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Happy 4th of July

Well its a nice day here in WNY the sun is out no clouds out as its been a wet couple of weeks here off and on, we had about 2'' one day and then about 3/4' of rain another day. So yes the last couple of days have been nice.

Let's remember to be careful today and if we are drinking "PLEASE , PLEASE" do not drive. If we are responding to calls let's REMEMBER to watch going through the intersections Look both ways.

Remember our Veterans overseas and also here in the USA say a…


Added by Bob Allard on July 4, 2015 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

Fathers Day

There are many theories associated with the observance of Father’s Day; the two theories which are quite known prevalent for the celebration of the first Father's Day celebration in the United States are as stated. The first theory to regarding the celebration of Father's Day was established on June 19, 1908 in the State of Washington when an independent celebration of Father's Day, a few weeks later, took place on 5th July 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Hence, the first Father's…


Added by Bob Allard on June 21, 2015 at 8:39am — 3 Comments

Memioral Day


decoration-day Gen. John A. Logan Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its…


Added by Bob Allard on May 25, 2015 at 10:08am — 5 Comments

Its Friday




Added by Bob Allard on May 8, 2015 at 6:45pm — 2 Comments


Let's all take the time to say a prayer for the NYPD Officer who lose his life from a scumbag (sorry about that) who just does not care about life.

Please bow are heads...........


Bob Allard

Added by Bob Allard on May 4, 2015 at 7:46pm — 4 Comments

Hello All

hope we all made it through Easter. I did and even made it through my hand surgery and now its starting to look more like spring, no snow in the yard but its still a little cool as old man winter is still trying to stay here. I have been doing some more reading on-line and in different mags about driving to and from the fire scene and to police calls, roll overs and etc. We are are not getting better as per the books. Slow down or at least watch the intersections.

I hope we all know…


Added by Bob Allard on April 12, 2015 at 9:36am — 4 Comments

Hey its Friday (Good Friday)

Hello All,

Its been a busy week(s) in the training , as new classes are coming out and meetings and grand-kids and wife so yes its been busy. Next thurs (9 apr.) I have been putting off hand surgery so I will be done for awhile but I need to get it done.

I would like to have us all take a minute and say our prayers for that firefighter who fell through the roof,......... Its hard on his family and dam its around a holiday.

So how have we been doing with our driving and…


Added by Bob Allard on April 3, 2015 at 1:01pm — 6 Comments

Article on what I have been preaching

Selection and Training

Establish and implement a selection process that will determine the most

qualified personnel to drive emergency vehicles, as well as those who are allowed

to respond in their own vehicles.

Ensure that adequate training is provided to all personnel who drive emergency

vehicles. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1002, Standard for


Driver/Operator Professional Qualifications…


Added by Bob Allard on March 4, 2015 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Firefighter Exposure

Hello all from the WNY area and its is freezing cold here today (-5) and I have about 23" of snow in my backyard. I am one not to cry or complain about the snow but darnit needs to quit as I am out of room to put any more snow, I am glad I have good neighbors as I have piled it on their lawns and they the same.So I hope the rest of you are doing OK and I hear there is more snow on the way for the southern half of the country and we need to watch are driving skills so as not to cause a…


Added by Bob Allard on February 16, 2015 at 6:52pm — 1 Comment

Thanks all

Thank you all for the birthday wishes I have been busy lately here with the new Firefighter 1 course that is being changed and I have also been baby sitting the grand-kids as the little one (aubree) was back in the hospital overnight as she has asma, long story, she is out and play and fighting with her brother.

But thanks and the weather here is cold, we missed the Big Storm that hit the East coast, sounds like it fizzled, but hey its winter and I am in WNY. Hope that the ones that…


Added by Bob Allard on January 28, 2015 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

Good Morning

First I want to say "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year" to all and hope everyone is doing good, your driving is going to get tested I believe in the next few days as I understand the weather is going to be changing for the worst if it has not already.

Let's take a minute and say some prayers for the 3 police officers that were killed in recent days and also to the people that have lost their homes in Mississippi.


Have a good day and take care wear your seat belts…


Added by Bob Allard on December 25, 2014 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

Sad News

Lets take a minute and bow your heads in prayer for the Philly firefighter who died yesterday in a structure fire, the female firefighter had 11 yrs on the job, you never know. We train and train but its just one of those things that happen. Sorry if I am going on and on, but I hate to read and hear about this stuff, also I want to say another prayer for the ex-Police Chief here in Tonawanda who passed away Tuesday Dec. 2,2014 of brain cancer I knew him and my wife work with him years before…


Added by Bob Allard on December 11, 2014 at 12:29pm — 4 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

Well its snowing here in WNY as you may have read where I live we missed the "BIG" storm and glad we did. I feel sorry for those that did get the snow most of them by the lake or in the snow belt area, just hope they all made it through the warm weather we had sun-wed it was in the 60's from a week earlier of 18 to 20"s. This is some weird weather were are having here.

So we all need to make sure that are driving skills are what they should be very careful in the snow areas and…


Added by Bob Allard on November 26, 2014 at 12:59pm — 3 Comments

Good Morning

Well it happen over night that bad snow storm hit south of me and most of Buffalo, Lackawana and below them there there are vehicles stuck and all kinds of business ,schools closed and lets remember our winter driving we need to get into the winter mode kinda watching out for the other person ( myself and a person I know always say they (the other driver)just don't care cause they will tell you I have insurance or why were you not watching out for me.

I have been down to my sons…


Added by Bob Allard on November 18, 2014 at 9:16am — 5 Comments

Election Day

Hello All;

Well I hope you have gone and voted and if not lets go have that cup of coffee and then off to the voting place, YES your vote does count I have heard that the President has said its to late to do anything well not its not to late its to late once the poll places are closed.

So PLEASE get out and VOTE.

Have a safe and good week.

Bob Allard

Added by Bob Allard on November 4, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hello All

Well Its almost Winter here in WNY as the leaves are falling/changing colors and yes it was snowing Nov. 1 but it did not amount to anything here, and its gone today, nice stop at the light you did not look both ways and I sure hope everyone is wearing their seat belts.

Another thing I want to stress is to go and vote on Tuesday Nov. 4,2014 its your right to vote and make sure you vote for the people you can trust and believe in, as alot of them will give you stuff and tell you stuff…


Added by Bob Allard on November 2, 2014 at 1:04pm — 2 Comments


Hello all;

Yea its me the one that yells at you about driving and safety and all that other stuff, I still keep reading about Fire Vehicles rolling and firefighters hurt or dyeing, come on wear your SEAT BELTS, don't think if you are a Police officer you don't need your belts on you need them just as much if maybe more then the FD. It maybe uncomfortable to wear but if you wear them daily you will get use to them, sure it may slow you down a bit if you have to foot chase some bad…


Added by Bob Allard on September 26, 2014 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

Hello All

Hope this goes out to all of you as I have been having issues with my computer and was on vacation in DC, the last time my wife and I were there was about 20 yrs. ago with our kids. It was a warm day in Aug.. we drove there which was about 7 hrs. and we stay in Rockville,Md, AH you want to watch were you are driving you just ran the red light and never looked to the left. Any way we did some of the museums and the boat ride and I have always wanted to see the Pentagon so we did the bus tour…


Added by Bob Allard on September 6, 2014 at 9:53am — No Comments

Seat Belts & 4th of JUly

Riding unsecured on a moving apparatus is risky behavior that has life-altering consequences. Forces generated by speeds of just 5 mph are strong enough to break the grip of an adult and result in serious injury. Failing to be seated and seatbelted is reckless behavior that can result in a near miss, injury or death. Families are left wondering, “Why was my loved one not belted? Who was in charge and allowed that to happen?” Who among us has prepared themselves to stand in front of a…


Added by Bob Allard on July 3, 2014 at 10:42am — 2 Comments


I want everyone to take a few moments and bow your heads and say a prayer to the family members and the Fire Chief and others that were killed in a vehicle accident in Montana, it breaks my heart to read stuff like this and this is not the first time.

R.I.P. to All

Added by Bob Allard on June 21, 2014 at 4:21pm — No Comments

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