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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 ...
    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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Judge: Seattle Firefighter's Whistle-Blower Suit Can Go To Trial

    A judge on Friday denied a request by city lawyers to throw out a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by a high-ranking Seattle firefighter who alleges that he was the victim of workplace retaliation for exposing an ethics scandal in the Fire Marshal's Office. After a nearly three-hour hearing on Friday, King Superior Court Judge Michael Hayden ruled that Jim Woodbury's civil suit ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters See Firsthand How 'Fill The Boot' Helps

    Firefighters See Firsthand How 'Fill The Boot' Helps
    Last week, firefighters from Marion County Fire Rescue and the International Association of Firefighters Local 3169 conducted their annual Fill The Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For three days, firefighters from 24 stations manned intersections across the county, offering their boots to be filled with cash and coins from passing motorists. According to Orlando MDA Executive Director, Brittany Lara, ...
    Published almost 8 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 about 8 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Firefighters Gaining More Containment of Race Pond Fire

    Firefighters are gaining control of the Race Pond Fire that has threatened for days to jump into the Okefenokee Swamp, officials said. At last measure, the fire had burned 7,852 acres, counting burnouts, and was 40 percent contained, said Mark Wiles, a Georgia Forestry Commission senior forester working with a joint information team. "We thinking the burnout we attempted over the ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    5-Day Search Suspended for Missing Firefighter

    5-Day Search Suspended for Missing Firefighter
    VANDENBERG, CA - At 6 p.m. on Friday, June 25, the five-day search for Sean Daniel Fleming was suspended, according to officials in a press release. On Saturday, June 19, Fleming — a 32 year-old Vandenberg firefighter from Lompoc — parked his vehicle at Gaviota State Beach and took his kayak out into the ocean to fish. When Fleming failed to ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned

    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned
    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County house where a man was operating a virtual bomb factory is so full of dangerous explosive material that it must be burned down, authorities said at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. "There is no viable method to render the property safe," Sheriff Bill Gore told about 300 residents gathered at a ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Union Sues City over Pensions

    Fire Union Sues City over Pensions
    BALTIMORE - Baltimore's police and firefighters' unions filed a lawsuit against the city in federal court Thursday, contending that officials "knowingly underfunded" their pension plan over the past decade — ignoring the advice of financial experts hired by the city. The lawsuit threatens to introduce a protracted and costly legal battle into the emotionally charged debate about altering the retirement benefits ...
    Published about 8 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 about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Flex Their Muscles Against Police

    COLUMBUS, OH - Police officers and firefighters clumped together on opposite ends of the rope. Some heckled the other side, some adjusted the perfect grip. "The fire department never shows up to lose," said Stephen Smith, battalion chief of the Washington Township Fire Department. The first match was quick. Firefighters yanked the Dublin police officers over the line in seconds. Police ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: -5
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    Firesetters kick the habit with the help of firefighters

    As the photos of burn victims filled the screen in front of him, Patrick Lawhorne stared intently and realized just how lucky he was. The Orlando teenager's fascination with fire came to a head recently when he used gasoline to ignite a blaze. "I burned a hole in my neighbor's fence," 16-year-old Patrick said. After attending a Juvenile Firesetters program at ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Mail Carrier Honored for Putting Out Fire on Route

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Cedar Rapids mail carrier has been honored for putting out a fire in an apartment building on her route. Angie Martin was presented a certificate by Cedar Rapids Fire Chief Stephen Reid Monday. Reid says Martin prevented the fire from spreading and calls her actions "monumental." The Gazette says the 35-year-old Martin was delivering mail Nov. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Two Firefighters Injured By Apartment Building Odor

    ELGIN, IL - Two Elgin firefighters and a police officer were taken to area hospitals Monday night after each became ill at the scene of a hazardous materials call at an apartment building. Emergency crews were called to investigate the hazmat call at a six-flat apartment building on the 1100 block of Birch Drive at about 5:20 p.m., officials said. The ...
    Published over 7 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 7 years ago | Rate This
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    FF Award Debate Comes to a Head

    FF Award Debate Comes to a Head
    BOSTON - The roiling debate over the controversial arbitration award for Boston firefighters came to a head today at City Hall, where an army of firefighters held a defiant, spirited rally before standing watch over marathon hearings in the City Council that inflamed passions. The proceedings, stretching into the evening, swung from tedious discussion about city finances to loud, contentious arguments ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This