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    Smoker with Oxygen Tank Killed in House Fire

    A man who smoked despite relying on oxygen was killed and his wife was injured in a fire that ripped through a ground-floor garden apartment in Camden County late Tuesday, officials and neighbors said. The man, who was confined to his bed, was smoking when the fire started in a bedroom at the Bellmawr Manor complex on Kings Highway in Bellmawr, ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Fatal Philly Fire Sparks 'Brownout' Policy Questions

    PHILADELPHIA - A 12-year-old autistic child who died in a West Philadelphia rowhouse fire Saturday night might still be alive if not for a recent city policy of temporarily shutting firehouses to save money, the head of the firefighters union and community members said Sunday. "This is just a Russian roulette game, and now a kid is dead," said Bill Gault, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages

    Laid Off Firefighter Takes to the Streets to Earn Wages
    GARY, Ind. — A furloughed Gary firefighter has turned to panhandling to support his family. Gary Pickering is one of 34 firefighters the city laid off last week. The 34-year-old married father of four man has been wearing his turnout gear while he solicits donations from passersby in downtown Gary. He tells The Times of Munster that he receives only $350 ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Does Seattle Firefighter Deserve $12.75 Million?

    Does Seattle Firefighter Deserve $12.75 Million?
    KING COUNTY, WA - A King County judge said Friday that the "mental picture" she envisioned of a Seattle firefighter awarded $12.75 million for injuries he suffered in an on-duty fall didn't square with secretly shot video later showing him chopping wood and performing other activities. But Superior Court Judge Susan Craighead also sharply questioned a request by attorneys for the ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    Firefighter Gets Lowered Into Well to Rescue Fallen 6 Year-Old Boy

    SHREWSBURY, MA - A 6-year-old Shrewsbury boy escaped with only cuts and scrapes over the weekend after he fell 20 feet into an abandoned well behind his house, firefighters said. The boy, who had just moved with his family to a house on Barrows Road a few days earlier, found the well Saturday afternoon while exploring his new home with friends, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty

    Firefighters Accused of Drinking, Partying on Duty
    SPRING HILL, FL — Spring Hill Fire Rescue Chief Mike Rampino said Thursday that he's looking into allegations that on-duty firefighters attended parties where alcohol was served earlier this year and that intoxicated women were allowed on fire station property. The allegations were made at Wednesday's district fire board meeting by Ridge Manor resident Rob Rogoski, who presented commissioners with about ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -3
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    New Hires Could Be Seeing Smaller Paychecks

    New Hires Could Be Seeing Smaller Paychecks
    SAN CARLOS, CA - Four of five San Carlos City Council members said this week they are open to dropping the pay of new firefighters by as much as 10 percent to increase the city's savings when it forms a new fire department in October. If the council decides at its Monday meeting to pay new firefighters that much less than ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Firefighters Dismantle Police Car to Rescue Trapped Kitten

    Firefighters Dismantle Police Car to Rescue Trapped Kitten
    VIENNA — This little kitty went home — but only after Vienna police and firefighters partially dismantled a police car to find it. The naughty feline first woke residents of a Vienna neighborhood with its desperate meowing, then kept police and firefighters busy for much of the night. She was found under the hood of a car but eluded her rescuers' ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    BFD Launches Probe Into Largest Fire in 25 Years

    BFD Launches Probe Into Largest Fire in 25 Years
    BOSTON - The owner of a vacant Roxbury warehouse that burned to rubble in a nine-alarm inferno Saturday night said yesterday that he walked away from his business three years ago because concrete chunks from the towerlike building next door kept raining down on his property and Boston authorities were unable for the past decade to get its owners to fix ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    EMTs Help Deliver Baby on NYC Subway Platform

    EMTs Help Deliver Baby on NYC Subway Platform
    NEW YORK — An FDNY lieutenant and two EMTs delivered a baby on July 23 in an unlikely spot, the 4/5 subway train platform at Bowling Green in Manhattan. "It was a great experience it was amazing to see another human life to come into the world," said EMT Tom Loggin from Station 4. He and his partner, EMT Jerry Chatelain, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Some MD Firefighters to Get a Raise

    ROCKVILLE, Md. - Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has agreed to cut firefighter physical fitness costs from the budget in order to give some emergency workers a pay raise. [widget:news__wtop] Leggett and the Montgomery County firefighters' union recently formed an agreement to drop random drug and alcohol testing and eliminate the department's physiologist position for two years to fund special pay ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter's Widow Gets Millions in Settlement

    Firefighter's Widow Gets Millions in Settlement
    SAN PABLO -- The widow of one of two Contra Costa County firefighters who died in a 2007 house fire will receive $4.6 million to settle her wrongful-death lawsuit against two security companies she blamed for mishandling the initial report of the blaze. The fire at 149 Michele Drive in San Pablo killed fire Engineer Scott Desmond, 37, of Brentwood and ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +5
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    Safety, Diversity is Top of Mind for New HFD Chief

    Safety, Diversity is Top of Mind for New HFD Chief
    HOUSTON, TX - Terry Garrison, a tall man with an almost constant grin, is an experienced and well-educated administrator whose management style draws on openness and inclusiveness, say fire and police officials who have worked with him. On Wednesday, Mayor Annise Parker presented Garrison, 52, who until Monday was interim chief of the obscure Daisy Mountain Fire District outside of Phoenix, ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    FD Seeks Answers to Dangers Faced in Industrial Blaze

    While investigators continue to search for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a Harborcreek Township biofuels plant over the weekend, firefighters who answered the call say they want to know what hazards they came in contact with while dousing the flames. Fairfield Hose Co. Fire Chief Jim Hawryliw said he will meet with other fire chiefs, county and local ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    FL County Adds 37 New Firefighters

    FL County Adds 37 New Firefighters
    BREVARD COUNTY, FL - Brevard County Fire-Rescue has boosted its force with the swearing-in of 37 new firefighters. Firefighters received their badges and were sworn in during a ceremony at the Brevard County Government Center Commission Chambers in Viera. Each new firefighter successfully completed an 8-week orientation class where they were evaluated with both written and hands-on evaluation to ensure proficiency ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: +2
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    BLM Offering Reward for Information on Laguna Fire

    Yuma, Ariz. -- After determining the 751 acre Laguna fire to be human caused, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is offering a $10,000 reward to the public for information that leads to a conviction. "Right now, it's under investigation to determine who started it and whether it was accidental or intentional," BLM information officer Pamela Mathis said Monday. "But regardless ...
    Published about 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighting and MMA: The Perfect Combo?

    Firefighting and MMA: The Perfect Combo?
    Chris Lytle is one of a few Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans who still keeps his day job. Technically, it's a day/night job. He's a firefighter in Indianapolis. Between his job, a busy fight schedule in UFC and his four kids, he has little time for anything else. He admits he doesn't have other hobbies and says his many fight-night bonuses have ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Soldier Investigated For Shooting FF With Pellet Gun

    Soldier Investigated For Shooting FF With Pellet Gun
    FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Fort Wainwright soldier is being investigated for shooting at a firefighter with a pellet gun. Four soldiers reportedly pulled up in a vehicle alongside the firefighter, who was running near a road on the post last week, and fired the gun. A manager with the Bureau of Land Management's Alaska Fire Service said the firefighter was hit by ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit

    NJ Firefighters, Police Taking a Hit
    CAMDEN, NJ - When Camden announced last week that it could lay off nearly half of its police officers and a third of its firefighters next month, the news was surprising only in its scope. After years of cutting in other areas of government and trimming police and fire departments through attrition, cities throughout New Jersey recently have announced a striking ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This

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