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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Firefighter Training Simulator Stresses Safety

    ORLAND, IL - The Orland Fire Protection District next week is unveiling a state-of-the-art simulation training program that it hopes eventually will become the go-to facility for departments across the region. The system uses computer-graphic imaging to depict real-life firefighting situations. It is only the fourth in the country based on the Blue Card command training program created by a retired ...
    Published almost 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 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Man Struck FF With Vehicle Following Snow Dispute

    ARLINGTON - Police have charged an Arlington man who allegedly struck a firefighter with his vehicle Friday after becoming upset about snow being shoveled from around a fire hydrant to the sidewalk in front of his home. Leo Najarian, 59, of Varnum Street, has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, failure to stop for police and negligent operation of ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Police: $800 Robbery Preceded Slayings, Fire

    Police: $800 Robbery Preceded Slayings, Fire
    MILWAUKEE — Two felons were charged Thursday with homicide and arson in the deaths of a mother, her two young children and a woman who also was the men's alleged accomplice in a case that began with an $800 robbery. Desmond Laster, 21, and Anthony Edward Barnes, 23, of Milwaukee, face four counts each of first-degree intentional homicide and arson. They ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Father Killed In Apartment Blaze Was Training to Become a Firefighter

    Father Killed In Apartment Blaze Was Training to Become a Firefighter
    SEATTLE - The father who was killed in a New Year's morning blaze was training to become a firefighter and had recently passed his initial firefighting tests, says the manager of the apartments where he died. David Thompson, 32, who was killed in the apartment fire along with his four sons, also worked as a maintenance assistant at the apartment complex ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighter Creates System to Save Pets from Home Fires

    For years, Firefighter Rick Rickerson has been plagued by a problem. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, each year in the United States, approximately 500,000 pets are affected by home fires; and according to the Live Safe Foundation, around 40,000 of those pets die every year. Unfortunately, Rickerson has been witness to this fact more than most people. As a ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains

    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains
    LOS ANGELES - The costs of a 2004 firehouse incident in which a black firefighter was fed dog food continues to ripple through a Los Angeles city budget already battered by recession. The City Council approved the payment Friday of $2.5 million to two white fire captains, who won a court case alleging that the department racially discriminated against them in ...
    Published almost 4 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 about 4 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 about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Budget Blunder Saves Firefighters' Jobs

    Budget Blunder Saves Firefighters' Jobs
    It's a mistake that could have cost the city a four million dollar hole in the budget, but today Mayor Linda Thompson says she has a solution. Firefighters jobs are saved. Thanks to an idea to sell parcels of land that several parking garages sit on. The mayor says the money from the sale will solve the firefighter problem and the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Motorcyclist Fleeing Cops Crashed Into Ambulance Crew That Treated Him

    Motorcyclist Fleeing Cops Crashed Into Ambulance Crew That Treated Him
    CONWAY, AK - A motorcyclist who crashed his bike while fleeing Arkansas state troopers and local police at high speeds didn’t have to wait long for medical care. Gregory Wallace, 22, led police on a high-speed chase down Interstate-40 and through a heavily congested area near Little Rock, until he crashed his Suzuki Hayabusa into an ambulance, whose crew was the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Volunteer Rescues Man Swept Down Falls

    MADERA, Calif.—A volunteer firefighter is being credited with saving a Georgia man who fell into a creek and plunged down a waterfall while hiking in the Sierra National Forest. Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart says 46-year-old Billy Williams was trying to cross a creek above Corlieu Falls Saturday when he slipped, fell into the creek and plunged down a 30-foot ...
    Published almost 3 years ago | Rate This
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    39 Officers, Firefighters Receive Heroes Awards of Valor

    39 Officers, Firefighters Receive Heroes Awards of Valor
    PHILADELPHIA - There were moments when Upper Darby Police Officer Raymond Blohm thought about quitting his dream job and never returning to the streets again. "I had doubts and, yes, a lot of sleepless nights at first," he said of a shooting this year that left him injured and struggling with questions about his career. Blohm was among 39 police officers ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Firefighter Among Those Trapped In Ferris Wheel

    Firefighter Among Those Trapped In Ferris Wheel
    RACINE - It was a terrifying situation for more than a dozen children: being trapped on a Ferris wheel for three hours. Luckily, one of the people trapped with them was an off-duty firefighter. Capt. Nick Comande of the Racine Fire Department was riding the Ferris wheel at Racine's Party on the Pavement festival with his 9-year-old daughter Rachel. He had ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Morning Blaze Lands Firefighter In Intensive Care

    Morning Blaze Lands Firefighter In Intensive Care
    HARKER HEIGHTS — A mobile home fire at the corner of Beeline Lane and Amy Lane early Monday morning sent one Harker Heights firefighter to the hospital and displaced four adults. The four adults are currently being taken care of by the American Red Cross. The firefighter remained in the Scott & White Intensive Care Unit in Temple with fellow firefighters ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Iraq Veteran Bypassed As Firefighter Candidate

    The Somerville Board of Aldermen approved six new additions to the permanent firefighter reserve list at their Dec. 16 meeting. All full-time, active firefighters must be appointed to this reserve list to get a job with the Somerville Fire Department. Missing from the lineup, however, was the most prominent would-be Somerville firefighter: Iraq veteran Sean O'Brien. Over the summer, O'Brien successfully ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Three Killed When World War II Bomb Explodes in Germany

    Three Killed When World War II Bomb Explodes in Germany
    June 2 - Three explosives experts were killed and six injured as they attempted to defuse a World War II bomb in the central German city of Goettingen, police said. The 500-kilogram (1,100 pound) bomb was found late yesterday under Goettingen’s Schuetzenplatz, the city’s police said in a statement late yesterday. All the dead and injured were in the process ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This

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