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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +5
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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 ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners

    Firefighters Among City's Top Earners
    LONG BEACH - It's a little late, but compensation data on city of Long Beach employees is now online at the state controller's website. The information, which is available at www.sco.ca.gov, lists the pay ranges for each city position, how much each worker actually earned in 2009, pension details and the cost of other benefits. Among the Long Beach managers who ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    New 911 Program Could Ease Crowded ERs

    New 911 Program Could Ease Crowded ERs
    LOUISVILLE - Hoping to ease crowded emergency rooms and trim ambulance runs, Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has launched a program that aims to screen low-priority calls and divert patients from hospitals into more appropriate health care. Under the program, which started April 19, a small number of the lowest priority calls — such as those for an earache or ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    FF Fights Fire, Learns Brother Killed In Same Flames

    SELDEN, N.Y. — A Long Island firefighter says he had a bad feeling as he rushed to a house fire. It claimed the life of a visitor — his brother. Selden volunteer Richie Zdenek tells Newsday that he knew when he saw the fire address Sunday that his brother was often at that house. Before he left home, he checked his ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Firefighters Change Their Colors for a Good Cause

    Firefighters Change Their Colors for a Good Cause
    PORT ST. LUCIE, FL — Hundreds of Treasure Coast residents donning pink in support of women battling cancer gathered at Tradition Square on Saturday for the Pink Heals Tour. The tour, locally hosted by firefighters from the St. Lucie County Fire District, aims to spread awareness across the country and celebrate women who have fought the killer disease. Four pink fire ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +4
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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 7 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Man Loses Hand Trying to Make Larger, Stronger Homemade Firework

    KANSAS CITY - A man is believed to have blown off his hand when a homemade firework exploded while he and another man were trying to make a stronger one. The explosion happened about 10:50 p.m. Monday in the 3100 block of Southeast Third Street in Blue Springs. Police had received a report saying that several people were injured. When Blue ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 over 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 over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Fundraiser Given the OK, but with a Catch

    Firefighter Fundraiser Given the OK, but with a Catch
    ANCHORAGE - Firefighters can ethically take to the streets while on duty to raise money for charity in the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign under an amendment to city law the Anchorage Assembly approved Tuesday night. The measure passed 6-4, but it doesn't mean that firefighters will necessarily be out this Labor Day weekend. In fact, even after it passed, there ...
    Published almost 7 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 over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Cochran Returns to Atlanta to Finish What He Started

    Cochran Returns to Atlanta to Finish What He Started
    ATLANTA — When Kelvin Cochran was approached in mid-2009 by President Barack Obama to become the U.S. fire administrator, he made three phone calls. Atlanta was in the midst of a heated mayoral election and Mayor Shirley Franklin, who had hired him as the chief of the Department of Fire Rescue, was vacating the office. As an appointed official, that left ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Hope of Finding Earthquake Survivors Fading

    Hope of Finding Earthquake Survivors Fading
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The distance between life and death narrowed in this flattened city Thursday, with survival depending on the luck of being freed from under rubble, on treating the thousands of wounded, and on speeding the flow of emergency food and water. Two days after a huge earthquake struck the capital, the international Red Cross estimated the number of deaths ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rate This