History: Was Brad City Arson?

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Thirty years ago next month 56 peopled were killed and at least 265 injured, some critically, when a fire engulfed bleachers at Bradford City’s Valley Parade stadium in West Yorkshire, U.K. I was on duty at the firehouse and I can still remember watching clips on TV.  In one epic shot escapees are running across […]

Lincoln (and Liberty), Captive

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Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago this morning here in Washington, D.C., as he lay propped sideways on a too small bed, unconscious and insensible. His costly triumph was the saving of the Union. In modern consciousness he not only freed the slaves but is a civil rights super hero, too. Busy man. Lincoln famously suspended the […]

Remembering Glenn

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I want us to recall his way with humor. In this blur of grief we can forget that Glenn was very funny– mostly in person when his subtle and quick facial expressions were fully “deployed” in the best firefighting sense. He was a master of the sidelong glance, often paired with a quick rolling of the […]

NRA/GOP: Over the Cliff

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Why Unions Matter Billionaires like the Koch brothers and others despise unions simply because they are an organized voice seeking to protect the economic interests of regular working Americans. Workers band together so that they can have a say in elections and in government where economic policy affecting our well-being is made and enforced. Republican […]

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 […]

Bob Does Booty Duty

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Always Ready to Serve Democrat Robert Menendez, US Senator from New Jersey, was indicted this week on federal charges related to his relationship with Sal Melgen, a Florida eye doctor who apparently knows a deal when he sees one. Sal gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions, flew Bob around on a private […]

IAFF Ethical Crisis: Shrouded in Secrecy

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Bigoted and Racist Actions? A  senior IAFF official was recently charged with bigoted, offensive behavior by another top-level leader. The allegations, apparently related to hiring, are specific and the term “racist” was employed. Such reputed behavior would be serious in any setting but is especially so in an organization with a history of retarded racial […]

TED2: Baggers

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IAFF Flirts with a Racist An earlier post covered Tea-Bagger Ted Cruz’s recent appearance before IAFF leaders in Washington, DC, and resulted in the following reader comment: “Little hard on the Hispanic guy there Eric…..hasn’t the left worn out the “tea baggers” moniker……how about something new?” New? The “Tea Party” appropriates, as well they may, […]

Politics: Cruz and His Racist Tea-Baggers

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Big Week for the Jesse Helms Fan Club Fresh on the heels of appearing at the International Association of Fire Fighter’s Legislative Conference, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced his campaign for the presidency among a group of college students required to attend the event. I wonder if “knee-grows” were allowed? Maybe in the very back […]

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FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Dan Terry
Farewell to Dave McCormack
A Good Man and a great Union Leader. I always liked Dave,even if he was kinda short in Stature. He had a big heart.
2015-05-18 22:12:13
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Thank you, Tony--As you know, it was a fun, if long, week. Eric
2015-05-11 17:08:06
Tony Infantino
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Eric, you have long impressed me with every blog, but this was definitely one that hit close to home. I appreciate your intense sarcasm with things we deal with touring in DC. I grabbed everyone around the office to share your post. Epic...especially about dangling the eighth grader. Priceless. Thanks my friend.
2015-05-11 17:04:11
Eric Lamar
Guiding: The One That Got Away
Laugh-out-loud. Thanks, Brenda. Eric
2015-05-11 12:28:39
Brenda Mckelvin
Guiding: The One That Got Away
As the temperature in D.C. leaps from 30 degrees to over 90 degrees. ..I am reminded of my favorite Biloxi Blues movie quote...It is hot.It's Africa hot. I have repeated this phase alot over the past seven guiding seasons. However a group high school students from South Africa "shocked and awhed" me with their response..."Washington,…
2015-05-11 10:59:28
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