In addition to changing your batteries and clocks this weekend … take some time to check your preparedness stocks.
Added by Janet Liebsch on March 7, 2014 at 1:02pm — No Comments
The impossible...to just stop taking any assistive sleep medication. Tough to sleep at all yet the anxiety is receding. Perhaps, as many have said before they thought they worsen symptoms. Maybe so. But as one thing recedes another takes its place. I've just stopped attempting to "be positive" for now. Just focus on getting past the withdrawal even after cutting back slowly. The medical prescribers don't ever seem to understand that this happens. The PDR warns about it, soooo? Is it just a…Continue
Sleep. It's been an elusive quest for me 2005. First it was waking up and being unable to return to sleep. Then it changed,if i fell asleep there was hypervigilency of checking out every sound. Safety for my family first and foremost. I have no clue how I raised my 3 in college prep high schools, EMT classes and the many hours of clinicals. Then came the PD job in addition to EMT work, paramedic class with clinicals of ride alongs, ER, OR FD, downed building rescue training, a third part…Continue
I woke up this morning with the realization i am just so broken. Inside, outside, intimately, emotionally. How can I ever feel whole and strong again? Its like when you break a treasured gift and there is not enough glue to repair it, make it right. The pieces are so small you can't glue it together without some missing. It's not whole or pretty anymore.
I'm tired of "digging deep, being strong, you can do it, you're the strongest woman I've ever known".. I'm totally broken, pieces…Continue
Any firefighter’s first real fire
Is faced with anticipation
On the one hand there’s excitement
On the other, trepidation
For this is what he trained to do
During countless hours of drills
Old-timers recount their war stories
As he imagines the thrill
Not many can imagine the genuine rush
‘til immersed in heat, smoke and…
I've been lucky in the rotation of PA's I've been assigned to. I have one who I'm assigned permanently to now. We went over blood work and addressed the primary mitigating issues effeccting me now. We made a binding agreement on steps to take within the next 6-7 weeks before I see the next appt.
It was a painful thing for this PA who had known me before they were assigned to me to see the miserable place I'm at. We all knoow the medical people we've dealt with who never see, "SEE" us…Continue
I don't understand how for so long I did so well, career, college, raising my kids. These last 3 years with the 2 major surgeries is when it..that big nameless "it" happened. I don't know if it was the high doses of pain meds combined with multiple me for nausea, but somewhere within that time the nightmares, waking up screaming started.
No pain meds anymore,just the physical therapy until I was well enough they all assumed i'd be back in the gym. How do I do that when no one gives me…Continue
its funny how you can go along seemingly OK. Then share with the wrong person and months. Of progress gone.
I need to have a support system yet have no one anymore, friends, family and the strange thing is its all because I told the truth. Truth is supposed to set you free?
Maybe its time to step into a different direction. Career is seemingly gone after surgery, physical therapy,for 3 years and when I do just say why I had this done..poof gone.
Please read and watch the video that Janet has post here, and then start talking on how can we protect those that do the work of a Hotshot, we need to help these guys/gals, someone some where is working on this I am sure come forward and lets get this done before we loose more wild land and Hotshots to bad fire conditions.
So here I am again had no snow and now we are gaining more snow and the weather and temp are going down again low of about 0 degs. and wind chills below 10 but hey…Continue
Added by Bob Allard on January 19, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments
Well here I go for a short one, I have been sick and can not shake this cold or what ever it is. Hope everyone had a good and safe New Year as we did and post a photo of the twins and love watching them as the son and his wife work at there jobs at different times and places, one is a welder, the other is a Nurse in post opt surgery at Roswell Cancer hospital in Buffalo, how she does it I don't know, put good for her.
So what is new and how have things been going, safe I hope and my…Continue
This is written by a good friend of mine.
This brings me to the night of December 27, 1983. I was a pretty new firefighter. At 20:23 hours, a full assignment was dispatched to North Division & Grosvenor streets. The three engines, two trucks, rescue and 3rd Battalion were responding to a report of a “large propane tank leaking in a building.” Engine 32 arrived and reported nothing showing, but they were talking to some workmen from the four-story, heavy-timber…Continue
Added by Bob Allard on December 27, 2013 at 6:56pm — No Comments
Sir, I'm going to need to give you a ticket … a lotto ticket, that is. In an attempt to add some cheer to the presumably fairly miserable job of pulling people over on Christmas, police in Melbourne, Fla., were handing out scratch-off tickets to the people they stopped yesterday,…Continue
To all my Friends and not friends on US First Responders Assoc. page I wan to wish everyone a very MERRY CHRISTMAS & a HAPPY NEW YEAR stay safe and remember to wear your seat belts to and from where ever it is you are going and remember to, yea real cool you never looked both way when you just went through that intersections, as I was about to say be cool and stay cool responding to all calls and just going to your family and friends house today and see you next time.
And if you…Continue
Well .. Bill and I are hunkered down for another quiet Christmas .. just the 2 of us, our "new" adopted 13-year-old kitty cat, and lots of good home cooking. Our families are all back in the midwest, and Bill's still not quite 100% yet with his health so we'll just stay put, work and enjoy our beautiful…Continue
Added by Janet Liebsch on December 24, 2013 at 5:31pm — No Comments
Our hearts go out to all those impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Yolanda to Filipinos). Last week the storm slammed across central Philippines causing incredible devastation to the island nation of 96 million people.
Officials estimate over 9.5 million Filipinos have been impacted by the storm and about 2 million are homeless.
Added by Janet Liebsch on November 16, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments
This is just a great human interest story because it has a "happy" ending. My first thoughts were how could someone leave a baby in the woods to perish but then I focused on the positive aspect that God used a family pet to intervene in this child's life which allowed for a rescue. I shudder to think about what may have been but God has a plan for all our lives and this is just one more proof of that principle. (click continue to see picture) CH Ron…
While you are changing your clocks, it’s also a great time to change the batteries in detectors, and check and rotate items in your disaster kits, bug out bags and other preparedness supply stashes.
Some things to consider doing this weekend…Continue
Added by Janet Liebsch on November 1, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments
Well I hope all have made it through Halloween Night and there were accidents or injuries to anyone, here in New York at the West end of the state its windy and I do mean windy gust as high as 60 mph, trees down and power lines down all over the place also there are reports of power outages, so that means some intersections with out working traffic lights and we all know what that means or I hope we know. We had about 30 or so kids come to the door and at 8:30 pm the boss said that's…Continue
Well today is Halloween and lets remember to "Be on the LOOK-OUT" for all the little ones and yes the bigger ones running around, they maybe running on the sidewalk and the next thing you know they are in front of you , so lets be extra Careful, we should be any way be tonight that extra second will help.
Have fun and see you tomorrow. Change your battery in your smoke alarm and other alarms in your house and set your clocks back on Saturday