Va. firefighter faces breaking and entering, vandalism charges

RICHMOND, Va. — A firefighter was charged for breaking and entering and vadalism charges police said were committed on Sept. 11. WTVR reported that Ashley Berry broke into a home during the afternoon last week and vandalized property. Berry, who is a firefighter assigned to Station 14 on the Northside, was also charged with breaking and entering, according to the report. The department said ...
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Retired Md. firefighter charged with abusing minor

The Associated Press TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County Police have charged a retired firefighter with sexual offenses against a minor. Sixty-four-year-old Gregory Hudnet turned himself in to police Wednesday night. He is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, and sexual abuse of a minor — continuing course of conduct. He was released on bond. Officers say last mon...
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Pa. female firefighter gets historic promotion

NBC Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Lisa Forrest may be small in stature, but over the course of her nine year career in the Philadelphia Fire Department, she has had some pretty big accomplishments; the most recent of which, made history. "I worked really hard for it, but you just never know until you know," Forrest said. "So when I found out I was very excited, and yes, just ... Original ...
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Video: Houston Fire Dept. makes dream come true for retired firefighter with Alzheimer's HOUSTON, Texas — A former Houston Fire Department captain got one last chance to strap on a helmet and climb on board a fire truck on Thursday. Rufus Smith was a captain with the HFD 41 years ago. Smith has been a mentor to local firefighters since retiring. Recently, Smith was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, but still dreamed of one last shift at Houston Fire Station 7, his old fir...
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2 Calif. firefighters burned battling house fire

The Associated Press VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Two San Bernardino County firefighters have been burned while taking on a house fire. Department spokesman Eric Sherwin tells the Victorville Daily Press that during an aggressive attack on the fire inside the 3,000-square-foot house, the firefighters both suffered thermal burns. Both left the house under their own power. One had first- and second-d...
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Navy Yard firefighters: Radios failed during shooting

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — A union leader for a civilian Navy fire department that responded to the Washington Navy Yard shooting says faulty radios hindered emergency communications among some of the responders. Greg Russell, the union president, said Friday that the radio malfunctions were described to him by multiple firefighters who responded to Monday's massacre. He says that...
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Fire rips through Wis. fire house

The building is a total loss as are at least six trucks inside, including pumpers and tankers and other emergency vehicles Original link

Off the Rails: How a Lack of Oversight Doomed Lac-Megantic

When a runaway train slammed into the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic in July, incinerating the city’s core and killing 47 people, it may have marked the end of the line for the perilous, profit-maximizing model of railroading that has enthralled corporate and government officials across North America and the globe. The principal proponent of this laissez-faire template for railroading—raising i...
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District Area Federal Fire Fighters Demand Adequate Radios

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Missouri Local President Killed in Vehicle Accident

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USFA reports 81 firefighter fatalities in 2012

It was the lowest year on record for heart-attack deaths and no firefighters died from becoming lost in a structure Original link Original author: Calams<br>FireRescue1

2 injured in Va. train derail after fuel tank ruptures

The Virginian-Pilot SOUTHHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. — Two railroad employees were injured this morning in a train derailment along General Thomas Highway that included a diesel fuel spill and fire. The derailment, which left one of two CSX locomotives on its side, led to a fire when a fuel tank was punctured, said Maj. Gene Drewery of the Southampton County Sheriff's Office. One of the two inju...
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W.Va. firefighter trainer dies in ATV crash

Mark Doty came from a long line of volunteer firefighters and oversaw the training of more than 18,000 firefighters this year Original link Original author: Staff

Coyotes' hockey coach arranges benefit for Ariz. Hotshots

USA Today GLENDALE, Ariz. — For two summers when he was 18 and 19 years old, Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett would trek up to northern Saskatchewan and set up camp amid the brush and bushes. But this wasn't a vacation from the junior hockey season that had just ended. Tippett had taken a job as a firefighter. "You were up in the bushes for 10 days, and then you came out for five," ......
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Iowa mayor fires entire volunteer fire department

The cut was apparently born out of the fire department's non-compliance with a citywide audit, but the chief says he has "no idea" why the decision was made Original link