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January 24, 2006

Bravest Remembered (from Daily News)

N.Y Daily News covers anniversary ceremony of Bravest's Firefighter John Bellew and Lt. Curtis Meyran.

"The Last Alarm," a poem written and read by Angela Meyran, 11, daughter of FDNY Lt. Curtis Meyran (right), who was killed in a Bronx fire a year ago yesterday:

"My father was a firefighter
He rode in a big red truck
And when he'd go to work each night
He'd say, "Mom, wish me luck"
And Dad would not come home again till sometimes the next day
A fireman's life is easy
He eats and sleeps and plays
And sometimes he [doesn't] fight fires for days and days and days
When I first heard these comments, I was too young to understand
Because I knew when the people had trouble, Dad was there to lend a hand
And my father went to work one day and he kissed us all goodbye
Little did we know that next morning we'd all cry
My father gave his life that next day when the fire got too hot
And we wondered why he'd risk his life for someone he didn't know
But now I realize the greatest gift a man can give is to lay down his life down upon the line so that someone else might live
So as we go on from day to day and we pray to God above, say a prayer for your brothers. They may save your loved ones."

Australia Wildfire Claims Firefighter

"....Ongoing fires in Victoria have killed three people, destroyed nine houses, burnt more than 113,000 hectares and destroyed up to 52,000 head of stock.

Captain Trevor Day, 42
, of the Campbell's Creek Brigade, near Castlemaine, died on Monday when he was thrown from a fire tanker that rolled at Highlands, north of Yea.

A father and son were also killed in a bushfire at Pomonal, near Ararat in the state's west.

Malcolm Wilson, 36, and his 12-year-old son Zeke died when a blaze ripped through their crashed car as they raced to save a relative's property."

Australian Associated Press via au.Yahoo.

Coverage of incident and tribute to Fire Captain Trevor Day.

January 16, 2006

Oklahoma Fires Rage (links)

"Fires rage across northern Oklahoma scorching more than 1,000 acres and destroyed at least one home on Sunday, fire officials said...

Eighteen fires were reported Sunday to the Oklahoma Fire Response command center in Shawnee, the largest a blaze north of Stillwater that had consumed 580 acres, said Tracy Farley, an information officer at the center..."

Fort Polk prepares for fire danger.

Koko5 Oklahoma City --- best coverage of fires. (no sub.req.)

Oklahoma complains FEMA is ignoring their plea for assistance

January 08, 2006

Check Out This Little Fire Tool


The Firefighter Trolley looks like a useful tool. Produced in Australia and shipped anywhere this could be a very helpful piece of equipment on rural rigs or for personal use by homeowners.

Selling on Ebay.au for a little over $1,000 Australian dollar .

(1,000. AUD = 749. USD)

January 07, 2006

The Firefighter's Camera Blog (revisited)

I know I have commented on this blog before but I can't find the post. Anyway this firefighter has a great idea. His very small but (slowly) growing portfolio needs feeding but there is not much to document in a small town in Vermont.

Think how this would work in a city like Chicago, New York or Houston?

His blog could inspire others to do the same. The advantages to documenting incidents are numerous. Sometimes replaying the incident for the report is fuzzy late at night, snapping a few digital photo's refreshes the mind.
Think of the implications for training......what would we have done differently?