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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 about 8 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 almost 8 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 about 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Paramedic Hit By Own Stolen Car While Treating Patient

    MERSEYSIDE, UK - Police on Merseyside are trying to find a thief who took a paramedic's car while he was treating a patient, and then drove at him. The paramedic had been called to an accident at the junction of Woodchurch Road and Balls Road East in Birkenhead at 1040 BST on 28 July. The man got into the unmarked response ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter-In-Training Killed in Motorcycle Crash

    Firefighter-In-Training Killed in Motorcycle Crash
    CRYSTAL LAKE – He was a firefighter-in-training, but the Woodstock Fire Department still relied on Trent Steckel as a member of the crew. “We knew he would have had a very successful career in the fire service,” Chief Ralph Webster said. Steckel, 24, of Crystal Lake, was killed early Friday in a motorcycle crash. He was scheduled to work a shift ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Firefighter Fundraiser Given the OK, but with a Catch

    Firefighter Fundraiser Given the OK, but with a Catch
    ANCHORAGE - Firefighters can ethically take to the streets while on duty to raise money for charity in the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign under an amendment to city law the Anchorage Assembly approved Tuesday night. The measure passed 6-4, but it doesn't mean that firefighters will necessarily be out this Labor Day weekend. In fact, even after it passed, there ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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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 almost 8 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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    CT Firefighters' Funerals to Draw Thousands

    BRIDGEPORT -- Police and fire officials on Wednesday were finalizing plans meant to avoid gridlock on city streets and Interstate 95 Friday with thousands of people expected to descend upon the city for the funerals of two fallen firefighters, as well as the annual Gathering of the Vibes. As many as 10,000 firefighters from across the nation and Canada are expected ...
    Published over 7 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 almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Volly FF Hit By Vehicle Driven By Brother Volunteer

    Volly FF Hit By Vehicle Driven By Brother Volunteer
    WILSON—A South Wilson volunteer firefighter was injured Monday when he was hit by a vehicle driven by another volunteer as he crossed the road responding to a call. The identities of the driver and the victim were not released. The injured man was crossing the street responding to a minor industrial accident at 4210 Chestnut Road and was “bumped” by the ...
    Published over 7 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 almost 8 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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Man Charged in Fatal NY Blaze

    QUEENS, NY - A 23-year-old Queens man was charged on Thursday with setting a fire that killed his pregnant girlfriend and her 2-year-old son, the authorities said. The boyfriend, Jimmy Humphrey, was charged with arson and assault, said Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney. The woman, Linda Anderson, 25, died early Tuesday, apparently in the fire at her home on ...
    Published almost 8 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 about 8 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 about 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Was Key Information in Station Fire Witheld?

    Was Key Information in Station Fire Witheld?
    LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Forest Service has launched an inspector general’s investigation and invited Congress to order a broad inquiry into last summer’s disastrous Station fire, after the recent discovery that dispatch recordings from the critical early hours of the blaze were withheld from The Times and a federal review team. The inspector general’s probe will focus on why several ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze

    Tragic Loss the Aftermath of Horrific NY Blaze
    FORT EDWARD, NY - As a lethal fire intensified, one woman shoved an air conditioner out a window and then threw a 5-year-old boy out after it to safety, even as the blaze devoured a two-story house, killing six children. Two other adults tried in vain to rescue the children trapped inside the blazing building in a faded mill town along ...
    Published almost 8 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 almost 8 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 almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1