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    AZ Wildfire May Become Largest In History

    ARIZONA - An enormous wildfire in eastern Arizona is poised to become the largest in state history, as firefighters tried Tuesday to keep the blaze from crossing into New Mexico and devouring a small mountain town. Fires grew elsewhere in New Mexico and at the state's border with Colorado, where flames forced the closure of a busy interstate highway. In Luna, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Responders To Be Honored During Colorado Parade of Thanks

    Responders To Be Honored During Colorado Parade of Thanks
    FOURMILE CANYON, CO - A barefoot violinist, Malcolm Watson, will lead a firefighter appreciation parade with other grateful local residents today in Boulder. Watson lives in Fourmile Canyon and is one evacuee who was able to return to a standing home after the recent wildfire there. The parade will start on Pearl Street and 16th Street and travel a mile east ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    HFD: 30 Fires May be Work of 1 Arsonist

    Arson investigators believe at least 30 intentionally set fires in southwest Houston dating to the beginning of last year may be the work of the same person or group of people, officials said Tuesday. Almost all the fires occurred at apartment complexes or homes on the southwest side during the early morning hours. In all instances a flammable liquid such as ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Spend the Day Closing Hydrants they Didn't Open

    Firefighters Spend the Day Closing Hydrants they Didn't Open
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Firefighters spent a portion of their Sunday shutting hydrants that were apparently opened by people looking to get relief from the hot weather. At the corner of South Ohio Avenue and Siebert Street, a fire hydrant was opened at least four times on Sunday, it was reported. One firefighter said that he has responded to 15 reports of ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Origin of Blaze that Killed Firefighter Still Unknown

    ST. ANNA — The 5½-month investigation into the Dec. 29 explosion that killed St. Anna firefighter Steven Koeser pinpointed the cause of the blast, but not the origin of the fire. The blast that killed Koeser and injured eight others occurred when firefighters directed streams of water and suppressant foam onto a burning trash bin that contained aluminum alloy shavings and ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Introduced in the Senate

    Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act Introduced in the Senate
    On January 22nd, Senators Tom Carper (DE) and Susan Collins (ME) introduced the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act in the Senate. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to classify automatic fire sprinkler systems as 5-year property for purposes of depreciation. The bill, S. 2947, was referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration. Both Senator Carper and Senator ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Man Admits to Smoking Pot Each Time He Worked as a FF

    Man Admits to Smoking Pot Each Time He Worked as a FF
    BOSTON - A federal judge in Maine, sentencing a 32-year-old former Boston firefighter on a marijuana-growing charge this week, noted that the man had admitted smoking about 2 ounces of the drug each week during the time he worked as a firefighter, prosecutors said. The comments came when Sean Berte was sentenced Thursday by US District Judge George Z. Singal in ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes

    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes
    ASHLAND, Ore. — Families looked for valuables, pets and mementoes Wednesday in the ashes of 11 homes destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire while a homeless man accused of starting the blaze sat in jail. John Thiry, 40, was arrested at 3 a.m. under a freeway ramp and charged with 11 counts of reckless endangerment and 11 counts of reckless burning, authorities ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors

    Injured FF Awarded $12.75M Didn't Hoodwink Jurors
    SEATTLE - The city of Seattle's attempt to overturn a $12.75 million judgment awarded to a former firefighter — using secretly shot video of the man chopping wood and playing horseshoes and bocce ball — unfairly distorts the actual injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall, his lawyers said in court papers filed Friday. Lawyers for Mark Jones argued that he ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    First Responders Free Boy With Head Stuck in Toilet Seat

    ESSEX, United Kingdom - Firefighters in Essex used cutting equipment to rescue an 18-month-old boy who had a toilet seat stuck on his head. The boy, from Loughton, had put the training toilet seat on his head but it slipped down over his ears. Firefighter Steve Seary said: "It was around his neck, but it wasn't causing him any difficulties. We ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Training Instructors Faked Credits as Favor

    Training Instructors Faked Credits as Favor
    BOSTON - Two instructors suspected of falsifying training records for more than 200 emergency medics across Massachusetts told state public health investigators that they were simply trying to help colleagues who did not have the time or money to take the medical refresher courses required to renew their licenses. State officials reported yesterday that one of the instructors, former Trinity Ambulance ...
    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 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Air Ambulance Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a bird strike shattered a windshield on a medical helicopter that was flying from Aberdeen to Fargo, N.D. The Careflight helicopter from Avera St. Luke's Hospital made a safe emergency landing early Monday at the Fargo airport. The pilot was treated for minor injuries. A paramedic, nurse and patient also ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign

    Sobering Demonstration Kicks Off Safety Campaign
    SILVER SPRING, Md. - A pedestrian is hit and injured by a car every eight minutes, federal officials say. Local leaders are now out to stifle that trend. A local effort to cut down on the amount of pedestrians injured and killed in accidents kicked off in Silver Spring Tuesday with a sobering demonstration. The Street Smart campaign is a joint ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Good Samaritan Warns Deaf Family About Fire

    INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities say a man alerted a family that included three deaf people about a fire in the attic of their Indianapolis home. Fire Capt. Rita Burris says the fire was reported just after midnight Tuesday and that all four residents safely escaped. Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes despite the closest fire ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    TX FF Mentor Villareal Dies at 71

    TX FF Mentor Villareal Dies at 71
    Gilbert Villareal, who was known for mentoring young firefighters during his nearly 40 years with the department, died July 4 from complications of a brain aneurysm. He was 71. Villareal, who retired from the Houston Fire Department in 2001, was born in 1938 in Dallas, but moved to Houston with his family as a child. He attended Jefferson Davis High School ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Fight to Stop Ambulance Fees May End Up In Court

    Fight to Stop Ambulance Fees May End Up In Court
    ROCKVILLE, Md. - The Montgomery County Council approved a proposal in May to charge ambulance fees, but the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association has submitted more than 50,000 signatures to add a referendum on the November ballot. However, some of the signatures submitted were rejected by the county Board of Elections, and there's a chance the referendum would not ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Emergency Service Plans to Build, Rebuild, Replace Facilities

    Emergency Service Plans to Build, Rebuild, Replace Facilities
    WINNIPEG 0 If you're old, inconvenient or simply out of shape, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service wants to get rid of you. The city's emergency service has unveiled a four-year plan to replace five outmoded or inconveniently located fire-paramedic stations, rebuild two deteriorating buildings in the same location and build two new facilities to serve new suburbs. According to a report ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Injured In 4-Alarm Seattle Blaze

    SEATTLE -- Seattle firefighters have controlled a four-alarm blaze that tore through the former Sunny Jim peanut butter plant in south Seattle, injuring a firefighter and sending smoke high into the air. An estimated 120 firefighters responded Monday to the vacant, city-owned, two-story building. Fire officials say one firefighter was injured by a piece of falling siding. He was reported in ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Hands-Only CPR, Firm Dispatchers are Lifesavers

    ATLANTA — More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research. The two new studies conclude that "hands-only" chest compression is enough to save a life. They are the largest and most rigorous yet to ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +1