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    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts

    New Plan to Make FFs More Mobile In Light of Staff Cuts
    SAN JOSE - The San Jose Fire Department is set to close the Communications Hill Fire Station on Aug. 1 and make Station 30 on Auzerais Avenue a "posting station," fire leaders said. The moves are part of a new program to spread firefighters more efficiently throughout the city. Because of city budget cuts and stalled union negotiations, the department is ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief

    Chicago Appoints a New Fire Chief
    CHICAGO - Chicago Fire Department veteran Robert Hoff will be the city's new fire commissioner after alderman unanimously approved his appointment today. Hoff, the department's first deputy commissioner since 2008, has been with the department for 33 years. He is a third generation firefighter. Hoff has twice been awarded the department's highest honor for bravery. In 1992, he was given the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 about 7 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 over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss

    Firefighters 'Beating Selves Up' After Tragic Fire Loss
    FREEMONT, WA - The pain, sorrow and sense of loss triggered by Saturday's Fremont apartment fire is shared not just by those who knew the five victims but by the firefighters unable to save them. Firefighters who have been "beating themselves up" over their inability to rescue the woman and four children in the burning apartment attended a Tuesday night session ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Another 9/11 Firefighter Passes Away Due to Illness at Ground Zero

    Another 9/11 Firefighter Passes Away Due to Illness at Ground Zero
    A retired city firefighter who spent two months toiling at Ground Zero died of lung disease Tuesday, his wife said. William Quick, 55, a veteran of 23 years with the FDNY, survived 9/11 - but he could not escape Ground Zero's toxic dust. "He was there when both towers came down," his wife, Lisa Quick, said last night, her voice trailing ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: -6
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    Widow of FF Denied Benefits Due to Transgender Status

    Widow of FF Denied Benefits Due to Transgender Status
    WHARTON, TX — A judge Friday agreed to temporarily bar the allegedly transgendered widow of a Wharton firefighter from spending or collecting his death benefits. State District Judge Randy Clapp ruled after hearing from Nikki Araguz that she received a check for $60,000 on Thursday, about a 10th of the total cash expected because of Thomas Araguz's July 4 death in ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -4
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    Two Firefighters Injured in Hit-and-Run

    Two Firefighters Injured in Hit-and-Run
    TULARE COUNTY - Two Tulare County firefighters were hurt today when a pickup truck hit them as they worked on a vehicle fire near Alpaugh. Authorities are looking for the driver and occupants of the pickup, which did not stop. Authorities suspect the pickup occupants set the fire and were fleeing. Firefighter Pat Hines was thrown 50 feet, breaking ribs and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Firefighter Rescues Homeless Man in Suspicious Fire

    Firefighter Rescues Homeless Man in Suspicious Fire
    OROVILLE, CA — A homeless man might have died in a recent suspicious fire at Lincoln Boulevard and Myers Street, if he hadn't been rescued by a firefighter who happened to glance down and saw a pair of boots barely peeking out of a high clump of brush. The man was asleep or possibly passed out in a makeshift camp sheltered ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life

    FF, Police Teamwork Responsible for Saving Drowning Man's Life
    NEW YORK - Three firefighters and a cop plunged into the roiling East River yesterday to rescue a suicidal man who jumped from an East Harlem pier as well as two men who tried desperately to save him, authorities said. The drama on Pier 107 began at about 12:15 p.m. when Richard Karin, 60, who had been drinking, leaped in, sources ...
    Published over 7 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 over 7 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 about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Fires Still Burning in Ariz., N.M., Texas

    Firefighters in Arizona and New Mexico worked Monday to subdue large wildfires while blazes in Texas were mostly under control, officials said. Arizona forestry officials said the Horseshoe Two Fire near Portal had scorched about 26,500 acres and was only 20 percent contained despite the efforts of about 630 firefighters backed by 24 fire engines, 16 water tenders and nine helicopters. ...
    Published over 6 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 over 7 years ago | Rated: -2
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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 over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    NFL Bengals Player's Home Total Loss After Fire

    NFL Bengals Player's Home Total Loss After Fire
    MASON — Investigators at the home of Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom said a fire that started just before 3 a.m. Tuesday morning destroyed the house. Continuing past dawn, plumes of white smoke billowed westward from the home, which is a “total loss,” said Mason Deputy Fire Chief Craig Bryant. No one was inside at the time of the fire. ...
    Published almost 7 years ago | Rated: -1
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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 over 7 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 ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
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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 ...
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