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    Ware County Fire Now at Least 4,000 Acres

    A fire that started late Wednesday in Ware County just north of Race Pond has now burned at least 4,000 acres and is keeping U.S. 1 and CSX Transportation closed south of Waycross. The Georgia Forestry Commission has 27 tractor plows working the fire and 20 more on the way, said Mark L. Wiles a senior forester for the Forestry Commission. ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Fatal Philly Fire Sparks 'Brownout' Policy Questions

    PHILADELPHIA - A 12-year-old autistic child who died in a West Philadelphia rowhouse fire Saturday night might still be alive if not for a recent city policy of temporarily shutting firehouses to save money, the head of the firefighters union and community members said Sunday. "This is just a Russian roulette game, and now a kid is dead," said Bill Gault, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    FDNY Far Behind In Racial, Gender Diversity

    FDNY Far Behind In Racial, Gender Diversity
    The debate over diversity in the FDNY has focused on one statistic - 91% of the Bravest are white. But in the shadow of the legal battle to bring more blacks and Hispanics into the department lurks another number: 31. That's how many female firefighters are employed by the FDNY, the nation's largest department with about 11,500 members, records show. It's ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Charged in Salty Dog Bar Brawl

    BROOKLYN, NY - Criminal charges against one firefighter involved in a boozy Brooklyn bar brawl were dropped Thursday, but a second has been indicted on two misdemeanors. Firefighter Ryan Warnock was charged with assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the Jan. 29 slugfest at the Salty Dog in Bay Ridge. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes refused to charge firefighter Michael ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Elderly Millionaire Assaulted Paramedic on Private Jet

    RENO, NV - An 83-year-old high-end collector, safari hunter and global businessman has been charged with assault for allegedly grabbing the breast of a female paramedic on a private flight. Robert M. Lee, from Nevada, was on his private plane travelling from Arizona to Rochester when he grabbed and twisted the woman's breast, causing her injury, when she was helping him ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Off-Duty FFs Investigated In Bar Fight

    MILWAUKEE— The Milwaukee Fire Department says it's conducting an internal investigation into a bar fight allegedly involving two off-duty firefighters. The victim, 56-year-old Jonathan Loiacano, told WISN-TV (http://bit.ly/oXU5uL) he thinks the firefighters should be fired. Loiacano says he suffered a shattered cheek, broken teeth and other facial injuries at the Fit `N Feather Bar in Greenfield on June 23. He says ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    BFD Launches Probe Into Largest Fire in 25 Years

    BFD Launches Probe Into Largest Fire in 25 Years
    BOSTON - The owner of a vacant Roxbury warehouse that burned to rubble in a nine-alarm inferno Saturday night said yesterday that he walked away from his business three years ago because concrete chunks from the towerlike building next door kept raining down on his property and Boston authorities were unable for the past decade to get its owners to fix ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Being Transported to Hospital Attacks EMT, ER Tech, and Nurse

    SCRANTON, PA - Police said a Scranton man attacked an emergency medical technician, an emergency room technician and a nurse Sunday evening after being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a fall. After falling down at Keyser Avenue and Oak Street and being transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center, Robert Kitch, 50, 708 N. Main Ave., second floor, punched an EMT ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Some MD Firefighters to Get a Raise

    ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has agreed to cut firefighter physical fitness costs from the budget in order to give some emergency workers a pay raise. [widget:news__wtop] Leggett and the Montgomery County firefighters' union recently formed an agreement to drop random drug and alcohol testing and eliminate the department's physiologist position for two years to fund special pay ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Safety, Diversity is Top of Mind for New HFD Chief

    Safety, Diversity is Top of Mind for New HFD Chief
    HOUSTON, TX - Terry Garrison, a tall man with an almost constant grin, is an experienced and well-educated administrator whose management style draws on openness and inclusiveness, say fire and police officials who have worked with him. On Wednesday, Mayor Annise Parker presented Garrison, 52, who until Monday was interim chief of the obscure Daisy Mountain Fire District outside of Phoenix, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Grass Fire Consumes 5,000 Acres

    Grass Fire Consumes 5,000 Acres
    Clovis, N.M. -- A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said there were no injuries, ...
    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 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    HFD: 30 Fires May be Work of 1 Arsonist

    Arson investigators believe at least 30 intentionally set fires in southwest Houston dating to the beginning of last year may be the work of the same person or group of people, officials said Tuesday. Almost all the fires occurred at apartment complexes or homes on the southwest side during the early morning hours. In all instances a flammable liquid such as ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters

    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters
    BOSTON - Unmarked white box trucks arrived without warning outside three Boston firehouses yesterday, as the Fire Department began random drug and alcohol testing, a quiet ending to what had become a bitter and protracted labor dispute. A total of 20 firefighters stepped inside the customized trucks with private bathrooms and running water, submitting to instant-read breathalyzers for alcohol and to ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighting and MMA: The Perfect Combo?

    Firefighting and MMA: The Perfect Combo?
    Chris Lytle is one of a few Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans who still keeps his day job. Technically, it's a day/night job. He's a firefighter in Indianapolis. Between his job, a busy fight schedule in UFC and his four kids, he has little time for anything else. He admits he doesn't have other hobbies and says his many fight-night bonuses have ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Fake Firefighter Put On Three-Year Probation

    LITTLE VALLEY — An Olean man Monday was placed on probation for three years for impersonating a firefighter during an arson blaze that destroyed the abandoned Fancher Furniture Co. factory in Salamanca last May 7. Bradley M. Thomas, 31, was sentenced by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on the misdemeanor criminal impersonation charge. Thomas arrived on the scene of the fire ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This

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