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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, ...
    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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    Red Cross Assists Virginia Fire Victims

    Red Cross Assists Virginia Fire Victims
    MANASSAS, Va. - Emergency responders are providing food and shelter to the families displaced by Thursday's devastating fire in a Manassas neighborhood. The Red Cross and emergency management officials are administering aid to the 11 residents left homeless after the fire in the Sumner Lake subdivision destroyed three of the $400,000, two-story houses and damaged five others. Only two people were ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Widow Rescues Firefighter Benefits

    Widow Rescues Firefighter Benefits
    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - A young Volusia County widow's quest to close a legal loophole that would protect firefighter death benefits ended happily Friday -- thanks to a timely save from Orange County sheriff's deputies. Kristen Curry had been lobbying -- for two years -- for a bill that would guarantee full death benefits to firefighters who are killed during a ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Kanses Looking for Firefighter Calendar Models

    TOPEKA | The Kansas Firefighters Museum is looking for candidates for its first calendar. The Kansas Firefighter Calendar, 2011 edition, needs firefighters to pose for photos. Proceeds from the calendar will support the organization's Coats for Kids Project and the museum's expansion in Wichita. Any Kansas fireman — active duty, volunteer or retired — is encouraged to submit a photo calendar ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Arizona Wildfire Grows to 10,000 Acres

    Arizona Wildfire Grows to 10,000 Acres
    A wildfire near scenic Parker Canyon Lake has grown to more than 10,000 acres. The lake and a campground there have been closed to the public. The human-caused blaze -- called the Arlene Fire -- started Monday morning and is spreading quickly in dry grass and brush southeast of Sonoita, said Marylee Peterson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. The ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Departments Changing Firefighter Job Requirements

    Departments Changing Firefighter Job Requirements
    SPRINGFIELD - As the Springfield Fire Department prepares to fill some positions that have been frozen for a year, it is changing eligibility requirements to broaden the pool of candidates. Applicants for this summer's Fire Training Academy are now eligible if they meet one of the following qualifications: • Emergency Medical Technician-B certification; • Firefighter I and II certification; • 36 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Two Visiting FFs Beaten Outside of NY Bar

    Two Visiting FFs Beaten Outside of NY Bar
    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Police say they have identified at least two people suspected of jumping out of a van and beat two visiting Canadian firefighters outside an upstate New York bar. Police in Saratoga Springs say the two firefighters from Ontario were talking to two women in a minivan stopped at a downtown intersection outside an Irish pub early ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Good Morning America to Profile Firefighters, Other Public Servants

    Good Morning America to Profile Firefighters, Other Public Servants
    NEW YORK - ABC's "Good Morning America" this week will focus on members of the staff working elsewhere. No, not those who went to another network. Rather, for a series on jobs, the "GMA" hosts and reporters will walk in the shoes of average Americans. More than a thousand viewers applied to show the "GMA" team what their jobs are like. ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighter's Widow Gets Millions in Settlement

    Firefighter's Widow Gets Millions in Settlement
    SAN PABLO -- The widow of one of two Contra Costa County firefighters who died in a 2007 house fire will receive $4.6 million to settle her wrongful-death lawsuit against two security companies she blamed for mishandling the initial report of the blaze. The fire at 149 Michele Drive in San Pablo killed fire Engineer Scott Desmond, 37, of Brentwood and ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Crash Victim Identified as Auxiliary Firefighter

    Crash Victim Identified as Auxiliary Firefighter
    WALTHAM - A 21-year-old auxiliary firefighter from Waltham died Nov. 21 of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Lexington. Jonathan R. Lindsay was a lifelong resident of Waltham and worked as an EMT for LifeLine and Cataldo ambulance services. He had been a Waltham Auxiliary Firefighter since age 16. Mr. Lindsay joined the Waltham Auxiliary Fire Department in February 2006 ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Off Duty Firefighter Battles Blaze with Garden Hose

    Off Duty Firefighter Battles Blaze with Garden Hose
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An off-duty Lincoln firefighter was called back to work by smoke down the street from his home. Lamar Reil told the Lincoln Journal Star that he was doing yardwork Wednesday evening when he noticed the smoke. Reil hopped into his truck and drove to a nearby duplex, where flames could be seen on the back porch and ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Firefighter Charged with DUI After Hospital Parking Lot Crash

    LEOMINSTER -- Police on Sunday arrested a city firefighter -- who has been out on unpaid leave for several months -- after he allegedly crashed his truck into three vehicles and a sign in the HealthAlliance Hospital/Leominster parking lot, according to court documents. Ryan Muth, 33, of 10 Spindle Top Drive, allegedly drove his truck into the sign and then three ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    EMT Illegally Fired Over Facebook Rant?

    EMT Illegally Fired Over Facebook Rant?
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Connecticut woman who was fired after she posted disparaging remarks about her boss on Facebook has prompted a first-of-its-kind legal case by federal authorities who say her comments are protected speech under labor laws. The National Labor Relations Board alleges that American Medical Response of Connecticut Inc. illegally fired Dawnmarie Souza from her job as an emergency ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety

    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety
    NEW YORK — A set of 354 narrow steps spirals all the way up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, and it's the only escape route for tourists in an emergency. On a recent summer day, one tourist put his hands on his knees and gasped for air as a few others funneled down the tightly twisting staircase to the statue's ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Dozens of Camden Firefighters Rally Around City Hall

    Dozens of Camden Firefighters Rally Around City Hall
    CAMDEN — More than 40 city firefighters and police officers rallied around city hall this morning, demanding Mayor Dana Redd bring back some of the laid-off public safety employees that were let go earlier this year, according to a report on Philly.com. The protest was organized over the weekend, after a firefighter was burned in a house fire Friday night. Union ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -4
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    NYC Stops Hiring Firefighters Amid Bias Suit

    NYC Stops Hiring Firefighters Amid Bias Suit
    NEW YORK — City officials on Friday said the Fire Department of New York won't hire any firefighters until a new entry exam is created to replace one a federal judge said discriminated against minorities, which is expected to take at least a year. A federal judge had ordered the city to choose one of five temporary methods for selecting applicants ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Responder Feels Lucky to Have Escaped With Life

    Responder Feels Lucky to Have Escaped With Life
    NEW KENSINGTON, PA - City firefighter John Shirey was searching for a fire Saturday night but instead, it found him. When he finally felt the fire that he and the other two members of his hose team, brothers Vince and Garrett Sekanick, were looking for inside 425 Ridge Ave., he didn't care about seeing it. "I was on the nozzle and ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion

    Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion
    DENVER - Carburetor trouble in a 1988 Maserati set off a fire and an ammunition explosion in the garage of a Denver home Sunday morning, according to the Denver Fire Department. Venita Wood, 72, started the Maserati in the garage and walked about 20 feet back into her house when she heard an explosion. "I came out, and there was fire ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    New Legislation Lowers Firefighter, Police Pensions

    New Legislation Lowers Firefighter, Police Pensions
    Illinois lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that reduces pension benefits for future local police officers and firefighters. The measure also requires greater contributions from municipalities over the next 30 years to catch up with underfunded retirement programs. The Senate voted 46-4 on the bill, sending it to Gov. Pat Quinn. A spokeswoman would not say whether Quinn would sign it. Police and ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This

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