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American Medical Response to acquire Rural/Metro 
Ambulance company American Medical Response, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare, announced Thursday it is acquiring Rural/Metro. The Arizona-based company serves portions of East Tennessee including Knox and Blount counties. The acquisition includes all of Rural/Metro’s emergency medical services, fire services and other business operations. A release from Rural/Metro says the agreement “combines two diverse companies with distinct product offerings and geographic footprints that complement one another to create value for the communities they serve.” 
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Vacationing Florida lieutenant saves girl 
Lake County Fire Rescue Lt. Shannon Bush only thought he was taking a vacation from work when he and his family decided to spend a few days at an Orlando-area resort last week. Instead, the 14-year department veteran and Emergency Medical Technician found himself saving the life of a 4-year-old who nearly drowned, according to a press release issued Thursday. A little girl, who had moments earlier walked by and said hello to the family, was discovered lying at the bottom of the hotel pool.    
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/24/2309912/two-off-duty-firefighters-save.html#storylink=cpy
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Portland Fire & Rescue (OR) Respond to Residential Fire - Portland Fire & Rescue attend to pets rescued from residential fire. Two dogs and a cat were rescued from the home. No occupants were present at the time of the fire.
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