Sunday, December 23, 2007

Make Up Your Own Mind

I'm not one for standing on a soap box and stating certain causes.. BUT.. This one kind of makes sense to me.. watch the video and make up your own mind.... after all... we are the only species of the animal kingdom capable of wise decision making. Although this is an American commercial.. it applies to us as Canadians also.
The majority of us have experienced the pitfalls of our "health care" system. All too often we have seen others face the scenario of lost homes or lives made miserable based on the
"Oh well, it won't happen to me" syndrome.
Apathy is our national "right" as Canadians; we practice it all too often and at the worst of times we deserve the consequences for our decisions. Maybe it's time to pay attention.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas

We wanted to touch base with our family and friends at this Special Season and decided the best way to reach all of you, because we are so computer dependent, was to set up a blog for you to view. It also comes to mind that we have saved a few trees in the process.

Our very best wishes to all of you!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Clown Revealed

I really don't think the clown resembles Danny Simonitto, Barry Jones, Studley, or the worst comment that he looks like Pat Cushing! : )

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Who's This Clown?

Ok... this is going back in time... who is this guy?

Old Officer's Class

This is interesting. Every one of these guys are now retired. I don't want to say when this picture was taken but check out the "cutting edge" technology.

Wow, a slide projector : ) If you look closer there's even an overhead projector! I bet they even had Underwood typewriters to practice on.

Another thing; BR has dark hair! What's with that??? Hummm..isn't that Bootnose before the operation or was it after? Oh well..hard to tell at times.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Blast From The Past Answers

A couple of you got only two of the guys pictured in the photo. Here's a shot with the names added to the shot. Again, to see the larger image, please click on the photo itself.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hey... Although this isn't a "business" blog we can still advertise our own stuff : ) In the event that you enjoyed the Retirees' Banquet Video Presentation (posted November 7) you may want to visit our website

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Blast From The Past

Ok, here's one from way back in the "Ancient Days" of 1957!!! Some of the older guys may be able to figure out who's on the receiving end of the arrows. Who are they? I'll give you a hint; two of the guys are related. Hope that helps. Respond if you even have a half of a hint. Good luck!

(Click on the photo to enlarge)

Thanks to Jim Berthiaume for the photo... was it taken on a Brownie? : )

Beware of Drunken Brides

Any firefighters responding to sprinkler activation should be aware of any drunken brides running from the scene.
In October 2007, an inebriated bride caused mayhem at a hotel in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, merely by attempting to stow her wedding dress after the ceremony and reception. The tipsy bride returned to her hotel at about 1 a.m. (the manager at the Hilton Garden Inn recalls her needing to be helped upstairs), went to her room, and hung up her dress.

Her error was in choosing the sprinkler head in her room. The act of suspending her finery from that mechanism exerted enough pressure on the tiny glass vial it contained to cause it to break, thereby activating the sprinkler in her room. (The vial is set to shatter when the heat of a fire causes it to expand. It will also shatter when other pressures are exerted upon it, such as heavy objects being hung from its casing.)

Smelly, stagnant water housed in the sprinkler system shot out at high speed and quickly flooded both the bride's 4th room and the one next to it. Following the dictates of gravity, the deluge then soaked rooms on the 3rd and 2nd floors plus flowed down the elevator shaft before reaching the lobby. In all, six of the hotel's rooms were damaged by the flood.

But that wasn't the end of it. The sprinkler's activation caused fire alarms to go off, which in turn led to the middle-of-the-night evacuation of the entire 184-room hotel, where seven weddings had booked rooms for the evening.

The bride and groom responsible fled the scene.

Friday, November 09, 2007

A Different Kind Of Video

Sometimes it's not all about having a laugh at some of our friends. Sometimes it's just to watch something appropriate about Remembrance Day.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Retirees' Banquet Video Presentation

Thanks to all who supplied some of the Retirees' banquet photos for this presentation. Unfortunately I could only use so many or the video would have become a blur. Here are a few photos of the banquet presented in a different manner. We hope you enjoy them : ) In the event that I receive more photos there is a good chance that we'll produce another presentation. An encore if you will : )

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Retirement Banquet '07 Photos Requested

Just a few shots of the "networking" that took place at this years Retirees' Banquet.

If you took photos of the evening please forward them to my email.

I will be posting a presentation of the evening on the blog in about a week or so. The more photos that I have to work with the better the video presentation

To watch a sample of the type of presentation here is the site:

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Illinois Firefighter Dies After Responding - In The Line Of Duty

Illinois Firefighter Dies After Responding - In The Line Of Duty:

"Illinois firefighter POC Lt. Scott Mumm died Monday after responding to a fire call earlier that day. Mumm was 34 years old, and a 13 year veteran of the Mendota Fire Department. Mumm returned home around 8:15 p.m. from a fire call where his assignment was assisting with filling water tenders. He had gone to bed with intentions of reporting for work at his full-time job at midnight. When his wife tried to wake him, he did not respond. ALS efforts by members of the Mendota Fire Department and Mendota Community Hospital were unsuccessful."

Michigan Assistant Chief Collapses and Dies - In The Line Of Duty

Michigan Assistant Chief Collapses and Dies - In The Line Of Duty:

"The Charlevoix Township Fire Department in Charlevoix, Mich. is mourning the death of their assistant fire chief. Ralph Cross, 73, collapsed and died as he and other department members handed out fire prevention and education literature at a local K-Mart. It happened Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. His is believed to have died of a heart attack."

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Look Back At Lavender Forest

Here are a few photos of Lavender Forest's Miniature Railroad operated by Doug and Betty Patterson. Betty sold the property this year. There were a lot of good memories for all of us.


Monday, October 22, 2007

So this is what happens after the retiree stag when the Famous Simian has had a little bit too much beer.. Now you know why they never allowed tourists direct contact with the animals on the Serengeti Plain. I feel that Mongo should now only be allowed at social functions where alcohol is served if he has a chaperone.

The next thing we'll know, if this isn't corrected, is that Mongo will be imitating the "Party Boy" from "Jackass; The Movie"!


A Few Retiree Limericks let's all sit back and listen to a few limericks of our retirees by our resident Limerick Fairy (Don't even think about making a comment!)

There once was a retiree named Loma

Who was built like a light named Noma

The peanut butter was spread

Without the pleasure of any bread

Poor Bill almost went into a coma

Tom Lebert was a fine Liberal

He considered himself an electoral

As he sat down to vote

He voted on a municipal note

And considered himself quite mayoral

A fine fellow retiree named Dann

Was classified as a fine fire man

He jumped on the hose

Fell flat on his nose

Now poor Dann is considered a stunt man

A new retired fellow named Greg

Noticed one day he had a bowed leg

He said in a mutter

My heart’s in a flutter

Pass the pencils: I need to beg

A retiree by the name of Tim

Opted out of a trip to the gym

Consuming beans to lose extra pounds

And surprised by new vibrant sounds

Tim’s wind can now play a hymn

There once was a gal named Karen

Who loved the sound of the siren

She hailed from the Isle of P.I

Was an expert at the art of Private Eye

Now she is tracking a Heron

A retiree by the name of Martin

Gathered all of his stuff in a carton

Working fire prevention he said

Caused him so much darned dread

That on the floor he would be startin’

An old retiree named Al

Was sure he was everyone’s pal

He retired as Assistant Chief

But caused so much unnecessary grief

That poor Al was put out to corral

The retiree by the name of Ron

Would often take naps on his lawn

Decided to give his technique a whirl

He nicknamed it the Trofin Curl

Challenge was chairs and try to stay on

An old retiree named Stroud

Everyone knew he was rather proud

He watched so much TV

It was plain for everyone to see

That he resided in somewhat of a cloud

(Hey .. they're not always classics! You try and make up a limerick!!!)

There once was a retiree named Arpan

To Headquarters apparatus floor he ran

Trying to catch the descending door

His judgment was rather poor

Jim’s broken leg was never the plan

There once was a retiree named Vernes

Who over the years had a few burns

He’d itch and he’d scratch

Sat at the hall waiting for a dispatch

And discovered the law of diminishing returns

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Gary Heikkinen's New Television Show

When asked about his new career, Chef Heikkinen shrugs his shoulders and replied, "I don't know how this happened actually. I always knew that my cooking skills were destined for greatness and here I am on The Food Channel on cable television. Being from the Lapland area didn't hurt either. I have a whole repertoire of Scandinavian delights that I can share with my new audience. Folks have never actually had such tantalizing Lapland dishes such as Braised Elk Hocks or Sauteed Penguin Flipper Au Jus."

When asked about his newest recipe he gloats about his recent concoction Hot Sauce Supreme. "It's a family secret that even my own son, Mike, doesn't know the recipe's contents.", claimed the little furry chef.

When questioned about his cooking "career" Rudy said, "Well, when I used to cook in the fire halls at the turn of the century the guys used to rave about my finesse in the kitchen. They just couldn't handle all the wonderful flavors at once so they used to get up collectively from the dinner table and rush to the washroom and actually push each other out of the way to get in. They would return a few minutes later with a contented look on their faces and claimed that they were so full they couldn't eat another bite after I offered them a second helping of the meal. I'm still quite confused as to the large amounts of Pepto Bismal that were consumed while I was on duty. Very strange coincidence indeed."

When prompted further regarding his new television show Rudy answered, "Well, I have a sample of video that you can use to demonstrate a short section of my show. It's the episode about the Hot Sauce we were discussing earlier. I'm calling the show 'Recapturing The Flavor'", Rudy Reported.

At the conclusion of the interview Rudy declared, "I'm actually thinking of inviting guest cooks on my show in the future. My first guest I hope will be Willoughby Woods. He is an excellent chef and some think his skills were even far better than mine. He basically perfected his art here in Canada when he was on the lam from the U.S authorities during the Viet Nam war. That's how he got the moniker 'Draftdodger'", Rudy laughed. "As for myself, I was a member of the Navy and taught the other sailors how to march on the deck of the ship. We didn't go for long treks and I taught them how to walk in circles very quickly. As a result of that training I still find myself walking in circles even to this very day!"

When last seen the "Chef" was on the phone while rubbing his antlers against the wall in his new kitchen. As I left the room I heard Rudy say, "Hello, Santa?"

Below is the sample video of Rudy's television show.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Another "Old Guy" Retires (Maybe)

Hey, who knows... Maybe even Bill "Grandmother" Ferguson will retire this year with the rest of the folks in the previous post. Hummm... What stories do I remember about Bill??? ...... let me think... Oh yessssssss.... any of you that work with Bill can ask him about the time he was "hiding" on the bed of the ladder at # 4 Station way back in the '70's.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

WFD Retirees of 2007

Happy Retirement go out to the following folks:

James "accident waiting" Arpan
Karen "PEI Rocks" Morrison
Tim "Help ME" Berthiaume
Al "Big Al" Reaume
Dan "WOMD" Dancey
Greg "I wanna be a DC" Reitzel
Dave "Norbert Nostalgia" Stroud
Tom "Ex Snorkel Driver" Lebert
Al "I hate Fire Prevention" Martin
Don "Whaaat?" Vernes
Bill "I love Peanut Butter" Loma
Ron "Been Trofed yet?" Trofin

You're about to discover the world's best kept secret .. enjoy yourselves and the best of luck to all of you. : )

Contest Details

OK... the winner of the contest from the previous post will have the chance to spend a glorious week at B.R's "Upscale Motel".
Just imagine the pampering you will receive... breakfast in bed, whirlpool jacuzzi.. (Kinda).. and lots of more amenities.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Top 10 Challenges of Vehicle Rescue

Event Registration (EVENT: 95655):

"The Top 10 Challenges of Vehicle Rescue Today Event Date: October 17,2007 02:00 PM EDT Ron Moore Ron Moore is a Battalion Chief with the McKinney, TX, Fire Department and is the author of “The University of Extrication,” published on and in Firehouse Magazine. This webcast will list the challenges that crews need to consider and takes lessons from where we've been, where we are now and what challenges lie ahead. The program is packed with lots of tips for those who do rippin' and tearin'. "

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

The Blog Hits Over 20,000 - Let's Have a Contest!

Thanks to all of you .... The Blog has had over 20,000 hits since its inception in January 2006... To celebrate we're having a contest. The best suggestion on how we should celebrate wins!
Details in the next post.
Ok, kids... send in those suggestions right away.... contest closes midnight Oct. 31!

(Hey, that's the day that I retired : )

Firefighters hesitating to risk lives - U.S. Life -

Firefighters hesitating to risk lives - U.S. Life -

"SALT LAKE CITY - Fueled by drought and development, wildfires in the West are getting bigger and more aggressive, creating conditions so dangerous that fire bosses are increasingly reluctant to risk lives saving houses — particularly if the owners have done nothing to protect their property. From Southern California to Montana, seven firefighters have died this year battling blazes that have destroyed more than 400 houses — a dramatic increase from last year."

Monday, October 01, 2007

Stuff in Space

Ok... how do I approach this one... : ) This has nothing to do with firefighting per se...but, hey.... couldn't we configure something like this for those long "all nighters"? Especially in the middle of a cold February night.... who knows.. Maybe # 5 station can work on this project when they're finished with their "car project" (see post below)

Thanks to Art Caza for this one : )

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Visit To The Firehall

Thanks to Ted Seagull for this funny one.... Hey, I think this guy was in one of my recruit classes some time ago. Come to think of it he kind of resembles a guy that opened a restaurant downtown ... I think the name of the club is Koko...... something or other : )

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Kitchen Grease Fire

Thanks to Bob McGonigal for this one... very dramatic footage.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

# 5 Station... are you bored?

For those guys at # 5 station.... maybe you need something to "unbore" you ... : ) Try this little training exercise ... take some video and send it back to me... Good luck. Oh.. one suggestion... put Mongo in the driver's seat for extra ballast : )

Recent Promotions

August 5th, 2007 :

Captain John Quennell is promoted to Assistant Chief, Fire & Rescue

Firefighter Gary Garant is promoted to Captain, Fire & Rescue

Congrats, guys... best of luck

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Another Hockey Picture

Thanks to Paula H we now have another hockey picture of old guys who were once young... I believe most of these folks were born circa 1850's or so and had to play the sport indoors by candlelight.
I know for a fact that a couple of them shook hands with Queen Victoria personally : ) If you can name the players go right ahead....

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Pope visits Alaska

The Pope took a couple of days off to visit the Rugged Mountains of Alaska
for some sightseeing. He was cruising along the campground in the Pope
Mobile when there was a frantic commotion just at the edge of the woods.
A helpless Democrat, wearing sandals, shorts, a "Save the Whales" hat, and
a "To Hell with Bush" T-shirt, was screaming while struggling frantically
and thrashing around trying to free himself from the grasp of a 10-foot
grizzly. As the Pope watched in horror, a group of Republican loggers came
racing up.

One quickly fired a 44 magnum into the bear's chest. The other two reached
up and pulled the bleeding, semiconscious Democrat from the bear's grasp.
Then using long clubs, the three loggers finished off the bear and two of
them threw it onto the bed of their truck while the other tenderly placed
the injured Democrat in the back seat.

As they prepared to leave, the Pope summoned them to come over. "I give you
my blessing for your brave actions!" he told them. "I heard there was a
bitter hatred between Republican loggers and Democratic Environmental
activists but now I've seen with my own eyes that this is not true."

As the Pope drove off, one of the loggers asked his buddies "Who was that
guy?" "It was the Pope," another replied. "He's in direct contact with
Heaven and has access to all wisdom."

"Well," the logger said, "he may have access to all wisdom but he sure
doesn't know anything about Grizzly bear hunting! By the way, how is the bait
holding up, or do we need to go back to Massachusetts and get another one?

Mongo The Drummer

This reporter has just discovered that Mongo, the beloved Simian of Southern Ontario, has taken on a new endeavor involving his passion for rock & roll. When questioned about his newest adventure the beast answered, "Well, as you know, my lovely wife, Asteroid, has always loved rock music so I just figured I would please her and look into something different for awhile."

Mongo, employed for ages by the city of Windsor Fire & Rescue Services, has always been capable of "reinventing" himself over the years. "I kind of like to fashion myself after Madonna; she's always known how to change her appeal for the next generation. Besides, I just love it when she wears those leopard style kind of makes me homesick in a way", sniffs the Silverback.

When asked what he had in mind with this newest adventure Mongo smiled and stated, "Wow... I had a gig with Phil Collins lately and did an audition with him at his studio. Some guys recorded it into a video... wow, I sure hope it gets some airplay on Much Music... hummmm... that would really provide some new publicity! I just love it when I get the chance to play drums anywhere; it reminds me of the days in the Uganda jungles and the sound of drumbeats far off in the distance."

It is quiet apparent that Mongo certainly loves beating the drums as testified in the short video below. You can almost see the far away look in his eyes as he pounds on the skins and he somewhat resembles Ringo Starr of the Beatles. Maybe it's the hair.

When last seen Mongo was in search of some Ben Gay for his aching shoulders.

Please click on video below to see Mongo's latest rendition of "Something In The Air Tonight" accompanied by non other than Phil Collins.

Runaway Wheel

How do you explain this one to your insurance agent? Keep your eye on the loose wheel.

Pennsylvania Chief Dies Responding to Fire

Pennsylvania Chief Dies Responding to Fire - In The Line Of Duty:

"The Elizabeth Borough fire chief died while headed to an overnight fire at a vacant bar. The flames started around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday at a bar on North Water Street at Lower Mill Street. Chief Lenny Bailey lived across the street and was on his way to the fire when he apparently had a heart attack. He was given CPR at the scene, but later died. The fire marshal is calling the fire suspicious. Bailey was also a councilman."

Friday, August 31, 2007

Miracles Still Happen

Everyone once in a while we need to stop and express our gratitude publicly, to give credit where credit is due.

Some of the Windsor firefighters may have been at the funeral service in Burlington for Firefighter Wayne Topping and knowing we were in the area noticed we were not present.

Well, we were at the HIU (Heart Investigation Unit) of Hamilton General Hospital recovering from a miracle.

Jeannie (my wife of 8 weeks) was admitted for a simple angiogram due to some significant changes noted by her cardiologist. Some of you may know she has coped (very well) with cardiomyopathy (heart disease) for about 30 years.

When the angiogram was preformed the cardiologist reported to her that they had found her problem and that they were going to fix it. When she asked if he meant “now” he replied “oh yes”. It is normal for this cardiac unit to proceed whenever possible to correct a problem while the patient is right there instead of making another appointment. Jeannie reports that during the procedure the doctors and staff were fantastic, always checking her condition and very attentive to her but she did hear the talk of “stents and sutures”. After the procedure we discovered that miracles still happen in a matter of moments. Jeannie’s main heart artery (LAD), the one that is responsible for sudden death heart attacks with usually no chance for CPR, was more than 90% blocked and the doctors began edging a catheter balloon in by millimeters, enlarging the balloon, followed by an 8mm stent. Just as they had almost reached the other side of the blockage the artery tore. This is where credit is due, the doctor and staff calmly, efficiently and, we believe directed by God, inserted a 2nd stent (12mm) and sutured the artery around both stents in a mater of moments.

We thank God the physicians and staff for this miracle. Jeannie’s goal has always been to dance at her grandchildrens' weddings; recently we danced with them at ours. Less than 48 hours ago it looks like that goal will be a go.

We would appreciate you saying thanks for the miracles your have in your life, either big or small, and of course would appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts for a continued rapid recovery.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

South Carolina Shines

Well, well, well... Let's all hale the next generation shall we? Who says the future is doomed??? Just imagine Miss Teen South Carolina in the White House.
Ok, now that I've had my fun ... where did I leave my car keys????

Sunday, August 26, 2007


September 14, 15, 16

14th Gala Dinner at McKenzie Hall $55

Each Ticket Has the Opportunity to Win a Weekend in Toronto by VIA Rail

(Winner will be drawn Sunday evening)

Entertainment by ‘General Brock’

Fireworks @ 9:30 at the foot of Mill St

15th @ 11:00 AM Parade 40 Entries Including Caribbean Dancers and Steel Drum Band

@ 2:00 Reenactment of Slaves crossing to freedom, complete with Bounty Hunters, Participants assisting the slaves will be 1st Nation, Dutch & French. This event is being filmed for release throughout North America.

16th Continuing with all venues.****

Steak Dinner Bedford United Church

**** Throughout the 3 day events

Special Events all day activities for kids, on going Gospel choirs, and continuous entertainment

Free Hot Dogs for the kids.

Food, Rib Dinners $15.00 Chicken Dinners $12 @ the Mill

Multiple Vendors at the Riverfront

Contact Information & Tickets for the Gala

Counselor Ron Jones

Office 519-252-1005


Proceeds towards the restoration efforts of Sandwich Baptist Church

Fallen Firefighter's Entourage

On the morning of Friday August 24th a Burlington ON firefighter died while performing an extrication exercise. Wayne Topping, 45, collapsed before a panel of judges after completing a scenario with his teammates at a competition in Indiana.

The message below from the Windsor Fire & Rescue Services dispatch supervisor describes Wayne Topping's final ride home from the United States.

It is at times such as these when we as firefighters, retired or active, realize what a proud profession we all are a part of.

On behalf of my wife, Jeannie, who's ideas fueled the concept of The Phoenix Blog, and myself we share in the sorrow of fire fighter Topping's family and the brothers and sisters of the Burlington Fire Department

Don't know if you had heard about this FF or not. But his body was brought back to Canada today around noon. He had a police escort (Michigan State Police) all the way to the bridge where he was met by the Windsor Fire dept and Burlington fire fighters and OPP. They had a ceremony of sorts where they draped his casket with the Canadian Flag before escorting him out of the City with the OPP escorting him. Engine 5 stood at the corner of Huron Church and Cabana and LaSalle stood on the other side of the street.

As he drove on the 401, he was met by Lakeshore Fire Dept who escorted him to the County Lines where he was then escorted by Chatham Kent. After that, it was London and St Thomas.

Sometimes it just makes you proud to be here!

Burlington firefighter dies in contest

BURLINGTON -- An Ontario firefighter who died suddenly during an international fire extrication competition in Indianapolis, Ind., will receive a full fire department funeral.

Wayne Topping, 45, collapsed before a panel of judges after completing a scenario with his teammates from the Burlington Fire Department on Friday morning.

The married father of two sons and one stepson was originally from St. Thomas, but moved to Burlington several years ago.

Topping joined the Burlington Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter in 1998 and became a full-time firefighter in 2000.

He was recognized twice with an award for best medic in his two years with the department's auto extrication team.

The funeral is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Fire Alarms and Children

Here's a disturbing video regarding fire alarms and how they could not wake kids up during an alarm.

Arkansas Firefighter Dies From Fall

A volunteer firefighter from Arkansas was killed Friday morning from injuries sustained in a fall from a bridge.

Lt. Paul D. Baker, 39, of Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department, lost his footing while involved in an extrication of a patient from a single-vehicle crash on the I-30 bridge over the Saline River.

Baker fell about 40 feet, landing on the river bank.

Some rescue personnel from Benton and Turtle Creek ran to assist him, while others remained with the seriously injured, trapped patient, said Benton Fire Chief Ben Blankenship.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Ontario Deputy Chief Killed in Crash

Ontario Deputy Chief Killed in Crash - In The Line Of Duty

Addington Highlands deputy fire chief was killed in a fatal collision Sunday afternoon responding to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 7.

William Salmond, 65, was driving a fire department tanker truck, heading eastbound on Flinton Road to respond to a motor vehicle collision on Highway 7 in Kaladar.

As the truck approached the intersection with Highway 41, Salmond was unable to stop the vehicle and it went through the intersection, struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle and rolled into the east ditch. Salmond was ejected from the vehicle.

North Carolina Chief Dies at Firehouse

North Carolina Chief Dies at Firehouse - In The Line Of Duty

SWEPSONVILLE, N.C. -- Funeral arrangements are set for Saturday for the deputy fire chief found dead in his bunk here Wednesday morning.

Jerry Donley, 45, had been engaged in a firefighting operation on Monday, and reported for duty on Tuesday as scheduled. He cleaned up equipment from the fire, and responded on EMS calls during his shift.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Latest Update On George

I copied this from the Fire website regarding George.

Update - George Copeland - Wheeling About

August 7th, 2007 :

I went to see George the other day. George was nowhere to be found. I called him later that evening and George said he was outside riding around on his new motorized chair. He is moving his right arm enough to operate the joy stick on the chair. The staff has been working with him in therapy from 8:30-4:30 each day. He still has tingling in his legs and is encouraged by that. He feels he has some new freedom with his chair and every opportunity he has he leaves the hospital to enjoy the sun. There is a maze of sidewalks around the property and he uses every part of it. George has a good positive attitude. He says wherever the road goes for him he will still not loose hope. He always has visitors from the guys at the firehall and he thanks them. The staff all love him and speak highly of George. What's not to like. He has always been a charmer. George always enjoys his visitors. He does get tired after his therapy during the weekdays. He enjoys his Saturdays and Sundays as there is no therapy on those days.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Global Warming Consequences

Now here is what could really actually happen if we don't start to pay attention to "Global Warming"..... Save the Polar Bears from this terrible consequence!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Adventures of the New Deputy

Alas, another stolen audio tape that was delivered to me via an inside source. The following was recorded just after "Big Al" Reaume took over the reins as the second Deputy Chief's position.

sound of knocking on door

Old Deputy: Come in

BA (Big Al): Good morning, "Chief" (chuckle, chuckle)

OD (Old Deputy): Good morning, Al; can I help you with something?

BA: Ya, start clearing out your desk... I'm taking over the office.

OD: No way... I was here first!

BA: I know you were but this is where Pat used to sit and I want it. Besides, there's a new sheriff in town and I'm it.

OD: Gee, where did you pick that line up from???

BA: I got that famous line from Matt Beasley when he transferred to the Training Division years ago.

OD: Oh ok....

Sound of more knocking on door

BA & OD: Come in. (nice harmonizing)

New Assistant (Q): Hi Team, does anyone know where my new office is?

BA & OD: NO... come back in five minutes; were busy here.

Q: OK.... I'll be back in 10.

Sound of door closing.

BA: Now, let me see ... where will I put my new desk?

OD: NEW DESK????? You're getting a new desk????????????

BA: Of course; New Deputy equals New Desk; get it???

OD: Well... then I want a new desk too!!!

BA: No problem ... but you'll have to find a new office to fit it in... hahahaha.

OD: Hey, no problem ... as long as I get a new desk... I can work anywhere.

BA: Hummm... well, the hose tower is usually empty... maybe we can fit you in down there.....

OD: No way... I want a window in my office!

Sound of knocking on door

Q: Can I come in now?

BA: Sure.. welcome to the new team

OD: Well.... What about that new window????????

BA: Q, contact one the firefighters and see who installs windows and give them a call for the hose tower, ok?

Q: Sure; wow my first task as the new Assistant....

OD: Great.. I'll start moving some stuff to my new office.

Sound of knocking on door

BA (aka New Deputy): Come in...

Chief: Good morning BA; welcome to your new position; how are things going this morning?

BA: Just fine, Chief ... everything is under control.

Sound of phone ringing...

BA: Hello, New Deputy Chief Reaume talkin' at ya

Tapak: Hi Al... say, Pal, ... are you looking for a third Deputy Chief? I'm available you know.

BA: Bob who?????

Sound of phone ringing

Percy: Hi Al..... This is ....... Percy...

Sound of phone....


And so... the tape ends at this spot... but clearly it will be continued... and a special thank you for all the inside sources that contributed to this story.... I do believe this is a home grown

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Ohio Firefighter Falls from Truck in Station, Dies

Ohio Firefighter Falls from Truck in Station, Dies - In The Line Of Duty

MECHANICSBURG, Ohio-- Village firefighter Jon Trainer died Tuesday night from injuries he suffered from an accident at the fire station, 18 N. Main St. Trainer was 38. He fell off a fire truck parked inside the fire station, hit his head on the concrete floor and was killed, Chief Gary Shonkwiler said. Trainer slipped and fell about 9 p.m. Tuesday while he was laying a hose used to fight a house fire earlier in the evening back in place in a bed on top of the truck. Trainer, who was not wearing a helmet, fell 8 to 10 feet and suffered head injuries, Shonkwiler said.

Monday, July 09, 2007

It's Official... We're Married

It's now official.... Jeannie and I are married... check out our Wedding Website at

Friday, July 06, 2007

Utah Fire Chief Killed in Crash

Utah Fire Chief Killed in Crash - In The Line Of Duty:

"SARATOGA SPRINGS - For a fire chief who died Thursday after his truck plunged from a cliff into Deer Creek Reservoir, colleagues here echoed a consistent refrain: A big man leaves a big void.

'He's irreplaceable on so many fronts,' city fire Capt. Tayna Kahn said of Chief Michael J. Penovich.

The 38-year-old chief was driving a fire department pickup truck south on U.S. Highway 189 after a meeting in Heber City about 10 a.m., when the pickup veered off an 80-foot embankment to the west. Police said the truck bounced off the ground and into the reservoir, where authorities found Penovich dead in the cab under 50 feet of water.

Firefighters gathered tearfully near the half-staff flag outside the Saratoga Springs fire station Thursday evening to eulogize the man they called 'Teddy Bear' for his immense stature and gentle demeanor.

'You heard his voice on the radio, and it just had a calming effect,' said Todd Butterfield, a firefighter in nearby Cedar Fort, where Penovich was chief for six years before taking the top post in Saratoga Springs in April 2006."

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Crash Kills Indiana Volunteer Enroute to Call

Crash Kills Indiana Volunteer Enroute to Call - In The Line Of Duty:

"A volunteer firefighter was killed in a crash Monday afternoon shortly after being asked to help with a field fire, authorities said.

Dennise M. Leslie, 37, of Freedom was driving to the Coal City Volunteer Fire Department in a pickup truck when she swerved to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle on Stockton Road in Owen County.

She lost control of her pickup truck, which rolled and struck a tree just west of Rey Cemetery Road, the Owen County Sheriff's Office said.

Leslie died at the crash site, authorities said.

Leslie was driving to the fire department because she was called to help battle a field fire on Egenolf Road, police said."

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Firehall Restaurant

Here's a little video we put together for The Firehall Restaurant in Oakville. I think they call this free advertising : ) Anytime your in the vicinity drop in.... they have the best wings ever..and Tuesday is the 2 for 1 special.

The link for the restaurant is

Chief Tapak Leaving Tecumseh Fire???

Can it be so??? Chief "Neveroutofwork" Tapak is reportedly leaving Tecumseh Fire on Friday, June 29th!!!
When one thinks on it it makes perfectly good sense. Looking for work now will afford him the opportunity to find a "higher up" position probably in Florida. In the event that the Chief is really fortunate he may even land a wonderful location such as Orlando so he can visit Disneyworld when his work day is done. The Chief has always loved Disneyworld and has a curious affection for the Teacup Ride. He also has confided in me that he just melts when he enters the Magic Castle. "I just feel sooooooo special whenever I walk through the majestic arches.", the Chief said.
when last seen the Chief was perusing a travel magazine with a rather large smile on his face.

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