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    Bad Communication Named Reason for LAFD Deaths

    Bad Communication Named Reason for LAFD Deaths
    LOS ANGELES—A new report says poor communications and unexpected fire conditions caused the deaths of two firefighters whose truck plunged off a mountain road last year during a massive Los Angeles County wildfire. Capt. Tedmund Hall and Arnaldo Quinones died on Aug. 30 during the 250-square-mile Station fire in the foothills above Los Angeles. A county Fire Department report issued this ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Homeowner Recalls Escape from Forest Fire

    Homeowner Recalls Escape from Forest Fire
    SOUTH BRANCH TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities say 12 homes were destroyed and two damaged by the inferno that blasted across Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula after a resident lost control of a brush fire. The fire in Crawford County has covered roughly 8,800 acres. The fire is considered 80 percent contained, or secure enough that flames were unlikely to jump a line ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    The Great Debate: Is a Dog Worth a Rescuer's Life?

    The Great Debate: Is a Dog Worth a Rescuer's Life?
    LOS ANGELES - Millions of Southland residents were glued to their television sets last week watching the live team coverage of a rescue of man's best friend. A German shepherd mix was fighting for its life in a maelstrom of debris in the fast-moving flow of a swollen flood control channel during the recent rainstorms. Not to worry, the good men ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Bridgeport Firefighter Charged with Heroin Use

    BRIDGEPORT -- A city firefighter was arrested after police said they caught him injecting heroin while in uniform. Michael Arthur, 34, of Danbury, a 10-year fire department veteran, was charged with possession of narcotics and use of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $500 bond. He was off duty at the time of his arrest, fire officials said, and it ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Man Hurt in Freak Fire Hose Accident

    SOMERVILLE, MA - A Somerville man is recovering after being struck by a street-cleaning sign that was knocked over by a fire hose in a freak accident on Monday night . Baljit Singh, 49, was listed in fair condition yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital after being injured during the bizarre chain of events, officials said. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    NYFD Brings Early Christmas to Wounded Soldiers

    NYFD Brings Early Christmas to Wounded Soldiers
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A group of New York firefighters rolled into Fayetteville Thursday morning to bring Christmas cheer to wounded soldiers. About 30 firefighters from Long Island arrived at Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg shortly before noon to distribute gifts they carried in a U-Haul truck, from laptop computers to iPods, to soldiers wounded in combat. The effort, ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    York Firefighters Win 21 Medals in Can-Am Games

    York Firefighters Win 21 Medals in Can-Am Games
    YORK, PA - The York Area Firefighter Combat Challenge Team won 21 gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2010 Can-Am Police-Fire Games, held last week in Dublin, Ohio. Team founder Mike Anderson, a York City Fire/Rescue Services firefighter, said he won five medals; Diane Keith, a volunteer EMT with York Area United Fire and Rescue, won one; and YAUFR firefighters ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Cause of Boston's 9-Alarm Inferno Released

    Cause of Boston's 9-Alarm Inferno Released
    BOSTON - Saturday night’s nine-alarm inferno that destroyed several abandoned buildings in Roxbury was sparked accidentally by fireworks, Boston Fire Lieutenant Hank Sheridan, the lead investigator, said last night. Witnesses reported seeing a group of men lighting fireworks from the roof of 31 Norfolk Ave., and some of those fireworks landed on the roof of a warehouse at 57 Norfolk Ave., ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 over 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 5 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 almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Update: Climber Who Fell 1,500 ft Into Mount St. Helen's Crater Dies

    Update: Climber Who Fell 1,500 ft Into Mount St. Helen's Crater Dies
    The body of a veteran climber who fell 1,500ft into the crater of Mount St. Helens volcano has been recovered today after he spent more than a day in the snow. High winds and low cloud had hampered efforts to reach Joseph Bohlig, 52, who was posing for a picture on the rim of the dormant crater when a snow overhang ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Retired Firefighters Donate Time to Paint Freedom Memorial

    Retired Firefighters Donate Time to Paint Freedom Memorial
    NAPLES, FL — When it comes to paint, they've got it covered. But, money is a different story. Members of the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters Association gave the Freedom Memorial a coat of primer and paint Wednesday at Freedom Park in Naples. The Freedom Memorial Task Force raised $450,000 to erect the concrete American flag in Fall 2009, but still needs ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Horseshoe Two Wildfire at Nearly 50,000 Acres

    Horseshoe Two Wildfire at Nearly 50,000 Acres
    TUCSON, Ariz. — An evacuation order has been lifted for residents of three communities near a southeast Arizona wildfire. The Forest Service said Friday that fire crews will stay around Paradise, Cave Creek and the Southwest Research Center to patrol the area for fires. Meanwhile, the Horseshoe Two fire has risen to nearly 50,000 acres and is 40 percent contained. Fire ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    FF's Son Killed In Crash; "I Couldn't Save My Boy"

    FF's Son Killed In Crash; "I Couldn't Save My Boy"
    NORTH COUNTY, CA - A North County firefighter, called to the scene of a car accident involving his own child did everything he could but couldn't save his only son. "I've saved a lot of people, but I couldn't save my own boy," Bill Hoffman said Tuesday remembering the moment he rushed to the scene of the crash that killed his ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Anonymous Phone Tip Led to Discovery of EMT Card Scam

    Anonymous Phone Tip Led to Discovery of EMT Card Scam
    BOSTON - The investigation began with an anonymous phone tip to the Department of Public Health: The caller claimed an EMT-paramedic for Salem-based Cataldo Atlantic Ambulance Service had received a recertification card without actually attending a mandatory advanced cardiac life-support training class. State investigators requested documentation for the class, purportedly taught on Feb. 21 at the Burlington Police Department to five ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    BFD Launches Probe Into Largest Fire in 25 Years

    BFD Launches Probe Into Largest Fire in 25 Years
    BOSTON - The owner of a vacant Roxbury warehouse that burned to rubble in a nine-alarm inferno Saturday night said yesterday that he walked away from his business three years ago because concrete chunks from the towerlike building next door kept raining down on his property and Boston authorities were unable for the past decade to get its owners to fix ...
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    Firefighting Nightshift Poses Unseen Dangers

    Firefighting Nightshift Poses Unseen Dangers
    EAGAR, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighter Jay Walter knows the sounds of danger in the pitch black of night — the crackling of burning embers, the whoosh of flames whipped by wind, the hair-raising thump of a burned tree hammering down on the forest floor. The 32-year-old from the Phoenix area is a division crew supervisor overseeing hundreds of firefighters working the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +2

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