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Florida wildfires: More than 100 fires burning, thousands evacuated

Thousands of Floridians are under mandatory evacuation orders as more than 115 wildfires scorch the state, the Florida Forest Service said Saturday.

Nearly 30,000 acres of the Sunshine State have burned, the Florida Forest Service said.

FEMA has approved two fire management assistance grants to aid the…

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Added by David Pence on April 22, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments


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Hello All

Well its Saturday, April 22, 2017, this year is going fast I think, or maybe it's going fast cause I am retired and old(65) but anyhow a quarter of the year has almost gone. How are we all doing and how is the driving going. I am sorry to let's bow our heads and say a prayer for the FDNY firefighter who lost his life during the week,......................I have seen several of the big fire dept's have hired several new Firefighter's as several have retired or there were several openings that…

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Added by Bob Allard on April 22, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments


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Hello All

Well let's first bow our heads and a moment of silence for all the First Responders who have passed away either from illness or from some other source......................

So how are we doing on our driving and response to emergencies , good I hope, I have reading and see there have been several wrecks going to responses. Remember my look before you cross, this goes to same for driving look before you go through the intersections, the other people just don't care as my wife and I…

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Added by Bob Allard on April 2, 2017 at 5:22pm — 2 Comments


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FBI releases some unseen photos of 9/11 attack on the Pentagon

I haven't done a Friday Foto post in a long time but wanted to share some images the FBI recently released.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagon killing 189 people: 125 in the building and 64 on the plane, including the five hijackers.

Last week the FBI released 27 unseen photos of the 9/11 Attack and Investigation and here are a few samples...…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on March 31, 2017 at 6:11pm — No Comments

I have been to Arlington National Cemetery. I have seen the changing of the Guard @ the Tomb of the Unknowns. Very solemn, quiet , emotional event. Every one Public Safety field need to see this even…

I have been to Arlington National Cemetery. I have seen the changing of the Guard @ the Tomb of the Unknowns. Very solemn, quiet , emotional event. Every one Public Safety field need to see this event at least once in there life.

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Added by Douglas Beckham on March 4, 2017 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments


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Hello All

Hello All, well it winter here in NY but I can not complain to much as I do not have much snow in my yard (1/2") if even that much. Its been good so far so I have to knock on wood. How has the driving been doing with everyone and those with snow how is the driving. I just took a course to reduce my car insurance which is 6 hours long and I  did it on-line as the person who use to teach it on the base where I worked has retired from doing it, miss his classes as he was a NY State Trooper. We…

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Added by Bob Allard on February 9, 2017 at 8:08pm — No Comments


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49th Annual Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Attention all Honor Guards. Attention all Pipes and Drums. Attention all uninformed personnel. On Saturday March 11th, 2017 - The 49th Annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade will once again host uniformed Firefighters and Law Enforcement professionals from all across the continental United States, and an assortment…

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Added by Officer Derek Tomlinson on February 9, 2017 at 2:09pm — No Comments


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I want to say THANK YOU all for the b-day wishes

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Added by Bob Allard on January 29, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments


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SEEKING RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENT MEMBERS

Rural communities face unique fire risks. The distance between communities and between residents within those communities results in challenges related to fire. Fire death rates in rural areas are very high. Additionally, loss of property and livestock have an extreme emotional and economic impact on residents in the local…

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Added by Tony Thomas on January 26, 2017 at 12:04pm — No Comments


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Sad note here and far

Hello All;

First I want to say to all let's bow our heads for the Police Officers who have died this year (2017), ..................

and now again as I have have lost two mothers at the end of 2016, first my wife's mom passed away on Dec. 9, 2016 and a week latter my mom passed away on Dec. 15, 2016. They were both in there 80's and one would have been 90 this year..................

well with that said hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.…

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Added by Bob Allard on January 10, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment


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Thank you all

First of all let's bow our heads and say a prayer for the Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.............

Next, i want to say what the Hell is going on with the killing of Police officers, do the people who do this think its some time of game by killing anyone they want and then the bastards (sorry for the bad word) usually kill themselves cause they have no guts to do the time. This is just not what we need in USA. Please stop and think of what you are…

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Added by Bob Allard on November 22, 2016 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment


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Hello All

Well its been a very hectic month here in WNY, as my wife has found out that her mother is not well as she has stage 4 cancer and its in both lungs, spine, back, legs. Her mother is 89 yrs. old and a fighter when it comes to being sick, so she is not going  to take any treatment as she is just to old to she has said. She is taking it  well she knows what is going on as she still has her witts and can still get around, she goes to her Sr. center once a week and makes her lunch, super and bed…

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Added by Bob Allard on October 30, 2016 at 7:38pm — 7 Comments


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Dallas police and firefighters retiring at record-setting pace

Newly released data shows a record number of Dallas police officers and firefighters are retiring to withdraw pension funds. Experts say it’s only a matter of time before that fund runs out.

The numbers show the police and fire pension has hemorrhaged more than 10 percent of all of its assets in only six weeks. The…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on October 2, 2016 at 12:28am — 2 Comments


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PTSD in firefighters

The images of 9/11 shocked many of us as we watched from home. But deep within the skeleton of the twin towers a group saw the true horrors.

"It's not something that you ever forget," said John Walters.

Walters was one of thousands of New York City firefighters at Ground Zero.

He got out alive, but 19…

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Added by Cam Mitchell on September 29, 2016 at 10:05pm — No Comments


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All of New York mourns the 44-year-old hero who was raising his young family in Yonkers, grew up in Rockland

On Tuesday, New York City Fire Battalion Chief Michael Fahy, raising his young family in Yonkers, his own childhood rooted in North Rockland, died in the line of duty. He was in the Bronx, directing operations during a neighborhood evacuation, after a report of a possible gas leak. The house exploded, and Fahy was struck…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on September 28, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments


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Firefighters Practice Disaster Scenarios

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Around 40 emergency responders from Aberdeen, Watertown, Sioux Falls and Rapid City were at the Brown County Fairgrounds Wednesday and Thursday for training.

Jon Groen, response team coordinator with the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, said the training was…

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Added by Cam Mitchell on September 17, 2016 at 10:51am — No Comments

"Bullet-proofing" your statements: 6 keys to interrogation preparedness

As a former head of Internal Affairs sections for a major US police department and now an FOP-approved officers' defense attorney, George Bush II speaks with considerable authority when he says, "Most officers do not have a clue about the scope of their rights when they themselves are the target of an…

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Added by David Pence on September 11, 2016 at 4:47pm — 1 Comment


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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 — 4 Comments


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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

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