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Fyre Walker's Blog – April 2009 Archive (14)

Death puts focus on firefighter cutbacks

A Flint firefighters union official can't say whether a man's life would have been saved Monday night had the city not just laid off 22 firefighters.



Stuart Bauer | The Flint Journal - A tulip is left on a fence by neighbor Michael Thomas, 35, to honor the man who was killed in the fire on Bennett Avenue near Lewis Street late Monday night. Thomas and another neighbor, Eric Washburn, helped to free a woman from the fire. Her husband and their dog were lost in the… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 29, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Man accused of setting yard fire that mushroomed wonders why SC firefighters not taking blame

Marc Torchi and his family have been getting death threats since South Carolina officials blamed him for the wildfire that has destroyed more than 70 homes and scorched 31 square miles, causing an estimated $16 million in damage.



But Torchi is flabbergasted county firefighters aren't taking responsibility after they came to his Conway home not once but twice to put out a small yard fire that apparently rekindled four days later.



Torchi says the accusations have damaged his… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 25, 2009 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Firefighters kick off FDIC 2009 convention

900 exhibitors hosting 30,000 firefighters



Lucas Oil Stadium has gone from football to firefighting. It's the new partial home this week of the huge Fire Department Instructor's Conference.



"It's the largest convention in the world for fire training and exhibits," said Indianapolis Fire Chief Bill Brown Wednesday.



More than 900 exhibitors hosting some 30,000 firefighters from around the nation are in…

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Added by Fyre Walker on April 23, 2009 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Obituary: 'American hero' Michael George served in Vietnam, then as firefighter

Michael D. George, who served his country as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam and his community as a firefighter and captain with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, has died at age 62.



He died April 16 of cancer, said his wife, Cheryl.



A Sacramento native, Mr. George enlisted in 1968 and served two tours in the Army. His ability to type landed him a clerical job in Georgia, but he grew bored with noncombat duty and obtained a transfer to flight school.… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 23, 2009 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Case 50: New Haven Refused to Promote Firefighters Who Scored Highest on Exam!

New Haven, Connecticut steadfastly refused to promote the mostly white top scoring firefighters on the unbiased, race-neutral promotional exams for Captain and Lieutenant.



In November and December of 2003 the New Haven Fire Department administered promotional exams for Captain and Lieutenant.



New Haven paid $100,000 to a high stakes diversity testing firm, IO Solutions, Inc. of Illinois, to design the exams to be completely free of any racial bias. This is a… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 22, 2009 at 3:03pm — No Comments

City Manager Closes Fire Department For 48 Hours

They help protect the public, but firefighters in Minneola are off the job until Friday. In a bizarre move Wednesday afternoon, Minneola's City Manager announced it is shutting down its fire department for 48 hours.



The city says the shutdown is due to performance related issues. That has left residents concerned and worried.



"I was excited about them being so close because that was one of the reasons why we moved here, because it was so close. That really sucks… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 16, 2009 at 6:22am — 4 Comments

Retired N.Y. officer shoots cop, kills himself

A retired New York City police officer shot an off-duty officer he suspected was having an affair with his police officer wife, then killed himself in the driveway of his suburban home, police said Saturday.

Cecil Ramsay, 51, shot himself in the head after firing at a car carrying his wife and a friend, both off-duty NYPD officers, Suffolk County police said.



He shot Officer Edwin Chittick in the hand after accusing him "of seeing his wife," said Suffolk… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 13, 2009 at 6:52pm — 1 Comment

Slain Pittsburgh officers remembered as heroes

Two served on the Pittsburgh police force less than two years. The third was a veteran of 14 years.





At a memorial service attended by 10,000 people Thursday, each was remembered as a hero, someone who found his calling in uniform and carrying out the motto: To protect and serve.



Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo II and Eric Kelly, who were killed while responding to a domestic call Saturday morning, should be honored by people living out that motto,… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 10, 2009 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Calling all firefighters!

Calling all firefighters! The Five Points Volunteer Fire Department in Washington County needs help from their brothers and sisters in fire service.



Five Points VFD is one of seven finalists across the country to win a brand new fire truck! The department submitted an essay describing it’s need for a new commercial pumper from the perspective of their current fire truck, 34 year-old “Big Red.” Big Red is in need of major repairs and according to the department’s essay, the… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 10, 2009 at 6:56am — No Comments

Fires Everywhere' Across Texas, Oklahoma

Parts Of I-35 In Okla. Closed



Officials say hundreds, perhaps thousands of people have been displaced by wind-fuel wildfires in Texas and Oklahoma.



So far, officials say nobody has died, but dozens of people have been injured.



Chandler Emergency Management Director Larry Hicks told Oklahoma City TV station KOCO "it's pretty severe." Hicks, who was at a command post in Wellston, Okla., said the wind is the biggest problem with the… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 10, 2009 at 6:20am — No Comments

World Health Day 2009

Today we recognize World Health Day 2009, a global initiative of the World Health Organization. This year, it focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of emergency workers in the face of disaster and emergencies. The Military Health System has always been an integral partner and first responder to disaster and emergency, at home and abroad.



Whether in response to Hurricane Katrina or preparing for pandemic influenza, the MHS plays a critical role in the… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 8, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tyndall dedicates Aerial Gunnery School monument

In honor of Airmen who trained at what was once the Tyndall Field Flexible Gunnery School of the U.S. Army Air Force here, the base is scheduled to hold a monument-dedication ceremony April 10 at 8 a.m. at Maxwell Flag Park; the event’s keynote speaker will be Brig. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 325th Fighter Wing commander.



The intention of the monument is “to highlight Tyndall’s long and distinguished history through its progression as an enlisted aerial gunner training base, to… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 7, 2009 at 6:33am — No Comments

13 confirmed dead in shooting at N.Y. immigration center

A gunman opened fire on a room where immigrants were taking a citizenship exam in downtown Binghamton on Friday, killing as many as 13 people before committing suicide, officials said. Gov. David Paterson said at a news conference that 12 or 13 people had been killed. The suspected gunman carried identification with the name of 42-year-old Jiverly Voong of nearby Johnson City, N.Y., a law enforcement official said.



The suspect's body was found with a…

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Added by Fyre Walker on April 4, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Peep, chirp, quack! Why Parents Should Think Twice Before Giving Baby Birds to Young Children for Easter.

Easter brings to mind brightly colored eggs, baskets full of candy, and large chocolate bunnies. Traditions associated with the Easter season are enjoyable for children and adults alike. However, some Easter traditions are of particular concern for children, placing them at risk for serious illness. Baby animals, including baby chicks and ducklings, are sometimes given as gifts or put on display at this time of the year. Because they are so soft and cute, many people do not realize… Continue

Added by Fyre Walker on April 1, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

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