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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," ...
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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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Boy Falls Six Stories, Walks Away Unharmed

    MIAMI - Call it the miracle on Miami's North Bayshore Drive. Authorities and witnesses say that a palm tree likely saved the life of Joey Williams, a 4-year-old boy who fell Friday morning from a 17th-floor balcony after chasing a balloon through his apartment home at the Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay. The boy opened a sliding glass door, climbed over ...
    Published about 5 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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Fears for Emergency Services as Training Terminated

    Fears for Emergency Services as Training Terminated
    WEST CAPE, South Africa - The DA claims private paramedic college owners and working paramedics are furious at the government’s decision to terminate emergency medical services (EMS) short courses, which are responsible for training 99 percent of emergency medical personnel. The decision was to phase out short courses offered by private institution over the next four years, was taken by the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze

    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze
    CHESTERFIELD, NJ — A firefighter suffered a severe arm laceration from an electric saw while helping battle a three-alarm blaze at the site of the township’s new elementary school yesterday. He was in guarded condition late last night waiting to go into the operating room in Capital Health Regional’s trauma unit in Trenton. The volunteer for Chesterfield Fire Company was not ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -5
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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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Exploding Ammo Hinders Firefighter Efforts

    Exploding Ammo Hinders Firefighter Efforts
    PERTH AMBOY -- Exploding ammunition in a burning central New Jersey home hindered firefighters Monday. Authorities said firefighters couldn't battle the flames inside the two-story home Monday until they were certain all the ammo had cooled down. Firefighters initially directed water from the outside through a second floor window. A man who lived in the home with his mother was treated ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Elks Lodge Honors Firefighter, Police, Park Rangers for Service and Heroism

    ST. LOUIS - Three police officers, one firefighter and two park rangers were honored by members of St. Charles Elks Lodge 690 at a reception last month for their community service and heroism. Recipients included: St. Charles City park rangers Sgt. Paul Jokerst and Christina Gonzalez, St. Charles Sheriff's Deputy Ron Neupert, St. Charles Police Officer Michael Davis, St. Peters Police ...
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    Police, First Responders Warned About Dangers of 'Detergent Suicides'

    NEW YORK - Police across the city have been warned that "detergent suicides" - which use household cleaners to create poisonous gas - can also kill cops and other first responders, the Daily News has learned. A recent internal order says people who kill themselves in this way often post warning signs, such as "Hydrogen Sulfide Suicide," so relatives and cops ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Two Rescues in 24 Hours

    Two Rescues in 24 Hours
    BUFFALO - An elderly woman described as being in a dazed condition was rescued by Buffalo firefighters early today after a fire next door began spreading into her home in the city's Jefferson-Ferry area. The rescue was the second in less than 24 hours by Buffalo firefighters. The first occurred early Sunday morning in Allentown. Fire officials said the woman, whose ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +9
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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 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Salt Lake City FFs Rescue One of Their Own

    SALT LAKE CITY - A Salt Lake City fire captain found himself on the other end of a rescue operation Saturday night, and he credits the fast actions of his colleagues with saving his life. Capt. Steve Hoffman had finished Saturday dinner when he began feeling ill. His eyes watered, his tongue felt like it was swelling. He was beginning to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Safety, Diversity is Top of Mind for New HFD Chief

    Safety, Diversity is Top of Mind for New HFD Chief
    HOUSTON, TX - Terry Garrison, a tall man with an almost constant grin, is an experienced and well-educated administrator whose management style draws on openness and inclusiveness, say fire and police officials who have worked with him. On Wednesday, Mayor Annise Parker presented Garrison, 52, who until Monday was interim chief of the obscure Daisy Mountain Fire District outside of Phoenix, ...
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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 about 5 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 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    City Rejects Grant That Would Hire More FFs

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Grand Island has rejected a federal grant that would have paid the full salary and benefits for six new Grand Island firefighters for two years. The Grand Island Independent is reporting that the City Council allowed Fire Chief Troy Hughes to apply for the grant in June 2009. The city won the grant offered through the U.S. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Water Gun Fight Prompts Hazmat Response

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - What started out as an innocent squirt gun fight between children turned into a potentially dangerous situation for a Woonsocket neighborhood. Firefighters on Sunday responded to reports of a strong smell of ammonia in the basement of a Grove Street home. Investigators told WPRI-TV they found a smoking 7-gallon barrel of sodium hydroxide, prompting a hazardous materials ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This

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