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    Great post Dalmatian90!

    Sounds like you have things pretty well in order in Connecticut!
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    Mr. 958 posts. I think it is lovely how you believe you are big enough to attack the entire western fire service with your posts.

    Grow up!

    If you can't focus on the topic don't bother to answer.

    Do you guys follow any of the national standards in regard to training, ie red cards etc, or is it a first come first serve thing...you get what you get if it comes?

    Being bound by a mutual aid plan, is that what the term "scratch on the call" in Toland means. Bound until you don't respond? I saw that several times in one week. Rigs running with one guy, etc. Is that what bound means? Seems like lots of fire departments with real expensive fire trucks, lots of guys at drill at night and none around during the day for calls. But I was only in two of the counties you listed.

    So you respond to a region of the state? Do you go convoy or individual resource? Who leads the MA?

    Wonderfully professional of you to list fire departments by name and say they self dispatched to the pile. Is it too hard for you to understand folks with red cards who run huge events several months a year throghout the US are likely to get invited real early to such events? And stay for weeks. Even though they are not on a USAR team. Not people from no where USA with zero experience?

    Ready to take some more shots at the US fire service?

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    Larry!

    Welcome back!!! Ready to tell us why you left Fire Rescue?

    If anyone knows what Larry is talking about, please fill me in. It's funny to see how he reacts when someone like Dalmation posts an informative and all-inclusive reply that covers all the bases.

    If anyone else knows why Larry left Fire-Rescue ... please let us know!!!

    Careful Dalmation, you're debating with someone who was on a 1,000 Alarm brush fire.

    Stay Safe and don't kill anyone Larry

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    Lovelock...if goofy ideas sold for $20.OO a barrel, I'd want the drilling rights to your head.

    First, convergence of uninvited "help" has happened at every disaster...manmade or otherwise...in the United States with no exceptions. So your information on Loma Prieda - and other disaster w/ an organized mutual aid, blah, blah, blah...rarely having convergence, etc (I don't remember your exact words) is wrong. The problem is so widespread that you can read about it in almost any emergency management journal.

    Secondly, why would I want a plan for 500 fire engines and 1500 firefighters to be dispatched simultaneously? Why is simultaneous dispatch important if they have an order they are supposed to come in anyway? Depending on the scale of an incident, the people you think will show up have problems of their own. ...and who is this person that is coordinating and commanding this? I hope he or she is at work that day. For us, all mutual aid would just fall into the expanding ICS system w/ the EOC operating to coordinate the multiple scenes in a wide-spread incident.

    Dooms-day planning can definitely be taken too far. All the logistical stuff...fuel, food, port-a-johns, lodging, admin, etc...are addressed in nearly all emergency management plans. It isn't important for line firefighter to even know what most of the plan states, so asking people on here is a waste of time....that isn't our job.

    If this is a 1000 alarm grass fire you may have room for a designated spot for 1500 fire men and 500 fire apparatus to show up. You can stick them in a 100 acre field or something. However, anyone involved in emergency management knows that what works for one jurisdiction will not necessarily work for any other jurisdiction. So give us a break already w/ what you think is right for us when you have no idea what our capabilities are.


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    Gee the topic was northeast REGION. Is Texas in the Northeast? Ok let's expand the scope. Yeah what works one place won't work somewhere else. Like what water, pumpers, ladder trucks, firefighters, hose, nozzles, floodlights, radios, axes, saws, extrication gear, WHAT??? But things that work do in fact work. ICS works everywhere. Statewide mutual aid works. Places without it look pretty silly.

    I can't recall anyone talking about wildland fires either. Ok you want to try to talk intelligently about large wildland events, Garland huh?

    Try showing up with your firefighters or fire truck to a major event in a practicing statewide mutual aid state, or USDA, Park Service or BLM event. You won't get by staging without an invite or paper work.

    Certainly being from Texas you understand the dangers of volunteering away from the job at someone else's call without your pension/insurance benefits going with you? And all the issues of not keeping track of ones firefighters?

    Why 1500 guys or 500 rigs? Well the firefighters have to get there somehow. The most common piece of apparatus is an engine. It is the tool box most departments run. But it was simply an example. In August I recall two 300 plus engine responses at the same time 75 miles apart. Take what you need. So fill in the blanks yourself. Would it have made sense to send 1500 guys to Harris, FT Bend County area for the floods a few months ago? By car, truck, engine, bus??

    Ya think they could have used the help if there was a way to call for it? Say 100 boats? If it was already laid out? Sure in three days most people were not on their roofs or stranded on an overpass anymore. But wouldn't same day or next service been better than 3??? Why shouldn't one call bring you what ever you want in a logical method and order? It works lots of other places. You'd rather have a bunch of sincerely wrong guys operating boats making rescues or a bunch of trained folks?

    Did I ever say anything about Loma Preida and convergence?? NO. Go ahead and read whatever you want or go watch and live it in real life.

    "why would I want a plan for 500 fire engines and 1500 firefighters to be dispatched simultaneously? "

    Because you want them??? You want them now? Because they are far away and the sooner you ask the sooner they arrive? Because you plan on using them? It doesn't matter if the number is 50 or 1000 does it? You asked you want. Never heard ask early?

    "Why is simultaneous dispatch important if they have an order they are supposed to come in anyway?"

    Open your little emergency planning journal to the Oakland Hills Fire. Did the closest companies get dispatched first? No, an hour into the event they did. Why because the emergency planners couldn't think as big as the event. You have to use all the resources in your own county first right? Even when they are further away than a whole lot of other counties. That is a real life example of emergency planners in action.

    "Depending on the scale of an incident, the people you think will show up have problems of their own"

    Maybe and maybe not. Did Katy flood when the adjoining county flooded? When resources are committed does thepln take that into account? It better. When command A asked for his 300 engines how did dispatch fill Command B's request for 300 engines? The plan addressed the need. DUH!

    "and who is this person that is coordinating and commanding this"

    I posted the Santa Clara Plan it explains perfectly. Want more type OES Santa Clara. It is one version of the most used and tested plan in the US.

    "? I hope he or she is at work that day. "

    YOu'll note there is a schedule for every day and hour of the year and the ability to bring overhead teams in on rotation from all over the US.

    "Dooms-day planning can definitely be taken too far. "

    Not really, the process to move one is the same to move 27,000. It happens every year. moving 6000 guys here, 400 engies here, cashes for 22,500 guys there, etc. It is all about thinking about the future. A couple months back your state had a fire with H2S running down the main street of a town. In a few hours all the water in town was gone. Was it predictable? Yep. NFPA says you can't put out a fire in tank larger than 120 feet in diameter. Good thing the guy who put out the 225 foot diameter tank didn't follow NFPA and planned on it.

    "All the logistical stuff...fuel, food, port-a-johns, lodging, admin, etc...are addressed in nearly all emergency management plans. It isn't important for line firefighter to even know what most of the plan states, so asking people on here is a waste of time....that isn't our job."

    Oh, I'm sorry, these boards are only for rookie firefighters? No officers or firefighters who will be asked to fill an ICS position at an emergency? No one here will ever sit on a committee?

    "So give us a break already w/ what you think is right for us when you have no idea what our capabilities are."

    Well let's see, Texas: Your department uses a Grace T PAss system, your adjoining county has 12 of its 26 fire departments do an inadequate job of providing protection for businesses and homeowners, More than one-third of the suburban fire departments in the Dallas-Fort Worth area rank among the worst in the state, 33% of your fire departments can't sustain 250 gpm, the average compliance to NFPA in your state is 30%, your largest fire departments staff to 50% or less of 2 in 2 out, you pay some of the highest fire insurance premiums in the US. Average ISO grade a Class 7. What else is there to know? Did I leave anything out?

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    Once again...an individual has changed the theme of the thread to promote his own "I know everything about firefighting agenda".


    Dalmatian 90 may have 958 or something posts, but the threads that he starts and the answers he gives to other's threads are rational and intelligent.

    At least he hasn't been banned from the forums and has had to come back as an alter (or should that be "I am a firefighting god pray at my altar") ego?
    The man has more personalities than Sybil!

    Can we get back on the topic now? To refresh one's memory, it was about the suspension of firefighters for going to the WTC disaster against orders.

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    Mr. 958 posts. I think it is lovely how you believe you are big enough to attack the entire western fire service with your posts.
    Grow up!


    ROFLMAO, Larry.

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    Back to the original topic....some guys from a neighboring dept. grabbed their gear and drove to NY. They came back expecting to be heros. No one talked to them, exept to tell them they were stupid.
    Do we want to go to the "big one" a few towns over? Yes. Do we go unless asked? No, of course not. It's discipline, and it is part of the job, one of the most important parts. It also seperates the pros from the wannabes, whatever type of department they come from.

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    Matt Kivela CT ferry tales.

    Examples of your fables...

    Tolland -- 4 Stations
    [i]Stations average 3 to 5 Engines and Engine-Tankers each >/i>
    Matt Kivela's inference to the fact daytime staffing is low during the day Matt Kivela replies Most of the departments in Tolland County are combination with paid day staffing. Interesting.

    So shall we check Matt Kivela fairy tale?

    FACT: They have 5 members of there duty crew.

    FACT: Should we believe all 5 are on duty every day of the week?

    FACT: No one is ever on a day off, sick, vactation, out of town, etc?

    FACT: Shall we assume that Tolland will send all of there rigs to someone elses fires not leaving a rig home to protect themselves?

    The Matt Kivela fairy tale tells us you all the departments apparatus total up to 360 rigs he can get on mutual aid.

    OK, Matt Kivela says Tolland has 4 stations. Matt Kivela says each station has 3 to 5 engines. SO let's check Matt Kivela math. 4 times 3 = 12 and 4 times 5 equals 20.

    SO TELL US Matt Kivela THE FAIRY TALE MAN

    HOW 5 DUTY CREW GUYS STAFF 12 TO 20 RIGS?

    TELL US HOW A DEPARTMENT WITH A GRAND TOTAL OF 60 VOLUNTEER MEMBERS CAN STAFF 12 TO 20 ENGINES 24 HOURS A DAY?

    I mentioned they were running with one guy per rig or simply not responding.

    Matt Kivela will have you believe that 60 volunteers are always ready. The special fairy tale CT type. We all know if you are lucky 50% at best are ever ready to respond 24 hours a day. Some might find 33% a better bet. THAT'S NOT ONE PER RIG?

    Matt Kivela when does the fairy tale stop? Shall we do each fire department together? You want to see an entire counties ISO response to structure fire facts?

    Support data: You will find the fairy tale man, Matt Kivela made up the number of engines Tolland owns.

    THEY HAVE 6 total engines Matt Kivela NOT 12 OR 20 LIKE Matt Kivela MADE UP.

    if you make up the little things how can anyone believe you on the big things Matt Kivela? Like, "every station has 3 to 5 engines?" Matt Kivela you know the facts none of Tolland's stations have 3 to 5 engines. Nice fairy tale though!!!!!

    The five full-time Public Safety Officers supplement the Department during daytime hours, names are: John Littell, James Toomey, Dennis Carlson, Joe Duval, and Dale Zahner.

    From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday and all weekends, a public safety officer is on duty to assure department leadership on a continuous basis.

    Matt Kivela, how do 5 guys on 12 hour shifts 7 days a week staffing 6 rigs average anything but less than one per rig? Matt Kivela brags about partial OSHA compliance, well 2 in 2 out???????

    Feel free to call 860 871-3681 and ask for Chief John Littell to verify the above Matt Kivela statements are fairy tales.

    Now if Matt Kivela is off 200 to 300% on this small portion of his post what else is he off???????

    Vernon doesn't have 3 to 5 engines per station either, or, or, or... Nice try at bragging about the region you obviously know nothing about.

    Matt Kivela the fairy tale man. Coventry doesn't have 25% of what you say they have. LOL

    I bet we can find lots more holes,shall we?

    OH SEEING AS HOW YOU ARE DELETING ALL YOUR POSTS ON THIS TOPIC I THOUGHT I'D POST WHAT YOU WROTE SO YOU CAN CONVIENTLY DELETE
    EVERYTHING AGAIN!! SURPRISING HOW YOR ABOVE POSTS ARE BEING DELETED...WHAT'S WRONG?

    360 rigs that can talk togheter?
    Yep. 33.90, common region wide PL. At least the following Towns have capability on 33.90:
    (Town, # Fire Stations, + Other fire/rescue resources)
    Somers -- 1 Station
    Stafford -- 3 Stations + AMR Base
    Union -- 1 Station
    Woodstock -- 3 Stations
    Thompson -- 5 Stations
    East Windsor -- 2 Stations
    Ellington -- 2 Stations
    Vernon -- 5 Stations + Ambulance Station + Rockville Medics
    Tolland -- 4 Stations
    Willington -- 3 Stations
    Ashford -- 2 Stations
    Eastford -- 1 Station
    Pomfret -- 1 Station
    Putnam -- 2 Stations + Ambulance Station + QV Medics + AMR Substation
    Killingly -- 6 Stations + Ambulance Station
    Brooklyn -- 3 Stations
    Hampton -- 1 Station
    Chaplin -- 1 Station
    Windham -- 4 Stations + Windham Medics, Dive Team, and Eastern Connecticut Firemans Training School
    Mansfield -- 4 Stations
    Coventry -- 3 Stations
    Bolton -- 1 Station
    Andover -- 1 Station
    Columbia -- 1 Station
    Hebron -- 3 Stations
    Lebanon -- 1 Station
    Scotland -- 1 Station
    Canterbury -- 1 Station
    Plainfield -- 4 Stations + Ambulance Station
    Sterling -- 2 Stations
    Voluntown -- 1 Station
    Griswold -- 2 Stations + Ambulance Station
    Lisbon -- 1 Station
    Sprague -- 1 Station
    Franklin -- 1 Station
    Colchester -- 2 Stations
    Salem -- 2 Stations
    Bozrah -- 1 Station
    (Above departments are operate PRIMARILY on 33.90 and are dispatched on 33.80, those below use 33.90 as a mutual aid frequency, with other dispatch channels
    Norwich -- 7 Stations + American Ambulance + LifeStar 2 base
    Preston -- 2 Stations
    North Stonington -- 2 Stations
    Stonington -- 5 Stations
    Groton -- 12 (?) Stations
    New London -- 3 Stations
    Montville -- 5 Stations
    Ledyard -- 3 Stations + Ambulance Station
    Waterford -- 5 Stations
    East Lyme -- 3 Stations
    Lyme -- 2 Stations
    Old Lyme -- 2 Stations
    Let's see, off the top of my head thats 135 Stations. Stations average 3 to 5 Engines and Engine-Tankers each with few exceptions. Even taking the lower number, that's 405 Engines and Engine-Tankers.

    Without looking up on the lists, I believe there's also 31 Aerials within those towns.

    They all have 33.90 capability. So there's your 360 trucks.

    Oh, by the way, all those department on the top of the list that operate primarily on 33.90? They also all are dispatched on the same 33.80 system simulcast on 152.0075 and will eventually share the region wide alpha paging system. More over, they're dispatched by 4 regional dispatch centers (plus 2 small ones that do one department each). Each of the 4 regional centers are set up to serve as backup for the other 3. I wouldn't want to be working there if it happens...but we could have to evacuate 3 of the 4 regional centers and still be able to tone every department the "33.90 Group", still talk to every fire truck in Eastern Connecticut, still receive every 911 call since the phone company will redirect them from one center to another.

    Stripping coverage should be part of the plan.
    Gosh, I guess we don't plan to **strip** coverage -- is that what they do out west? With over 400 Engines in our mutual aid area, we can deploy 360 engines and still have 40 engines on standby.

    Did I mention that since the 1950s, all those towns above have been bound by written mutual aid plans? Each Fire Chief signs with his Fire Chiefs Association, then the Fire Chiefs Association execute mutual aid agreements between the associations -- Tolland County Fire Mutual Aid System, Willimantic Area Fire Switchboard, Quinebaug Valley Fire Chiefs Association, and the New London County Fire Chiefs Association.

    Tell us who leads them to the scene,
    That is the role of the County Coordinators and there assistants -- normally senior Fire Chiefs from each county who get "volunteered." Yep, we could do a better job with the County Coordinators, but they do exist.

    that everyone has maps
    Fortunately, Eastern Connecticut is compact enough firefighters will know the location given for tertiary and secondary staging locations, from where better directions can be given if needed by the staging officers.

    that there are traine leaders who meet the same rules from 1 to 360th rig.
    Training is very similiar throughout the area, all three counties share the same training center at Willimantic as well as attending the more advanced State Fire Academy.

    Yes, individual department standards may vary for Officer qualifications, but it's a nice thing on large deployments like a disaster we'd deploy on a company basis. Give an officer an order...a fundemental bit of training out here whether Firefighter or Officer is if you're asked to do something you don't feel comfortable with or don't have the training to do, you explain that to the person giving you orders.

    Part of this is requesting commanders can be selective -- if you need grunt help, you can ask for all available personnel. If you need specialized help, you ask for that.

    For the WTC Stand-by State OEM requirements where) 1. All FFII or above (including Haz Mat Ops); 2. Food, bedding, and support gear to be independent except for water and fuel for 5 days.

    When they arrive the process of reporting in.
    You report to the assigned staging areas, those are set by the needs and location of the incident. First arriving officer becomes the Staging Officer until he passes that assignment or is relieved.

    Primary staging is in the immediate vicinity of the incident, and has a primary staging officer and staff to track incoming and assigned resources.

    Secondary staging is at a convient parking area -- typically near a major intersection and often at a fire station. Kept a bit away from the scene, these are units Incident Command doesn't know if or where to deploy yet. Quite common during establishing long lays to keep unneccessary equipment back until water supply is established.

    Tertiary Staging is the step between stand-by in quarters and Secondary Staging during major incidents. It may be a move up to a secondary staging location in the quarters of another company, or it may be an assembly point for larger forces such as the Firefighters Training School or a shopping plaza. For a campaign deployment outside of region, the Eastern Connecticut Firefighters Training School is the mobilization point, as it has radio communications, it has class rooms for briefings, has shower & kitchen facilities if needed, and has the room to stage a significant sized task force.

    Ops request personnel & equipment. Command either asks primary staging to send it up, or on large incidents the County Coordinators take over that function for Command. They stand next to Command, command says "I need four more engines." and the Coordinators coordinate the move-ups from primary staging and refilling primary from secondary staging.

    Who is authorized to buy fuel, meals, or repairs.
    If it is for an emergency need for my department, any officer is authorized by the Chief and Board of Directors. Further, the Chief has been given Standing Approval for expenditures upto $10,000 directly related to the management of an emergency. That $10,000 may not sound like much but in a town our size, that goes a long way and gives him flexibility to act without consultation first with the Town Selectmen or Fire Co. Board of Directors.

    The Town itself in the end is responsible for fuel, meals, repairs, and other costs of mutual aid received. And the First Selectmen/Mayor/Manager depending on your government structure is the official with the emergency powers to engage in contracts as needed.


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    I guess I'm just a little proud of our area -- yep, we could improve. But it's not like we've never setup systems like California. Then again, we don't have the need in Eastern Connecticut to go much beyond the mutual aid system laid out above -- no cities larger than 50,000...no severe wildland fire hazard. Just a bunch of little, and many traditionally poor, towns that over the years had some good leaders who laid the foundation.

    This part of the thread started when you commented:
    Odds are self dispatch will continue until the region gets its act together and develops statewide and region wide automatic and mutual aid packs.

    Well, I just laid out in details those plans for Windham, Tolland, and New London Counties. Litchfield County which also regionally dispatches has similiar plans; Middlesex County is largely regionally dispatched too. Hartford and New Have County are organized under their respective county's Fire Chiefs Emergency Plans. Not sure of Fairfield County's plans. State OEM handles overall control when deploying out of state.

    The plans are there. The biggest achilles heel is the lack of discipline to keep them constantly updated and taught to everyone.

    No plan, no matter how good, matters for anything if the discipline isn't there to follow it.

    With our ability to muster 360 Engines, why was their so much self-dispatching to the WTC?

    Can't answer that -- our region wasn't called other than to an OEM Standby for possible deployment. Yeah, had a few self dispatchers too.

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    Larry, once again, has proven himself even more idiotic than we all could have ever thought. It's rather humorous to see that Larry, who in a previous forum made fun of departments for being ready every day of the week for a disaster similar to September 11th, is now saying that his department is, always was, and always will be. It's also rather humorous how Larry never actually says anything, he just rips apart other people's posts (with arguments that could just be made up lies since the rest of us don't have time or don't care enough to follow up on all the things that he says). Would everyone who cares what Larry has to say please stand up!!!

    Oh, sorry I stand corrected, we all do care what Larry has to say regarding why he left Fire Rescue. Spill it Larry!!!

    Stay Safe and don't kill anyone Larry!!!

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    Are you too telling fables? Maybe you could support the following quote of yours?

    "is now saying that his department is, always was, and always will be. "

    Please post the time and place that is written, nah just another li out of Dauphin County, PA !!!!!!

    "he just rips apart other people's posts "

    Well boy, put up or just say you are still lting!!!!!!!!!!

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    You're right Larry!

    Tolland County doesn't average a minimum of 3 Engines per station -- they only have 67 Engines in 24 stations, or 2.79 Engines/Station on average. Mon dieux, I was off by 7% for one county! I guess I didn't adjust my numbers to compensate for the fact that TN has 7 of the 15 single engine houses in Eastern Connecticut, six of which are in the towns you specified. Shame on me!
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    Well Larry, if that's not what you're saying, then you are only inferring it. And if you're not saying it, then what are you saying? That's right, nothing.

    What are you saying? ... while you're at it, why don't you say why you left Fire Rescue?

    Stay Safe and don't kill anyone, Larry

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    Larry! Thank god you're here to keep me advised. I'm actually terrified to be at work today...knowing how worthless the DFW area fire departments are...especially considering we don't have anyway to dispatch 500 engines/1500 firefighters simultaneously with one call.

    Any chance you might want to take over as chief of Garland? I think we could benefit from your bottomless pit of knowledge.

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    You clearly stated in your earlier post that Tolland Fire Department not Tolland County has 4 stations with 3 to 5 engines per station. Why can't you just admit you are wrong? Even the web page doesn't support your exagerations!

    Also admit the daytime staffing issue while you're at it and then finish up with you cannot get 360 engines either!

    Finally, when has the state ever had a major movement of comapnies that couldn't be counted in alarms? NEVER! Get real.

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    You clearly stated in your earlier post that Tolland Fire Department not Tolland County has 4 stations with 3 to 5 engines per station. Why can't you just admit you are wrong?

    Oh, let's see, because that's not what I wrote?

    This is what I wrote:
    Let's see, off the top of my head thats 135 Stations. Stations average 3 to 5 Engines and Engine-Tankers each with few exceptions.

    By the way Mlentocha, I see this is your first post, welcome to the forums!

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    It seems to me that this is a lesson in, heaven forbid, obeying orders and using common sense. Anyone who was ordered not to go to New York City and still went violated the most basic rules of our profession. Sure, we all wanted to go help our brothers in the FDNY. I seriously thought about it. But then my math skills took over....BIG PROBLEM + THOUSANDS OF FREELANCERS LOOKING TO MAKE A NAME FOR THEMSELVES = EVEN BIGGER PROBLEMS. I even heard a story that there were several career companies watching the events from a staging area on the opposite shore...obeying the command structure...and waiting for the word to respond....while tons of freelancing volunteers streamed in.

    Oh well. Some things never change.
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    Dalmation, you lie like a dog!

    You wrote, “Isn't Mlentocha, NV about 80 miles East of Fallon, NV? Gotta love Mapquest”. But you are even lying about that too!

    M Lentocha is easily found in the Tolland phone book for 30 years, not in Nevada.

    But back to your apparent lack of honesty. You wrote: “Tolland -- 4 Stations… average 3 to 5 Engines and Engine-Tankers “ posted 10-13-2001 10:00 PM Not even close. You don't know anything about this county, fire buff. Come on say it, you are still wrong and trying to cover it up. Be a real man.

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    LOL Larry.

    I had that bit about Mlentocha, NV up for about 5 minutes. Go ahead anyone...do it in Mapquest. Puts a star 80 miles east of Fallon...then I realized it didn't find anyplace, just put a star in the middle of the state. For that I apologize.

    No Larry, I did not write what your trying to tell me I wrote. Thank god you had good proof readers and copy editors in your days at Fire-Rescue, 'cause we see how poorly you write on the web.

    There is no person with common sense who would interpret what I wrote they way you are trying too. Your editing out key constructs of the post to try and make it so -- sorry, go sell it somewhere else 'cause the firefighters here aren't buying it.

    Nor do I think many people are going to believe Mlentocha isn't anything but another alter-ego of Larry H. Stevens. If you're not, go ahead and give me a call at 508.793.9137 -- it's my work phone, so just leave a voicemail, I'll return your call. Anybody wanna bet I don't get a call.
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    Dalmation, Larry is just another politician who will twist, turn, or otherwise contort anything to make it into what he wants. He will even do this with numbers and funding in order to "justify" cutting firefighter staffing ... which we all knows kills firemen.

    Stay Safe and don't kill anyone Larry

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    I praise the chief, and agree 100% with the decision.

    How would the chief had felt, if these "Stray" personnnel were seriously injured, or killed while assisting at Ground Zero?

    FDNY is capable of running there own ICS, and if the help is needed, they wil lcall for it. I am in no way taking away what these firefighters felt in their hearts, but it was not felt just by these select firefighters, it was felt by everyone in the USA and surrounding countries, with the exception of the "Pull starting towel heads".

    What would have happened to this sight if 1 million firefighter/civilians showed up on the scene? It would have made the situation allot worse than what it already was.

    Take Care and Be Safe

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    Way to go chief!!!!!!
    these firefighters were nothing more then FREELANCERS. They should have bought more "time off" for failing to obey a directive from the commisioner of Suffok Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services stating that no department should respond without being call for by Suffolk FRES.
    My department (in Suffolk) waited for the call. When we got it we responded and because we followed the "rules" we were called a few times.Yes, we had many members wanting to run right in there and even used the same pooor excuse that the mayor called for "all volunteers". The were told that they would be suspended if they did.
    We lost family, some good friends and many BROTHERS.
    When something happens STOP, TAKE A DEEP BREATH, SAY A PRAYER, WAIT FOR THE TONES, RESPOND AND ACT LIKE THE PROFESSIONAL THAT YOU ARE!

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    I guess these 4 firefighters did not know about the NYS Mutual Aid Plan. Something all FD's sign as far as I know. The reason there dept did nothig was that they were not asked to assest. The fire service is one in which all you really have to do to get more help is "ASK". OFPC could have activated the mutual aid plan and they could hve had more help than they neded. But you need to remember that in the begining they needed people w/ special skills and that is why USAR teams were rotated in and out of the scene. As for the 6 months suspention I judge it to be a little harsh, but hoe that at the end of it they are still there as members of the FD. FF's are too hard to come by to loose even a few.

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    The bottom line is that they disobeyed a direct order NOT to go into the city. They were therefore a hazard to the other firefighters, EMTs, etc. in the city since they were not requested to be there. I think the punishment absolutely fits the crime. They should be grateful they got off so easy. We ALL wanted to go help, but the rest of us used our heads and stayed at the station until we were called. The city appreciated that we did this...they didn't appreciate the freelancers that went into the city to get their pics in the paper. NO ONE is impressed with these baffoons. Stay safe out there.
    Never forget those who went before and sacrified to make us better and stronger as a fire service and a nation. 09-11-01 forever etched in time and our memories. God Speed Boys!

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