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January 26, 2007

N.J. Amputee Seeks Fire Job, I Say Yes!

His name is Isaac Feliciano, he runs a 12.5 second 100 meter, and he scored 106 out of 600 in the physical agility testing. I would be proud to have him on my engine. Story


January 23, 2007

U.S. Firefighters Lend Hand Down Under


Bushfires 'unprecedented'

"The bushfires in Australia's state of Victoria have been described by the local Emergency Services Commissioner as unprecedented. The crisis caused a major power crisis in the state on Tuesday. But the worst of the bushfire season could be yet to come." Radio Australia

Amid that tone some 100 U.S. firefighters packed their gear and headed to Australia to assist locals. After a two day primer they will be staged awaiting new fires in Victoria, more.

As is becoming more relevant in these disasters is the information from bloggers living in the midst of the incident. These Flickr photos came from the backyard of this blogger.

More Aussie fire coverage;
Conventional news

Large photo published with permission of Terri Cowley.


January 14, 2007

Something Wrong About This

From Firehouse.com,

"Ellreese Daniels -- charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter -- was the crew boss during the Yakima, Wash. Thirtymile wildfire in July 2001.

Prosecutors allege that Daniels should have known that the four firefighters who perished in the fire would be trapped and should have better protected them.

The fallen firefighters were Devin Weaver, 21, Jessica Johnson, 19, Karen FitzPatrick, 18, and squad boss trainee Tom Craven, 30"

This could, maybe should, have a chilling effect on aggressive suppression activity by some. Something to consider, how far up the chain of command could or should a prosecution go? Firefighting is dangerous. No one feels worse about injury or loss of life than the supervisor or fire boss.
That being said I would want answers if my child was one of the fallen.

January 11, 2007

IAFF 2006 Media Awards

Winner News Photo
(under 100,000 circ.) Winning photo ------->

Winner News Photo
(over 100,000 circ.)

Winner News Feature

“Deadly Delays: The Decline of Fire Response”

“Once a day on average in this country, someone dies when fire fighters arrive too late, an investigation of fire response times by the Globe has found. America’s fire departments are giving fire a longer headstart, arriving later each year, especially in the suburbs around Boston, Atlanta and other cities. Growth is brisk but fire staffing has been cut.”

Winner News Feature (Web based News Site)

“Three Alarm Fire Tears Through Jacksonville’s Historic Springfield Neighborhood”

"This story, about a fire that started in an abandoned house and spread to eventually destroy three houses and damage two, focuses on the 100 Jacksonville fire fighters who reported to the scene, several of whom were injured."

Complete list of winners here.

Congratulations to Roanoke Fire Local 1132 for affiliate website runner up award.

January 06, 2007

Iraq Study Group Satirical Video

Zucker takes on the Iraq Study Group.