#WeekendCoffeeShare – Just Be a Second While I Fix Coffee

Would you believe it?!?  I made coffee only to realize I forgot the most important aspect – The actual coffee…  So it’ll be just a moment while I make more.  Same thing happened to me just the other day, made coffee but forgot to put the actual coffee in.

OK I’m back with coffee, actual coffee this time – LOL. Mmmmm, gooood, come join me for a cup.  There’s also tea (Ginger Peach, Morrocan Mint, and a couple other flavors) if you prefer, but we’ll need to boil up some water for you.

So how was everyone’s weekend?  Hope it was a good one.   We are in the middle of Pesach and I wish all who  are  celebrating a very Happy Pesach….  And to those who celebrate Easter, a very Happy Easter.

We went to a formal seder at the congregation we go to (or try to go to) and then we had another informal one at our house, with family.

I had promised, well not so much promised but said, that I was going to see about writing up something about the ridealong I had gone on with the local police.  I haven’t really had a chance to formulate anything and to be honest there wasn’t much to write about being that it was on a Sunday night so most everyone was home asleep or at least behaving themselves.  I also want to be careful what and how I write so as to not break any agreements to uphold privacy, etc and so forth.  The last ride I went on was a lot of easier to write on as more had happened and I was able to put together a generic look at the evening without giving anything away – You can read that here if you wish:  A Tale of Two Stupids (and no one of those is definitely NOT referring to the police but two stupid (or at least head-shaking) things I saw that day.  I promise I’ll get something up on the more recent ridealong coming up shortly.  It will be over on my Public Safety Tidbits blog plus you’ll want to stay tuned over there as there may also be something written up regarding another Fire Department ridealong – this will depend on what happens and what I learn (again I have to be careful as to uphold privacy and to be sure I am being accurate in my information).

The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted each week by Nerd In The Brain

I’m about to make myself up another cup of coffee (hopefully this time I remember to add the coffee ūüėĚ).  See you all again next week.  In the mean time, have a wonderful, blessed, and safe week.                                

Need some ideas for Fire/EMS blog name…

I got to thinking, last night, that perhaps it would be a good idea for me to separate my posts on Fire/EMS & Safety into a new blog and keep this one for my jottings and for my writings.. ¬†The problem is…. ¬†I can’t seem to think of a good name for my new blog… ¬†I want something catchy, but yet something easy to type and remember. ¬†I am completely at a loss as to what to call it – So, I am open to ideas.

Currently My “Fire/EMS” related posts and “Safety” related posts are found as follows:

Fire/EMS:”Police,Firefighters, Paramedics, Rescue Workers

Safety: Safety

I also have a couple pages at the top of my blog:#AtoZChallenge 2013 ¬†& “For The Firefighters” (which sadly did not seem to get off the ground).

Let me know your ideas — ¬†And THANK YOU in advance!

#WIP: How Do Budget Cuts Affect Fire Departments

After talking to an old acquaintance, I decided I would (try) to put together a “story” on the affects of budget cuts on Fire Departments. ¬†This is not meant to be specific to any one Department or situation, but rather a generalized ¬†gathering of information. ¬†I invite all Firefighters (or anyone involved in The Fire Service) to chime in with their thoughts & opinions. ¬†And, just so you know, ¬†Names will not be used (unless specifically requested) – so you can remain completely anonymous.

I would like to gather as much thoughts, opinions, and info as I can for this story from you (Firefighters), because it is you guys who are on the front lines of having to deal with these budget cuts – not the bureaucrats, not the government, not the media, but you guys.

I have set a “deadline” of publication for my “story” to be the end of this month – May. ¬†I don’t like pushing people with deadlines, but I also realize that if I leave this open ended, then I am less likely to get responses (and certainly not in a timely manner).

I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks! ¬†And Thank You for all you do ūüôā

Tena Carr

So Why do Fires & Accidents happen at night?

One of my commenters ¬†mentioned wondering why accidents and fires tend to take place at night in response to my blog post “N is for NightScan“. ¬† I’m no expert, but I thought I’d give it a shot to give some sort of an answer – since it was a good & interesting question.

My guess is that the reason so many fires & accidents happen (or in any case are worst) at night is 2 reasons: ¬†One, most people are asleep and those that are awake – well let’s just say that whole sleep cycle thing can tend to get screwed up in those who work graveyard shifts and it tends to slow down thinking, etc (not to say that those who work graveyard aren’t able to do their job safely & efficiently)….

The other reason is that, at least in reference to accidents, is the dark. ¬†It’s harder to see making it much more likely to have a vehicular accident. ¬† Actually, the most dangerous time of day for vehicular accidents is at dusk – the time between daylight & dark. ¬†It is the time when the most caution must be exercised when driving, walking, or bicycling.

Here are some safety tips:

Nighttime Fires

It is recommended that you keep doors to bedrooms closed at night (this will help keep fire from entering bedroom)

Make sure you have fire alarms in every bedroom as well as kitchen, living room, and hallway.  Make sure they are working properly = TEST REGULARLY

DRILL DRILL DRILL – Do some nighttime drills to practice getting out at night when “asleep”

Nighttime Driving

Leave plenty of room.

Keep eyes on the road

Slow way down (or stop if necessary & safe) if notice un-usual light color or patterns.

Be wary/watchful of single headlights (it might be a motorcycle, but could be car w/ missing headlight)

there are of course many other safety rules that apply to either situation, but those are a few that pop to mind.

STAY SAFE out there everyone!!!