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Message 1836821 - Posted: 18 Dec 2016, 18:31:12 UTC - in response to Message 1836819.  
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It was the female ones chucking the male ones out, Squirrels from trees that is :-) I don't think we need to be appreciated Mark, but rebuffed is unkind. Gave up fighting some time ago on that angle, knew I was on a loser.

But I'll be getting my collar felt in a minute, so happy Xmas everybody and a good new year to you all.
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Message 1836904 - Posted: 19 Dec 2016, 9:23:44 UTC - in response to Message 1836821.  

Is it safe to come out yet?



Oh do excuse my companion, she just happened to be passing by and felt that I might need my hand holding :-)

Mark my good man, building and constructing emergency vehicles and equipment is as much a calling as it is employment. I felt the same when I worked for Hawker Siddeley in the early 70's helping to support the refurbishment of the last of the Hunters, the assembly of the Harriers, and the first prototype Hawk. You felt you were helping the armed forces by giving them the wherewithal to defend your country when necessary.

Quite ironic in a way that this is in the Raccoon and Critter cafe. Here in the UK the Fire & Rescue Service are increasingly being used for rescue operations as well as fire fighting, and also for trapped animals in trees and other places. We used to have three main types, the Pumps carrying water, Turntable units with long extendable ladders, and the aerial platforms, These days most are hybrid vehicles with hydraulic cutting gear etc. and the Aerial stuff is brought is as required.

But I dunno, every time there is a large major incident involving fire, police, and ambulance, there seem as many command and incident support vehicles as there are first reponder emergency ones. Too many Chiefs and not enough injuns!
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Message 1836936 - Posted: 19 Dec 2016, 17:09:15 UTC - in response to Message 1836904.  

Quite ironic in a way that this is in the Raccoon and Critter cafe. Here in the UK the Fire & Rescue Service are increasingly being used for rescue operations as well as fire fighting, and also for trapped animals in trees and other places. We used to have three main types, the Pumps carrying water, Turntable units with long extendable ladders, and the aerial platforms, These days most are hybrid vehicles with hydraulic cutting gear etc. and the Aerial stuff is brought is as required.

But I dunno, every time there is a large major incident involving fire, police, and ambulance, there seem as many command and incident support vehicles as there are first reponder emergency ones. Too many Chiefs and not enough injuns!

Not sure if this is analogous to your point... In my town, every firefighter is a paramedic and every piece of fire apparatus carries medical equipment. Therefore, when there is a medical call, the nearest vehicle is sent, not only to help but because it's likely to arrive sooner than the ambulance (not every fire station in town has one) and thus get treatment started sooner.
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Message 1836945 - Posted: 19 Dec 2016, 18:05:20 UTC - in response to Message 1836936.  

Quite ironic in a way that this is in the Raccoon and Critter cafe. Here in the UK the Fire & Rescue Service are increasingly being used for rescue operations as well as fire fighting, and also for trapped animals in trees and other places. We used to have three main types, the Pumps carrying water, Turntable units with long extendable ladders, and the aerial platforms, These days most are hybrid vehicles with hydraulic cutting gear etc. and the Aerial stuff is brought is as required.

But I dunno, every time there is a large major incident involving fire, police, and ambulance, there seem as many command and incident support vehicles as there are first reponder emergency ones. Too many Chiefs and not enough injuns!

Not sure if this is analogous to your point... In my town, every firefighter is a paramedic and every piece of fire apparatus carries medical equipment. Therefore, when there is a medical call, the nearest vehicle is sent, not only to help but because it's likely to arrive sooner than the ambulance (not every fire station in town has one) and thus get treatment started sooner.

Most fire truck cabs we build have an EMS cabinet installed to store medical equipment in support of a paramedic. Not sure that all firefighters are paramedics, but almost all departments have some on staff.
Which is important, because the fire department is often the first to arrive at industrial accidents and auto wrecks. Not just fire calls.
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Message 1836958 - Posted: 19 Dec 2016, 19:12:52 UTC

A number of Fire stations in the UK are already involved in a trial of joint working with the ambulance service, where firefighters are trained as paramedics, and if available fire crews can & are sent to medical emergencies in preference to the ambulances. this trial at the moment is seen as a success, both by the firefighters, ambulance and paramedic crews, and their management.

If it is deemed successful after the trial is completed, then the plan is to roll the practice out across England at least.

In addition Emergency Defib machines are being deployed across the country, and there is a smartphone app which will pinpoint the nearest, and can be used to get the password/PIN to open the cabinet, and then talk an untrained member of the public through using it on a patient. I understand that several thousand have already been deployed in public places, as well as those in companies etc.
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Message 1836961 - Posted: 19 Dec 2016, 19:32:57 UTC

Chris, the extra vehicles you see aren't so extra.

Incident command drives one, because there isn't a commander in every fire station to ride an engine to the scene. Large fires also get divided up into several commands, needing several commanders. A battalion chief gets called in to coordinate the commanders. You may also see water tankers, bulldozers, heavy urban search and rescue or other specialized equipment depending on the fire. One thing you will see at nearly every fire is one or more air trucks. They have a supply of air bottles and a compressor to refill them. You are also very likely to see a mechanic and his truck, because a large fire brings enough stuff together something always breaks. You will also see too many ambulance/paramedic vehicles. Remember they are firefighters too. When the fires get really big and long term, you see the mobile kitchens roll. Don't think you have too many fires where the helitanker, and airtankers roll, but they have support vehicles too.

There isn't room to put all this on every fire engine. It isn't needed on every fire. Sometimes it isn't needed but the firefighter driving it is needed to man a hose.
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Message 1836991 - Posted: 19 Dec 2016, 21:27:55 UTC

Years ago when they talk about having them I thought this won't work but I was very wrong. They have saved many lives over the years. I know I probably wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them 3 times.
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Message 1837065 - Posted: 20 Dec 2016, 8:07:07 UTC

Here in California the fire department is dispached and ususally arrives first. Saved my life in 2011.
All firefighters are paramedics here.
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Message 1837075 - Posted: 20 Dec 2016, 10:02:41 UTC

Firstly I am no expert in these matters but I have been involved in local planning at a junior leveI. I think all countries have their own set ups. In the UK a 999 operator will ask what the nature of the emergency is and whether the caller wants Fire, police, or ambulance. The initial response will be from the one requested. Upon arrival at the scene, the first responder radios back the severity of the incident, and additional backup is sent as required. At really big incidents, there will be separate command trailers for Fire, Police, and Ambulance, and usually a senior police Officer is the incident overall Commander.

In the case of fire, the Leading Fireman on the engine reports back to base upon arrival, appraises of the situation, and requests extra assistance as necessary. If it is a big incident, the Station Commander goes down in his own vehicle, and the other emergency services are alerted. What usually happens is that members of the public make numerous 999 calls about the same incident which alerts 999 control that other emergency services need to be involved. All police and fire fighters have basic first aid training as a standard requirement and can use de-fib equipment.

In one of the London tube blasts there was a problem when the radio systems used didn't work properly underground and the three services couldn't talk to each other, via different systems. That has now been fixed, and London has regular large scale "practice incidents" where all three services are working together to co-ordinate the response. Usually the police "Gold Commander" of the day is in charge overseen by a DAC.

All the more poignant given the terrible news from Germany today.
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Message 1837419 - Posted: 23 Dec 2016, 1:24:46 UTC

What kind of critter is that up there on the telephone wire? I took this picture in our backyard earlier this afternoon. The bird flew off before he would turn around and show a face.


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Message 1837422 - Posted: 23 Dec 2016, 1:37:10 UTC - in response to Message 1837419.  

Looks like a hawk or a falcon.
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Message 1837423 - Posted: 23 Dec 2016, 1:39:20 UTC - in response to Message 1837422.  

Looks like a hawk or a falcon.


I thought possibly a hawk, but somebody else I know thinks it's a buzzard. I would be surprised if it's a buzzard. I just don't think of buzzards hanging around an urban area like this.
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Message 1837424 - Posted: 23 Dec 2016, 1:39:29 UTC
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Looks like a hawk or a falcon.

That'd be my bet as well.

[edit] In fact if it was here I'd say that it was a sparrowhawk.

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Message 1837427 - Posted: 23 Dec 2016, 1:56:39 UTC

Well whatever bird it is, it looks like a predatory type, good for people, bad for rats, mice, snakes, pigeons...
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Message 1837440 - Posted: 23 Dec 2016, 4:53:03 UTC
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As a kid I found 2 Sparrowhawks that fell out of their nest in our barn, they were about maybe 3 weeks old.
I took them home and raised them to about 8 weeks old.
I had a lot of fun with them, they would fly off and if I whistled they would come back and land on my arm.

I let them go so they started looking for food and Robbins nests real handy for a meal. well I was gone
on vacation for a week and when I got back both had been shot and killed.

So much for my 4-H project. LOL

P.S. that is no buzzard, way too small.
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Message 1837667 - Posted: 24 Dec 2016, 8:49:36 UTC

I want to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to all of you and thanks for the friendship you all have given me.

It will be a bit hard for me this year being alone on the Holidays, I do miss my GF of 25 years and wish she was here with me.

If you have family you are a lucky person so enjoy them while you can.
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Message 1837688 - Posted: 24 Dec 2016, 15:17:25 UTC
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Except for a cousin, My sister in law, and Her 3 grown kids, I don't have any family, outside of My cat, She's all that I have, that said, I sympathize with Grant Nelson, I don't have any GF, and in the shape that I'm in, it's highly doubtful that I ever will.
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Message 1837812 - Posted: 25 Dec 2016, 8:16:00 UTC
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A couple of cute red squirrel pics for Christmas, taken yesterday.

Because it was a bit wet I didn't fill the feeder up the night before like I usually do.



Look of shock and horror :-)

But it did manager to find a few bits of walnut.



Plus a nice pic of the green woodpecker, which hunts for ants on the lawn everyday.

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Message 1837828 - Posted: 25 Dec 2016, 10:10:43 UTC
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why not put a roof over it, Should keep it pretty much dry?

You do have a nice feeder already but some kind of a cover should help

I'd like to do my Sparrowhawk experiment again on my terms but I bet the fish and game would tell me I couldn't have them.
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Message 1837848 - Posted: 25 Dec 2016, 14:13:26 UTC - in response to Message 1837688.  

Except for a cousin, My sister in law, and Her 3 grown kids, I don't have any family, outside of My cat, She's all that I have, that said, I sympathize with Grant Nelson, I don't have any GF, and in the shape that I'm in, it's highly doubtful that I ever will.

Vic tor, you can change the shape you are in..
Just as I can change the shape I am in.
The only question is whether either of us has enough will within us to do so.
I have not found it yet, and you have not either.
But, there is a chance that either of us may one day, summon up the courage and will to change our lives.

I have come to the conclusion that only God above controls my life.
It was charted from the day I was born until the day I pass.
Even these words I write were given to me eons ago and I am unable to change them.
Except for one simple fact.
God also gave me free will.
The ability to change my path with every fleeting moment.
He allows that.
And so, with that, one can do almost anything, if only one has the courage to do so.

I am still trying to find the courage.
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