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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 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Firefighter Injured In Home Explosion Leaves Hospital Feeling 'Fantastic'

    Firefighter Injured In Home Explosion Leaves Hospital Feeling 'Fantastic'
    SACRAMENTO, CA - Scott McKinney, one of four Sacramento firefighters injured when a home exploded in Oak Park on July 5, was released from the hospital Sunday. "I feel fantastic," McKinney told TV camera crews as he left UC Davis Medical Center. "The care was awesome. The hospital took really good care of me." McKinney spent six days in the hospital ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Judge Declines to Hear FF Groping Case

    NORTH SALEM — A town justice has declined to hear the case of an assistant chief of the Croton Falls Fire Department accused of groping a female firefighter at the department's annual Christmas party in December. Justice Ralph R. Mackin recused himself from hearing a motion Monday from John Blauvelt, 34, of Carmel to dismiss misdemeanor charges state police lodged against ...
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    Injured FF Sues Department After Fire Works Blast

    UK - A retained firefighter who was injured in a fire at a fireworks factory in which two of his colleagues died is suing East Sussex fire service. Timothy Austin, from Barcombe fire station, is also seeking damages from factory owners Alpha Fireworks. Firemen Geoff Wicker, 49, and Brian Wembridge, 63, were killed in the fire at Marlie Farm in Shortgate, ...
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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. ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Firefighter Injured After Falling 2 Stories at Scene

    Firefighter Injured After Falling 2 Stories at Scene
    CHICAGO - A firefighter was injured this morning in a fall from the roof of a vacant house on Chicago's South Side. The firefighter lost his footing while trying to extinguish a fire in the attic of the 2½-story frame house in the 6800 block of South Green Street, fell 30 feet but "did a somersault in the air" and landed ...
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    Training Instructors Faked Credits as Favor

    Training Instructors Faked Credits as Favor
    BOSTON - Two instructors suspected of falsifying training records for more than 200 emergency medics across Massachusetts told state public health investigators that they were simply trying to help colleagues who did not have the time or money to take the medical refresher courses required to renew their licenses. State officials reported yesterday that one of the instructors, former Trinity Ambulance ...
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    Testing 'Full Moon Fever' With Chesapeake Firefighters

    CHESAPEAKE, VA - Tim Woodland does not believe the moon is a barometer of human behavior. He has been with the Chesapeake Fire Department for 30 years and can give you plenty of anecdotal evidence to back this up. He will not say he has seen it all, but he has seen enough to tell you that crazy can happen whether ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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. ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Talks about Beekeeper Rescue

    Firefighter Talks about Beekeeper Rescue
    PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI - We all love fresh honey, but no one wants to be stung. A Pittsfield Township beekeeper is now recovering after bees attacked her in defense of their queen. "Person in distress. They told us had something to do with bees," said Pittsfield Township Fire Captain Jeff Foulke. A day later at the Pittsfield Township home and you'd ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Texas Fire Chief's Departure a "Great Loss"

    Texas Fire Chief's Departure a "Great Loss"
    ARLINGTON -- Chief Robin Paulsgrove announced Monday that he'll retire in May after 13 years as Arlington's top firefighter. City leaders credit Paulsgrove's leadership for enhanced firefighter training, emergency preparedness and public education initiatives that have created a safer Arlington for residents and visitors. Paulsgrove has played a key role in public safety planning for Arlington's growing entertainment district, where ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Barefoot Man Rescues Neighbor from Fire

    Barefoot Man Rescues Neighbor from Fire
    St. Joseph fire officials said a South Side man pulled his neighbor from a house fire Friday morning in his bare feet. Fire inspector Steve Henrichson said both men had injuries but the Good Samaritan declined medical treatment. The resident of the burned trailer near Lake Contrary was taken by ambulance to Heartland Regional Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns ...
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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 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This

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