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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 ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    CA Man Arrested in 1989 NH Fire That Killed Four

    CA Man Arrested in 1989 NH Fire That Killed Four
    CONCORD, N.H. — A recently created Cold Case Unit has brought criminal charges against a California man in the 1989 deaths of four family members in a New Hampshire apartment house arson, authorities said. David McLeod was arrested Wednesday in California on four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Carl Hina, his 12-year-old daughter, Sara, his wife, Lori, and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    EMT Couple Injured by Assault Suspect

    NIAGARA FALLS—Niagara Falls couple working as Rural/Metro emergency medical technicians were injured Wednesday morning as they attempted to remove a highly intoxicated woman from her home, police said. Garry and Sara Bluhm attempted to carry the woman downstairs from an upper bedroom after she refused to walk, police said, but the woman resisted, pushing Garry Bluhm into a railing and punching ...
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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, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Meltdown: Fire Hazards Cited at Nuclear Power Plant

    Meltdown: Fire Hazards Cited at Nuclear Power Plant
    Federal regulators warned the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday about "apparent violations" involving fire safety at the utility's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in north Alabama. Officials from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the findings don't pose an immediate safety risk but are urging TVA to fix the three-reactor plant, which suffered a nearly disastrous fire in 1975 and later had to ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    MedFlight Services: A Fight for Quality?

    MedFlight Services: A Fight for Quality?
    COLUMBUS, OH - MedFlight is getting into the ambulance business despite the slim profit margin medical transport companies face. "When you look at the ambulance transportation industry, it's very, very expensive to operate," said Ronald L. Grout, executive director of the Ohio Medical Transportation Board. "From insurance to the equipment to the personnel, it's a very expensive undertaking." In Ohio, Medicare ...
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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 ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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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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    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners

    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners
    LONG BEACH - It's a little late, but compensation data on city of Long Beach employees is now online at the state controller's website. The information, which is available at www.sco.ca.gov, lists the pay ranges for each city position, how much each worker actually earned in 2009, pension details and the cost of other benefits. Among the Long Beach managers who ...
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    First Responders to Receive Back Pay in Lump Sum

    BOSTON - Boston firefighters will receive an average lump-sum payment of $29,000 because of retroactive pay increases included in the city’s new five-year contract with the firefighters’ union, city officials said yesterday. Some firefighters will receive significantly more because of their rank, seniority, and overtime; others will receive less. City officials said the payments, which will be sent to firefighters in ...
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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 ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Sea of Blue Bids Farewell to Fallen Firefighter

    Sea of Blue Bids Farewell to Fallen Firefighter
    REHOBOTH -- Family, friends and colleagues of a Rehoboth firefighter who died of a heart attack responding to a call are paying their final respects. The wake for firefighter Ken Marshall Jr. is scheduled Wednesday at the Foley Hathaway Funeral Home in Attleboro. The funeral is slated Thursday at the Community Covenant Church with a burial at nearby Oak Knoll Cemetery. ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This