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Volunteer fire companies struggle to survive

March 26--Knights Valley resident Bud Pochini runs his welding business, owns a Christmas tree farm and helps coach high school softball. And for the past 25 years, he has been a mainstay of the Knights Valley Fire Co. volunteers. Fallen trees, neighbors' medical emergencies, car crashes. Some of the calls are so grim the assistant [...]

March 26th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Move over: State police, county firefighters share stories of close calls

March 25--Trooper 1st Class David Miller checked his sideview mirror as he prepared to step onto the shoulder of eastbound U.S. 340 to back up Trooper Brad Zimmerman with a traffic stop Thursday afternoon. "Is this guy seriously not going to move over?" Miller said, his hands moving back toward the steering wheel as his [...]

March 26th, 2017|Rescue News|0 Comments
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McAlester fire investigators want to ‘pack heat’

March 24--Investigators with the McAlester Fire Department want to carry handguns with them while going about their duties -- but McAlester city councilors were not quite ready to pull the trigger on the proposal when it came before them. McAlester Fire Chief Brett Brewer said Thursday that he and Assistant Fire Chief Toby Jensen want [...]

March 25th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Lynden to settle firefighter’s race discrimination lawsuit for $250K

March 25--LYNDEN -- The city has agreed to a $250,000 settlement in a lawsuit by a volunteer firefighter accusing Lynden and its assistant fire chief of discrimination and creating a hostile work environment. Damon Winters, a volunteer firefighter, filed the lawsuit against the city and Assistant Chief Robert Spinner in U.S. District Court in Seattle [...]

March 25th, 2017|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
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Bridge’s weight limit delays firefighters as blaze destroys home

March 19--A Kiski Township couple escaped without harm as a fire destroyed their home Saturday afternoon. Firefighters from three counties responded, but some had difficulty getting to the scene quickly. The blaze was reported around 3:15 p.m. at the home of Glenn and Victoria Nolan in the 100 block of Gartley Street. "Flames were blowing [...]

March 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Man suffering ‘penile strangulation’ turns to Dublin Fire Brigade for help

DUBLIN, Ireland - In a strange and rare incident, Dublin firefighters were called on to rid a man of the most extreme pain imaginable - ironically from an object that is meant for pleasure. According to reports, a man went to the Mater University Hospital in Dublin, complaining of pain and swelling - hours after [...]

March 19th, 2017|Blunders, Rescue News|0 Comments
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Firefighter killed in Watertown blaze identified as Joseph Toscano

March 17--Officials have identified the firefighter killed Friday after battling a 2-alarm blaze in Watertown. Authorities identified the firefighter as Joseph Toscano, 54, of Randolph. Toscano died of a medical emergency that he suffered during the fire, according to a statement from Randoph Police Chief William Pace. "Earlier today, the public safety community lost one [...]

March 18th, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments

Baby pulled from Illinois lake as mother drowns and father shot

A father found dead in a burning house in Illinois was shot in the head and a gun has been recovered from the SUV his ex-wife drove into a nearby lake. The couple's three-month old baby was pulled from the sinking car after paramedic Todd Zobrist swam out into the chilly water to save him. [...]

March 18th, 2017|Rescue News|0 Comments
  • “I remember his eyes were closed and his nose was bleeding, like he’d been punched." - Friend of Justin Speights. Image credit: Facebook

Fire chief criticizes killer’s punishment in firefighter Speights’ slaying

March 12--Writing about Wednesday's guilty plea in the death of Silver Lake volunteer firefighter Justin Speights, Joe Morstatt, the Silver Lake fire chief, described how Speights' slaying had department members facing "one of the most tragic events in our department's history" and Morstatt questioned whether the killer's punishment will fit the crime. In his letter, [...]

March 12th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Spinal injury? Firefighters probably won’t use a backboard

March 12--You've seen it in the movies and on TV: Someone hurt in a car wreck is strapped to a rigid backboard and rushed to the hospital by ambulance or aboard a rescue helicopter. That's how firefighters, paramedics and others have approached patients with suspected spinal injury since the nation's modern fire-based EMS system began [...]

March 12th, 2017|Rescue News|0 Comments
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