02/04/10 502 W - + 5 - 4 Reader Mail

The gasbag opens the mailbag. Sundry messages and comments from readers, and smarmy answers therein:

Q: How much censoring have you had to do regarding the Fire Commission Meeting thread?
A: Very little. A couple anonymous pot shots were leveled at named entities. As was a signed one, which I deleted, after reflecting on libel law. The poster understood.

Q: I want to get a scanner that will receive anything fire-related in Wake County. Can you give me an idea of what type of scanner? I do fire training at Wake Tech, and would like to be able to monitor training and to maybe use it for classes.
A: This blog thread should answer your question. 

Q: Can you start a blog [thread] about the firefighters being fired in Georgia? I am sure you have heard about it.
A: The story of the DeKalb County incident has been well-covered on other fire sites and blog. There is a surprisingly level-headed discussion on same, however, on the firehouse.com forums. Tool on over there and pay a visit.

Q: Hey Mike, it looks like you captured a ghost in this picture. Look in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo, in the top of the smoke, about even with the head of the firefighter on the ground.
A: Wow!

Q: Not sure if you've seen this or not, but it might be something to blog about. It's an article on the North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation web site titled Are You Prepared to Prevent a Line of Duty Death?
A: Very cool, and a very worthy subject.

Q: As a police officer who scans the other radio channels, and a long-time blog lurker (mostly), I have a question that perhaps only you can answer. (And that's because nobody else will admit to knowing the answer.) Do you have a list of what EMS units are based out what station? If, say, Raleigh Engine 2 is dispatched somewhere, I know there's a good chance that the call is on Raleigh's south side. But when EMS 1, EMS 51, or EMS 122 are dispatched, I have no idea where they normally hang out. I realize that they're always "moving up," because of AVL. But they all start out "somewhere." Do you have a resource that will help?
A: Working on same as we speak! As for unit numbers in general, see this posting from 2007. That'll get you started.

Q: Can you [start a thread] about the Reedy Creek Road fire? There have been some interesting questions raised about Western Wake Station 2's closure and that fire.
A: You can start your own thread over on the Watch Desk. Or send me a private message with ideas for blog topics. That said, is there a worthy discussion to be had about that fire, and within that context? The station is closed. The station closure process is suspended. Nobody likes quarterbacking. Ditto with dead horses. Maybe everything has already been said on that subject?

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