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How your solar panels pose a challenge for firefighters

Rooftop solar panels may not yet be a pervasive problem for firefighters, but the growth of the solar industry in New Jersey and elsewhere is forcing officials to think critically about possible solutions.

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Christina Sacco, Wildwood firefighter
Christina Sacco (center) was sworn in as Wildwood's first female firefighter in June.
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Women join the firefighting ranks in New Jersey

Taking into account both career and volunteer firefighters, females make up just 1 percent of fire squad rosters in the Garden State.

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NJ firefighters praise federal plan to study their work’s link to cancer

According to U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, there's been "very little attention" paid to a firefighter's routine, daily exposure to dangerous toxins over the course of their entire career.

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In this Jan. 28, 2014, file photo, a New York City firefighter jumps on a firetruck that just exited a Manhattan firehouse. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
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Firefighters sue siren maker over their hearing loss

The lawsuits, which began surfacing more than a decade ago, have been in places such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, New Jersey and the Chicago area, said attorney Marc Bern, who's leading all the lawsuits.

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Bill Spadea: Community policing is a false narrative (Watch)

Community policing is a false narrative. Making our public servants live where they work won't solve tensions with locals- it'll make it worse.

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Middlesex County offering incentives for EMT, fire volunteers

In an effort to thank emergency volunteers and recruit new ones, Middlesex County has started an incentive program that offers discounts for firefighters and EMTs at local businesses along with tuition credits at the county college.

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Firefighters at a 3-alarm fire in downtown Ocean Grove
Firefighters at a 3-alarm fire in downtown Ocean Grove (Shark River Hills First Aid Squad)
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Should NJ police and firefighters be able to live where they want? – Poll

First they lose the pension payment, now the state is apparently going after the homes of police and firefighters. There is a bill on Governor Christie’s desk that would require all police and firemen to live in the towns they serve for the first five years on the job. I ask why?

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NJ cops and firefighters could face longer residency requirement

New Jersey police officers and firefighters could be required to live in the municipalities where they work under a measure that cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 19.

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WATCH: Burning car rolls away from firefighters

If you ever wondered about how many unexpected difficulties a firefighter has to deal with while trying to extinguish a fire, here's a video that should explain it.

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Firefighters losing the battle of the bulge

Fighting fires is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the world, but many firefighters are losing the battle of the bulge.

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