this is interesting. I see some pros and cons. but it will be interesting to see how this might cause other smoke alarms to develop in the future. Plus the concept behind this is good and there is definitely room for improvement when it comes to smoke detectors.
SMYTH COUNTY, Va. — A tanker-truck wreck sent plumes of black smoke into the air near an interstate Wednesday afternoon.
One person was flown from the scene of the accident and the Virginia Department of Transportation reported that both southbound lanes were closed, according to WDBJ7.com.
Absolutely worth a read whether you’re a first responder, have been helped by one, or just want to know more about our family.
"I’ve been a first responder since I was 17-years-old. After 42 years, I can say with certainty that I was destined to be one, just like my dad was. It’s in my blood. Like many who serve on the front lines, I’ve witnessed tragedy, heartbreak, helplessness and disbelief. I’ve been frustrated more often than I’d like to admit, and there are days that, like all of you, I’m left asking "why?" But with each bout of frustration comes a renewed sense of commitment to my life work. I remind myself and my team members that even though first responders can’t change the course of an event, our intervention helps things turn out for the better. All of our nation’s defenders, including firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and law enforcement, can find comfort in knowing that we protect America’s communities as best as we humanely can. And so, with National First Responders Appreciation Day on the horizon, I encourage you to pause and say "thank you" to those who, without fail, show up.
We show up in the face of danger and natural disaster because we are committed to serving others. And in these vulnerable moments, we rely on three things: our team; our training and experience; and our equipment. When on the front lines, I tell myself that there are dedicated people around me, supporting me, working toward the same goal. I tell myself that my expert training and past experience have prepared me for moments like this one. I tell myself that the equipment I’m wearing and operating was designed to protect me, and it will. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t realize that these critical motivators and sources of protection are in jeopardy due to the financial challenges facing first responder organizations nationwide.
As you may suspect, many departments, including the one I’m a part of, have experienced a significant decrease in funding due to the economic downturn. This decrease has led to a dip in recruitment, as we’re unable to pay the majority of our volunteers even a small stipend. Consequently, we’re operating with a leaner team on the front lines. We’ve also experienced training cutbacks, as standards have changed since 9/11, and national training has become more costly. Thus our ability to develop future leaders, protectors and care providers is waning. We don’t have the funds to replace aging equipment, including fire mitigation trucks and protective gear that help us do our job efficiently, effectively and confidently.
As a nation, we’ve endured inconceivable tragedies in recent years, and, as a result, first responders are at the forefront of American dialogue. Teams like mine are eternally grateful for the nation’s support - your kind words and actions motivate and inspire us. However, in the context of the aforementioned challenges, it seems there is more work to be done. According to a recent survey* from wine brand Josh Cellars — an advocate of the cause - nearly all (94%) people believe first responders deserve more recognition and support for the work they do, but only one — third (32%) has supported a first responder cause before. This discrepancy between desire and action suggests that people are eager to show their support, but often don’t know how. I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few ways you can get involved:
For social media enthusiasts: It’s as easy as visiting Facebook.com/JoshCellars and “liking” the page. For every new “like” through October 2, Josh Cellars, which was founded in honor of a volunteer firefighter, will donate $2 to the Gary Sinise Foundation in support of first responders.
For those who want to connect with the first responders in their own backyard: Swing by your local fire station and get to know the men and women who sacrifice their safety to protect yours. You may be surprised to find that many of them are a lot like you: juggling full time jobs, family life, and other personal commitments. You don’t have to empty your wallet to show them you care — a simple “thank you” will have a bigger impact than you might think. A short visit will also help you learn more about upcoming educational series, fundraisers and other events the station may be planning.
For those looking to deepen their level of service: Educate yourself on the different first responder career paths and identify where your experience and passion best align with a need. Generally speaking, the first responders I’ve had the honor of working beside are compassionate, team-oriented, intuitive and driven to affect change in their communities. If this describes you, wait no longer to explore your options.
I understand there is an abundance of causes out there — each equally important and deserving of your attention. In celebration of National First Responders Appreciation Day, I respectfully ask that you join me in supporting this one.
*The 2013 Josh Cellars First Responders Day Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted September 9-11, 2013 among a sample of 1,011 adults comprising 510 men and 501 women 18 years of age and older. The margin of error for a sample of this size is ± 3%.”
Critics cite privacy concerns, particularly because the vast majority of firefighter calls are for first-responder medical emergencies
AUSTIN, Texas — Some Austin firefighters are increasingly attaching tiny, high-digital cameras to their helmets, joining a national trend in recording their work.
Firefighters say the cameras allow them to review their actions, providing beneficial training to help keep them safe. “I’ve seen little things I do that I can correct and make me a better firefighter,” said Austin firefighter Andrzej Micyk, who was given a less-than-$200 camera in February for his birthday. But critics cite privacy concerns — particularly because the vast majority of firefighter calls are for first-responder medical emergencies.
"What is this, reality TV?" said Deborah Peel, founder and chairwoman of Patient Privacy Rights, an Austin-based national nonprofit. "This is nothing the citizens know about or have approved of. If we have firefighters or first responders rushing to scenes with cameras when people are injured … and don’t even know these things are being used, that is an outrage. I think the public is going to be offended."
Where were you when the world stopped turning? For 343 families in New York and hundreds of families in Virginia and Pennsylvania we knew where are loved ones were, on duty. To many of us it comes as no surprise as we understood the deep commitment that all emergency services providers have throughout history. We understood that it is a calling, not a career. But on that fateful day the world watched as these brave men and women showed their true selves.
These brave responders rushed toward a situation where countless innocent people needed help and they answered the call. Many of us can think back to that day and how we sat, drawn to the televisions watching the fire, EMS, and police officers save lives and take risks that most people could not fathom. It was a day where heroes showed up, not in capes, but in uniforms.
In this jumpseat riders opinion, Sept. 11, quite possibly, could be the best day in the emergency services history. How could you say such a thing?
That day when the cowards attacked us, thousands of first responders had the world’s attention as they watched the responders rush in to danger. Carrying victims, ushering people away, and saving countless lives, with no regard for their own safety, time and time again.
This one day in history every pair of eyes in the world watched the responders performing countless rescues and showed what the fabric of their existence really is. The world was watching first responders do something amazing, their jobs.
Many may not have understood what it was like to serve thier community, until that day. Until the day where so many gave so much.
Some 12 years later many things have changed in our world, with one exception. The brave men and women of today’s fire service stand ready to rush in. Every second of every minute we are here.
Let’s make today about honoring the sacrifice of so many people by reaching out to the families of these men and women and saying “thank you.” While we all remember where we were when the world stopped turning, these families knew that this was the day that their loved one will not be coming home.Honoring the sacrifice of so many shouldn’t come once a year, it should come with every breath you take. Being a firefighter you are part of something bigger. You are a part of those responders who gave so much on 9/11 and we should carry their memories with us until it’s our
Do not forget those who gave all. Here’s to the 343 firefighters lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
May your strength give us strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love
Never ForgetGod is present, loving, smiling, having received our loved ones. They are in His presence, illumined by His smile and warmed by His love. His kingdom is enriched this day, so enriched by so many beautiful souls. So much beauty.Our world is empty without them. Our hearts are broken, our sadness immense, our tears so abundant. We live our sorrow together..We need You, Lord. Please come and touch us. Fill us with courage. Calm our discomfort. Give us signs of Your presence. We ask You, we beg You: come.
“Last Homily of
FDNY Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge,