Archive for January2014

DCFD/DCFEMS: Adrift

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  Fortresses of Fire Washington, DC press reports that last Saturday a 77-year-old man collapsed across the street from 26 Engine/15 Truck. His timing was most unfortunate since persons seeking assistance by knocking repeatedly on the door at the firehouse were turned away.  They were told to call 911. This kind of stuff happens more often […]

At The National Portrait Gallery: Rittenhouse

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  The Self-Made Man David Rittenhouse (1732-1796)  was a world renowned astronomer, scientist, mathematician, surveyor and inventor. He was also entirely self-taught. Rittenhouse grew up near Germantown, PA.  It is said that at age 13 he had mastered Newton's laws of motion and gravity.  He was one of the first Americans to build a telescope and […]

Roland/Flatratz: Mystery Solved

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  Email Belongs to IAFF Manager Roland, a nom de guerre for an email account operated by an IAFF manager, commented on my post regarding being dismissed from the IAFF Blog Roll.  They made some interesting statements: 1-      “Eric, are you off your meds again? You know what that does to your perspective.” 2-      “I've […]

The Venerable Bill Hand Weighs In

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Senior IAFF Member and Haz Mat Instructor Bill Hand, of IAFF Local 341, is one of the most seasoned and distinguished hazardous materials and firefighting experts in the US.  I suppose his career success has many reasons but foremost among them is his totally commonsense and plain spoken wisdom.  I think people have always considered him […]

When the Goose Flew the Coop

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  Where's "Roland"?  “Roland” commented on my recent post when I was banished from the IAFF Blog Roll apparently for wandering outside the acceptable "thought boundaries."  In amongst "Roland's" meandering and bizarre commentary was this: “I’ve seen the current leadership support you on issues (dear to your heart) that many of our less progressive members find controversial.” That […]

A Deadly Dive: Leadership, Safety and Training

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  Seven Minutes and 150 Feet Nearly one year ago, February 26, 2013, two young Navy divers died during a reckless and unnecessary certification dive in frigid 150 feet deep water at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.  Their deaths were attributable to inadequate leadership, poor procedures and lack of risk assessment. Just four weeks earlier a […]

Leadership: Team Christie

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  What Would the "Boss" do? Most by now have heard of the "shit-storm" enveloping New Jersey's governor and 2016 Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. Here's a quick synopsis relevant to the topic at hand: Christie wants to present himself as the Republican "Everyman" beloved by Dems, too.  In his bid for re-election, endorsements from democrats would prove […]

Correction: Dear Leader Good Guy After All

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  "Hounded" by False Rumors Kim Jong Un, the repressive and outfit deprived leader of North Korea apparently DID NOT set a pack of starving dogs on his uncle as previously reported here. This unfortunate mis-reporting underscores how even the most bizarre and dictatorial leaders can be harshly and unfairly judged.  We stand chastened. The […]

Dis…MISSED!

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  Was It Something I said? I couldn't help noticing that I was dropped from the IAFF Blog Roll yesterday. Our union theoretically promotes vigorous free workplace speech as a crucial way to protect union members but when confronted with the opportunity to welcome a dissenting opinion on our beloved IAFF and to put theory into […]

IAFF…For Sale.

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  “Let Them Eat Cake.” The International Association of Firefighters was born in the beer halls of great North American cities like Pittsburgh, Toronto, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York and Boston.  There, workers could talk about long hours, low wages and no rights—the very concerns that led to our union’s birth 96 years ago. How ironic then, that 2014 […]

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