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    Firefighters Flex Their Muscles Against Police

    COLUMBUS, OH - Police officers and firefighters clumped together on opposite ends of the rope. Some heckled the other side, some adjusted the perfect grip. "The fire department never shows up to lose," said Stephen Smith, battalion chief of the Washington Township Fire Department. The first match was quick. Firefighters yanked the Dublin police officers over the line in seconds. Police ...
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    Firefighters Resuscitate Pets After Home Fire

    Firefighters Resuscitate Pets After Home Fire
    LAKELAND, Tenn. - Pet oxygen mask helped save five cats and one dog in a Lakeland house fire. 14 other cats died after the fire broke out Tuesday morning. "The cats, by all outward appearances, appeared to have died," said Firefighter Brent Perkins. The pet oxygen masks were bought a year and a half ago, as part of a grant from ...
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    Search Dogs are Ready to Rescue

    Search Dogs are Ready to Rescue
    DALLAS -- The challenge for Hayden was to find Dallas fire Capt. Laurel Pitman in a pile of concrete blocks as smoke filled the air and strong winds blew. When his handler let him go, the 2-year-old Labrador-Chesapeake Bay retriever made just one circle around the debris. It took him eight seconds to sniff out Pitman. "Oh, he works so fast," ...
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    TX Fire Chief Drops Prerequisites for Prospective Firefighters

    TX Fire Chief Drops Prerequisites for Prospective Firefighters
    ARLINGTON, TX -- In anticipation of what he calls a "retirement bubble," Fire Chief Don Crowson has removed the requirement that prospective firefighters already be trained in emergency medical procedures. Nearly 40 percent of the city's sworn firefighters are eligible for retirement. So to open the doors to more applicants, the department has dropped all certification prerequisites for the first time ...
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    Firefighters Train in Underwater Rescue

    Firefighters Train in Underwater Rescue
    MACON, Ga - Macon-Bibb County firefighter Garin Flanders admits it’s a “spooky, eerie feeling” to dive into what’s often murky darkness and use his hands to search in the water. Flanders started diving about 12 years ago while going on cruises and trips to the coast. After joining the fire department, he saw the firefighter dive team as a way to ...
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    Search Suspended for Woman, Teen in Potomac

    Search Suspended for Woman, Teen in Potomac
    McLEAN, Va. - Rescue workers have temporarily suspended the search for a mother and daughter who disappeared in the Potomac River Monday afternoon. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue River Rescue and Tactical Services crews will resume the search later Tuesday, once the glare from the midday sun dies down. [widget:news__wtop] Helicopters using infrared technology and searchers in rescue boats combed the ...
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    FF Stable After Falling 30 Feet Through Roof

    HONOLULU -- A Honolulu firefighter is hospitalized in serious condition after falling through a warehouse roof. The Capt. Dwayne Lee, 43, stepped on a panel and fell about30 feet while investigating smoke coming from a Kalihi warehouse Monday night about 10 p.m., Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig said. The warehouse was on Republican Street in Kalihi. Firefighters responded to a ...
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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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    Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate International Auto Show [Video]

    Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate International Auto Show [Video]
    DETROIT - No one was injured and there were no reports of significant damage from an electrical fire at a Detroit auto show exhibit that shut the event down for a few hours today, officials said. The fire, which spread smoke throughout Cobo Center and forced the evacuation of the main showroom, began in scaffolding and high-powered lights in the ceiling ...
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    Jailed Firefighter Wins Monthly Pension

    HAVERHILL -- Former firefighter Kevin Thompson walked out of a retirement board meeting this week with $3,474.04 in monthly benefits and lifetime health insurance. Thompson, 52, quit his job and filed for retirement benefits rather than answer questions about his secret four-month incarceration in a New Hampshire jail and whether he ever drove a city firetruck without a license. City Solicitor ...
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    Over 50 San Jose Firefighters Set to be Laid Off

    SAN JOSE, CA - More than 50 San Jose firefighters were set to lose their jobs in a matter of hours Thursday night as the city struggled to close an $118 million budget gap. Firefighters were also upset because the city may drastically change the way labor contract disputes are resolved. Mayor Chuck Reed had a polite but tense meeting with ...
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    York Firefighters Win 21 Medals in Can-Am Games

    York Firefighters Win 21 Medals in Can-Am Games
    YORK, PA - The York Area Firefighter Combat Challenge Team won 21 gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games, held last week in Dublin, Ohio. Team founder Mike Anderson, a York City Fire/Rescue Services firefighter, said he won five medals; Diane Keith, a volunteer EMT with York Area United Fire and Rescue, won one; and YAUFR firefighters ...
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    Judge: Seattle Firefighter's Whistle-Blower Suit Can Go To Trial

    A judge on Friday denied a request by city lawyers to throw out a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a high-ranking Seattle firefighter who alleges that he was the victim of workplace retaliation for exposing an ethics scandal in the Fire Marshal's Office. After a nearly three-hour hearing on Friday, King Superior Court Judge Michael Hayden ruled that Jim Woodbury's civil suit ...
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    Firefighter Answers Call; Rescues Own Daughter

    SUSSEX, UK - A three-year-old girl from Sussex was rescued by her firefighter father after becoming stuck in a bed headrest. Watch manager Bob Beard was on duty when he was called to his own house in Crowborough after his daughter's head became wedged on Wednesday morning. The toddler was freed by the fire crew who rotated her head to release ...
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    Boy, 10, Charged in Fire That Killed Two

    HAVERHILL, Mass. — Prosecutors have charged a 10-year-old Massachusetts boy with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly starting a fire that killed two relatives, including a 6-year-old boy. A not guilty plea was entered for the boy Monday in Lawrence Juvenile Court. His name was not released because of his age. Prosecutors say the boy used a lighter to start the fire in ...
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    Fires Still Burning in Ariz., N.M., Texas

    Firefighters in Arizona and New Mexico worked Monday to subdue large wildfires while blazes in Texas were mostly under control, officials said. Arizona forestry officials said the Horseshoe Two Fire near Portal had scorched about 26,500 acres and was only 20 percent contained despite the efforts of about 630 firefighters backed by 24 fire engines, 16 water tenders and nine helicopters. ...
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    Man, Daughter Fall 13 Stories in Chile Quake

    Man, Daughter Fall 13 Stories in Chile Quake
    CONCEPCION, Chile (AP) - When their 13th-floor apartment began to shake, Alberto Rozas pulled his 7-year-old daughter into the bathroom doorway and waited for it to stop. Instead, they fell. Plummeting as their brand-new apartment building toppled like a felled tree, they hugged each other all the way down. Rozas had no idea which way was up until he looked through ...
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    Naked Firefighter Might Lose His Job Over Photo

    Naked Firefighter Might Lose His Job Over Photo
    WASHINGTON, DC - They say women love firefighters. And men who can cook. One D.C. firefighter seems to have tried to combine the two -- naked! The Washington D.C. fire and emergency services department has launched a probe after a photo surfaced of a naked firefighter apparently cooking for a party in a firehouse, NBC reported. The photo was turned into ...
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    Grand Jury to Stockton: Reduce Fire Services

    Stockton firefighters could soon see fewer people on a shift. A report on minimum staffing levels for the Stockton Fire Department by the San Joaquin County 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury released Monday recommends the city reduce its staff on fire engines to three firefighters and staff and fire trucks to four. The grand jury also recommends the department create a relief ...
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    Wildfire Grows to 10,000 Acres; Parker Canyon Lake Closed

    A wildfire near scenic Parker Canyon Lake has grown to more than 10,000 acres. The lake and a campground there have been closed to the public. The human-caused blaze -- called the Arlene Fire -- started Monday morning and is spreading quickly in dry grass and brush southeast of Sonoita, said Marylee Peterson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. No ...
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