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    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion

    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion
    VIGO COUNTY, IN - Brandon Hoopingarner said he was fighting a barn fire when a 55 gallon drum of paint thinner near him exploded. "Got up and I thought I was OK and I looked down and I was just on fire," Hoopingarner said. He told us the gear he was using saved his life, and minimized his injuries. Doctors treated ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Three Hurt in Fire Truck Collision

    Three Hurt in Fire Truck Collision
    WASHINGTON — Three people are seriously hurt after a crash involving a fire truck in downtown Washington. D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says a fire truck responding to a fire at a library at George Washington University was involved in a crash with two other vehicles at about 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Three people in the two cars were ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Injured In Home Explosion Leaves Hospital Feeling 'Fantastic'

    Firefighter Injured In Home Explosion Leaves Hospital Feeling 'Fantastic'
    SACRAMENTO, CA - Scott McKinney, one of four Sacramento firefighters injured when a home exploded in Oak Park on July 5, was released from the hospital Sunday. "I feel fantastic," McKinney told TV camera crews as he left UC Davis Medical Center. "The care was awesome. The hospital took really good care of me." McKinney spent six days in the hospital ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    FF Braves Flames To Rescue Elderly Couple

    NEW YORK - Firefighters rushed through a wall of flames to rescue an elderly couple Thursday after an early morning blaze ripped through their Brooklyn apartment, authorities said. The blaze started just after 5 a.m. in a fifth-floor apartment at 111 E. 21st St. in Flatbush belonging to Manuel and Maria Gonzalez. When a firefighter scaling a ladder spotted the unconscious ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Five Firefighters Deliver Memorial Day Miracle

    LANSING, MI - Five firefighters deliver a Memorial Day miracle. Around 11:30 Monday morning the Lansing Fire Department was called to the 4200 block of Glenburne for a woman in labor. But, they never made it to the hospital. On a day dedicated to those who lost their lives, five firefighters helped bring a new life into the world. "We received ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    New Law Allows EMTs To Draw Blood of DUI Suspects

    New Law Allows EMTs To Draw Blood of DUI Suspects
    MANHATTAN — Gov. David Paterson signed the "Jack Shea Bill" into law on Monday, allowing nurses and emergency medical technicians to test suspected drunk drivers' alcohol levels without the supervision of a doctor. The bill was inspired by the 2002 death of two-time Olympic gold medalist Jack Shea, who at 91 years old died was killed in a drunk driving accident ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +6
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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 over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fake Firefighter Put On Three-Year Probation

    LITTLE VALLEY — An Olean man Monday was placed on probation for three years for impersonating a firefighter during an arson blaze that destroyed the abandoned Fancher Furniture Co. factory in Salamanca last May 7. Bradley M. Thomas, 31, was sentenced by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on the misdemeanor criminal impersonation charge. Thomas arrived on the scene of the fire ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief

    Retired Firefighter Aids in Haiti Relief
    SALEM - As Dennis Covey watched news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, the 51-year-old retired Salem firefighter wanted to help in any way he could. "I just said, 'We've got to go,'" he said yesterday. Covey, a lieutenant with the Fire Department who now lives in Palm Bay, Fla., said he could not make a big financial contribution. But he ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    VIDEO: Retired FF Played Role In Fiery Vehicle Rescue

    VIDEO: Retired FF Played Role In Fiery Vehicle Rescue
    BOCA RATON, FL - You can take the man out of firefighting but, apparently, you can't take firefighting out of the man. During Wednesday night's deadly car accident on Interstate 95 in Boca Raton, a retired EMS supervisor helped control the flames in the burning SUV while a police officer shot out a window and rescued the trapped passenger. "I'll be ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery

    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery
    MUNCIE -- Seven days after the critically injured Brian Buck arrived at Ball Memorial Hospital in an ambulance, he left Wednesday in good spirits in a Liberty Township fire truck. Buck was one of two Liberty Township firefighters injured in a well accident that killed an Anderson plumber and critically injured the plumber's 19-year-old assistant. Buck's colleague, Rick Compton Sr., was ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Retired Police Officer Killed In Home Flashover Explosion, Three Fighters Injured

    Retired Police Officer Killed In Home Flashover Explosion, Three Fighters Injured
    PHILADELPHIA - On North Fifth Street in Northern Liberties, Louis Bell was known by his nickname, "Joe" - a friendly retired police officer who enjoyed holiday barbecues, admiring his flower-filled front garden, and sitting on his steps swapping jokes and chitchat. Whenever a neighbor suffered a loss in the family, Bell, 70, who used a wheelchair after falling ill a few ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    650 Dallas Classrooms Failed to Have Fire Alarms Installed

    650 Dallas Classrooms Failed to Have Fire Alarms Installed
    DALLAS - Dallas ISD has failed to install fire alarms in hundreds of portable buildings across the district, violating fire codes and leaving students without the built-in protection of blaring alerts that signal a blaze on campus. Portable buildings at Kleberg Elementary in Rylie are among the many at southern Dallas schools that are not connected to the main building's fire ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    DC Metro Riders Rescued After Live Wire Falls On Track

    WASHINGTON - Metro is back to normal service Friday after a downed power line stranded more than 40 passengers Thursday afternoon. The 41 passengers got stuck when a storm brought a power line down on the tracks west of Washington. They were able to get off the train about three hours later. [widget:news__wtop] Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Capt. Oscar Garcia ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread

    800-Acre Wildfire Continues to Spread
    CORONA, CA - Aircraft and ground crews battled an 800-acre wildfire Thursday as it spread over dry, brown hills in western Riverside County. Flames burned near homes protected by cleared ground. Firefighters had the blaze 10 percent contained by late afternoon. Even though there were no immediate threats to structures, the county Fire Department urged residents to be prepared to leave ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Accused of Time Theft Resignes

    Firefighter Accused of Time Theft Resignes
    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A veteran Rockford firefighter accused of stealing more than $15,000 from the department by falsifying time sheets has resigned. Rockford fire lieutenant Brian Watkins stepped down Saturday during a hearing to decide whether he would keep his job. He'd been with the department for nearly 20 years. [widget:flywheel_links] Watkins told supporters at the Rockford Board of Fire ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Firefighters Train in Underwater Rescue

    Firefighters Train in Underwater Rescue
    MACON, Ga - Macon-Bibb County firefighter Garin Flanders admits it’s a “spooky, eerie feeling” to dive into what’s often murky darkness and use his hands to search in the water. Flanders started diving about 12 years ago while going on cruises and trips to the coast. After joining the fire department, he saw the firefighter dive team as a way to ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding

    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding
    SHOREWOOD — Municipal leaders throughout Milwaukee County voiced fears Monday that they would soon be saddled with paying the full cost of paramedic services, either through restructuring county government or through county budget cuts. County Executive Scott Walker later sought to put those fears to rest, vowing to oppose any move that would leave cities and villages without paramedic funding. "You'd ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Meth Lab Explodes During Raid; Couple Held

    Meth Lab Explodes During Raid; Couple Held
    FRANKLIN (AP) — Two people charged in connection with a raid on a meth lab were ordered held yesterday on $500,000 bonds while fire officials continued to investigate what caused an explosion at the outset of the raid. Jeremy Clough, 31, and Rebecca Fields, 33, were charged with two felony counts each of manufacturing methamphetamine at two labs that investigators say ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FF Makes Miraculous Rebound After Debilitating Injury

    FF Makes Miraculous Rebound After Debilitating Injury
    LAWRENCE, KS - “It was like a dream.” That’s how Earl Barnes describes the motorcycle accident that cost him the lower part of his right leg. Before the accident, he was doing what he had wanted to do since he was a child: He was a firefighter. “It’s a funny thing about firefighters,” he said. “It’s something we grew up wanting ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +4