Wednesday, September 26

The "Man Rules" ...for Women

For your Learning Pleasure. Submitted by a caring student:

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down Finally , the guys' side of the story. ( I must admit, it's pretty good.) We always hear "The Rules" from the female side. Now here are the rules from the male side.

Please note.. these are all numbered "1 " ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports It's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do.
Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become Null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one

1. You can either ask us to do something Or tell us how you want it done.
Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials..

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say "nothing," We will act like nothing's wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, Expect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really .

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this.
Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping!

Pennsylvania Fire Companies Struggle to Find Recruits

Pennsylvania Fire Companies Struggle to Find Recruits - News
What do you think about this???
Finding new recruits for local volunteer fire departments is becoming a big problem.

Without enough volunteers, neighborhoods may be forced to pay firefighters to keep residents safe.

"I think it's going to come to the point where you're going to see some paid staff in township companies, backed up by the volunteers," North Hempfield Fire Chief Ralph Stoup said. "I would love to see it stay volunteer, but unless we get the people, I don't see that happening. The firemen are going to become a dying breed."

Click the link above for the whole story.

Saturday, September 22

Battle at Kruger

A battle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and 2 crocodiles at a watering hole in South Africa's Kruger National Park while on safari. This is pretty incredible ...and I know there is a lesson in it somewhere. In the meantime... stay with it...this is good!

Thursday, September 20

Spiders on Drugs

Here's a clip from the old documentary series called Hinterland's Who's Who. In this piece, the show the results of spiders taking drugs. Just say no, no, no!!!

OSHA Cites Fire Department: Three Serious Violations

ABC News 4 Charleston - OSHA Cites Fire Department: Three Serious Violations
State officials have handed the Charleston Fire Department four citations for violating firefighter safety.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the department for one willful violation involving firefighter safety and three serious violations for firefighters on the scene not wearing full protective gear.

OSHA's report on the June 18th fire at the Sofa Super Store was released Thursday.

The Sofa Super Store was also cited for locked or improperly working exit and fire doors.

Nine firefighters died in the blaze. OSHA officials say the violations will result in monetary fines.

7 Injured, One Critically, In N.J. High-Rise Apartment Blaze

7 Injured, One Critically, In N.J. Apartment Blaze - News Story - WNBC | New York
ASBURY PARK, N.J. -- A fire broke out Thursday in a 15-story apartment building, injuring seven people and temporarily trapping several others on balconies, the city's fire department said.

All seven who were injured, including one critically, suffered smoke inhalation.

The blaze, the cause of which is not known, began around 11:20 a.m. in a cluttered 14th story apartment of the Monroe Towers. The fire forced those living in the top three floors to flee, said Garrett Giberson, an Asbury Park fire inspector.

The apartment's occupant, Sunovia Williams, 80, was pulled out by firefighters who had to crawl over an array of debris that contributed to the intensity of the blaze and hampered efforts to reach her and her husband, Giberson said.

A juvenile, whose age was not immediately available, and five firefighters also suffered smoke inhalation.

The building is one of the tallest buildings in Asbury Park, a community along the Atlantic Ocean. The blaze was initially too high for ladder trucks, forcing firefighters to fight the flames from inside, Asbury Park fire Capt. Frank Dilello said. He wasn't sure if the building had sprinklers, but said there were hose hookups inside.

Tape Catches Woman's Fury At Man In Chimney

Tape Catches Woman's Fury At Man In Chimney - News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh
Another amazing rescue....but you've really gotta see the video!!!
Santa Claus he's not, but it didn't stop Alejandro Valencio from trying to surprise the woman he called his girlfriend.

Valencio, according to the Evansville Courier & Press, got wedged inside the chimney of a home being rented by Connie Deweese at 3:30 a.m.

"I've dated a lot of psychos in my life, but nobody like that," Deweese told the newspaper.

Firefighters requested assistance from the police because they said Deweese was blocking the fireplace, wanting to protect the bricks.

"I told them to leave him in the chimney and let him die," she told the Courier & Press.

After the rescue, she said she went back to bed and later awoke to find the man back at the home.

"I beat his (butt) and told him to get out," she told the paper.

She forced him out the front door, screaming and throwing beer bottles at him.

900-pound man removed from home

900-pound man removed from home - U.S. News -
One of those calls where a little compassion-and creative rescue skills- comes in handy! (But did they have to cover his face?)
LANSING, Mich. - Firefighters cut a hole in the side of a house and used a forklift to extricate a 900-pound man from his second-floor bedroom after a visiting nurse became worried about his health.

Rescue workers were called in Tuesday by the nurse, who determined the 33-year-old man needed medical help, Fire Chief Tom Cochran said.

Cochran said the man had not left his home since 2003.

The man’s brother, who lives with him, said he suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that creates a chronic feeling of hunger that can lead to overeating and life-threatening obesity.

Rescue workers brought in a forklift, high enough to raise a platform to a hole cut into the wall of the house. They covered the man with a blue tarp to shield him from onlookers and slid the platform onto a flatbed truck for a trip to Sparrow Hospital.

Wednesday, September 19

Simple Man

What did you do with your summer vacation? (and what are your plans for next summer?)
This could be you!!! Good music, nice photos. 6:13. Enjoy!

Fire Truck Going Out For A Spin (1990)

From a local news program back in 1990 of a snowstorm that made the roads so slick that even emergency vehicles were creating emergencies of their own.

Los Angeles Captain Injured Responding

Los Angeles Captain Injured Responding - News
Gotta watch that first's a doozy!!! (Note: The video is of a DIFFERENT firefighter falling off a rig...not our LAFD Capt....I just thought I would add a visual-for amusement purposes only.) Best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to our unnamed LAFD Capt....and to the poor guy in this video that ended up on YouTube!
A Los Angeles Fire Department captain suffered moderate injuries when he missed a step while getting out of a fire truck while responding to a blaze at a South Los Angeles apartment building Tuesday.

Firefighters were sent to the 8700 block of Figueroa Street, near Manchester Avenue, at 4:35 p.m. where heavy smoke and fire were showing from the second floor of a six-unit garden-style apartment, said Diana Igawa of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The captain, whose name was not released, received moderate injuries when he fell, Igawa said. He was taken to a hospital where he was being treated and evaluated, she said.

Saturday, September 15

Four injured in fire at Festival

Four injured in fire at ACL Festival | News for Austin, Texas | | Local News
Four people were injured in a fire at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park.

It is believed a propane tank near a camper for staff members exploded around 2:30 Friday afternoon, and the flames spread to a food trailer in a beverage area.

EMS officials say four people were burned, two with life-threatening injuries. All four were taken to Brackenridge Hospital. The two critically injured patients were later flown to the burn unit at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

Thick black smoke billowed hundreds of feet into the air and could be seen for miles from the park.

No word yet on what caused the fire.

The music continued on all the stages, and officials say the general public was never in danger.

KVUE meteorologist Mark Murray was on the scene and says that the public didn't panic.

"It was very calm, very orderly. In fact, people continued to come into the park," said Murray. "A small area near the fire was roped off."

Tuesday, September 11

The Station nightclub fire

The Station Nightclub Fire on the evening of Thursday, February 20, 2003, was the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, killing 100 people and injuring more than 200. Ninety-six perished on the night of the fire, and four died later from their injuries at local hospitals. The Station, which regularly hosted glam metal and '80s rock bands, was a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island.The fire started about 11:08 PM, just seconds into headlining band Great White's opening song "Desert Moon", when pyrotechnics set off by their tour manager, Daniel Biechele, lit flammable soundproofing foam behind the stage. The flames were first thought to be part of the act; only as the fire reached the ceiling and smoke began to billow did people realize it was uncontrolled. Only 20 seconds after the pyrotechnics ended, the band stopped playing, and lead singer, Jack Russell, remarked into the microphone, "Wow... this ain't good." In less than a minute, the entire stage was engulfed in flames. Although there were four possible exits, most people naturally headed for the door through which they entered. The ensuing stampede in the inferno led to a crush in the hallway leading to that main entrance, eventually blocking it completely and resulting in numerous deaths and injuries among the patrons and staff, who numbered somewhat more than 404, the highest of three conflicting official capacity limits. Of those in attendance, roughly one quarter died (either from burns or smoke inhalation), and half were injured. Among those who perished in the fire was Great White's lead guitarist, Ty Longley.

The pyrotechnics were gerbs, cylindrical devices intended to produce a controlled spray of sparks. Gerbs are labeled using two numbers: one for how far the sparks fly and one for how long the effect lasts. Biechele was fond of using 15 by 15's, which spray sparks 15 feet for 15 seconds. Three of that same caliber, at 45-degree angles, with the middle one pointing straight up, were the kind used that night. Gerbs are considered appropriate for indoor use before a nearby audience when proper precautions are observed.

An NIST investigation of the fire, using computer simulations and a mock-up of the stage area and dance floor, concluded that a sprinkler system would have successfully contained the fire enough to give everyone time to get out safely. However, due to its age (built in the late 1930s) and size (4,484 square feet (404 m²)), the Station was believed by many to be exempt from sprinkler system requirements. In actuality, it had undergone an occupancy change when it was converted from a restaurant to a nightclub. This change dissolved its exemption from the law, a fact that West Warwick fire inspectors never noticed. On the night in question, the Station was legally required to have a sprinkler system, but did not.

Also the blueprints show that the entryway to the nightclub had a ramp which blocked off a straight exitway through the door. When exiting the building, one would have to exit either right or left because the building was constructed to lead two entry ways with the handrail running parallel with the building.

The events that occurred during the fire were caught on videotape by cameraman Brian Butler for WPRI-TV of Providence and the beginning of it was released to national news stations. Later, the video would circulate via file sharing online. He was there, ironically, for a planned piece on nightclub safety being reported by Jeffrey Derderian, a WPRI news reporter who is also a part-owner of The Station. WPRI-TV would be cited for an ethics violation for having a reporter do a report concerning his own property. The report had been inspired by the Chicago nightclub stampede that had claimed 21 lives only four days earlier.

Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

A historic look back at the Beverly Hills Supper club fire. Aprox 9 mins.

Our Lady of the Angels School Fire

A (homemade-student) video made of the OLA fire. 3:23

Monday, September 10

Bradford City Football Stadium Fire

The fire at Bradford City football ground on 11th May 1985.
The cause of the fire is thought to have been the accidental dropping of a match or a cigarette stubbed out in a polystyrene cup and the resulting fire was fuelled by rubbish underneath the wooden stand.
The antiquated stand at Valley Parade eventually claimed the lives of 56 supporters and about 265 were injured. It was the worst fire disaster in the history of British football history.

Sunday, September 9

Who's to flame

After Petunia and Giggles set a house on fire, ...
After Petunia and Giggles set a house on fire, Mime tried to get help from the gang to put it out. Another sorta sick (bad not good)video. Not a great educational tool but some might find it amusing....6:59

Be Cool About Fire Safety

This video has been edited down to about five minutes - but what's left is a doozie.

Check out some of the guest stars:

*Gilbert Gottfried (The Aristrocrats) as Seymour Smoke, the smoke detector.

*Little Richard badly lipsyncing "Fall and Crawl"

*Michael "the guy who makes the funny noises on Police Academy" Winslow AND *LINDSEY LOHAN!!! Yes, that is her as the kid in the kitchen talking to Seymour Smoke

Gordon Ramsay: Great Balls of Fire!

A is one of the leading causes of residential fires...and the leading cause of fire injuries....
"Hell's Kitchen" host Gordon Ramsay apparently got his twig and berries a little too close to an open flame and burned his nether region, several British tabs are reporting.

Gordon was quoted by The Sun as explaining, "The other day I was standing too close to the stove when I was cooking. I was wearing these cotton trousers and underneath I was going commando, suddenly, I felt this searing heat. I went, 'F**k me, bollocks to that.'" Bollocks, indeed. Ramsay painted an even clearer horrible mental picture by saying, "I burnt my right bollock and I'm in absolute agony ... You wouldn't believe how much this hurts." Not hard to imagine it, really.

Ramsay's rep confirmed that the chef did in fact burn himself, but wouldn't confirm where on his body the burn occurred.

Ouch....I wonder if he remembered to stop, drop and roll? or put cool water on his burns??? A horrid visual...but wise advice....

Ok, on the same note...this video is sick....adults only...PLEASE DON'T watch it if you are easily offended! This is a music video from South Park "Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls" ...which of course ...catch on fire.

Some of lyrics of this case you may want to sing along...go like this...
sniff, sniff, sniff]
Hey, wait a minute.
What's that smell.
Smell like something burning.
Well that don't confront me none.
Long as I get my rent paid on Friday.
Baby you better get back in the kitchen.
Cause I got a sneak'n suspicion.
Oh man baby, baby!
You just burned my balls!
Help me, my balls on fire
????? baby
my balls are burning
give me some water!
Pour some water on me!
my balls are burning
oh my goodness,
I'm blow'n
I'm blow'n
do somethin

REMEMBER: UNATTENDED COOKING IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF KITCHEN FIRES!! And cool a burn with lots of COOL WATER (not saliva!)!! ...The More You Know....

Thursday, September 6 - Could Fire Prevention Help Curb City Fatal Fires? - Could Fire Prevention Help Curb City Fatal Fires?
(KDKA) PITTSBURGH A KDKA investigation into the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau could alarm you.

KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan examined the fire records of the city, consulted with fire safety experts and compared us to the rest of the country.

The investigation found that Pittsburgh has more fatal fires and more multiple alarm fires than other cities its size.

Due to budget constraints, the city drastically cut its fire prevention efforts two years ago.

Now, it must face a pressing issue: how can it marshal the resources it has to make its citizens safer?

Click the link above for the rest of the story!

Wednesday, September 5

DETROIT: Attempted energy theft kills father

DETROIT: Attempted energy theft kills father
He was using jumper
Cathandra Miller wanted to tell her husband to keep fighting, to keep breathing, to stay alive.

She begged to get in the ambulance as medics rushed him to the hospital. She asked to stand by his side as doctors tried to revive him.

But Leonard Adkins was already dead, electrocuted Monday while trying to steal electricity by using jumper cables to tap into a utility line and direct power to his soon-to-be rental home.

The unemployed couple had planned to move in a rush Labor Day weekend after being evicted from their home on Cecil Street in Detroit because they couldn't pay the rent.

"I finally got to see him when he was gone," Miller said Tuesday, sobbing on the front porch of her home, where a mattress lay in the middle of the living room and clothes were strewn across the floor.

Miller, 27, said she knows what her 37-year-old husband was doing was illegal. He was the family's sole provider, but she said he lost a job as a tow truck driver, leaving them without the money to pay rent.

Scott Simons, a Detroit Edison spokesman, said the utility is investigating the electrocution. The company loses millions of dollars each year in energy theft, he said, either by people illegally hooking up their homes or tampering with their meters.

"Not only is it extremely dangerous for the person doing it, but it's dangerous for neighbors as well," said Simons, adding that tapping into utility lines can spark fires.

Detroit police spokesman James Tate said it isn't the first time an electricity thief used jumper cables to divert power to a home, and the act has killed before.

Adkins died about 6:50 p.m. Monday. His uncle found him on the ground near a ladder, Miller said. He had burns on the right side of his chest and right forearm and was dead when he reached Detroit Receiving Hospital, authorities said.

Miller knew he planned to steal power, she said, but she thought a friend who had stolen power before would help.

Miller doesn't work because she stays home to care for the couple's three children: 15-month-old Leonard Jr., 8-year-old Tandra and 1-month-old Harvey. Adkins also has two teenage children from a previous relationship, but they did not live with the couple.

Adkins worked odd jobs, including at a steel company that went out of business, Miller said. "He wanted to be a truck driver," she said. "Now that's never going to happen."

She sobbed again.

With help from the state's Family Independence Agency, the family planned to move about three miles to Springwells. She said they didn't call DTE because they couldn't have gotten power connected on a holiday weekend.

Her husband wasn't perfect, Miller said. He served time in prison for a 1998 attempted robbery conviction. And he was killed doing something that was dangerous and illegal. That doesn't make his death any easier on his family, she said.

"He was trying to get the house fixed up before we moved," she said. "He just wanted to be with his family."

Monday, September 3

Prostitution Ring Eyed at Fire Houses

Former Atlanta fire chief Dennis Rubin is dealing with new trouble at his new job in Washington D.C. where fire officials are investigating whether department employees have been running a prostitution ring out of several of the city's firehouses.

Sources close to the investigation told the Washington Times that as many as a dozen employees stationed with at least four fire companies citywide are being investigated for involvement in the prostitution ring.

The sources reportedly said the ring has been referred to as "D.C. Fems" -- a play on the acronym for the city's Fire and Emergency Medical Services department.

Investigators are looking into whether female emergency medical technicians performed sex acts for money on men, including male fire department employees, in the bunkhouses of fire stations since late last year, sources said.

The investigation is also looking at whether a male fire officer might have also been involved in coordinating the operation, sources said.

Fire officials apparently learned of the ring during a criminal investigation last month of claims that a sergeant exposed himself to a female emergency medical technician.