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Premium Motorsports and Dr Jaz pay tribute to U.S. First Responders Association at NASCAR Chicagoland Speedway

This Sunday (17-Sep-2017) Premium Motorsports and driver, Gray Gaulding will utilize the hood of the No.55 Toyota Camry to honor and raise awareness to the U.S. First Responders…

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Added by Janet Liebsch on September 16, 2017 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments


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Firefighter Judgment Errors While Wearing PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for firefighter safety. However, PPE is heavy, bulky, and increases the physiological burden of firefighting. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that firefighters make errors in perception when judging their abilities to navigate obstacles while wearing PPE. These types of errors could increase the risk for injury on the fireground.…

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Added by Fyre Walker on September 12, 2017 at 10:08am — No Comments


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Take a minute or several

First of all let's take a minute or two to say a prayer for all of our members and friends and family that are in harms way with all the weather that is going on right now, hope they are safe and Please listen to what you are told to do, as the ones talking are the ones who know .

Next, let's say a prayer or two for all of those we lost in the 911 incident and the ones that died because of 911 who came there to help. We will never forget them ever.

So with that…

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Added by Bob Allard on September 10, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments


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FDNY reveals another 32 firefighters have died of 9/11-related illnesses

The number of New York firefighters who have died as a result of 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center has topped 500.

On September 11, 2001, 343 members of FDNY died when the twin towers collapsed following the Al Qaeda attacks.…

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Added by Cam Mitchell on September 8, 2017 at 3:53pm — No Comments


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Do Firefighter Shift Schedules Affect Sleep Quality?

A recent study investigated the relationship between sleep quality and three popular shift schedules — 24on/48off, 48on/96off, and Kelly (on/off/on/off/on/off/off/off/off) — at six fire departments in three southwestern U.S. states. Shift schedules that disrupt circadian rhythms…

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Added by Fyre Walker on September 7, 2017 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Recruiting Volunteers

What are good ways and places to recruit for volunteer safety patrol group?

Added by WATCHFUL WINGS on August 28, 2017 at 11:00am — 3 Comments


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Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses: Your Community May Be at Risk

Millions of Americans will watch the Aug. 21 solar eclipse and have already purchased (or will) eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers to do so. …

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Added by Cam Mitchell on August 14, 2017 at 1:11pm — No Comments


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The Effect of Alerting and Tones on Firefighters’ Heart Rates

Many studies point out cardiovascular risk factors for firefighters, such as fitness, age, overexertion and stress. But are there other factors to consider?

Studies evaluating firefighter heart…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on July 30, 2017 at 1:49pm — No Comments


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Why firefighters “waste time fooling with” fire hydrants

Fire hydrants may look indestructible, but they require routine checking and maintenance.

WHY ARE OUR FIREFIGHTERS WASTING TIME ON FIRE HYDRANTS? IT JUST DOESN’T MAKE SENSE!

Let me set the scenario for you.  It is 2am in the middle of the night. You awake to the sound of an alarm ringing in a distance.You realize it’s the smoke detector in the other end of your home, by the children’s…

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Added by Capt. D Lewis on July 13, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments


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Gov. Scott vetoes condominium sprinkler legislation, sprinkler requirements to continue

The deadly high-rise fire in London has reverberated in Florida.

Citing the fire, Governor Rick Scott has vetoed legislation that would have ended sprinkler requirements for condominiums in Florida. Fire safety advocates say it's a victory for public safety and for firefighters.

The National Fire…

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Added by Cam Mitchell on July 7, 2017 at 8:50pm — No Comments


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Physical Fitness Intervention for New Firefighters

Firefighting is a hazardous profession and firefighters suffer workplace injury at a higher rate than most U.S. workers. Decreased physical fitness is associated with injuries to firefighters.

In an effort to decrease injuries and compensation…

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Added by Tony Thomas on July 2, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ohio councilman asks if city can stop responding to overdoses

A city councilman in southwest Ohio has asked if it’s possible for city emergency crews to stop responding to drug overdose calls as costs for those calls mount.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal News reports Middletown City Council member Dan Picard has asked if there is a law requiring the city to respond to…

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Added by David Pence on June 23, 2017 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments


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Operation Outdoor Freedom

As a small way of giving back to our nation's heroes, I'm inviting Florida's wounded veterans to register for upcoming Operation Outdoor Freedom events. We're offering a lobstering trip out of Fort Lauderdale, a scalloping trip out of Steinhatchee and a kayaking trip on the Chipola…

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Added by Tony Thomas on June 21, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

McDonald’s Screwed Up This Man’s Order…And It Did NOT End Well

It’s safe to say we all get a tad annoyed when a fast food chain gets our order wrong. We might complain to a manager or write a bad review, but most of us just angrily pick off those pickles we asked not be there and force down those fries sans extra ketchup.

However, one Florida resident was more than a bit…

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Added by David Pence on June 3, 2017 at 10:41am — 3 Comments


USFRA Staff
Happy Memorial Day to All

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe. Scientists attributed the growth to soils in France and Belgium becoming enriched with lime from the rubble left by the war. From the dirt and mud grew a beautiful red poppy. The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed during battle

On September 27, 1920, the poppy became the official flower of The American Legion family to memorialize the soldiers who fought and died during the war. In 1924,…

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Added by Bob Allard on May 26, 2017 at 2:48pm — 6 Comments


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Good morning all

Well, it's that time of the year when here in WNY (Western New York) that we get all kinds of different weather but this year we are getting a lot of rain and I do me a lot of rain. The Lake is up about 3 inches it may seem not a lot to some but around here that is a lot and still rising all the extra water has to go somewhere and it's finding its way downstream flooding rivers, creeks, streams and so on and so forth. It going to be hard for the farmers to get out and plant as many of the…

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Added by Bob Allard on May 6, 2017 at 1:35pm — 2 Comments

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 — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
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 — 1 Comment


USFRA Staff
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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