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    Fire Crew Walks Over 60,000 Miles in Fitness Challenge

    Fire Crew Walks Over 60,000 Miles in Fitness Challenge
    BOSTON -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) today announced the winners of its’ Firefighter Fitness Challenge, a 12-week challenge pitting over 160 firefighters in seven cities/towns (Arlington, Framingham, Hingham, Hudson, Ludlow, Peabody and Rockland) in a friendly competition to improve their health and wellness. Hudson, the winning station, received a $2,000 wellness grant today at Florian Hall in Dorchester. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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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 over 6 years ago | Rated: -5
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    14-Year Old Boy Admits to Starting LA Wildfire

    14-Year Old Boy Admits to Starting LA Wildfire
    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — A 14-year-old boy who allegedly told deputies he dropped a lighter as he was trying to smoke pot in a field Sunday sparked a 40-acre blaze that briefly threatened some 50 homes and forced evacuations before it was contained, authorities said. The boy from Saugus, one of four people detained in connection with the blaze, was booked ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Seattle's Deadliest Fire In Years Kills 4 Children, 1 Adult

    Seattle's Deadliest Fire In Years Kills 4 Children, 1 Adult
    SEATTLE — A blaze tore through a Seattle apartment Saturday and killed five people, including a number of children, fire officials said. The fire was reported just after 10 a.m. in what authorities described as a two-story apartment unit in the city's Fremont neighborhood north of downtown. The first engine to respond had a problem with a pump that prevented it ...
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    Yellow Ambulances are Coming to Town

    Yellow Ambulances are Coming to Town
    FERNLEY, NV--This Thursday, residents will start seeing yellow ambulances operated by North Lyon County Fire Protection District. The District was awarded the ambulance franchise by the Fernley City Council in September of 2009. While obtaining the licenses and permits, service has been provided via a mutual aid agreement between Central Lyon County Fire Protection District, and fire districts in Storey and ...
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    Contra Costa Fire District Receives $6.5 Million Grant

    Walnut Creek, Calif. -- Two Contra Costa Fire District stations slated for closure will remain open for at least the next two years after the federal government announced Monday that it is awarding the fire district a $6.5 million grant. The grant, which is part of a federal program called Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, will "significantly ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Son of Fallen FF Helps Spur Changes in FD

    Son of Fallen FF Helps Spur Changes in FD
    WASHINGTON, DC - Thirteen years after firefighter John Carter perished in a Northwest Washington blaze, ravaging both a family and a fire department, Carter's son was in a D.C. fire station on Wednesday, shaking hands with his father's former colleagues. It took Brian Carter more than a decade before he felt ready to speak publicly about his father's death. He was ...
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    Firefighter Charged in Salty Dog Bar Brawl

    BROOKLYN, NY - Criminal charges against one firefighter involved in a boozy Brooklyn bar brawl were dropped Thursday, but a second has been indicted on two misdemeanors. Firefighter Ryan Warnock was charged with assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the Jan. 29 slugfest at the Salty Dog in Bay Ridge. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes refused to charge firefighter Michael ...
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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 almost 6 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 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    1978 Arson that Killed Eight Under Investigation Once Again

    1978 Arson that Killed Eight Under Investigation Once Again
    NEW YORK — A woman who lost seven children and her husband in a 1978 arson at their home near Albany was questioned again this week as investigators put renewed effort into solving the case. No one was ever charged for setting the fire 32 years ago in Cohoes. Detectives traveled to Okanogan, Wash., and spent several hours Wednesday questioning Virginia ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Grand Jury to Stockton: Reduce Fire Services

    Stockton firefighters could soon see fewer people on a shift. A report on minimum staffing levels for the Stockton Fire Department by the San Joaquin County 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury released Monday recommends the city reduce its staff on fire engines to three firefighters and staff and fire trucks to four. The grand jury also recommends the department create a relief ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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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. ...
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    Military Firefighters Help Train Iraqi Responders

    Military Firefighters Help Train Iraqi Responders
    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Two U.S. Soldiers here have spent nearly a year working to boost not only the capabilities of Iraqi firefighters but their standing and reputation in the community as well. According to Lt. Col. Gary Esson, the senior fire service advisor and a native of Joplin, Mo., and Spc. Michael Burris, a fire service advisor and Fayetteville, N.C., native, ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Controlled Burn May Have Ended Gulfport Fire

    GULFPORT, Miss. -- A brush fire that kept reigniting for two days along Duckworth Road may have come to an end, Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt said. The Mississippi Forestry Commission conducted a back-burn along the roadside Friday afternoon, leaving little or no dry vegetation left to catch fire. The brush fire started Thursday on the south side of Duckworth between U.S. ...
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    After Years of Service to Others; FF Needs Help

    After Years of Service to Others; FF Needs Help
    BOWER HILL, PA - Bryan Pritchard of Collier has been a volunteer with the Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Scott for a half-dozen years, giving his time and talents to his community. Now the community can return the favor. A candidate for a kidney and pancreas transplant, Mr. Pritchard, 38, is waiting for the organs to become available. He has ...
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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, ...
    Published about 6 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 ...
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    Firefighter Injured in Plastics Fire

    Firefighter Injured in Plastics Fire
    CAMBRIDGESHIRE, UK - A firefighter is in a stable condition in hospital after being injured while attending an incident in Cambridgeshire earlier. More than 30 firefighters were called to Eco Aegis Services Ltd plastics yard in Hook Lane, Wimblington. It involved about 50 tonnes of plastic and spread to a heavy goods vehicle. It was extinguished by about 1320 GMT. Cambridgeshire ...
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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 ...
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