FF Safety: Air France 447: 263 Seconds (Part One)

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Today is the beginning of a five-part series exploring the loss of Air France Flight 447 and the lessons firefighters can learn about effective teamwork, communication and decision making in a high risk environment. On May 31st, 2009, at about 22:30, Air France flight 447 departed Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on a scheduled flight to […]

Race and Religion: Churches, Clubs and Culture

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Roman’s 2:11: For there is no respect of persons with God. (King James Version) Because God does not show partiality. (International Standard Version) Tiny  Free Will Baptist Church in Pike County, Kentucky, is much in the news this week after congregants voted to effectively ban inter-racial couples from membership and participation in services, except in […]

Coming This Week In Turnout: FF Safety Series

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A five-part series exploring the loss of Air France Flight 447 and the lessons firefighters can learn about effective teamwork, communication and decision making in a high risk environment. Starts Monday.

12/01/11: Some Smooth Sailing

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AS-501 Abeam Thomas Point Light 270 degrees, 15:00 hours, wind @ 15 knots 

Whip Cream With That?

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Our local rag, The Washington Post, a.k.a. TWP, reports that in trendy Georgetown, (or as trendy as Georgetown can get,) a local eatery recently sold an ice cream sundae for $1,000. The eater of said sundae? A 12-year-old celebrating his birthday with mom, dad and nine friends.  (Let’s hope they are very good friends.) What’s […]

Sour Milk

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Cream rises to the top.  Many are aware of the saying, often delivered in a smug tone, to explain the inevitable emergence of a person into a position of leadership and power.   The words are delivered with an inflection that implies the certainty of the occurrence as well as our daftness for not seeing it […]

Fire Pensions: Big Trouble in the UK (Part 2)

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It seems that David Cameron and his Coalition partner, Nick Clegg, wish to give UK firefighters a drubbing in the latest pension dust-up. Some Significant UK/NA Pension Differences UK and North American firefighter pensions are roughly comparable up to a point but then significant differences emerge.  UK firefighters operate under a tiered benefit system: the […]

Fire Pensions: Big Trouble in the UK (Part 1)

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United Kingdom public sector workers, including firefighters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are engaged in a titanic national struggle with the “Coalition” government made up of the Conservative Party and Liberal Democrats. The Coalition is currently set on weakening pension benefits. (These Liberal Democrats are not the ones your mother warned you about, […]

2nd Amendment: A Little to the Left

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“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Stephen Hoppler of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, is  serious about his second Amendment right and has gone to court in order to win back the 12 or so […]

Fire Politics: Train Wreck in Harrisburg

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Like competing Kamikaze pilots fighting for the controls, Harrisburg, PA, politicians are dueling in court for who has the right to place the city in either formal bankruptcy or the State’s legislative equivalent. Harrisburg, the capital of the state, is on the financial ropes after borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars for a failed trash […]

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