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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 5 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 5 years ago | Rated: +16
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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 5 years ago | Rated: -4
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    NY Bus Driver Saves Ten From Burning Home

    NY Bus Driver Saves Ten From Burning Home
    BUFFALO, N.Y. — A transit bus driver is being credited for saving 10 people asleep inside a burning home by pounding on the door. After his heroics, Richard Lucas got back behind the wheel and finished his route. Lucas was driving his Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus in South Buffalo around 6:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed smoke coming from the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    EMT Injured in Ambulance Crash

    EMT Injured in Ambulance Crash
    KEENE – Two people were injured when an ambulance transporting a patient slid off of Route 12 yesterday morning. Police did not say whether anyone was seriously injured, but Keene fire Capt. Ron Leslie said everyone was "up and walking around after the crash." He said they were taken to the hospital for evaluation. The Golden Cross ambulance, based out of ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    A Fire Station's Roll Call Double Take

    A Fire Station's Roll Call Double Take
    WORCESTER — District Chief Geoffrey Gardell gets a little laugh when the Fire Department’s morning roll call is broadcast. His name is announced, then his brother’s — Capt. Timothy Gardell, who is an acting district chief. “I giggle every time I hear it,” Geoffrey said recently, standing outside the Franklin Street Fire Station. For the Gardell brothers, their lives are a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Former Ambulance Turned Into Crime-Fighting Machine

    Former Ambulance Turned Into Crime-Fighting Machine
    ROBESON, PA - Birdsboro and Robeson Township police departments received a shared crime scene vehicle that they hope will help increase efficiency. The 1991 Ford F-350, a former ambulance, was donated by Muhlenberg Township. Birdsboro Chief Theodore R. Roth said their methods of crime scene processing and emergency response were inefficient: Officers would pack whatever equipment they thought they might need ...
    Published about 5 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 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Orlando's Longest-Serving Female Firefighter Retiring

    Orlando's Longest-Serving Female Firefighter Retiring
    Barbara Skees, 57, is retiring from Orange County Fire Rescue this month as the agency's longest-serving female firefighter. Skees will have spent 30 years and one month with the department when she retires Oct. 28. During that time, she's gone from one of a handful of women working in the field to one of many – and inspired her son to ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Firefighter, Policeman Home from Deployment

    Firefighter, Policeman Home from Deployment
    EASTON — Police Patrolmen Anthony Dicarlo and Andrew Salisbury and Firefighter/Paramedic Timothy Vamosi returned from deployments in the Middle East and back on the job last month in their roles as public servants for the town of Easton. Salisbury is a Corporal in the Marine Corps Reserves and spent his second deployment as a military police officer in Iraq providing security ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +10
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    TX Firefighter Fired Over Nude Online Photos

    TX Firefighter Fired Over Nude Online Photos
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Austin firefighter who allegedly posted nude photos of himself online has been fired for conduct unbecoming a member of the department. Fire Chief Mae Kerr on Wednesday put Alejandro Garza on indefinite suspension without pay. A disciplinary memo from Kerr says Garza included information online that identified him as an Austin firefighter. A citizen's complaint in ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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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 5 years ago | Rated: -3
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    A Unique Rescue Situation

    A Unique Rescue Situation
    GRAND ISLAND, NE - With almost 30 classes packed into just three days during the 73rd annual Nebraska State Fire School in Grand Island, there simply wasn't time for every volunteer firefighter to take every course that was offered. That's why volunteer firefighters Aaron Pokorny of Madison and Chad Winkelbauer and Paul Leiting, both of Randolph, gathered at 4 p.m. Saturday ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Camp Kids Witness FF Shocked by Power Lines

    Camp Kids Witness FF Shocked by Power Lines
    ST. CLOUD, FL - An Osceola County firefighter was hurt today at a demonstration for children at a summer camp. The man, whose name was not released, was putting equipment into a ladder truck when he came into contact with part of the apparatus as another firefighter raised the ladder, said Danny McAvoy, Osceola County deputy fire chief. The aluminum ladder ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Sea of Blue Bids Farewell to Fallen Firefighter

    Sea of Blue Bids Farewell to Fallen Firefighter
    REHOBOTH -- Family, friends and colleagues of a Rehoboth firefighter who died of a heart attack responding to a call are paying their final respects. The wake for firefighter Ken Marshall Jr. is scheduled Wednesday at the Foley Hathaway Funeral Home in Attleboro. The funeral is slated Thursday at the Community Covenant Church with a burial at nearby Oak Knoll Cemetery. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    9/11 Street Sign Named For Seven Fallen Firefighters

    9/11 Street Sign Named For Seven Fallen Firefighters
    NEW YORK, NY - Ralph Gullickson never found his firefighter brother's remains after 9/11. All he has is a street sign honoring him - and now a city atheist group wants to take it away. The Manhattan-based NYC Atheists are demanding the city change the name of a Brooklyn block christened "Seven in Heaven Way" in honor of seven area firefighters ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Spontaneous Combustion Kills 110 Cows, Puts Firefighters on Defense

    Spontaneous Combustion Kills 110 Cows, Puts Firefighters on Defense
    WOODSBORO, Md. --The Frederick County Fire Marshal's Office determined the spontaneous combustion of tightly compacted hay bales caused a barn fire Sunday in the 10200 block of Oak Hill Road. Marc McNeal, chief fire marshal at the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, said a worker in the 75- by 400-foot barn was moving some hay bales when a ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Historic 19th Century Church Burned to the Ground by Blaze

    Historic 19th Century Church Burned to the Ground by Blaze
    A fire which destroyed a church in the fenland area of Cambridgeshire is being treated as suspicious. The fire broke out mid-morning at the 19th Century church of St Mary's at Westry on the outskirts of March. Only the external brickwork remains and the building has been deemed structurally unsound. Jan French, a councillor on Fenland District Council who lives nearby, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Recalls Explosion Chaos

    Firefighter Recalls Explosion Chaos
    SACRAMENTO - For five minutes, it was like the hundreds of gas-leak calls before it. Then in a flash of blue, it turned into one of the worst calls in recent Sacramento Fire Department history. In an interview Friday with The Bee, Sacramento firefighter Dave Storck described how a routine call turned into a chaotic scene at an Oak Park home ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'

    Detroit Fire Chief: 'I Haven't Had Anything Like This in 20 Years'
    DETROIT - Detroit firefighters had to battle strong winds, hot and dry conditions, downed power lines and a lack of equipment and manpower at the same time they fought about 85 fires that erupted in four hours Tuesday afternoon. No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, though dozens of homes were destroyed -- including 18 vacant houses, two occupied homes and ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -2