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    MA Firefighters Demand Military Training Pay

    MA Firefighters Demand Military Training Pay
    WATERTOWN, MA - Six Watertown firefighters are asking the town to compensate them for pay they say they earned while undergoing military training, according to town and union officials. The town says its investigation shows that four of the firefighters are owed pay, and it has promised to rectify the situation quickly. One of the firefighters, Brian Rand, completed training to ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Put Out Fires at Same Address 2 Days in a Row

    For the second time within nine hours, firefighters in eastern Berks County were called to a two-alarm fire at the same address. Crews responded about 3:15 this morning to a duplex in the first block of Ehst Road in Washington Township for what emergency dispatchers called a rekindle of the fire that started shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials struck ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Slideshow: Celebrations Across U.S. for 9/11 Justice

    May 1, 2011 marked a historic day for the United States when President Obama made an official statement announcing the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In celebration of the incredible job our U.S. armed forces have displayed, as well as the swelling of American pride, we share with you this collection of photos collected in the last few ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Fed-Up Attendant Curses Out Fliers, Exits Flight by Emergency Slide

    Fed-Up Attendant Curses Out Fliers, Exits Flight by Emergency Slide
    PORT AUTHORITY - A JetBlue flight attendant left his job in dramatic fashion yesterday, allegedly cursing out passengers on his flight before exiting via the plane's emergency exit -- beer in hand -- and eventually driving off in a car he had parked at the airport. As you might expect, the story has become the talk of the industry, generating headlines ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains

    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains
    LOS ANGELES - The costs of a 2004 firehouse incident in which a black firefighter was fed dog food continues to ripple through a Los Angeles city budget already battered by recession. The City Council approved the payment Friday of $2.5 million to two white fire captains, who won a court case alleging that the department racially discriminated against them in ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Fairfax Co. Firefighters Collect $561K for Muscular Dystrophy

    FAIRFAX, Va. - If you threw a buck or two into the boots of Fairfax County firefighters over the weekend, you'll want to know just how successful those firefighters were in their aggressive efforts to collect cash for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department firefighters and public safety workers collected more donations than any fire service organization ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Mixing EMS, Firefighting Not Always Easy

    TORONTO - Finding ways to cut spending and save money will almost certainly top the to-do list for Toronto’s next mayor. If elected, Councillor Rob Ford has vowed to pursue drastic measures such as reducing the size of city council and shrinking the municipal work force. But it’s a pledge by mayoral candidate George Smitherman that may be the most contentious. ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Lone Bug Shuts Down Emergency Room

    NEW YORK - Kings County Hospital officials were forced to shut down and fumigate part of the emergency room Monday after finding a single bedbug, authorities said. "There was a patient in an ambulance that came in last night, and in the ambulance there was a bedbug," hospital spokeswoman Hope Mason said yesterday. "As a precaution, the room the patient was ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Off-Duty Coroners Save Choking Boy at Eatery

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Two off-duty deputy coroners in central Pennsylvania showed they're pretty good with living patients too. Centre County deputy coroners Judy Pleskonko and Debra Smeal — still wearing their scrubs — were having dinner at a steakhouse Wednesday when a 15-year-old boy near them started choking on a piece of meat. Pleskonko performed the Heimlich maneuver on the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Charged After Distributing Advanced Tests

    GREELEY, CO - The Weld County district attorney's office has charged a Greeley firefighter with one count of official misconduct after he gave out tests to firefighters preparing for a certification exam. Lt. Roger Moore, 46, was issued a summons for the Class 2 misdemeanor, according to Jennifer Finch, the district attorney's spokeswoman. No date has been set for a court ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Creates System to Save Pets from Home Fires

    For years, Firefighter Rick Rickerson has been plagued by a problem. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, each year in the United States, approximately 500,000 pets are affected by home fires; and according to the Live Safe Foundation, around 40,000 of those pets die every year. Unfortunately, Rickerson has been witness to this fact more than most people. As a ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Pleads Not Guilty to Topless Coffee Shop Fire

    AUGUSTA, Maine — A 49-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to a topless coffee shop in central Maine. Raymond Bellavance Jr., of Augusta, entered his pleas Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court. Bellavance is accused of setting fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro in the early morning hours ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Carbon Monoxide Kills 1, Injures 3 Paramedics

    Carbon Monoxide Kills 1, Injures 3 Paramedics
    One person died and six more were injured from a carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday morning at a home west of Boca Raton where a car in the attached garage was left running for hours. The injured include three paramedics. According to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, an elderly couple woke up around 3:30 a.m. feeling ill and called their health care ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Fight to Stop Ambulance Fees May End Up In Court

    Fight to Stop Ambulance Fees May End Up In Court
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - The Montgomery County Council approved a proposal in May to charge ambulance fees, but the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association has submitted more than 50,000 signatures to add a referendum on the November ballot. However, some of the signatures submitted were rejected by the county Board of Elections, and there's a chance the referendum would not ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Arbitrator Defends Pay Raise For Boston Firefighters

    Arbitrator Defends Pay Raise For Boston Firefighters
    A representative for the city in contentious firefighter contract talks accused an arbitrator of pulling an 11th hour “about-face” in awarding raises - a claim the union angrily rejected last night. Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, a member of the team that was negotiating a deal between Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Firefighters Local 718, fired off a harshly worded letter ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Bridgeport Firefighter Charged with Heroin Use

    BRIDGEPORT -- A city firefighter was arrested after police said they caught him injecting heroin while in uniform. Michael Arthur, 34, of Danbury, a 10-year fire department veteran, was charged with possession of narcotics and use of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $500 bond. He was off duty at the time of his arrest, fire officials said, and it ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters, Cops Boost Donations to the Troops

    FAIRFIELD, CT -- Maureen Janda was waiting until the collection box in the lobby at Fairfield police headquarters was full to make a delivery to Give2TheTroops. About a week and a half ago, Janda, secretary to the deputy chief, walked in and saw that the box not only was full, but overflowing. Turns out that Fairfield firefighters had done some shopping ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Police, First Responders Warned About Dangers of 'Detergent Suicides'

    NEW YORK - Police across the city have been warned that "detergent suicides" - which use household cleaners to create poisonous gas - can also kill cops and other first responders, the Daily News has learned. A recent internal order says people who kill themselves in this way often post warning signs, such as "Hydrogen Sulfide Suicide," so relatives and cops ...
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    Former FF Sentenced to 3-10 Years for Arson

    Former FF Sentenced to 3-10 Years for Arson
    DOVER, N.H.—A former New Hampshire firefighter is going to prison for at least three years after pleading guilty to setting a series of fires. Forty-four-year-old Stark Liedtke of Alton had pleaded guilty to three charges that he set fires on Berry Road in New Durham in 2006 and 2007. He also pleaded guilty to eight other arson-related charges. In court Tuesday, ...
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    First EMS Week Declared a Success

    While there was a lot of traffic this weekend for EMS injury prevention event at the Clay Center Airport Saturday, organizers said EMS Week was a success. EMT Beth Kaul said over 200 people came through the ambulance services building last week and 75 people filled out File of Life sheets to place on refrigerators that paramedics can easily pull off ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This