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    Firefighters Gaining More Containment of Race Pond Fire

    Firefighters are gaining control of the Race Pond Fire that has threatened for days to jump into the Okefenokee Swamp, officials said. At last measure, the fire had burned 7,852 acres, counting burnouts, and was 40 percent contained, said Mark Wiles, a Georgia Forestry Commission senior forester working with a joint information team. "We thinking the burnout we attempted over the ...
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    Educate Yourself: Attend New Safety Summit on Safe Implementation of Electric Vehicles

    DETROIT - The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the SAE International will be co-sponsoring the U.S. National Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit on October 19-20, 2010, at the Cobo Convention Center in Detroit, Michigan. The purpose of the U.S. National Electric Vehicles Safety Standards Summit is to support the rapid implementation of electrical and hybrid-electric vehicles in the United States, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Historic Forge Burns to the Ground

    Historic Forge Burns to the Ground
    GROVE CITY -- The Wendell August Forge, an American institution that has furnished generations of families with its hand-cast decorative ornaments and plates, burned to the ground Saturday afternoon. About 25 employees and 15 tourists and shoppers were in the building when the fire started. They all escaped unharmed. The fire started around 2 p.m. in a workshop where an employee ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Former Battalion Chief Linked to High-Stakes Firehouse Betting Ring

    Former Battalion Chief Linked to High-Stakes Firehouse Betting Ring
    SAN FRANCISCO - A former South San Francisco firefighter has been charged with running a high-stakes sports betting ring, using city phones to wager an average of $500 a week and soliciting colleagues to participate, authorities said. James Anthony Selvitella Jr., 52, a onetime battalion chief, was charged with conspiracy and bookmaking in San Mateo County Superior Court along with four ...
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    Former Ambulance Service President Charged with Theft

    NORTHCUMBERLAND COUNTY, VA - The former president of an ambulance service in Northumberland County was charged earlier this month with stealing from the organization. Now some in his community say this is becoming far too common. Investigators said Regan Yoder used his position and the borough credit card to buy personal items and now he faces theft charges. Yoder, 32, is ...
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    Firefighter Suspended Amid Hit-and-Run Probe

    Firefighter Suspended Amid Hit-and-Run Probe
    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City firefighter suspected in a fatal hit-and-run has been placed on administrative duty while authorities investigate the incident. Investigators were trying to determine if the firefighter was behind the wheel of the car when it struck and killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn on Sunday. They said Patrick Quagliariello walked into a Brooklyn precinct hours ...
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    Seattle Firefighters Rescue Tangled Window Washer

    Seattle Firefighters Rescue Tangled Window Washer
    SEATTLE - A window washer was rescued by Seattle firefighters Thursday after he fell off his seat and dangled from his safety harness about 65 feet above the ground outside McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. The man was not injured, but "he's being checked out by a medic unit as we speak," Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, said ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Paramedics Aid Man Covered In Bees

    Paramedics Aid Man Covered In Bees
    TAMPA — The two young paramedics called out to a man covered in bees Friday morning, asking him to come closer to their ambulance and hoping all the bees wouldn't. "They were swarming," said Sophia Cardenas, a firefighter with Tampa Fire Rescue. "He had a look of desperation on his face." The 47-year-old man had been cutting grass at 1224 E ...
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    USFA Conducts Arson Awareness Week

    USFA Conducts Arson Awareness Week
    The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the theme of Arson Awareness Week 2010: Community Arson Prevention. USFA and its partners are conducting education and awareness efforts based on that theme today through Saturday. The goal is to give communities tools and strategies to combat arson in their neighborhoods, businesses, schools, and places of worship. USFA's partners are the International Association of ...
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    Two Firefighters Injured By Apartment Building Odor

    ELGIN, IL - Two Elgin firefighters and a police officer were taken to area hospitals Monday night after each became ill at the scene of a hazardous materials call at an apartment building. Emergency crews were called to investigate the hazmat call at a six-flat apartment building on the 1100 block of Birch Drive at about 5:20 p.m., officials said. The ...
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    University Study Focuses on Impact of Heat on Firefighters

    INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY - Firefighters already accustomed to the oppressive heat of real fires filed down the stairs of a five-story training structure in northern Terre Haute. The smoke - albeit fake - was so thick it shrouded the room in almost total darkness. Dave Dziedzicki, a graduate assistant in Indiana State University's athletic training department, waited at the bottom. Wearing ...
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    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide

    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide
    WASHINGTON - A D.C. fire engine crashed into a Metro bus in Northwest D.C. Wednesday, injuring 22 people - including four firefighters. The fire truck was on its way to help a pedestrian who had been hit by a car on 13th Street and Madison Street, when it struck the Metro bus on 14th Street just after 10:15 a.m. Eighteen people ...
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    WWII Veteran Co-Founded Fire Department

    WWII Veteran Co-Founded Fire Department
    MONROEVILLE, PA - Monroeville was just beginning to grow into a bustling suburb and commercial district in July 1949 when Raymond J. Genley led a meeting to start a new fire department there. The new William Penn Highway was about to be lined with the Miracle Mile and other shopping centers. Mr. Genley and 17 neighbors from the Mellon Plan neighborhood ...
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    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief

    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief
    SALEM - As Dennis Covey watched news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, the 51-year-old retired Salem firefighter wanted to help in any way he could. "I just said, 'We've got to go,'" he said yesterday. Covey, a lieutenant with the Fire Department who now lives in Palm Bay, Fla., said he could not make a big financial contribution. But he ...
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    Sheriff Opens Closed Jail to House 19 Displaced by Fire

    Sheriff Opens Closed Jail to House 19 Displaced by Fire
    HAMILTON — Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones opened a wing of the recently closed Resolutions Jail facility to house 19 residents of a Hamilton group home displaced by a fire Monday morning, Aug. 2. An exterior light may have caused the fire in which a firefighter was injured. Smoke and flames could be seen coming out the top of the ...
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    Some Sobering Fire and Injury Stats About the Fourth of July

    SEATTLE, WA - More than 1,000 fireworks-related injuries and fires were reported to the state fire marshal's office in 2009, according to the Washington State Patrol. It found there were 1,236 reports received last year, mostly on July 4. They included 1,036 fires and 200 injuries. Most were caused by children ages 8 to 14, according to the State Patrol. Specifically, ...
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    Vicious Fire Season Goes from Bad to Worse

    Vicious Fire Season Goes from Bad to Worse
    Predictions of an early and vicious fire season are coming true, especially in a swath of the Southwest where extreme drought and a killing freeze this winter combined to desiccate grass and shrubs. Fire restrictions are in place on most state and federal lands throughout Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Dangerous fires break out daily. Southeastern Arizona, including the Tucson area, ...
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    Fire Marshal to Testify in Home Invasion Trial

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A fire marshal is expected to testify in the trial of a man charged in the killings of a woman and her two daughters in a Connecticut home invasion three years ago. Testimony is to continue Friday in New Haven Superior Court in the case of Steven Hayes, one of two men charged with capital felony, murder, ...
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    Dog Saves Woman's Life From Animal Shelter Fire

    SAN FRANCISCO - A dozen cats died in a fire that damaged the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society early today, authorities said, but a woman who lives above the animal shelter is crediting her pit bull mix with waking her up and saving her life. The fire broke out in a dryer at the shelter at 2700 Ninth Street in west Berkeley ...
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    Lightning Strikes Gas Tank; Forces Closure of Two Highways

    Lightning Strikes Gas Tank; Forces Closure of Two Highways
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two interstate highways were temporarily closed after lightning struck a large gasoline tank early yesterday in North Carolina, officials said. The closed sections of interstates 40 and 73 through Greensboro were reopened within hours, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. The tank’s owner, Colonial Pipeline Co., said the burning gasoline was extinguished by firefighters using special foam, ...
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