Category Archives: technology-communications

Dallas Fire-Rescue Changes Website To Rainbows Over SideCharlie Blog Post

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Well, what do ya know? After our first blog post and subsequent follow-ups asking that the photo on the front of Dallas Fire-Rescue’s website be changed – it finally happened. The original full size photo showing a firefighter not wearing any respiratory protection while surrounded in smoke with a link to their Respiratory Protection Program […]

Cleveland Fire Department’s Lt. Kevin Brady Survives Heart Attack, Sought Out Help

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Instead of ignoring it he told a paramedic in the station who hooked him up to the monitor to discover he was having a heart attack.

NYC Law Firm Throws Firefighter & Daily Show’s Jon Stewart Under The Bus!

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SideCharlie.com has obtained a copy of the debut flyer that was provided inside the gift bags at the 2011 World Police & Fire Games fundraiser last week. The 8.5″ x 11″ handout depicts Firefighter Robert Keiley stricken with ailments as a 9/11 FDNY rescuer when in actuality he wasn’t employed until 2004.

The Ultimate Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Situational Internet Resource List

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his is a growing list of online resources from around the globe the provide the detailed, 24 hour coverage of the Japan disasters.

DISASTER STRIKES! Live In A FEMA Trailer Or Daiwa’s New EDV-01 Robotic House?

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Let’s assume a major hurricane similar to Katrina has struck Louisiana coast wiping out all utility centers, shelters, roads and other sources of relief. FEMA is faced with the reality of housing tens of thousands of people AND providing them electricity, showers, bathrooms and other conveniences that Americans demand. If you were the refugee you […]

Magic Jack Refuses To Collect 911 Fees, Florida County Wants Lost Revenue

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Looks like the folks over at Magic Jack don’t want to play fare in the telephony world. Seems they refuse to collect 911 fees from their customers EVEN THOUGH those customers have the same access to 911 services as those who PAY. And now, Kanawha County Florida is taking the USB phone company to court!

New Device Lets You Turn Your Cellphone Into A Satellite Communicator!

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[fblike]Another gadget from CES that may be of interest to those in the emergency services is the inexpensive SPOT Communicator. The little device connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone and allows you to call for help, update Facebook and Twitter, send global satellite messages and transmit your coordinates from anywhere.

Calm Down And Educate Yourself Before Switching To A Verizon iPhone

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[fblike]For some odd reason the internet has gone out of its mind over this Verizon iPhone announcement. At approximately 11:06AM ET the words ‘Verizon iPhone‘ was mentioned at today’s news conference in New York. If you are contemplating switching carriers or buying the Verizon version of the iPhone you REALLY need to take a deep […]

New Sony Handycam w/ Built-In Projector

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[fblike]The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is like porn to many of us. Weeding through the gadgets separating what’s ‘neat’ from what’s useful can be difficult. However, Sony has come up with something that could be of use to us in the emergency services.

This Data Drive Might Be Firefighter Proof

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[fblike]There is a new portable data drive on the marketing from ioSafe. The manufacturer makes all of the standard claims, but goes the step further by proving it! At the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday, ioSafe demoed their drive by dunking it in water, dropping it, and even shooting at it with a shotgun!

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