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IAFF @ 100: How Schaitberger Sold Us Out

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Death of a Union The chief and crucial reason for labor unions is to fight or advocate on behalf of their members. It’s very simple, really. To employ collective strength to ensure that we have acceptable wages, benefits, hours and safe working conditions. Real unions remain vigilant, focused, unconflicted and unrelenting in that mission. The […]

Thank Dr. Melius

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Brunacini in a Lab Coat The diesel extraction systems protecting you from particulates? Thank Dr. Melius for that. Better and more targeted medical exams for firefighters? Thank him for that, too. Workers compensation coverage for occupational cancers? Yep. The Zadroga 9/11 Program? Ditto. And the list goes on and on. Jim died on New Year’s […]

Survive: Older Apartment Fire Safety

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 Charming But Potentially Deadly, Too “A woman and her two daughters and a niece on the fifth floor were killed when flames from the first floor rushed up the stairwell, filling the passageway with smoke and sending people scurrying down a fire escape.” (NYT)   Older apartment buildings can be very beautiful but will usually […]

Line of Duty: Miosotis Familia

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Rest in Peace? Miosotis Familia, veteran NYPD officer, was killed last week by a deranged, psychotic man as she sat in a mobile command unit in the Bronx. Her murder was not unlike the 2014 killings of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafeal Ramos, shot as they sat in their marked cruiser. Or Dallas police […]

Safety: USS Fitzgerald Collision

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A Cole with No Explosives? This past weekend, the USS Fitzgerald, a Burke class, Aegis equipped vessel, was struck in a t-bone type accident by a large cargo carrier off Japan during night operations; seven sailors were killed. Ship collisions are hardly rare but a t-bone is, especially involving a naval vessel on patrol. Most […]

Great Wall: Trump Targets FEMA

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Proposed $370M Cut Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise, a multi-billion dollar wall on the southern border, will apparently be paid for, at least in part, by steep cuts to FEMA. Politico reports the cuts will come from the, “agency’s program for countering violent extremism and preparations for a wide-scale terrorist attack.” The New York Times […]

Safety: U.K. Fire Results in Guilty Plea

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In July of 2009, a mid-afternoon fire in a residential high-rise in London killed six people, among them three children. The fire occurred in Camberwell and the Guardian now reports that officials there are agreeing to plead guilty to breaking fire regulations. Over the years since the tragic event there have been a number of reports […]

Fire Survival: Oakland, Dead Right There

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The “Ghost Ship” The death toll in this weekend’s fire at an Oakland, CA, warehouse being used as an entertainment venue is at 33 and may rise higher still. Ten of the 20 deadliest fires in US history have occurred in similar venues. In the aftermath it’s commonplace to dwell on the poorly maintained building […]

Response Times: Canada

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IAFF vs CUPE The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is none too happy with the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association’s move to begin providing fire-based EMS first response. According to the CBC, Jeff Van Pelt, chair of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which represents more than 6,000 paramedics in Ontario, said, “The move […]

What Goes Up

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A Stairs Tower I was able to spend a few quick minutes yesterday inside the new National Museum of African American History and Culture here in Washington, D.C. One of my objectives was to make sure that I appreciated that it was a 2016 purpose-designed major museum building, a fairly rare occurrence in itself. How […]

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