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Washington DNR plans to use unmanned aircraft for fire surveillance 
A veteran The state Department of Natural Resources plans to test the use of drones to monitor wildfires this summer. The agency has the use of one aircraft, on loan and free of charge, and hasn’t yet decided when or where to test it, said Mary Verner, DNR’s deputy supervisor for resource protection and administration. “We are going to look for the appropriate circumstance, and that’s unpredictable,” she said in a news conference this morning. The aircraft is called the ScanEagle — built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing — and is about 4 feet long with a 10-foot wingspan. It weighs about 40 pounds and is equipped with a video camera that sends information directly back to the firefighting basecamp.
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Off-duty Nebraska firefighter saves drowning girl's life 
What started as a normal children's birthday party at a local hotel ended in near tragedy; luckily a hero was within reach. It happened Saturday afternoon at the AmericInn near North 27th and I-80. A couple dozen kids under the age of 12 were celebrating a birthday at the indoor pool when a mom noticed something in the water. "I saw a dark spot like a square on the bottom of the pool and I was thinking that's a drain," LeAnn Holexa said. After realizing that dark spot was actually a little girl, Holexa sprang into action, jumping into the water and pulling the 6–year–old to safety. "When she was out of the water I was yelling help, for Guy," Holexa said. "Getting my name yelled in that way I knew something was really wrong, it wasn't just 'Guy come help me,'" Lincoln Fire Capt. Guy Pinkman said.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/08/24/2309912/two-off-duty-firefighters-save.html#storylink=cpy
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Golden Valley Fire District (AZ) - Golden Valley Firefighters, Paramedics and the GVFD Technical Rescue Team responded in force with Mohave Valley Fire, MCSO and Search & Rescue to rescue a Mohave County Public Works supervisor who drove over the edge of a steep cliff on the Oatman Highway west of Ed’s Camp. The County worker who was the only occupant, ended up approximately 150 feet over the embankment.
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