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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. ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Judge Declines to Hear FF Groping Case

    NORTH SALEM — A town justice has declined to hear the case of an assistant chief of the Croton Falls Fire Department accused of groping a female firefighter at the department's annual Christmas party in December. Justice Ralph R. Mackin recused himself from hearing a motion Monday from John Blauvelt, 34, of Carmel to dismiss misdemeanor charges state police lodged against ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Charged in Fatal NY Blaze

    QUEENS, NY - A 23-year-old Queens man was charged on Thursday with setting a fire that killed his pregnant girlfriend and her 2-year-old son, the authorities said. The boyfriend, Jimmy Humphrey, was charged with arson and assault, said Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney. The woman, Linda Anderson, 25, died early Tuesday, apparently in the fire at her home on ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires

    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires
    WASHINGTON — Federal aviation officials have known for years that cockpit window heaters in some Boeing planes catch fire. But they haven't required airlines to fix the problem, even after dozens of incidents that unnerved pilots and, in many cases, forced emergency landings. Pilots have complained about heaters that burned, smoldered or sent electric currents dancing across cockpit windows since at ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Could You Beat the 44 Second Fastest Dresser Title?

    MACON, GA - It all started with a little trash talking at the fire station. Several months later, Macon-Bibb County firefighter Ellen Kicklighter has been honored as the fastest firefighter in the state when it comes to getting dressed into her fire gear. Kicklighter, a 43-year-old mother of two, beat out other Macon-Bibb firefighters during competition at the Cherry Blossom Festival ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    New Budget For Police Is Good News for Firefighters Too

    New Budget For Police Is Good News for Firefighters Too
    TULSA, OK – Now that Tulsa's laid-off police officers may be coming back, some are wondering about the sacrifices Tulsa firefighters made to keep the city's budget balanced. Tulsa police lost officers, while the fire department lost pay. City leaders say it doesn't have to be a competition between Tulsa's finest and Tulsa's bravest. If the police department gets more money ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Dog Wakes Owner During Fire at FL Home

    CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A dog reportedly woke up his owner during a fire at a Panhandle home. Fire officials say the blaze started just outside the Crestview house early Saturday morning and spread up the wall and into the attic. The home's owner, an Okaloosa County deputy, told authorities that his boxer woke him. He then looked out a window and ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Breathless Call from FF As Flames Rush Across His Home

    The first frantic call for help as a wildfire gathered momentum in the foothills west of Boulder came from a longtime firefighter who was helpless as flames burst across his wooded property, devouring trees and torching a propane tank. His breathless descriptions — captured on a dispatch tape — detailed the fury of a blaze that, by Wednesday evening, had charred ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    9-1-1 Dispatcher Suspended Over April Fool's Prank

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher in Missoula who broadcast a false report of an explosion as an April Fool's Day prank will be suspended for one week but will not be prosecuted. Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Thursday it would be "extremely difficult" to establish criminal intent in the case. The request for an emergency response came ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Despite FD Protest, FL Church to Burn Holy Books

    Despite FD Protest, FL Church to Burn Holy Books
    GAINESVILLE, FL - A Florida church says it will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite the city refusing to issue a burn permit, Orlando's Fox35 TV reports. The Dove World Outreach Center said early this month that it would burn copies of the Islamic holy text on church grounds to mark the ninth ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -5
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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 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF

    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF
    LOUISA, KY - A Kentucky firefighter is recovering in the hospital after he was swept under water during a fire school training Sunday afternoon. Mark Hammond, Regional Training Coordinator for Kentucky Fire Commission, said it happened at about 1:30 p.m. Hammond said the Northeast Kentucky Fire School was conducting a swift water rescue training at Yatesville Lake in Louisa. The firefighter ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Emergency Fire Vehicle Stolen While Firefighter Attended Party

    BOULDER, CO - A Lefthand Fire Protection District volunteer firefighter at a party in Boulder had his Silver 2006 Doge Ram 1500 truck stolen Monday night. Police said the truck had an emergency light bar, firefighting equipment and Colorado firefighter license plates. "The biggest concern would be someone driving around with an emergency light bar and pulling people over falsely," Detective ...
    Published over 7 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 over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters, Cops Boost Donations to the Troops

    FAIRFIELD, CT -- Maureen Janda was waiting until the collection box in the lobby at Fairfield police headquarters was full to make a delivery to Give2TheTroops. About a week and a half ago, Janda, secretary to the deputy chief, walked in and saw that the box not only was full, but overflowing. Turns out that Fairfield firefighters had done some shopping ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 7 years ago | Rate This