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Nepal to Rescue Teams: Bye-Bye

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Pack it Up Nepali officials have requested that all foreign rescue teams leave the country with a Friday deadline. NYT reports that some rescue teams, such as one from Spain, said they had no intention of leaving. Sounds like the nasty in-laws who refuse to depart. Don’t expect to be invited back next time. Should […]

13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem

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Change as an Accident Cause Friday last was the 45th anniversary of the splashdown of Odyssey, the Apollo 13 command module, after it survived a nearly disastrous explosion on the outbound journey to the moon. The enroute spaceship consisted of command, service, and lunar modules. Odyssey was equipped with two spherical liquid oxygen tanks for […]

Kentland’s “Gone With The Wind”

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Statter911 posted a story last night entitled “Kentland VFD (33) Tells How Fire Engines Were Caught in Wind Driven Fire”. The epic film “Gone With The Wind” is very briefly summarized by IMDB as, “A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner…” In the KVFD remake, 33′s crew is the bosomy […]

Safety and Firefighting: Of Romance and Religion

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Kentland’s Messianic Zeal The news is awash this morning with photos of Prince George’s County, Maryland’s Kentland Volunteer fire rig, itself afire, during a working incident. Kentland (FS 33) is an all volunteer fire department in an urban county with a population of 900,000, an oddity in itself. On their website they trumpet: “100% volunteer […]

Safety Gaps: Learning from Columbia

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STS-107 On February 1, 2003, space shuttle Columbia experienced a loss-of-control and catastrophic break-up at about 180,000 feet altitude during re-entry at hyper-sonic speeds. All crew members were killed as the orbiter rapidly depressurized. Years after the original investigation, a followup study closely examined crew survivability. The NASA  study touches on every aspect of safety from […]

Australian Firefighters Score Major Victory

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United Firefighters Union (UFUA) Over Country Fire Authority (CFA) The Federal Court in Australia recently  overturned an earlier lower court decision governing staffing in the Country Fire Authority which is responsible for emergency response across the state of Victoria excluding areas covered by the Melbourne Fire Brigade. CFA is roughly comparable to California’s CAL FIRE […]

Train Safety: The Lessons of 9/11

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Stay or Go? In this era of terror mayhem it behooves us all to think through how we would react in a potentially lethal environment. This past Monday afternoon a Washington, D.C., metrorail train stopped in a tunnel after an arcing incident occurred on the track. The loaded train apparently remained stationary as heavy smoke […]

“Fairy” Tale Atlanta: Kelvin and the Beasts

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According to media, Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, a former US Fire Administrator, has been terminated for lack of judgment in publishing and disseminating a book which compares homosexuality to bestiality and pederasty and for giving it to employees, some of whom complained. Cochran and others, including the Georgia Baptist Convention, charge that his religious […]

All In The Family

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Make That A #4 To Go Life may be one big tragedy but where kids and guns are concerned there is a hierarchy of devastation. 1) The worst has to be a parent killing a child; 2) Then any adult killing a child; 3) Followed by a child killing a child; 4) Then a child […]

The Safety Fix: Learning From Cockpit Operations

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Dan Terry
Farewell to Dave McCormack
A Good Man and a great Union Leader. I always liked Dave,even if he was kinda short in Stature. He had a big heart.
2015-05-18 22:12:13
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Thank you, Tony--As you know, it was a fun, if long, week. Eric
2015-05-11 17:08:06
Tony Infantino
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Eric, you have long impressed me with every blog, but this was definitely one that hit close to home. I appreciate your intense sarcasm with things we deal with touring in DC. I grabbed everyone around the office to share your post. Epic...especially about dangling the eighth grader. Priceless. Thanks my friend.
2015-05-11 17:04:11
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Laugh-out-loud. Thanks, Brenda. Eric
2015-05-11 12:28:39
Brenda Mckelvin
Guiding: The One That Got Away
As the temperature in D.C. leaps from 30 degrees to over 90 degrees. ..I am reminded of my favorite Biloxi Blues movie quote...It is hot.It's Africa hot. I have repeated this phase alot over the past seven guiding seasons. However a group high school students from South Africa "shocked and awhed" me with their response..."Washington,…
2015-05-11 10:59:28
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