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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 about 8 years ago | Rate This
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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 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts

    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts
    SAN JOSE - The San Jose Fire Department is set to close the Communications Hill Fire Station on Aug. 1 and make Station 30 on Auzerais Avenue a "posting station," fire leaders said. The moves are part of a new program to spread firefighters more efficiently throughout the city. Because of city budget cuts and stalled union negotiations, the department is ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    339 Sticks Of Dynamite Found Near GA Wildfire

    339 Sticks Of Dynamite Found Near GA Wildfire
    WAYCROSS, Ga. -- Firefighters battling a wildfire in south Georgia discovered 339 sticks of dynamite, and a U.S. Army bomb squad was called to detonate the explosives. The dynamite was found Monday in a bunker-like structure at Okefenokee Swamp Park about eight miles south of Waycross, Ga. Park manager Martin Bell said it was left over from the construction of the ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Chicago's Finest Faces Off Against Chicago's Bravest for Good Cause

    Chicago's Finest Faces Off Against Chicago's Bravest for Good Cause
    CHICAGO - The 11th Annual Chicago's Finest vs Chicago's Bravest Charity Baseball Game will be held Saturday August 21st 11:30am at U.S. Cellular Field. This game honors Fallen Officers & Firefighters and all proceeds go to The CPD Memorial and Gold Badge Families. Pre-sold tickets are $5.00 and $10.00 at the park. Families will be entertained by Bagpipes, K-9, Mounted Unit, ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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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 about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 over 7 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 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region

    Flood Effects Felt Across the Region
    BRISTOL - "We'll add that to the list." That was pretty much the phrase for the day among emergency personnel throughout the region Tuesday as they struggled to run from one water emergency to another. "Three feet of water in the basement," a Norton dispatcher announced over the police scanner. "Need more pumps here," an Attleboro firefighter reported to headquarters. "We'll ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    50 Firefighters Suspended Over Fake Medical Training

    50 Firefighters Suspended Over Fake Medical Training
    BOSTON - The Boston Fire Department suspended 54 firefighters yesterday who were among more than 200 EMTs who state investigators say faked medical training certifications in a fraudulent scheme that came to light last year. While many private ambulance companies planned to fire emergency medical technicians named in the state public health investigation, the Boston Fire Department began its own yearlong ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 8 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 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Father Who Was Set on Fire Dies; Son Charged With Murder

    TAMPA - Ronald W. Harris Sr., the victim burned by his son Ronald Harris Jr., has succumbed to his injuries. Harris died shortly before 6 p.m., Monday. Harris Jr., is now charged with first degree murder and arson. He is scheduled for his first appearance in court today at 1 p.m. As reported Monday by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, at ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Former Battalion Chief Linked to High-Stakes Firehouse Betting Ring

    Former Battalion Chief Linked to High-Stakes Firehouse Betting Ring
    SAN FRANCISCO - A former South San Francisco firefighter has been charged with running a high-stakes sports betting ring, using city phones to wager an average of $500 a week and soliciting colleagues to participate, authorities said. James Anthony Selvitella Jr., 52, a onetime battalion chief, was charged with conspiracy and bookmaking in San Mateo County Superior Court along with four ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life

    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life
    NEW YORK - Three firefighters and a cop plunged into the roiling East River yesterday to rescue a suicidal man who jumped from an East Harlem pier as well as two men who tried desperately to save him, authorities said. The drama on Pier 107 began at about 12:15 p.m. when Richard Karin, 60, who had been drinking, leaped in, sources ...
    Published about 8 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 8 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Highest Ranking 9/11 Survivor Recounts that Fateful Day

    JOHNSTOWN — Richard Picciotto, the highest ranking firefighter to survive the collapse of the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, spoke Thursday night in Richland Township about how the events that day brought America closer together. Picciotto spoke to about 400 people during a fundraising dinner at Pitt-Johns-town for the benefit of the Richland Township Fire Department ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Responder Feels Lucky to Have Escaped With Life

    Responder Feels Lucky to Have Escaped With Life
    NEW KENSINGTON, PA - City firefighter John Shirey was searching for a fire Saturday night but instead, it found him. When he finally felt the fire that he and the other two members of his hose team, brothers Vince and Garrett Sekanick, were looking for inside 425 Ridge Ave., he didn't care about seeing it. "I was on the nozzle and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This