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    First Responders Free Boy With Head Stuck in Toilet Seat

    ESSEX, United Kingdom - Firefighters in Essex used cutting equipment to rescue an 18-month-old boy who had a toilet seat stuck on his head. The boy, from Loughton, had put the training toilet seat on his head but it slipped down over his ears. Firefighter Steve Seary said: "It was around his neck, but it wasn't causing him any difficulties. We ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    TX FF Mentor Villareal Dies at 71

    TX FF Mentor Villareal Dies at 71
    Gilbert Villareal, who was known for mentoring young firefighters during his nearly 40 years with the department, died July 4 from complications of a brain aneurysm. He was 71. Villareal, who retired from the Houston Fire Department in 2001, was born in 1938 in Dallas, but moved to Houston with his family as a child. He attended Jefferson Davis High School ...
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    New Memorial Dedicated to Three LODDs in Early 20th Century

    APPLETON, WI — Three city firefighters who died in the line of duty, all in the early 20th century, will be recognized this fall at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial. The names of Chief Elmer Anderson, Assistant Chief Mike Calnin and firefighter Louis McGillan will be added to the memorial at Ben Hansen Park in Wisconsin Rapids at 3:33 p.m. Oct. ...
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    Elks Lodge Honors Firefighter, Police, Park Rangers for Service and Heroism

    ST. LOUIS - Three police officers, one firefighter and two park rangers were honored by members of St. Charles Elks Lodge 690 at a reception last month for their community service and heroism. Recipients included: St. Charles City park rangers Sgt. Paul Jokerst and Christina Gonzalez, St. Charles Sheriff's Deputy Ron Neupert, St. Charles Police Officer Michael Davis, St. Peters Police ...
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    Air Ambulance Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a bird strike shattered a windshield on a medical helicopter that was flying from Aberdeen to Fargo, N.D. The Careflight helicopter from Avera St. Luke's Hospital made a safe emergency landing early Monday at the Fargo airport. The pilot was treated for minor injuries. A paramedic, nurse and patient also ...
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    FF Thrown 30ft In Explosion; Breaks Back, Neck

    FF Thrown 30ft In Explosion; Breaks Back, Neck
    SANDWICH - Daniel Keane, one of two Sandwich firefighters injured yesterday fighting a house fire is reported in stable condition at Cape Cod Hospital this morning. Keane, a firefighter/paramedic, has a broken neck and a broken back. Yesterday Sandwich fire Capt. James Huska said doctors were watching for signs of paralysis, but Keane was moving his toes. An updated condition on ...
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    Fire Crews Fight Stubborn 700-acre Blaze

    Fire Crews Fight Stubborn 700-acre Blaze
    CHEYENNE -- One of the county's largest grass fires in recent memory burned southwest of town Wednesday afternoon behind commercial explosive producer Dyno Nobel Inc. Fire officials said the area burned was approximately 700 acres. Laramie County Fire District 2 public information officer Lew Simpson said the fire reignited from a blaze that crews extinguished early Wednesday morning. The first fire ...
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    Concerns Arise After City's 8-Alarm, 12-Alarm Blazes

    Concerns Arise After City's 8-Alarm, 12-Alarm Blazes
    CAMDEN - After two large fires that tore through vacant warehouses within days of each other last week, Camden's mayor voiced her concern Monday to the state attorney general. Speaking at a news conference, Mayor Dana L. Redd did not say whether officials thought that Thursday's 12-alarm blaze at a building near the Parkside neighborhood, once rented by a tire company, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    USFA and NIOSH Begin Study on Cancer in Firefighters

    EMMITSBURG, MD-- USFA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are partnering on a study to examine the potential for increased risk of cancer among firefighters due to exposures from smoke, soot, and other contaminants in the line of duty. This will be a formal epidemiological study with medical oversight. The primary objective of the project is to ...
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    Firefighter Talks About Being Overrun by Flames

    YAKIMA, Wash. — From his rear seat on Engine 31, Michael Rhine watched the fire, seemingly at a safe distance. But as the engineer swung the truck around to face the one way out, a big stand of sagebrush blew up into a 40-foot wall of flame. Amid zero visibility and intense heat, Engine 31 was engulfed, crashing through a dirt ...
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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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    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners

    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners
    LONG BEACH - It's a little late, but compensation data on city of Long Beach employees is now online at the state controller's website. The information, which is available at www.sco.ca.gov, lists the pay ranges for each city position, how much each worker actually earned in 2009, pension details and the cost of other benefits. Among the Long Beach managers who ...
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    Ex-Forest Officials Want Deeper Probe Into Station Fire

    Ex-Forest Officials Want Deeper Probe Into Station Fire
    LOS ANGELES - A group of former U.S. Forest Service officials is calling for a new and independent investigation into the agency's handling of last year's devastating Station fire, with many contending that an internal inquiry completed in November ignored critical missteps. That probe by the Forest Service's Washington, D.C., headquarters found no tactical errors in the initial attack on the ...
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    Firefighter Injured While Rescuing Squatters from Auto Dealership Fire

    Firefighter Injured While Rescuing Squatters from Auto Dealership Fire
    VALLEJO — A three-alarm fire scorched a shuttered Vallejo auto dealership often frequented by the homeless, authorities said. Vallejo firefighters responded about 7 a.m. to the former Bill Lang's Cadillac Pontiac at 4301 Sonoma Blvd. The call escalated to three alarms before crews from Vallejo, Crockett, American Canyon, Benicia and Cal Fire had the blaze under control about an hour later. ...
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    Virginia Injured Firefighter, Displaces Three

    Virginia Injured Firefighter, Displaces Three
    NORFOLK, VA - A fire in the 700 block of Carolina Ave. this morning sent one firefighter to a hospital and displaced three people. The fire was first reported in the kitchen of the home shortly after 4 a.m., said Battalion Chief Harry Worley, Norfolk Fire-Rescue spokesman. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke and flames coming from the home. They went ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Victims Recount Stories of Killer Tornado

    Victims Recount Stories of Killer Tornado
    JOPLIN, Mo. — Rod Pace, manager of the Med Flight helicopter service at St. John's Regional Medical Center, had just finished payroll paperwork Sunday evening when he decided to stay an extra 15 to 20 minutes to let the menacing weather pass. From the second floor, he watched the storm approach from the southwest, just like so many other systems. The ...
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    New Technology Helps Extinguish FF Fears

    New Technology Helps Extinguish FF Fears
    HONG KONG - Officials yesterday unveiled increased safety features in new breathing apparatus supplied to firefighters in the wake of a Cheung Sha Wan blaze that claimed a senior fireman's life. The high-tech apparatus features blinking masks and beeping alarms that help track a fireman in distress as well as a device that tracks the amount of air supply left. About ...
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    Sea of Blue Bids Farewell to Fallen Firefighter

    Sea of Blue Bids Farewell to Fallen Firefighter
    REHOBOTH -- Family, friends and colleagues of a Rehoboth firefighter who died of a heart attack responding to a call are paying their final respects. The wake for firefighter Ken Marshall Jr. is scheduled Wednesday at the Foley Hathaway Funeral Home in Attleboro. The funeral is slated Thursday at the Community Covenant Church with a burial at nearby Oak Knoll Cemetery. ...
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    Firefighters Continue Battling Volusia Brush Fire

    Volusia County firefighters this morning are continuing to battle the 125-acre brush fire that threatened homes Wednesday near DeLand. Pat Kuehn, spokeswoman for Volusia County Fire Services, said firefighters will be putting out flares and hot spots today. Winds are predicted to pick up today and they could affect the fire located in the Daytona Park Estates subdivision, on Larkspur Road, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This

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