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December 2009 Blog Posts (25)


USFRA Staff
Year End

First I want to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone one and I hope everyone got everything they wanted for Christmas and hope none of you drove after drinking any type of alcohol. And remember to wear your seat belt's and for those of us in the snow states, remember our winter driving skills, as I want to hear everyone back here in 2010. With that out of the way here goes nothing.



I have been looking and reading different mags. articles on the Police side and all the new techy stuff like… Continue

Added by Bob Allard on December 31, 2009 at 4:23pm — 2 Comments


USFRA Staff
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving - meaning the driver's BAC is .08 or higher



Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving and Will Not Be Tolerated

• Impaired driving is one of America’s most-often-committed and deadliest crimes. Overall in 2005, 16,885 people died in alcohol-related highway crashes. Of those, nearly 13,000 were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.



• The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s…

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Added by Fyre Walker on December 30, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Update of Officer Killed- Ex RCMP officer Charged with stabbing.

The Mountie charged in Tuesday’s stabbing death of an Ottawa police officer has been under suspension after receiving a conditional discharge in 2007 on a charge of threatening a Mormon church official with a knife in Regina, CBC News has confirmed.



Kevin Gregson, 43, was arrested at the Civic Campus of The Ottawa Hospital early Tuesday after an Ottawa officer was stabbed while writing notes in his cruiser outside the emergency department.



Gregson was charged Tuesday… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 30, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

RCMP helping with new security checks at Airports.

Canadian travellers bound for the U.S. will continue to face beefed-up security measures at airports across the country on Tuesday including new strict restrictions on carry-on luggage.



The RCMP and local police officers have already been dispatched to airports in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton to help in the screening process and ease the lineup congestion that has resulted following an in-flight bombing attempt on Christmas Day on a Northwest Airlines flight to… Continue

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 29, 2009 at 8:43am — 1 Comment

Body of Canadian Soldier arrives in Trenton

The body of the latest Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan arrived at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario on Monday.



Lt. Andrew Nuttall, 30, of Prince Rupert, B.C., was killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb during a routine foot patrol in the Panjwaii district of southern Afghanistan.



Dignitaries on hand to pay their respects included Governor General Michaëlle Jean, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Gen. Walt Natynczyk, the chief of defence…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 29, 2009 at 8:38am — 1 Comment

Ottawa Police Officer Killed

OTTAWA — An Ottawa police officer was stabbed to death early today at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

Ottawa police say the officer was killed at about 5:30 a.m. (Atlantic).

A statement from the police force says the officer's name will not be released until relatives are notified.

Police say a male suspect is in custody but no additional details have been released

Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 29, 2009 at 8:20am — No Comments

Crash Kills a Woman from My Island.

A local woman from my Island was killed Boxing Day when returning home from visiting family in the Valley. Its not clear what caused the crash. She was always smiling and laughing. She leaves behind a son, daughter, grandchild and siblings and her parents. Not to mention many friends who loved her. I was heading back to the Islands when myself and my girls came across this accident. Rest in Peace Ann :( Here is the write up from the local paper.



A woman died after her car collided…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 27, 2009 at 2:38pm — No Comments


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Driver Hits Fireman, Truck At Scene Of Accident

This situation took place at our neighboring county:



A Marianna resident was detained by Calhoun County authorities Christmas Eve after he struck a fireman and a fire truck, and then fled the scene. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Richard F. Bouch II, 29, was driving south on County Road 167 in Calhoun County at 12:13 a.m. when he came upon several emergency vehicles parked in the northbound lane with their emergency lights on.



The emergency crews… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on December 26, 2009 at 8:21am — No Comments

Christmas Message 2009

Many people think of how brave first responders as being brave, and this is one of our most common qualities. At the same time I also often remind people how generous responders are.



Today is an excellent illustration of this. While everyone else is unwrapping presents, and hugging grandma, we stand watch. We sacrifice part of our holiday so others can have carefree enjoyment of theirs. So long as we do so they will never completely understand what we have done for them. We being who… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on December 25, 2009 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

" Salvation Army "

When I deployed to the Gulf Coast to provide disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, I was impressed with the actions of the Salvation Army in both Biloxi, Mississippi and Beaumont,Texas. After Rita struck, I responded as a member of the Red Cross and was assigned to the South Texas State Fairgrounds in Beaumont, where the command center was located and disaster operations established. Large quantities of food, clothing, hygiene products and medical supplies would come in… Continue

Added by Brian Patrick Swanner on December 23, 2009 at 3:39pm — No Comments


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Tis the Season – Be Aware and Be Safe

The holidays are now upon us. This is the time of season where families often gather together, people are out and about shopping for gifts, the malls and grocery stores are packed, and the excitement swells. This is also the time of year when thieves try to take advantage and look for opportunities to strike and make your holidays miserable. I’ve been a victim in the past. It was as quick as someone running past me in the mall and snatching my packages out of my hands that I just… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on December 23, 2009 at 10:43am — No Comments

Halifax Police Officer Killed

An off-duty Halifax Regional Police officer died when his minivan crashed head-on with a tractor trailer on Highway 104 on Tuesday.

Tony Carlisle, 41, was travelling west in the eastbound lane on the divided highway when the collision happened sometime after 10 p.m.

A 14-year veteran of the Halifax police force, Const. Carlisle worked with the patrol division but also spent six years in the criminal investigation division and worked with the drug unit and general investigation…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 19, 2009 at 12:36pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
Firefighter Survial

This goes along with my recent photo's that I have added to my page, all these years we the training officers and Chief's and so on always showed us how to get into a fire and what we should do once we are in the structure, well now its time to do the same but also what we (firefighter) need to do on getting out in case of emergency or if we run into problems inside. This course was intensive training developed in response to the tragic deaths of many firefighters across the nation in the past… Continue

Added by Bob Allard on December 10, 2009 at 9:23pm — No Comments

World's fastest Firefighters

Five Moncton firefighters who are the new reigning world champions in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge brought their trophy to Moncton City Hall last night to give city council a look. The firefighters also received special commendations from the City of Moncton in honour of their achievement.The five are: Collin Powers, Jamie Richford, Marcel Dupuis, Jason Bergeron and Matt Dunfield.…



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Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 9, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments


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Canada firefighters' cell photo causes flap

This Free Press photo shows a firefighter posing as another snaps a cell phone photo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Thursday. The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service is investigating the circumstances of the photo. (Photo Boris Minkevich/Winnipeg Free Press)



**Note: Winnipeg Deputy Chief Ken Sim says taking the photo on the fireground was inappropriate while union president claims the fuss is unwarranted as the two firefighters were waiting for defensive operations to… Continue

Added by Tony Thomas on December 8, 2009 at 6:38pm — 1 Comment

CPSC: 2 Deaths Lead To Hammock Recall

Beds Marketed To Parents Of Fussy Babies With Colic, Reflix



Two infant deaths have led to the recall of about 24,000 Amby Baby Motion Beds -- hammock-like beds marketed to parents of fussy babies with colic or reflux.



The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday that the side-to-side shifting or tilting of the hammock can cause an infant to roll and become trapped or wedged against the hammock's fabric or mattress pad, posing a suffocation… Continue

Added by Etta on December 8, 2009 at 6:06pm — No Comments


USFRA Staff
1941 attack on Pearl Harbor far from forgotten

Harold O'Connor, 88, was a Navy Fireman First Class on the USS Thornton, a destroyer seaplane tender, in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked.



"All the torpedo planes were coming right off our fantail," O'Connor recalls. "I watched the West Virginia go up from two torpedoes that were dropped. All hell was breaking loose. I saw the bombs that hit the Arizona."



That's just one of O'Connor's World War II stories from the Pacific. The Hawaii man… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on December 7, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Have gas heaters and other gas appliances checked for leaks or damage.



Check and clean air conditioners of dust that could spark a fire when turned on for the first time.



Keep space heaters at least three feet away from furniture, walls and drapes.



Never use space heaters in sleeping areas.



Clean chimneys regularly and do not burn anything in the fireplace other than firewood.



Burn candles in a sturdy holder and extinguish all flame when…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 6, 2009 at 10:49pm — 2 Comments

Amazing 11 yr old lil girl

This time of the year, it seems more sad stories are appearing then happy ones. Well this is both.....



An 11-year-old girl is being credited with saving her family from a huge fire in the northwest Calgary community of Citadel early Saturday.



The fire gutted five houses and damaged two others before firefighters could contain the blaze. Blizzard conditions made it difficult to fight the flames.



Kim Stobbe lived with her parents and daughter in one of the…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 6, 2009 at 8:59pm — 2 Comments

Derailment fire causing problems

A small Saskatchewan community is grappling with a big problem after 36 rail cars, some hauling propane and plastic pellets, jumped the tracks, sparking a stubborn blaze and forcing five families from their homes.



"You could see it all over the country glowing last night. It was pretty spectacular," one eyewitness said Sunday — more than 24 hours after the derailment on the CN mainline, about three kilometres southeast of Spy Hill.



Two locomotives were pulling 168 cars…
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Added by Helen (Firebug) on December 6, 2009 at 8:57pm — No Comments

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