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November 2009 Blog Posts (14)

WPI Gets a Million, Give as Much as It Takes!

Whenever I read about potential technological advances for our use I am reminded of the movie Batman Begins when Morgan Freeman is showing Batman the costume he designed for the Army and Batman asks why our soldiers do not have it yet and he says because soldier’s lives aren't worth $10,000 or something to that effect.... Well in this piece the folks developing the technology have already figured that money thing out. This is good use of grant money, not bunny bridges or bike umbrellas; this is… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 30, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

911 Tenth Anniversary Challenge Coin

The following is from my friend John Salka, it is an opportunity to help. Bobby

After much planning and effort a September 11th Commemorative Coin has been struck to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. This coin is a fundraising project undertaken by FDNY Battalion Chief John Salka and a committee of other firefighters and their friends to fund and support several charitable organizations… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 29, 2009 at 11:46am — No Comments

Unwelcome Guest

Added by Paul Combs on November 19, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

More "Nevers"

In my last post, I was talking about the “NEVER” word. You see, we say things around the kitchen table and the young crew members listen and pick up on this stuff. Their minds are quite impressionable at that early age and their concern is to do a good job. So they listen and take in what they hear. So, if you’re at the kitchen table and discussing a fire and one of the old salts says something like “Did you see what Engine 16 did on Elm Street? They used a fog stream inside a building.” Then… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on November 17, 2009 at 4:49pm — 3 Comments

Score One Win for the Good Guys!

Early yesterday we were notified by our good friend and founding FOOL John a.k.a. "Bart" Simpson that in Australia a blogger writing about a sex offender firefighter arrested in Australia was using a photograph of a deceased firefighter killed in the line of duty, John Curry that was posted on fireengineering website. The blogger was using firefighter Curry's photo as a generic photo of a firefighter. Two things are highly offensive regarding this man's actions. First there is nothing generic… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 13, 2009 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Nominate the 2010 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award Winner

We are actively soliciting your participation in helping us select the next Ray Downey Courage and Valor award winner for FDIC 2010. The medal along with a check for $35,000 will be presented to the winner during the Main program at FDIC 2010 to send a nomination follow the link here and download a nomination form from the site.

Added by Bobby Halton on November 12, 2009 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Grant for add on Fire Dept

Our fire department,has did and lot of work on our fire dept. Things are looking great,and we have been putting in some kind of hours. I just got the time to be back on this site. Since i quit the care giver job,after finding out,one of the homes was eat up with Black mold and bacteria.,which i got asthma.Since i quit ,my asthma has not gave me no trouble. Since then,the lady has moved out of her home,to another home next door,which may have mold.These brick homes was built close to the ground.… Continue

Added by Brenda Tenney on November 9, 2009 at 5:34pm — No Comments

My Decision....

So as you know from my last posting that I have taken a break from firefighting. Well after I have my surgery on December 1st and recover from rehab and such I have decided to return to the department. At the age of 21 I have seen a lot of things people twice my age will never imagine of seeing, but even with that, my heart is in being a firefighter. So around the summer season of 2010 I will be returning and be back where I belong and this time it's for good. It feels so good to know I will be… Continue

Added by Christian Cossey on November 6, 2009 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

Never say Never

I usually question veteran firefighters that tell a recruit or new-be “Son! Never hit smoke with a hose stream – Only the “red-stuff”!” or “Never take your gloves off”. (For those of you who are scratching your head saying “Tommie told me to never hit smoke”! If your intent is to cool unprotected steel, like the underside of a metal deck roof you are crawling under and all you see is smoke up there – it’s OK to hit smoke! I’ll discuss the glove thing in a minute.)

You see, when we tell… Continue

Added by Skip Coleman on November 5, 2009 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments


The following is an important release from the IAFF

Take Action on Health Care Reform

Tell Congress Not to Tax Your Benefits

The IAFF is joining the AFL-CIO for a National Week of Action on health care reform. The activities kick off November 5 with an ad campaign focusing on finding a fair way to pay for health care reform. The ads will appear in Politico, Roll Call, The Hill and The Washington Post and highlight the U.S. House health care bill as a model for… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 5, 2009 at 10:48am — No Comments

A very interesting study by NIST

NIST Quantifies Low Levels of ‘Heart Attack Risk’ Protein

Computer-generated image of the structure for C-reactive protein

Credit: S. Kolstoe, Center for Amyloidosis, University College, London, UK

Searching for a needle in a haystack may seem futile, but it’s worth it if the needle is a hard-to-detect protein that may identify a person at high risk of a heart attack circulating within a haystack of human serum (liquid component of… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 3, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

What are a list of minimum standards do your departments have to met every year for training.

What are a list of minimum standards do your departments have to met every year for training.

Added by David Baxter on November 2, 2009 at 5:01pm — 1 Comment

Wrong Dragon

Added by Paul Combs on November 1, 2009 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Going Green

Added by Paul Combs on November 1, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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