Archive for September2005

Topanga Fire, Marine Air to Help Today

The official name of the Chatsworth fire now Topanga Fire. New figures put the acreage at 21,000 with 20% containment. 15 miles of open line exists however cooler marine air is expected today which will help. Yesterday I watched the fire all day. I never felt more proud of the fire service. One home was […]

Chatsworth Fire 17,000 Acres, Growing

The Los Angeles Fire Department blog is providing some sound advice for affected citizens in the San Fernando Valley. It’s fascinating watching the engine crews and air attack working the flanks via television. L.A news crews do a great job of covering local wildfires. No less than three TV stations have helicopters reporting nearly around […]

Call For Volunteers In Missouri Counties

I ran across this article while scanning for firefighting news today; “”Recruiting and retention in volunteer fire service is continually a challenge,” Signal Hill Fire Department Chief Greg Render said. “We are putting out awareness to the community that there are volunteer opportunities right now in their own backyards. They don’t have to wait for […]

Impressed with Geraldo Rivera

I have been somewhat transfixed by news coverage of Hurricane Rita and of Hurricane Katrina. I’ve been mostly dedicated to Fox News and their on-scene reporters like Rick Leventhal, Shephard Smith, Adam Housely and in particular Geraldo Rivera. Last night Geraldo chose to stay in Port Arthor where he knew the storm was tracking instead […]

Australia Says Let People Defend Homes From Fire

I picked this up from FireWhirl, a great firefighter blog/site. Check them out. ABC.net.au gives us this;“The ACT Volunteer Fire Brigades Association says healthy, well-prepared people should be allowed to stay and defend their homes from bushfires. The Government has rejected a call by Civil Liberties Australia to change laws that make it an offence […]

Tunica Mississippi Firefighter's story

” In the utter devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, somebody had to begin searching for the hundreds of people feared dead. And in Gulfport’s hardest-hit area, Steve Jackson got to work within hours, and found a man living in a tree. “We walked up to the house, this guy comes out of a tree that’s […]

Pipe Down Fellas

This article points to some ugly behavior by some less than honorable members of the Brockton FF Local 144. I debated posting this but sometimes you read things that cross the line. They may have some very compelling reasons to be upset at the pace of their contract talks but some remarks are better never […]

FDNY Aiding Hurricane Victims

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From the JournalNews.com “….FDNY Battalion Chief Frank Naglieri and Capt. Steve Lonergan, both of Stony Point, and Lt. Bob Jackson of Nanuet are among the dozen or so county residents who have been in New Orleans since Sept. 5. The men, along with 297 other FDNY members, volunteered to go to the Big Easy to […]

Phoenix Firefighters Home From Katrina Deployment

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From AzCentral.com (link below)“The team was deployed Aug. 30, driving 36 hours in buses to Louisiana. They started work Sept. 2, waking daily at 5 a.m. and pulling 12-hour shifts in stifling heat and water that stank of sewage. They used freeway on-ramps as boat ramps. “You went up and down the streets,” Deputy Chief […]

Remembering September 11

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The New York Times offer a collection of oral histories of the attack on our nation on September 11, 2001. Not being a fan of their editorial positions I set that aside to recognize their coverage of the human side of the tragedy is without peer as seen here .

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