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Australia Fire Season Begins; Koalas Early Victims

The Aussie fire season is underway and unfortunately one area hit hard is a Koala preserve. Reuters reports;“CANBERRA, Australia (Reuters) — Bushfires may have wiped out one of the last remaining outposts of healthy Australian koalas, scientists and animal rescue experts said on Monday. Park rangers and specialist rescue teams from Sydney’s Taronga Zoo have […]

San Bernandino Forest Service Engine #57

Laguna Hotshots blog posts the identity of the engine involved in the Esperanza Fire tragedy as Forest Service E-57 of the San Bernadino National Forest. No one else has confirmed this but I have a feeling these guys got the news quick.

Esperanza Update: Fourth Firefighter Dies

As a fourth firefighter dies from injuries MyFoxLA reports the State is offering a reward of $100,000. for information leading to the arrest of the arsonist who started the blaze. “ Three firefighters died at the scene and two were hospitalized in critical condition. One of those two died several hours later. The other had […]

Esperanza Fire Claims Three Firefighters

CBS2 reports three firefighters died in supression efforts on the Esperanza Fire in Riverside County today.These brave firefighters died protecting someone’s home. My deepest condolences to the families of these heroes. I understand from watching local L.A. news reports that the fire command pulled engine crews from the fire lines.KCAL9 News reporting from the scene […]

How Messed Up Is France?

From Fox News. “National police reported 2,458 cases of violence against officers in the first six months of the year, on pace to top the 4,246 cases recorded for all of 2005 and the 3,842 in 2004. Firefighters and rescue workers have also been targeted — and some now receive police escorts in such areas.“ […]

Reluctant Heroes?

(From an Aussie friend of mine) Taneatua Maori rural township volunteer fire companyOne dark night in the township Whakatane, a fire started inside the local chemical plant and in a blink of an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around. When the volunteer fire […]

More On Jumbo Jet Air Tankers And The Day Fire

Some good journalism by Stephanie Hoops of the Ventura County Star sheds further light on the money trail and politics surrounding the use of the tankers. “The federal government has no contract with the DC-10’s owner, and the Day fire is burning on federal property, so authorities had to rely on the state to arrange […]

My Thoughts On The Day Fire

The Day Fire has been burning since September 4th, cost $53 million and consumed 160,000 acres to date. OK guys it’s time to put it out! Some of these fire crews have been on the line for more than 3 weeks and the longer they are there the greater chance someone will make a fatigue […]

Light Posting

My posting lately has been interupted due to time constraints. I have been busy developing a search marketing business so a lot of my free time has been compromised. I invite visitors and surfers to take a look at a very nice firefighter blog, Hamptons Fire blog, the web’s best definition of a personal firefighter […]

Five Years Post September 11, 2001

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FDNY website Ground Zero photo gallery. (photo from site) Steve Spak has a great website dedicated to the efforts of FDNY on September 11, 2001. He has authored a book titled “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” with numerous images of FDNY’s Bravest at work on 9-11. Deputy Chief F.D.N.Y.(ret.) Vincent Dunn, offers interesting and valuable insights into […]

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