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May 4, 1989
A dozen attorneys who fought to desegregate the San Francisco Fire Department filed papers in federal court disputing the city's contention that their bill for $4 million in fees is too high. The city has contended that $200 an hour per attorney, including time at news conferences and commuting to work, is unreasonable. It asked U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel to cut the total to $1 million. But the attorneys responded that the case was complex and demanded a great deal of courtroom skill.
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February 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Two workers in San Francisco died Friday after they were crushed by granite slabs, fire officials said.   Emergency personnel responded at about 10:16 a.m. to 1525 Cortland Ave., where two people had been working inside a container of granite slabs, according to Mindy Talmadge, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Fire Department. Slabs had fallen on the workers, and although they were extricated after about 14 minutes, one worker died at the scene, Talmadge said. The other worker was transported to the trauma center of San Francisco General Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, she said.
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January 11, 2004 | From Associated Press
A 14-year veteran of the San Francisco Fire Department was tapped Saturday to take over the agency's top job, a nomination likely to make her the first woman to head a major California fire department and one of the few female fire bosses in the nation.
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January 29, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A teenage passenger who was killed in the July crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner was already dead when she was struck by two rescue vehicles, a report released by San Francisco airport and fire officials claims. Ye Meng Yuan - a 16-year-old Chinese high school student - was not wearing her seat belt, and her death was caused by the trauma of being ejected from the plane, according to the report submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board and made public this week.
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April 8, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two people died after a fire swept through a row of Victorian homes in an upscale neighborhood. Their names had not yet been released. More than 120 firefighters battled the three-alarm fire that broke out about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Russian Hill neighborhood, said San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Pete Howes. Two people were rescued and two firefighters were injured. Neighbors from adjoining homes were evacuated.
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October 21, 1989
In between emergency responses from our fire station, I watched the heroic efforts of our brother and sister firefighters in San Francisco as they attempted to suppress the fires and rescue people trapped in structures. The mayor had put out a call for all off-duty fire fighting personnel to immediately report to their fire stations. While watching the coverage, my mind kept drifting back to an obscure article I had read earlier in the day. This article described how San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos had reduced the San Francisco Fire Department staffing by 76 positions four months earlier.
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January 29, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A teenage passenger who was killed in the July crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner was already dead when she was struck by two rescue vehicles, a report released by San Francisco airport and fire officials claims. Ye Meng Yuan - a 16-year-old Chinese high school student - was not wearing her seat belt, and her death was caused by the trauma of being ejected from the plane, according to the report submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board and made public this week.
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January 28, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A San Francisco firefighter who responded to the July 6 crash landing of an Asiana Airlines jetliner has filed a legal claim saying the city's fire department falsely identified her to the media as the person who killed a teenage crash survivor. Elyse Duckett, a 25-year veteran of the San Francisco Fire Department, filed the claim with the city, charging that the department tried to protect the firefighter who ran over 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, the San Francisco Chronicle reported . Ye, a Chinese high school student traveling to a Southern California summer camp, was alive when she was struck by an emergency vehicle responding to the burning Boeing 777 after the plane clipped a sea wall and slammed into a runway at San Francisco International Airport, officials have said.
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November 15, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Vic Wyrsch, of the San Francisco Fire Department, gathered with his fellow Battalion 3 members outside the AT&T Field waiting for the arrival of Batkid Miles Scott, a 5-year-old boy living out his dream to be a superhero for the day. The firefighters could barely contain their grins as Wyrsch held his walkie-talkie up to his ear to get updates. He was coordinating the arrival of a fire boat in the cove just beyond that baseball stadium that would spray water once Batkid had triumphed over the Penguin.
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October 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Criminal charges will not be filed against the firefighter whose emergency vehicle struck and killed a 16-year-old girl who had been aboard an Asiana Airlines jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport, officials announced Friday. San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Stephen M. Wagstaffe said that after reviewing "numerous videos" and reports from coroner's officials, police officers, firefighters and other first responders to the July 6 incident, his office determined there was "no criminal culpability for any individual involved in the response to the airline crash.
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July 11, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and Kate Mather
Calls of a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport flooded into 911 dispatchers from seemingly everywhere after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 went down. One caller saw the smoke from the burning wreckage while driving north on the 101 Freeway. Another, a man who was hiking near Pacifica, said he heard a "giant explosion" and wanted to report a plane crash. One passenger calmly told a dispatcher he was on the plane. "Our airplane just crashed," he said.
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July 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez and Kate Mather
As critically injured passengers lay on the runway near the wreckage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, other passengers pleaded with emergency dispatchers to send ambulances to help the victims, according to 911 tapes released Wednesday. The tapes, released by the California Highway Patrol, offer new information on the initial chaotic moments of Saturday's crash at San Francisco International Airport that left two people dead and 182 injured.  The callers first spoke with CHP dispatchers and then were transferred to medical and fire dispatchers in San Francisco.
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July 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
SAN FRANCISCO -- A rescue apparatus may have “contacted” a victim on the tarmac after Saturday's Asiana Airlines plane crash, a San Francisco Fire Department official acknowledged at a news conference Monday.  Dale Carnes, an Assistant Deputy Chief for the San Francisco Fire Department at the airport said officials would not answer more questions until their investigation was complete because doing so would be “simply conjecture.” ...
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July 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Lee Romney
A group of Chinese students who planned a church-backed tour of California are heading home just days after two in their group were killed when their plane crash-landed in San Francisco. Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, 16-year-old girls from the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, were supposed to arrive at West Valley Christian Church and School on Monday for a three-week American adventure with their 30 or so peers. Instead, the two died on Saturday morning when Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport with 307 passengers and crew members on board.
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July 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Victoria Kim and Rosanna Xia
SAN FRANCISCO - Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, 16-year-old girls from the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, were supposed to arrive at West Valley Christian Church and School on Monday for a three-week American adventure. They were supposed to work on their English skills at the West Hills church-run summer camp in the mornings and tour local universities come afternoon. They were supposed to live with host families in the San Fernando Valley and go sightseeing on weekends. They were supposed to tour the Bay Area before heading south.
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