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Posted: May 5, 2016

Off-duty OKC firefighters solve family's unique shelter situation

A group of Oklahoma City firefighters took it upon themselves to solve a unique problem for neighbors of the firehouse. Bri Johnson, 10, was diagnosed as a toddler with spinal muscular atrophy, caused by a deficiency of a motor neuron protein. "It's the gene that helps you walk, and since I don't have that, I can't walk," she said.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: newsok.com
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Posted: May 4, 2016

New York town eliminates paid firefighter positions

The village eliminated its eight paid firefighters and will go forward with an all-volunteer fire service, a move officials say will save $800,000 in the next year. The village board of trustees voted Monday night to cut the positions as part of a budget-balancing measure, but an attorney for the axed workers said the timing implied there was more going on.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NY Journal News (Lohud.com)
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Posted: May 4, 2016

LODD: Former New York fire capt. suffers medical emergency after call

A firefighter died Tuesday night after responding to a firehouse for a medivac call. FirefighterCloseCalls.com reported that Sag Harbor Fire Department former fire captain Ted Stafford assisted in quarters and then following a meeting died in his driveway at home. Stafford is a former police officer for the Town of Southhampton and his son and grandson are members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1
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Posted: May 4, 2016

Florida fire departments argue over response to fatal fire

A fatal Saturday night blaze on Raphael Road near DeFuniak Springs has reignited a war of words between the Liberty Fire District and Walton County Fire Rescue. Liberty Fire Chief John Dunham said crews under his command called “two or three times” for Walton County to dispatch an ambulance to the scene of a structure fire at a home on W.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ft. Walton Beach: Northwest Florida News
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Posted: May 4, 2016

Entire Canadian city forced to flee as inferno rages

The sky in Fort McMurray now looks like a wall of fire and smoke as a mammoth inferno swallows parts of the Canadian city. Authorities ordered the evacuation of about 80,000 people, including the entire city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cnn
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