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The War on Public Safety continues...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Waller Jun 12, 2011. 31 Replies

Additional cuts to FEMA, right on the heels of the tornado in Missouri and the wildfires in Texas. …Continue

Good news for 9/11 responders!

Started Apr 22, 2011 0 Replies

Responders claiming benefits for injuries or illness suffered during 9/11 will be first screened by the FBI to make sure they aren't on the Terrorism Watch List!…Continue

Tags: Politics

LODD in NSW (Australia)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Aussie_Wildfire Feb 6, 2011. 3 Replies

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

For all you cat lovers out there...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sarah Dec 19, 2010. 1 Reply

The family cat saves the day! …Continue

 

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True Blue Fireys

Australian firefighting - focus on bushfire and rural operations, and the unique aspects of fighting fire Down Under
Aug 24, 2015
Mitchell Denhartog joined Vic Silverfish's group
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True Blue Fireys

Australian firefighting - focus on bushfire and rural operations, and the unique aspects of fighting fire Down Under
Aug 15, 2015
Vic Silverfish replied to lutan1's discussion Fire investigators probe link between smart meters and house fires
"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…"
Nov 8, 2011
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True Blue Fireys

Australian firefighting - focus on bushfire and rural operations, and the unique aspects of fighting fire Down Under
Oct 31, 2011
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True Blue Fireys

Australian firefighting - focus on bushfire and rural operations, and the unique aspects of fighting fire Down Under
Jul 24, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to Cody Martin's discussion The fire Scene is not a smoke a thon!
"Lutan, I'm moving south and joining your brigade!"
Jul 10, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to Kenneth Scamman's discussion Fireworks Becoming Legal??
"Make 'em legal. There's no reason for nanny-laws. I understand states like Texas banning them because they may start bushfires, but other than that they should be legal for adults."
Jul 1, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to Sarah Tinsley MacKenzie's discussion getting rid of all 90 feeders
"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…"
Jun 28, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to Mike Schlags (Captain Busy) Retd's discussion Aircraft flying into a high rise building? Really?
"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.…"
Jun 24, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to RsqRog's discussion Politics and our Unions
"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…"
Jun 12, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Vic Silverfish's discussion The War on Public Safety continues...
"The Clemson University public/private partnership goes by the name CU/Intenational Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) and is a good example of how a public-private partnership works."
Jun 12, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Vic Silverfish's discussion The War on Public Safety continues...
"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…"
Jun 12, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to RsqRog's discussion Politics and our Unions
"Captian, you are a far wiser man than I will ever be!"
Jun 12, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to RsqRog's discussion Politics and our Unions
"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."
Jun 12, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to Vic Silverfish's discussion The War on Public Safety continues...
"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…"
Jun 11, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to RsqRog's discussion Politics and our Unions
"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…"
Jun 11, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to RsqRog's discussion Politics and our Unions
"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…"
Jun 11, 2011
Richard Dawson replied to Vic Silverfish's discussion The War on Public Safety continues...
"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…"
Jun 11, 2011
Vic Silverfish replied to RsqRog's discussion Politics and our Unions
"Wow. Just...wow. That's some high-quality crazy there."
Jun 11, 2011
Mark Oomkes replied to Vic Silverfish's discussion The War on Public Safety continues...
"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…"
Jun 10, 2011

Profile Information

Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Volunteer
Job Function
Firefighter
Years in Fire/EMS:
18
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
NSW Rural Fire Service
Years With Department/Agency
5
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
PGFD Prince George's County Maryland, USA
College Park MD
District Heights MD
My Training:
Fire, HazMat II, EMT-B
About Me:
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.
Day Job:
computer security guy
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!
Top Issues Facing Responders:
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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At 8:38pm on April 7, 2011, Eddie Crombie said…
I saw your comment Shoot me an Email. ecrombie@hooks-irons.com. Eddie C
At 4:25pm on February 21, 2011, Rachel said…
Hello!!!

Stay Safe!!
At 5:59pm on January 13, 2011, The World Fire Safety Foundation said…
Hi Vic
Great to see we have someone else from the land of Aus on here. Thanks for adding me as a friend. The rain has stopped up here and the sun is actually shining again!
Cheers
Adrian
At 2:46am on October 24, 2010, frans said…
thanks for the learning...
At 9:44pm on October 8, 2010, Fabulous Heather Days of Summer said…
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
At 3:36pm on August 8, 2010, Chris Moore said…
yea thanks seems like it i did not expect all the comments on it lol
At 7:51pm on August 2, 2010, Liz O'Neill said…
Hi Vic
Well you may have an opportunity to participate in a big HR up here if it goes ahead. Rumour has it, it will be in Spring. Will kep you in the loop if I get word.
Liz
At 2:12am on May 27, 2010, ROB ELLIOTT said…
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
At 2:03pm on May 26, 2010, Rafael Szabó said…
thanks for the add ! Greatings from Hungary! Stay Safe!
At 10:55am on May 6, 2010, Jack/dt said…
Fight the good fight, for whatever it's worth.
Have a good one, mate.
 
 
 

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