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    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief

    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief
    CHICAGO - Chicago Fire Department veteran Robert Hoff will be the city's new fire commissioner after alderman unanimously approved his appointment today. Hoff, the department's first deputy commissioner since 2008, has been with the department for 33 years. He is a third generation firefighter. Hoff has twice been awarded the department's highest honor for bravery. In 1992, he was given the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Downed Power Line Burns CA Firefighter

    BODEGA, Calif.—Sonoma County Fire officials say a firefighter remains in critical but stable condition at a San Francisco hospital after he either touched or stepped on a downed power line. Fire Marshal Robert MacIntryre identified the injured man Monday as Ben Hakala, a longtime volunteer with the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Ron Albini tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region

    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region
    BRISTOL - "We'll add that to the list." That was pretty much the phrase for the day among emergency personnel throughout the region Tuesday as they struggled to run from one water emergency to another. "Three feet of water in the basement," a Norton dispatcher announced over the police scanner. "Need more pumps here," an Attleboro firefighter reported to headquarters. "We'll ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Veteran Charged With Assaulting Off-Duty Firefighter

    BUFORD, GA — A Vietnam veteran in still incarcerated after an incident where he fired a handgun and assaulted an off-duty firefighter with a walking cane outside of his Buford home Thursday. The man, who police said is considered “50 percent mentally disabled” and possibly suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, reportedly fired his semi-automatic pistol in order to get the ...
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    Woman Burned At Gas Station After Boyfriend Lights Up

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has third degree burns after her boyfriend lit a cigarette next to her as she was pumping gas at a Chattanooga service station. Twenty-year-old Samantha Lawrence suffered second and third-degree burns to about 30 percent of her body, mostly her torso and arms, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Fire Department. Investigators ruled ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Seven Firefighters Injured In New York Blaze

    Seven Firefighters Injured In New York Blaze
    NEW YORK (AP) - A stubborn blaze at a one-story commercial building in New York City took more than 10 hours to bring under control and injured seven firefighters, one seriously. Rich Viglione of the New York Fire Department says the blaze began at about 6 p.m. Monday inside a large metal-works warehouse in Queens. Crews brought it under control early ...
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    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water

    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water
    MUNCIE -- The heroic confined-space rescue efforts of Liberty Township volunteer firefighters on May 26 has landed them in hot water. State officials say the volunteers violated occupational safety and health regulations. As a result, the township fire department is taking corrective action to avoid having to pay a $1,500 fine imposed by the Indiana Department of Labor. An investigation by ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Rising Water: Southern Flooding Slideshow

    The bloated Mississippi River and several other major water arteries have swamped huge swaths of farmland in the American South and Midwest over the past couple weeks, creating massive flooding from Minnesota to Louisiana. Meteorologists warn heavy rains will continue to trigger flooding until early June. AP: The rising waters of Lake Ferguson flood the Greenville Yacht Club in the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    CT Dept Gets 30 New Recruits; $460K in Gear

    HARTFORD, CT - The Hartford Fire Department's latest class of 30 recruits began training Monday, along with $460,000 of new protective firefighting gear for the city's fire force, officials say. The new "bunker gear" consists of a coat made of fire-resistant fabric, pants and suspenders, waterproof boots, a strong helmet with eye protection, gloves, an integrated harness and self contained breathing ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    EMT Cheating Scandal: Another Black Eye

    BALTIMORE - When you cheat, they tell kids in school, you only cheat yourself, but in Baltimore, we've recently learned that's not always true. Sometimes you also cheat the students you're supposed to be teaching when you change the answers on their state standardized tests, and even worse, sometimes you cheat victims of heart attacks, strokes or traumas when you get ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life

    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life
    NEW YORK - Three firefighters and a cop plunged into the roiling East River yesterday to rescue a suicidal man who jumped from an East Harlem pier as well as two men who tried desperately to save him, authorities said. The drama on Pier 107 began at about 12:15 p.m. when Richard Karin, 60, who had been drinking, leaped in, sources ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Can Public Pension Benefits Be Taken Away?

    Can Public Pension Benefits Be Taken Away?
    COLORADO - State legislators are beginning to challenge one of the ironclad tenets of public pension policy: that states cannot legally reduce pension benefits for current and future retirees. Lawmakers in Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota voted earlier this year to limit cost-of-living increases they previously had promised to thousands of current and future retirees, who courts historically have protected from ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire

    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire
    LORTON, Va. - Three people -- two children and an adult -- are dead in Lorton townhouse fire, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tells WTOP. Another three children and an adult were taken to Washington Hospital's Burn Center. Firefighters are still on the scene of the fire in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. "We're still controlling this fire. It did ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Fast-moving Blaze Began as Grass Fire

    Fire officials say a three-alarm fire that destroyed a garage and four vehicles at a northern Vanderburgh County property Sunday morning started as a grass fire. Homeowner Thomas Wilson, 69, is the only person who lives at 9301 Old State Road, about a half-mile north of East Mount Pleasant Road, and he was not injured in the blaze. The fire was ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Media Angered by Firefighter's Back-Door Jail Exit

    DAYTONA BEACH -- The arrest of Daytona Beach firefighter Adam Silva angered and surprised many of his colleagues; but his release from the county jail incensed TV media. It was the way Silva left the jail that made tempers rise, Volusia County officials say. The 30-year-old firefighter, arrested twice in one week -- on charges of rape and attempted rape -- ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Rescue Man's Best Friend From 6th Floor Ledge

    DENVER - Denver firefighters helped a dog from a sixth-floor ledge of the Denver Dry Lofts building this morning. Phil Champagne, spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said the person who owned the dog tried several times to get the dog off the ledge without success. However firefighters, who worked their way along the ledge, were able to grab the dog ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned

    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned
    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County house where a man was operating a virtual bomb factory is so full of dangerous explosive material that it must be burned down, authorities said at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. "There is no viable method to render the property safe," Sheriff Bill Gore told about 300 residents gathered at a ...
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    Redlands Fire Department Looking for Arsonists

    REDLANDS, Calif. -- The Fire Department is investigating two separate arson cases and is reaching out to the public for help. Investigators are hoping someone will come forward with information that could help solve two unrelated series of fires, one in the area of Post Street in north Redlands, and one at an apartment complex on Barton Road. "Someone may have ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Four of Five Injured Firefighters Remain Hospitalized; Two Critical

    DETROIT — Four Detroit firefighters who were injured when a burning building collapsed remained hospitalized as the ATF joined an investigation into the suspicious blaze. Two of the firefighters remained in critical condition Saturday, The Detroit News reported. A fifth firefighter was treated and released from a hospital after Friday's fire. The firefighters suffered injuries ranging from a strained back to ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Stolen Paramedic Vehicle Kills Man in Crash

    Stolen Paramedic Vehicle Kills Man in Crash
    VINELAND, NJ — An 81-year-old Vineland man was killed this morning in a collision with a stolen Underwood-Memorial Hospital paramedic SUV that was fleeing police, authorities said. Alfred Costantino, 81, was pronounced dead at the crash scene, at the intersections of Holmes and Chestnut avenues, said Vineland Det. Lt. Thomas Ulrich. The driver of the stolen 2000 Dodge Durango, Michael D. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1

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