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Zadroga: Where’s the IAFF?

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Missing in Action? A reader posted a comment purportedly from the “The New York City Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation” (NYCFFBF) evaluating the IAFF’s performance on lobbying for the reauthorization of Zadroga coverage. The bill, among other things, “extends the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program Fund indefinitely.” The NYCFFBF says: “We can’t honestly say where they (IAFF) have […]

Terror: Is Washington, DC Safe?

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Depends. ISIS says they will attack the nation’s capitol but intelligence agencies say, “all quiet” or thereabouts. Meanwhile, a recent New York Times op-ed tells us that we are no Europe with their porous borders; all is safe, sort of. They also remind us that so-called “lone wolf” self-radicalized jihadists are a persistent concern here because assault […]

Anniversary of Terror: November 22, 1963

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Death of a President Fifty-two years ago today, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the Unites States, died instantly when he was shot in the head while riding in an open limousine through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. It was an act of terror committed by a deeply troubled and dis-affected young man, Lee Harvey […]

The “Pat-Down”

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ISIS Targets France Last Friday, ISIS-inspired terrorists murdered 129 people and injured hundreds more in a series of attacks using automatic weapons and explosives. Targeted were a music venue, a sports stadium and several restaurants. France has apparently taken an aggressive role in combating ISIS in Syria and elsewhere and may be paying the price […]

Death of the Fire Service?

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This past week Fred S. McChesney, law and economics professor, wrote in the Washington Post that decreasing fires made most paid municipal fire departments unnecessary and that volunteers were the answer. McChesney said, “There are half as many fires as there were 30 years ago, but about 50 percent more people are paid to fight them.” If […]

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 […]

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