can u email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me an update on how your doing...thanks cheers shannon pennington North American Fire Fighter Veterans Network
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I can't believe that I'm hitting double nickles on Saturday... I've been doing some number crunching and this makes my 30th year, couple that with selling vacations time, COLA 3% end of year adjustment and prior employment in the Public Employee Retirement System may enable me to retire at 100% of my salary this coming March... Now that's a birthday present... Imagine not having to go back to work and get paid for it, all of it with out having to pay retirement or union dues. Happy Birthday to Me! And thanks for your friendship and encouragment. Never having met doesn't matter. You for whatever reason feel like a brother to me. Your good people buddy. My best brother! Your other brother from a different mother, Mike
The seat belt and safety pledge is right on the money. It is definately hard to change the mentality of a lot of firefighters. I am a Lt. with Dallas Fire Dept,Dallas TX and we are supposedly the largest fire department to have signed a national seatbelt pledge......however I witness daily folks not wearing them. A lot will preach but not practice. Keep up the good work on the seat belt safety pledge. Here is a thought for fellow firefighters ,it was from a good friend of mine on the department who was a US Army tank commander for 22 years, it was from his training in the military. The scenario is this,
You are responding to a box,multiple reports coming in, people trapped, you are screaming down road in your $ 350,000 apparatus specialy ordered, engineered and built to perform and save lives, you are putting on roughly $2000 worth of bunker gear ,$350 boots and A $3,000 SCBA that will keep you safe and protect your life in the most dangereous atmospheres.Wait we are not done, you get off the apparatus with a Thermal imager that runs anywhere from$ 2000 to $4000, a $1200 motorola radio,and to finish it off a halligan tool that costs $300. You are 1st due.
30 seconds out you see a large black column of smoke, more updates of a rescue, !!!!!!! You driver is fixated on the smoke column. and runs the light Your driver swerves hard you t-bone the car begin to roll the rig, you are ejected and sustain massive trauma As you take the final breaths of life laying a few feet from the rig you hear a funny kind of fluttering noise as you look through the smoke and debris you see what the noise is from, it is your seat belt , the $30.00 piece of nylon you were not wearing fluttering in the wind. You die with thousands of dollars worth of equipment on and ...oh yea how about the family inside that burning house who are still waiting and hoping,you wonder how they are doing? Way to go dumb@#S
I know this is a little dramatic but it has stuck with me for several years and my crews are tired of hearing the condensed version, but really it illustrates the mentality we have. I am all for getting to the fire and being aggressive, we are still hardcore interior attack fire department but you still have to use your head and take calculated risk when the need arises.
ps I know this seatbelt thread is rather old but I have only been on FFN for a few months and I had to offer my opinion, and as you know being a firefighter, none of us will ever be accused of not having an opinion! Great playlist, my wife overheard the Vince Gill tune and started laughing her a@# of in the other room. She had never heard it.
Everyone needs a Hero Nozzlenut! Not everyone can be truckies like me.....Sorry- I was on the run- Some folks like Squirrel for Thanksgiving rather then the Traditional Turkey! I had to lay low.
Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving!
Please please please keep my Prom picture 'our little secret' since you blew some of my better HS pics out!
TCSS-----look out for Cats---they don't like squirrels much either....
Sorry My Brother That Your Canidates Didn't Get In. It'll Be Interesting To See What Happens Now. My Son Is An Apostolic Pentecostal, And Just About Every Pentecostal In This Country Were McCain-Palin Supporters. Be Safe Out There My Brother. Terry, Sr.