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Poor audits prompts fire chief to propose single department instead of sixteen

Aug. 31--LAS CRUCES -- Doña Ana County fire administrators made a push Tuesday to merge the county's 16 fire districts into a single, large department as a way to boost the service level and compliance with regulations. At issue, administrators said, is that eight of the departments have been issued -- or are close to being [...]

August 31st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Stinky situation: Rotting ham 2 weeks after massive warehouse fire has residents demanding answers

A warehouse fire in west Columbus has left behind a horrible stench in parts of the city -- making it unbearable for residents to even step outside. The rotten odor in the air is coming from Dick Cold Storage, the site of a massive fire nearly two weeks ago where heavy fumes and flames erupted. [...]

August 31st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • 54-year-old fire Chief Frank Twiss (second from left) was 2 days from retirement when he suffered a heart attack.  Image credit:  Video

Firefighters save their own Chief from heart attack, two days prior to his retirement

Aug. 31--MIDDLETON -- Two days before he was set to retire, 54-year-old fire Chief Frank Twiss suffered a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest during a training session at the Fire Department, according to a statement from the town. The 37-year department veteran was saved by the firefighters he has led for the past 10 years as chief, [...]

August 31st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Willie Lee Cooks - held police at bay for more than three hours on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, when U.S. Marshals went to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for biting a firefighter in May.   Credit:  
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Convicted felon, who bit firefighter at hospital, surrenders after hours-long standoff with Birmingham police

A convicted felon who assaulted a Birmingham firefighter is now behind bars after a three-hour long standoff with police. Police say 44-year-old Willie Lee Cooks barricaded himself inside a west Birmingham home on Tuesday, after US Marshal tried to arrest him on an outstanding warrant. Just after 4 p.m., SWAT officers ‘fired multiple rounds of [...]

August 31st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Volunteer firefighters drank prior to wrecking tanker on call to a lightning-struck home

DICKSON, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Highway Patrol says alcohol was involved in the wreck of a firetruck that overturned on its way to house fire. The Tennessean reports that the tanker truck carrying three Vanleer volunteer firefighters missed a turn on Saturday morning and ran off of the road. Driver David Boutcher told investigators that [...]

August 31st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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5 adult remains found at ‘suspicious’ senior care facility fire in Southern California

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — The remains of five adults were found after a fire that gutted a board-and-care home southeast of Los Angeles, authorities said Tuesday. The remains were found shortly before 6 a.m. Monday after fire crews doused a blaze at a home in unincorporated Temecula, according to a statement from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The cause of the [...]

August 31st, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department Station 221 with the 4-foot alligator that they captured at a residence on Monday.  Image credit:  Facebook

Pennsylvania firefighters battle bees while chasing loose alligator

Firefighters in a Pittsburgh suburb were called to remove an unusual yard invader -- a 4-foot alligator being guarded by a swarm of bees. The Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department Station 221 shared photos on Facebook of the alligator captured Monday night in a resident's back yard. Firefighters set about trying to corral the alligator into a metal [...]

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Tampa firefighter identified as person who contracted locally-transmitted Zika virus

It’s been confirmed that a firefighter from Tampa, Florida is the person who contracted the non-travel related case of Zika virus in Pinellas County. A fire dept spokesman said he cannot discuss the firefighter who contracted Zika, because that would violate patient privacy laws. Every firefighter who works at Fire Station No 3 on Willow [...]

August 30th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Veteran firefighter with Alzheimer’s banned from Dept., after caught stealing cash at Fair

A veteran NY firefighter with Alzheimer’s has been banned from his department after he was caught stealing cash from the stand he was working-- at the annual Fireman’s Fair. John BaRoss Sr. has been a volunteer firefighter on Long Island for 50 years. BaRoss Sr., now in his 80s, was publicly shamed recently after fellow [...]

August 30th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Cobb officials want to put a fence around Police Precinct 2 / Fire Station 22. Google Earth

Security fence being installed at fire and police station after incidents of theft and vandalism

Officials in Cobb County, Georgia are looking for bidders to put in a security fence system around the perimeter of their local fire and police station-- following over a dozen incidents in recent years involving damage, theft and “dangerous interactions.” Public Safety Director Sam Heaton says, “There have been multiple incidents of sharp objects being inserted [...]

August 30th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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