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    Mail Carrier Honored for Putting Out Fire on Route

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Cedar Rapids mail carrier has been honored for putting out a fire in an apartment building on her route. Angie Martin was presented a certificate by Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Stephen Reid Monday. Reid says Martin prevented the fire from spreading and calls her actions "monumental." The Gazette says the 35-year-old Martin was delivering mail Nov. ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighters' Jobs Spared; Others Not So Lucky

    Firefighters' Jobs Spared; Others Not So Lucky
    PHOENIX - It started with months of debate over firefighter layoffs, the fear of lengthier response times and the potential for tragedy. In the end, the Phoenix Fire Department avoided losing any first-responder jobs. The budget process began late last year when the Fire Department anticipated cutting as much as $25.8 million, or 144 firefighter positions. The proposal would have eliminated ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Good Samaritan Warns Deaf Family About Fire

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say a man alerted a family that included three deaf people about a fire in the attic of their Indianapolis home. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the fire was reported just after midnight Tuesday and that all four residents safely escaped. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes despite the closest fire ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    IL Firefighters Find New Way to 'Fill the Boot'

    IL Firefighters Find New Way to 'Fill the Boot'
    HOMEWOOD, IL - Firefighters are used to handling tough situations. Going into a building fully engulfed in flames to rescue people is not done by those who can't deal with adversity. That may help explain how firefighters in Homewood and Chicago Ridge approached the situation of being told their usual way of collecting funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association was being ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages

    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages
    GARY, Ind. — A furloughed Gary firefighter has turned to panhandling to support his family. Gary Pickering is one of 34 firefighters the city laid off last week. The 34-year-old married father of four man has been wearing his turnout gear while he solicits donations from passersby in downtown Gary. He tells The Times of Munster that he receives only $350 ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Face Losing 30 Percent Pay; Possible Layoffs

    HAVERHILL — The new year started unhappily for the 29 Haverhill firefighters accused of lying to obtain their emergency medical technician recertifications. On Friday, Mayor James Fiorentini notified the firefighters named last year by the state as participants in the EMT training scandal that they face unpaid suspensions and possibly even losing their jobs. Fire Chief Richard Borden has recommended the ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Levee Blast Eases Floodwaters Threat to Missouri Town

    Levee Blast Eases Floodwaters Threat to Missouri Town
    WYATT, Missouri--The dramatic, late-night demolition of a levee sent water pouring onto thousands of acres (hundreds of hectares) of farmland Tuesday, easing the Mississippi River floodwaters threatening the tiny Illinois town of Cairo. But the demolition project did nothing to ease the risk of more trouble downstream, where the mighty river is expected to rise to its highest levels since the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Gets Lowered Into Well to Rescue Fallen 6 Year-Old Boy

    SHREWSBURY, MA - A 6-year-old Shrewsbury boy escaped with only cuts and scrapes over the weekend after he fell 20 feet into an abandoned well behind his house, firefighters said. The boy, who had just moved with his family to a house on Barrows Road a few days earlier, found the well Saturday afternoon while exploring his new home with friends, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Ambulance Stolen While Paramedics Treat Patient Inside

    Ambulance Stolen While Paramedics Treat Patient Inside
    CHICAGO (AP) - Bond was set at $50,000 for a 27-year-old Chicago man accused of stealing an ambulance over the weekend while two paramedics treated someone he apparently knew in the back. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said Jimmy McCoy allegedly jumped into the stopped ambulance and drove off with the emergency lights on. The paramedics then radioed that they're ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    4-Alarm Fire Takes Down Fraternity House

    SAN JOSE - A four-alarm fire destroyed a fraternity house near San Jose State this morning and displaced 28 students, according to fire officials. One firefighter suffered minor burn injuries to his hands, according to San Jose fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez. The firefighter was treated at a hospital and returned to the scene. The 28 students who live in the Kappa ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery

    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery
    MUNCIE -- Seven days after the critically injured Brian Buck arrived at Ball Memorial Hospital in an ambulance, he left Wednesday in good spirits in a Liberty Township fire truck. Buck was one of two Liberty Township firefighters injured in a well accident that killed an Anderson plumber and critically injured the plumber's 19-year-old assistant. Buck's colleague, Rick Compton Sr., was ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighters Dismantle Police Car to Rescue Trapped Kitten

    Firefighters Dismantle Police Car to Rescue Trapped Kitten
    VIENNA — This little kitty went home — but only after Vienna police and firefighters partially dismantled a police car to find it. The naughty feline first woke residents of a Vienna neighborhood with its desperate meowing, then kept police and firefighters busy for much of the night. She was found under the hood of a car but eluded her rescuers' ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Military Firefighters Help Train Iraqi Responders

    Military Firefighters Help Train Iraqi Responders
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two U.S. Soldiers here have spent nearly a year working to boost not only the capabilities of Iraqi firefighters but their standing and reputation in the community as well. According to Lt. Col. Gary Esson, the senior fire service advisor and a native of Joplin, Mo., and Spc. Michael Burris, a fire service advisor and Fayetteville, N.C., native, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Longtime Chief Retires After 34 Years on the Job

    NEWINGTON — After 34 years of fighting fires, Newington Fire Chief Roy Greenleaf is hanging up his coat for retirement. His office walls are bare, only a few nails and hooks left as reminders of the memorabilia that once hung there — his three purple hearts, his bronze star and a collection of patches from the various firefighter pipe bands he's ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF

    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF
    LOUISA, KY - A Kentucky firefighter is recovering in the hospital after he was swept under water during a fire school training Sunday afternoon. Mark Hammond, Regional Training Coordinator for Kentucky Fire Commission, said it happened at about 1:30 p.m. Hammond said the Northeast Kentucky Fire School was conducting a swift water rescue training at Yatesville Lake in Louisa. The firefighter ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Sharing Benefits and Perks

    Sharing Benefits and Perks
    Quincy firefighters get a 10 percent boost in pay if they earn a master’s degree in business administration. Plymouth firefighters can trade a week of vacation for a week of pay. And Norwell firefighters can work out — situps and pushups, for instance — only if the exercise doesn’t exhaust them so much that they can’t work. The benefits, and quirks, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    NY Bus Driver Saves Ten From Burning Home

    NY Bus Driver Saves Ten From Burning Home
    BUFFALO, N.Y. — A transit bus driver is being credited for saving 10 people asleep inside a burning home by pounding on the door. After his heroics, Richard Lucas got back behind the wheel and finished his route. Lucas was driving his Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus in South Buffalo around 6:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed smoke coming from the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Bill Would Cover Cancer Costs to FFs Exposed On the Job

    New Bill Would Cover Cancer Costs to FFs Exposed On the Job
    HARRISBURG - Firefighters' work is full of risks. Everyone knows that. What's not so widely known is the risks that come later, after they've hung up their helmets. Consider one statistic: A Cincinnati study found male firefighters 100 times more likely than other men to contract testicular cancer. Because of that and other cancer dangers linked to exposure to toxic chemicals, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Students Escape Bus that Ignited on LA Freeway

    Students Escape Bus that Ignited on LA Freeway
    LOS ANGELES — Motorists jumped from vehicles to kick open doors and help about two dozen third-graders out of a blazing school bus that had stalled on a busy freeway Wednesday near Universal Studios Hollywood, authorities and witnesses said. Two children complained of minor smoke inhalation and were examined by paramedics, but the driver and other youngsters were not injured. The ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    CA Ghost Has Firefighters On Alert

    CA Ghost Has Firefighters On Alert
    BANGOR, CA -- Firefighters are a pragmatic group who learn to assess a situation objectively and make reasoned decisions based on training and judgment. So discussions of the supernatural aren't usually part of their working world, except at Butte County Fire Station 55 in Bangor. Sitting on the northern edge of what was a Gold Rush boomtown, the Bangor Fire Station ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1