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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 ...
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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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    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 ...
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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 almost 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 ...
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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. ...
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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    Firefighter Encounters 3-Foot Gator on Way to Work

    Firefighter Encounters 3-Foot Gator on Way to Work
    BROCKTON, MA - A Brockton firefighter had a wild wake-up call on his way to work Sunday after discovering a 3-foot alligator crossing the road near his car. “One car swerved into my lane and it forced me to stop, and then after it passed me, I noticed it was scurrying across the street,” said Scott Hurst, 47, who noticed the ...
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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 ...
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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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    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors

    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors
    SEATTLE - The city of Seattle's attempt to overturn a $12.75 million judgment awarded to a former firefighter — using secretly shot video of the man chopping wood and playing horseshoes and bocce ball — unfairly distorts the actual injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall, his lawyers said in court papers filed Friday. Lawyers for Mark Jones argued that he ...
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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 about 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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    Fire Crews Extinguish Blaze at UK Nuclear Weapons Base

    London, England - Fire crews have extinguished a fire at a nuclear weapons base west of London, the British Ministry of Defence said Wednesday. The fire broke out late Tuesday in "a building within the conventional non-nuclear explosives area" of Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, Berkshire, about 45 miles west of the British capital, the Ministry of Defence said. The base ...
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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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    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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