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"A ship is safe in harbour, but that's not what ships are for."

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Type of Organization
Fire/Rescue Department - Paid
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Years in Fire/EMS:
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Years With Department/Agency
My Training:
Rope Rescue, Confined Space, Trench rescue, Auto Ex, Water/ice rescue, RIT, Self rescue
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Why I Love Fire/EMS
The Brotherhood
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Manning; for public's safety and ability to train efficiently.
The ability to fairly negotiation with the employer.
Apathy and lack of Union respect.

Spanner 122's Blog

Pranks Should Not Compromise SAFETY!

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 11:00am 5 Comments

I don't have a lot to say on this matter, except "Use your heads" when pulling pranks. There are many more imaginative ways to prank someone then to screw with their gear. As far as I'm concerned, screwing with gear not only lacks imagination, but also smarts. Gear is only manufacturer guaranteed if it is not tampered with and is in it's proper working condition, not full of cream, or oils or sand or bottles or whatever else someone feels fit to put in gear. Insurance companies are pretty picky… Continue

Please Buckle up

Posted on July 9, 2008 at 10:17am 6 Comments

Another sad day and a grieving family due to lack of seatbelts. This is not the only one since my other blog post regarding seatbelts, but it struck me when reading it... responding to a vehicle fire and leaving behind a young family. Our job is tough, our job is dangerous, our job can be incredibly rewarding. One thing our job should not be is deadly. There are ways to prevent a high percentage of LODD's. Be the solution, buckle up!


Do You think others don't see you page??!!

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 5:50pm 5 Comments

I was just thinking, do people actually think that others on here are not going to see their page? You know, commenting on the forums on someone's open page isn't always smart, especially if it's not something you wanted to post in the forum (the "Safety Nazis" quote is still my favourite).

I had just innocently enough wandered to someone's page to say something like, "Even though we have disagreed on a subject or two, I respect your views on safety and your convictin in your words."… Continue

Training leads to "Don't think react!!"

Posted on March 6, 2008 at 10:30am 2 Comments

I came across this article today from almost a year ago and loved the photos that accompanied. It clearly showed the firefighters in control of this situation and then in a single ACTION, saved the life of a clearly distraught man. The photos tell the whole story... imagine being a part of a department that doesn't have the time, money or desire to train? The outcome of this could have been very, very different. I'm not sure anything else needs to be said, the article and especially pictures… Continue

Speaking of Seatbelts (and vehicle related LODD's)

Posted on February 24, 2008 at 8:22am 5 Comments

These are all taken from the secret list from the end of December - the middle of February. A very short time, for this number of incidents. Almost all could have been avoided by more prudent driving, or at least more attention to road conditions, and at the very least by wearing seatbelts.

Becoming part of the emergency helps no one and puts more individuals in danger, civilians and firefighters. Longer response time while more firefighters are dispatched, civilians injured and mostly… Continue

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At 2:32pm on September 4, 2009, Loyd Dittfurth said…
i apoligize if i was upsetting you with my comment on that forum i am and always have been sort of a comic relief in life thats my calling helping people weither its pulling people from the clutches of death or making somone smile when there having a bad day never the less i apoligize if i upset you or kali with my comments
At 10:04pm on August 23, 2009, Ruth A. Douthitt said…
Hello Spanner 122- I am a local artist based out of Phoenix, AZ and have been hired to do a drawing of a firefighter killed at the WTC. I saw the photograph you use for your avatar and was wondering if I can obtain permission to use it in my draw...
At 1:52pm on November 9, 2008, Brittany said…
Thanks so much for the great quote, and for the congratulations!
At 12:46pm on October 2, 2008, BillySFCVFD said…
Hello Spanner,

I enjoy and learn from your posts. The accurate spelling and clarity makes it even more enjoyable. TCSS--Billy from Texas
At 6:09pm on May 31, 2008, Joe said…
hey thats for the support
and wishes
At 3:12pm on May 30, 2008, Matthew Jones said…
Thanks Spanner
At 8:26am on May 29, 2008, Chan Rivera said…
hi welcome to ffn from ny
At 7:12pm on May 27, 2008, Brad Duncan said…
hello how are you doing i am wounding if you can join the Canadian fallen firefighters group for support ples end pass it on thanks
At 3:04am on May 15, 2008, Joe said…
greeting from iraq us soldier here cool page stay safe out there
At 2:22pm on May 14, 2008, Megan said…
Hey spanner, thanks for your reply to my topic, I added you as a friend.

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