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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 needed to be filled. On the volunteer side we(NY State) is having their recruiting new members open house coming up very soon, how do your dept's handle manpower shortages. I have rad a story that they are giving Bulletproof vest to firefighter's what the hell is going on are you kidding me, look at the Facebook shooter people are going crazy and just shooting anyone they want, that is really scary. We all need to stop and think of what is going on we are all created equal, except for the Big Guy in the Sky, Group hugs not group shootings.
Another one of my beef is the color of our PPE for firefighting, it's to be the color that was given to you, hopefully, wash, I know it looks cool to have you helmet black or at least darken same as our coat, bunker pants but take a step back and look at what is going on with Cancer, it's coming from all the hydrocarbons. I am not any scientist or Haz-Mat specialist but read a lot of this stuff we are fighting is causing cancer, so start washing your gear, cool is good sometimes but not when you can get cancer or something that I can not say or spell. As I am writing I am also looking through my copy of Fire Engineering and there is a small article on Firefighter Cancer Registry Act being introduced in the house, make sure your congressman signs on as a co-sponsor to bill H.R. 931.
Another thing let's help each other and talk about a bad fire or auto extrication and not let each of us walk away and not talk about it , I am sure you know what I am trying to say here(suicide), Here if there are several bad calls they call in a special team this goes to our Police brothers and sisters. Help the Brotherhood and Sisterhood talk Do not hold it in, PLEASE talk.
So I think I have babbled enough hope everyone had a good Easter and did not over eat and remember what it's all about the Good Man who died for all of us.
Take care and Train, Train and Drive safely and most of all Watch out for the other person,