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  1. #21
    Vinny Del Giudice
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    Tim: Your reports from the South Pole have been very interesting. Regards from the Washington, D.C., area. Vinny.


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    turbotim66
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    well hello again. Just a short note to give you a update. We just had our mid-winter polar plunge. -45f ambiant temp, 28f water temp. it was darn cold. After I got done I had to go back to work as I was on shift and just had someone standing in for me. so I couldn't stay at the party. The Kiwi's throw a great party. well we finished the hose testing and now we are working on getting the arrf trucks ready for the airfield operations. I have just 4 months left on the ice. then a couple of months backpacking around Australia, New Zealand,Fiji, and Tahiti. Then back to the ice 2 months after that, for the winter-over 2000. talk at you later Tim

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    Tom Lafleur
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    Tahiti !!!!! OH to be single !!!!!! LOL

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    turbotim66
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    well just thought I would update you. We are gearing up for a emergancy airdrop to the south pole. We are getting our runways and arrf trucks ready to support a airdrop to the south pole. They have a medical problem that requires equipment and medicine that they don't have. So the NSF is asking the air force to send a kc-10 air tanker and a c-141 to do a air drop. we will be the emergancy runway in case anything happens to the planes. They will be flying over us to get to the south pole. we will be ready but we hope they don't have to land ,unless they have some fresh veggies/fruit, eggs, milk, and mail.LOL we will see the 141's back in Aug when the win-fly people come in. well talk to you later Tim

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    Tom Lafleur
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    Hi Tim:
    Just saw on the local news about the med.emergency. A woman found a lump,and it could be cancer. Hope it isn't,been down that road.
    Stay Safe
    Tom

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    Diane
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    Congratulations on the successful air drop! I hope all goes well! Keep us posted.

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    turbotim66
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    Well all here is the update of the South Pole drop. We stood by for 7hrs as the planes flew over and refueled over us. the drop was a suscess. hopefully they will find they don't need all the gear that was sent down. They did send a message saying they liked all the freshies that were sent down. I wish we could of got some too. oh well only 5 more weeks and we will have the 4 flights of win-fly, bringing people and supplies (freshies!!!!) to help open the station for summer. we will be getting a additonal 200-300 people down here. since we only have 194 down here right now its going to give us instant growing pains. well thats all for now update you again later when i hear more. Tim

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    trevor
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    very interesting reading. when down here in aussie ( partiuliay melbourne) drop us a line and would interested in showing u around


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    Diane
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    There's an article with a picture of the "dome" in today's Long Island edition of Newsday. It should be accessable (sp?) by Internet. I don't know the address off hand.

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    well looks like I might not be getting out of here as soon as I thought. There is a good chance I might be on Ice until Nov. So that is going to change my travel plans a little bit. Now I am going to habg out in New Zealand for a few weeks and then go home. So sorry trevor I won't be able to take you up on your offer this time. Maybe when I leave the Ice next time. I should be back down here in Jan 2000. for the 2000 winter over.
    On the 14th of Aug we will be having our sunrise polar plunge the last of the winter season. then on the 20th we should get our first flights of win-fly (winter flights) weather premitting. It starts getting pretty nasty this time of year I'm told. It should be interesting. well enough for now talk to ya later. Tim

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    well all it is just a few weeks now and I will be going traveling. win fly is over and we have 8 more ff's down here to help us open up the station. along with 200 other people that came in at winfly. and we got FRESHIES!!!!!I did the final plunge of the winter and it was great -45f, water temp 28f. I have had a lot of fun down here in the last year but I am glad i will be going home to see family in a couple months.well not much else happening down here bye for now Tim

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    turbotim66
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    I forgot to tell everyone I updated my homepage address is on first message check it out. Tim

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    jaxff
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    Hi from Sunny Florida !!


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    turbotim66
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    well Hi again I thought I was going to leave today but now I am staying till the 2nd of Nov. We have the new crew of firefighters in for the summer season. We have 4 returning firefighters(LT'S) and like 28 new firefighters. the station is a mad house after just 10 firefighters for the entire winter season. I am learning names left and right but they keep showing up...lol I will be back down here this coming winter season I should be back in jan. today is the 1st ever landing of a C-17 in Antarctica.

    2 days ago the C-130's that are going to the south pole to get the Dr. arrived. They are waiting for the weather to become favorable so they can safely land and depart the south pole. We are just about in full swing for the fire dept and runway operations. on the 22nd we will be getting the rest of the C-130's that will be down here for the summer.

    I will try to let you know when the rescue mission is complete. I am at the runway every other day, for airfield fire support. well i had better get back to work now talk again later. tim


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    AJM108
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    Hello Turbotim66,
    I just sat down and went over some of the old posts and it sounds like you have your work cut out for you.
    The next time I think that things are bad because were short staffed or the weather is rotten I will just think about the old posts.
    How many fire and medical calls do you get during your stay?

    STAY SAFE


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    turbotim66
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    not nearly enough calls. but that is a good thing. that means our fire prevention is doing its job. We had 8 actual fire calls, about 45 medical calls. we also had about 100 false alarms/panel alarms. every building is protected with alarm sytem straight to the firehouse. During the summer we also operate the runway. we had over 400 flights which means about 800 hard stands.
    the DR. is now off the "ICE" and had no problems with the flight out.
    I have my flight out schedualed for the 8th of Nov now and that is confirmed. then off to NZ for some much needed R&R. I should be back down here in Jan or Feb.

    good luck to everyone and stay safe
    Tim

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    AJM108
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    First off I'm happy to hear about the DR. I hope everything goes well with her.I defintly agree that 8 fires is a good thing when as an engineer you have to run 3 trucks and do it wearing a pack and with the weather you have to deal with it's got to be tough.Well anyway good luck on your r&r.

    stay safe




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    Brian Johnson
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    Tim:

    You the man. I just checked out your web site (Saw a little more of you than I bargained for - Nice Tattoo!). What an incredible adventure. I'm sitting here wishing I was single, man I'd sign up in a minute. Anyway stay safe down there. If you ever get to Japan look me up,we'll find a nice beach to thaw out on. Enjoy and stay safe (and warm)

    Brian

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    turbotim66
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    well all I am back down here in Mcmurdo after a short 45 days off the "ICE". I am the B shift engineer for the 2000 winter over. My contract is good until Oct then I have asked to stay the summer as well so I will get out of here in Feb of 2001. if all goes as planned. I just wanted to bring this back to the front so more peoiple could read it. Tim

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    FireBabe
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    G'day Tim

    I hope your season under "Down Under" goes well

    Spread the word - International Firefighters' Day is May 4th http://go.to/InternationalFirefightersDay so I hope you all celebrate it down there.

    Stay safe

    JJ

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