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Thursday, August 30, 2007
The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to a structure fire on August 30, 2007 at 4734 Casper Dr.
The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 9:16 a.m. The response of three Engines, one Ladder truck, two Medic Units, the EMS Captain, the Investigation Unit and a Battalion Chief for a total of 18 personnel responded to the scene.
When crews arrived they found smoke coming from the home. They quickly entered the structure and extinguished the fire.
There was one person in the house when the fire started. They escaped without injuries. There were no injuries to Fire-EMS personnel or civilians.
The fire started in a bedroom and was contained to the bedroom. The house sustained smoke damage. The fire has been ruled accidental but the exact cause is still under investigation at this time. Damage estimates are not available at this time.
There will be a Motorcycle Ride to benefit Deputy Chief Billy Altman on October 5th.
Click here for more information.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I am sure that this endorsement will be a shock to many IAFF members who hold their respective State's Presidential Hopeful near and dear. I know that there is a large conglomerate of H. Clinton supporters in the NY area, Richardson in New Mexico, Biden in Deleware, and some others who have been very good to the firefighters in their States.
This endorsement will more than likely have many IAFF members wondering who the hell Chris Dodd is and why he is being endorsed if he isn't at the top of any polls right now.
Then there will be many who are letting out a sigh of relief for the fact that Hillary was not endorsed. I know so many of you were ready to turn in your cards if she had been endorsed.
It will be interesting to see the Dodd camp get such a boost of support. I expect that the polls will soon show an increase in strength.
However, the job isn't done that easy. The IAFF has endorsed Dodd after much deliberation. The IAFF did studies, polls, interviews, etc. before coming to this decision. They have figured out that Dodd is your best bet for President according to what you say and what you stand for as a firefighter. More later on what you can do to ensure his win.
This from Harold Shaitberger and the IAFF:
Senator... Soldier... Patriot...
Experience and Leadership Our Country Needs
We have a core political philosophy on which all of our political work hinges. We will support those who support us.
In the 2008 presidential election, there are a number of candidates with solid records on fire fighter and working family issues. The proven, demonstrated ability to lead on those issues are what we weigh the most when deciding who will receive the considerable support and endorsement of our great union. These successes tell us what kind of leadership each candidate will offer as our president.
So we did the background work and looked at the candidates’ records on fire fighter and working family issues. We saw which issues they have a history of supporting and where they led the fight to change things for the better. And we examined the strengths each candidate would bring in a general election.
We listened to the candidates’ words, hosted forums and printed information about them in our magazine. We talked with our leaders and members across the country. Your IAFF Executive Board took that information and found one candidate out of all those running in both parties really stood head and shoulders above the rest when it came to support for fire fighters, for protecting our country and on issues that are important to our economy, our families and their quality of life.
That candidate is U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, and that’s why your IAFF Executive Board reached a consensus and will formally vote August 29 and announce the IAFF’s endorsement of Senator Dodd for president of the
. United States
Senator Chris Dodd's full record will be available on the "Fire Fighters For Dodd" web site at www.firefightersfordodd.com
beginning Wednesday, August 29.
Chris understands service, duty and leadership. He’s spent his entire adult life serving our country and its citizens.
As a young man, he joined the Peace Corps, and as he worked in rural communities in the
Dominican Republiche learned the value of the leading the way for others. United States
After fulfilling that commitment, Chris enlisted in the Army National Guard and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
And after earning a law degree, he ran for and was elected to Congress in 1974, where he served three terms in the House of Representatives on behalf of
, then was elected to represent his state in the U.S. Senate in 1980. Connecticut
His record of leadership on issues that have helped American workers not just keep their heads above water, but to get ahead, is long and distinguished. It tells us a lot about the kind of president he will make and why we believe he can win.
Just as important, Chris Dodd’s record is probably the best in the history of the U.S. Congress in leading the fight to ensure that the funding, resources and staffing fire fighters need to do their jobs safely and effectively is there.
He wasn’t just a co-sponsor of the FIRE Act; he wrote it.
He wasn’t just a co-sponsor of the SAFER Act; he wrote it.
Chris has co-sponsored our collective bargaining legislation.
He helped lead the fight to implement all of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report.
Dodd supports increased funding for Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants, the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) program and other block grants to assist first responders.
In fact, one of his first votes as a young congressman was to authorize the original PSOB program in September 1976.
Chris has earned the support of this IAFF, and as we unite in support of his candidacy, I believe the country will once again see in our candidate the values and strength that they see in their fire fighters.
With the boldest plans to make health insurance, college tuition and energy more affordable, we know that Chris Dodd will continue to fight for the middle class as president.
Chris Dodd has a wealth of experience and a record of leadership on national and homeland security matters. His experienced diplomacy is going to be critical in protecting our nation and leading us back to the forefront in the world again.
Chris has served the citizens of this country with distinction his entire career; he is a candidate with experience, a proven track record and a real vision for the future.
He is known as an effective lawmaker and a skillful negotiator who is respected on both sides of the political aisle – and who can bring people together to tackle big challenges.
Such qualities have served Chris well as he has been part of every major domestic and foreign policy debate over the last quarter century.
Our great country has been without sound presidential leadership for too long. This time around, experience matters. America needs a president who is a leader like Chris Dodd. No candidate has more experience, and no candidate has led the way on issues important to fire fighters and the quality of life for their families as Chris Dodd.
Once again, the firefighters at Station 1 have outdone themselves. They have created a tv stand out of an old fire alarm pull box pedestal. The stand was repainted and refurbished to hold the tv in the kitchen of the new Fire Station 1.
Roanoke had fire alarm boxes in service from the late 1800's until the year 2000 (give or take a year). When I came to the department in 1999, we still had several throughout the City. The main reason why the boxes were taken out of service was because of all of the false alarms and the advent of the 911 system. Today, with the use of the 911 system and the fact that most people have cell phones, most emergencies are taken care of without the need for pull boxes. One interesting note is that Cities like Boston still use the systems and still believe in their effectiveness without many false alarms to hamper the firefighters.
Great job on the tv stand. Thanks to Lt. Baron Gibson for the pictures.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The Blue Mass is going to be held on Saturday September 29th at 5:30 pm at St. Andrews Church. This will be the third year of the Blue Mass in Roanoke.
The Blue Mass is put on by the Knights of Columbus in recognition of service for Public Safety.
Everyone is welcome to attend. The firefighters attendance has been very weak the past two years and there are always numerous Police Officers.
All I need someone to do is coordinate the baking of desserts, usually on duty companies don't mind baking some. Also you will need to get drinks, which I can probably do before I head out of town.
I will be in Richmond and will not be able to be there. If you have any questions, please let me know. If you can't help, please plan on attending.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Basically, it is a one stop shop for all things news related in Roanoke.
Eventually I plan to add a message board and/or allow comments on the entries. And I'm absolutely wide open to suggestions of any sort.The website updates automatically when a blog is posted or news hits the websites.
I have two goals:
1) create the most useful possible Web site for residents of the area, and
2) to draw attention to as many local bloggers and other news sources as possible.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
This is Roanoke
The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 3:30p.m. The response of three Engines, one Ladder truck, two Medic Units, the EMS Captain and a Battalion Chief for a total of 18 personnel responded to the scene. The fire was ruled under control at 3:40 p.m.
When crews arrived they found a fire inside of the home that had burned through the floor. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and checked to make sure no one was trapped inside.
No one was in the house when the fire started. It was vacant at this time. There were no injuries to Fire-EMS personnel or civilians.
The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation at this time. Damage estimates are approximately $50,000.
2007 JERRY LEWIS LABOR DAY
TELETHON WISH LIST
WHEN: Labor Day Weekend
September 2, 2007 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
September 3, 2007 8:00 am – 6:30 pm
WHERE: James River Conference Center
SHIFTS AVAILABLE: Sunday night, September 2nd: 8:00 pm – 12:00 am
Monday, September 3rd: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Monday, September 3rd: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday, September 3rd: 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
**Feel free to pick 1 or more shifts.
Any and all help is appreciated!!**
1. Food Room – Pick up food donated by area restaurants. Serve food throughout the day. Make coffee, etc. Need 3 people per shift.
2. Mail Room – Tear pledges. Stuff envelopes & prepare envelopes to be mailed. Need 2 – 3 people per shift.
3. Registration: Help check in volunteers, sponsors, client families, and keep out the general public. Need 2 people per shift.
4. Carnival Games: Assist Carnival Coordinator, Winfred Campbell, with children’s games and other entertainment taking place outside the Telethon Site. Need 10 people per shift on Monday, September 3rd only.
5. Phone Operator Coordinator: Check in 4 shifts of phone operators, provide quick orientation, restock supplies, & bring pledges to MDA staff for tallying. Need 1 person per shift.
6. Set Tear-Down: Take down set Monday evening after the Telethon ends at 6:30 pm. Need 5 or more people.
Information below. Richard Lipes is looking into this and is hoping to set up a scrimmage soon.
Bragging Rights Flag Football Tournament
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
So just how do you become a Firefighting Blogger? Well the simple answer is to sign up using Blogger (my format), or Wordpress, typepad, or one of the other many blogging templates. Most are free, some you will have to pay for. There are even websites which have a blog feel to them. YourFirstDue.com is one of these. It offers the RSS feel while still rounding out the site with a lot of content possibilities.
Now that I have provided you where to start, let me tell you how to prepare.
- You need to know your audience and topic. Whether it is Local, Statewide, National, or International you need to know who you are catering to and what they want to read. Basically, you need to keep them coming back to read more. VentEnterSearch.com provides an excellent blog that is specific to truck company operations (ventilation, forcible entry, and search and rescue). They seldom waver, yet are willing to expand the scope of writing to include building construction and product information/review. They do an excellent job of staying on task.
- You need to know what you are talking about. You will get torn apart by readers if you just ramble on about a topic in which you don't have a clue. Be sure to do the proper research before talking about something that you know little about.
- You need to understand what you are talking about. I have found that I may take the time to research a topic and make a statement in a post. The second I post it, someone else is making a comment about an angle of the story that I didn't even think about. Try to cover all of your bases.
- You need to stand up for what you believe in. If you say it make sure you mean it. I have written posts in the past (the blog is 2.5 years old) that I still have to answer for. Remember that people can still go back and read what you said a long time ago and hold you accountable, unless you are an anonymous blogger.
- Make sure you don't mind someone else posting what you said. The thing about bloggers is that they feed off of each other. As more and more blogs pop up, more blogs are linking to each other and syndicating each others content. Other bloggers will take what you say and link to it, copy it, and either agree with you or tear you apart. You have to be ready to be ridiculed.
- Don't forget that you can be held accountable. I learned early on as a "blogger" that retaliation is something that can happen. I have a first hand account of how what I wrote pissed the wrong guy off. The problem is that he had the power to make my life hell, and he did not hesitate. That is life, I am wiser now and I still believe in what I wrote.
- Write to your audiences level of understanding. How many firefighters do you know who have a Master's Degree? Not too many. You don't need to write like you are addressing Harvard's graduating class. Firefighters do not like $4 words that they don't understand and have never heard before. They aren't going to look it up either so you might as well omit (leave out) those words. I am not saying that firefighters are dumb. It is kind of like a team being as strong as its weakest player. If you want to write to everyone, leave out the $4 words.
- Make sure you have original content. Some blogs are strictly original content by the blogger (Roanoke Fire.com has a lot of original content, but some copy/paste happens). Other bloggers frequently comment on other bloggers posts. Whatever you do, make sure you offer your own standpoint, opinion, or information if you are copying and pasting a story from somewhere else.
- Listen to your readers. One of the biggest benefits of comments is to see what other people are saying. Allow your readers to comment. Remember it is their opinion, just as you offered yours in the post. DON'T TAKE CRITICISM TO HEART.
- Increase the amount of readers. The single biggest thing you can do to attract readers is to link to other blogs. Link to other blogs you think your readers will like. Contact those blogs and ask for a reciprocal link.
- Last but certainly not least, USE SPELL CHECKER. I absolutely hate reading misspelled words. There isn't an excuse for it. I don't want to read misspelled words. Disclaimer: I have forgotten to use spell checker before and I will in the future, but it is not intentional.
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Fairfax County Fire Department 5th Battalion Training "A Shift"
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It is great to see so many bloggers out there on firefighting. I really enjoy getting around to reading most of them daily. Keep up the good work guys.
If you have any other questions feel free to contact me by email.
Good luck blogging.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Graham's house. For more information please contact Helene Ferguson or Melanie Graham.
If you did not receive a notice and are a firefighters wife, then you are welcome to attend. They are adding to the mailing list every day.
The first meeting was eventful and they have many other things to discuss at the next meeting. Here are some that they list:
- Where to have future meetings
- What the 1st fund raising project will be
- Vote on officers of the auxiliary
- Continue to discuss chartering with the AIAFF
Friday, August 17, 2007
Unfortunately, there were better stories and websites, but the book actually got second place (ok third since there was a tie for first). So here is to the Roanoke Firefighters, whose book just got a little more notoriety.
You can see what else placed with "Firefighting in Roanoke" here.
You can view all of the award winners here.
Fairfax and Charlottesville also won awards.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Watch the Video and read the story here: WDBJ7.com
The Roanoke Fire-EMS Department responded to a structure fire on August 14, 2007 at 510 6th St.
The call was received through the 9-1-1 Center at approximately 5:23 p.m. The response of four Engines, two Ladder trucks, two Medic Units, the EMS Captain, two Battalion Chiefs, the Fire Marshal and the Investigation Unit for a total of 31 personnel responded to the scene.
When crews arrived they found heavy smoke and fire coming from all sides of the two story, wood frame structure. Crews immediately began to search the home for anyone trapped inside. The primary and secondary searches were ruled all clear. Firefighters attacked the blaze until the structure became unsafe. Everyone was then evacuated from the building and crews began a defensive attack from the outside of the structure.
There was no one in the home when the fire started. There were no injuries to civilians or Fire-EMS personnel.
The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation. This home appeared to be vacant.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Correction: He was in Charlottesville for a wedding.
His family has not disclosed any details of his illness/injury at this time.
You may send cards, however phone calls and flowers are not permitted at this time.
More information will be shared if it is disclosed.
Please keep Chief Altman and his family in your thoughts and prayers in his time of need.
Billy is out of surgery and recovering. He still needs your prayers as does his family.
The video is here:
If it doesn't show, the direct link is here.
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Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
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Monday, August 06, 2007
The costly alliance between the Democrats' Big Labor and the Republicans' Big Safety Scare.
My comments are in italics. The original article is in bold.
Before I get into this whole mess of an editorial I did read it start to finish and was amazed at the writing. How in the hell am I, as a reader of the Roanoke Times, supposed to take this article serious. After all, the writer thinks that Jim Webb is a Republican (read the last line).
This is what I am here for, maybe a professional opinion on the matter from those of us who are affected by what is going on. I have not copied the whole article, for that you will have to click the link above. I did include a lot of it though.
Move over Big Business. Big Labor now holds sway in Congress.
Labor unions have called in their political markers. In order to boost lagging membership, they have convinced both Democrats (already in their pockets) and Republicans (willing to support any measure that touches on America's "first-tier defenders in the war on terror") that every police officer and firefighter throughout the nation ought to have the Congress-given right to collectively bargain...
I don't think I like the tone of "America's "first-tier defenders in the war on terror"". Comments like that don't get you anywhere.
This bill -- passed overwhelmingly in the House and expected to enjoy a similar margin in the Senate -- will cost local taxpayers' dearly as localities will be bound to follow yet another unfunded federal mandate...
You know that this whole thing wouldn't be an issue if our employers were looking out for our best interest and we felt efficiently compensated. Everyone around will figure all we want is more money, that is far from the truth. There are BIG issues to be decided on, fought for, and hopefully received through contract negotiations.
Of course that won't happen overnight or in all localities, as management and labor often can strike fair contracts that protect everyone's interests. However, with national unions calling the shots, there will be a push for standardized wages that could cause cities with lower costs of living to keep pace with higher-wage areas. This could mean huge pay raises for thousands of Virginian public safety officers.
The bill does provide one reassurance that the unions couldn't strike. But it will do nothing to quell labor strife in localities where management and employees already are at odds. Nor will it do much to enhance working conditions and salaries in localities that already do well by their employees...
"Labor strife in localities where management and employees already are at odds." Like I said, this is exactly why we need the right to fight for our working conditions. You wouldn't believe the retaliation and strong arm tactics within fire departments.
The only benefit will be to Big Labor, which has struggled in recent years with declining union membership.
Actually, our membership has gone up.
Police and firefighter unions may make sense in parts of the country where collective bargaining is the rule rather than the exception. However, even then one union plays off the other, making increasing demands for wages, pensions and job protections that rise above those of the people footing the bill. And nonuniform employees generally must accept the leftover crumbs.
"Police and firefighter unions may make sense in parts of the country where collective bargaining is the rule rather than the exception." What the hell are you saying? I am completely lost. So you are saying that it is ok for some States to allow it but not others, and in those States where it is allowed the PD and FD deserve it and it is ok. However, in the States that don't allow it, the FD and PD don't deserve it. Do you need help? I can get some guys over there to get the extrication tools out to remove your head from your ass.
There is still a chance, although slim, to stop this. We call on Sens. John Warner and James Webb to look out for Virginians' interest -- something our Democratic representatives failed to do.
Again, I will ask what you mean. Don't you have a proofreader? Anyone? I will be sure to call on Senator Webb and tell him what the Democrats are doing behind his back. Then I will call Senator Warner and ask him if he is sponsoring it yet. If he says no, I will ask him why not.
After all, there is an editorial columnist who thinks it is fine...in some States...But only the ones who allow it...but wrote a paper kind of saying differently...but then contradicted him/her self...and then didn't let anyone proof read it...and published it.
I think it is about time we get a voice on our working conditions.
I recently got a hold of these pictures of a fire which occurred in 1972. Captain Clonnie Yearout got them to me and I do not know who took them, so I cannot give any credit. Clonnie was not on the fire, being that he was hired in 1973. That leaves only one other guy in the department who was here at the time. Maybe Chief Slayton knows a little more about the fire. I do know the building is the Gainsboro Apartments.
I thought the series of pictures was neat and I decided to share them with you all. Some of the things I noted were the use of the ladder with tormentor poles. The fact that every floor was laddered, although one of the ladders moved between the first and second floors. I imagine that there were several rescues made at this fire. It also "seems as though" the fire was pushed through the building from side 2 to side 4 moving up floors as it went until it vented itself out the roof. Obviously, it would have been ideal to attack the fire from the inside and push the fire out of side 2. But we may never know what issues the firefighters had to deal with when they showed up, or the strategy and tactics of command.
I will have to look up the fire to see if anyone was injured or killed in this fire.
Friday, August 03, 2007
The video is hosted on Nothingtoxic.com and I am not sure if station computers allow you to view the site. If you can't view the video below, click here for the video.
|Poor Guy Killed in an Accident then Dropped by Paramedics|
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Firegeezer » Chicago FF Local Sets Out Contract Demands
Check out the above link for what Chicago Firefighters are demanding in their contract negotiations. Sounds good to me.
Posted by FireFleitz at 5:02 PM
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Dave Statter found this article on Collective Bargaining and how it will effect Virginia:
Va. Has Big Stake in Bill on Public Safety Unions
Q - When will the Senate vote on the Federal Collective Bargaining for Public Safety?
A - The supporters of the Bill are waiting to get two more sponsors on hand before they vote on it. Once they get two more sponsors they will move it to the floor of the Senate for a vote. The reason they are waiting for two more is because then it will be veto-proof and President Bush will not be able to veto the Bill. The general consensus is that Bush will veto the Bill if able to.
Q - What does the Bill mean for the firefighters in Roanoke and in the rest of the State?
A - When the Bill passes, we will be allowed to negotiate a contract with our locality. The contract will be negotiated and signed by Local 1132 (the firefighters representation) and the City. If the contract is unable to be negotiated, Certified Arbitrators will be brought in and decide on the issues hampering negotiation and make a decision.
Q - What will be included in the contract?
A - Everything from salaries to what color shirts, POP's to retirement, rules and regulations to vacation and holiday. Every detail of our jobs will be dissected, analyzed, and written down in the contract how we want...and then we negotiate.
Q - Once the Bill is passed, how long do we have to wait?
A - We just have to sit down and draw up a contract. With help of the IAFF, and Attorneys of course.
Q - Who will write up the contract?
A - A committee within Local 1132, legal counsel, and more than likely an IAFF representative, as well as whoever we deem necessary to be involved in the formulation of our contract.
Q - What about Virginia being a right to work State?
A - What about it? Federal Law supersedes State Law! The only real effect the Right-to-Work issue will have is that the SCABS who are not in the Local will reap the same benefits of the Contract.
Q - Will this be expensive?
A - Probably, but it will pay off.
Q - How long will the contract be good for?
A - It depends on what the contract says. Most contracts are effective for 3-5 years.
Q - Will the Police and Sheriffs have the same contract?
A - They will negotiate their own contract.
Q - Who can I thank for all the hard work that has been put into getting this Bill to a majority vote in the House and Senate?
A - The International Association of Fire Fighters, and other organizations/lobbyists who represent Public Safety.
If you have any other questions, leave a comment.
Anyways...the boys at 13 on B-shift finally found a helmet that will fit Tom's head. It may not be as safe as a conventional helmet, but it fits. It is kind of like the Coneheads meet the Garbage Pail Kids.