A NSW Parks Officer and firefighter was killed by a treefall mopping up after a bushfire. This is a very common cause of injury and death in Australian bushfires. The trees are often hollowed out…Continue
"Interesting. Looks like the investigation is into the way they were installed more than anything else. For those of you in the US, the electrical systems and fuse boxes in Australia are VERY different than in the US. I've…"
"Ben means "what are they in inches!" LOL
I think Sarah is in the UK, so I'm not entirely certian, but in Australia:
90mm - LDH supply line. we don't use thes, but I think they are 3.5 in diameter
70mm = 3" hose with…"
"I think the WTC was designed to withstand the impact of a 707, which is much smaller than the planes that hit it.
There are quite a few small plane vs. building accidents, but most of them (like the one pictured above) are not really national news.…"
"Ya see, Ben, this is the kind of thing I'm talking about. Disagreeing, or even correcting someone who is flat out wrong has nothing to do with freedom of speech. No one is telling anyone they can't talk, act, or vote a certain way. If you…"
"Two problems with that...
1) The method by which getting money into the hands of those who spend it has to be based on a sustainable way to get the money into those hands. That means private-sector jobs, since the private sector is the only place…"
"The citizens of Wisconson disagree. Government pensions and benefits are a massive liabiltiy, especially for state and municiple governments. This was the foundation of the protests in Wisconson earlier this year."
"Mark, what Keynes says is basically "put money in th hands of people who will spend it." This is not trickle-down, if anything you could describe it as "trickle-up." The intent of the stimulous was to puut money in the hands of…"
"Fair call, Ben.
The post is a stream of conciousness rant against organised labour that is historically inaccurate (for example, he credits the 6 Day War (1967) with creating the Moslem Brotherhood (founed in 1928)), uses ominous terms to tar…"
"so, hang on a second...you need a better pension plan, but you are opposed to big government? Our taxes are going to anti-American interests, but we should spend more money supporting Isreal? Are you sure you've thought this through all the…"
"I see one HUGE drain on the federal budget. http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_pay.htm
What are these lawmakers doing to get these pay rates and all of the "perks" that go along with their office? Do these elected officials pay for…"
"when the economy hits the dumper, you get it moving by going into debt.
So, when your pay is cut from your job or your wife's, do you go further into debt to get yourself out of the reduced income issue?
You lose your job, do you go buy a new…"
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PGFD Prince George's County Maryland, USA
College Park MD
District Heights MD
Fire, HazMat II, EMT-B
American expat living in Australia. Grew up in Prince George's County Maryland, now living about 30km from Sydney. Back home, my department was entirely urban, here we are mostly bush fire, it's very different, but a lot of fun doing a new thing.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I joined because I love the excitement. I stayed in because I enjoy making a postive impact.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Chicks dig it!
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The heavy focus on firefighter safety is starting to outpace our commitment to the public. We need to be prepared to risk our lives a little for property, and a lot for life.
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So Vic: you think you want to be my friend... hmmm... are you sure? I can be a lot to handle! Are you by any chance, SDA ? I saw that you served in College Park, MD - isn't that an SDA town? Well great to meet you officially. I look forward to seeing you around the pages. Stay safe and keep in touch. Heather
hey vic how are things whats been happening with you latley hey i am just starting my own motorsport fire company called trackside fire emergency and i am looking for firefighter to volunteer for my team if your intrested let me know so i can send you the application in the post hey do you have structal gear if not what you have is ok mate