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There's a Chill in the Air
I awoke this morning to note that once again there was frost to be found on the pumpkin on my front porch. As I went out on the porch to retrieve my morning papers, I quickly confirmed that it was indeed chilly. After reading the first paper I repaired to my office to post a number of new items to our website.
Florida: 'Move Over Law' Means Moving Over for Tow Trucks, Too
Most drivers know to slow down or move over when they see flashing red or blue lights on the side of the road. But what about yellow ones? Tow trucks with their lights on are emergency vehicles, too, so that means that even if police aren't on the scene, drivers still have to move over for tow trucks.
I Pledge Allegiance
My friends, it was my pleasure to be attend the 112th Annual Convention of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association (CVVFA) in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania a couple of weeks ago. My friends and I come together each year to do the important work of the association.
Marketing Your Product
Many of us in the fire service do not have the faintest idea of what marketing is and how you should do it. I was fortunate to be able to attend a marketing seminar at the FDIC in Indianapolis recently.
California: Give Tow Truck Drivers a Break
How many of us change lanes when we see a tow truck, Caltrans vehicle or police car parked alongside the road? How many of us know that's the right thing to do?
We Must Take Care of our Troops
It is my lot to spend a lot of time driving the highways and byways of my community. It seems as though there has always been a fair share of idiots, nitwits, and cretins operating motor vehicles on the highways around me. I just accepted it at face value, because, after all, this is New Jersey, one of five worst states for driving.
The View from My Front Porch
As I sit on my front porch I am privileged to see the world as it passes my doorstep in just about every type and kind of motor vehicle from the lowly bicycle to the roaring smoking tractor-trailers which carry the freight for our nation. I see a great deal among the passing parade which gives me pause to ponder.
Things Are Moving Along Well
As we once again approach the fall driving season, it is my honor and pleasure to share some really great news with you. The Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association (CVVFA) has received a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.
Things Have Been Really Busy
As the weeks pass, I continue to marvel at the fact that we still see police, fire, EMS personnel, and towing people struck, injured, and killed by motor vehicles. What are you and I doing that is wrong? How can we keep missing the mark?
A New Year's Message
Here we are at the beginning of another new year. As is my custom, let me offer you my best wishes for a Safe and Happy New Year. Every year it is the same. 2011 was no different. We had the usual array of successes and failures. Our convention team hit a wide array of locations around the country. We met people and offered our advice.
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