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    Two Years Later Five are Charged for Retirement Home Arson

    SAN FRANCISCO - Five owners or operators of the Vallejo retirement home where three residents died in a 2008 fire have been charged with criminal violations, authorities said. The fire started accidentally when a spark from a cigar that Robert Bennett, a resident of Casa de Vallejo, had been smoking near an oxygen cylinder ignited the tank's oxygen, investigators said. Bennett, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Failing Grade Sparks Changes at Calgary 911 Center

    CALGARY - Municipal authorities say they're confident Calgary's 911 call centre is headed in the right direction, following an independent audit of its operations released Thursday. "At least the issues have been identified now and solutions are being put in place," said police Chief Rick Hanson, whose concerns sparked the audit last year. While officials said the city-run public safety communications ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Ware County Fire Now at Least 4,000 Acres

    A fire that started late Wednesday in Ware County just north of Race Pond has now burned at least 4,000 acres and is keeping U.S. 1 and CSX Transportation closed south of Waycross. The Georgia Forestry Commission has 27 tractor plows working the fire and 20 more on the way, said Mark L. Wiles a senior forester for the Forestry Commission. ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Former Acrobat Finds a Niche as a Firefighter

    DECATUR - This daring young man on the flying trapeze decided to become a firefighter. Jason Nolan, a Decatur firefighter since Sept. 4, 2008, began performing in the Illinois State University Gamma Phi Circus in Normal and on the road in 1994. His wife-to-be, Meghan, was also part of the circus, an institution peculiar to Illinois State and Florida State. "My ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    City Urged to Reject New Firefighter Award

    City Urged to Reject New Firefighter Award
    BOSTON - The Boston City Council should reject an arbitration award for firefighters because the cost would be “disastrous for the taxpayers,’’ a fiscal watchdog agency said in a report yesterday. The analysis by the Boston Finance Commission highlighted what the agency described as “deceptive’’ calculations by arbitrator Dana Edward Eischen, who estimated that the award would cost $39.4 million in ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Injured Battling Border Blaze

    Firefighters Injured Battling Border Blaze
    Two firefighters were injured Friday while fighting a wildfire along the Mexican border, according to the Coronado National Forest. The firefighters were taken to a hospital with non-life- threatening injuries, the news release said. One was released from the hospital and the other was being treated for first- and second- degree burns. They were battling the Bull Fire, which is burning ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fast-moving Blaze Began as Grass Fire

    Fire officials say a three-alarm fire that destroyed a garage and four vehicles at a northern Vanderburgh County property Sunday morning started as a grass fire. Homeowner Thomas Wilson, 69, is the only person who lives at 9301 Old State Road, about a half-mile north of East Mount Pleasant Road, and he was not injured in the blaze. The fire was ...
    Published about 3 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 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Cleared of Pipe Bomb Charges

    BOSTON - Prosecutors this week dropped a reckless-conduct charge against a Salisbury man after what the police initially described as a powerful pipe bomb at his home turned out to be a "tire thumper" used to check the pressure of truck tires, his lawyer said. The misdemeanor charge against Walter Scott Jr., formerly a volunteer fireman, was dropped Tuesday, the day ...
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    Woman Killed, 2 Injured in Warehouse Fire

    A woman was killed in a warehouse fire that sent two other people to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation Tuesday night. Tulsa Fire Department spokesman Tim Smallwood said the woman was found inside the building, which is on Trenton Avenue just north of Interstate 244, and that medics brought her out and administered CPR before taking her to a hospital. ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Fire Chief Resigns After Critical Report

    The resignation the Coatesville, Chester County, fire chief monday came after a blistering independent report that chastised the department as ineptly led and dysfunctional. The evaluation was sought by the city after a Sept. 10 apartment fire resulted in injuries to seven firefighters, some of whom required hospitalization. The Inquirer has obtained a copy of the report which has yet to ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Envelopes Containing White Powder Sent to Fed Buildings

    SEATTLE – Envelopes with white powder were found Monday in eight federal buildings in seven different cities across Washington, Idaho and Utah, prompting the evacuation of an IRS building and a U.S. attorney's office, FBI officials said. The FBI is investigating whether the incidents were linked. Special Agent Frederick Gutt said it would be "logical" that they would be. "It is ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Closed Fire Station: Heart Attack Victim Dies

    NEWBURYPORT -- A Woodman Way man died Thursday, three days after going into cardiac arrest while the nearest emergency response facility, the West End fire station, was closed due to a budget dispute between firefighters and Mayor Donna Holaday, Andrew J. Soucy, 70, died Thursday at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H. Soucy suffered a heart attack while attending a condominium ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Birmingham Responder Suing City, Mayor for Failure to Pay OT

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - A Birmingham firefighter is suing the city and Mayor William Bell claiming the city failed to pay overtime. The lawsuit claims firefighters were not paid time-and-a-half for extra hours worked. It also claims by not paying time-and-a-half on those extra hours, the city no longer matched all pension benefits as required. Local firefighter union attorney Ray Fitzpatrick said ...
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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 ...
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    First Responders to Receive Back Pay in Lump Sum

    BOSTON - Boston firefighters will receive an average lump-sum payment of $29,000 because of retroactive pay increases included in the city’s new five-year contract with the firefighters’ union, city officials said yesterday. Some firefighters will receive significantly more because of their rank, seniority, and overtime; others will receive less. City officials said the payments, which will be sent to firefighters in ...
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    University Receives $1M Grant for Firefighter Heart Disease Study

    Firefighters have one of the most dangerous jobs, but half of those who die while working actually do so from a heart attack. A $1 million, three-year grant to the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will fund research to determine whether medical treatment can help prevent the progression of early atherosclerotic disease in firefighters. Most ...
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    Second Fired FF Wins Back His Job

    DEKALB COUNTY, GA - A second DeKalb County firefighter dismissed after a fatal Dunwoody fire has won back his job, WSB-TV is reporting. A hearing officer ruled for William Jeffrey Greene when he appealed his termination last week, according to reports. Greene was one of the five firefighters fired when a blaze killed 74-year-old Ann Bartlett, hours after the firemen responded ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Injured FF Sues Department After Fire Works Blast

    UK - A retained firefighter who was injured in a fire at a fireworks factory in which two of his colleagues died is suing East Sussex fire service. Timothy Austin, from Barcombe fire station, is also seeking damages from factory owners Alpha Fireworks. Firemen Geoff Wicker, 49, and Brian Wembridge, 63, were killed in the fire at Marlie Farm in Shortgate, ...
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    Three Firefighters Injured in Baltimore Blaze

    BALTIMORE - Three firefighters were injured Wednesday night while battling a fire in East Baltimore, officials said. A fire broke out just before 11 p.m. in a vacant two-story brick building in the 1100 block of North Patterson Ave., according to fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright. One firefighter battled the fire from the roof, fell through, and suffered an injured ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This

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