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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 almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 6 years ago | Rated: +6
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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 about 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Lightning Strikes Gas Tank; Forces Closure of Two Highways

    Lightning Strikes Gas Tank; Forces Closure of Two Highways
    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two interstate highways were temporarily closed after lightning struck a large gasoline tank early yesterday in North Carolina, officials said. The closed sections of interstates 40 and 73 through Greensboro were reopened within hours, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said. The tank’s owner, Colonial Pipeline Co., said the burning gasoline was extinguished by firefighters using special foam, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Grow Fu Manchus to Raise Awareness, Funds for Cancer Research

    FFs Grow Fu Manchus to Raise Awareness, Funds for Cancer Research
    SANTA CRUZ -- About 20 "Mo Bros" at Fire Station 2 in Felton have been deep in thought over the last couple weeks, pondering the types of mustaches they'll grow during the month of "Movember." "Movember" -- a combination of "Mo," an Australian slang term for mustache, and November -- is a month-long event aimed at putting a face, so to ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Medical Helicopter Crash Kills Three

    Medical Helicopter Crash Kills Three
    BROWNSVILLE, TN. - A medical helicopter crashed in stormy weather over western Tennessee early Thursday, killing its crew of three, around the same time another helicopter company had declined to go on a flight in the area because of the weather conditions. No patients were on board the helicopter operated by Hospital Wing when it crashed in a field about 55 ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Georgia Firefighter Wins Back His Job

    Georgia Firefighter Wins Back His Job
    DeKalb County, GA - A DeKalb County firefighter terminated after a deadly Dunwoody fire got his job back. A hearing officer ruled on Friday that Capt. Sell Caldwell was inappropriately terminated and did not neglect his duties in connection to the fire that killed 74-year-old Ann Bartlett, according to documents obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The county will appeal the officer's ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Canadian Town Destroyed by Flames

    Canadian Town Destroyed by Flames
    Alberta - A wildfire roared through the Canadian town of Slave Lake Sunday, destroying scores of buildings in a scene described by one resident as Armageddon. The northern Alberta province community of about 7,000 people lost a shopping center, high school, city hall, police station, library, radio station, apartment complexes and an undetermined number of houses, The Globe and Mail in ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Woman With Child Arrested After Meth Lab Fire

    Woman With Child Arrested After Meth Lab Fire
    The Tri Community Fire Department was called to 1259 Lester Lane this afternoon at approximately 4:50 p.m. When they arrived on the scene it was determined that the fire was the result of a suspected methamphetamine lab. Deputies from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene as well as detectives from the narcotics division. Information was received that ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    FFs Relive Dramatic Rescue that Saved Young Girl's Life

    FFs Relive Dramatic Rescue that Saved Young Girl's Life
    NORFOLK, UK - Heroic firefighters - commended for their efforts in saving a young woman from near certain death in a Norwich bedsit - have relived the dramatic rescue. Norfolk fire service's Green Watch were praised by a judge last week as rogue landlord Michael Billings' was jailed for ignoring safety laws at a block of bedsits he owned in Magdalen ...
    Published about 6 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 about 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Vol. Firefighter Pleads Guilty to 48 Fake Suicide Calls

    Vol. Firefighter Pleads Guilty to 48 Fake Suicide Calls
    GREELEY, CO - A south Weld County volunteer firefighter pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant in a case in which she was accused of making 48 phony suicide and ambulance calls. Caryn Sodaro, 44, who lives in Lochbuie but was a volunteer firefighter in Hudson, took a deal just a little more than ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -7
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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 6 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 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Injured After Falling 2 Stories at Scene

    Firefighter Injured After Falling 2 Stories at Scene
    CHICAGO - A firefighter was injured this morning in a fall from the roof of a vacant house on Chicago's South Side. The firefighter lost his footing while trying to extinguish a fire in the attic of the 2½-story frame house in the 6800 block of South Green Street, fell 30 feet but "did a somersault in the air" and landed ...
    Published over 6 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 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Man Gets to Meet NY Firefighter Who Saved His Life With Bone Marrow Donation

    Man Gets to Meet NY Firefighter Who Saved His Life With Bone Marrow Donation
    NEW YORK CITY - A Mississippi tourist's first trip to New York will include all the regular attractions, plus an unusual stop at the downtown Brooklyn home of the city's Bravest. He's going off the beaten track to say thanks to a man he's never met. Gary Williams, 55, received a lifesaving donation of bone marrow, and Monday he'll get a ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +8