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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 ...
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    Rescue Teams Attacked With Bricks When Responding At Scene

    UNITED KINGDOM - Firefighters were pelted with stones and bricks when they turned up to put out a blaze in woods. The crew, from Blackburn Fire Station, were attacked by youths after arsonists started a rubbish fire in an area off Fishmoor Drive in the town. Yesterday, the yobs were blasted as ‘stupid’ by Lanc-ashire Fire and Rescue Service, which said ...
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    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region

    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region
    BRISTOL - "We'll add that to the list." That was pretty much the phrase for the day among emergency personnel throughout the region Tuesday as they struggled to run from one water emergency to another. "Three feet of water in the basement," a Norton dispatcher announced over the police scanner. "Need more pumps here," an Attleboro firefighter reported to headquarters. "We'll ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Improperly Installed Dryer Caused Home Explosion

    Improperly Installed Dryer Caused Home Explosion
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - Investigators are now saying it was an improperly installed natural gas clothes dryer that caused an early morning explosion. The Montgomery County Fire Department says the dryer was not installed by a licensed professional and began leaking gas into the house. Two people were injured in the explosion. A woman is in critical condition with potentially life-threatening injuries, ...
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    Man Hurt in Freak Fire Hose Accident

    SOMERVILLE, MA - A Somerville man is recovering after being struck by a street-cleaning sign that was knocked over by a fire hose in a freak accident on Monday night . Baljit Singh, 49, was listed in fair condition yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital after being injured during the bizarre chain of events, officials said. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. ...
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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 ...
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    Kanses Looking for Firefighter Calendar Models

    TOPEKA | The Kansas Firefighters Museum is looking for candidates for its first calendar. The Kansas Firefighter Calendar, 2011 edition, needs firefighters to pose for photos. Proceeds from the calendar will support the organization's Coats for Kids Project and the museum's expansion in Wichita. Any Kansas fireman — active duty, volunteer or retired — is encouraged to submit a photo calendar ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Work to Extinguish Boat's Blaze; One Injured

    FFs Work to Extinguish Boat's Blaze; One Injured
    WEST PALM BEACH - A 70-foot pleasure craft returning from the Bahamas caught fire early this morning and pulled into Rybovich Marina at 45th Street and Flagler Drive, where emergency crews responded. The fire was brought under control. Up to 35 firefighters were on the scene, according to authorities. One West Palm Beach firefighter received slight injuries to his upper hand; ...
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    Four FFs Caught in Explosion Not Wearing Protective Gear

    Four FFs Caught in Explosion Not Wearing Protective Gear
    SACRAMENTO - The four firefighters injured in an apparent gas explosion at a Sacramento home last week were not wearing crucial protective gear, the Sacramento Fire Department confirmed. Firefighters David Storck, Scott McKinney, Jeff Coats and Mike Feyh lacked protective gloves and were not wearing department-issued protective masks when they approached an Oak Park home on July 5 after neighbors reported ...
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    Seven Injured NJ Firefighters Returning to Duty

    IRVINGTON — Seven firefighters injured while fighting a three-alarm blaze on Irvington’s Grove Street Tuesday evening all returned to duty, fire officials said. Although four firefighters were taken to area hospitals suffering from bruises, sprains and burns, all were released shortly afterward, Irvington Deputy Chief Pat Hand said. “They’re all going to be OK,” he said. The fire’s cause is still ...
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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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    TX Firefighter Fired Over Nude Online Photos

    TX Firefighter Fired Over Nude Online Photos
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Austin firefighter who allegedly posted nude photos of himself online has been fired for conduct unbecoming a member of the department. Fire Chief Mae Kerr on Wednesday put Alejandro Garza on indefinite suspension without pay. A disciplinary memo from Kerr says Garza included information online that identified him as an Austin firefighter. A citizen's complaint in ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'

    VIDEO: Joplin Tornado 'Like a Nuclear Bomb'
    George Ballew spent Monday in an emergency shelter, nursing his wounds and worrying about his missing wife. He was clutching a tube of toothpaste, the fingers on one hand cut, broken and wrapped in gauze, when an emergency volunteer approached. "George, your wife is OK," she told him gently. "We just found her." "Oh, thank God," he said, collapsing into the ...
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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 -- ...
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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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    BLM Declares Laguna Fire Contained

    BLM declares Laguna Fire contained Source: The Sun (Yuma, Ariz.) Publication date: 2011-05-25 Yuma, Ariz. -- After firefighters successfully controlled the last three major hot spots of the Laguna Fire Monday night, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management declared the fire 100 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. Although the fire has been completely contained, it will continue to burn ...
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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 ...
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