Hope this goes out to all of you as I have been having issues with my computer and was on vacation in DC, the last time my wife and I were there was about 20 yrs. ago with our kids. It was a warm day in Aug.. we drove there which was about 7 hrs. and we stay in Rockville,Md, AH you want to watch were you are driving you just ran the red light and never looked to the left. Any way we did some of the museums and the boat ride and I have always wanted to see the Pentagon so we did the bus tour…Continue
Added by Bob Allard on September 6, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Friday Fotos post, but I wanted to share some wildfire pics coming out of Washington and Oregon.
Firefighters are up against 17 wildfires or sets of blazes in the Northwest, 13 in Oregon covering nearly 620,000 acres and four in Washington that have charred about 290,000 acres. Nearly 10,000 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the region. They've made progress, with no new starts in the past 24 hours, according to …Continue
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…Continue
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
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…Continue
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 -…Continue
Added by Bob Allard on May 25, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bob Allard on May 24, 2014 at 2:24pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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.…Continue
Added by Janet Liebsch on May 11, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments
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…Continue
The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes.
According to the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, the most common motive (41 percent) for a serial…Continue
Added by Cam Mitchell on April 7, 2014 at 9:19pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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
Added by Bob Allard on March 29, 2014 at 6:47pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bob Allard on March 21, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments
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…Continue