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London Fire Brigade (LFB): This and That

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Greater London is about 600 square miles with an estimated 2015 population of 8,630,000. As perspective, New York City has essentially the same population in roughly half the area. The Brigade is staffed up with about 5,100 operational firefighters assigned to 103 stations. They are not dispatched on emergency medical calls but could provide some […]

Health: Flying Too Close to the Flame?

Who We Are, Really Peter Wollheim, a Boise, Idaho based licensed professional mental health counselor and nationally known suicide prevention advocate committed suicide last month. His sister, quoted in People magazine said, “Peter had been very depressed for years, but didn’t seek therapy, even though he knew firsthand what people go through and how important it […]

DCFD: Incompetence Writ Large

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Technology as Cover-up The Washington Post reports that the city released a scathing review this week on the choking death of  a 13-month old infant after the closest unit failed to respond. Thanks to the apparently faulty rollout of a dime-store solution to GPS tracking, the communications center had inaccurate information regarding who was available […]

The Apocalypse and John Houser

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Hitler and Westboro Baptist Tea Party supporter and Hitler-admirer John Houser killed two and wounded nine more in a shooting rampage in Lafayette, LA, this week. News sources report that Houser admired Oklahoma City bomber Tim McVeigh and often described America as a “financially failing filth farm” a not especially optimistic alliteration. He also was […]

Safety: Drunks R Us

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Long Island Crash Kills Four Four young women riding in a chauffeured limousine making a U-turn were killed when their car was rammed by a pick-up truck. The driver of the truck has been charged with driving while intoxicated and is being held on a $1M bond. Risk Factors? Being on Long Island is apparently […]

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 […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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John Crabbe
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
It is called a process in which you don't seem to respect. That in itself lays suspect to your credibility in this matter. You don't se to be able to provide hard facts, just hearsay. The best process to get to the outcome you want is to go through the process. Since this is a…
2015-08-28 23:15:44
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
Ask my dvp? Lol.
2015-08-28 22:41:34
John Crabbe
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
I don't trust Ron nor do I trust you. What I do trust is the union and the system in place to question things. I for one would not be going off a report in the magazine because that does not present the full budget in whole. You can request a copy from the IAFF…
2015-08-28 21:58:36
Joel Kobersteen
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
I asked the question exactly like that. I'm sorry you didn't get the answer *you* wanted. You are welcome to call GWMDA at 703-476-5780 and ask them however you wish. Ask for Janice Reardon who is my contact, the Director of Business Development and former Executive Director. The current Executive Director is on extended sick…
2015-08-28 21:28:16
Eric Lamar
IAFF Corruption: Shaking Down Jerry’s Kids
They will not break out MDA income. Listed as part of Non-per cap dues in magazine. Do you trust Ron Kuley, longtime MDA coordinator? He says what I said: IAFF collects $26M for MDA and gets around $1M back. (nickel on a buck) I just said what he said and I’m not believable? BTW, Ron…
2015-08-28 21:23:16
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