01/18/11 289 W - + 2 - 3 Interesting Reading

Two editorials out of Camden County, New Jersey, on the subject of regional police and fire coverage. Here's the proponent. And here's someone with a better idea. Camden County is home to the city of Camden, which has announced some of the most-severe public safety cuts to date. Police to be cut by 50% and fire by 30%. FireFighterCloseCalls has that story, and passed along the editorial links.

New York Times article from Sunday, about the victim's services division of the Pima County, AZ, attorney's office. That's home to the city Tucson, and the site of the January 8 shooting that killed six people and injured over a dozen, including Representative Gabrielle Gifford. Nice profile of the volunteers who respond to police incidents and help victims, witnesses, and family members cope with what has happened.

Firehouse.com article from late last month, about an Oregon firefighter who has invented a "hydrant snorkel." Water pipes that extend hydrant connections upward, and thus negate the need to dig during snow. Additional extensions can be added as snow gets heavier. The things can then be removed in winter weather. Here's the product's web site.

U.S. Fire Administration's provisional firefighter fatality statistics for 2010. Total of 85 duty-deaths last year. Plus 15 more classified as hometown heroes. The latter are fatalities classified under the Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act of 2003, which presumes that a heart attack or stroke is a line-of-duty-death if the firefighter was engaged in non-routine stressful or strenuous physical activity and becomes ill either on duty or within 24 hours after engaging in that activity. Three of last year's fatalities were from North Carolina: Jonathan Lewis (Pineville), Jeremy Bolick and Tommy Wright (Blowing Rock). Thanks to Mrs. Blogger for finding this story.

Those guys that were killed while drag racing another car on the way home from a fire college should not have the honor of being put on either the NC or National memorial. I very seriously doubt that their families will see any money.
Mike - 01/18/11 - 09:56

Speaking of Tucson, MSNBC has an interesting article regarding medical response times to the shooting.
Paul - 01/18/11 - 10:52

Regarding the “hydrant snorkel”, without commenting on the practicality/safety, it would seem a bit difficult to justify in these financial times. Given the number of hydrants in even a mid-size community, plus the labor involed in seasonally deploying, extending, and retreiving them, I suspect you’re looking at high $$$.
RWECC - 01/18/11 - 22:06

That’s an interesting take, and one that I was wondering about, just how much time and energy is require to deploy and retrieve them.
Legeros - 01/18/11 - 22:08

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