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Why firefighters “waste time fooling with” fire hydrants

Fire hydrants may look indestructible, but they require routine checking and maintenance.

WHY ARE OUR FIREFIGHTERS WASTING TIME ON FIRE HYDRANTS? IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE!

Let me set the scenario for you.  It is 2am in the middle of the night. You awake to the sound of an alarm ringing in a distance.You realize it’s the smoke detector in the other end of your home, by the children’s…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on July 13, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments


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Gov. Scott vetoes condominium sprinkler legislation, sprinkler requirements to continue

The deadly high-rise fire in London has reverberated in Florida.

Citing the fire, Governor Rick Scott has vetoed legislation that would have ended sprinkler requirements for condominiums in Florida. Fire safety advocates say it's a victory for public safety and for firefighters.

The National Fire…

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Added by Cam Mitchell on July 7, 2017 at 8:50pm — No Comments


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Physical Fitness Intervention for New Firefighters

Firefighting is a hazardous profession and firefighters suffer workplace injury at a higher rate than most U.S. workers. Decreased physical fitness is associated with injuries to firefighters.

In an effort to decrease injuries and compensation…

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Added by Tony Thomas on July 2, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ohio councilman asks if city can stop responding to overdoses

A city councilman in southwest Ohio has asked if it’s possible for city emergency crews to stop responding to drug overdose calls as costs for those calls mount.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports Middletown City Council member Dan Picard has asked if there is a law requiring the city to respond to…

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Added by David Pence on June 23, 2017 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments


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Operation Outdoor Freedom

As a small way of giving back to our nation's heroes, I'm inviting Florida's wounded veterans to register for upcoming Operation Outdoor Freedom events. We're offering a lobstering trip out of Fort Lauderdale, a scalloping trip out of Steinhatchee and a kayaking trip on the Chipola…

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Added by Tony Thomas on June 21, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

McDonald’s Screwed Up This Man’s Order…And It Did NOT End Well

It’s safe to say we all get a tad annoyed when a fast food chain gets our order wrong. We might complain to a manager or write a bad review, but most of us just angrily pick off those pickles we asked not be there and force down those fries sans extra ketchup.

However, one Florida resident was more than a bit…

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Added by David Pence on June 3, 2017 at 10:41am — 3 Comments


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Happy Memorial Day to All

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle

On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924,…

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Added by Bob Allard on May 26, 2017 at 2:48pm — 6 Comments


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Good morning all

Well, it's that time of the year when here in WNY (Western New York) that we get all kinds of different weather but this year we are getting a lot of rain and I do me a lot of rain. The Lake is up about 3 inches it may seem not a lot to some but around here that is a lot and still rising all the extra water has to go somewhere and it's finding its way downstream flooding rivers, creeks, streams and so on and so forth. It going to be hard for the farmers to get out and plant as many of the…

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Added by Bob Allard on May 6, 2017 at 1:35pm — 2 Comments

Florida wildfires: More than 100 fires burning, thousands evacuated

Thousands of Floridians are under mandatory evacuation orders as more than 115 wildfires scorch the state, the Florida Forest Service said Saturday.

Nearly 30,000 acres of the Sunshine State have burned, the Florida Forest Service said.

FEMA has approved two fire management assistance grants to aid the…

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Added by David Pence on April 22, 2017 at 5:34pm — 1 Comment


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Hello All

Well its Saturday, April 22, 2017, this year is going fast I think, or maybe it's going fast cause I am retired and old(65) but anyhow a quarter of the year has almost gone. How are we all doing and how is the driving going. I am sorry to let's bow our heads and say a prayer for the FDNY firefighter who lost his life during the week,......................I have seen several of the big fire dept's have hired several new Firefighter's as several have retired or there were several openings that…

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Added by Bob Allard on April 22, 2017 at 9:49am — 1 Comment


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Hello All

Well let's first bow our heads and a moment of silence for all the First Responders who have passed away either from illness or from some other source......................

So how are we doing on our driving and response to emergencies , good I hope, I have reading and see there have been several wrecks going to responses. Remember my look before you cross, this goes to same for driving look before you go through the intersections, the other people just don't care as my wife and I…

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Added by Bob Allard on April 2, 2017 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments


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FBI releases some unseen photos of 9/11 attack on the Pentagon

I haven't done a Friday Foto post in a long time but wanted to share some images the FBI recently released.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon killing 189 people: 125 in the building and 64 on the plane, including the five hijackers.

Last week the FBI released 27 unseen photos of the 9/11 Attack and Investigation and here are a few samples...…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on March 31, 2017 at 6:11pm — No Comments

I have been to Arlington National Cemetery. I have seen the changing of the Guard @ the Tomb of the Unknowns. Very solemn, quiet , emotional event. Every one Public Safety field need to see this even…

I have been to Arlington National Cemetery. I have seen the changing of the Guard @ the Tomb of the Unknowns. Very solemn, quiet , emotional event. Every one Public Safety field need to see this event at least once in there life.

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Added by Douglas Beckham on March 4, 2017 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments


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Hello All

Hello All, well it winter here in NY but I can not complain to much as I do not have much snow in my yard (1/2") if even that much. Its been good so far so I have to knock on wood. How has the driving been doing with everyone and those with snow how is the driving. I just took a course to reduce my car insurance which is 6 hours long and I  did it on-line as the person who use to teach it on the base where I worked has retired from doing it, miss his classes as he was a NY State Trooper. We…

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Added by Bob Allard on February 9, 2017 at 8:08pm — No Comments


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49th Annual Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Attention all Honor Guards. Attention all Pipes and Drums. Attention all uninformed personnel. On Saturday March 11th, 2017 - The 49th Annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade will once again host uniformed Firefighters and Law Enforcement professionals from all across the continental United States, and an assortment…

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Added by Officer Derek Tomlinson on February 9, 2017 at 2:09pm — No Comments


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I want to say THANK YOU all for the b-day wishes

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Added by Bob Allard on January 29, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments


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SEEKING RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS

Rural communities face unique fire risks. The distance between communities and between residents within those communities results in challenges related to fire. Fire death rates in rural areas are very high. Additionally, loss of property and livestock have an extreme emotional and economic impact on residents in the local…

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Added by Tony Thomas on January 26, 2017 at 12:04pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Sad note here and far

Hello All;

First I want to say to all let's bow our heads for the Police Officers who have died this year (2017), ..................

and now again as I have have lost two mothers at the end of 2016, first my wife's mom passed away on Dec. 9, 2016 and a week latter my mom passed away on Dec. 15, 2016. They were both in there 80's and one would have been 90 this year..................

well with that said hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.…

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Added by Bob Allard on January 10, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment


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Thank you all

First of all let's bow our heads and say a prayer for the Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.............

Next, i want to say what the Hell is going on with the killing of Police officers, do the people who do this think its some time of game by killing anyone they want and then the bastards (sorry for the bad word) usually kill themselves cause they have no guts to do the time. This is just not what we need in USA. Please stop and think of what you are…

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Added by Bob Allard on November 22, 2016 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
Hello All

Well its been a very hectic month here in WNY, as my wife has found out that her mother is not well as she has stage 4 cancer and its in both lungs, spine, back, legs. Her mother is 89 yrs. old and a fighter when it comes to being sick, so she is not going  to take any treatment as she is just to old to she has said. She is taking it  well she knows what is going on as she still has her witts and can still get around, she goes to her Sr. center once a week and makes her lunch, super and bed…

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Added by Bob Allard on October 30, 2016 at 7:38pm — 7 Comments

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