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Ohio city’s new $868K firetruck doesn’t fit in station

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in a southwest Ohio city say a new firetruck the city bought for almost $868,000 doesn't fit in the station houses. Lebanon city manager Pat Clements tells WLWT-TV the problem started with a ladder truck that was taken out of service a few weeks ago because of mechanical failure. For [...]

August 29th, 2016|Fire News, Humor|0 Comments
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2 dead, including LA fire chief, 36 hurt after bus crashes into accident scene

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — A bus full of construction workers hit a firetruck on an elevated highway Sunday, killing two people and injuring 36, several of them seriously, Louisiana State Police said. The ladder truck from St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans, had parked across the right lane of Interstate 10 to [...]

August 29th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Front Lines First responders confront increasing risks on the job

Aug. 29--Emotions run deep for paramedics. Saving a life earns gratitude from trauma patients. Losing a life means coping with grief. Marianne Gontis, of Somerset County, knows this well. Gontis is supervising paramedic with West End Ambulance Service in Johnstown. She explains: "Two years ago I got a letter from a gentleman in Pittsburgh," she [...]

August 29th, 2016|Fire News, Rescue News|0 Comments
  • Ground Zero, New York City, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2001) -- An aerial view shows only a small portion of the crime scene where the World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. Clean-up efforts are expected to continue for months. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Eric J. Tilford.

NEVER FORGET: Newly minted Durham firefighter moved by 9/11

Aug. 27--DURHAM -- Newly minted Durham firefighter Anna Hoxie will never forget the gaping hole left by the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City on 9/11. She saw it the summer after the terrorist attacks, when she was 11 years old. Her father, who was a Durham battalion fire chief then, had [...]

August 28th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Boeing has proposed a new plant to fight fires…with fire missiles

The Defense and Aviation industry giants have proposed packing artillery shells full of flame-retardant material, using airburst fuses to detonate and scatter the material over a wide area. According to the Seattle Times, the idea is currently resigned to the drawing board, as no prototype is required for a patent. The brainchild of around six [...]

August 27th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Environmental group sues US Forest Service, questions ability to put out wildfires

The Wolverine Fire in central Washington last summer was one of the worst wildfires on record. It started in late July of 2015 and burned until mid-September. Now, one year later, a federal lawsuit has cropped up challenging the authority of the US Forest Service to shelve environmental laws to take emergency actions during a [...]

August 27th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Woman captures ghostly image of ‘the fireman’s guardian’ hovering above massive fire

Some supernatural stories have surfaced in the wake of the Henry’s Creek fire in Idaho, which has already scorched more than 50,000 acres. A photograph taken by a homeowner in Bone, in the southeastern part of the state, is getting lots of attention on social media. As the stubborn wildfire burned out of control around [...]

August 26th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Smoke from a wildfire shrouds mountain peaks in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Some tourists heading to Yellowstone National Park during the busy summer season were facing an hourlong detour Wednesday as a wildfire in neighboring Grand Teton National Park kept a highway closed. Firefighters hope cooler weather slows the flames over the next couple of days. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Road to Yellowstone National Park entrance closed by fire

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — More firefighters headed Tuesday to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, where large, growing wildfires have closed or are threatening key roads and forced the evacuation of several campgrounds during one of the busiest times of the summer tourist season. A fire in Grand Teton park made a 5-mile [...]

August 26th, 2016|Fire News, Wildfire News|0 Comments
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Portsmouth Fire boat gone, but firefighters keep stipend Union says payment is for training

PORTSMOUTH — The Fire Commission on Monday voted in favor of two firefighters' unions that successfully argued its members should continue to be paid 2 percent boat operators' stipends, in spite of the fact there is no longer a city fire boat to operate. The firefighters and fire officers unions grieved a decision by Fire [...]

August 26th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Swedish firefighter lashes out at serial car arsonists in poignant open letter

A Swedish firefighter is lashing out at arsonists in an open letter, after months of anguish in the community, which was sparked by serial arsonists who’ve set dozens of cars on fire in the city of Malmo. In the very personal and emotional letter, Kaj Engelke says: “’Fireman’ is a job title for a person [...]

August 25th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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