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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 […]

Safety: Hillsborough at 25

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Crowd Control or Part of One? Pay Attention. 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough football disaster when 96 fans were killed and 766 injured in a crowd crush in Sheffield, England. Fans, most of them young, were pinned in or near the fence surrounding the field and died of compressive asphyxia. Though it […]

Vic, AU: CFA Cuts, UFUA Howls

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“…job cuts are ill-conceived and stupid” Victoria, Australia’s Country Fire Authority (CFA), the state agency providing fire service outside Melbourne, Geelong, and other cities is cutting 164 positions on the brink of the 2014 fire season. The United Firefighters Union of Australia (UFUA) Victoria Branch is taking strong exception to the cuts. Peter Marshall, UFUA […]

Disease: Like A House On Fire

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“We Feared To Fly” Welcome, Ebola, to America. The carrier, a recent Liberian traveler, with a fever, was seen and released from a hospital. Now, he’s back in, listed in critical condition. Confidence is not inspired by the CDC or other public health officials who say they have the situation under control. A Plague Upon […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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TheHonestTruth
TED2: Baggers
Maybe when the Democratic Party gets back to being the party of the working man and woman and stops taking on every other cause and affliction that grabs a headline, the firefighters of the IAFF will not wear yellow shirts in public and then "go red" in the voting booth. The height of hypocrisy. Feel…
2015-03-30 02:06:28
Bill Hand
Travel: Kissing Whales
Sounds like a great adventure Eric. That part of Mexico is much different than a Texas border town.
2015-03-28 05:05:29
Bill Hand
TED2: Baggers
Eric I am shocked that someone as intelligent as you would go for the simple race card. That is just way too easy my friend. I thought you could do better at finding some real issues with Ted other than labeling him as a racist right from the get go. I really don't like what…
2015-03-28 04:56:59
Joe Kameros
TED2: Baggers
Well there you go....... http://www.youngcons.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/aljazeera.jpg
2015-03-28 01:08:03
Joe Kameros
TED2: Baggers
The left's heads are exploding early.....all the snow this winter has caused a lot of pent up anxiety. Hopefully you don't subscribe to MSNBC's Jamilah Lemieux, who thinks that those who listen to country music are evil racists.....just because Rafael said he likes a little country music....SMH
2015-03-28 01:02:34
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