electric vehicles in the United States, ...
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    A Fire Station's Roll Call Double Take

    A Fire Station's Roll Call Double Take
    WORCESTER — District Chief Geoffrey Gardell gets a little laugh when the Fire Department’s morning roll call is broadcast. His name is announced, then his brother’s — Capt. Timothy Gardell, who is an acting district chief. “I giggle every time I hear it,” Geoffrey said recently, standing outside the Franklin Street Fire Station. For the Gardell brothers, their lives are a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Four-Alarm Fire Destroys a Piece of History

    Four-Alarm Fire Destroys a Piece of History
    ANNAPOLIS, MD - A four-alarm fire in an historic Annapolis retail district just a block from the State House damaged two buildings and put on a show for tourists, but a quick response by firefighters appeared to have held losses to a minimum. The Saturday afternoon fire broke out in a space between the buildings at 54 and 56 Maryland Ave. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Wildfire Sparks Change In Fire Screw Response Tactics

    Wildfire Sparks Change In Fire Screw Response Tactics
    HORRY COUNTY, SC - Garry Alderman was heading onto an overpass at S.C. 31 en route to a fire call a year ago this week when he spotted embers flying overhead, "like fireflies." The Horry County Fire Rescue chief knew then that this was no routine emergency response. The blaze racing toward S.C. 22 would eventually be labeled the most destructive ...
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    How Much Training is Considered Enough?

    How Much Training is Considered Enough?
    APPLETON, WI - When a fire strikes their home or business, most people don't think about how much training the firefighters have gotten. They just want the fire put out. But it's worth considering. Wisconsin requires 60 hours of basic fire training. If you broke that down into eight-hour workdays, it's 7½ days. That doesn't seem like a lot when you ...
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    Firefigther Tackles Blaze Alone While Visiting Childhood Home

    Firefigther Tackles Blaze Alone While Visiting Childhood Home
    County Firefighter Justin Davidson went to his parents' Pennsylvania home last weekend to relax. But before he could finish his nap Sunday afternoon, his parents, John and Pamela Davidson, woke him up screaming that the house was on fire. Wearing mesh shorts and an Anne Arundel County Fire Department T-shirt, Davidson, 28, who lives in Baltimore, shot out of his childhood ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Fire Crew Walks Over 60,000 Miles in Fitness Challenge

    Fire Crew Walks Over 60,000 Miles in Fitness Challenge
    BOSTON -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) today announced the winners of its’ Firefighter Fitness Challenge, a 12-week challenge pitting over 160 firefighters in seven cities/towns (Arlington, Framingham, Hingham, Hudson, Ludlow, Peabody and Rockland) in a friendly competition to improve their health and wellness. Hudson, the winning station, received a $2,000 wellness grant today at Florian Hall in Dorchester. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3

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