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Happy Thanksgiving

A Message of Gratitude

By Debra Hall

"Mom, it's getting closer."  It's September of 2015 and my 16-year-old son is on his computer checking the progress of the Valley Fire that is ripping through Northern California. He's trying not to let his emotions show, but I can hear the catch in his voice.

My 19-year-old son, away at college, is texting.  "I think we're going to lose the cabin. This is so sad."

My husband and I are obsessing over Twitter and Facebook, trying to get news. Everyone has been evacuated, so we rely on social media posts from the fire crews. Via Twitter, we learn that the 75,000-acre fire has reached Sycamore Road in Loch Lomond, not more than 150 yards from our little cabin. 
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Appendix L
Hat Trick:

Three New Cities Adopt FARS Code

Branson, MO, Midland, TX and Rogers, AR are the latest cities to adopt FARS Appendix L of the 2015 ICC International Fire Code, which will require firefighter air replenishment systems (FARS) in new construction. FARS are now required in 10 states.

Branson is an Ozark town in southwest Missouri

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Annie's Air
Anne Gagliano On
FARS And Why Air Replenishment Is Personal 

It is a moment captured in time; a powerful memory made permanent by the intense emotion that accompanied it.  A moment that changed the trajectory of my life.

I am sitting front row center in a massive auditorium, eagerly awaiting the four featured speakers, one of which is my particular favorite.  I am his biggest fan.

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Up, Up and Away!
FARS Advocate Ron Coleman On Superman, The New Urbanism And Building-Installed Firefighting Tools

Superman, the hero of the fictional world, had a great line when he was ready to fly away to take some sort of action. I don't know how many times I heard the TV actor George Reeves say, "up, up and away" as he leapt from the ground, defying gravity. 



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