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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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FDNY History: A Roar Amidst the Flames

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Steamer Tremont The Tremont was a 260-foot long, side-wheel paddle-steamer plying the waters between Providence, RI and New York. She originally made the Boston to New York run but the burgeoning railroads had put a stop to that. Railroads were willing to cut their freight and passenger prices to match or undercut the steamer lines […]

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Eric Lamar
13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem
Thank you, sir.
2015-04-20 15:07:31
cortez lawrence
13 @ 45 / Houston, We Have A Problem
Eric: Good history lesson. For some reason I thought you were getting ready to get into the Texas City explosions. I think I saw that anniversary is upon us as well. Thanks for your kind work about Glenn. I have repeated them often as the most fitting obituarial words I ever have heard, i.e. "he…
2015-04-19 16:11:36
Charlie Dickinson
Remembering Glenn
When you were around Chief Gaines for any length of time you realized that notwithstanding his long and distinguished career in the active fire service, that just because he retired didn't mean he was no longer engaged learning and sharing on many different subjects and issues of the fire service! Oh no...if anything he "dove…
2015-04-16 00:46:35
Smitty
Lincoln (and Liberty), Captive
Thanks for your big-picture perspective, Eric. I think that when we most need to keep our wits about us and keep in mind a larger context is when we are least likely to do so. Maybe this is why we're all told to count to 10 before responding when we're upset.
2015-04-15 19:21:20
Steve Deutsch
Remembering Glenn
I had never met Chief Gaines until just last month at the National Fire Academy, but having heard much about him in previous classes, it was nice to hear him in person. What strikes you almost immediately is a sense of pride he had, mixed with a passion for the fire service that instills that…
2015-04-15 02:20:15
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