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IAFF For Sale: Lion Apparel

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Lion Apparel and the IAFF’s Nicholas Del Re Three months ago I wrote of the IAFF’s fatal mistake of engaging in a financial relationship with health and safety product manufacturers. Harold Schaitberger’s decision to take their money for advertising, including from Lion Apparel,  was not only proof of his manic deal making, it also destroyed […]

Health & Safety: MERS on the Move

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Deadly Respiratory Virus Now in Asia Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS) has now spread to both Malaysia and the Philippines according to news sources. MERS kills about 50% of those infected through acute pneumonia and renal failure. The World Health Organization has said that “MERS is a threat to the entire world” and the Centers […]

IAFF’s Teefy Talks Union Ethics

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Your Table is Ready, Sir I recently wrote how the IAFF under Harold Schaitberger’s leadership has been diminished yet again, this time by placing firefighter safety related advertising in our publications. John Teefy replied with a robust and lengthy defense of how whoring out safety advocacy is actually a good (and noble) thing. Teefy makes […]

IAFF: Our Soul For Sale

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  The Death of Advocacy Is it time to ask ourselves why we even have a union? A primary reason to unionize is for  firefighters and paramedics to have safe working conditions. Safety advocacy is a crucial reason why the IAFF was formed.  It is the process of carefully watching over protective equipment developers, suppliers, […]

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 […]

Review: WaPo Goes To Fire Land

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  Welcome to the Park The Washington Post, a.k.a WaPo, trekked to Fire Land, a.k.a. Prince George’s County, Maryland, to cover the aftermath of a 2012 fire where firefighters were injured. “Cold Air. Then Heat. Then Terror.” That’s the title of their tale, but it’s mostly hot air.  It’s a professionally embarrassing story about a  ”fire […]

Flu shot?

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  Count Me In. 95 years ago today, September 28th, 1918,  a World War I Liberty Bond parade in Philadelphia unleashed the tidal wave of a flu epidemic which would eventually kill 50 to 100 million people worldwide, including 675,000 in the US. Liberty bonds were sold by the US government and the proceeds were then […]

Seaside Park: Who Saved the Boardwalk?

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Answer: Nobody

Responder Safety: When Attention is “Tunnelled”

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Does what we expect to happen influence our awareness?

Firefighter Safety: The Columbia Disaster

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The rest is history though the lessons are widely applicable to firefighting and should not be lost:

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Eric Lamar

July 2014
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