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Morning Lineup – December 4

Tuesday Morning

Were you by any chance watching the ABC television network last night?  If you were, you probably saw the current episode of Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition where they crew rebuilt a firefighter's home that had been largely destroyed by a brush fire last year.  You may recall that it was in 2011 that a series of devastating grass fires kept the VFD's in a large portion of Texas busy for weeks on end as these fires relentlessly moved across the land.

I recall that the firefighters themselves were donating their own meagre funds to buy fuel for their trucks because the fire departments' budgets were long busted.  Firehouse.com recently reported:

Mizzy Zdroj lost her home during the devastating Bastrop County wildfire on Labor Day weekend 2011 that consumed 34,000 acres and 1,600 homes becoming the largest wildfire in Texas history, according to a news release from ABC.

While Zdroj was fighting the fire, along with other firefighters from The Heart of Pines Volunteer Fire Department, her home and art studio burned and the fire station, which is near her home, was also badly damaged.

The article goes on to tell that while Mizzy and her family were away for a week last December, the EM:HE crew and about 3,000 local volunteers showed up and, unbeknownst to the Zdroj family, built them a new house and repaired the fire station while they were at it.  Mizzy came home to the greatest surprise of her life and the video story of the entire project including her reaction, was the focus of last night's program.

Adding to the story were the generous donations by several fire equipment manufacturers and suppliers that got the VFD back on good footing, too.  Firehouse.com goes on to credit: 

Globe Manufacturing Inc., Pittsfield, N.H., replaced all of the station’s turnout gear with a donation of more than $50,000.

Motorola Solutions gave the department 22 new portable radios with accessories and programming.

Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus, a Union Grove, Ala., used firetruck dealer, donated a brush truck.

The firefighters from Tri-Clover North Whitehall Township, Orefield, Pa. donated a 1978 Mack pumper.

This brush truck was donated by Brindlee Mountain
Fire Apparatus.  (Firehouse.com / ABC)

It's a great story and thanks to Mark D. for passing this along for us to share.

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Back on the National Hockey League suicide watch, the two sides are trying out the league's suggestion that some players and owners who are not part of the official negotiations get together and see if they can find a breakthrough point.  The Washington Post reports:

The NHLPA has agreed to a league-proposed owners and players meeting Tuesday in New York as the two sides continue to search for traction in labor negotiations.

The session, initially suggested by the league to as a meeting between owners and players only, will feature a group of six owners, approximately the same number of players and a few staff members from both sides. [i.e. lawyers ... ed.] Neither NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman nor NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr will take part, though.

"The NHLPA has agreed to a meeting on Tuesday in New York that should facilitate dialogue between Players and Owners," Fehr said in a statement. "Neither the Commissioner nor I will be present, although each side will have a limited number of staff or counsel present."

According to a statement released by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, the following owners are expected to attend: Pittsburgh’s Ron Burkle, Winnipeg’s Mark Chipman, Calgary’s Murray Edwards, Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs, Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum and Tampa Bay’s Jeff Vinik.

Let's hope that they can make this meeting last longer than 30 minutes.  I'll be watching for updates.  We know they'll need plenty of coffee too, right?

I will get our coffee fired up while you get started on the equipment check.  Remember, coffee is a nutrient now, so I'll make extra.  See you back in the day room in a little while.

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