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  1. #26
    FireBabe
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    Hiya Folks

    My apologies for the delayed reply but my modem has been dead for the past fortnight due to a VERY close bolt of lightning!

    The weather is strange here for a summer. Last week we had very high temperatures, strong winds and low humidities - very typical and dangerous fire weather with some severe outbreaks accross the state. And now? Cold and wet!

    I'll try to get on again soon and answer your questions - I'm a little tired now.
    ZzzzZZzzzZzzz!

    Take care and be safe -and thanks for all your friendship.



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    Lt JJ Edmondson,
    Clyde-Cardinia Fire Brigade,
    Victoria, Australia


    [This message has been edited by FireBabe (edited January 23, 2000).]

  2. #27
    Aussie Fire
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    Well fancy running into you here JJ,alls quiet on the fire front so far this year ,catch up with you soon

    Paul
    Narre Warren

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    Its the resistance to fear and the mastery of fear -not the absence of fear that makes a good F/F

  3. #28
    aussie george
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    giday jj stay safe down in mexico (for non aussies ,joke as in south of the border)regards aussie george senior firefighter nsw fire brigades sydney australia.

  4. #29
    SKEETER243
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    AUSSIE'S, WALLABIE'S, DINGO'S - OH MY!!!
    Are these nicknames for LOCAL people or are they creatures that really exist? Here on Long Island we're just surrounded by people from all walks of life. Ain't seen a 'CROCK' since the visit to the Bronx Zoo.

    Welcomw aboard,
    Keep the stories coming from 'down under'!!!


  5. #30
    FireBabe
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    Oh my! You've all been busy whilst I've been offline!

    G'day Paul ... you will pop up in the most amazing places!

    Life is good but busy here at the moment with lots of training and assessing of current skill levels (to a minimum standard) a huge priority.

    ExJake - you asked about the loss of firefighters here in Victoria. We lost five thirteen months ago when the fire behaviour changed unexpectedly and they were trapped. The Coroner will be investigating the matter shortly. The other tragic incident that occured was the loss of thirteen firfighters in 1983 when they were caught by a viscious wind change which changed the flank of the fire into the head. Much more detailed information of the tragic circumstances can be read at: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~nwfb/ under the heading Ash Wednesday (Aussie Fire set up this page).

    Lt Todd you mentioned the Olympics ... they will be occuring in New South Wales (the state to our north) where aussie george comes from. It is unlikely my organisation will be involved however aussie's will be in the thick of it. I hope our preparation will be as thorough as yours obviously was!

    Take care everyone

    JJ

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    Lt JJ Edmondson,
    Clyde-Cardinia Fire Brigade,
    Victoria, Australia

  6. #31
    FireBabe
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    Summer is well and truely here with temperatures soring in the high thirties to low forties (ummm I think that's well into the hundreds for the imperial thinkers amongst us!). To top it off we have industrial action causing a power restriction - ie no airconditioners right through the afternoon for the next half week.

    Someone PLEASE send some cool air our way down here! lol - take care all.

    JJ

  7. #32
    21TFD
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    Please check out the posting from !RESQRON30!
    You might be able to help him out.
    Stay Safe.

  8. #33
    Commish
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    I commend you on your dedication to the fire service. I too feel the passion to educate and inform individuals and communities the importance of fire safety. I will pass this information along to my brother & sister firefighters. Thank you.

  9. #34
    FireBabe
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    Angry

    After attending a major motor vehicle accident (MVA) on Saturday night I wonder yet again, why people continue to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol.

    A 19 yo with no licence (he lost it for speeding) drank heavily on Saturday night before heading off to visit his girlfriend at 3.30am. An hour later with three more drinks under his belt and a nasty temper he proceeded to "hoon" up and down the dirt road at excessive speeds until he finally (and literally) wrapped his car completely around a power pole.

    Crews from three ambulances (including the air ambulance), four police vehicles and four fire and rescue vehicles struggled for about an hour to free him from the twisted wreckage and stabilise him enough to fly him to the intensive care unit of the city's major hospital. Amazingly he survived. Head injuries and a collapsed lower lung seem to be the most major injuries.

    We spent three and a half hours on scene - many of us never saw our beds that night having had many turnouts in the previous hours. It's a pity these drivers don't think of the volunteers, emergency personnel and their friends and family when they engage in life threatening behaviour. I'm only truely grateful that he a pole and not some innocent bystander's vehicle in his drunken drive.

    Here in Australia we have a famous realistic and shock ad campaign - extremely graphic and lifelike showing the tragedy of poor road behaviour (speeding, drinking, exhaustion). One of it's most famous mottos is: "If you drink then drive you're a bloody idiot" How true.

    What campaigns or deterents do your countries employ to stop the carnage on the roads?

    JJ (with apologies for the soapbox but I'm still fuming over the pointlessness of such an accident)

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    Lt JJ Edmondson,
    Clyde-Cardinia Fire Brigade,
    Victoria, Australia

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    FireBabe
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    Oh and on a much lighter note ...

    Happy St Valentine's Day eveyone!

    JJ (Below: me in a silly mood!)




  11. #36
    EXJAKE
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    G'Day JJ nice picture. how's your summer going? Our winter can't make up it's mind if it's coming OR going! Just messy mate real messy.

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    Good Luck and be careful out there,EXJAKE:-)


  12. #37
    Rico_CA
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    Thumbs up

    G'day to you Lt. Have a safe one.
    Rico

  13. #38
    FireBabe
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    Hey this is exciting - look at the date ... it's finally MY BIRTHDAY! A whole 24 hours to celebrate - Whoo hoo!

    I hope all of you non-Leap Year Babies out there appreciate the fact you have so many chances to celebrate. I have another 1461 days till my next birthday. *Sniff*

    Stay safe all

    JJ

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    Lt JJ Edmondson,
    Clyde-Cardinia Fire Brigade,
    Victoria, Australia

  14. #39
    aussie george
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    happy birthday jj hope you had a few cold VB's to celebrate with.

  15. #40
    TeeJay
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    Hope you had a very happy birthday, JJ. So what's that make you- about 6 years old? By the way, can you tell me if the folks in Australia refer to us in the Northern hemisphere as "up over"? Stay safe.......

  16. #41
    EXJAKE
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    HAPPY(belated) BIRTHDAY, Julie Jane

    Here's looking at you kid!!






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    Good Luck and be careful out there,EXJAKE:-)


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    FireBabe
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    Thanks for all the birthday greetings - I feel very grown up now I'm 8!

    Actually I'm off to the Formula 1 Grand Prix for the next few days as a Fire Marshall. I've been placed on Corner 14 which is one of the notorious corners on the track - well known for the accidents. At least I wont get bored!

    Stay safe out there and start planning for International Firefighters' Day on May 4th.

    Happy International Womens Day tomorrow (8th of March) to any females reading this too!

    Regards

    JJ

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    Lt JJ Edmondson,
    Clyde-Cardinia Fire Brigade,
    Victoria, Australia

  18. #43
    FireBabe
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    Thanks for all the birthday greetings - I feel very grown up now I'm 8!

    Actually I'm off to the Formula 1 Grand Prix for the next few days as a Fire Marshall. I've been placed on Corner 14 which is one of the notorious corners on the track - well known for the accidents. At least I wont get bored!

    Stay safe out there and start planning for International Firefighters' Day on May 4th.

    Happy International Womens Day tomorrow (8th of March) to any females reading this too!

    Regards

    JJ

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    Lt JJ Edmondson,
    Clyde-Cardinia Fire Brigade,
    Victoria, Australia

  19. #44
    FireBabe
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    G'day again!

    I was right - Turn 14 was busy! Apart from Pela de Rosa and Panoz wrecking their F1 cars on the day before the race, so did Coulthard - VERY spectacularly. They were all following the example set by Michael Schumacher (the eventual winner) in his Ferrari the day before when he spun out of control and totally disintegrated his car. He actually hopped out uninjured.

    The position of Fire Marshall for the Grand Prix is voluntary and only able to be filled by an experienced firefighter. We wear heat cotton overalls treated with the fire retardent Protec (?) with high collars, elastic wrist and ankle cuffs and cinched in waists. Heavy woolen socks, leather boots and gloves, thick, tight woolen balaclava (tucked in), fire retardant treated tabard and a woolen cap complete the uniform. Add very high temperatures (mid 30s celcius - well over 100F I think), no shade and long periods fully dressed - and you have a tough day. We had to be on track and prepared 12 hours a day for four days.

    I'm still tired now so I'd better go crash! (in bed - NOT the car!!!)

    Who else has had unusual tasks related to firefighting?

    JJ

  20. #45
    Les.H
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    Hi,

    Just got back in time from a derelict house fire to watch the race (3am). Shame about the Brits, but that's a different story.

    The best calls that I've been on differ some what. I was on the crash crews at RAF Fairford when the two Russian MiG 29's decided to head butt each other during the flying display. Looked spectacular and the best bit was that no one got hurt. It was a case of each vehicle trying to locate the biggest bit to put out. Crews ejected and landed nearby.

    Also on the Windsor Castle Fire in 92, which was a site to behold. Shame about the history going up in flames but it was a call not to be missed.

    Anyway, glad you enjoyed the race.

    Kindest regards & keep safe

    Les (UK)

  21. #46
    EXJAKE
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    Hi JJ, Just thought I'd move you up to the top where you belong!


    Just keeping an eye on you!


    G'Day then

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    Good Luck and be careful out there,EXJAKE



    [This message has been edited by EXJAKE (edited April 17, 2000).]

  22. #47
    FireBabe
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    Hey folks!

    Me again - just letting you know that I've updated and moved my website. Please pass on the address of the International Firefighters' Day proposal so that we can truely unite as a brotherhood worldwide and recognise and thank current and past members of our "family".

    Take care and stay safe

    JJ

    Lt JJ Edmondson
    Clyde Cardinia Fire Brigade
    Victoria, AUSTRALIA


    I walk where the fire dances

    International Firefighters' Day:
    http://www.futureweb.com.au/edmondson

  23. #48
    Firefox
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    Dear JJ:

    How do you manage to get this amount of reponce. It is FANTASTICO!

    I hope ( I am sure) that the International Firefighters' Day will be a reality
    Take care.
    "We are soldiers in a war that never ends"

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