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    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread

    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread
    CORONA, CA - Aircraft and ground crews battled an 800-acre wildfire Thursday as it spread over dry, brown hills in western Riverside County. Flames burned near homes protected by cleared ground. Firefighters had the blaze 10 percent contained by late afternoon. Even though there were no immediate threats to structures, the county Fire Department urged residents to be prepared to leave ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts

    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts
    SAN JOSE - The San Jose Fire Department is set to close the Communications Hill Fire Station on Aug. 1 and make Station 30 on Auzerais Avenue a "posting station," fire leaders said. The moves are part of a new program to spread firefighters more efficiently throughout the city. Because of city budget cuts and stalled union negotiations, the department is ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief

    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief
    CHICAGO - Chicago Fire Department veteran Robert Hoff will be the city's new fire commissioner after alderman unanimously approved his appointment today. Hoff, the department's first deputy commissioner since 2008, has been with the department for 33 years. He is a third generation firefighter. Hoff has twice been awarded the department's highest honor for bravery. In 1992, he was given the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss

    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss
    FREEMONT, WA - The pain, sorrow and sense of loss triggered by Saturday's Fremont apartment fire is shared not just by those who knew the five victims but by the firefighters unable to save them. Firefighters who have been "beating themselves up" over their inability to rescue the woman and four children in the burning apartment attended a Tuesday night session ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Four-Alarm Fire Injures Six First Responders

    Four-Alarm Fire Injures Six First Responders
    JERSEY CITY, NJ - A four-alarm fire ripped through two Jersey City buildings yesterday afternoon, displacing eight families and injuring six firefighters, fire officials said. Called to a six-family building three and a half stories tall at 50 Belmont Ave. at 3:03 p.m., firefighters found that the adjacent two-family house at 48 Belmont Ave. was also engulfed in flames with heavy ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water

    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water
    MUNCIE -- The heroic confined-space rescue efforts of Liberty Township volunteer firefighters on May 26 has landed them in hot water. State officials say the volunteers violated occupational safety and health regulations. As a result, the township fire department is taking corrective action to avoid having to pay a $1,500 fine imposed by the Indiana Department of Labor. An investigation by ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Widow of FF Denied Benefits Due to Transgender Status

    Widow of FF Denied Benefits Due to Transgender Status
    WHARTON, TX — A judge Friday agreed to temporarily bar the allegedly transgendered widow of a Wharton firefighter from spending or collecting his death benefits. State District Judge Randy Clapp ruled after hearing from Nikki Araguz that she received a check for $60,000 on Thursday, about a 10th of the total cash expected because of Thomas Araguz's July 4 death in ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Two Firefighters Injured in Hit-and-Run

    Two Firefighters Injured in Hit-and-Run
    TULARE COUNTY - Two Tulare County firefighters were hurt today when a pickup truck hit them as they worked on a vehicle fire near Alpaugh. Authorities are looking for the driver and occupants of the pickup, which did not stop. Authorities suspect the pickup occupants set the fire and were fleeing. Firefighter Pat Hines was thrown 50 feet, breaking ribs and ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Rescues Homeless Man in Suspicious Fire

    Firefighter Rescues Homeless Man in Suspicious Fire
    OROVILLE, CA — A homeless man might have died in a recent suspicious fire at Lincoln Boulevard and Myers Street, if he hadn't been rescued by a firefighter who happened to glance down and saw a pair of boots barely peeking out of a high clump of brush. The man was asleep or possibly passed out in a makeshift camp sheltered ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    First Responders Breath Life Into Pets At Fire Scenes

    CHICAGO - The fireman trudged out of Kristi Cahill's smoke-blackened West Rogers Park bungalow Tuesday evening, cradling a small, limp cat. "Her eyes were bulging and her tongue was sticking out," recalled Cahill, 42, of her beloved cat, Roux. Then something remarkable happened: Firefighters slipped a pet-sized clear plastic mask over Roux's face, and condensation bloomed inside the mask. Roux was ...
    Published over 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 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Can Public Pension Benefits Be Taken Away?

    Can Public Pension Benefits Be Taken Away?
    COLORADO - State legislators are beginning to challenge one of the ironclad tenets of public pension policy: that states cannot legally reduce pension benefits for current and future retirees. Lawmakers in Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota voted earlier this year to limit cost-of-living increases they previously had promised to thousands of current and future retirees, who courts historically have protected from ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Relive Dramatic Rescue that Saved Young Girl's Life

    FFs Relive Dramatic Rescue that Saved Young Girl's Life
    NORFOLK, UK - Heroic firefighters - commended for their efforts in saving a young woman from near certain death in a Norwich bedsit - have relived the dramatic rescue. Norfolk fire service's Green Watch were praised by a judge last week as rogue landlord Michael Billings' was jailed for ignoring safety laws at a block of bedsits he owned in Magdalen ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Fatal Fire Devastates Community; Leaves FFs Asking 'Why?'

    Fatal Fire Devastates Community; Leaves FFs Asking 'Why?'
    SEATTLE - With the first floor of her home in flames, Helen Gebregiorgis rushed upstairs to alert her sister and five young children as the smoke alarm blared. Gebregiorgis grabbed her 5-year-old niece, Samarah Smith, and dashed downstairs, believing the others were behind her. They weren't. Driven back by the heat and flames, her sons Joseph Gebregiorgis, 13, and Yaseen Shamam, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire

    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire
    LORTON, Va. - Three people -- two children and an adult -- are dead in Lorton townhouse fire, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tells WTOP. Another three children and an adult were taken to Washington Hospital's Burn Center. Firefighters are still on the scene of the fire in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. "We're still controlling this fire. It did ...
    Published almost 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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    FFs Rescue Man's Best Friend From 6th Floor Ledge

    DENVER - Denver firefighters helped a dog from a sixth-floor ledge of the Denver Dry Lofts building this morning. Phil Champagne, spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said the person who owned the dog tried several times to get the dog off the ledge without success. However firefighters, who worked their way along the ledge, were able to grab the dog ...
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    Four of Five Injured Firefighters Remain Hospitalized; Two Critical

    DETROIT — Four Detroit firefighters who were injured when a burning building collapsed remained hospitalized as the ATF joined an investigation into the suspicious blaze. Two of the firefighters remained in critical condition Saturday, The Detroit News reported. A fifth firefighter was treated and released from a hospital after Friday's fire. The firefighters suffered injuries ranging from a strained back to ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This

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