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    Firefighter Named Mustached American of the Year

    Firefighter Named Mustached American of the Year
    Under the gaze of some 300 enthusiastic hairy and hairless-lipped onlookers, an Orlando, Fla.-area firefighter who founded a mustache-based charity was crowned with this year's "Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year" award. The firefighter, Brian Sheets, managed to capture about 110,000 of more than a half million votes cast online, to win the title and his stately $3 crown ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Dog Wakes Owner During Fire at FL Home

    CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A dog reportedly woke up his owner during a fire at a Panhandle home. Fire officials say the blaze started just outside the Crestview house early Saturday morning and spread up the wall and into the attic. The home's owner, an Okaloosa County deputy, told authorities that his boxer woke him. He then looked out a window and ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    New Fire Trucks Advertise Paramedic Abilities

    New Fire Trucks Advertise Paramedic Abilities
    BARTLETT, IL — The Bartlett Fire Protection District is placing new signs on ITS fire engines and ladder truck that say “Paramedics,” indicating that even these vehicles designed for firefighting now carry advanced life support capabilities. Fire Chief Michael Falese said these vehicles have the obvious fire suppression capabilities that most people are aware of, but they also have carried fully ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    39 Officers, Firefighters Receive Heroes Awards of Valor

    39 Officers, Firefighters Receive Heroes Awards of Valor
    PHILADELPHIA - There were moments when Upper Darby Police Officer Raymond Blohm thought about quitting his dream job and never returning to the streets again. "I had doubts and, yes, a lot of sleepless nights at first," he said of a shooting this year that left him injured and struggling with questions about his career. Blohm was among 39 police officers ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    FFs Respond to 9-Alarm Call; Biggest Blaze Seen In Recent Years

    FFs Respond to 9-Alarm Call; Biggest Blaze Seen In Recent Years
    BOSTON - Residents heard the fire alarms just before 2 p.m., but thought little of them as they made their way down the stairs of their 10-story condominium building in the Back Bay. But the alarm turned out to be the largest firefighting operation the city has seen in recent years — flames roared out the seventh-floor windows, and smoke billowed ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Over 200 Gather For Fallen Heroes Memorial Service

    Over 200 Gather For Fallen Heroes Memorial Service
    SYRACUSE, NY -- Nearly 200 people, half of them in uniform, gathered for a memorial service for fallen firefighters and Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies. The service included the reading of the names of all firefighters, auxiliary members and sheriff's deputies who died this year. Also read was a list of county firefighters who died in the line of duty. They stretched ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread

    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread
    CORONA, CA - Aircraft and ground crews battled an 800-acre wildfire Thursday as it spread over dry, brown hills in western Riverside County. Flames burned near homes protected by cleared ground. Firefighters had the blaze 10 percent contained by late afternoon. Even though there were no immediate threats to structures, the county Fire Department urged residents to be prepared to leave ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts

    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts
    SAN JOSE - The San Jose Fire Department is set to close the Communications Hill Fire Station on Aug. 1 and make Station 30 on Auzerais Avenue a "posting station," fire leaders said. The moves are part of a new program to spread firefighters more efficiently throughout the city. Because of city budget cuts and stalled union negotiations, the department is ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests

    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests
    BOSTON - A labor arbitration panel has ruled that Boston firefighters must submit to random drug and alcohol testing in exchange for a 19 percent raise over four years, a significant bump that will dwarf the pay increases for other city unions. The decision, released yesterday after a bitter four-year standoff, is largely a victory for the firefighters, who the city ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Rescues Homeless Man in Suspicious Fire

    Firefighter Rescues Homeless Man in Suspicious Fire
    OROVILLE, CA — A homeless man might have died in a recent suspicious fire at Lincoln Boulevard and Myers Street, if he hadn't been rescued by a firefighter who happened to glance down and saw a pair of boots barely peeking out of a high clump of brush. The man was asleep or possibly passed out in a makeshift camp sheltered ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighters Go Calling to Install Smoke Detectors

    Firefighters Go Calling to Install Smoke Detectors
    WILMINGTON, N.C. — Theresa Dailey was a little surprised to find firefighters equipped with drills and a ladder at her door Friday evening. Nor was she expecting the question posed to her: How many smoke detectors do you have in your house? Firefighters from the Wilmington Fire Department spent about an hour canvassing the area around Burnett Boulevard and North Carolina ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    First Responders Breath Life Into Pets At Fire Scenes

    CHICAGO - The fireman trudged out of Kristi Cahill's smoke-blackened West Rogers Park bungalow Tuesday evening, cradling a small, limp cat. "Her eyes were bulging and her tongue was sticking out," recalled Cahill, 42, of her beloved cat, Roux. Then something remarkable happened: Firefighters slipped a pet-sized clear plastic mask over Roux's face, and condensation bloomed inside the mask. Roux was ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion

    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion
    VIGO COUNTY, IN - Brandon Hoopingarner said he was fighting a barn fire when a 55 gallon drum of paint thinner near him exploded. "Got up and I thought I was OK and I looked down and I was just on fire," Hoopingarner said. He told us the gear he was using saved his life, and minimized his injuries. Doctors treated ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Woman With Child Arrested After Meth Lab Fire

    Woman With Child Arrested After Meth Lab Fire
    The Tri Community Fire Department was called to 1259 Lester Lane this afternoon at approximately 4:50 p.m. When they arrived on the scene it was determined that the fire was the result of a suspected methamphetamine lab. Deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene as well as detectives from the narcotics division. Information was received that ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness

    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness
    MARLBORO, MA — The Marlboro Fire Department hosted the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Friday and Saturday at Solomon Pond Mall on the Berlin-Marlboro line, attracting several thousand onlookers and participants. Thirty-eight teams from all over New England and Canada competed in what organizers call “the toughest two minutes in sports.” The challenge includes five major obstacles: climbing a five-story tower carrying ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Relive Dramatic Rescue that Saved Young Girl's Life

    FFs Relive Dramatic Rescue that Saved Young Girl's Life
    NORFOLK, UK - Heroic firefighters - commended for their efforts in saving a young woman from near certain death in a Norwich bedsit - have relived the dramatic rescue. Norfolk fire service's Green Watch were praised by a judge last week as rogue landlord Michael Billings' was jailed for ignoring safety laws at a block of bedsits he owned in Magdalen ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Tires of Plane Catch Fire in CA Landing

    Tires of Plane Catch Fire in CA Landing
    SACRAMENTO — The tires of a JetBlue airplane caught fire yesterday during a hard landing in Sacramento that sent passengers down emergency slides to escape the aircraft and left 15 people with minor injuries. Passenger Michelle McDuffie said people onboard felt a thud when the plane touched down at about 12:50 p.m. after a flight from Long Beach, Calif., but nobody ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Rare Federal Death Penalty Sought in Ohio Fire

    Rare Federal Death Penalty Sought in Ohio Fire
    CLEVELAND — Medeia Carter, 33, rented her aging three-story house on East 87th Street with the help of a federal Section 8 rent subsidy. Her son, Moses Williams Jr., celebrated his 14th birthday at the house on May 21, 2005 with a sleepover, inviting his cousins and a friend to join him and his siblings. The youngsters, ranging in age from ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Meth Lab Explodes During Raid; Couple Held

    Meth Lab Explodes During Raid; Couple Held
    FRANKLIN (AP) — Two people charged in connection with a raid on a meth lab were ordered held yesterday on $500,000 bonds while fire officials continued to investigate what caused an explosion at the outset of the raid. Jeremy Clough, 31, and Rebecca Fields, 33, were charged with two felony counts each of manufacturing methamphetamine at two labs that investigators say ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Young CT Girl Needs Saving After Getting Stuck Inside Chimney

    NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - A 9-year-old Connecticut girl who climbed to the roof of her house and attempted to crawl back inside through the chimney has been rescued after getting stuck. Assistant Fire Chief Jack Hennessey says the girl climbed up a house painter's ladder Wednesday morning, walked across the roof and tried to climb down the chimney. She almost ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1