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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...
  • Are Boston firemen scamming the system?

    01/20/2009 7:24:44 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 16 replies · 555+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/20/2009 | Moneyrunner
    Between 2003 and 2006, the city paid $43.5 million to hundreds of firefighters on injury leave - all of it tax-free. Among the recipients: 132 firefighters who collected more than $100,000 each during that period. Of those, 20 received between $200,000 and $337,000, according to a Globe analysis of city payroll records. ... Taken together, nearly 20 percent of the department's payroll goes to fund injured leave and overtime pay. ... Injured-leave pay is full wages, tax-free. Disability pensions are 72 percent of pay, also tax-free. ... Fire Commissioner Roderick L. Fraser, who took the post 13 months ago, said...
  • Retired FDNY Capt. determined to remember fallen Bravest

    01/16/2009 5:26:53 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 494+ views
    nydailynews ^ | 10.13.08 | LISA L. COLANGELO
      Retired FDNY Capt. Manny Fernandez with Daily News front page covering '66 fire that killed 12 Bravest.  Manny Fernandez still remembers the "boom" he heard on that tragic day in 1966.  He was a 32-year-old firefighter with Engine 18, battling an inferno that engulfed several buildings in Chelsea. "I started yelling '18!18!' and I figured somebody would answer," he recalled sadly in an interview last week. "Nobody answered." The Oct. 17, 1966, fire claimed the lives of 12 New York City firefighters. It was the worst loss of life in the department before the Sept. 11 terror attacks. ...
  • Fr. Mychal Judge:Ground Zero Hero

    09/11/2008 9:21:25 AM PDT · by tcg · 7 replies · 138+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/11/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Little did I expect to see the bombed out buildings in New York that week.It reminded me of Belfast and of Fr. Mike.I guess when I heard that a priest had died giving the last Sacrament to a firefighter, I was not surprised to hear that it was Fr. Mike. Neither was Fr. Mychal I am sure. He was ready.He died the way he lived, as a saint and an instrument of peace. We now know that he removed his hat to honor his fallen comrade and as he pronounced the prayers of the Church he joined him in the...
  • Second Circuit: race-conscious discarding of test results OK

    06/15/2008 12:26:35 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 23 replies · 79+ views
    Point of ^ | 6-13-2008 | Walter Olson
    The city of New Haven, Connecticut, went to great lengths to devise a firefighter test that would not have "disparate impact" on minority applicants, but when the results of the 2003 test-taking came in, applying the city's "Rule of Three" which required selection from among the highest scorers, "no blacks and at most two Hispanics would have been eligible for promotion to captain and no blacks or Hispanics would have been eligible to make lieutenant". So the city civil service board vacated the results, frankly acknowledging that it was in search of better minority hiring numbers. White applicants sued and...
  • Afghan student firefighters put to the test

    05/20/2008 5:27:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 25+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Petty Officer 1st Class Douglas Mappin, USN
    5/20/2008 - KABUL, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Eleven Afghan National Army Air Corps student firefighters tested during an unexpected training exercise held May 12 here. The exercise was the culminating event of a four-month course designed to prepare the members of the ANAAC for emergencies of all types. The course has been conducted under the sole mentorship of Master Sgt. Michael Marascia, a Combined Air Power Transition Force instructor, who is deployed from the Civil Engineer Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. "Initially, they had some basic knowledge of fighting fires," Sergeant Marascia said. "But before we arrived, they did...
  • Jake busted on drug rap Cops say firefighter had dope in BFD car

    03/08/2008 1:09:39 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 1,124+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 03/08/08 | O'Ryan Johnson
    One day after Boston fire union officials stormed out of talks with the city over drug testing, a uniformed jake was arrested in Dorchester when cops spotted him allegedly smoking a joint inside a department car, police said. Anthony Gaston, 47, a 25-year veteran of the Boston Fire Department, was arrested for possession of marijuana, and illegal possession of prescription drugs, police said. Gaston is a fire prevention officer and is assigned a Fire Department car for his job inspecting gas stations and oil tanks to ensure code compliance, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. MacDonald said Gaston was...
  • Attacks on firefighters rising, says union (UK)

    02/13/2008 9:23:26 AM PST · by marthemaria · 25 replies · 145+ views ^ | By Lucy Cockcroft
    Attacks on firefighters rising, says union Firefighters are being subjected to an increasing number of violent attacks despite Government claims to the contrary, new figures show. The FBU wants better protection for fire crews Crews are regularly being spat on and pelted with bricks, bottles, burning wood and stones as they try to save lives across England and Wales. The Fire Brigades Union has revealed that assaults increased by 15 per cent last year, although government statistics show a fall of 68 per cent. Figures obtained by the union under the Freedom of Information Act reveal the number of attacks...
  • Fire brigade 'discriminating against white men'

    01/26/2008 7:31:27 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 7 replies · 110+ views ^ | Jan 26, 08 | Richard Savill
    A fire brigade has been accused of pursuing a policy of discrimination after it excluded white men from part of a recruitment drive. Only women and people from ethnic minorities are allowed to attend four of the five open days being held by Avon Fire Service to attract new recruits. The brigade has been criticised after recruitment days were restricted to women and ethnic minorities The fire brigade said it was targeting specific groups because currently 97 per cent of its 921 employees are white men. But MPs, serving firefighters and race relations groups questioned whether it was acting illegally...
  • (Dhimmitude Beats Out Safety) Judge Rules For Bearded D.C. Firefighters

    09/29/2007 3:43:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies · 249+ views
    Judge Rules for Bearded DC Firefighters By SARAH KARUSH – 21 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday struck down a requirement that firefighters in the District of Columbia be clean-shaven. A group of firefighters who wear beards for religious reasons first sued in 2001 to challenge the fire department's "grooming policy." That policy was replaced with a safety policy in 2005 that held that beards are not compatible with breathing units because they make it impossible to form a tight seal around the face. U.S. District Judge James Robertson ruled that the district did not meet...
  • Lesbian Fire Chief Orders San Diego Gay Pride March

    08/12/2007 9:33:09 PM PDT · by 1-505th_airborne_medic · 52 replies · 8,703+ views
    Opintion Editorials ^ | August 07, 2007 | Steve Yuhas
    t has always been a burning question for me: does size matter to lesbians. Unfortunately for the lesbian fire chief of San Diego, Tracy Jarman, we know the answer is yes because when she ordered that four straight firefighters to endure hours of sexual harassment for the enjoyment of the gays lining the gay pride parade route all bets were off. After all, she did not want her fire department to be outshined by the gaily marching San Diego police chief. So now we know the answer, but it is going to be an expensive lesson to learn because while...
  • Firefighters forced to join in 'Gay Pride' parade

    08/07/2007 3:43:15 AM PDT · by Man50D · 65 replies · 1,631+ views ^ | August 7, 2007
    Four firefighters are suing the city of San Diego for being forced by their superiors to attend the annual "Gay Pride" parade where they endured a barrage of sexual taunts and lewd gestures. San Diego's fire chief, Tracy Jarman, is an open lesbian who called the July 21 parade a "fun event" in which "all employees are encouraged to participate." But the firefighters said, unlike previous years, they were ordered into uniform to participate in the parade in their fire truck, despite repeated their protests. The firefighters' legal counsel, the Thomas More Law Center, said the men were "left with...
  • [Prayers needed : near Charleston, South Carolina] Several Firefighters Missing At West Ashley Fire

    06/18/2007 10:22:48 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 78 replies · 2,679+ views ^ | 18 Jun 2007
    The search is underway for as many as seven missing firefighters at the scene of a West Ashley fire. Charleston Mayor Joe Riley told reporters that several firefighters from three different local agencies were unaccounted for after the Sofa Superstore collapsed, but provided no further details. The fire broke out late Monday afternoon, shutting down part of Highway 17 near Wappoo Road. Flames were spotted shooting from the roof and thick black smoke billowed into the sky and could be seen as far away as James Island. Local residents and bystanders attempted to assist firefighters contain the fire. Some moved...
  • Austin officials: Female firefighter's locker defaced

    01/10/2007 5:48:25 AM PST · by Jonx6 · 77 replies · 1,729+ views
    AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Tony Plohetski, Kate Alexander
    Police investigating incident at North Austin station. Authorities are investigating an incident in which a recently promoted Austin firefighter found human excrement smeared on her locker at a Duval Road fire station. Firefighter Rebecca Farris discovered the waste when she showed up to work Dec. 21, about four months after being promoted to drive the fire engine at Station 25 in Northwest Austin, fire officials said Tuesday. Officials said she also found urine in a shampoo bottle. Assistant City Manager Mike McDonald said police investigators might require the 15 firefighters assigned to the station to provide DNA and fingerprint samples...
  • Firemen Turn on Police in Paris Demo

    11/29/2006 7:20:27 PM PST · by TheMole · 22 replies · 938+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | November 22, 2006 | amb/AFP/dpa/AP
    Firemen and police usually stand united as fellow civil servants. Not in Paris, where a stand-off between thousands of fire fighters and their police counterparts resulted in injury, property damage and chaos in the French capital.A demonstration of firefighters in Paris turned violent on Tuesday. And vulgar. Police say fifteen officers were wounded and two are in serious condition after protesters hurled flares, street signs and other heavy objects at them. A police vehicle, another car and several trash cans were also set ablaze. Thirty-five firemen have been taken into custody.
  • Canadian city sets underwear rule for firefighters

    10/26/2006 7:53:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 637+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10.24.06
    A Canadian city under pressure for alleged sexual harassment within its fire department has ordered firefighters to wear only boxer-style underwear. Richmond, British Columbia will spend C$16,000 (7,600 pounds) to buy six pairs of underwear for each firefighter in a bid to make firehalls in the suburb of Vancouver more gender neutral, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. "We supply firefighters with various pieces of gear such as gloves, now it's underwear," city official Ted Townsend told the Vancouver Sun, saying it was part of the "integration of the sexes in the workplace."A recent investigation of the department described its workplace...
  • Update: Now 4 Firefighters Perish Battling Cabazon Blaze (Investigators: Arson Fire Palm Springs)

    10/26/2006 11:48:53 AM PDT · by kellynla · 457 replies · 10,675+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11:20 AM PDT, October 26, 2006 | Michael Muskal and Maeve Reston
    CABAZON, Calif. -- A fast-moving fire killed at least three firefighters, prompted mandatory evacuations and burned more than 4,000 acres in Riverside County this morning, officials said. The Esperanza fire in Cabazon, some 90 miles east of Los Angeles and about 20 miles northwest of Palm Springs, was reported at 1:12 a.m., Becky Luther, a spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department, said in a telephone interview. "It's a very serious fire," Luther said. "There are Santa Ana conditions and the fire is fast moving." Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told reporters that three firefighters were killed fighting the blaze. The U.S....
  • Tough neighborhood, but duty first (Firemen in Iraq)

    10/18/2006 6:05:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 224+ views
    Fire fighters from the Al Benook Fire Station in eastern Baghdad run toward a mock fire during a media visit Oct. 3. Photo by Norris Jones. BAGHDAD -- As a fire fighter, he’s working in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the world. Jwaad Mohammed, chief of the Al Benook Fire Station in East Baghdad, has 15 years of experience as an emergency responder. He says his 52-person squad gets three or four calls daily, as they’re responsible for a 12-sector area involving some 60 streets and several hundred-thousand residents. They also provide mutual support to nearby fire stations when...
  • Tom Paxton 9/11 folk song: The Bravest

    09/10/2006 2:56:28 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 9 replies · 326+ views
    Tom Paxton site ^ | 09/09/06 | Tom Paxton
    "As I sat and watched the horror unfold on 9/11, I could smell the acrid smoke drifting south from the Pentagon. There was a never ending line of cars heading away from Washington. With the rest of the world I watched the towers come down and among the victims were 343 New York firemen. I'll never be able to look at a fireman or woman again without knowing that he or she would lay down their lives for me without ever knowing my name. We can never thank them enough." The first plane hit the other tower Right after I...
  • 911 tribute song -- FREE download of MP3 "THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN"

    09/07/2006 1:39:32 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 9 replies · 1,024+ views ^ | 9-7-06 | dfu
    At the CONCERT FOR NEW YORK, shortly after 911, fireman Mike Moran took the stage for an announcement. He lost his older brother, Batallion Commander and FReeper John Moran -- BCM. For the whole world to see and hear, he told Osama bin Laden to "kiss my royal Irish ass." This song was the inspiration for the song that has been played around the world. DOWNLOAD IT HERE - THE BALLAD OF MIKE MORAN
  • Booze ban sparks mass resignation at (Newfoundland) fire hall

    06/13/2006 5:36:03 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 11 replies · 537+ views
    CBC ^ | June 13, 2006 | Staff
    The entire volunteer fire department in a Newfoundland town has resigned, following a new policy that forbids drinking alcohol in the local fire hall. The Point Leamington fire hall had doubled for years as an unofficial bar for the community of about 700 on the island's northeast coast. Fire Chief Fraser Stuckless said he complied with a town order this spring to stop selling booze to the public. However, he said the force of a dozen firefighters should still be allowed to enjoy a drink on special occasions. "The other fire departments, they do have alcohol …. The alcohol is...
  • FDNY Performs Dramatic Roof Rescue at Blaze

    03/02/2006 1:45:17 PM PST · by XR7 · 8 replies · 832+ views
    Fire forced a women to climb out of a window on the 25th floor of an apartment building. As she dangled 250 feet in the air, her husband and firefighters struggled to pull her to safety. It happened at 1700 Bedford Avenue in the Crown Heights, section of Brooklyn. That's where we find Eyewitness News reporter Stacey Sager, live with the story. It is not a time when you want to look down, that's for sure. In fact it's hard to believe anyone could stay clam when they're hanging off the roof of a high rise building. There's no doubt...
  • 2 firemen die in blaze

    02/22/2006 12:24:17 PM PST · by outlaw1_2003 · 11 replies · 276+ views
    The Decatur Daily ^ | 2-22-06 | Clyde Stancil
    MOULTON, ALABAMA — Two firefighters died Tuesday when the wall of a commercial building collapsed on them shortly before 10 p.m. Lawrence County Coroner Greg Randolph identified them as Moulton Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Lloyd McCulloch and Justin Jones.
  • Battleship Brouhaha

    02/18/2006 7:18:58 PM PST · by george76 · 69 replies · 3,931+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2006 | Hannity & Colmes
    from "Hannity & Colmes," ... SEAN HANNITY...from San Francisco tonight, the board of supervisors here overwhelmingly voted to reject a plan last year that would bring the historic World War II Iowa battleship right here to San Francisco harbor, as a museum and tourist center. We're now joined by one of the supervisors that voted against that plan, Gerardo Sandoval is with us. You don't want a symbol of war in the harbor. Is what you said to me. GERARDO SANDOVAL: That's right... it's a warship and it's got guns on it. It fires things. You know, you can't deny...
  • Firefighter Kills 1 wounds 2 the 4th got away... Lets hear it for the second amendment!

    10/07/2005 4:23:41 AM PDT · by SouthernBoyupNorth · 12 replies · 998+ views
    1060 kyw talk radio ^ | 07 oct 05 | Al Novack
    An early morning break-in to a Nicetown home resulted in an off-duty firefighter returning gunfire after being fired upon. One intruder is dead, two are wounded, and one suspect escaped.
  • Firefighters Tear Apart Wrong Vehicle

    07/23/2005 11:31:32 AM PDT · by Cowman · 17 replies · 777+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Fri Jul 22
    Fri Jul 22, 8:17 PM ET ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany firefighters were tearing apart a minivan as part of a training exercise when someone noticed the personal items inside. That's when they realized they had trashed the wrong vehicle. This week, Albany officials approved the city's share of the $12,000 bill for the 2002 Dodge Caravan that was mistakenly ripped open during a drill at a junk yard a year ago. Officials say the firefighters routinely practice accident scene rescue techniques by tearing open donated junked cars. In June 2004, they were supposed to practice on an older vehicle located...
  • Independence Day - Being Thankful For Our

    07/01/2005 5:46:38 AM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 1 replies · 252+ views
    Vanity ^ | 7/01/2005 | Joe Twohig
    Those who serve and those who have served, the men and women of the US military along with our police and firemen deserve to hear from us this weekend. Let them know how much you appreciate their committment to our freedom and protection. Visit
  • Feminism run amok

    03/24/2005 10:13:59 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 9 replies · 424+ views
    CFP ^ | March 24, 2005 | Klaus Rohrich
    The recent events in Atlanta are yet another example of how feminism and affirmative action are failing society. For those who may have forgotten, an accused rapist named Brian Nichols was brought before a judge in an Atlanta courtroom, guarded by a deputy sheriff. In the courtroom, the accused, a 200 lb former college running back, overpowered his guard, a 5-foot tall female deputy, who was also a grandmother, relieved her of her side arm and killed 4 people, including the grandmother. Since this has transpired I have heard very little from the media about the advisability of having 100-lb....
  • Promise Keeper, by Bernie Kerik (America's 9/11 Police Commissioner)

    11/01/2004 6:23:11 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 1,542+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 1, 2004 | BERNARD KERIK
    ...I am voting for George W. Bush because he has shown me that he has the resolve and the strength to fight and win the war against terrorism. In this year's presidential election, the first held since the attacks of 9/11, the most important election in our lifetime, these qualities have never been more critical. I'm voting for President Bush because I was the commissioner of the New York City Police Department on 9/11 and I watched the planes crash into the World Trade Center, and take the lives of 23 of my cops, 37 Port Authority officers, 343 firefighters...
  • Cedar Valley, IA Firefighters Rally for Bush

    10/01/2004 10:40:58 AM PDT · by conservativo · 184+ views
    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | October 1, 2004 | Adam Morris
    WATERLOO --- About two dozen Cedar Valley firefighters this morning announced their pick for president --- George W. Bush. The firefighters said they're united behind President Bush despite the international firefighters union's endorsement of Democratic nominee John Kerry. The firefighters made their announcement at a rally outside Veterans Memorial Hall. "Nationally and locally, it's been put out that firefighters are for Kerry --- we're for Bush," said Steve Jordan, a Waterloo firefighter and former Republican state legislative candidate, who organized the rally. He is the brother of Republican Black Hawk County supervisor candidate Scott Jordan. Kurt Graven, a Waterloo firefighter...
  • BLM Signs Alternative Consultation Agreement for National Fire Plan Projects on Endangered Species

    04/04/2004 11:12:27 AM PDT · by farmfriend · 3 replies · 154+ views
    BLM ^ | 03/31/04
    BLM Signs Alternative Consultation Agreement for National Fire Plan Projects on Endangered Species The BLM signed an Alternative Consultation Agreement (ACA) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on March 3, 2004. The ACA was required under the joint counterpart regulations to the Endangered Species Act that the FWS and NMFS developed jointly with Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The joint counterpart regulation to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides alternative procedures that may be used to comply with the federal agency...