Photo Valdosta Daily Times
A fire truck from the Stockton, Ga., Fire Department rests against a power pole after the fatal accident.
Tragedy struck a Lanier County firefighting family as a wreck involving a fire truck killed one firefighter and injured his brother, according to a county fire official.
Dereck North, riding in the passenger seat of a Stockton Fire Department truck, died when the truck overturned at the intersection of U.S. 84 and U.S.… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 26, 2009 at 10:00pm —
I originally wrote this article while serving as Chaplain-General at the Order of St. Isidore of Seville. As first responders we certainly see our share of evil. In fact far too often it gets directed toward us. I hope this article will in some small way help you to handle the evil that you encounter in a way that is consistent with your faith in Christ.
Overcome Evil With Good
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
Overcome evil with good. A… Continue
Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on February 26, 2009 at 11:23am —
A fire was burning in east Orange County in a wooded area behind homes along Spring Buck Trail early Monday evening.
At one point, the fire burned dangerously close to a half dozen homes off Curry Ford Road. Firefighters were concerned about the fire from the moment they arrived.
"It looked as if the flames were coming right for the house. So it was a little scary for a little bit," said resident Bill Scott.
One neighbor took a hose to his rooftop, as… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 24, 2009 at 6:17am —
Jury finds San Diego subjected 4 to 'simulated sex acts' in 2007 event
Four San Diego firefighters who were ordered by their department to appear in the city's 2007 homosexual "Pride Parade" have been awarded $5,000 each for emotional damages from the event, where they were forced to witness "simulated sex acts."
"Government employees should never be forced to participate in events or acts that violate their sincerely held beliefs," said Charles… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 19, 2009 at 6:59am —
In order for a rehab operation to be completely successful, the area must be easily located and defined. In this photo, the rehab area is specifically designated by use of blue traffic cones. Photo: Phoenix Fire Department
From having to respond in the heat and humidity of summer and in the freezing temperatures and biting winds of winter, I believe the demands associated with firefighting and other emergency operations exceed those of just about any other… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 18, 2009 at 12:30pm —
I know that many on this site if not all have been affected by cancer in some way. Family, friend, co-worker....the possibilities are endless that you have been touched in many ways. Even tho this week had some good points like meeting with the architect to build our new fire hall.....it was dampened for me by two very heartbreaking phone calls. Last Friday and this past Saturday I lost not one, but two friends to cancer. Both too young to have been struck down and cut off by such a… Continue
Added by Helen (Firebug) on February 15, 2009 at 7:51pm —
In celebration of Black History Month this February, I thought it would be most appropriate to look back and remember African Americans who have lead the way in making American fire service history:
* The oldest documents identifying government sanctioned African American firefighters were found in New Orleans, Louisiana. A devastating fire in July 1817 led the governing body to organize its people to avoid another conflagration. All draymen and their equipment as well as… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 14, 2009 at 7:00pm —
When Cupid's arrow struck
We were just seventeen
I was a Track Star
You were the Queen
Reminiscing about when
We rode bikes in the rain
Walked barefoot through puddles
And cruisin' on Main
Then came the kids
Romance waned a bit
We never went out much
No one to babysit
I've made some mistakes
And I've felt remorse
The heading I took
Was a little off course
Things I didn't say
I thought… Continue
Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on February 12, 2009 at 7:07am —
The use of warning lights and sirens on fire and EMS emergency vehicles is a basic component of emergency response and patient transport in this country. Over the past several years, the effectiveness of this long-standing tradition in affecting patient outcome or decreasing property or financial loss has come into question. What is known is that the majority of emergency vehicle crashes occur when warning lights and siren are in use. Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of on-duty… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 11, 2009 at 11:30am —
Last night at our Mayor's invitation I was able to give the invocation at city council meeting here in Katy. It was my first appearance as fire department chaplain at something other than a department event. It went well in fact the C.E.O. of our local chamber of commerce commented to me after the meeting about what a good invocation I gave. The Mayor was grateful thanking me profusely many times.
It also gave me a chance to congratulate our city's new chief of police. I hadn't seen… Continue
Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on February 10, 2009 at 5:19pm —
Death Toll Rises To 166
Australia's prime minister said if arsonists are responsible for the devastating wildfires that have roared through the state of Victoria, then it amounts to "mass murder."
Police in Victoria said the death toll has reached 166 people.
Officials said 60-mph winds and temperatures as high as 117 degrees Fahrenheit sped the fires and touched off panic.
Investigators said arsonists may have set some of the 400… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 9, 2009 at 6:06pm —
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), working with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
, has issued a revised Health and Wellness Guide for the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services
(PDF, 2.1 Mb, Adobe Acrobat PDF Help). The Health and Wellness Guide now provides updated information on health and wellness issues, trends, and programs focused on the needs of the… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on February 6, 2009 at 7:30am —
Mount Vernon Fire Capt. Steve Riggs walks from a burned duplex and car on South 22nd Place in Mount Vernon after a fire damaged a family’s home around noon Monday.
MOUNT VERNON — A fire that started in a duplex’s garage on South 22nd Place sent up a column of smoke today that could be seen from Burlington.
The blaze destroyed the garage and its contents — including books, children’s school papers and occupant Robert Bellus’ mother’s “good china.”… Continue
Added by Keith Cap. on February 3, 2009 at 6:30pm —
Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on February 3, 2009 at 6:08am —