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New York fire dept. demotes 8 captains as part of restructuring 
The city’s Fire Department stands to lose two pieces of apparatus under a restructuring formula that will leave eight captains demoted as firefighters. Fire Chief Dale C. Herman has a good idea which captains will be affected by the demotions, but a final list still hasn’t been worked out yet. He also hasn’t figured out which pieces of apparatus will be pulled off the road. The demotions come at a time when the city and firefighters’ union are entrenched in a nearly two-year contract dispute.  
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Illinois volunteer firefighter jumps into action to save woman's life 
Local Keith Mills left his engineering job at Boeing a little early on Jan. 8 en route back to his home in Marine. He wanted to stop and get a haircut. He also needed gas. It was around 2:30 p.m., and he decided to stop at a station in Missouri to take advantage of the cheaper price. As he was pumping gas, he glanced over and saw Michelle Clark, 57, of Fairmont City, Ill., walking out of the convenience shop. March.
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Portland Fire & Rescue Responds to Massive Marina Fire - Portland Fire & Rescue (OR) responded to a commercial alarm at a marina which dry docks boats inside a warehouse in a stacked system. At the time of the fire there were around 350 boats inside. Due to the size of the structure and the heavy fire involvement a "defensive" fire attack was employed.
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