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    Deficit-Plagued Yonkers Talks With Unions to Try and Save Jobs

    YONKERS, NY - With hundreds of pink slips already handed out Wednesday, Yonkers' mayor, city council and municipal unions were negotiating down to the wire on a bare-bones city budget agreement. The city faces a $110 million deficit, with a deadline that could be stretched into today, for the start of the new fiscal year. Talks were "productive and substantive," Mayor ...
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    TX FF Mentor Villareal Dies at 71

    TX FF Mentor Villareal Dies at 71
    Gilbert Villareal, who was known for mentoring young firefighters during his nearly 40 years with the department, died July 4 from complications of a brain aneurysm. He was 71. Villareal, who retired from the Houston Fire Department in 2001, was born in 1938 in Dallas, but moved to Houston with his family as a child. He attended Jefferson Davis High School ...
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    Air Ambulance Makes Emergency Landing After Bird Strike

    ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a bird strike shattered a windshield on a medical helicopter that was flying from Aberdeen to Fargo, N.D. The Careflight helicopter from Avera St. Luke's Hospital made a safe emergency landing early Monday at the Fargo airport. The pilot was treated for minor injuries. A paramedic, nurse and patient also ...
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    Departments Changing Firefighter Job Requirements

    Departments Changing Firefighter Job Requirements
    SPRINGFIELD - As the Springfield Fire Department prepares to fill some positions that have been frozen for a year, it is changing eligibility requirements to broaden the pool of candidates. Applicants for this summer's Fire Training Academy are now eligible if they meet one of the following qualifications: • Emergency Medical Technician-B certification; • Firefighter I and II certification; • 36 ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    FF Thrown 30ft In Explosion; Breaks Back, Neck

    FF Thrown 30ft In Explosion; Breaks Back, Neck
    SANDWICH - Daniel Keane, one of two Sandwich firefighters injured yesterday fighting a house fire is reported in stable condition at Cape Cod Hospital this morning. Keane, a firefighter/paramedic, has a broken neck and a broken back. Yesterday Sandwich fire Capt. James Huska said doctors were watching for signs of paralysis, but Keane was moving his toes. An updated condition on ...
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    Fire Crews Fight Stubborn 700-acre Blaze

    Fire Crews Fight Stubborn 700-acre Blaze
    CHEYENNE -- One of the county's largest grass fires in recent memory burned southwest of town Wednesday afternoon behind commercial explosive producer Dyno Nobel Inc. Fire officials said the area burned was approximately 700 acres. Laramie County Fire District 2 public information officer Lew Simpson said the fire reignited from a blaze that crews extinguished early Wednesday morning. The first fire ...
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    Couple Sacrifice Home to Firefighter Training

    Couple Sacrifice Home to Firefighter Training
    SUMMERFIELD, Ill. - The little dogs -- Zipper and Molly -- barked their heads off. Ruby Widicus looked out her kitchen window in the rainy darkness at 5 a.m. recently and could just make out several fire trucks. The firefighters were parked at the end of the quarter-mile-long driveway to a farmhouse off St. Jacob/Summerfield Road where she and her husband ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Bar Brawlers Want Off-Duty Cops, Firefighters Arrested Too

    Bar Brawlers Want Off-Duty Cops, Firefighters Arrested Too
    NEW YORK - Five men charged with roughing up a cop, a firefighter and a Port Authority police officer in a wild Brooklyn bar brawl are furious cops have not also arrested the off-duty service members. The accused men - including Dan Golden, 23, nephew of Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden - claim they were tossed out of The Kettle Black ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate International Auto Show [Video]

    Fire Forces Thousands to Evacuate International Auto Show [Video]
    DETROIT - No one was injured and there were no reports of significant damage from an electrical fire at a Detroit auto show exhibit that shut the event down for a few hours today, officials said. The fire, which spread smoke throughout Cobo Center and forced the evacuation of the main showroom, began in scaffolding and high-powered lights in the ceiling ...
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    Firefighter Okay After Near Drowning

    Firefighter Okay After Near Drowning
    LOS ANGELES -- A training exercise became a real life emergency Tuesday when veteran firefighter nearly drowned during a simulated rescue. "Everything worked ," said firefighter Dave Danielson, 40, outside a nearby hospital two hours after the mishap. Danielson was portraying a drowning person for trainees at the Los Angeles Aqueduct, when he went under for about 30 seconds, "I hit ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +4
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    USFA and NIOSH Begin Study on Cancer in Firefighters

    EMMITSBURG, MD-- USFA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are partnering on a study to examine the potential for increased risk of cancer among firefighters due to exposures from smoke, soot, and other contaminants in the line of duty. This will be a formal epidemiological study with medical oversight. The primary objective of the project is to ...
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    Two Years Later Five are Charged for Retirement Home Arson

    SAN FRANCISCO - Five owners or operators of the Vallejo retirement home where three residents died in a 2008 fire have been charged with criminal violations, authorities said. The fire started accidentally when a spark from a cigar that Robert Bennett, a resident of Casa de Vallejo, had been smoking near an oxygen cylinder ignited the tank's oxygen, investigators said. Bennett, ...
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    Ambulance EKGs Speed Up Care for Heart Attack Victims

    Ambulance EKGs Speed Up Care for Heart Attack Victims
    LINCOLN, NE - Lincoln ambulances are now equipped with technology that could save the lives of heart attack victims. All eight Lincoln Fire and Rescue ambulances can now use wireless electrocardiogram and digital data systems on patients with chest pain, transmitting the information to doctors waiting at BryanLGH Medical Centers and Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center. Paramedics hook up the EKG ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Ex-Forest Officials Want Deeper Probe Into Station Fire

    Ex-Forest Officials Want Deeper Probe Into Station Fire
    LOS ANGELES - A group of former U.S. Forest Service officials is calling for a new and independent investigation into the agency's handling of last year's devastating Station fire, with many contending that an internal inquiry completed in November ignored critical missteps. That probe by the Forest Service's Washington, D.C., headquarters found no tactical errors in the initial attack on the ...
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    Firefighter Discovers Horrific Scene After Shooting Spree

    Firefighter Discovers Horrific Scene After Shooting Spree
    UK - A RETAINED firefighter recounted the moment he came across a victim of the shooting spree. Councillor David Moore, watch manager with Seascale Fire Service, said his crew yesterday received a call at 11.30am to what they believed to be a road traffic collision in the village. On arrival, the fire crew found a man who had been shot at ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Injured While Rescuing Squatters from Auto Dealership Fire

    Firefighter Injured While Rescuing Squatters from Auto Dealership Fire
    VALLEJO — A three-alarm fire scorched a shuttered Vallejo auto dealership often frequented by the homeless, authorities said. Vallejo firefighters responded about 7 a.m. to the former Bill Lang's Cadillac Pontiac at 4301 Sonoma Blvd. The call escalated to three alarms before crews from Vallejo, Crockett, American Canyon, Benicia and Cal Fire had the blaze under control about an hour later. ...
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    Woman, Dog Rescued from Cliff After 4-Day Ordeal

    WAIKATO, New Zealand - Custard the dog's four day ordeal on a ledge above the Waikato River turned to custard for one of her would-be rescuers with firefighters called to haul both man – and later dog – to safety. Richard Gould's first attempt to retrieve neighbour Chele Clarkin's five-year-old golden labrador from a ledge on a cliff above the Waikato ...
    Published about 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Man, Daughter Fall 13 Stories in Chile Quake

    Man, Daughter Fall 13 Stories in Chile Quake
    CONCEPCION, Chile (AP) - When their 13th-floor apartment began to shake, Alberto Rozas pulled his 7-year-old daughter into the bathroom doorway and waited for it to stop. Instead, they fell. Plummeting as their brand-new apartment building toppled like a felled tree, they hugged each other all the way down. Rozas had no idea which way was up until he looked through ...
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    30 Funniest Firefighting Jokes

    Everyone knows that firefighters are brave men and women that rescue people from fires and various emergencies. What some people don't know is that firefighters are EXTREMELY FUNNY. FireLink has compiled a list of the top 30 Firefighter jokes to keep everyone laughing through the weekend. Next Firefighter Joke-> [page] Hunting Three firefighter went out on a hunting trip. There ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +59
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    New Technology Helps Extinguish FF Fears

    New Technology Helps Extinguish FF Fears
    HONG KONG - Officials yesterday unveiled increased safety features in new breathing apparatus supplied to firefighters in the wake of a Cheung Sha Wan blaze that claimed a senior fireman's life. The high-tech apparatus features blinking masks and beeping alarms that help track a fireman in distress as well as a device that tracks the amount of air supply left. About ...
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