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The Florida Division of Emergency Management today released the results of a recent poll assessing hurricane awareness and safety issues among Florida's residents. The survey, which was produced in collaboration with Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc. and Ron Sachs Communications was administered first following the 2008 Hurricane Season and again in May, just prior to the 2009 Hurricane Season.
"As we have experienced during the recent flooding and last year during… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on May 31, 2009 at 9:22am —
The Paramedic who was involved in a scuffle with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Sunday is speaking out about the incident. Maurice White, Jr. is a critical care paramedic with the Creek Nation EMS and was nearly arrested after the confrontation, which was captured on video.
Paul Franks was the driver of the ambulance, which was transporting a patient to a hospital in Prague.
White says he saw the trooper approaching from behind at a high rate of… Continue
Added by Etta on May 27, 2009 at 8:56pm —
A top secret report uncovered by Eyewitness News shows taxpayers could save millions of dollars if Orange County took over Orlando's fire service.
The study tested four different ways that the department could cut non-union jobs and equipment. One model would combine the county and city fire departments into one single entity. The report remained a secret because the Orlando Firefighters Union went to court to fight to keep it under wraps.
Well here I go and try and write something about Memorial Day in the USA. I am not good at writting and when I do I usually have my wife check to be sure its understandable if you know what I mean.
Memorial Day is usually the last monday in May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to hornor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of… Continue
I definitely appreciate the e-mail frome the First Responder Association regarding Memorial day but I feel I must add a comment. "Soldier" is a term loosely used to describe all services but only Army personnel call themselves Soldiers. Yes, by all means, shake the hand of a soldier if you see one today but also, if you see an Airman (Air Force), a Sailor, or a Marine shake their hand too whether they are Active or Reserve.
While you are at it, remember that Police officers protect… Continue
Our Founding Fathers recognized liberty as a right of all mankind, granted by God.
Rights bestowed on us, and every human being, because we are the express image of our Creator.
Tyrants have tried to abolish these rights.
Despots have tried to deny them.
Courageous American soldiers have taken up arms, turned their back on fear and fear and danger,
And protected the rights of individuals the world over.
Well it is finally here, the official start of summer. We rush around for our busy weekend cook out, trying to figure out how to outdo last years BBQ. We go buy the latest and greatest grills, stock up the beer and maybe even plan for the weekend road trip, all in order to take advantage of this long awaited three day weekend.
Well as for me and my house (to quote from Joshua in the OT) I choose to do what this weekend is all about...and that is to remember those who died for us. I… Continue
Added by Bryant on May 22, 2009 at 1:53pm —
A downtown San Jose building was evacuated and 28 people were sickened Tuesday after an employee trying to clean a refrigerator filled with rotting food mixed two chemicals, releasing noxious fumes, authorities said.
The incident forced the evacuation of 325 people from the AT&T building at 3475 N. First St. shortly before noon, said Fire Department Capt. Barry Stallard. Paramedics treated 28 people for symptoms that included vomiting and nausea, and… Continue
Added by Etta on May 16, 2009 at 6:40pm —
On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the… Continue
Lamesa and Andrews (Texas) Firefighters were operating at a tank fire last evening. They had water flowing, attempting to cool. At about 2 hours into it, a relief valve blew ...but then the tank and nearby tanks exploded and took off. The photographer was 200 yards away and a piece of 4" pipe about a foot and a half long with a cutoff valve on it came through the air in a high enough arc that it cleared the power lines next to him in impact the front of his vehicle, causing extensive damage.… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on May 16, 2009 at 2:37pm —
The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are partnering to create a voluntary program to help the public transition to digital television (DTV), and ultimately aid the expansion of the national public safety communication network. The IAFC seeks fire and rescue departments interested in participating in this program.
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in cooperation with the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, the Fire Department of New York City, and the Chicago Fire Department have completed work on evaluating several firefighting tactics under wind driven conditions. The two technical reports from this project, Fire Fighting Tactics Under Wind Driven Conditions: Laboratory… Continue
Eight firefighters and a gas employee were injured Thursday when a gas leak at a strip mall exploded in Forestville, Maryland, officials from the Prince Georges County Fire Department said.
Two of the firefighters were admitted to the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center and both were listed in fair condition Thursday night, Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady said.
One of the firefighters sustained second-degree facial… Continue
Added by Fyre Walker on May 8, 2009 at 6:00am —
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