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Quick Takes: December 20, 2010

One of four Chicago area stories for the day: A brief Steve Redick video from an occupied dwelling fire early Saturday morning at Taylor and Western. You can always finds Steve’s still pictures and books, here

Video of the weekend: We all need a little humor that we can relate to. Here it is.

DC’s new chief likes to write: Ken Ellerbe, who will soon be taking over the top spot at the DC Fire & EMS Department, sent a message or two  to his critics and supporters via In it, the current chief from Sarasota County, Florida and former DC interim chief, provides some thoughts on how he plans to run the department. Chief Ellerbe also responds to Janet Wilmoth at Fire Chief Publications for her blog posting that is critical of Ellerbe’s appointment. Read it all here.

The past and the present at Glen Usdin’s blog has some old rigs and brand new ones to look at, along with lots of other apparatus news. Click here for

Raw video from Paterson, New Jersey third-alarm: Ed Gray on the scene with video from a fire early Saturday morning in a vacant apartment building. Click here.

Early video from New Zealand: One man was critically burned after his home caught fire. This video captures the initial attack on the fire in Napier.

Holly is Coyote ugly but CFD saved her anyway: Actually she is quite cute and seemed rather cooperative as the Chicago Fire Department and animal control officers teamed up to save a Coyote that went fishing and ended up floating on a small piece of frozen Lake Michigan. Check it out.

Other ice fishermen save the day northwest of Chicago: These were the two legged kind up early in McHenry Township, Illinois. They found a burning house before they got to a frozen lake and sounded the alarm, saving a family. Here’s the story.

Also in Chicago: Firegeezer Bill looks at the investigation into the drill that was performed at a firefighter’s home and the repercussions from this training. Click here.

Tragedy brings change: In Portland, Oregon the city’s new fire boat saw action two hours after it went in service. The boat fills a response gap that was discovered during a tragic situation involving two young children in 2009. Here’s the story and the video.

Invisible bracelets hit the DC area: The City of Fairfax Fire Department is the first in our area to bring the concept of virtual medical bracelets to the community. Read and watch the story.

Remember, they always get their man: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have a special interest in this one. They are looking for the person who tried to set fire to the RCMP Queen Charlotte detachment. Here’s more.

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