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    Eight Injured in Ambulance Collision

    ANNAPOLIS, MD - Eight people were sent to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries after a car and an ambulance transporting a patient collided in Annapolis, a fire department spokesman said. The crash occurred around 7 p.m. at the intersection of northbound Route 2 and the westbound off-ramp of U.S. 50, near Anne Arundel Medical Center, said Battalion Chief Steve Thompson with ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Competing In Combat Challenge at US Air Force Academy This Weekend

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Firefighters from Colorado and elsewhere are expected to compete in the "Rumble in the Rockies" contest at the Air Force Academy this weekend. The event Saturday and Sunday is one of a series called the Firefighter Combat Challenge. Vail is scheduled to hold a competition in August. Firefighters compete in five events designed to test ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Judge Declines to Hear FF Groping Case

    NORTH SALEM — A town justice has declined to hear the case of an assistant chief of the Croton Falls Fire Department accused of groping a female firefighter at the department's annual Christmas party in December. Justice Ralph R. Mackin recused himself from hearing a motion Monday from John Blauvelt, 34, of Carmel to dismiss misdemeanor charges state police lodged against ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Cops, Firefighters Protest Pension Changes at Political Fundraiser

    BALTIMORE - Holding signs that said "City Hall Has Turned Their Backs on Police and Firefighters," about two dozen police and firefighters union members protested the City Council's passage of a pension bill that took effect Thursday. The union members wore shirts saying, "We Protect You. Help Protect Us," and yelled as local city and business leaders entered a fundraising event ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    A Unique Rescue Situation

    A Unique Rescue Situation
    GRAND ISLAND, NE - With almost 30 classes packed into just three days during the 73rd annual Nebraska State Fire School in Grand Island, there simply wasn't time for every volunteer firefighter to take every course that was offered. That's why volunteer firefighters Aaron Pokorny of Madison and Chad Winkelbauer and Paul Leiting, both of Randolph, gathered at 4 p.m. Saturday ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Injured FF Sues Department After Fire Works Blast

    UK - A retained firefighter who was injured in a fire at a fireworks factory in which two of his colleagues died is suing East Sussex fire service. Timothy Austin, from Barcombe fire station, is also seeking damages from factory owners Alpha Fireworks. Firemen Geoff Wicker, 49, and Brian Wembridge, 63, were killed in the fire at Marlie Farm in Shortgate, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters

    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters
    APPLETON — The Madison Middle School woodshop has been humming lately with the sound of saws, sanders and drills as 50 seventh- and eighth-graders learning the craft of woodworking turned out toy sailboats and puzzles. But the boys and girls kicking up all that sawdust in summer school have also tackled a much bigger project — two picnic tables bound for ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Huge Gas Line Explosion Destroys CA Neighborhood

    Huge Gas Line Explosion Destroys CA Neighborhood
    SAN BRUNO, CA -- With a thunderous roar heard for miles, a natural gas line explosion ripped through a San Bruno neighborhood Thursday evening, sending up a geyser of fire that killed at least one person and injured more than 20 others, and igniting a blaze that destroyed 53 homes and damaged 120 more, authorities said. The wind-whipped blaze leaped from ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Guns and Hoses: Police, Fire Compete for a Good Cause

    Guns and Hoses: Police, Fire Compete for a Good Cause
    LEXINGTON, KY - Lexington police officer Jackie Newman is supposed to keep the peace. But she couldn't help but stir up a little trouble when it came to picking out a T-shirt to wear to Sunday's sixth annual charity softball game between Lexington police and fire departments. "God made police so firemen would have heroes," read the officer's specially made T-shirt. ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Transgendered Widow of FF Regrets Springer Appearance

    Transgendered Widow of FF Regrets Springer Appearance
    WHATRON, TX - The transgender widow at the center of a court battle focusing on her late firefighter husband's estate apologized Tuesday for her appearance on a tabloid talk show 15 years ago during which she surprised a man who once kissed her with the news that she was born a boy. Nikki Araguz, 35, expressed deep regret for not telling ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Son of Fallen FF Helps Spur Changes in FD

    Son of Fallen FF Helps Spur Changes in FD
    WASHINGTON, DC - Thirteen years after firefighter John Carter perished in a Northwest Washington blaze, ravaging both a family and a fire department, Carter's son was in a D.C. fire station on Wednesday, shaking hands with his father's former colleagues. It took Brian Carter more than a decade before he felt ready to speak publicly about his father's death. He was ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Teamwork Being Honored Among Department

    Teamwork Being Honored Among Department
    ROTONDA, FL - Englewood firefighter Derek Kemerer's confidence has risen sharply after emerging from a training exercise that put his life in danger. His performance, and that of his teammates, earned special recognition from the Englewood Area Fire Control District Wednesday. The exercise, called a "confidence test," occurred June 3 at the conclusion of a 48-hour Confined Space Rescue Class. Kemerer, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    NHTSA Investigates Jeep Gas Tank Fire Risks

    NHTSA Investigates Jeep Gas Tank Fire Risks
    The National Highway Traffic Safety administration has opened a preliminary investigation of about 3 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees after a petition from safety advocacy group Center for Auto Safety. The CAS alleges in its petition that the placement of the Jeep's plastic gas tank behind the rear axle and below the rear bumper make it a fire risk in a ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Former Ambulance Turned Into Crime-Fighting Machine

    Former Ambulance Turned Into Crime-Fighting Machine
    ROBESON, PA - Birdsboro and Robeson Township police departments received a shared crime scene vehicle that they hope will help increase efficiency. The 1991 Ford F-350, a former ambulance, was donated by Muhlenberg Township. Birdsboro Chief Theodore R. Roth said their methods of crime scene processing and emergency response were inefficient: Officers would pack whatever equipment they thought they might need ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    FF's Son Killed In Crash; "I Couldn't Save My Boy"

    FF's Son Killed In Crash; "I Couldn't Save My Boy"
    NORTH COUNTY, CA - A North County firefighter, called to the scene of a car accident involving his own child did everything he could but couldn't save his only son. "I've saved a lot of people, but I couldn't save my own boy," Bill Hoffman said Tuesday remembering the moment he rushed to the scene of the crash that killed his ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fired Fire-Medic to Face Additional Charges

    Fired Fire-Medic to Face Additional Charges
    PORT ORANGE, FL - A Port Orange firefighter-paramedic charged with sneaking into the homes of patients to steal their prescriptions has been fired, city officials said. Michael Michaud, 38, an 11-year-veteran with Port Orange Fire and Rescue, was terminated Friday after an internal affairs investigation found he violated several departmental policies, in addition to several felonies. Among them are burglary of ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters

    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters
    BOSTON - Unmarked white box trucks arrived without warning outside three Boston firehouses yesterday, as the Fire Department began random drug and alcohol testing, a quiet ending to what had become a bitter and protracted labor dispute. A total of 20 firefighters stepped inside the customized trucks with private bathrooms and running water, submitting to instant-read breathalyzers for alcohol and to ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This

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