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    Former Manhattan DA Quits FDNY Bias Fight

    Former Manhattan DA Quits FDNY Bias Fight
    NEW YORK CITY - Days after the city blasted him as biased, Robert Morgenthau stepped down Tuesday as the court-appointed master overseeing new procedures for hiring firefighters. The former Manhattan district attorney called the Bloomberg administration's accusations "absurd," but said it was in the court's "best interest" to name someone the city didn't have a "grudge" against. Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Truck Carrying 17 Million Bees Involved in 4-Car Crash

    Truck Carrying 17 Million Bees Involved in 4-Car Crash
    LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Rescue crews were using fire hoses to douse an angry swarm of bees after a fatal crash that involved a semitrailer carrying about 17 million of the insects. Authorities say a truck hauling 7,000 bee hives was involved in the four-vehicle crash Monday on Interstate 35 near Lakeville, about 35 miles south of Minneapolis. Minnesota State Patrol spokesman ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    After Speculation, Doctor Confirms RI Firefighter Is Permanently Disabled

    PROVIDENCE — Former firefighter John Sauro remains permanently and totally disabled from doing his job in the Fire Department, an orthopedic surgeon has concluded after a special examination. But the surgeon recommended additional tests to confirm his finding. The report by Dr. Anthony DeLuise Jr. was submitted Wednesday to the city Retirement Board, which voted to have the additional tests done. ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Save Drowning Surfer

    Firefighters Save Drowning Surfer
    NEW YORK - A surfer was clinging to life Friday night after firefighters pulled him from the choppy waters of the Rockaways. The 20-year-old victim got tangled in a jetty off the boardwalk near Beach 92nd St. about 4:15p.m., officials and witnesses said. Fellow surfers swam to help the distressed man, whose ankle tether - a line that ties the board ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Few Remain As 1962 Coal Town Fire Still Burns

    Few Remain As 1962 Coal Town Fire Still Burns
    CENTRALIA, Pa. – Standing before the wreckage of his bulldozed home, John Lokitis Jr. felt sick to his stomach, certain that a terrible mistake had been made. He'd fought for years to stay in the house. It was one of the few left standing in the moonscape of Centralia, a once-proud coal town whose population fled an underground mine fire that ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat

    NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat
    NEW YORK - A Long Island town's fire chief and a New York City firefighter were arrested Tuesday for brandishing guns while threatening a pedestrian, officials said. Michael Charles, the Hempstead fire chief, held a handgun on his hip while Brian Schuck, an eight-year-FDNY veteran, toted a shotgun when they harassed a man walking down a Hempstead street Sunday afternoon, Nassau ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Immediate Danger Has Passed After 'Catastrophic' Dam Break

    Immediate Danger Has Passed After 'Catastrophic' Dam Break
    Iowa Governor Chet Culver said Saturday night the immediate danger near Lake Delhi had passed after a "catastrophic" dam breach sent water spilling downstream and hundreds of people fleeing for safety, The Des Moines Register reported. Culver praised the quick action of emergency personnel in response to the dam break which sent water downstream from the Maquoketa River into the streets ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires

    After 75 Years of Service, Firefighter Bill Retires
    East Syracuse, NY — How often does a volunteer firefighter stay with his force 75 years? Not very often. That’s why there was a big turnout last week when Bill Lewis Sr. officially retired from the East Syracuse Fire Department. The East Syracuse chief, Mike Cramer, said the department’s bylaws had to be changed to grant the retirement, which is the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +16
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    EMTs Help Deliver Baby on NYC Subway Platform

    EMTs Help Deliver Baby on NYC Subway Platform
    NEW YORK — An FDNY lieutenant and two EMTs delivered a baby on July 23 in an unlikely spot, the 4/5 subway train platform at Bowling Green in Manhattan. "It was a great experience it was amazing to see another human life to come into the world," said EMT Tom Loggin from Station 4. He and his partner, EMT Jerry Chatelain, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray

    Whoops: Police Officer Sprays Burning Man with Pepper Spray
    PORTLAND - A Portland police officer accidentally used pepper spray instead of a fire extinguisher on a man who lit himself on fire downtown near a fur store Wednesday. Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer said the officer was at a stoplight at Southwest 12th Avenue and Yamhill Street when she saw a man in flames. When the officer went to ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Firefighter Struck by SUV Driven by EMS Supervisor

    Firefighter Struck by SUV Driven by EMS Supervisor
    FAIRFAX, VA - Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department spokesman Dan Schmidt says a captain responding to the crash as EMS 401 was behind the wheel of the SUV. Engine 404 and Medic 404 from Herndon were already on the scene. The EMS 401 vehicle was described as moving slowly through the area when the collision occurred. [widget:news__wtop] The incident took ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Man Being Transported to Hospital Attacks EMT, ER Tech, and Nurse

    SCRANTON, PA - Police said a Scranton man attacked an emergency medical technician, an emergency room technician and a nurse Sunday evening after being hospitalized for injuries suffered in a fall. After falling down at Keyser Avenue and Oak Street and being transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center, Robert Kitch, 50, 708 N. Main Ave., second floor, punched an EMT ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Former FF Dog Killer Gets 30 More Days Behind Bars

    Former FF Dog Killer Gets 30 More Days Behind Bars
    COLUMBUS, OH - A former Columbus firefighter who served a 90-day jail sentence last year for killing his dogs to avoid boarding them was sent back to jail yesterday for violating his probation. David P. Santuomo, 44, of Fall Water Court on the Northwest Side, will spend 30 days in jail after Franklin County Municipal Judge Harland H. Hale found that ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    TX Fire Officials, Billing Service Accused of Fraud

    TX Fire Officials, Billing Service Accused of Fraud
    DALLAS - The cash-strapped city of Dallas could owe the federal government $40 million or more if a whistle-blower lawsuit's allegations of fraud involving billing for ambulance services prove true. While the city says the specific amount it may owe the government has not been determined, it acknowledges that it is "fully cooperating" with federal authorities and will "move forward aggressively" ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Mixing EMS, Firefighting Not Always Easy

    TORONTO - Finding ways to cut spending and save money will almost certainly top the to-do list for Toronto’s next mayor. If elected, Councillor Rob Ford has vowed to pursue drastic measures such as reducing the size of city council and shrinking the municipal work force. But it’s a pledge by mayoral candidate George Smitherman that may be the most contentious. ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Airline Cockpit Fire Forces Emergency Landing

    Airline Cockpit Fire Forces Emergency Landing
    WASHINGTON — Investigators are looking into whether long-known problems with the heating system in a cockpit window of the Boeing 757 played a role in a fire that forced an airliner to make an emergency landing near Washington, federal safety officials said Monday. United Airlines Flight 27 en route from New York to Los Angeles with 112 people aboard made an ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighter-In-Training Killed in Motorcycle Crash

    Firefighter-In-Training Killed in Motorcycle Crash
    CRYSTAL LAKE – He was a firefighter-in-training, but the Woodstock Fire Department still relied on Trent Steckel as a member of the crew. “We knew he would have had a very successful career in the fire service,” Chief Ralph Webster said. Steckel, 24, of Crystal Lake, was killed early Friday in a motorcycle crash. He was scheduled to work a shift ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -4
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    New Fire Trucks Advertise Paramedic Abilities

    New Fire Trucks Advertise Paramedic Abilities
    BARTLETT, IL — The Bartlett Fire Protection District is placing new signs on ITS fire engines and ladder truck that say “Paramedics,” indicating that even these vehicles designed for firefighting now carry advanced life support capabilities. Fire Chief Michael Falese said these vehicles have the obvious fire suppression capabilities that most people are aware of, but they also have carried fully ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    30 FFs, 200 Paramedics Get EMT Licenses Suspended

    30 FFs, 200 Paramedics Get EMT Licenses Suspended
    HAVERHILL — State public health officials have suspended the licenses of 207 emergency medical technicians and paramedics across Massachusetts because they were involved in falsifying training records. That number includes 30 Haverhill firefighters and 35 Trinity EMS ambulance workers, the state said. The suspensions will take effect July 1. Most will be for nine months, but a smaller number will last ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Laid Off Firefighters Get a Second Chance

    Laid Off Firefighters Get a Second Chance
    A few years ago, Brian Jones applied to become a Shreveport firefighter. He didn't make the cut, so he submitted his application to Bossier City Fire Department and was hired. The 25-year-old worked two years for Bossier City before being laid off in December due to budget cuts. On Tuesday, Jones returned to Shreveport Fire Department as a member of its ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +5

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