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  • This adorable dog got his head stuck in a jar. But, don’t worry, he’s free now

    07/01/2016 10:57:29 PM PDT · by Bullish · 23 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 7-1-16 | John M. Blodgett
    HIGHLAND >> A Cal Fire firefighter in Highland Thursday found a new use for the trauma shear scissors. Panicked dog owners brought his dog to Cal Fire station, 26974 Base Line, after the pup got its head stuck in a jar. “This doggie ... got into the hard plastic jar to steal the trail mix inside and couldn’t get out,” said Cal Fire spokeswoman Liz Brown. The owners tried at home to get the jar off, but when they were unsuccessful, they brought the dog to the fire station, she said.
  • Five hero firehouse dogs of old New York City

    12/15/2014 5:21:56 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    EphemeralNewYork ^ | December 14, 2014
    New York has had firefighters since Dutch colonial days, first in the form of volunteers and then, beginning in 1865, a professional paid force.And in the days of horse-drawn engines and a less-sophisticated alarm system, firehouse dogs played an important role.Often a stray who found his way to the house or an unwanted pup given to the chief, many these canines served their companies heroically, explains 1897 New York Times piece.There was Jack (left), of Hook and Ladder Company 18, on Attorney Street. He’s described as a “large, sober-looking, brown-and-black shaggy full-bred shepherd dog” by the Times.“When the alarm rings,...
  • 19 Firefighters Working Yarnell Hill Fire Confirmed Dead (Arizona) (Update: 19 dead)

    06/30/2013 7:45:43 PM PDT · by kristinn · 220 replies
    KSAZ-TV ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013 | Jessica Flores
    Prescott Fire Department confirmed 19 firefighters have died while battling the Yarnell Hill fire on Sunday night. They're part of the Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots. The wildfire was likely caused by a lightning strike Saturday night. The Yarnell Hill fire, about 35 miles southwest of Prescott, has burned about 1,300 acres and forced the evacuation of 50 homes. The fire started Friday and has not yet burned down any structures, but Sunday night firefighters pushed the blaze back away from communities, hoping to keep the blaze from overtaking any homes. A growing fire in Yarnell forced about 600 residents...
  • The unseen wounds and warriors of war

    04/21/2013 2:23:03 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 1 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 21, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    Exclusive: Chuck Norris prays for bombing victims, applauds heroes' valiant acts As with others across the nation, my wife, Gena, and I are so proud of the first responders and host of rescuers, medical personnel, law enforcement, firemen, military, crisis counselors and good Samaritans who immediately were called into action and undoubtedly saved lives, limbs and souls because of their heroic efforts. Truly, America’s best shine brightest during our country’s most difficult and darkest moments. At the same time, however, my wife, Gena, and I join the rest of the nation in offering our most heartfelt condolences and prayers for...
  • 2 firefighters dead, 2 hurt in (Bryan) Texas (Knights of Columbus) lodge fire

    02/16/2013 5:46:34 PM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | February 16, 2013
    Two Texas fire lieutenants have died of burns after battling a lodge hall fire, a city official said Saturday. Greg Pickard and Eric Wallace, both with the department in the Central Texas city of Bryan, were in a group of firefighters responding to the blaze about midnight Friday at a Knights of Columbus hall, city spokeswoman Mary Lynne Stratta said. The team entered the burning building but didn't emerge when ordered to evacuate, Stratta said. Wallace, 36, died at the scene and Pickard, 54, on Saturday at a hospital in Galveston, she said. "He called for help, said he was...
  • Body found in burned home of killer of 2 firemen

    12/25/2012 1:00:11 PM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/25/2012 | George M. Walsh
    WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police have found human remains in the burned-out home of the Webster, N.Y., ex-con who killed two firefighters and believe the victim is the gunman's sister. Police Chief Gerald Pickering said Tuesday the remains were found in the charred house that 62-year-old William Spengler shared with his 67-year-old sister, Cheryl. A medical examiner will need to determine the identity. Police say Willliam Spengler armed himself with a revolver, shotgun and military-style rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a pre-dawn death trap on Christmas Eve. Pickering says Spengler "was equipped to...
  • A Tennessee Fireman's Solution to Climate Change (let's make the deniers pay)

    04/23/2012 10:12:40 AM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 40 replies
    Forbes ^ | 19 April 2012 | Steve Zwick
    Let’s take a page from those Tennessee firemen we heard about a few times last year – the ones who stood idly by as houses burned to the ground because their owners had refused to pay a measly $75 fee. We can apply this same logic to climate change. We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies. Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay. Let’s let their houses burn until the innocent are rescued*. Let’s...
  • Young admirer defies father to attend Worcester firefighter’s wake

    12/15/2011 8:32:13 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies · 5+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 15, 2011 | Richard Weir
    He was under strict orders not to leave the house after school. But 11-year-old Jared Flanders neatly knotted his tie, climbed on his bike and went to pay his last respects to fallen Worcester firefighter Jon Davies at a funeral home down the street yesterday. Jared didn’t know the hero jake who died after rushing into a blazing triple-decker last week. Yet, the boy’s kind-hearted salute lifted the spirits of firefighters attending Davies’ wake.
  • For 9-11: reprise of THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN

    09/11/2011 10:34:52 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | 9-11-11 | dfu
    Once again, I hope you enjoy this on the 10th anniversary. The day that MUSLIM terrorists attacked us on our soil. THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN
  • Is the Lavish Cost of Recent Firefighter's Funeral in LA Another Example of Union Benefits Overkill?

    02/26/2011 10:36:44 AM PST · by Stayfree · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Self | February 26, 2011 | Stayfree
    Thousands of firefighters in uniform on paid agency time came from different fire agencies all over Southern California to attend Glenn Allen's funeral bringing with them tens of millions of dollars of firefighting equipment, helicopters. Just the cost of fuel alone must have cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, notwithstanding the cost of salaries and accrued benefits of thousands of active duty firefighters. His funeral must have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars thanks to union rules that permit such a waste of taxpayer funds. I personally mean no disrespect to his family, but if it were not...
  • Fire Hero Gets Schooled

    10/26/2010 6:30:54 AM PDT · by safetysign · 1 replies
    You Tube ^ | Vanity
    Wake up California. You are being screwed by the public unions in this state...
  • Everyday Heroes: Paying Homage To 1st Responders

    10/04/2010 6:46:43 AM PDT · by BigChiefLtd · 7 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | October 4, 2010 | Gerry Ashley
    Who are “First Responders?” They are the men and women of our local communities who put their lives on the line for each of us on a daily basis by responding to emergency (911) calls. They are Firemen, Police, EMTs and others who have promised each of us that no matter what the emergency, they will be there for us. And it’s a promise they keep every day of their (and our) lives. Dave Carroll knows a lot about this from first-hand experience. He’s been a volunteer fireman in his home town of Waverly, Nova Scotia while building his musical...
  • NYC stops hiring firefighters amid bias suit

    09/18/2010 8:48:03 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    AP via Google ^ | September 17, 2010 | COLLEEN LONG
    NEW YORK — City officials on Friday said the Fire Department of New York won't hire any firefighters until a new entry exam is created to replace one a federal judge said discriminated against minorities, which is expected to take at least a year. A federal judge had ordered the city to choose one of five temporary methods for selecting applicants who had already passed the rejected exam as a way of adding to the department in the meantime. But the city's law department said in a letter to the court that they wouldn't select one because they all involved...
  • Firefighters Save Dogs Life (Video)

    08/23/2010 12:28:48 AM PDT · by Gigantor · 10 replies
    Oakland, California - (Helmet Cam) Firefighters performed rescue breathing on a dog that was found unconscious/unresponsive in a house fire.
  • Harry Reid's Push To Nationalize ALL Cop/Firemen Unions

    06/02/2010 10:19:33 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 7 replies · 319+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 06/02/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid is quietly trying to nationalize rules governing every police, fire and first responder union in the nation. Through the benignly named Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (H.R.413) Reid wants all first responders represented by collective bargaining rules emanating from Washington D.C. Naturally he thinks that it is necessary as a matter of national security. Reid is pushing this monstrosity as a major sop to his union supporters who will greatly benefit from nationalized rules for police and fire unions. This plan would replace with federal rules all state laws on collective bargaining between state...
  • ZOT! Michigan Firemen Setting Fires Over Union Anger

    05/02/2010 3:04:14 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 46 replies · 1,273+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 05/02/10 | Warner Todd Huston
    Why was this story not national news? Outrageously, firemen in Flint, Mich. went about the city setting fires instead of putting them out last month and all because their union wasn't happy with job layoffs. In a vain attempt to stop the layoffs, these union criminals went around setting fires to try and scare Flint's residents in order to goad them to tell city officials to rescind the layoffs. Imagine the breach of trust that this represents between firemen and the citizenry? What next, will Flint policemen commit murders and armed robberies in like manner to the criminal activities...
  • Judge Cites Discrimination in N.Y. Fire Dept. [Discriminatory Testing Procedure]

    01/13/2010 9:21:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies · 726+ views
    NYTimes ^ | January 13th 2010 | Al Baker
    Judge Cites Discrimination in N.Y. Fire Dept. By AL BAKER January 13, 2010 A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that New York City intentionally discriminated against black applicants to the Fire Department by continuing to use an exam that it had been told put them at a disadvantage. It was not a “one-time mistake or the product of benign neglect,” wrote the judge, Nicholas G. Garaufis of Federal District Court in Brooklyn. “It was a part of a pattern, practice and policy of intentional discrimination against black applicants that has deep historical antecedents and uniquely disabling effects.” A remedy will...
  • Firefighters' civil rights case could reshape hiring policies

    04/09/2009 6:24:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 1,447+ views
    Los Angles Times ^ | April 6, 2009 | David G. Savage
    Frank Ricci -- a firefighter in New Haven, Conn. -- spent months listening to study tapes as he drove to work and in the evenings, preparing for a promotional test. It was a once-a-decade chance to move up to a command rank in the fire department. Ricci earned a top score but no promotion. The city had coded the test takers by race, and of the top 15 scorers, 14 were white and one was Latino. Since there were only 15 vacancies, it looked as though no blacks would be promoted. After a racially charged debate that stretched over four...
  • Chicago settles reverse discrimination lawsuit

    03/13/2009 2:38:23 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 2 replies · 603+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 11, 2009
    CHICAGO - After years of legal wrangling, 75 white firefighters will share a $6 million settlement reached with the city of Chicago in a reverse discrimination lawsuit filed over a 1986 lieutenants' exam. Concerned the exam discriminated against black firefighters, the city "race normed" the test's results. A jury later found the test was fair, a decision the U.S. Supreme Court upheld on appeal. City law department spokeswoman Jennifer Hoyle said Tuesday the $6 million is on the "low end" of what the city might have wound up paying. Firefighters' attorney Linda Friedman said a group of 100 other white...
  • Firefighters forced to participate in ‘gay pride’ parade win lawsuit

    02/20/2009 10:43:36 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,432+ views
    CNA ^ | February 19, 2009
    San Diego, Calif., Feb 19, 2009 / 09:45 pm (CNA).- A California jury found on Tuesday that four firefighters, who were ordered by their superiors to participate in the city’s “gay pride” parade were sexually harassed, and awarded them monetary damages from the city. The case dates back to July 2007 when four San Diego firefighters were informed by their superiors that they would be participating in San Diego’s annual “Gay Pride” parade.  Though the four men protested, they were ordered to dress up in full uniform and ride on the fire engine along the parade route. During the...