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    Squatters Died in House Blaze

    Squatters Died in House Blaze Source: Evening Mail; Birmingham (UK) Publication date: 2011-05-26 Birmingham, UK -- TWO Polish men died when a fire engulfed a row of derelict Birmingham buildings they had been squatting in, an inquest heard. Marek Ratuszniak and Arkdiosz Chylarecki, who were both aged 30, single and unemployed, died when the blaze broke out in the bedroom of ...
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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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    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 ...
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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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    AZ Wildfire May Become Largest In History

    ARIZONA - An enormous wildfire in eastern Arizona is poised to become the largest in state history, as firefighters tried Tuesday to keep the blaze from crossing into New Mexico and devouring a small mountain town. Fires grew elsewhere in New Mexico and at the state's border with Colorado, where flames forced the closure of a busy interstate highway. In Luna, ...
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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 ...
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    Fired FFs Brave the Heat to Honor a Good Cause

    Bryan Schwesing donned his fireman's hat and braved the heat and humidity Sunday as he walked down the center lane of Eureka Road near Telegraph in Taylor carrying a boot in hopes of raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As sweat rolled down his face, Schwesing thanked the motorists who rolled down their windows to put dollar bills and coins ...
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    Politician Refutes Claim that He Accepted IAFF Campaign Donation

    KANSAS CITY - Fred Arbanas wants to make one thing perfectly clear — he never accepted a campaign donation from Local 42 of the International Association of Fire Fighters. A July report filed by Taxpayer’s Unlimited, the firefighter’s political committee, listed a $2,500 contribution to Arbanas. Arbansas, of course, is in the race of his political life versus Terry Riley, a ...
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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 ...
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    Three FFs Injured At Massive Industrial Blaze [Video]

    Three FFs Injured At Massive Industrial Blaze [Video]
    LOS ANGELES - On Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 11:43 PM, 41 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 21 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 8 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team and 2 Bulldozers under the direction of Deputy ...
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    Birmingham Responder Suing City, Mayor for Failure to Pay OT

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - A Birmingham firefighter is suing the city and Mayor William Bell claiming the city failed to pay overtime. The lawsuit claims firefighters were not paid time-and-a-half for extra hours worked. It also claims by not paying time-and-a-half on those extra hours, the city no longer matched all pension benefits as required. Local firefighter union attorney Ray Fitzpatrick said ...
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    Judge: MD Firefighters Can Campaign for Ambulance Fees

    Judge: MD Firefighters Can Campaign for Ambulance Fees
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - A Montgomery County judge Monday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to stop county firefighters from campaigning for ambulance fees. Without a 'Yes' vote on 'Question A' -- the ballot measure that would institute ambulance fees -- Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett says he'll have to cut more than 80 firefighter positions and take 11 ambulances out of service. Leggett ...
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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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    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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    Firefighter Injured In 4-Alarm Seattle Blaze

    SEATTLE -- Seattle firefighters have controlled a four-alarm blaze that tore through the former Sunny Jim peanut butter plant in south Seattle, injuring a firefighter and sending smoke high into the air. An estimated 120 firefighters responded Monday to the vacant, city-owned, two-story building. Fire officials say one firefighter was injured by a piece of falling siding. He was reported in ...
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    Missouri Eases Permits for Relief Trucks

    Missouri officials said they were waiving fees and expediting highway permits to make it easier for trucks to haul relief supplies into tornado-stricken Joplin. The Missouri Department of Transportation said permits were required for out-of-state trucks and vehicles hauling wide loads; however, the permits would be issued without charge and would be given high priority for approval. The agency said in ...
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    New Legislation Lowers Firefighter, Police Pensions

    New Legislation Lowers Firefighter, Police Pensions
    Illinois lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that reduces pension benefits for future local police officers and firefighters. The measure also requires greater contributions from municipalities over the next 30 years to catch up with underfunded retirement programs. The Senate voted 46-4 on the bill, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn. A spokeswoman would not say whether Quinn would sign it. Police and ...
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