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    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud

    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud
    ANACORTES, WA - The deadliest refinery accident since 2005 was described Monday as “more of a fireball than an explosion” but is not yet prompting a federally requested shutdown of the plant. A vapor cloud of hydrocarbons ignited within seconds, killing or burning seven Tesoro employees who were working about 50 feet from a unit used to make high-octane fuel, said ...
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    Grease Fire Causes Gridlock In Washington DC

    Grease Fire Causes Gridlock In Washington DC
    WASHINGTON -- All lanes of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue have reopened, following a fire Tuesday morning that shut down streets around the Ronald Reagan Building. The fire had closed 14th Street entirely between Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues. Eastbound Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street was also closed. Only certain maintenance staff is allowed to reenter the building, WTOP's Neal Augenstein reports. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years

    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years
    BANGKOK (AP) - A 603-pound (274-kilogram) woman believed to be the heaviest in Thailand left her apartment for the first time in three years Thursday with the help of Bangkok city hall and a forklift. Neighbors of 40-year-old Umnuayporn Tongprapai contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority when they learned she needed medical attention to remove a tumor in her right leg. Bangkok's ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    1 Dead, 4 Hurt After Small Plane Crashes in Alaska

    1 Dead, 4 Hurt After Small Plane Crashes in Alaska
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Authorities say a small plane has crashed in a busy business district near downtown Anchorage, Alaska, killing a small child and injuring the four other people onboard. Jennifer Rodi, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, says the single-engine Cessna 206 went down shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday after departing Merrill Field about a mile away. The ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters

    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters
    APPLETON — The Madison Middle School woodshop has been humming lately with the sound of saws, sanders and drills as 50 seventh- and eighth-graders learning the craft of woodworking turned out toy sailboats and puzzles. But the boys and girls kicking up all that sawdust in summer school have also tackled a much bigger project — two picnic tables bound for ...
    Published about 5 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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Overcome Winter Hardships to Save House from Fire

    FFs Overcome Winter Hardships to Save House from Fire
    HARDYSTON — Ice, snow and a lack of water did not deter local firefighters from putting out a house fire on the shores of Beaver Lake Wednesday night. The first two fire trucks were stuck on icy private roads leading up to the single-story house, so firefighters hauled hoses some 300 yards through snowdrifts to the blaze, according to Frank Lacatena, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Firefighter Injured After Falling From Second Story Window

    Firefighter Injured After Falling From Second Story Window
    BALTIMORE - One firefighter was in serious condition after falling from a second-story window at an apartment fire in Northwest Baltimore late Wednesday. The firefighter, who also had burns to both hands, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman. The injuries were not considered life-threatening. He was not identified. Two residents were also injured ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    WWII Veteran Co-Founded Fire Department

    WWII Veteran Co-Founded Fire Department
    MONROEVILLE, PA - Monroeville was just beginning to grow into a bustling suburb and commercial district in July 1949 when Raymond J. Genley led a meeting to start a new fire department there. The new William Penn Highway was about to be lined with the Miracle Mile and other shopping centers. Mr. Genley and 17 neighbors from the Mellon Plan neighborhood ...
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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 over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit

    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit
    CAMDEN, NJ - When Camden announced last week that it could lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters next month, the news was surprising only in its scope. After years of cutting in other areas of government and trimming police and fire departments through attrition, cities throughout New Jersey recently have announced a striking ...
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    NJ Firefighters Fight Back: Rallying In Trenton Next Week

    NJ Firefighters Fight Back: Rallying In Trenton Next Week
    Read the original article at: CliffviewPilot.com TRENTON, NJ - Police and firefighters from throughout New Jersey plan to descend on Trenton on March 3 in a “Stand Up for Safety” rally aimed at countering Gov. Christie’s plan to roll back public employee benefits. “We have had enough and want to send a message,” State PBA member Jim Ryan told Cliffview Pilot. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    More Than One Year Later, Fire Victim Remains Unidentified

    More Than One Year Later, Fire Victim Remains Unidentified
    LOS ANGELES - Halfway up an embankment, below the junction of the 210 and 118 freeways, lay the charcoal remains of a man's life: charred newspapers and encyclopedias, a seared carpet, food cans popped open by intense heat. It was more than a year ago that gusty winds drove a wildfire from the canyons above Sylmar and down to the freeway ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters

    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters
    BOSTON - Unmarked white box trucks arrived without warning outside three Boston firehouses yesterday, as the Fire Department began random drug and alcohol testing, a quiet ending to what had become a bitter and protracted labor dispute. A total of 20 firefighters stepped inside the customized trucks with private bathrooms and running water, submitting to instant-read breathalyzers for alcohol and to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion

    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion
    BERLIN — A 650-foot ferry was ablaze in the Baltic Sea on Saturday after an explosion on the upper deck, officials said. Firefighting ships stopped spraying the vessel, fearing that it would capsize and spill around 170 tons of fuel. There were 204 passengers and 32 crew members who were rescued by six ships that moved in to help after the ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Two Firefighters Awarded Valor Award for Bravery

    Two Firefighters Awarded Valor Award for Bravery
    NEW BRUNSWICK - Two city firefighters were awarded the Valor Award by the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation for their bravery during a 2009 house fire, according to MyCentralJersey.com Fire Capt. Ramon Schaffer and firefighter Joseph Carman entered the building already engulfed in flames while searching for a missing occupant. They found the man unconscious in a third-floor bedroom and carried him ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +7
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    Houston Pushes for More Females to Join the Brotherhood

    Houston Pushes for More Females to Join the Brotherhood
    HOUSTON - Her small frame consumed by 60 pounds of firefighting gear, 18-year-old Andreina Rodriguez paused to steal a moment on the steps after escaping a burning building. Her expression masked by her helmet, Andreina quietly pumped her fists in the air. She was celebrating guts; that her grit had overpowered fear. Moments later, the sweat-soaked Sterling High teen freed her ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    University Study Focuses on Impact of Heat on Firefighters

    INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY - Firefighters already accustomed to the oppressive heat of real fires filed down the stairs of a five-story training structure in northern Terre Haute. The smoke - albeit fake - was so thick it shrouded the room in almost total darkness. Dave Dziedzicki, a graduate assistant in Indiana State University's athletic training department, waited at the bottom. Wearing ...
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