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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, ...
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    Three Firefighters Injured In Paint Store Flashover

    Three Firefighters Injured In Paint Store Flashover
    JOLIET, IL - Republic Avenue was shut down Thursday afternoon as a Dumpster fire spread into a nearby building. The blaze was reported around 12:45 p.m. on the south end of 251 Republic. Formerly a large paint store, the building now houses Joliet Economy Furniture in the front, with a performance auto shop, medical technology company and electrical contractor under the ...
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    No Rescue is Too Small for First Responders

    OKALOOSA ISLAND – Lt. Sean Mast with the Okaloosa Island Fire Department has seen a lot as a firefighter, but Thursday morning’s rescue was far from the typical calls he receives. Mast, along with Firefighter Michael Russ, climbed 30 feet up the fire truck’s ladder around 8:30 a.m. to release an osprey tangled in fishing line from its nest near the ...
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    Responder Feels Lucky to Have Escaped With Life

    Responder Feels Lucky to Have Escaped With Life
    NEW KENSINGTON, PA - City firefighter John Shirey was searching for a fire Saturday night but instead, it found him. When he finally felt the fire that he and the other two members of his hose team, brothers Vince and Garrett Sekanick, were looking for inside 425 Ridge Ave., he didn't care about seeing it. "I was on the nozzle and ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding

    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding
    SHOREWOOD — Municipal leaders throughout Milwaukee County voiced fears Monday that they would soon be saddled with paying the full cost of paramedic services, either through restructuring county government or through county budget cuts. County Executive Scott Walker later sought to put those fears to rest, vowing to oppose any move that would leave cities and villages without paramedic funding. "You'd ...
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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 ...
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    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud

    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud
    ANACORTES, WA - The deadliest refinery accident since 2005 was described Monday as “more of a fireball than an explosion” but is not yet prompting a federally requested shutdown of the plant. A vapor cloud of hydrocarbons ignited within seconds, killing or burning seven Tesoro employees who were working about 50 feet from a unit used to make high-octane fuel, said ...
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    Water Gun Fight Prompts Hazmat Response

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - What started out as an innocent squirt gun fight between children turned into a potentially dangerous situation for a Woonsocket neighborhood. Firefighters on Sunday responded to reports of a strong smell of ammonia in the basement of a Grove Street home. Investigators told WPRI-TV they found a smoking 7-gallon barrel of sodium hydroxide, prompting a hazardous materials ...
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    LA Considers 37% Ambulance Fee Raise

    LOS ANGELES—An ambulance ride in Los Angeles could go up 37 percent in July if the city approves a committee recommendation. The city's Public Safety Committee on Monday night proposed raising fees for basic life support ambulances to $974 from $712, plus mileage of $15.75 a mile. Advanced life support ambulance fees would go to $1,373 from $1,004, plus mileage. The ...
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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, ...
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    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins

    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins
    “Rescue Me” needs help. The FX drama about New York firefighters led by Worcester native, series co-creator, executive producer and writer Denis Leary is choking on fumes. After watching the first four episodes of the sixth season back-to-back - an endurance test I don’t recommend - it’s apparent “Rescue Me” is recycling plots, revisiting Tommy’s tired battle with the bottle and ...
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    FD Seeks Answers to Dangers Faced in Industrial Blaze

    While investigators continue to search for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a Harborcreek Township biofuels plant over the weekend, firefighters who answered the call say they want to know what hazards they came in contact with while dousing the flames. Fairfield Hose Co. Fire Chief Jim Hawryliw said he will meet with other fire chiefs, county and local ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion

    Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion
    DENVER - Carburetor trouble in a 1988 Maserati set off a fire and an ammunition explosion in the garage of a Denver home Sunday morning, according to the Denver Fire Department. Venita Wood, 72, started the Maserati in the garage and walked about 20 feet back into her house when she heard an explosion. "I came out, and there was fire ...
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    Envelopes Containing White Powder Sent to Fed Buildings

    SEATTLE – Envelopes with white powder were found Monday in eight federal buildings in seven different cities across Washington, Idaho and Utah, prompting the evacuation of an IRS building and a U.S. attorney's office, FBI officials said. The FBI is investigating whether the incidents were linked. Special Agent Frederick Gutt said it would be "logical" that they would be. "It is ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run

    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run
    BOSTON - A 20-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident after responding to a medical call in Roxbury late this morning, the fire department said. Firefighters were putting gear back on the truck parked in front of 36 Edgewood St. at around 11:54 a.m. when a maroon Dodge Durango hit the firefighter, ...
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    BLM Offering Reward for Information on Laguna Fire

    Yuma, Ariz. -- After determining the 751 acre Laguna fire to be human caused, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward to the public for information that leads to a conviction. "Right now, it's under investigation to determine who started it and whether it was accidental or intentional," BLM information officer Pamela Mathis said Monday. "But regardless ...
    Published over 3 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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    Retired Firefighters Ordered To Repay Pensions

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Two pension funds must collect $76 million in overpayments that went to retired Minneapolis police officers, firefighters and their survivors. A judge has ordered two Minneapolis pension funds to recover about $76 million in overpayments to retired police and firefighters or their spouses. Under the order, the 860 retired police officers or their survivors must repay the city ...
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    Wildfire Sparks Change In Fire Screw Response Tactics

    Wildfire Sparks Change In Fire Screw Response Tactics
    HORRY COUNTY, SC - Garry Alderman was heading onto an overpass at S.C. 31 en route to a fire call a year ago this week when he spotted embers flying overhead, "like fireflies." The Horry County Fire Rescue chief knew then that this was no routine emergency response. The blaze racing toward S.C. 22 would eventually be labeled the most destructive ...
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    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit

    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit
    CAMDEN, NJ - When Camden announced last week that it could lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters next month, the news was surprising only in its scope. After years of cutting in other areas of government and trimming police and fire departments through attrition, cities throughout New Jersey recently have announced a striking ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This

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