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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 over 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Talks About Being Overrun by Flames

    YAKIMA, Wash. — From his rear seat on Engine 31, Michael Rhine watched the fire, seemingly at a safe distance. But as the engineer swung the truck around to face the one way out, a big stand of sagebrush blew up into a 40-foot wall of flame. Amid zero visibility and intense heat, Engine 31 was engulfed, crashing through a dirt ...
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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 ...
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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    India Plane Crash Kills Nearly 160

    India Plane Crash Kills Nearly 160
    MANGALORE, India — An Air India Express plane trying to land at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames at dawn Saturday, killing nearly 160 people, officials said. There were eight survivors. Dense black smoke billowed from the wreckage of the flaming Boeing 737-800 aircraft in a hilly area with ...
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    Squatters Died in House Blaze

    Squatters Died in House Blaze Source: Evening Mail; Birmingham (UK) Publication date: 2011-05-26 Birmingham, UK -- TWO Polish men died when a fire engulfed a row of derelict Birmingham buildings they had been squatting in, an inquest heard. Marek Ratuszniak and Arkdiosz Chylarecki, who were both aged 30, single and unemployed, died when the blaze broke out in the bedroom of ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Save Dog That Fell Into 30-Foot Hole

    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- A dog that fell into a 30-foot hole appears to be in good condition after being rescued by firefighters. The Sacramento Bee reports that after 13-year-old yellow Labrador was discovered stuck down the narrow hole around 4:45 p.m. Friday, a firefighter was lowered by rope to pull the dog out. A Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District official says ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Food On Stove Ignites Fire That Kills Three

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Authorities say a South Carolina mother who died in a fire with her twin 3-year-old sons had left them alone in her house with food on the stove when the blaze broke out. Charleston County Sheriff's spokesman Maj. John Clark says 30-year-old Mary P. Brown of Charleston had left the house to pick up a friend Tuesday evening. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 ...
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    USFA and NIOSH Begin Study on Cancer in Firefighters

    EMMITSBURG, MD-- USFA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are partnering on a study to examine the potential for increased risk of cancer among firefighters due to exposures from smoke, soot, and other contaminants in the line of duty. This will be a formal epidemiological study with medical oversight. The primary objective of the project is to ...
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    Edinburg House Fire 'Suspicious,' Chief Says

    Edinburg house fire 'suspicious,' chief says Source: The Monitor (McAllen, Texas) Publication date: 2011-05-19 McAllen, Texas -- No one was home when a house caught fire in two separate places Wednesday night, officials said. Edinburg firefighters responded to the blaze on the 7700 block of North Doolittle Road shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters in at least seven fire engines at ...
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    Firefighters Credit Equipment, Training for Surviving Explosion

    TEMPE, AZ - The flash and explosion that smashed windows, hurled doors and threw people several feet in Tempe on Saturday was one of the worst nightmares firefighters face. In days gone by, the back-draft-driven blaze that caused a flash and explosion in a 1940s house on South Mill Avenue could have spelled disaster. But with today's equipment and training programs, ...
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    Firefighters Put Out Fires at Same Address 2 Days in a Row

    For the second time within nine hours, firefighters in eastern Berks County were called to a two-alarm fire at the same address. Crews responded about 3:15 this morning to a duplex in the first block of Ehst Road in Washington Township for what emergency dispatchers called a rekindle of the fire that started shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Fire officials struck ...
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    New Bill Would Cover Cancer Costs to FFs Exposed On the Job

    New Bill Would Cover Cancer Costs to FFs Exposed On the Job
    HARRISBURG - Firefighters' work is full of risks. Everyone knows that. What's not so widely known is the risks that come later, after they've hung up their helmets. Consider one statistic: A Cincinnati study found male firefighters 100 times more likely than other men to contract testicular cancer. Because of that and other cancer dangers linked to exposure to toxic chemicals, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Los Alamos Evacuates, Lab Closes as Fire Grows

    Los Alamos, N.M. -- Thousands of residents fled the town that's home to the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory as a rapidly growing wildfire approached, sending up towering plumes of smoke, raining down ash and charring the fringes of the sprawling lab. The blaze, which began Sunday, destroyed 30 structures south of Los Alamos and forced the closure of the lab while ...
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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 ...
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    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss

    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss
    FREEMONT, WA - The pain, sorrow and sense of loss triggered by Saturday's Fremont apartment fire is shared not just by those who knew the five victims but by the firefighters unable to save them. Firefighters who have been "beating themselves up" over their inability to rescue the woman and four children in the burning apartment attended a Tuesday night session ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Rescue Teams Attacked With Bricks When Responding At Scene

    UNITED KINGDOM - Firefighters were pelted with stones and bricks when they turned up to put out a blaze in woods. The crew, from Blackburn Fire Station, were attacked by youths after arsonists started a rubbish fire in an area off Fishmoor Drive in the town. Yesterday, the yobs were blasted as ‘stupid’ by Lanc-ashire Fire and Rescue Service, which said ...
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    Former Ambulance Service President Charged with Theft

    NORTHCUMBERLAND COUNTY, VA - The former president of an ambulance service in Northumberland County was charged earlier this month with stealing from the organization. Now some in his community say this is becoming far too common. Investigators said Regan Yoder used his position and the borough credit card to buy personal items and now he faces theft charges. Yoder, 32, is ...
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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 over 3 years ago | Rate This

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