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    Off-Duty FF Pulls Man From St. Louis River

    ST. LOUIS — An off-duty firefighter is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a man whose pickup truck veered into St. Louis' River Des Peres. Authorities say firefighter Steve Nienhaus saw the vehicle enter the river Sunday morning, then quickly swam into the water to save the driver who was slumped over inside the truck. St. Louis Fire Department Capt. ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Firefighter Error Led to Tanker Tip

    Firefighter Error Led to Tanker Tip
    ASHLEY, Ind. - It was discovered that the volunteer firefighter driving the Ashley fire tanker that flipped over onto its top last Friday, is partly to blame for the accident. The accident happened during a fire run. The tanker flipped over onto its right side and then onto its back as it turned left onto North Grand Avenue. The crew was ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest

    Firefighters Save One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest
    BANGOR, ME — Capt. John Prentiss, a 23-year Bangor Fire Department veteran, says he hangs out with angels. Those angels are the four medically trained firefighters who worked with him on Sunday and brought him back from the dead. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those four guardian angels,” Prentiss, 55, said Wednesday while sitting in his Dedham ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +11
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    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze

    Young Firefighter Receives Surgery After Fighting Fatal Blaze
    HOMEWOOD, IL - A 21-year-old Homewood firefighter underwent skin-graft surgery Thursday to repair first- and second-degree burns suffered in an extra-alarm fire Tuesday night that claimed the life of a firefighter and an elderly war veteran. Karra Kopas, a part-time firefighter/paramedic and Prairie State College student, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday while recovering in the burn unit at the University ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety

    Statue of Liberty to Get New Staircase for Safety
    NEW YORK — A set of 354 narrow steps spirals all the way up to the Statue of Liberty's crown, and it's the only escape route for tourists in an emergency. On a recent summer day, one tourist put his hands on his knees and gasped for air as a few others funneled down the tightly twisting staircase to the statue's ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 almost 8 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 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    FFs Rescue 5 Navy Parachutists Stuck in Trees

    FFs Rescue 5 Navy Parachutists Stuck in Trees
    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - Virginia Beach fire crews rescued five Navy sailors who got stuck in trees while parachuting near Fort Story. At around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Navy officials say they were conducting a routine parachute training exercise. The Navy would not allow media on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story where the accident happened, but Navy officials ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Cleveland Firefighters Take TUFF Titles

    Cleveland Firefighters Take TUFF Titles
    CLEVELAND - Cleveland firefighters brought home three titles from the Tennessee Ultimate Firefighter (TUFF) competition held recently at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Bell Buckle. Sixteen firefighters from the Cleveland Fire Department competed in the event to benefit the Tennessee Fallen Firefighters Memorial. “I am proud that Cleveland firefighters compete in this event each year,” stated Chief Chuck Atchley. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    No Rest for Weary Firefighters, Paramedics

    No Rest for Weary Firefighters, Paramedics
    LANCASTER, OH - As the lights in Lancaster homes are turned off, children are tucked in and adults end their busy days, most people recognize the quiet and calm of nighttime. Members of the Lancaster Fire Department, however, know that peace can be fleeting. On many nights, medics will respond to calls throughout the entire evening. The most unpleasant nights, they ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide

    22 Injured After D.C. Fire Truck, Metro Bus Collide
    WASHINGTON - A D.C. fire engine crashed into a Metro bus in Northwest D.C. Wednesday, injuring 22 people - including four firefighters. The fire truck was on its way to help a pedestrian who had been hit by a car on 13th Street and Madison Street, when it struck the Metro bus on 14th Street just after 10:15 a.m. Eighteen people ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Are an Asset Worth Saving

    Firefighters Are an Asset Worth Saving
    TULSA - The differences in how the police and firefighter budget negotiations played out in recent weeks could not be more stark. While firefighters and their leaders appeared open all along to working out a compromise beneficial to all, the police union leaders seemed hell-bent on getting their way, no matter the cost. By the weekend deadline, firefighters by an overwhelming ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +5
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    CFD Sends 700 Holiday Packages to Soldiers Overseas

    CFD Sends 700 Holiday Packages to Soldiers Overseas
    CHICAGO (WLS) - The Chicago Fire Department loaded up 700 packages to be sent to U.S. troops overseas for the holidays Monday. Firefighters and paramedics dug into their own pockets and raised money to buy products for U.S. troops. Firefighter LeeAnn McKay who organizes the holiday packages says the troops are very grateful. "The military just loves it. They're just so ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'

    Doctor Rescued from Blaze Thanks 'Heroes'
    SAN RAMON — Thanks to the bravery of eight San Ramon Valley firefighters, Dr. Robert Litman is alive and seeing patients again. The immunology and allergy specialist thanked the crew Wednesday night for rescuing him from his blazing Blackhawk home the night of June 22 — the same blaze that killed Litman's 19-year-old son. "Instead of being a second victim, I ...
    Published almost 8 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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Firefighter Creates System to Save Pets from Home Fires

    For years, Firefighter Rick Rickerson has been plagued by a problem. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, each year in the United States, approximately 500,000 pets are affected by home fires; and according to the Live Safe Foundation, around 40,000 of those pets die every year. Unfortunately, Rickerson has been witness to this fact more than most people. As a ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rate This
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    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness

    New Challenge Tests Firefighters' Fitness
    MARLBORO, MA — The Marlboro Fire Department hosted the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge Friday and Saturday at Solomon Pond Mall on the Berlin-Marlboro line, attracting several thousand onlookers and participants. Thirty-eight teams from all over New England and Canada competed in what organizers call “the toughest two minutes in sports.” The challenge includes five major obstacles: climbing a five-story tower carrying ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 about 8 years ago | Rate This