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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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    Deficit-Plagued Yonkers Talks With Unions to Try and Save Jobs

    YONKERS, NY - With hundreds of pink slips already handed out Wednesday, Yonkers' mayor, city council and municipal unions were negotiating down to the wire on a bare-bones city budget agreement. The city faces a $110 million deficit, with a deadline that could be stretched into today, for the start of the new fiscal year. Talks were "productive and substantive," Mayor ...
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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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    Yellow Ambulances are Coming to Town

    Yellow Ambulances are Coming to Town
    FERNLEY, NV--This Thursday, residents will start seeing yellow ambulances operated by North Lyon County Fire Protection District. The District was awarded the ambulance franchise by the Fernley City Council in September of 2009. While obtaining the licenses and permits, service has been provided via a mutual aid agreement between Central Lyon County Fire Protection District, and fire districts in Storey and ...
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    Two Years Later Five are Charged for Retirement Home Arson

    SAN FRANCISCO - Five owners or operators of the Vallejo retirement home where three residents died in a 2008 fire have been charged with criminal violations, authorities said. The fire started accidentally when a spark from a cigar that Robert Bennett, a resident of Casa de Vallejo, had been smoking near an oxygen cylinder ignited the tank's oxygen, investigators said. Bennett, ...
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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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    9/11 Heroes Still Waiting for Their Due

    9/11 Heroes Still Waiting for Their Due
    NEW YORK - After many years of costly litigation, the news broke this week that lawyers for thousands who were injured in the World Trade Center attacks have reached a settlement with the City of New York and others that could provide more than $650 million to those who sustained illnesses or injuries in rescue and recovery operations at Ground Zero. ...
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    The Best 25 Vacation Cities for Firefighters

    Firefighters work hard and play hard. If you're gearing up for your summer vacation, but aren't sure which direction to go check out FireLink's top 25 cities list. When it comes to vacationing in the U.S., each city is unique. We thought about places that are good for both families and singles, reunions with both friends and relatives. Which city ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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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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