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August 2, 2010 | By Robert Moran and Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Fire Department started closing fire stations on a daily rotating basis Monday in a budget cutting measure that firefighters union officials claim threatens public safety and which the Nutter administration says will have no discernible impact. The "rolling brownouts" will affect three fire houses per shift and the truth of what that will mean lies somewhere between what both sides say. Some response times will be slower, but the city won't burn down. At Engine Co. 57 in at 5559 Chestnut Street on West Philadelphia - one of the first three stations affected - officials of Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters held a news conference Monday morning to again denounce the brownouts.
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December 22, 1990 | E.W. FAIRCLOTH/ DAILY NEWS
Alma and Angel Arroya get food for Christmas from firefighters at the Norris Square Community Center. Fire Commissioner Roger M. Ulshafer and other Philadelphia firefighters distributed meals to 200 low-income families as part of the Fire Department's Outreach Program. Dinners included roasting chicken, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes and dessert.
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December 22, 1997 | For The Inquirer / JON ADAMS
Firefighters from the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore move garment racks up Greenfield Avenue to their new station house. The company had been quartered in a tent.
NEWS
March 17, 2011
Five firefighters were hospitalized after suffering electrical shocks while fighting a blaze in South Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. The rowhouse fire occurred near the corner of Garnet and McKean Streets around 5 p.m., Ayers said. Three firefighters were transported to Hahnemann University Hospital and the other two were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ayers said the firefighters would be kept overnight for observation as a precaution.
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August 12, 1990 | By Tina Kelley, Special to The Inquirer
After years of debate, Willingboro will be hiring two professional firefighters to add to its volunteer staff of approximately 70. Township manager Sadie Johnson said the firefighters, who are to drive trucks to daytime calls, were expected to begin work before the end of August, as soon as they passed their physical exams. Each firefighter will receive $26,374 a year, the same starting salary as for a township police officer. That the township hire professional firefighters was "the recommendation of the fire company commissioners who came in at budget time and talked to us about the problems they were having with daytime calls," Mayor Doreatha Campbell said.
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February 11, 1987 | By Patrisia Gonzales, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, a Camden firefighter pulled a charred man from a Liberty Street fire, leaving blood on the firefighter's hands and face. The firefighter, who now suffers from Hepatitis B, suspects he may have contracted the disease from the victim's body fluids and blood. But, because the fire victim died, there is no way to prove that the firefighter contracted the disease on the job. And the firefighter, who declined to be identified, still has relapses of the disease, becoming jaundiced and weak.
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November 16, 2011
Five firefighters were hospitalized after their vehicle overturned Wednesday night in Burlington County, authorities said. Their injuries were not life-threatening. The accident occurred at 7:33 p.m. at Route 38 and Smithville Road in Lumberton, authorities said. The vehicle was identified as Engine 1311 of Lumberton Fire Company No. 1. The firefighters were transported to Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly and Lourdes Medical Center in Willingboro. There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident.
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August 6, 1989 | By Tom Linafelt, Special to The Inquirer
The days of fire poles, dalmations and clanging bells are over. Today's firefighters could soon be banned from riding on the backs of the hook and ladders. In response to a federal government recommendation, West Chester's Goodwill Fire Company has bought a former ambulance and will convert it into a "firefighter transporter. " David Smiley of the Goodwill Fire Company said he expects the recommendation to be passed into a law that would require all firefighters to be wearing seat belts to and from fires.
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June 24, 1992 | BY ORLANDO A. JEWETT
I am a City of Philadelphia firefighter. I am writing this letter in regard to Mayor Rendell's proposal to City Council and the PICA board that all city workers take a pay freeze for four years and accept cuts in their health and holiday benefits. This letter is not the view of the Fire Department nor its employees. It is not my intention to express the department's views on this proposal, but to give a personal opinion. Why do city employees have to make the biggest sacrifices?
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July 7, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey State Police closed the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in Oldmans Township, Salem County, around 6 p.m. Sunday after a bus caught on fire and pulled to the side of the road. The driver and around 50 passengers exited the bus safely. "There were no injuries," said Sgt. Brian Weiner of the New Jersey State Police. Firefighters called additional material to the scene to keep the flames from spreading. The highway remained closed to vacationers heading home and other traffic at 6:45 p.m.
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June 21, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Perno watched closely as Joshua George sprinkled tomatoes and mozzarella onto flatbread. George, a chef and dietitian, was manning the grill outside the Merchantville Fire Department, making the unusual pizzas for firefighters and their family members Friday as part of a Camden County and Cooper University Health Care program to promote healthy living among local first responders. About 75 percent of firefighters are obese, according to Cooper officials. Perno, 39, has been a volunteer firefighter with the Merchantville department for 13 years.
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June 10, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
JOE SCHULLE has seen the city's 2,100 firefighters and paramedics through a new contract, a controversial firefighter death and a sex scandal. Now, he's stepping down after a tumultuous two-year term to return to firefighting and let new leaders take over the firefighters and paramedics union. Andrew Thomas, a hazardous materials fire lieutenant and 23-year department veteran, was sworn in last night as the new president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 22. Union members last month voted in Thomas as well as Eddie Marks, a retired battalion chief who spent 38 years in the department, and Mike Bresnan, a firefighter and union recording secretary under Schulle, as first and second vice presidents, respectively.
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May 2, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Prosecutors called the former firefighter the Pied Piper of his neighborhood, for the trail of children constantly following him. John Corcoran, 20, of Glenolden, bought the kids McDonald's meals and toys, let them use his hot tub, and took them swimming. But according to investigators, Corcoran was a serial child abuser. Pornography charges lodged against him in a recently unsealed federal indictment carry a maximum jail term of 610 years. In addition, he has been charged in two related Delaware County Court cases with sexual abuse of children and arson.
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April 30, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The morning after Paul Jordan was expelled from a Montgomery County fire company, he returned to the firehouse. He pulled out a gun, ordered his former colleagues to sit on the floor in the basement, and fired a shot into the wall just inches from one firefighter's head, Mark Logan, president of the LaMott Fire Company, recalled. "He said, 'Some will leave. The others will leave in bags, including myself,' " Logan testified at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. Jordan, 25, of Philadelphia, wiped tears from his eyes as Logan recounted the March 31 hostage-taking.
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April 11, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
In a photograph that accompanied stories about Firefighter Joyce Craig's death, her kind eyes suggest she was there for anyone in need. But recent reports indicate that the Fire Department wasn't quite prepared to be there for her. That may be why a deputy fire commissioner allegedly asked a department investigator to alter a tough preliminary report on the West Oak Lane basement fire that led to Craig's death. Fortunately, the investigator, Deputy Chief Richard Davison, wrote that he "respectfully refused" to change his findings.
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April 2, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former volunteer firefighter in Montgomery County held four fellow firefighters hostage at gunpoint Tuesday morning before being taken into custody, Cheltenham Township police said. Police Chief John Norris said Paul Jordan, 25, had been fired from the LaMott Fire Company in Elkins Park the day before. Jordan allegedly entered the unlocked fire station Tuesday morning with a 9mm handgun and held the other men hostage in the basement for about an hour before surrendering, police said.
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March 19, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO OF THE SEVEN firefighters embroiled in a lurid sex scandal have decided to accept their punishment, officials said yesterday. The two men had been scheduled to appear in front of a disciplinary trial board yesterday in response to allegations that a troubled young paramedic was goaded into performing humiliating, unwanted sex acts - some of which reportedly were filmed by the participants and shared without her permission - since joining the...
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March 19, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
AS FIRE officials wade through the "perfect storm" of errors that led to a firefighter's death in a December blaze in West Oak Lane, a ruling has been reached in what caused the inferno. And it's far from conclusive. After months of investigation, the Fire Marshal's Office has ruled the cause of the blaze that claimed the life of Lt. Joyce Craig "undetermined. " In a release yesterday, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said that the ruling comes after conducting "over 40 interviews as well as thoroughly investigating the scene for seven days.
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March 18, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two firefighters were injured Monday when their ladder touched high-voltage power lines at the scene of a North Philadelphia blaze. Both men were awake, alert, and talking after the incident, according to Fire Department officials. Firefighter Robert Taylor of Ladder Company 14, a 14-year veteran, was admitted to the Temple University Hospital burn unit for treatment. A hospital spokesman said Taylor was in fair condition Monday evening. Firefighter Eugene Coulter, also of Ladder 14 and a nine-year veteran, sustained minor injuries.
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