Archive for December2009

Flight 3407 Responders Recognized for Recovery Efforts

Entry Img

My kids will verify that we rarely swear in front of them. Foul language is unacceptable in our house. My involuntary response to the pager message was: “Holy S***!” Alex immediately sensed something and asked me “What’s wrong Dad?”

I said, “I can’t believe I’m saying this but… I’m going to a plane crash.” I grabbed my laptop backpack and my go-bag for extended deployments and headed out the door.

Tiger’s Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-12-27

Saving the world — one H1N1 shot at a time. More than 1,000 served… #

Tiger’s Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-12-19

Mick's a punny guy: http://firehousezen.com/2009/12/10/command-presents/ # @Ckemtp Chris-You got some great responses here. Thanks for doing this for all of us who are interested in improving our readership. -Tiger # Last week to submit SAFER grants. Down to the wire. Under the gun. Just 3 more to go… #

@FireRECRUITER: SAFER App Period Extended

Entry Img

In order for all potential applicants to have sufficient time to consider this revised policy guidance, DHS will extend the 2009 SAFER application period. The new application deadline will be 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Friday, January 15, 2010.

@FireRECRUITER: VFDs Get Creative About Recruiting

Entry Img

I applaud their efforts to diversify their membership, both in age and in function. Fire Explorers, Junior Firefighters, and FireCorps members are a great way to expand your work force.

If you’re worried about getting cancer — you probably shouldn’t be a firefighter!

Entry Img

“You have a mass in your throat,” he said after examining me, “It looks malignant. And aggressive.” He looked me right in the eye as he spoke, making sure I understood the gravity of his comments. My wife Mary Ann and I sat in stunned silence as he informed us of what needed to be done to complete his diagnosis. As he talked on, my mind took me back to all of those times when I entered burning buildings without breathing protection, and all of the times I worked for hours, unprotected, doing salvage and overhaul in the smoldering remains of fires over the past three decades. Like my peers, I had felt bullet-proof in those days. I had always thought that cancer was something that happened to other people. Not me. Now, for the first time, I was actually afraid for my life.

This Week’s Run-to-the-Curb Kids

Entry Img

I was a Run-to-the-Curb type kid. What’s your story? I’ve created a page at RuntotheCurb.com that will feature future firefighters  — what I call “Run to the Curb” Kids. This week’s RttC Kids include 2-1/2 year old Collin Manning, son of Williamsville Firefighter Chris Manning as well as a photo of my daughter Kathleen and her friend taken […]

Tiger’s Weekly Twitter Updates for 2009-12-13

RE: @firecritic I haven't thought of John Jordan in a long, long time. In May of 1994, as Managing Editor of The Fi… http://disq.us/55q84 # @BobbyHalton Where in NY Bobby – I forgot? # Sad day to remember Paul, but always a good day when firefighters get together with their brothers. #

Fountain of Youth or Flood of Problems?

Entry Img

The FFN WebTeam posted a news article about some Pennsylvania fire departments going into the high schools to recruit future firefighters.

A day later, one participant on the FirefighterNation.com noted that there has been an inordinate number of blogs and discussions related to Junior Firefighters and Fire Explorers.

Both discussions have pretty much turned into Junior/Explorer bashing.

Change, for Safety’s Sake.

Entry Img

If you are a Fire/Rescue Chief, Commissioner, President, Fire Officer or in a leadership role of a Fire Department or Fire Company, you have the responsibility of ensuring firefighter safety.   With the holidays right around the corner, here’s a cool opportunity for your organization to provide something to your members, and support the work of the Safety, Health […]

Page 1 of 212