International Fire Fighter and EMS Safety Stand Down

first_imgFocusing on proper training, preparation and equipage before a callPromoting the idea that all members can respond to, work and return home safely from the emergency they are called to mitigate Departments across the United States and Canada, as well as internationally, are preparing for the Stand Down (June 17-23, 2007) by planning schedules and discussing questions and concerns that department members may have. JEMS compiled it’s most recent training, safety and response readiness articles, read them HERE. This year s theme is Ready to Respond. The IAFC, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section are pleased to sponsor the third International Fire Fighter and EMS Safety Stand Down.last_img

Moving Checklist

first_imgSix weeks prior to moveContact a real estate agent in the local area. Start by looking in the Military Buyer’s Guide of this publication.Obtain quotes from moving and self-service companies and gather DIY estimates. Decide on the type of move best for your circumstances.Determine employer-covered expenses.Four weeks prior to moveCheck the preregistration procedures to enroll children in school. Get children’s transcripts, textbook list and a copy of their current school’s grading system. Ask teachers to write descriptions of each student’s achievement level, interests and any unusual courses taken.Request that copies of all family members’ medical and dental records and birth certificates be sent to your new home. Don’t forget your pets’ veterinary records.Notify the post office of your new address and obtain a change-of-address kit. Send change-of-address cards to friends, subscription services, creditors, alumni associations, the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies.Begin packing seldom-used items and dispose of unwanted items through charities — get receipts for tax purposes.Contact the IRS for forms and regulations regarding tax-deductible moving expenses.Transfer or arrange for insurance to cover your home, furnishings and automobile.Three weeks prior to moveArrange to have appliances, utilities, newspapers, laundry, phone and cable television disconnected. Check on deposits. Set up connections at your new home.Make travel arrangements.Two weeks prior to moveHandle bills, stocks, investments and banking transfers.Arrange to transport pets and plants. Some states prohibit certain plants, so research before you move.Clean cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don’t need.One week prior to moveDiscontinue delivery services such as the newspapers.Clean and sort items in the garage and attic.Clean out your safety deposit box and place all valuables and documents together. If the items can’t be replaced, carry them with you.Two days prior to moveDefrost and dry refrigerators and freezers.Arrange for cash or traveler’s checks for trip expenses and payment to the mover upon delivery.Reconcile and close checking account. Withdraw savings.Conclude any financial matters relating to the lease or sale of your home.Pack luggage. Set aside items you will need immediately upon arrival — a few dishes, pots and pans, towels, soap, bedding, light bulbs, flashlights and toilet paper.Leave a forwarding address with new tenant or neighbor.Moving dayConfirm your delivery date with your mover and provide directions to your new residence as well as primary and secondary contact numbers or email addresses.Pay close attention to the mover’s paperwork. You will need to sign it upon completion of loading and then unloading at your new residence.Supervise the movers to make sure your instructions are understood. Review any damage to your belongings noted by the moving foreman or supervisor.Double-check your residence for forgotten items before leaving.Move-in dayClear and mark paths to all rooms to help the movers place the boxes.Supervise unloading.Note any damage to your boxes or furniture.Review paperwork carefully to make sure all your belongings arrived.last_img read more

State House Passes Operating Budget In Close Vote

first_imgThe approved operating budget will now go to the Senate, with less than two weeks left in the 90-day session. Eagle River Representative Dan Saddler, a member of the republican-led minority complained about excessive spending: “Are we reducing the budget? No. Are we even holding steady on the budet? Again, no. And are we increasing the budget and increasing the deficit? Sadly, yes.” Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), referred to the larger dividend, but ultimately cast the final ‘yes’ vote, avoiding a tie. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In a vote on Monday, April 2, the State House passed a budget bill to the Senate, after two weeks of debate in a vote of 21 to 19. Governor Bill Walker on Monday released the following statement after the vote: “I commend the House for passing an operating budget that protects the necessary government services Alaskans rely on, and I look forward to working with lawmakers as the budget process now moves into the Senate. All sides agree it is necessary to tap the earnings reserve of the Permanent Fund to help pay for government moving forward. It is essential that the first draw from the Permanent Fund in history is structured, sustainable, and protects the future of the dividend program.” Representative Paul Season (R-Homer),  said the budget was “historic” because it’s the first to rely on Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government in addition to paying dividends. The budget totals $11.5 billion dollars, with nearly $5.5 billion for yearly operations, and a dividend capped at $1,600 after a House vote on Friday. House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said there wasn’t sufficient support in the Legislature for a full dividend this year.last_img read more

Welbeck earns England call-up

first_imgGhana target Danny Welbeck has been handed his first call-up to the England Under-21 team by manager Stuart Pearce for a forthcoming fixture with Ecuador.The Manchester United forward has grabbed the headlines after some impressive displays for the European champions.Welbeck, who also qualifies for Ghana and Scotland through his parents, has previously played for England Under-19s.A senior national team appearance for England will scuttle Ghana’s dream of convincing this promising prospect.“As we saw from the last Championship, there are players who come with a late run to get into the squad,” Pearce is reported by The Manchester Evening News as saying.“In this squad, we are having a look at Danny Welbeck who has done well in the U19s and broken into the team at Old Trafford which is no mean feat.” Source: Ghanasoccernetlast_img read more