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    Firefighters' Jobs Spared; Others Not So Lucky

    Firefighters' Jobs Spared; Others Not So Lucky
    PHOENIX - It started with months of debate over firefighter layoffs, the fear of lengthier response times and the potential for tragedy. In the end, the Phoenix Fire Department avoided losing any first-responder jobs. The budget process began late last year when the Fire Department anticipated cutting as much as $25.8 million, or 144 firefighter positions. The proposal would have eliminated ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    650 Dallas Classrooms Failed to Have Fire Alarms Installed

    650 Dallas Classrooms Failed to Have Fire Alarms Installed
    DALLAS - Dallas ISD has failed to install fire alarms in hundreds of portable buildings across the district, violating fire codes and leaving students without the built-in protection of blaring alerts that signal a blaze on campus. Portable buildings at Kleberg Elementary in Rylie are among the many at southern Dallas schools that are not connected to the main building's fire ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    9-1-1 Dispatcher Suspended Over April Fool's Prank

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 911 dispatcher in Missoula who broadcast a false report of an explosion as an April Fool's Day prank will be suspended for one week but will not be prosecuted. Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Thursday it would be "extremely difficult" to establish criminal intent in the case. The request for an emergency response came ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Dog Wakes Owner During Fire at FL Home

    CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- A dog reportedly woke up his owner during a fire at a Panhandle home. Fire officials say the blaze started just outside the Crestview house early Saturday morning and spread up the wall and into the attic. The home's owner, an Okaloosa County deputy, told authorities that his boxer woke him. He then looked out a window and ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains

    City Approves $2.5M Payout to Two CA Fire Captains
    LOS ANGELES - The costs of a 2004 firehouse incident in which a black firefighter was fed dog food continues to ripple through a Los Angeles city budget already battered by recession. The City Council approved the payment Friday of $2.5 million to two white fire captains, who won a court case alleging that the department racially discriminated against them in ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat

    NY Fire Chief and Firefighter Busted in Pedestrian Gun Threat
    NEW YORK - A Long Island town's fire chief and a New York City firefighter were arrested Tuesday for brandishing guns while threatening a pedestrian, officials said. Michael Charles, the Hempstead fire chief, held a handgun on his hip while Brian Schuck, an eight-year-FDNY veteran, toted a shotgun when they harassed a man walking down a Hempstead street Sunday afternoon, Nassau ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Off-Duty Coroners Save Choking Boy at Eatery

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Two off-duty deputy coroners in central Pennsylvania showed they're pretty good with living patients too. Centre County deputy coroners Judy Pleskonko and Debra Smeal — still wearing their scrubs — were having dinner at a steakhouse Wednesday when a 15-year-old boy near them started choking on a piece of meat. Pleskonko performed the Heimlich maneuver on the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    A Dozen Milwaukee Firefighters Hurt Battling 4-Alarm Fire

    A Dozen Milwaukee Firefighters Hurt Battling 4-Alarm Fire
    MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — About a dozen firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm fire on Milwaukee's south side Friday night. The fire was first reported at 7:41 p.m. in the attic of a vacant house in the 2400 block of S. 8th St., but spread to a house to the north and quickly escalated. The vacant house was destroyed, and 12 ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery

    FFs Injured In Well Accident Expected to Make Full Recovery
    MUNCIE -- Seven days after the critically injured Brian Buck arrived at Ball Memorial Hospital in an ambulance, he left Wednesday in good spirits in a Liberty Township fire truck. Buck was one of two Liberty Township firefighters injured in a well accident that killed an Anderson plumber and critically injured the plumber's 19-year-old assistant. Buck's colleague, Rick Compton Sr., was ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Man Pleads Not Guilty to Topless Coffee Shop Fire

    AUGUSTA, Maine — A 49-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of arson for allegedly setting fire to a topless coffee shop in central Maine. Raymond Bellavance Jr., of Augusta, entered his pleas Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court. Bellavance is accused of setting fire to the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop in Vassalboro in the early morning hours ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Carbon Monoxide Kills 1, Injures 3 Paramedics

    Carbon Monoxide Kills 1, Injures 3 Paramedics
    One person died and six more were injured from a carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday morning at a home west of Boca Raton where a car in the attached garage was left running for hours. The injured include three paramedics. According to Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue, an elderly couple woke up around 3:30 a.m. feeling ill and called their health care ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Arbitrator Defends Pay Raise For Boston Firefighters

    Arbitrator Defends Pay Raise For Boston Firefighters
    A representative for the city in contentious firefighter contract talks accused an arbitrator of pulling an 11th hour “about-face” in awarding raises - a claim the union angrily rejected last night. Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella, a member of the team that was negotiating a deal between Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Firefighters Local 718, fired off a harshly worded letter ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF

    Training Turns Into Real Life Rescue for Veteran FF
    LOUISA, KY - A Kentucky firefighter is recovering in the hospital after he was swept under water during a fire school training Sunday afternoon. Mark Hammond, Regional Training Coordinator for Kentucky Fire Commission, said it happened at about 1:30 p.m. Hammond said the Northeast Kentucky Fire School was conducting a swift water rescue training at Yatesville Lake in Louisa. The firefighter ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    NY Bus Driver Saves Ten From Burning Home

    NY Bus Driver Saves Ten From Burning Home
    BUFFALO, N.Y. — A transit bus driver is being credited for saving 10 people asleep inside a burning home by pounding on the door. After his heroics, Richard Lucas got back behind the wheel and finished his route. Lucas was driving his Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority bus in South Buffalo around 6:30 a.m. Monday when he noticed smoke coming from the ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Firefighters, Cops Boost Donations to the Troops

    FAIRFIELD, CT -- Maureen Janda was waiting until the collection box in the lobby at Fairfield police headquarters was full to make a delivery to Give2TheTroops. About a week and a half ago, Janda, secretary to the deputy chief, walked in and saw that the box not only was full, but overflowing. Turns out that Fairfield firefighters had done some shopping ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rate This
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    FFs Respond to 9-Alarm Call; Biggest Blaze Seen In Recent Years

    FFs Respond to 9-Alarm Call; Biggest Blaze Seen In Recent Years
    BOSTON - Residents heard the fire alarms just before 2 p.m., but thought little of them as they made their way down the stairs of their 10-story condominium building in the Back Bay. But the alarm turned out to be the largest firefighting operation the city has seen in recent years — flames roared out the seventh-floor windows, and smoke billowed ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Fire Crews Extinguish Blaze at UK Nuclear Weapons Base

    London, England - Fire crews have extinguished a fire at a nuclear weapons base west of London, the British Ministry of Defence said Wednesday. The fire broke out late Tuesday in "a building within the conventional non-nuclear explosives area" of Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, Berkshire, about 45 miles west of the British capital, the Ministry of Defence said. The base ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rate This
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    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires

    FAA Slow to Act on Cockpit Fires
    WASHINGTON — Federal aviation officials have known for years that cockpit window heaters in some Boeing planes catch fire. But they haven't required airlines to fix the problem, even after dozens of incidents that unnerved pilots and, in many cases, forced emergency landings. Pilots have complained about heaters that burned, smoldered or sent electric currents dancing across cockpit windows since at ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Students Escape Bus that Ignited on LA Freeway

    Students Escape Bus that Ignited on LA Freeway
    LOS ANGELES — Motorists jumped from vehicles to kick open doors and help about two dozen third-graders out of a blazing school bus that had stalled on a busy freeway Wednesday near Universal Studios Hollywood, authorities and witnesses said. Two children complained of minor smoke inhalation and were examined by paramedics, but the driver and other youngsters were not injured. The ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    CA Ghost Has Firefighters On Alert

    CA Ghost Has Firefighters On Alert
    BANGOR, CA -- Firefighters are a pragmatic group who learn to assess a situation objectively and make reasoned decisions based on training and judgment. So discussions of the supernatural aren't usually part of their working world, except at Butte County Fire Station 55 in Bangor. Sitting on the northern edge of what was a Gold Rush boomtown, the Bangor Fire Station ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1

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