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Photo Essay: Wildfires — When the woods burn around your homes Special

Wildfires put communities in danger and interrupts daily activities. A single fire can destroy homes leaving many homeless. And owners sometimes will die in a tragic and futile effort to save their homes.
Digital Journal Report by George McGinn - 8 comments

Crimea firemen switch sides in Soviet-style ceremony

- Crimea's firefighters proudly switched allegiance on Tuesday, becoming the disputed peninsula's first department under Russia's full control after a hastily arranged ceremony reminiscent of the Soviet era."Lutsevich!
In the Media by Maria ANTONOVA (AFP)

Switzerland hosts first national fire hydrant toss event

The Scots toss the caber, and apparently Alpine farmers have a traditional stone toss event, and now some firemen in the canton of Aargau have come up with their own version. The first-ever national "toss the fire hydrant event."
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Firefighters gaining, but Rim Fire increases to 187,466 acres

Groveland - Firefighters continue to battle the flames in California's Sierra mountains, but the fire continues to grow. Still more than 5,500 structures threatened.
In the Media by Gar Swaffar - 7 comments

Hundreds evacuated in Mallorca due to out-of-control forest fires

Andraitx - 700 people have been evacuated from the town of Estellencs in the west of Mallorca as a fierce forest fire rages out of control. 300 firefighters from all over the island are fighting the blaze.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

Las Vegas-area wildfire has consumed 25,500 acres since July 1 Special

Las Vegas - The wildfire raging west of the Las Vegas Valley was started by a lightning strike on July 1 and since then it has consumed more than 25,000 acres. The costs of fighting it are nearing $6 million and counting.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 3 comments

Op-Ed: 19 firefighters who died as heroes

Prescott - Nineteen firefighters lost their lives while fighting a wildfire in Arizona, the hightest amount of firefighters to lose their life in the line of duty since the 343 firefighters died on 9/11.
In the Media by Timothy Whitt - 1 comment

Firefighters lost in Arizona fire

Prescott - The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona has claimed the lives of firefighters. The official pronouncement came just before 8:00 p.m. PST tonight.
In the Media by Gar Swaffar - 2 comments

Baby dumped in toilet rescued from sewage pipe

A baby boy just a few days old, dumped in a toilet, was rescued by firefighters who took him to hospital still stuck inside the connecting sewage pipe.
In the Media by Lesley Lanir - 9 comments

Review: Powerful documentary BURN opening May 3 in Toronto Special

Detroit - In the 1950s Detroit was thriving. Times have changed. The population is down to 750,000 from 1.8 million with a third of the people unemployed. For the Detroit Fire Department it's a powder keg that ignites every night of the year.
Digital Journal Report by KJ Mullins

5 Firefighters taken hostage in Georgia

At least five firefighters have been taken hostage in northwest Georgia, with the hostage taker barricading himself alongside the firefighters.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari

Safe traps Toronto man

Toronto - A young party-goer who decided to act out a alcohol-infused dare had to rely on the Toronto Fire department to free him after being trapped inside a safe.
In the Media by Richard Mccallum

Firemen join locksmiths in fight against evictions in Spain

As heartbreaking evictions continue in Spain due to the financial crisis, firefighters have now joined the protest against removing people from their homes by refusing to assist the bailiffs.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

Local police and firefighters protest again in Fuengirola (video) Special

Fuengirola - It seems that Tuesday is turning into a day for protest by local police and firefighters in Fuengirola, as for the second week in a row, whistles and noise filled the town centre.
Digital Journal Report by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

Atlantic City firefighters sworn into office with iPad Bible app

In America, taking any kind of public office meant taking an oath where you put your hand on a Bible. Atlantic City firefighters had to do a bit of a twist on the tradition by using an iPad Bible app instead.
In the Media by Abigail Prendergast - 5 comments

Police, firefighters protest at Town Hall in Fuengirola (video) Special

Fuengirola - The local police and firefighters in Fuengirola have had enough of all the cuts to their salaries and benefits. They protested, with much noise, in front of the Town Hall on Tuesday.
Digital Journal Report by Anne Sewell - 10 comments

Spengler's note: 'I do what I like doing best – killing people'

Webster - William Spengler, the shooter in the Christmas Eve neighborhood blaze in Webster, NY, and the deaths of two people, left a note. The note said he wanted to do what he liked best: killing people.
In the Media by Can Tran - 52 comments

FDNY honors Sandy Hook victim who dreamt of being a firefighter

Newtown - Daniel Barden, a student at Sandy Hook Elementary School, idolized his father's cousins who are firefighters with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY).
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

'Stand The Wall' operation shields Sandy Hook funerals from WBC

Newtown - Two days after Anonymous revealed Westboro Baptist Church's (WBC) plan to protest the funerals of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, members of the law enforcement and firefighting community decided to step in.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 11 comments

Video: Dutch dog becomes volunteer fireman

Harderwijk - The video of a dog in the Netherlands who decided to become a volunteer fireman has gone viral, receiving nearly 1.1 million views in the last 10 days.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 2 comments

Video: Firefighters release Chinese boy stuck in stone balustrade

He probably just wanted to peep through the hole, but he got more than he bargained for and rescuers were called to release him.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Photos of dog protecting puppies from house fire go viral

Temuco - One of the latest aww-worthy photos to go viral online focus on a German Shepherd reportedly saving her puppies from a house fire in Chile. The photos show Amanda gripping her pups in her jaws and placing them on a fire truck.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 5 comments

Greece battles against raging fires

Firefighters and soldiers battling fires raging for a second day in Greece are hindered by gale-force winds. Greek authorities have asked for help from Italy, France and Croatia, as more firefighting planes are needed.
In the Media by Katerina Nikolas

Sex Show turns up the heat in Halifax Special

Halifax - Halifax Harbour may be surrounded by a plentitude of water, but it is on fire. Local firefighters are doing nothing to stop it.
Digital Journal Report by Sara Star - 2 comments

Six firefighters killed in forest fire in Chile, arson suspected

Temuco - Six firefighters were killed and two were seriously burned while fighting a forest fire in the Araucania region in Chile; another worker is still missing. Authorities believe arson is involved.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar

Fire erupts in Universal Studios backlot

Los Angeles - A fire started in a three-story building located inside the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot. There have been no reports of any injuries.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

More than 120 firefighters needed to contain fire in building

Los Angeles - A massive fire that started inside a business located in Exposition Park took a team of over 120 firefighters to put out the flames.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

Man who was locked out of home gets stuck sliding down chimney

Lubbock - A Texas man, who had accidentally locked himself out of his home, became stuck inside his chimney after attempting to slide down the shaft. Firefighters had to be called to make the rescue.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald - 1 comment

Kentucky town loses half of its firefighters over dispute

Hustonville - The small town has just seen a mass exodus of half of its firefighters after the local mayor accused the staff of misusing their firehouse.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

The Twins of the Twin Towers

New York - This is another BBC Television documentary about the day the world changed, about those who survived, and those who didn’t.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 20 comments
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Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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Firefighters from the FDNY and other departments stand at attention during the funeral procession fo...
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Firefighters from the FDNY and other departments stand at attention during the funeral procession for Daniel Barden.
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Firefighters hooking up a pump truck to a nearby fire hydrant to continue to battle the flames.
Firefighters hooking up a pump truck to a nearby fire hydrant to continue to battle the flames.
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Barely visible through the smoke  a sheriff s helicopter  outfitted with a 300 gallon tank  dumps it...
Barely visible through the smoke, a sheriff's helicopter, outfitted with a 300 gallon tank, dumps its load on top of the fire where fireman can't get to.
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President Obama places a wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
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President Obama places a wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
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The brave men who lost their lives this week in the wildfires in Arizona
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The brave men who lost their lives this week in the wildfires in Arizona
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A fireman ensures that everyone leaves this house as a fire in the back is about to overrun it. A wo...
A fireman ensures that everyone leaves this house as a fire in the back is about to overrun it. A woman is holding her dog as the fireman helps other occupants. The firemen were able to stop the fire before it reached their back yard and saved the house.
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The smoke from one of the fires and the heat of the flames distort the sun and almost blots it out.
The smoke from one of the fires and the heat of the flames distort the sun and almost blots it out.
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Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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Families near a wildfire prepare to evacuate their homes while firemen with their truck is down the ...
Families near a wildfire prepare to evacuate their homes while firemen with their truck is down the road battling the blaze.
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irefighters stand at the funeral for Daniel Barden  7  a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School ...
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irefighters stand at the funeral for Daniel Barden, 7, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Newtown, Conn.
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 Don t play with security.  No more cuts!  Officials are not the problem.  Local police & firefi...
"Don't play with security. No more cuts! Officials are not the problem." Local police & firefighters protest in front of the Town Hall in Fuengirola on 19 February 2013.
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Protesting firefighters spray police officers with water and foam in Brussels  Belgium.
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Protesting firefighters spray police officers with water and foam in Brussels, Belgium.
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Protesting firefighters in Brussels  Belgium spray police officers with foam.
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Protesting firefighters in Brussels, Belgium spray police officers with foam.
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Retired firefighters standing near the famous statue near Queen s Park.
Retired firefighters standing near the famous statue near Queen's Park.
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Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their sala...
Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their salaries, February 12, 2013. Police officer lighting a paint bomb.
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Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their sala...
Local police and firefighters protesting at the Town Hall in Fuengirola about 25% cuts to their salaries, February 12, 2013. Police officer lighting a paint bomb.
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