A Word is Born

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Dude, you are so Schettinoed. Ask any “hoodyed-up” , skateboarding twenty-something all the way up to a 95-year-old triathlete who is the last person off a ship and they will universally exclaim, “Why, the captain, of course!” Apparently not so, in what now passes for the Italian Navy.  Last week as the Costa Concordia cruise […]

(Almost) Hidden DC: Jones, USN

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That’s as in “John Paul”. He added the “Jones” after killing a sailor (“running him through”) while he was a merchant marine captain sailing in the Caribbean.  He escaped to America, adopted the pseudonym and expected to lay low, but the war with Britain intervened. Though born in Scotland, John Paul readily took to America […]

Firehouses: History Versus Safety

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There was an article in the New York Times recently reporting that the US Coast Guard has increased the average body weight calculation for passengers where commercial boating is concerned.  The old weight was 160 and the new one is 185.  Surprise:  people are getting bigger, fast. It seems that fire trucks  and ambulances are […]

The Cardinal, the Queers, and the Klan

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Chicago’s Catholic Cardinal Francis George compared the Windy City’s Gays and Lesbians to the Ku Klux Klan recently.  (Some of them may like to dress up, but not in robes with hoods.  Although, let’s be honest, the hood could be intriguing.) The Cardinal was all jacked up over their plan to march past his church […]

God Sent Us

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Pro Skateboarder and Devine Jereme Rogers Every once in a while you run across one of those child-rearing specialist stories where the world-renowned expert warns us of the dangers associated with the fawning, “you’re so special” school of baby raising.  To wit: The Daily News reports that X Games skateboarding wonder man , Jereme Rogers, […]

Selective Justice: Arson as Terror

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Harry Burkhart in Los Angeles and Ray Lengend, recently of New York, have both been arrested and charged with a string of serial arson fires that all but dominated the headlines during the New Year. Burkhart, a German national, hates Americans (F–K the United States), and Lengend hates Muslims and anyone who has pissed him […]

Cops: L.I. ATF Agent Killed; Brits with Records

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Friendly Fire? ATF Agent John Capano was shot and killed in Seaford, Long island, on New Year’s Eve when he intervened in a robbery at a pharmacy. Agent Capano was in the pharmacy picking up a prescription when the assailant, who has a record of prior robberies, demanded money and medication. He followed the robber, […]

Would Your Family Survive a “Stamford” Fire?

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No doubt many of you read about the tragic incident in Stamford, Connecticut, early on Christmas morning, when three young children and their grandparents were killed attempting to escape from their fiery home. An all too familiar fact: they did not die in bed–they were on the move and killed as they attempted to escape. […]

FF Safety: What’s Your Search Culture?

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Culture: the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. The Primary Search A Primary search taking place early in a fire is an extraordinarily  dangerous and high-risk activity because it will likely occur above or in front of hose lines and in poorly ventilated spaces. What is the search […]

FF Schedules: DC Bucks the Trend

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Amidst the growing tendency in some parts of the  US to approve 48-hours as the normal for firefighter duty shifts, the fire chief of Washington, DC, Kenneth Ellerbe, is taking an assertive step in the opposite direction. According to the Washington Post, Ellerbe is promoting a schedule change from the current 24-hour system to 12-hour […]

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