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Sad News

Lets take a minute and bow your heads in prayer for the Philly firefighter who died yesterday in a structure fire, the female firefighter had 11 yrs on the job, you never know. We train and train but its just one of those things that happen. Sorry if I am going on and on, but I hate to read and hear about this stuff, also I want to say another prayer for the ex-Police Chief here in Tonawanda who passed away Tuesday Dec. 2,2014 of brain cancer I knew him and my wife work with him years before…

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Added by Bob Allard on December 11, 2014 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments


USFRA Staff
Consumers still most annoyed by Do Not Call List violators

Violators of the statewide Do No Call List, problems at the gas pump and motor vehicle repair problems were the top three complaints received in November at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The majority of the 2,965 complaints received concerned the pesky calls consumers want to…

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Added by Capt. Fyre Walker on December 5, 2014 at 10:59pm — 3 Comments

Yuletide Lighting

Hanging holiday lights can be a fun family activity and adds a festive touch to your home. But if you’re not careful, yuletide illuminations can…

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Added by Cam Mitchell on December 4, 2014 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Hardee deputy chief dies while working Thanksgiving

The chief deputy of the Hardee County Sheriff's Office died Thanksgiving of an apparent heart attack while sitting in his chair at work.

Hardee County Sheriff Arnold Lanier confirms 61-year-old Major Randy Dey was found by a co-worker unconscious this morning around 11.

"He came to work like it was any…

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Added by Tony Thomas on December 1, 2014 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment

Insomnia..

Wake with my heart pounding and my body drenched in sweat. The dog is in my face whining and I realize I must have screamed out again. I check the time and see I've only been asleep 3 hours. An equal time passes, I finally sleep deeply for another 3 hours. A win to have fallen asleep without the assistance of medication.



I am pursued long and hard by this insomnia. It wishes me to be its everlasting partner. One who is abusive, scaring me with my own thoughts, emotions, my own body… Continue

Added by Bree N. on December 1, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments


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Happy Thanksgiving

Well its snowing here in WNY as you may have read where I live we missed the "BIG" storm and glad we did. I feel sorry for those that did get the snow most of them by the lake or in the snow belt area, just hope they all made it through the warm weather we had sun-wed it was in the 60's from a week earlier of 18 to 20"s. This is some weird weather were are having here.

So we all need to make sure that are driving skills are what they should be very careful in the snow areas and…

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Added by Bob Allard on November 26, 2014 at 12:59pm — 3 Comments


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Turkey Fryer Safety

If you’ve never tried deep fried turkey ~ it’s great! But keep in mind there are many risks associated with doing it. Check out these safety tips and a brief 2-minute video from Underwriters Laboratories.

Some turkey fryer hazards:

  • Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the…
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Added by Janet Liebsch on November 21, 2014 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments


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Good Morning

Well it happen over night that bad snow storm hit south of me and most of Buffalo, Lackawana and below them there there are vehicles stuck and all kinds of business ,schools closed and lets remember our winter driving we need to get into the winter mode kinda watching out for the other person ( myself and a person I know always say they (the other driver)just don't care cause they will tell you I have insurance or why were you not watching out for me.

I have been down to my sons…

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Added by Bob Allard on November 18, 2014 at 9:16am — 5 Comments

The Silence of Grieving

The Silence of Grieving



Grieving, it became a road upon which I lost even the appearance of listening. Trying to recover from the TBI this past year has been in direct opposition of the silence of the previous road. Grieving was such a silent road, one lost in the dark with no glimmer of any sound or light. Some would say this was a road of depression yet I would beg to differ. I was grieving, I was SAD, I was so lost I could only rely on 2 mentors to guide me to where I needed to go… Continue

Added by Bree N. on November 10, 2014 at 12:25pm — 4 Comments


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Election Day

Hello All;

Well I hope you have gone and voted and if not lets go have that cup of coffee and then off to the voting place, YES your vote does count I have heard that the President has said its to late to do anything well not its not to late its to late once the poll places are closed.

So PLEASE get out and VOTE.

Have a safe and good week.

Bob Allard

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Hello All

Well Its almost Winter here in WNY as the leaves are falling/changing colors and yes it was snowing Nov. 1 but it did not amount to anything here, and its gone today, nice stop at the light you did not look both ways and I sure hope everyone is wearing their seat belts.

Another thing I want to stress is to go and vote on Tuesday Nov. 4,2014 its your right to vote and make sure you vote for the people you can trust and believe in, as alot of them will give you stuff and tell you stuff…

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Added by Bob Allard on November 2, 2014 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments


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Change your batteries and clocks + rotate preparedness stocks this weekend

Most people will gain an hour this weekend when they “fall back” early Sunday morning.

While you are changing your clocks, it’s also a great time to change the batteries in detectors … and check and rotate items in disaster supplies kits since cooler weather is coming.

Use the following tips to make this a family project and include the kids so they can help choose items for…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on October 31, 2014 at 7:39pm — No Comments

Forgiveness (CAUTION- WARNING POSSIBLE TRIGGERS IN POST)

Forgiveness



(Possible triggers for PTSD issues)



Today is a tough one for me. It's an anniversary of a death that set off the spin known as out of control. That long slow slide into dangerous situations and near madness.



Today should be a happy fun day. It should be filled with decorating, figuring out costumes to meet the neighborhood children at the door with candy, yet for me it's a time I want to just run.



Control. Why is it a commonality among us… Continue

Added by Bree N. on October 31, 2014 at 12:07pm — 3 Comments

Out of the Comfort Zone

Out of the Comfort Zone, But Not Into the Fire..



I saw a gif today that was just perfect for what's going on with me lately. The gif was a bull's eye target with yellow at the bull's eye (comfort zone), green in middle ring (growth zone) and red for the outer ring (panic zone). This gif really said it all about the process of moving on. I've stayed for far too long in the bull's eye point, gotten to where I just did not want to move out of it, not even try. Yet, choosing to finally… Continue

Added by Bree N. on October 26, 2014 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Cybersecurity Management for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses in Center Focus as National Cyber Security Awareness Month Enters Fourth Week

Events highlight best practices as NCSA’s new website RE: Cyber empowers entrepreneurs and SMBs with a strategic toolbox for cybersecurity risk management…
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Added by LT. Andrew Poole on October 22, 2014 at 8:36pm — No Comments


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Revisiting electrical fire safety on campus

We're into October now and for many of you, that means Homecoming Weekend is right around the corner. This particular weekend is definitely one of the most fun for college students because of the many parties and get togethers with friends, the big football game and other sporting events. It's also a time when fire safety…

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Added by Capt. Fyre Walker on October 18, 2014 at 12:10am — No Comments


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Fire Prevention Week October 5-11, 2014

The National Fire Prevention Agency’s Fire Prevention Week runs from October 5 – 11, 2014 and this year’s official theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Did you know that many people don’t test their smoke alarms as often as they should? When there…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on October 5, 2014 at 12:26pm — 3 Comments


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National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Launch at the 2014 NASCIO Annual Conference

National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Launch at the 2014 NASCIO Annual Conference 

Facebook Live Broadcasts Kickoff Event Featuring Federal, State and Local…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on October 5, 2014 at 3:23am — No Comments


USFRA Staff
TGIF

Hello all;

Yea its me the one that yells at you about driving and safety and all that other stuff, I still keep reading about Fire Vehicles rolling and firefighters hurt or dyeing, come on wear your SEAT BELTS, don't think if you are a Police officer you don't need your belts on you need them just as much if maybe more then the FD. It maybe uncomfortable to wear but if you wear them daily you will get use to them, sure it may slow you down a bit if you have to foot chase some bad…

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Added by Bob Allard on September 26, 2014 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

After the Storm, Into the Light

It's been quite awhile since I've blogged. There is a short truth. *grin* I am finallly in a place of healing, with the right doc, right everything right now. It's a good place, safe, Once I made the choice that I HAD to trust, then healing happened. I'm by no means finished. Not at all.



What I've learned:



You cannot heal, cannot recover without CHOOSING to trust the right .....fill in the blank (doc, therapist, psychiatrist) in a SAFE place to share what you need to… Continue

Added by Bree N. on September 22, 2014 at 4:47pm — 8 Comments

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