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Week in Review: February 25, 2011

Fri, 25 Feb 2011|



[MUSIC] Hi, and welcome to Fire Engineering's weekend review. I'm your host, Bobby Halton, editor and chief of Fire Engineering Magazine. And this week we're brought to you by the Fire Department Instructors Conference. We are only three weeks away from the official beginning of spring and the annual pilgrimage of the faithful to FDIC. This year we're anticipating almost 30,000 firefighters we'll be joining you in Indianapolis for the world's greatest conference and exhibition. And this is just not a cliché line. Go to the website and you'll see that hands-on training evolutions are filling up fast. 11 classes are posted as completely sold out and space is limited in the remaining spots. There's a reason why FDIC hands-on training sells out. It's being conducted by the very best fire service instructors in the world. At prices that are far below the cost of regional training workshops are starting to fill up fast as well. So go online today at fdic.com and get registered. This year FDIC there are 18 hands on training evolutions being taught by over a 190 instructors there are 78 workshops. With around a 100 instructors Monday and Tuesday. Followed by 224 classes over the next three days. You don't see anything close to that anywhere else, and you probably never will. That's why there is only one FDIC. And when you're there remember, Wednesday night is the Fool's Bash, Thursday night is the Courage and Valor 5k, followed by Stop Drop and Rock'n'Roll. Friday night, we have the Battle of the Bands, followed by Union Night over at the museum. And in between we have the Combat Challenge, the National Fallen Firefighter Stair Climb and dozens of other events and activities provided for your entertainment and your time off. Oh, yeah. In between, there are a few bars reported to be open in the area, I think all week. And now let's take a look at the weekend review. Safer grants are coming to the rescue in Atlanta where 75 fire fighters are schedule to benefit from this grant of 9.8 million. Also, the city of Trenton has receiving 18 million for 61 firefighters over the next two years. Our friends in Sacramento have been awarded 11 million for 51 firefighters in the Sacramento region. We had some blogging about SAFER earlier in the week regarding the fact that the House of Representatives has passed on a budget guaranteeing SAFER funding to the Senate. Which has not taken up this bill. Be sure to call your senator and let them know that you want them to pass a budget, and you want the fire accruent, and safer preserved. Layoffs continue in Michigan. Alan Park Fire Department sent out layoff notices to the entire fire department, indicating that the layoffs would take place in 30 days. In San Jose, California, due to a looming budget crisis in California, potentially 145 firefighters and 364 cops could be laid off before the end of the year. And in sudden tragic news, an investigation's now underway to determine whether or not substandard construction. And substandard inspection techniques. Were used in the building of an on sight house for filming purposes. Which caught fire killing veteran Los Angeles city firefighter Glen Allen. Glen was killed when he responded to a house fire in Hollywood hills. He was among six other L A firefighters. Who were injured when a partial ceiling collapse occurred during a fire. Glen was 61 years of age and was eligible for retirement. He saw the birth of his first grandchild a week earlier. He had 36 years in service with the city of Los Angeles. Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends, the brothers and sisters. In Los Angeles, who we know will miss Glen greatly. Please keep your eyes posted on FireEngineering.com for the unveiling of our new and exclusive bloggers training site where the very best training bloggers are going to be assembled in one location for your constant review and reference. It'll be unlike any other blogging site in the world. It will not contain opinions on bob slides or needlepoint or someone's thoughts about Republicans or Democrats. It will not contain the vast experience of the two-year veteran of East Nowhereville who writes under the pen name Fire Hero. Rather it is going to contain solid training information backed up by solid experience, written by people who you know and who you trust. No fancy screen names, no smoking mirrors and no one hit wonders. Real solid information from real solid people. Look for it coming soon at FireEngineering.com. Also fireengineering.com is gonna have a complete makeover to be unveiled sometime mid April to early May. So come see the brand new fireengineering.com. Remember friends that FDIC is just about 20 days away. So start packing up your bunker gear, grab your fool's helmet. Dust off your fireman's chore jacket, and let the family know you'll be in Indianapolis from March 21st to March 26th. I'm Bobby Halton; that's the news, and remember, be careful out there

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