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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 — 1 Comment

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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Added by Cam Mitchell on April 7, 2014 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Life Hurts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still attempting the impossible

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…

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Added by Bree N. on February 28, 2014 at 7:41pm — 2 Comments

The elusive sleep, will i it never end?

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…

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Added by Bree N. on February 8, 2014 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

It hurts to feel so broken

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…

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Added by Bree N. on February 3, 2014 at 12:11pm — 3 Comments

First Fire (Toledo LODD)

First Fire

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Any firefighter’s first real fire



Is faced with anticipation



On the one hand there’s excitement



On the other, trepidation

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For this is what he trained to do



During countless hours of drills



Old-timers recount their war stories



As he imagines the thrill

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Not many can imagine the genuine rush



‘til immersed in heat, smoke and…

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Added by Tom Kenney on February 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Made it. to appt, good advice on steps to take

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…

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Added by Bree N. on January 31, 2014 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

It just so frustrating when each day is so hard

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…

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Added by Bree N. on January 30, 2014 at 2:18pm — 3 Comments

Seemingly OK ,Brave face, it is not enough

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.

Terrorism, torture,…

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Added by Bree N. on January 26, 2014 at 10:40pm — 5 Comments

Hello All

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…

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Added by Bob Allard on January 19, 2014 at 12:23pm — No Comments

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