Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Old Fire Apparatus Photos

Credit: Rick Decorie
A retired firefighter kindly shared with us his photos of Old Fire Apparatus... thanks Rick Decorie!

Now we want to see your photos of Old Fire Apparatus and Equipment!

Post them to our Facebook Page for Public Safety Stores!!

Here are the rest of Rick's photos... enjoy!

Credit: Rick Decorie
Credit: Rick Decorie
Credit: Rick Decorie
Credit: Rick Decorie
Credit: Rick Decorie
Credit: Rick Decorie
Credit: Rick Decorie
Credit: Rick Decorie

California Firefighter Summer Olympics 2013

Early this year we mentioned the California Fire and Police Winter Olympics.

Right now, as we speak, the California Firefighters Summer Olympics are happening in San Diego!

Of course, we have not mentioned many other competitions, like the Texas Firefighter Summer Games and more.

If you want us to mention a competition you have competed in, let us know through our Facebook Page!

If you're in San Diego now, be safe and enjoy yourself!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Gettysburg: 150 Years Later

Credit: Matt Rourke/AP
This year is the 150th Anniversary since the Battle of Gettysburg, which occurred over three days in July 1863.

The Union sent 93,000 soldiers.  The Confederates sent 71,000 soldiers.

All told, 8,000 of these died.  27,000 were wounded.  11,000 were captured or missing.

It was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.  It was a distinct turning point in the war.  And it became the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in November 1863.

Today, Gettysburg is a town of about 7,000 people.

But this past weekend it attracted 250,000 visitors for its annual re-enactment of the Battle, and its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary.

Here's a music video remembering the brave soldiers who dramatically shaped American History...

In Memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew

Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew
See the Facebook Page in their Memory - CLICK HERE

We have written about big wildfires this year - the Black Forest Fire and the Powerhouse Fire.

But last night (June 30, 2013) we all witnessed the worst news of all ... 19 Wildland Firefighters were killed battling a wildfire in Arizona.

They were from the Prescott Fire Department, specifically the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew.

They were fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.

They were digging a fire line and building a safety zone with an escape route.  But unfortunately, their safety zone and escape route were overtaken by the fire.

The outpouring of love and support for these brave firefighters and their families has been powerful.

Just 15 hours ago a Facebook page was established in their memory.  That page has over 200,000 'Likes' already.  And that number is rapidly growing.

This is the largest loss of Firefighters since 9/11.

This is the largest loss of Wildland Firefighters since 1933.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers sincerely go out to the families and friends of these courageous Hotshots.

Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew
Credit: Julie Jacobson/AP