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    Okla. boy rescued after tongue gets stuck on pole

    WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) - In a scene straight from the movie "A Christmas Story," an 8-year-old Oklahoma boy got his tongue stuck to a metal pole after he licked it on a dare. Officials say when rescue crews arrived Tuesday morning, the boy was standing on his tiptoes, trying to wriggle his frozen tongue free from a stop sign pole across ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Paramedics Aid Man Covered In Bees

    Paramedics Aid Man Covered In Bees
    TAMPA — The two young paramedics called out to a man covered in bees Friday morning, asking him to come closer to their ambulance and hoping all the bees wouldn't. "They were swarming," said Sophia Cardenas, a firefighter with Tampa Fire Rescue. "He had a look of desperation on his face." The 47-year-old man had been cutting grass at 1224 E ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Sheriff Opens Closed Jail to House 19 Displaced by Fire

    Sheriff Opens Closed Jail to House 19 Displaced by Fire
    HAMILTON — Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones opened a wing of the recently closed Resolutions Jail facility to house 19 residents of a Hamilton group home displaced by a fire Monday morning, Aug. 2. An exterior light may have caused the fire in which a firefighter was injured. Smoke and flames could be seen coming out the top of the ...
    Published almost 4 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 about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    FFs Attend Premiere of Film Portraying Their Lives

    FFs Attend Premiere of Film Portraying Their Lives
    PEORIA, MI - Most of a firefighter's life is spent doing something besides fighting fires. That is the point behind "Station House," a potential reality television series which premiered Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Peoria Theater. Peoria firefighters formed the first audience, because Peoria firefighters formed the bulk of the first show. "This movie actually portrays a 24-hour period of what ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Accused of Indecent Exposure

    Firefighter Accused of Indecent Exposure
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - A Los Alamos firefighter has been charged with indecent exposure after an incident in Albuquerque on Sunday afternoon. The Los Alamos Monitor says a Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call about a man exposing himself about 1:30 p.m. Sunday near a bridge on Alameda Boulevard. The victim, a woman, was walking and saw a ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests

    Boston FFs See Major Pay Increase; Random Drug Tests
    BOSTON - A labor arbitration panel has ruled that Boston firefighters must submit to random drug and alcohol testing in exchange for a 19 percent raise over four years, a significant bump that will dwarf the pay increases for other city unions. The decision, released yesterday after a bitter four-year standoff, is largely a victory for the firefighters, who the city ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Testing 'Full Moon Fever' With Chesapeake Firefighters

    CHESAPEAKE, VA - Tim Woodland does not believe the moon is a barometer of human behavior. He has been with the Chesapeake Fire Department for 30 years and can give you plenty of anecdotal evidence to back this up. He will not say he has seen it all, but he has seen enough to tell you that crazy can happen whether ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firetruck Safety Changes Urged by US

    BOSTON - Federal authorities say Massachusetts should enact laws that require firefighters to wear seat belts and be tested on air brake operation before they are allowed to drive firetrucks, according to a new federal report on the investigation of the fatal firetruck crash in Boston last year. The investigation concluded that a fire lieutenant who was killed and two firefighters ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief

    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief
    CHICAGO - Chicago Fire Department veteran Robert Hoff will be the city's new fire commissioner after alderman unanimously approved his appointment today. Hoff, the department's first deputy commissioner since 2008, has been with the department for 33 years. He is a third generation firefighter. Hoff has twice been awarded the department's highest honor for bravery. In 1992, he was given the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Roof Collapses at Scene; Four Firefighters Injured

    Roof Collapses at Scene; Four Firefighters Injured
    AFFTON, Mo. (AP) — Four firefighters are recovering after they were hurt battling a blaze in south St. Louis County. The fire broke out Monday afternoon in Affton. KMOX-TV reports that two firefighters were hospitalized and two others treated at the scene. Firefighters thought the elderly homeowner was inside and went in to get him. In fact, Good Samaritans had already ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Ambulance Software Glitch Blamed For Woman's Death

    PIERCE COUNTY, WI - A software glitch is the likely culprit behind a malfunction onboard a Red Wing ambulance that led to a woman’s death in April, according to ongoing investigations. Janice Hall, Red Wing, died April 22 while being transported to Minneapolis when the ambulance’s onboard oxygen system unexpectedly quit. The malfunction led to her death, according to a Dakota ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Fatal Fire Devastates Community; Leaves FFs Asking 'Why?'

    Fatal Fire Devastates Community; Leaves FFs Asking 'Why?'
    SEATTLE - With the first floor of her home in flames, Helen Gebregiorgis rushed upstairs to alert her sister and five young children as the smoke alarm blared. Gebregiorgis grabbed her 5-year-old niece, Samarah Smith, and dashed downstairs, believing the others were behind her. They weren't. Driven back by the heat and flames, her sons Joseph Gebregiorgis, 13, and Yaseen Shamam, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Search Dogs are Ready to Rescue

    Search Dogs are Ready to Rescue
    DALLAS -- The challenge for Hayden was to find Dallas fire Capt. Laurel Pitman in a pile of concrete blocks as smoke filled the air and strong winds blew. When his handler let him go, the 2-year-old Labrador-Chesapeake Bay retriever made just one circle around the debris. It took him eight seconds to sniff out Pitman. "Oh, he works so fast," ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Battling Ibiza's Largest Wildfire

    Firefighters Battling Ibiza's Largest Wildfire
    Spanish firefighters battled a spreading wildfire on the Mediterranean resort island of Ibiza Friday and hundreds of people were forced to evacuate. "Things look bad," said Defense Minister Carme Chacon, who flew over the area in a helicopter. The fire, described as the worst ever on the island, had burned an area of about 5,000 acres, El Pais reported. Firefighting efforts ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Discovers Horrific Scene After Shooting Spree

    Firefighter Discovers Horrific Scene After Shooting Spree
    UK - A RETAINED firefighter recounted the moment he came across a victim of the shooting spree. Councillor David Moore, watch manager with Seascale Fire Service, said his crew yesterday received a call at 11.30am to what they believed to be a road traffic collision in the village. On arrival, the fire crew found a man who had been shot at ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Over 200 Gather For Fallen Heroes Memorial Service

    Over 200 Gather For Fallen Heroes Memorial Service
    SYRACUSE, NY -- Nearly 200 people, half of them in uniform, gathered for a memorial service for fallen firefighters and Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies. The service included the reading of the names of all firefighters, auxiliary members and sheriff's deputies who died this year. Also read was a list of county firefighters who died in the line of duty. They stretched ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    New Fire Commissioner Promises to Embrace Older Black Applicants

    New Fire Commissioner Promises to Embrace Older Black Applicants
    CHICAGO - Mayor Daley’s appointment of third-generation firefighter Robert Hoff to replace ousted Fire Commissioner John Brooks sailed through a City Council committee on Monday — with a promise from Hoff to embrace older black applicants bypassed by the city’s discriminatory handling of a 1995 firefighters exam. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that African-American applicants did not wait too ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Golfer's Swing Sparks 12-acre Wildfire

    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Forget "Fore!" "Fire!" was the cry of the day for a golfer whose off-target swing sparked a 12-acre blaze in Southern California. The golfer at the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine landed a shot in the rough Saturday. On his next swing, his club snagged a rock, causing a spark that lit the rough ablaze and ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Volunteer Firefighter Arrested for Prank 9-1-1 Calls

    Volunteer Firefighter Arrested for Prank 9-1-1 Calls
    SAN ANTONIO - A volunteer firefighter was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly made multiple false calls for fires and traffic accidents in Southwest Bexar County, officials said. Quinton Arnold, 25, remained in Bexar County Jail on four counts of false alarm or report. Bail was set at a total of $8,000. Arnold, a member of the Jarret Volunteer Fire Department in ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -9

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