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USFRA Staff
Its Friday

Hello All;

Well I am finally on the mend and feeling much better. The reason being is I had hand-surgery and I had some issues coming out of the anesthetic. During the week I was very ill and was take to the ER by my wife as I could not keep anything down and all I was drinking was water and a high fever that would not come down below 102. All the test they did came back negative. So they all leaned toward a Viral Infection. Enough about me, how are you all doing its been hot…

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Added by Bob Allard on August 19, 2016 at 9:30am — 3 Comments


USFRA Staff
City of Burlington looking for volunteer firefighters

The City of Burlington is seeking volunteer firefighters.

“We are looking for individuals who are interested in a challenging opportunity to serve their community as a volunteer firefighter,” said Deputy Fire Chief Karen Roche.

“Being a volunteer firefighter is no ordinary job; the work is varied and…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on August 12, 2016 at 9:04am — No Comments


USFRA Staff
PTSD and Anger in Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anger are common in Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In fact, Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans are at risk for a number of mental health problems. Studies have consistently shown that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars exhibit high rates of PTSD, depression, and…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on August 11, 2016 at 1:08pm — 1 Comment

5 steps concealed carry permit holders should follow

After speaking to veteran members of law enforcement, here are some recommendations:

1. Understand the officer’s mindset

When the officer runs your license plate, he may be able to see that you are a concealed carry permit holder and will be…

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Added by Jesse James Jessup on July 8, 2016 at 8:24pm — 5 Comments


USFRA Staff
Please Read and enjoy Happy 4th of July to all.

Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (such as the …

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Added by Bob Allard on July 4, 2016 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Jesus our Man

Contrary to those who hope to turn Jesus into a mere symbol, the specifics of His life matter a great deal. It matters that He was born in Bethlehem, in Palestine, in the Roman Empire, during the reign of Caesar Augustus. It matters that He was Jewish, born of Jewish parents who followed Jewish law.



It matters that He spoke Aramaic, met his first disciples in Galilee, and suffered crucifixion at the hands of the Romans. These details make it…

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Added by Chaplain Shlomo on June 29, 2016 at 1:06pm — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
Quadruple Amputee Vet Shoots Himself After VA CRISIS HOTLINE Tells Him To Calm Down And Call Back

Why is the Veteran’s Administration such an absolute debacle? The VA’s recent string of failures is evidence of administrative negligence. But this political quagmire has personal consequences. Take the case of Todd Nicely, a quadrupedal amputee who attempted suicide while…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on June 22, 2016 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment

Hidden Dangers in Hotels and Motels



Hello All,

As a professional firefighter we preach FIRE SAFETY, yet we overlook a huge safety issue that lurks at all hotels and motels in the USA. We inspect the hotel main lobby, storage area, laundry facility, pool areas, but we never inspect the rooms.



Yes the hotel/motel rooms have a hidden danger in them. We as inspectors overlook these rooms, why? Because they are occupied? Yes, but why do we not inspect these rooms when they are not occupied? What about…

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Added by Roy Poteete on June 18, 2016 at 10:03pm — 4 Comments


USFRA Staff
FREE Thank You Event for Orlando First Responders from iFly Indoor Skydiving

iFly Indoor Skydiving off of International Drive in Orlando is hosting a FREE event for all First Responders and their families in the Orlando area. …

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Added by Allison McCullough on June 18, 2016 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Pentecost- The Meaning

With all the terrible news during Pentecost, with the shooting in Orlando Florida, it is easy to miss This great event in History some 2000 years ago--Pentecost- 50 days after Passover. Sunday June 12.

Christianity is built upon two great facts, the facts that God raised Jesus from the dead and the fact that the Holy Spirit makes this a reality in the life of the believer. Jesus risen; the Spirit given: these are the two foundations of our faith. …

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Added by Chaplain Shlomo on June 14, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Psychological Warfare in our Midst

The tragic event that occurred this weekend in Orlando Florida, is something for all of us to reflect.

Western Civilization is under attack by two very different forces: Those of Islam on the one hand (no, not militant Islam, just Islam), and on the other hand, the Secularist “progressives” of the Left. Between these two forces, each of them a heresy of Christianity, we the men of the West, face a great challenge, to our way of life and to the Christian religion.



Islam is…

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Added by Chaplain Shlomo on June 13, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Howdy from Texas

Greetings from the great state of Texas!

Sorry I’ve been so M.I.A. the past several months, but I plan to be more active on here going forward and wanted to share some updates about our latest adventures. 

Bill and I officially left Arizona and moved our company to Texas where we plan to settle down someday. I was raised here and Bill and I met in D/FW metro almost 30…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on June 11, 2016 at 5:01pm — 3 Comments


USFRA Staff
Hello All

Well its me here again and I am not very happy as I have been reading again and all my writing has gone into the trash as I have read to many articles of Fire Vehicles rolling over or getting into a accident were it was there fault. Why, because we just don't understand the rules of the road is how I take it, yes we have to get there in a hurry be not at the risk of killing or injuring yourself or your crew or others. Let's take that time to go through those intersections WITH caution, look…

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Added by Bob Allard on June 8, 2016 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Memorial Day Weekend

                                                                              BLESS YOU ALL.      

On a sadder…

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Added by Chaplain Shlomo on May 29, 2016 at 7:51pm — 1 Comment

What happens when there aren't enough firefighters?

(Photo: Staff photo by Ryan Marshall)

Brian Martin, earlier this month, responded to a house fire in Rehoboth Beach along with several other fire companies.

The chief of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company listened as the woman who owned the house expressed her gratitude to the…

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Added by Cam Mitchell on May 10, 2016 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

National Day of Prayer

National Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation.  First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how…

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Added by Chaplain Shlomo on May 5, 2016 at 11:29am — 5 Comments


USFRA Staff
Its Friday

Hello all;

Its been awhile for me as I have been busy doing this and doing that and then going here and you know the rest of the story. I have also been doing some reading and its not good from what I have been reading. WE NEED TO WATCH OUR DRIVING SKILLS, to many roll-overs and T-Bones and other accidents. I believe I even read a article about a Fire Vehicle getting a ticket for going through a Red or Stop sign. I always said slow and look both ways then proceed with care. I…

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Added by Bob Allard on April 29, 2016 at 2:22pm — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
Home Sprinklers

This is so wrong it looks like we need to do a Better and Bigger push so we can get this in the next Code Enforcement in 2018, so all my NY Firefighters we need to start now and all departments need to get in the ears of our elected people and see if they can help us in this.

On March 9, 2016, the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council (Code Council) dashed any hopes that the fire service had of implementing a new…
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Added by Bob Allard on March 30, 2016 at 9:29am — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
Hello all

Well now that Easter is over and spring is here, well the calendar says spring is here its time to see what kind of winter damage was done if at all any was done and see what we need to do to fix it, paint it or just be thankful nothing was done.

But first we need to say a prayer for all those that lost there lives in recent disasters, fires, shootings and etc that goes on in this crazy world. So lets pray ................................................... Amen. With that how are we…

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Added by Bob Allard on March 29, 2016 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments


PTSD Blogger
PTSD Poetry Project: Unfeeling Psychopath

From: Personal Journal Entry: 06 16 2015 Tuesday

After an emergency room trip which resulted in the next day discovering there was a natural gas leak. A technician confirmed it was a low level leak which had suddenly worsened and had become a severe leak.

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The Unfeeling Psychopath





Natural gas, softly leaking for months, years...



Inhaled each day, each night, each morning whilst I was unaware



My brain inside my head… Continue

Added by Bree N. on March 18, 2016 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

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