Archive for December2011

Would Your Family Survive a “Stamford” Fire?

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No doubt many of you read about the tragic incident in Stamford, Connecticut, early on Christmas morning, when three young children and their grandparents were killed attempting to escape from their fiery home. An all too familiar fact: they did not die in bed–they were on the move and killed as they attempted to escape. […]

FF Safety: What’s Your Search Culture?

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Culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. The Primary Search A Primary search taking place early in a fire is an extraordinarily  dangerous and high-risk activity because it will likely occur above or in front of hose lines and in poorly ventilated spaces. What is the search […]

FF Schedules: DC Bucks the Trend

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Amidst the growing tendency in some parts of the  US to approve 48-hours as the normal for firefighter duty shifts, the fire chief of Washington, DC, Kenneth Ellerbe, is taking an assertive step in the opposite direction. According to the Washington Post, Ellerbe is promoting a schedule change from the current 24-hour system to 12-hour […]

(Almost) Hidden DC: George Gordon Meade

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Washington, D.C.,  is a city of monuments and memorials, and some of the best are just off the beaten track.  Steps away from busy streets are statuary and other works of art representing people and events, minor and major, from America’s past.  When next in the City, check these gems out. For many decades, Washington, […]

Willy-Nilly? Two FDNY Members Burned.

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Willy-Nilly: in a haphazard or spontaneous manner. A Monday morning fire at 1100 Prospect Place in Crown Heights,  Brooklyn, resulted in serious injuries to members of Rescue Company-2 as they apparently conducted a search on the top floor of the dwelling. According to the New York Times, a family with four children lives in the brownstone […]

Rape: The “Survey”

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Some Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity members at the University of Vermont are alleged to have disseminated a “survey” last week which apparently included questions such as, “who they would like to rape.” USA Today reports that Wes Lewis, a former Fraternity member, said, “it was not a survey, but it was a series of questions between […]

The Perfect Storm: Killed in the Line of Duty

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Does society have a special duty to those on the front line? While humans are inherently fallible,  Peter Figoski by all accounts, was less so than most.  He was an NYPD Patrol Officer with 22 years of experience and a devoted father of four daughters. This past Monday he was shot to death in Cypress […]

HO, HO, HO: The Crucified, Death’s Head Santa

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  Christmas will never be the same again. Loudoun County, Virginia, residents, some of them anyway, are up in arms over the appearance of a “Claustumed” skeleton with his arm casually draped over a wooden cross on the grounds of their County Courthouse. There’s been “hell to pay” with charges that it is an attack […]

Obama: Cheeky-In-Chief

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I admit it. I’m one of those guys who talks about how smart and deft the President is. But you have to wonder. Was it a moment of fatigue, weakness or just plain idiocy that caused him to ask for his drone back? I mean, really. Who went into the Oval Office with that bright […]

(Almost) Hidden DC: Chief Justice John Marshall

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Washington, D.C.,  is a city of monuments and memorials, some of the best of them just off a very well beaten track.  Steps away from busy streets are statuary and other works of art representing people and events, minor and major, from America’s past.  When next in the City, check these gems out. John Marshall […]

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