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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.
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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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April 25, 2006 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four firefighters and a battalion chief were rushed to the hospital after they were shocked, likely by downed electrical wires, as they were fighting a three-alarm blaze in West Philadelphia early yesterday. Two of the injured were admitted for overnight treatment. The other three were treated and released, Executive Fire Chief Daniel Williams said. Authorities ruled out lightning as the cause and said they believed the shock was caused by live wires that had fallen during the fire and came in contact with a ladder truck.
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June 17, 2016
Firefighters at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in South Jersey contained a brush fire Wednesday morning that burned about 2,000 acres along the gunnery ranges at the military facility in Burlington and Ocean Counties, base officials said. The fire began at a range about 8 a.m. Tuesday. A fire Saturday that started at another range and burned about 390 acres was extinguished. There were no reported injuries, and no structural damage or threats to private residences or property, officials said.
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May 29, 2016
A former Atlantic County firefighter was sentenced Thursday to one year of probation for stealing more than $75,000 from a benevolent association fund, prosecutors said. Michael C. Palmer, 36, of Somers Point, also was ordered to pay full restitution to the New Jersey Fireman's Mutual Benevolent Association Local 41. While employed as a lieutenant with the Margate Fire Department, Palmer used his position as secretary-treasurer of Local 41 to take the money from its bank accounts from 2011 until 2014.
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May 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A Bucks County firefighter was reportedly injured after falling off the roof of a home in Bensalem while battling a Saturday morning blaze. Firefighters responded to the house on the 1100 block of Tennis Avenue, where heavy black smoke spiraled into the air, around 9:10 a.m. The fire was put under control in about half an hour, a county dispatcher said. The dispatcher said one person was taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital in Philadelphia, but did not have further details.
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April 20, 2016 | By Tia Yang, Staff Writer
Michael Grant, 62, of Southwest Philadelphia, a decorated former Philadelphia firefighter who retired as a lieutenant, died Saturday, April 9 of cardiac arrest at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Lt. Grant retired in 2012 after 28 years with the department. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2003 and assigned to the Fire Prevention Division in 2004. In 2009, Lt. Grant received the T. Seddon Duke Award, the department's highest honor in fire prevention. The department credited Grant with bringing in a $280,000 FEMA grant for fire-prevention programs.
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April 14, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A former firefighter was convicted by a jury in Camden County on Tuesday of fraudulently collecting a state disability pension while competing in mixed martial arts and earning his black belt in jujitsu, prosecutors said. Shane B. Streater, 41, of Camden, was found guilty of second-degree theft by deception after a weeklong trial before Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley. Streater was a Camden City firefighter when he applied for an accidental disability pension in 2009, claiming that he could no longer perform his job because of two alleged work-related injuries to his back and neck.
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March 19, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A firefighter and another man suffered minor injuries Thursday morning after a blaze broke out at a two-story West Philadelphia home, authorities said. The fire, reported about 9:30 a.m., was put under control half an hour later. Capt. William Dixon, a Fire Department spokesman, said firefighters found heavy fire throughout the home on the 5300 block of Race Street, near Ruby Street, but did not find anyone inside. He said one firefighter suffered a burn to his right foot and was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was in stable condition.
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February 17, 2016 | RealTime Desk
Fifteen people from six families have been displaced by an overnight fire that damaged three rowhouses in Norristown, officials said. Firefighters braved temperatures in the teens to control the fire that started in one rowhouse on the 1200 block of Powell street about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and spread to the two adjoining homes. Arriving firefighters rescued two people who fled to a porch to escape the flames. One firefighter reportedly suffered a minor injury. A SEPTA bus was brought in as a warming station for the displaced and chilled firefighters.
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February 15, 2016 | By Patricia Madej and Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITERS
The 4600 block of Griscom Street in Frankford looked more like a skating rink than its normal mix of businesses and homes after 150 Philadelphia firefighters spent much of Saturday fighting a six-alarm fire. A firefighter at the scene called the site a "collapse zone. " Crews arrived at the scene of the fire, which started at Joe's Auto Body repair shop, at about 9:35 a.m. It was brought under control at 2:03 p.m. The fire spread back through the block to Frankford Avenue, damaging seven to eight buildings, most of them commercial, officials at the scene said.
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February 13, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Fire Department will no longer use "brownouts" or forced staff rotations - two controversial policies implemented by former Mayor Michael Nutter, Mayor Kenney announced Thursday. Kenney, whose father was a battalion chief, announced the change in conjunction with a report issued by City Controller Alan Butkovitz, which found both practices "jeopardized public safety" and cost the city $20 million in overtime. In 2010, on the heels of the recession, Nutter instituted the rolling brownout policy, closing several engine companies during day and night shifts, and reassigning firefighters to save money.
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January 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran and Aubrey Whelan, STAFF WRITERS
A four-alarm fire raged at an apartment building near Rittenhouse Square for more than two hours Tuesday before being declared under control, officials said. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries as they battled the blaze at 2122 Locust St., a four-story brick building at the corner of Van Pelt Street. Twenty-one residential units in the building were evacuated after the fire was reported, shortly after 5:30 p.m. It was declared under control just before 7:45 p.m. There was fire in the basement of the building and on the roof, said Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.
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