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    Eight Injured in Ambulance Collision

    ANNAPOLIS, MD - Eight people were sent to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries after a car and an ambulance transporting a patient collided in Annapolis, a fire department spokesman said. The crash occurred around 7 p.m. at the intersection of northbound Route 2 and the westbound off-ramp of U.S. 50, near Anne Arundel Medical Center, said Battalion Chief Steve Thompson with ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    9/11 First Responder Stole More Than $1 Million

    9/11 First Responder Stole More Than $1 Million
    NEW YORK - A 9/11 hero-turned-tax-cheat pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $1.3 million in business taxes from the government. Ex-firefighter Thomas Casatelli, who runs The Kettle Black in Bay Ridge, admitted to swindling the city and state out of five years worth of taxes by filing false returns and paying most of his employees off-the-books. He will serve 90 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -3
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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 about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion

    Empty Ferry Ablaze in Baltic Sea After Explosion
    BERLIN — A 650-foot ferry was ablaze in the Baltic Sea on Saturday after an explosion on the upper deck, officials said. Firefighting ships stopped spraying the vessel, fearing that it would capsize and spill around 170 tons of fuel. There were 204 passengers and 32 crew members who were rescued by six ships that moved in to help after the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FDNY Far Behind In Racial, Gender Diversity

    FDNY Far Behind In Racial, Gender Diversity
    The debate over diversity in the FDNY has focused on one statistic - 91% of the Bravest are white. But in the shadow of the legal battle to bring more blacks and Hispanics into the department lurks another number: 31. That's how many female firefighters are employed by the FDNY, the nation's largest department with about 11,500 members, records show. It's ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Cops, Firefighters Protest Pension Changes at Political Fundraiser

    BALTIMORE - Holding signs that said "City Hall Has Turned Their Backs on Police and Firefighters," about two dozen police and firefighters union members protested the City Council's passage of a pension bill that took effect Thursday. The union members wore shirts saying, "We Protect You. Help Protect Us," and yelled as local city and business leaders entered a fundraising event ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters

    Students Put Their Talents To Work for Local Firefighters
    APPLETON — The Madison Middle School woodshop has been humming lately with the sound of saws, sanders and drills as 50 seventh- and eighth-graders learning the craft of woodworking turned out toy sailboats and puzzles. But the boys and girls kicking up all that sawdust in summer school have also tackled a much bigger project — two picnic tables bound for ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Huge Gas Line Explosion Destroys CA Neighborhood

    Huge Gas Line Explosion Destroys CA Neighborhood
    SAN BRUNO, CA -- With a thunderous roar heard for miles, a natural gas line explosion ripped through a San Bruno neighborhood Thursday evening, sending up a geyser of fire that killed at least one person and injured more than 20 others, and igniting a blaze that destroyed 53 homes and damaged 120 more, authorities said. The wind-whipped blaze leaped from ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Guns and Hoses: Police, Fire Compete for a Good Cause

    Guns and Hoses: Police, Fire Compete for a Good Cause
    LEXINGTON, KY - Lexington police officer Jackie Newman is supposed to keep the peace. But she couldn't help but stir up a little trouble when it came to picking out a T-shirt to wear to Sunday's sixth annual charity softball game between Lexington police and fire departments. "God made police so firemen would have heroes," read the officer's specially made T-shirt. ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Transgendered Widow of FF Regrets Springer Appearance

    Transgendered Widow of FF Regrets Springer Appearance
    WHATRON, TX - The transgender widow at the center of a court battle focusing on her late firefighter husband's estate apologized Tuesday for her appearance on a tabloid talk show 15 years ago during which she surprised a man who once kissed her with the news that she was born a boy. Nikki Araguz, 35, expressed deep regret for not telling ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Son of Fallen FF Helps Spur Changes in FD

    Son of Fallen FF Helps Spur Changes in FD
    WASHINGTON, DC - Thirteen years after firefighter John Carter perished in a Northwest Washington blaze, ravaging both a family and a fire department, Carter's son was in a D.C. fire station on Wednesday, shaking hands with his father's former colleagues. It took Brian Carter more than a decade before he felt ready to speak publicly about his father's death. He was ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    FF Badly Burned When Antique Fire Engine Catches Fire

    SHERMAN COUNTY, OR - A Sherman County firefighter was badly burned as he tried to fix an antique fire engine earlier this week, the South Sherman Fire District reported. Josh Higgins was helping fellow firefighters move the engine from a fire substation in Kent to the main station in Grass Valley, where it was to be restored, said Assistant Chief Glenn ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Teamwork Being Honored Among Department

    Teamwork Being Honored Among Department
    ROTONDA, FL - Englewood firefighter Derek Kemerer's confidence has risen sharply after emerging from a training exercise that put his life in danger. His performance, and that of his teammates, earned special recognition from the Englewood Area Fire Control District Wednesday. The exercise, called a "confidence test," occurred June 3 at the conclusion of a 48-hour Confined Space Rescue Class. Kemerer, ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FFs Overcome Winter Hardships to Save House from Fire

    FFs Overcome Winter Hardships to Save House from Fire
    HARDYSTON — Ice, snow and a lack of water did not deter local firefighters from putting out a house fire on the shores of Beaver Lake Wednesday night. The first two fire trucks were stuck on icy private roads leading up to the single-story house, so firefighters hauled hoses some 300 yards through snowdrifts to the blaze, according to Frank Lacatena, ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +4
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    NHTSA Investigates Jeep Gas Tank Fire Risks

    NHTSA Investigates Jeep Gas Tank Fire Risks
    The National Highway Traffic Safety administration has opened a preliminary investigation of about 3 million 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees after a petition from safety advocacy group Center for Auto Safety. The CAS alleges in its petition that the placement of the Jeep's plastic gas tank behind the rear axle and below the rear bumper make it a fire risk in a ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Grass Fire Consumes 5,000 Acres

    Grass Fire Consumes 5,000 Acres
    Clovis, N.M. -- A grass fire east of Melrose Tuesday burned about 5,000 acres before firefighters were able to gain control of it. Clovis Fire Chief Ray Westerman said after about three hours, fire crews were able to stop the fire that started about 11 a.m. east of Melrose along U.S. 60/84. Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said there were no injuries, ...
    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 over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Fake Firefighter Put On Three-Year Probation

    LITTLE VALLEY — An Olean man Monday was placed on probation for three years for impersonating a firefighter during an arson blaze that destroyed the abandoned Fancher Furniture Co. factory in Salamanca last May 7. Bradley M. Thomas, 31, was sentenced by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on the misdemeanor criminal impersonation charge. Thomas arrived on the scene of the fire ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Off-Duty FDNY Rescue Man During Gym Workout

    Off-Duty FDNY Rescue Man During Gym Workout
    STATEN ISLAND - He's lucky to be alive. A man who collapsed at a Staten Island health club was saved when an off-duty firefighter, off-duty EMT and a retired FDNY lieutenant all pitched in and came to the rescue. FDNY Firefighter Ken Labarbera, EMT James Manti and retired Lt. Fred Capetta were exercising at the New York Sports Club on the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +4

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