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    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety

    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety
    NEW YORK — A set of 354 narrow steps spirals all the way up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, and it's the only escape route for tourists in an emergency. On a recent summer day, one tourist put his hands on his knees and gasped for air as a few others funneled down the tightly twisting staircase to the statue's ...
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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 ...
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    Off-Duty FF's Gear Swiped While Helping With Rescue

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials in Michigan are seeking the return of hockey equipment taken while an off-duty firefighter was helping a woman trapped in a burning car. Ann Arbor battalion chief Robert Vogel says Monday that the bag of gear either was taken from the bed of John Maguire's truck or plucked from the ground nearby where it had fallen ...
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    Iraq Veteran Bypassed As Firefighter Candidate

    The Somerville Board of Aldermen approved six new additions to the permanent firefighter reserve list at their Dec. 16 meeting. All full-time, active firefighters must be appointed to this reserve list to get a job with the Somerville Fire Department. Missing from the lineup, however, was the most prominent would-be Somerville firefighter: Iraq veteran Sean O'Brien. Over the summer, O'Brien successfully ...
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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 ...
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    India Plane Crash Kills Nearly 160

    India Plane Crash Kills Nearly 160
    MANGALORE, India — An Air India Express plane trying to land at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames at dawn Saturday, killing nearly 160 people, officials said. There were eight survivors. Dense black smoke billowed from the wreckage of the flaming Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a hilly area with ...
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    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze

    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze
    HOMEWOOD, IL - A 21-year-old Homewood firefighter underwent skin-graft surgery Thursday to repair first- and second-degree burns suffered in an extra-alarm fire Tuesday night that claimed the life of a firefighter and an elderly war veteran. Karra Kopas, a part-time firefighter/paramedic and Prairie State College student, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday while recovering in the burn unit at the University ...
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    New Firefighter Training Simulator Stresses Safety

    ORLAND, IL - The Orland Fire Protection District next week is unveiling a state-of-the-art simulation training program that it hopes eventually will become the go-to facility for departments across the region. The system uses computer-graphic imaging to depict real-life firefighting situations. It is only the fourth in the country based on the Blue Card command training program created by a retired ...
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    City Rejects Grant That Would Hire More FFs

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Grand Island has rejected a federal grant that would have paid the full salary and benefits for six new Grand Island firefighters for two years. The Grand Island Independent is reporting that the City Council allowed Fire Chief Troy Hughes to apply for the grant in June 2009. The city won the grant offered through the U.S. ...
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    Firefighter Cleared of Pipe Bomb Charges

    BOSTON - Prosecutors this week dropped a reckless-conduct charge against a Salisbury man after what the police initially described as a powerful pipe bomb at his home turned out to be a "tire thumper" used to check the pressure of truck tires, his lawyer said. The misdemeanor charge against Walter Scott Jr., formerly a volunteer fireman, was dropped Tuesday, the day ...
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    Man Charged in Detroit Arson that Hurt Firefighters

    Man Charged in Detroit Arson that Hurt Firefighters
    DETROIT - A Detroit man has been charged in the arson fire that injured seven Detroit firefighters a week ago, according to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Samson Wright, 29, was charged today with intentionally damaging/destroying a commercial building by fire, the ATF reported in a news release. The charge carries a penalty of 5-20 years in ...
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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 ...
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    After Speculation, Doctor Confirms RI Firefighter Is Permanently Disabled

    PROVIDENCE — Former firefighter John Sauro remains permanently and totally disabled from doing his job in the Fire Department, an orthopedic surgeon has concluded after a special examination. But the surgeon recommended additional tests to confirm his finding. The report by Dr. Anthony DeLuise Jr. was submitted Wednesday to the city Retirement Board, which voted to have the additional tests done. ...
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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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    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 ...
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    Psych Patient Killed After Escaping Ambulance on Highway

    DETROIT - A mentally ill man was killed Thursday night in the middle of Interstate 94 in St. Joseph Township, police said. The man, John Cameron Rivera of Detroit, was being transported to Lakeland Emergency medical Center in St. Joe, Michigan for psychological evaluation when he started fighting with medics in the back of an ambulance, police said. The driver stopped ...
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    Contra Costa Fire District Receives $6.5 Million Grant

    Walnut Creek, Calif. -- Two Contra Costa Fire District stations slated for closure will remain open for at least the next two years after the federal government announced Monday that it is awarding the fire district a $6.5 million grant. The grant, which is part of a federal program called Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, will "significantly ...
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    Origin of Blaze that Killed Firefighter Still Unknown

    ST. ANNA — The 5½-month investigation into the Dec. 29 explosion that killed St. Anna firefighter Steven Koeser pinpointed the cause of the blast, but not the origin of the fire. The blast that killed Koeser and injured eight others occurred when firefighters directed streams of water and suppressant foam onto a burning trash bin that contained aluminum alloy shavings and ...
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    Strategies Differ in Protecting History from Honey Prairie Fire

    FOLKSTON, Fla. -- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Manager Curt McCasland admitted he didn't know much about swamp fires when he experienced his first: the now 148,522-acre Honey Prairie Fire. After all, McCasland just arrived in October from the Arizona desert where there's a different strategy for fighting fires. "My first reaction was to rain water on this thing," he said of ...
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    AL Mayor Withdraws Plan To Build New Firefighter Museum

    AL Mayor Withdraws Plan To Build New Firefighter Museum
    PELHAM, Ala. — The mayor of Pelham is backing away from plans to melt the city's main ice skating rink and replace it with a firefighter museum. Pelham Mayor Don Murphy says he received hundreds of calls and emails from residents who were angry about his plan to remove one of two ice rinks at the Pelham Civic Complex. The rink ...
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