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Posted: Mar 11, 2016

Ambulance Crashes Into Fullerton Building; Two Hurt

FULLERTON ( - Two people were hurt Thursday when an ambulance crashed into a building in Fullerton, authorities said. The crash was reported around 1:20 p.m. at a storage facility located along the 1400 block of West Commonwealth Avenue, according to Fullerton Fire Deputy Chief Julie Kunze.

The crash was reported around 1:20 p.m. at a storage facility located along the 1400 block of West Commonwealth Avenue, according to Fullerton Fire Deputy Chief Julie Kunze.

The driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries, Kunze said. No patient was in the ambulance at the time of the crash.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2016

NC Man charged with Felony DUI in Florence Ambulance Crash

FLORENCE, S.C. -- A North Carolina man has been charged with felony DUI following a head-on crash that sent him and two Florence County EMS medics to a Florence area hospital and shut down the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge over the CSX rail yard for much of the morning.

Jody Lynn Heglar of Norwood, NC, was driving a Ford F-250 pickup owned by a logging company east over the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge on Church Street when he crossed into the west-bound lanes at about 5 a.m. and ran head-on into an ambulance that was responding to a medical call, said Maj. Carlos Raines, Florence Police Department.

"At the time of the collision, the ambulance was responding to a call for assistance. The ambulance was occupied by two Florence County EMS employees. There were no patients onboard," according to a release issued by Florence County Emergency Medical Services.

Both medics and the truck driver were transported from the scene by medics, according to the release.

"Two of those transported by ambulance had non-life threatening injuries and the other, an EMS employee, suffered serious and potentially life threatening injuries," according to the release.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2016

Boston Fire Department to File Suit Against Maker of Engine Used in Fire Trucks

Fire officials, hit with a scathing federal report criticizing the department in the deaths of two firefighters in 2014, said they are preparing to sue the manufacturer of a diesel engine now in more than a dozen problem-plagued city fire trucks in order to thwart future disasters.Fire Commissioner Joseph E.

Finn said he is working with the city’s lawyer to file a lawsuit against Navistar International, the company that created the MaxxForce engines inside some of the department’s vehicles.

“There’s 47 lawsuits across the country attributed to this engine and a number of class-action lawsuits and we’re going to be joining that,” Finn said 
last night.

“They make up about 35 percent of our fleet and they’re taking up about 80 percent of our service and maintenance time,” he said.

“We are going to be filing our own single-action lawsuit and we’re working with the city’s attorney on how we can best approach that.”

Finn’s comments came on the heels of a 77-page National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report that found inadequate wind-driven fire training, subpar staffing and poor tactical decisions contributed to Walsh and Kennedy’s deaths.

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Posted: Mar 11, 2016

D.C. firefighter gives up oxygen mask to save great grandmother

How do you thank a man you don't even know for saving your life? That's the question on the lips of a D.C. great-grandmother when she thinks about the firefighter who gave up his own oxygen mask so she had a chance to survive. Both rescuer and fire victim are now recovering, thanks to the quick-thinking and self-sacrifice of DC firefighter Danny Lovato.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wusa 9
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Posted: Mar 11, 2016

3 Ohio fire supervisors suspended for roles in alcohol-fueled party dubbed “kegs and eggs”

Two Columbus fire lieutenants and a captain have been suspended for their roles in an alcohol-fueled party dubbed “kegs and eggs” at a shuttered Downtown fire station last summer. Another disciplinary incident in the next year could result in demotion. Dozens of firefighters, including some in uniform, showed up at Fire Station 2 at 150 E.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: columbus dispatch
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