Now, I ask you, Is this the face of a Mary tipper?
Monday, March 28, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
* Sample picture. NOT actual truck reported about in article.
I am posting an article below which was posted on http://firefightingnews.com/ with the site linked by http://engine52.blogspot.com/ .
Please let the companies mentioned below know of your displeasure with their ill treatment of our firefighters. By refusing to pay for the necessary and legitimate equipment and repairs on defective aerial trucks ( ladder trucks with extending ladders for firemen to work from ) which were purchased from them, the truck.s manufacturer is showing a total disregard for our fire fighters, and all those they serve. That is, by having essential equipment out of service for an extended period of time our firefighters and all they serve are endangered. Without aerials for use on taller buildings, and this means many homes, townhouses and apartment complexes which are multilevel not just office buildings and industrial area structures, the potential for loss of life is increased. In many cases being above a the burning structure is essential to ' knocking it down' and gaining control in the safest and quickest fashion, thus saving lives and property. By not covering it's obligations to the departments which have purchased these VERY expensive trucks a large burden is placed upon the department's budget. In many cases a fire district's budget is not adequate and the real possibility of the city or town's department being denied money for 'extra' materials until the new budget year or money can be "found" is most likely.
At any rate, as you can tell I am passionate about our firefighting men and women and would like for all who
read this post to write or email Pierce Manufacturing and Oshkosh to let them know we are aware of this situation. Please pass this information on to everyone you can. I am sure these companies can afford to replace and or repair these fire department's equipment. I believe , especially in this case , it is a moral obligation and the current owner of the manufacturing company should pay for these recalled truck repairs. As for their discounted price on materials.... is that ten cents or ten dollars ? Maybe it is a different amount to different departments or quite low. Daggett would have given the discounted amount up front and publicly if it was 'right and fair' and especially if generous. You and I can be pretty sure Daggett , when speaking for Pierce Manufacturing , knew the discount to be offered , he just would not quote it. And, there should be no labor costs passed on.
*You have my permission to use the above written post, in part or in toto, as your letter to either Pierce and/or Oshkosh if you so wish.
Highlighted area in the news article is my emphasis
http://piercemfg.com/ Pierce Manufacturing is out of Appleton, WI
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Methuen Must Pay For Ladder Truck Repair
United States (Massachusetts) - The city will have to pay for repairs to a Fire Department ladder truck. One of the four outriggers used to stabilize the 1996 Nova Quintech ladder truck collapsed during the Christmas Day fire at Shadi's Restaurant and Lounge while two firefighters were in the bucket attached to the ladder. The collapse dropped the two onto the the roof of the burning restaurant, but they escaped without injury.
The city took the truck out of service that day.
Pierce Manufacturing, which owns the rights to the truck, issued a "product safety bulletin" saying an engineering analysis had concluded that a structural weakness was inherent in the Nova Quintech stabilizer beam design.
The Eagle-Tribune reported on Monday that Pierce will manufacture new stabilizer beam assemblies, and they will be available and installed after May 2 at no cost to the owners.
However, Fire Chief Steven Boote said yesterday that's not true for most of the departments that own the truck.
"Pierce Manufacturing will manufacture new stabilizer beam assemblies and install them at no cost only for the trucks that were manufactured after Pierce took over the Nova Quintech corporation," Buote said. "This accounts for only five trucks."
"Unfortunately, there are another 17 aerials throughout the U.S. and Canada who's communities have to pay for their own repairs. Methuen is one of those communities who are being forced to fund their own repairs," the chief said.
Quote said he has not yet been informed of what the full cost will be, "but I have been informed that the cost for the replacement parts alone will be approximately $30,000."
"This, of course, does not include the labor cost. I do not yet have a cost estimate for labor," he said.
Quote said he's not happy about the treatment he is receiving.
Pierce Manufacturing is a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation.
"We came in at the request of our dealership to look at it (the ladder truck), to investigate it," said John Daggett, vice president of communications for Oshkosh. "As soon as we saw that there was some type of weakness, we stepped right up to the plate."
Pierce issued product safety bulletins about the trucks. Daggett said the company will replace the parts for a discounted price, although he didn't know what that price is.
Daggett said the Methuen incident was the first time one of those outriggers failed, and Pierce has improved the design of that piece.
Written by The Eagle-Tribune
See another article on Methuen Fire Department in ref. to subject of decommissioned fire truck on March 21, 2011 on http://www.http//eagletribune.com
Friday, March 25, 2011
I have Sophia pictured so often I feel guilty for leaving Cohen out of my posts. So, since he is older and can be out walking and playing with us now, I am going to include him in more of my brag columns. I know you will all be thrilled.
This fellow is all boy and doesn’t miss a trick. I see great things ahead for him. And, of course, he is as sweet as the day is long. That’s the truth ! I’m not just a braggin’ grandma’ !
See. I told ya’. What a kid ! Thank you, Cohen. Just what I always wanted.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Never have I seen or heard a wish made with such fervor.
I would dare say Sophia's wish was much more than
the statement of her desire, it was made with such a
pure heart and open passion that I was startled. Her
words were so sincere, held such longing, and brought
forth such innocence and true belief in the power of the
wish that I know I was in the presence of which
Christ spoke when He said, ..."for of such is the kingdom
What was Sophia's whispered wish? The whispered
prayer made with head bowed and eyes closed?
The wish carried by her pure breath on the downy
seeds of a dandelion?
Simply, "Please give me a tail and make me a mermaid
like Princess Aerial."
Oh, Dear God, could such wishes be granted if only for
a little while!
I will never forget how Sophia made this wish or how
blessed and honored I was to experience those moments
with her. How much you have taught me, Sophia!!!
Send your angels to guard and protect all children from the
evils of this world and from the snares of the devil.
Keep them always in the protective
Light and grace of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
And, Dearest Holy Spirit, bless them to walk in your peace and mercy now
and until they are finally in rest with you, your angels and
I've been hospital stay free for well over a year now and that makes me very happy indeed. Already I've beaten the odds, they were, for the MI, dead at onset, 90%, then, of the 10% who survived 80% would be dead within 5 years, with CHF, and here I am almost 10 years later! WOW! If I suddenly stop typing this post you'll know why! At any rate, I sure veered off the subject, which was.... oh, yea', blogs. I must say all the young energetic folks out there make me happy. I thank you all for sharing. The photography and art is magnificent. And the humor and commentaries are just wonderful. I am especially appreciative of the advertisement free blogs. So...my point here is please check out some of the blogs I follow for it is an eclectic list from which just about anyone can find something to enjoy.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Please ignore the mess in the background. It is from my move . It may be there next year and I'll still be saying the same thing and trying to explain that I really don't live like this...actually I do, and, it is getting worse. My dirty clothes are now crawling from their little basket and languishing at the base of the chair that holds the stack of of folded clothes. Oh well.....
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
There are so many opportunities in Margaret's Garden for exceptional pictures that I really would like to take advantage of it. This year there are many more birds than last year. I am sure there will be a lot of pictures I want to capture. I have already seen more blue birds (Eastern Mountain), Gold finch and Robbins than I have before. I am very glad of it too, as last year there were so few birds and butterflies that Margaret and I were very much afraid for them. Had they died due to illness, poisons, or been driven away in search of better feeding and nesting areas?
Last year the person living behind us had sold all of their hard wood and the beautiful trees were cut, leaving a barren hill from which the wonderful layers of rotted leaves and top soil washed away as soon a the first summer rains came. It is so sad. The hill looks just as it must feel. This surely will hurt the little creatures and drive them to other, safer areas.
Now we await the butterflies and bees to see how they may have fared the ravages of man and nature.