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Outpouring of Volunteers Overwhelms Wash. Wildland Fire Officials 
When Joe Smillie put out the call for firefighting volunteers, he knew the response would be large. But this? "We're going through hundreds of calls and emails," said Smillie, a state Department of Natural Resources spokesman, from the coordination site in Omak. "It's nonstop." Since the fire season went into overdrive, Washington civilians have hungered to offer any firefighting labor they could. Late Thursday, the DNR officially took them up on the offer, orchestrating signups in Omak and Colville and looking for ways volunteers could be put on the firelines or tasked with support services.
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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.    
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