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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 ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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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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    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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