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    Budget Blunder Saves Firefighters' Jobs

    Budget Blunder Saves Firefighters' Jobs
    It's a mistake that could have cost the city a four million dollar hole in the budget, but today Mayor Linda Thompson says she has a solution. Firefighters jobs are saved. Thanks to an idea to sell parcels of land that several parking garages sit on. The mayor says the money from the sale will solve the firefighter problem and the ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Downed Power Line Burns CA Firefighter

    BODEGA, Calif.—Sonoma County Fire officials say a firefighter remains in critical but stable condition at a San Francisco hospital after he either touched or stepped on a downed power line. Fire Marshal Robert MacIntryre identified the injured man Monday as Ben Hakala, a longtime volunteer with the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Ron Albini tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    EMT Injured in Ambulance Crash

    EMT Injured in Ambulance Crash
    KEENE – Two people were injured when an ambulance transporting a patient slid off of Route 12 yesterday morning. Police did not say whether anyone was seriously injured, but Keene fire Capt. Ron Leslie said everyone was "up and walking around after the crash." He said they were taken to the hospital for evaluation. The Golden Cross ambulance, based out of ...
    Published over 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco

    Chef Uses FF Training In Flaming Dessert Fiasco
    TAMPA - It's a dessert. Bananas, ice cream, cinnamon and butter. You wouldn't exactly imagine having to save someone from bananas Foster. But for the finishing touch, it's a flambé. Most recipes call for a quarter-cup of dark rum, brought to the table and ignited. On Saturday night, a fun dessert went terribly wrong and five customers at a Palm Harbor ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Seven Firefighters Injured In New York Blaze

    Seven Firefighters Injured In New York Blaze
    NEW YORK (AP) - A stubborn blaze at a one-story commercial building in New York City took more than 10 hours to bring under control and injured seven firefighters, one seriously. Rich Viglione of the New York Fire Department says the blaze began at about 6 p.m. Monday inside a large metal-works warehouse in Queens. Crews brought it under control early ...
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    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water

    Life-Saving Confined Space Rescue Lands Two FFs in Hot Water
    MUNCIE -- The heroic confined-space rescue efforts of Liberty Township volunteer firefighters on May 26 has landed them in hot water. State officials say the volunteers violated occupational safety and health regulations. As a result, the township fire department is taking corrective action to avoid having to pay a $1,500 fine imposed by the Indiana Department of Labor. An investigation by ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Los Alamos Evacuates, Lab Closes as Fire Grows

    Los Alamos, N.M. -- Thousands of residents fled the town that's home to the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory as a rapidly growing wildfire approached, sending up towering plumes of smoke, raining down ash and charring the fringes of the sprawling lab. The blaze, which began Sunday, destroyed 30 structures south of Los Alamos and forced the closure of the lab while ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Top 25 Cities for Firefighters

    Top 25 Cities for Firefighters
    As budget cuts threaten to shut fire departments -- it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to value, not every U.S. city is created equally for Firefighters. Why chase a great salary if your rent swallows most of it, unemployment is skyrocketing at nearby departments and you spend ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rated: +29
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    VID: New Tool Aids Firefighters In Extrication Efforts

    VID: New Tool Aids Firefighters In Extrication Efforts
    NAPA, CA - Firefighters at the Napa Fire Department have begun to use a pair of new cutters to extricate crash victims from crushed vehicles more quickly. The shears, shaped like a giant lobster claw, were purchased this spring with a $5,481 grant from the Fireman’s Fund, an insurance company, through Malloy Imrie and Vasconi Insurance Services LLC of Napa. The ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Can Public Pension Benefits Be Taken Away?

    Can Public Pension Benefits Be Taken Away?
    COLORADO - State legislators are beginning to challenge one of the ironclad tenets of public pension policy: that states cannot legally reduce pension benefits for current and future retirees. Lawmakers in Colorado, Minnesota and South Dakota voted earlier this year to limit cost-of-living increases they previously had promised to thousands of current and future retirees, who courts historically have protected from ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion

    Gear Saved Firefighter's Life In Explosion
    VIGO COUNTY, IN - Brandon Hoopingarner said he was fighting a barn fire when a 55 gallon drum of paint thinner near him exploded. "Got up and I thought I was OK and I looked down and I was just on fire," Hoopingarner said. He told us the gear he was using saved his life, and minimized his injuries. Doctors treated ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Canadian Town Destroyed by Flames

    Canadian Town Destroyed by Flames
    Alberta - A wildfire roared through the Canadian town of Slave Lake Sunday, destroying scores of buildings in a scene described by one resident as Armageddon. The northern Alberta province community of about 7,000 people lost a shopping center, high school, city hall, police station, library, radio station, apartment complexes and an undetermined number of houses, The Globe and Mail in ...
    Published over 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes

    Homeless Man Arrested After Fire Burns Through 11 Homes
    ASHLAND, Ore. — Families looked for valuables, pets and mementoes Wednesday in the ashes of 11 homes destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire while a homeless man accused of starting the blaze sat in jail. John Thiry, 40, was arrested at 3 a.m. under a freeway ramp and charged with 11 counts of reckless endangerment and 11 counts of reckless burning, authorities ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Morning Blaze Lands Firefighter In Intensive Care

    Morning Blaze Lands Firefighter In Intensive Care
    HARKER HEIGHTS — A mobile home fire at the corner of Beeline Lane and Amy Lane early Monday morning sent one Harker Heights firefighter to the hospital and displaced four adults. The four adults are currently being taken care of by the American Red Cross. The firefighter remained in the Scott & White Intensive Care Unit in Temple with fellow firefighters ...
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    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire

    Three Dead, Four Injured In Virginia House Fire
    LORTON, Va. - Three people -- two children and an adult -- are dead in Lorton townhouse fire, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue tells WTOP. Another three children and an adult were taken to Washington Hospital's Burn Center. Firefighters are still on the scene of the fire in the 9600 block of Hagel Circle. "We're still controlling this fire. It did ...
    Published almost 6 years ago | Rate This
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    County's Fire Boss Proposes Extending Service

    Idaho -- Nez Perce County's rural fire service would continue next year under a proposal submitted by Fire Chief Ron Hall. One week after voters overwhelmingly rejected a plan to replace the county fire department with a fire district, commissioners appeared ready during budget meetings Monday to continue some sort of volunteer-type service in most of the county not within a ...
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    Media Angered by Firefighter's Back-Door Jail Exit

    DAYTONA BEACH -- The arrest of Daytona Beach firefighter Adam Silva angered and surprised many of his colleagues; but his release from the county jail incensed TV media. It was the way Silva left the jail that made tempers rise, Volusia County officials say. The 30-year-old firefighter, arrested twice in one week -- on charges of rape and attempted rape -- ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This
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    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned

    Sheriff: Calif. 'Bomb Factory' Will Be Burned
    SAN MARCOS, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County house where a man was operating a virtual bomb factory is so full of dangerous explosive material that it must be burned down, authorities said at a town hall meeting Tuesday night. "There is no viable method to render the property safe," Sheriff Bill Gore told about 300 residents gathered at a ...
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    Horseshoe Two Wildfire at Nearly 50,000 Acres

    Horseshoe Two Wildfire at Nearly 50,000 Acres
    TUCSON, Ariz. — An evacuation order has been lifted for residents of three communities near a southeast Arizona wildfire. The Forest Service said Friday that fire crews will stay around Paradise, Cave Creek and the Southwest Research Center to patrol the area for fires. Meanwhile, the Horseshoe Two fire has risen to nearly 50,000 acres and is 40 percent contained. Fire ...
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    Four of Five Injured Firefighters Remain Hospitalized; Two Critical

    DETROIT — Four Detroit firefighters who were injured when a burning building collapsed remained hospitalized as the ATF joined an investigation into the suspicious blaze. Two of the firefighters remained in critical condition Saturday, The Detroit News reported. A fifth firefighter was treated and released from a hospital after Friday's fire. The firefighters suffered injuries ranging from a strained back to ...
    Published about 6 years ago | Rate This