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 […]

Travel: Kissing Whales

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In search of a warm weather escape with camping, I wondered across a posting for kayaking in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Camping and kayaking turned out to be the least of it. I flew from Dulles International Airport, leaving on a snowy day, through Mexico City, arriving at Lap Paz on an Embraer 190.  Baja […]

Ethics: The Secretary Out for a Walk

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Laundry Time I headed out from my apartment on California Street in Washington, D.C., a little while ago on the way to an appointment. As I approached Connecticut Avenue on this chilly March morning I spied Jack Lew, Treasury Secretary of the United States, with a member of his security detail in tow, walking south […]

Interview with the Devil

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2015 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation by allied troops of Nazi extermination camps at Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz and other locations. Many of the architects and perpetrators of the mass killing were eventually rounded up and imprisoned for trial and punishment. In 1946, American psychiatrist Leon Goldensohn (G) interviewed dozens of these prisoners at […]

IAFF Ethics: Ted Cruz and the Flintstone Steak

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Pass the A1 Sauce The 2015 International Association of Fire Fighter’s (IAFF) Legislative conference is this week when our union’s affiliate leaders come to Washington to lobby congress on key issues and to listen to selected politicians pontificate. How the pontificaters are chosen is always a subject of discussion. Are they selected to inspire or […]

Leadership: IAFF Ethics Over the Cliff

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Four Reasons Why the Ethics Policy is a Disaster In virtually all organizations it is the elected leadership who set the overall tone. And, so it is at the International Association of Fire Fighters but the results are devastating. The new ethics policy has more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese and is nothing […]

IAFF Ethics: Confidential Hypocrisy

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It’s So Harold Schaitberger We now know that Our Dear Leader’s plan to hide his conflicts of interest is to: a) exempt himself by creating his own personal definition for them and to, b) make them confidential while threatening to have the IAFF board come after anyone who dares to discuss them openly. So much […]

IAFF Ethics: ODL Trashes the Rules

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ODL in Wunderland Many will know that IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger, Our Dear Leader, a.k.a. ODL, engaged in a conflict of interest surrounding his cozy real estate deals with Jim Franzoni of S.F.& C. Insurance, who heads up the Nationwide and Liberty Mutual dealings with the IAFF. The accepted definition of conflict of interest […]

IAFF Ethics: Harold, Ed and the Silent Picket Line

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When ODL Looks the Other Way A previous post here discussed the IAFF Executive Board fourth district race and how General President Schaitberger, a.k.a., Our Dear Leader (ODL) was perhaps laying the groundwork for a surprise pre-convention election.  In that scenario, Bill Taylor would step down early, allowing for a snail mail election with rules […]

Leadership: A Cracker and Some Fruit Loops

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A Fire Chief, Social Media and Gender Identity Last week Statter911.com reported that Charlotte, North Carolina, deputy fire chief Jeff Dulin was in the hot seat for a posting from his personal Facebook page. The image appears to show the famed athlete Bruce Jenner on the iconic cereal box as Olympic champion and then again […]

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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
Stan Mettinger Jr.
Remembering Glenn
I met Chief Gaines one morning years ago while having breakfast at some doughnut place in Fairfax on 50 with Bill Sheads. Even as a youngster I admired him because he took time as an adult wearing in the firefighter world he talked to me sincerely about being a firefighter. As I progressed through my…
2015-04-14 16:26:24
Thomas Moffett
Remembering Glenn
The beauty of the English language, is the multitude of words available when describing someone or something. You've made a fine selection to portray Chief Gaines.
2015-04-14 16:14:09
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