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Wildland Firefighters Featured on the Big Screen

For nearly a century, wildland firefighters of the Florida Forest Service have been working to protect Florida from the threat of…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on July 14, 2014 at 12:47am — 4 Comments


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Seat Belts & 4th of JUly

Riding unsecured on a moving apparatus is risky behavior that has life-altering consequences. Forces generated by speeds of just 5 mph are strong enough to break the grip of an adult and result in serious injury. Failing to be seated and seatbelted is reckless behavior that can result in a near miss, injury or death. Families are left wondering, “Why was my loved one not belted? Who was in charge and allowed that to happen?” Who among us has prepared themselves to stand in front of a…

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Added by Bob Allard on July 3, 2014 at 10:42am — 2 Comments


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Montana

I want everyone to take a few moments and bow your heads and say a prayer to the family members and the Fire Chief and others that were killed in a vehicle accident in Montana, it breaks my heart to read stuff like this and this is not the first time.

R.I.P. to All

Added by Bob Allard on June 21, 2014 at 4:21pm — No Comments


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Fathers Day

Coincidentally, the first state to actually celebrate Father’s Day was Washington — named for the father of our country. The first statewide celebration was in 1910. It came about as the result of a campaign by Sonora Smart Dodd, the Tacoma daughter of a single father, a widower, who raised six children.

The concept of honoring fathers actually gained traction from Mother’s Day, which had its origins after the Civil War and the early feminist movement that had pacifist overtones. In…

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Added by Bob Allard on June 14, 2014 at 2:34pm — 2 Comments


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Memorial as I look at it

Memorial Day originally emerged in 1868 as Decoration Day - a day to honor war dead by decorating their graves with flowers. The last Monday in May has become a day to remember those who have given their lives for our country through military service. Tomorrow, fly your flag half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is an official national day of mourning to remember America's war dead and to give thanks to all who have served and are serving this great nation...America...God Bless all -…

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Memorial Day

Lets all stop for a few moments on May 26 to say a prayer and to thank all of those who have passed away keeping us safe and a big THANK YOU for those that are still keeping us free and safe. I know we will all be out there going to different parties but just remember what memorial day is all about. Nice shot you just went through that intersection with out looking to see if it was safe, sure you did the quick look but did you see the two kids about ready to cross with there dog, with if…

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PTSD: GROWTH, is it possible?

In therapy this past week I heard (and asked permission to share the term) about PTSD Growth. It's a thought provoking concept to say the least. We all get so caught up in the "stigma" of this title of PTSD. Disorder, Disease, incurable, we hear this all the time. But what about GROWTH? Is it possible? Many would say no. All there ever is in the news are items about PTSD and some terrible result of this 'disorder/disease'.

A disease is curable, a disorder? Hmmm.. some more thought…

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Added by Bree N. on May 13, 2014 at 5:49pm — 3 Comments


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Happy Mother's Day

Hope all of you have a wonderful Mother's Day! And a special thank you to all the military and first responder moms who sacrifice so much to keep us all safe.…

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Happy Easter

Well short and sweet and to the point, we had another accident and this one was in California were two fire trucks collided and several civilians were injured and the firefighters hurt or not got out and took care of the injured civilians and then some of them there selves had to be taken to hospital's.

So like I say keep your eye's open and watch, I know we can not always avoid accidents but, there needs to be some type of systems that could be put in all emergency vehicles that lets…

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Added by Bob Allard on April 18, 2014 at 2:36pm — 3 Comments

Vehicle arson motivations and prevention tips

Motivations behind vehicle arson

The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes.

The most common motive: revenge

According to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, the most common motive (41 percent) for a serial…

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Life hurts

Life seems so easy for those whose stories we don't know. We make judgements, put them in a preordained box according to our so called perceptions. Yet we may never know the daily pain, both physical and psychological they go through just to get up and come to the job. We don't ask, don't want to be bothered, or maybe just don't think it's "any of our business". It's sad to me that so many give, give, and give beyond all measure never expecting to get anything back. So,…

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Added by Bree N. on April 7, 2014 at 7:15pm — 3 Comments

Becoming the Person we are each meant to be

I can't say it enough, this message I keep being told "THERE IS NO SHAME IN ASKING/GETTING HELP"

It seems shameful to have to ask for help. Even as a woman in men dominated fields where you are told "just man up, grow some balls already!" Or really the worse one "you are the strongest woman I know you can get over this". Well you know what? No one can. You have to be very brave, become your own hero and ASK for help, DEMAND help if you have to. It takes time to find the right…

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Added by Bree N. on March 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment


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Saturday News

I am sure everyone has heard about the two Firefighters that lost their lives in Boston, and there were a couple others that slip my mind, but anyway lets all say a prayer for all of the LODD.

Remember we are in a dangerous job.

Take a minute and remember them that are keeping us safe

Bob Allard

Added by Bob Allard on March 29, 2014 at 6:47pm — No Comments


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Flood time

Hello all;

Its Friday and time for my weekly reminder about driving and responding to and from what ever it was you went to. Now that its starting to warm up around here its been in the mid 50's and then mid 40's, but anyway the snow is melting and we all know that its time for creeks, rivers and streams to start flooding if they haven't already they will be and I hope you have been reading about what to do and not do in floods and how to help each other. A good article to read is…

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Added by Bob Allard on March 21, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Cautionary tale with good progress

Withdrawal...something you cannot "man up and get over it". Whether its the sleep medication, anxiety medication, or for others their anti-depressants. Do NOT just quit. Whether we want to or not it is absolutely important to wean slowly before quitting. Some cause rebounding insomnia, rebound anxiety worse than it was to begin with, and heart irregularities that can cause death.

I share this as its been a horrific, terrifying 21 days+ of no sleep, anxiety, fear, heart & chest…

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Added by Bree N. on March 20, 2014 at 5:13pm — 3 Comments


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Flood Awareness Week + flood mitigation and safety resources

National Flood Awareness week runs from March 16-22, 2014 and is a nationwide campaign designed to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save life and property.

But keep in mind floods can…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on March 16, 2014 at 7:01pm — No Comments

A tribute to 911 Dispatchers

I had a friend who shared this with me this week and I thought it was a beautiful tribute to the "unseen" heroes!

Kudos goes to http://kovacorp.com/911-dispatcher/ for posting…

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Added by Deanna Ayres on March 14, 2014 at 4:05pm — 2 Comments


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Friday and the weekend

Hello All:

Yes its me again and the weather here in WNY is funny, why is it funny well Tuesday Mar.11 it was about 56 degs. and the snow in my yard was all gone. They the NWS said that we were to get a bad snow storm on Wednesday Mar. 12 and yes we did get a bad storm which it turn into a blizzard and not the ice cream blizzard. Schools all over the area were closed except for one but that's here nor there, anyway I now have about 7 inches of the white fluffy stuff and a lot of…

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Added by Bob Allard on March 14, 2014 at 8:14am — 1 Comment


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Hello All

Good morning to everyone, hope you all are doing well and driving is getting better since we have had several storms and NY has missed some of them but not all, some of you get snow and ice and shut down most stuff and that's because you do not get snow and ice like we do here in the Northeastern states. But some of us that get the stuff still don't know how to drive like you just did going through that intersection without looking. But look at it this way spring is just about two weeks away…

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Added by Bob Allard on March 8, 2014 at 8:00am — 4 Comments


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Change your batteries and clocks + check your preparedness stocks this weekend

This Sunday (9-Mar-2014) is the start of Daylight Savings Time meaning most people will lose an hour when they “spring forward”.

In addition to changing your batteries and clocks this weekend … take some time to check your preparedness stocks.

For example…

  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors around your…
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Added by Janet Liebsch on March 7, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments

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