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IAFF: The Story of a House

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Mixing Business With Pleasure? Mr. James Franzoni, a principal at SF&C Insurance Associates, Inc., purchased a house at 5021 Brooks Road in Woolford, MD, in June of 2001. Less than three years later, in January 2004, the property appears to have been transferred to a limited liability corporation, Windmill Place LLC for a price of […]

Firehouses: History Versus Safety

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There was an article in the New York Times recently reporting that the US Coast Guard has increased the average body weight calculation for passengers where commercial boating is concerned.  The old weight was 160 and the new one is 185.  Surprise:  people are getting bigger, fast. It seems that fire trucks  and ambulances are […]

Schaitberger and that “Knee-Grow in the White House”

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Tony Barcelona Writes: “Do not appreciate the ethnic play on words, you lose credibility when you stoop to that level. This is so not the time to add fuel to the racial fire, especially when we have brothers and sisters that are vulnerable to the threats that have already been made.  WSCFF chose to endorse […]

History: “I’m Not a Crook”

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Watergate at 41 This is the week 41 years ago when the House Judiciary Committee voted to impeach then president Richard Nixon on a charge of obstruction of justice. Republican operatives planned and executed a scheme to break into the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington, DC, in order to tap phones. The June 1972 burglary […]

History: Was Brad City Arson?

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Thirty years ago next month 56 peopled were killed and at least 265 injured, some critically, when a fire engulfed bleachers at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium in West Yorkshire, U.K. I was on duty at the firehouse and I can still remember watching clips on TV.  In one epic shot escapees are running across […]

Firehouse Culture: “Say You Want To Be My Bitch”

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$2.5 Million Lawsuit The facts are basically these: Guy’s on the job for 10 years, first day on a temporary assignment,  in the locker room looking for a locker. He asserts that a co-worker said, “Hey, Sugar” and then two co-workers “grabbed him from behind, simulating sexual intercourse while one fondled him.” He choked one of […]

IAFF History: Tom Spellacy

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Facebook Debates If my local is any indicator the two hot topics of discussion these days are Resolution 10 on ethics and the vice president’s very hefty pay raise. The comments are fast and furious. The other night a fellow said, in part, “I don’t care what size house the boss lives in, I’m thankful […]

Travel: Under the Lucky Star

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To the Caucasus (and Back) Last Summer I traveled with a friend to the Central Asian countries of  Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, of the famed Silk Road, the ancient trading route stretching from China to Europe and the Middle East. For thousands of years it was the path of commerce and a swirl of clashing […]

IAFF: The Schaitberger/Biden Memes

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Social Media Woodshed Since IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger enthusiastically embraced Joe Biden for the 2020 U.S. presidency, his members have been on the war path. Some are puzzled at the endorsement timing, a few think it’s way too soon in the process, but most appear to be ardent Trump supporters out for blood. They […]

IAFF: Harold, Joe and the Trumpies

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So Now They Hate Him Harold Schaitberger, president-for-life of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), endorsed Democrat septuagenarian Joe Biden the other day for U.S. President and now his members are pitching a fit about it. I say that he made the endorsement because he decides and the IAFF falls into line behind his […]

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