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    Strategies Differ in Protecting History from Honey Prairie Fire

    FOLKSTON, Fla. -- Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Manager Curt McCasland admitted he didn't know much about swamp fires when he experienced his first: the now 148,522-acre Honey Prairie Fire. After all, McCasland just arrived in October from the Arizona desert where there's a different strategy for fighting fires. "My first reaction was to rain water on this thing," he said of ...
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    FFs Rescue Man's Best Friend From 6th Floor Ledge

    DENVER - Denver firefighters helped a dog from a sixth-floor ledge of the Denver Dry Lofts building this morning. Phil Champagne, spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said the person who owned the dog tried several times to get the dog off the ledge without success. However firefighters, who worked their way along the ledge, were able to grab the dog ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins

    Leary Suffers from Burnout As Season 6 of Rescue Me Begins
    “Rescue Me” needs help. The FX drama about New York firefighters led by Worcester native, series co-creator, executive producer and writer Denis Leary is choking on fumes. After watching the first four episodes of the sixth season back-to-back - an endurance test I don’t recommend - it’s apparent “Rescue Me” is recycling plots, revisiting Tommy’s tired battle with the bottle and ...
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    Officer Injured After Crashing Into Fire Engine

    BALTIMORE — A Baltimore police officer has been taken to a trauma center after crashing his police cruiser into a city fire engine. It happened around 10 a.m. in west Baltimore. City fire department spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the fire engine had responded to a report of an injured person. Firefighters were trying to locate that person when the police car ...
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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 ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Gets Lowered Into Well to Rescue Fallen 6 Year-Old Boy

    SHREWSBURY, MA - A 6-year-old Shrewsbury boy escaped with only cuts and scrapes over the weekend after he fell 20 feet into an abandoned well behind his house, firefighters said. The boy, who had just moved with his family to a house on Barrows Road a few days earlier, found the well Saturday afternoon while exploring his new home with friends, ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter Injured In Blaze that Destroyed Three Homes

    TROY, PA - Two Troy Hill families lost their homes to fire this morning after a vacant dwelling between them burned to the ground. One Pittsburgh firefighter was injured when he slipped while climbing from a ladder onto the railing a 20-foot-high deck at the rear of one of the properties. The man, who has not yet been identified, may have ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 ...
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    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run

    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run
    BOSTON - A 20-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident after responding to a medical call in Roxbury late this morning, the fire department said. Firefighters were putting gear back on the truck parked in front of 36 Edgewood St. at around 11:54 a.m. when a maroon Dodge Durango hit the firefighter, ...
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    Dive Teams Find Two Who Jumped From Bridge; One Survivor

    BOSTON - One man died and another man survived after jumping from the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge into the Charles River Tuesday night, State Police said. The men jumped around 11 p.m. from the bridge, which connects Boston and Cambridge, Sergeant Matthew Murray, a State Police spokesman, said. State Police troopers assigned to the Suffolk district attorney's office are investigating, Murray said. ...
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    Some Sobering Fire and Injury Stats About the Fourth of July

    SEATTLE, WA - More than 1,000 fireworks-related injuries and fires were reported to the state fire marshal's office in 2009, according to the Washington State Patrol. It found there were 1,236 reports received last year, mostly on July 4. They included 1,036 fires and 200 injuries. Most were caused by children ages 8 to 14, according to the State Patrol. Specifically, ...
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    Firefighter Hurt Battling Chatsworth Commercial Blaze

    A firefighter was injured early Tuesday battling an intense blaze that destroyed most of an import business housed in a commercial building in Chatsworth, officials said. Firefighters responded to an alarm at 12:15 a.m. and arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of Bey-Berk International in the 9600 block of Cozycroft Avenue. By the time co-owner Kurken Berksanlar arrived about ...
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    Rescuers Pull Man on Fire From Burning Home

    SAN JOSE - Firefighters who arrived at a burning house in San Jose on Wednesday saw a horrifying sight — a man standing in the entryway with his clothes on fire. Two firefighters pulled the man from the house on Tampa Way, rolled him on the grass and began administering medical treatment, according to fire Capt. Chuck Rangel. He was transported ...
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    Off-Duty Coroners Save Choking Boy at Eatery

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Two off-duty deputy coroners in central Pennsylvania showed they're pretty good with living patients too. Centre County deputy coroners Judy Pleskonko and Debra Smeal — still wearing their scrubs — were having dinner at a steakhouse Wednesday when a 15-year-old boy near them started choking on a piece of meat. Pleskonko performed the Heimlich maneuver on the ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Some MD Firefighters to Get a Raise

    ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has agreed to cut firefighter physical fitness costs from the budget in order to give some emergency workers a pay raise. [widget:news__wtop] Leggett and the Montgomery County firefighters' union recently formed an agreement to drop random drug and alcohol testing and eliminate the department's physiologist position for two years to fund special pay ...
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    Roof Collapse Sends Four Responders to Hospital

    ROCKVILLE, Md.-- Four firefighters were rushed to the hospital after a roof collapsed on their heads while they were cleaning up after a fire on Wilmart Street in Rockville Wednesday night. The fire broke out on the 1700 block of Wilmart Street at around 7:25 p.m., according to Montgomery County Fire spokesperson Beth Anne Nesselt. "Three of the four firefighters will ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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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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    Fire Hazard Forces Maytag to Recall 1.7M Dishwashers

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Whirlpool Corp.'s Maytag unit is recalling about 1.7 million dishwashers because of a fire hazard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Thursday, says the company, part of Whirlpool Corp., has received 12 reports of electrical failures in the dishwasher heating element that led to fires and damage. One kitchen fire caused extensive damage, the agency ...
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    Missouri Eases Permits for Relief Trucks

    Missouri officials said they were waiving fees and expediting highway permits to make it easier for trucks to haul relief supplies into tornado-stricken Joplin. The Missouri Department of Transportation said permits were required for out-of-state trucks and vehicles hauling wide loads; however, the permits would be issued without charge and would be given high priority for approval. The agency said in ...
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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 6 years ago | Rated: -1