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    Fallen Brother: Brian Waynant

    Fallen Brother: Brian Waynant
    WILMINGTON, Del. — Hundreds of Amtrak passengers in the Northeast were delayed for hours late Monday evening, following the fatality of a fire department official that halted at least six trains between New York and Washington into the early-morning hours. The Delaware State Police identified the victim on Tuesday as Brian P. Waynant Sr., a decorated inspector with the Wilmington Fire ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze

    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze
    CHESTERFIELD, NJ — A firefighter suffered a severe arm laceration from an electric saw while helping battle a three-alarm blaze at the site of the township’s new elementary school yesterday. He was in guarded condition late last night waiting to go into the operating room in Capital Health Regional’s trauma unit in Trenton. The volunteer for Chesterfield Fire Company was not ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Three Firefighters Injured In Paint Store Flashover

    Three Firefighters Injured In Paint Store Flashover
    JOLIET, IL - Republic Avenue was shut down Thursday afternoon as a Dumpster fire spread into a nearby building. The blaze was reported around 12:45 p.m. on the south end of 251 Republic. Formerly a large paint store, the building now houses Joliet Economy Furniture in the front, with a performance auto shop, medical technology company and electrical contractor under the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    No Rescue is Too Small for First Responders

    OKALOOSA ISLAND – Lt. Sean Mast with the Okaloosa Island Fire Department has seen a lot as a firefighter, but Thursday morning’s rescue was far from the typical calls he receives. Mast, along with Firefighter Michael Russ, climbed 30 feet up the fire truck’s ladder around 8:30 a.m. to release an osprey tangled in fishing line from its nest near the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Few Remain As 1962 Coal Town Fire Still Burns

    Few Remain As 1962 Coal Town Fire Still Burns
    CENTRALIA, Pa. – Standing before the wreckage of his bulldozed home, John Lokitis Jr. felt sick to his stomach, certain that a terrible mistake had been made. He'd fought for years to stay in the house. It was one of the few left standing in the moonscape of Centralia, a once-proud coal town whose population fled an underground mine fire that ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    1929 Fire Truck Is Still Rolling, at 35 MPH

    1929 Fire Truck Is Still Rolling, at 35 MPH
    BOTHELL, WA - The application states it is a form for nominations to Bothell’s local register of historic landmarks. In this case, what is being nominated probably isn’t normally thought of as a landmark. Still, if you’ve lived in the Bothell area for any period of time, you’ve most likely seen it on holidays, in parades or at other municipal events. ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires

    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires
    East Syracuse, NY — How often does a volunteer firefighter stay with his force 75 years? Not very often. That’s why there was a big turnout last week when Bill Lewis Sr. officially retired from the East Syracuse Fire Department. The East Syracuse chief, Mike Cramer, said the department’s bylaws had to be changed to grant the retirement, which is the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +16
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    New FDNY Commissioner Looking to Make Firefighting Safer

    New FDNY Commissioner Looking to Make Firefighting Safer
    After more than 40 years in the FDNY, new Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano knows the job's glories - and its risks. A "firefighter's firefighter" with five citations for bravery, Cassano's voice still trembles when he describes losing a colleague in a blaze. He has made it his mission to prevent others from making that supreme sacrifice. "If you're going to send ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighter, Policeman Home from Deployment

    Firefighter, Policeman Home from Deployment
    EASTON — Police Patrolmen Anthony Dicarlo and Andrew Salisbury and Firefighter/Paramedic Timothy Vamosi returned from deployments in the Middle East and back on the job last month in their roles as public servants for the town of Easton. Salisbury is a Corporal in the Marine Corps Reserves and spent his second deployment as a military police officer in Iraq providing security ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +10
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Rookie EMT Saves Man's Life Two Weeks Into Job

    Rookie EMT Saves Man's Life Two Weeks Into Job
    STATEN ISLAND, NY — When Lt. Anthony Weiburg was buttoning up his uniform on the morning of the Fourth of July, all the 22-year-old Travis resident was thinking about was marching in his community’s famed holiday parade. Hours later, he was a hometown hero. Midway through the 100th annual Travis Fourth of July Parade, Weiburg performed life-saving CPR on an unresponsive ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud

    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud
    ANACORTES, WA - The deadliest refinery accident since 2005 was described Monday as “more of a fireball than an explosion” but is not yet prompting a federally requested shutdown of the plant. A vapor cloud of hydrocarbons ignited within seconds, killing or burning seven Tesoro employees who were working about 50 feet from a unit used to make high-octane fuel, said ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Water Gun Fight Prompts Hazmat Response

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - What started out as an innocent squirt gun fight between children turned into a potentially dangerous situation for a Woonsocket neighborhood. Firefighters on Sunday responded to reports of a strong smell of ammonia in the basement of a Grove Street home. Investigators told WPRI-TV they found a smoking 7-gallon barrel of sodium hydroxide, prompting a hazardous materials ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    LA Considers 37% Ambulance Fee Raise

    LOS ANGELES—An ambulance ride in Los Angeles could go up 37 percent in July if the city approves a committee recommendation. The city's Public Safety Committee on Monday night proposed raising fees for basic life support ambulances to $974 from $712, plus mileage of $15.75 a mile. Advanced life support ambulance fees would go to $1,373 from $1,004, plus mileage. The ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins

    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins
    “Rescue Me” needs help. The FX drama about New York firefighters led by Worcester native, series co-creator, executive producer and writer Denis Leary is choking on fumes. After watching the first four episodes of the sixth season back-to-back - an endurance test I don’t recommend - it’s apparent “Rescue Me” is recycling plots, revisiting Tommy’s tired battle with the bottle and ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Historic 19th Century Church Burned to the Ground by Blaze

    Historic 19th Century Church Burned to the Ground by Blaze
    A fire which destroyed a church in the fenland area of Cambridgeshire is being treated as suspicious. The fire broke out mid-morning at the 19th Century church of St Mary's at Westry on the outskirts of March. Only the external brickwork remains and the building has been deemed structurally unsound. Jan French, a councillor on Fenland District Council who lives nearby, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Hearse Transporting Body Catches Fire, Driver Suspected of DUI

    Hearse Transporting Body Catches Fire, Driver Suspected of DUI
    HERCULES — A hearse delivering a body to a funeral caught fire Friday afternoon when sparks from a front tire flattened in a collision sparked a blaze. The driver was later arrested on suspicion of driving drunk, the California Highway Patrol said. The hearse belonged to Mandel Funeral Services in Vallejo and the driver was identified as 55-year-old Daniel A. Mandel, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Envelopes Containing White Powder Sent to Fed Buildings

    SEATTLE – Envelopes with white powder were found Monday in eight federal buildings in seven different cities across Washington, Idaho and Utah, prompting the evacuation of an IRS building and a U.S. attorney's office, FBI officials said. The FBI is investigating whether the incidents were linked. Special Agent Frederick Gutt said it would be "logical" that they would be. "It is ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Retired Firefighters Ordered To Repay Pensions

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Two pension funds must collect $76 million in overpayments that went to retired Minneapolis police officers, firefighters and their survivors. A judge has ordered two Minneapolis pension funds to recover about $76 million in overpayments to retired police and firefighters or their spouses. Under the order, the 860 retired police officers or their survivors must repay the city ...
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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 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This

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