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Featured Blog Posts – November 2009 Archive (6)

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

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. http://courageandvalor.com/

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

IAFF WEEK OF ACTION

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

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