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    Are Pregnant Firefighters Being Discriminated Against?

    Are Pregnant Firefighters Being Discriminated Against?
    WASHINGTON, DC - The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department in recent years has developed a bit of an overtime problem. And part of the solution has created an entirely different problem: angry, pregnant firefighters. The root of the problem is that too many firefighters haven’t been on full-duty status, so their colleagues have been collecting time-and-a-half to fill in, ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Widow Rescues Firefighter Benefits

    Widow Rescues Firefighter Benefits
    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - A young Volusia County widow's quest to close a legal loophole that would protect firefighter death benefits ended happily Friday -- thanks to a timely save from Orange County sheriff's deputies. Kristen Curry had been lobbying -- for two years -- for a bill that would guarantee full death benefits to firefighters who are killed during a ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Firefighter Relives Horrific Fire Scene at Arsonist's Trial

    Firefighter Relives Horrific Fire Scene at Arsonist's Trial
    HARTFORD — - The fire lieutenant who led the initial attack on the ferocious blaze that consumed William Beckerman's 3,200-square-foot West Hartford home last February was the first witness called Wednesday in Beckerman's trial on charges that he set the fire. Lt. Chris Gordon, who retired from the West Hartford Fire Department in July, described being confronted with blinding smoke as ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Special Needs Teen Dies After Jumping from Ambulance Onto Interstate

    Special Needs Teen Dies After Jumping from Ambulance Onto Interstate
    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Family members of a teen killed when he jumped from a moving ambulance said that the death of the autistic 16-year-old on Sunday could have been prevented. For starters, Shelley Hodge didn't want her son, Ryan Emory, released from the William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute in Columbia on Feb. 6. On his discharge papers she wrote: "I, Shelly ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Firefighters Get Preview Of Burn Center They Helped Fund

    Firefighters Get Preview Of Burn Center They Helped Fund
    SACRAMENTO, CA - Dozens of regional firefighters Thursday got a peek at UC Davis' new facility for burn victims – a center they helped get built and a replacement for the facility where some of them were patients themselves. The renamed Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center, which will begin receiving patients in late September, was financed in part by $1 ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Medics Fail to Transport Toddler to Hospital; Leads to First EMS Criminal Investigation

    Medics Fail to Transport Toddler to Hospital; Leads to First EMS Criminal Investigation
    D.C. police have opened a criminal investigation into the death of a 2-year-old girl who was not immediately taken to the hospital by emergency responders. The investigation will be handled by the homicide division's special victims unit, which looks into the death of any child younger than 13. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said investigators would "determine if there's any potential ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    NYC Stops Hiring Firefighters Amid Bias Suit

    NYC Stops Hiring Firefighters Amid Bias Suit
    NEW YORK — City officials on Friday said the Fire Department of New York won't hire any firefighters until a new entry exam is created to replace one a federal judge said discriminated against minorities, which is expected to take at least a year. A federal judge had ordered the city to choose one of five temporary methods for selecting applicants ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire

    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire
    LORTON, Va. - Three people -- two children and an adult -- are dead in Lorton townhouse fire, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tells WTOP. Another three children and an adult were taken to Washington Hospital's Burn Center. Firefighters are still on the scene of the fire in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. "We're still controlling this fire. It did ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Deputy Fire Chief Alleges Sex Discrimination

    Deputy Fire Chief Alleges Sex Discrimination
    HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The top-ranking female member of the High Point Fire Department has accused City Manager Strib Boynton of gender discrimination by denying her a promotion. Deputy Chief Martha Younts told the City Council Monday she filed a grievance with the city against Boynton, arguing that her qualifications, education and experience exceed those of recently-appointed Interim Chief Lee Knight, ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Twisted, Rusted I-Beam Helps Town Remember September 11

    Twisted, Rusted I-Beam Helps Town Remember September 11
    MOUNT LAUREL, PA - Every Sept. 11 since the world changed, the firefighters of Station 362 in Mount Laurel have gathered by their flagpole to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., when the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center. They bow their heads and fold their hands in memory of the 343 firefighters and nearly 2,500 other ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash

    Paramedic Hit by Vehicle While Responding to Highway Crash
    TULSA - A paramedic had to be taken to the hospital herself after being hit by a Jeep while responding to an accident near 51st and Harvard. It happened early Friday morning. It started with an accident in the intersection in which the driver of a car t-boned a minivan. While investigators were attempting to move the car and minivan out ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Chief Scolded by Mayor for Hurtful Staff Meeting

    Chief Scolded by Mayor for Hurtful Staff Meeting
    HOUSTON - On the day that Houston firefighter Jane Draycott returned to Station 54 for the first time after accusing her colleagues of harassment, she was met by the fire chief, his command staff, a psychologist and at least a dozen coworkers for what the chief dubbed a “team building” session. Instead, according to Draycott, it turned into an “insulting” and ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fire Chief Trapped After Trench Wall Collapses

    Fire Chief Trapped After Trench Wall Collapses
    UPDATED CHARLES CITY (AP) — Authorities in Floyd County say the Assistant Charles City Fire Chief needed the help of his department after a trench collapse trapped him up to his armpits in soil. The Charles City Fire Department was called to Assistant Chief David Boehmer's home Monday afternoon. Firefighters say Boehmer was working on a new home on his property ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters

    City Initiates Random Drug Tests On Firefighters
    BOSTON - Unmarked white box trucks arrived without warning outside three Boston firehouses yesterday, as the Fire Department began random drug and alcohol testing, a quiet ending to what had become a bitter and protracted labor dispute. A total of 20 firefighters stepped inside the customized trucks with private bathrooms and running water, submitting to instant-read breathalyzers for alcohol and to ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years

    Rescue Workers Help 603Lb Woman Leave Home for First Time in 3 Years
    BANGKOK (AP) - A 603-pound (274-kilogram) woman believed to be the heaviest in Thailand left her apartment for the first time in three years Thursday with the help of Bangkok city hall and a forklift. Neighbors of 40-year-old Umnuayporn Tongprapai contacted the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority when they learned she needed medical attention to remove a tumor in her right leg. Bangkok's ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Pension Board Calls Former FF A Cheat, Fraud

    Pension Board Calls Former FF A Cheat, Fraud
    TRENTON — The chairman of a state pension board publicly denounced a former Harrison firefighter as a cheat and a fraud Monday for collecting a $2,500-per-month disability pension from New Jersey while working as a full-time firefighter in North Carolina. As Herman Ellis looked on impassively during a hearing in Trenton, the board voted to refer the case to the state ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Racial Epithet Leaves Three Firefighters Out of Work

    Racial Epithet Leaves Three Firefighters Out of Work
    HOUSTON, TX - Houston's acting fire chief has fired three firefighters, saying they were each culpable in an incident where a racial epithet was entered on an EMS report using an ambulance computer terminal. The head of the firefighters union called the firings a "travesty“ and said the department failed to determine who actually was responsible. A spokesman for Acting Fire ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: -1
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    911 Reveals Chaos After Plane Hit IRS Building

    911 Reveals Chaos After Plane Hit IRS Building
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Callers to 911 emergency officials in February told of seeing and hearing a fiery plane crash at an IRS office building in Austin, Texas and described a chaotic scene afterward with people running all around. Some callers were frantic and others remarkably calm in the 911 recordings released Monday by the Austin Police Department. "I'm calling about the ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Volunteer Rescues Man Swept Down Falls

    MADERA, Calif.—A volunteer firefighter is being credited with saving a Georgia man who fell into a creek and plunged down a waterfall while hiking in the Sierra National Forest. Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart says 46-year-old Billy Williams was trying to cross a creek above Corlieu Falls Saturday when he slipped, fell into the creek and plunged down a 30-foot ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    White House Advisor's Wife Killed in D.C. Car Fire

    White House Advisor's Wife Killed in D.C. Car Fire
    WASHINGTON -- Police and fire officials are still investigating an accident in Southeast Monday morning that left a car engulfed in flames, killing a Washington lobbyist, mother and wife of a senior White House advisor. Ashley Westbrook Turton, director of congressional affairs for Progress Energy, Inc. and mother of three young children, died around 5 a.m. Monday morning outside her home ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: -1