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    Summit Fire: Look at Rebuilding 3 Years Later

    Summit Fire: Look at Rebuilding 3 Years Later
    SUMMIT -- Fire has a rich, and devastating, history all its own. The Summit Fire ripped through more than 4,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains three years ago, on May 22, 2008, destroying 34 homes and 82 "outbuildings" and more than 160 vehicles. Lasting five days, it also destroyed residents' treasured possessions, animals and so many other things. Three years ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Police: $800 Robbery Preceded Slayings, Fire

    Police: $800 Robbery Preceded Slayings, Fire
    MILWAUKEE — Two felons were charged Thursday with homicide and arson in the deaths of a mother, her two young children and a woman who also was the men's alleged accomplice in a case that began with an $800 robbery. Desmond Laster, 21, and Anthony Edward Barnes, 23, of Milwaukee, face four counts each of first-degree intentional homicide and arson. They ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze

    FF Injured by Electric Saw While Fighting Blaze
    CHESTERFIELD, NJ — A firefighter suffered a severe arm laceration from an electric saw while helping battle a three-alarm blaze at the site of the township’s new elementary school yesterday. He was in guarded condition late last night waiting to go into the operating room in Capital Health Regional’s trauma unit in Trenton. The volunteer for Chesterfield Fire Company was not ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -5
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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 3 years ago | Rated: -1
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    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding

    City Worries Over Paramedic Funding
    SHOREWOOD — Municipal leaders throughout Milwaukee County voiced fears Monday that they would soon be saddled with paying the full cost of paramedic services, either through restructuring county government or through county budget cuts. County Executive Scott Walker later sought to put those fears to rest, vowing to oppose any move that would leave cities and villages without paramedic funding. "You'd ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Paramedic Attacked By 9-Year-Old Boy

    AUSTRALIA - UNION officials say they are struggling to find new ways to prevent assaults on ambulance officers following a weekend attack on a female paramedic by a nine-year-old boy. A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman confirmed the paramedic suffered a cut to the head after being kicked by the child while attempting to treat a 21-year-old with a broken foot ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Accused of Time Theft Resignes

    Firefighter Accused of Time Theft Resignes
    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A veteran Rockford firefighter accused of stealing more than $15,000 from the department by falsifying time sheets has resigned. Rockford fire lieutenant Brian Watkins stepped down Saturday during a hearing to decide whether he would keep his job. He'd been with the department for nearly 20 years. [widget:flywheel_links] Watkins told supporters at the Rockford Board of Fire ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Texas Wildfires Image Gallery

    Since April 6, dozens of massive wildfires have scorched over 1 million acres in Texas. Warm temperatures, dry vegetation, and low humidity are contributing to the hazardous fire conditions. Riveting images of burning acreage, air reinforcements, and heroic search and rescue operations continue to pour in. Check back for updated photos of firefighters doing what they do best! Next → ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter, Policeman Home from Deployment

    Firefighter, Policeman Home from Deployment
    EASTON — Police Patrolmen Anthony Dicarlo and Andrew Salisbury and Firefighter/Paramedic Timothy Vamosi returned from deployments in the Middle East and back on the job last month in their roles as public servants for the town of Easton. Salisbury is a Corporal in the Marine Corps Reserves and spent his second deployment as a military police officer in Iraq providing security ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +10
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    Ex-Firefighter On Trial For Fraud Charges

    BOSTON - Federal prosecutors trying an ex-Boston firefighter on fraud charges this week plan to graphically chart what they say was the jake’s robust, healthy lifestyle of playing baseball and competing in bodybuilding contests while he was being paid to sit home with a bad back. Albert Arroyo, 49, of Roslindale is accused of applying for tax-free accidental-disability retirement benefits for ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud

    Fatal Refinery Fire Blamed on Vapor Cloud
    ANACORTES, WA - The deadliest refinery accident since 2005 was described Monday as “more of a fireball than an explosion” but is not yet prompting a federally requested shutdown of the plant. A vapor cloud of hydrocarbons ignited within seconds, killing or burning seven Tesoro employees who were working about 50 feet from a unit used to make high-octane fuel, said ...
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    Water Gun Fight Prompts Hazmat Response

    WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) - What started out as an innocent squirt gun fight between children turned into a potentially dangerous situation for a Woonsocket neighborhood. Firefighters on Sunday responded to reports of a strong smell of ammonia in the basement of a Grove Street home. Investigators told WPRI-TV they found a smoking 7-gallon barrel of sodium hydroxide, prompting a hazardous materials ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighter Caught in Drug Raid; Arrested

    Firefighter Caught in Drug Raid; Arrested
    QUINCY — A Quincy firefighter is on leave after being arrested in a Braintree drug raid. It’s the second time Patrick J. Ryan, 45, has been disciplined for facing criminal charges. Ryan has been a city firefighter since 1995. He is charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws. Police raided a house on East Division Street in Braintree Saturday that they ...
    Published almost 4 years ago | Rated: -7
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    Man Spots House Fire, Alerts Sleeping Family in Time

    Something seemed strange about the roaring house fire that Jeffrey Dancy encountered Tuesday morning while making his extermination rounds in south Columbus. Flames spilled out from the roof and a plume of smoke hovered over the Commander Drive residence. But no one -- including the family inside -- seemed to have noticed the blaze, which had engulfed about half of the ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion

    Garage Fire Sets Off Ammunition Explosion
    DENVER - Carburetor trouble in a 1988 Maserati set off a fire and an ammunition explosion in the garage of a Denver home Sunday morning, according to the Denver Fire Department. Venita Wood, 72, started the Maserati in the garage and walked about 20 feet back into her house when she heard an explosion. "I came out, and there was fire ...
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    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run

    20-Year Veteran Stuck by Car in Hit-and-Run
    BOSTON - A 20-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident after responding to a medical call in Roxbury late this morning, the fire department said. Firefighters were putting gear back on the truck parked in front of 36 Edgewood St. at around 11:54 a.m. when a maroon Dodge Durango hit the firefighter, ...
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    Arizona Wildfire Grows to 10,000 Acres

    Arizona Wildfire Grows to 10,000 Acres
    A wildfire near scenic Parker Canyon Lake has grown to more than 10,000 acres. The lake and a campground there have been closed to the public. The human-caused blaze -- called the Arlene Fire -- started Monday morning and is spreading quickly in dry grass and brush southeast of Sonoita, said Marylee Peterson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service. The ...
    Published over 3 years ago | Rate This
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    Retired Firefighters Ordered To Repay Pensions

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Two pension funds must collect $76 million in overpayments that went to retired Minneapolis police officers, firefighters and their survivors. A judge has ordered two Minneapolis pension funds to recover about $76 million in overpayments to retired police and firefighters or their spouses. Under the order, the 860 retired police officers or their survivors must repay the city ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Wildfire Sparks Change In Fire Screw Response Tactics

    Wildfire Sparks Change In Fire Screw Response Tactics
    HORRY COUNTY, SC - Garry Alderman was heading onto an overpass at S.C. 31 en route to a fire call a year ago this week when he spotted embers flying overhead, "like fireflies." The Horry County Fire Rescue chief knew then that this was no routine emergency response. The blaze racing toward S.C. 22 would eventually be labeled the most destructive ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This

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