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    Alum Bank was a great weekend, learned TONS thanks Kurt. Alum Bank was a great host, thanks Kelly. Anyone worried about "wasting" $250 think again!
    The O-fers that where there, were nodding and shaking their heads in the first 1/2 hour of Saturday morning. Everyone had something to add and learn. I'm sure that our group will do well for 2007 Afg and on...
    Michael

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    Thanks again Kelly and the Alum Bank Fire Department you did excellent!! Kurt you are a wealth of informating thanks again! The drive home was a different story. 4 1/2 hours for a 3 hour drive.

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    • #3
      Glad you made it home safe Chief. I hit snow for 4 of my 5 hours

      These things I learned driving in Pa.

      65 means 85 to 90 and that's OK.

      When you go over 4 overpasses in a row and each one has a car in the gaurdrail, the bridge "MAY FREEZE" signs mean something.

      Of course don't slow down, just do 80 then slam down to 45 right before the bridge, directly after the bridge back to 80 until the next. Repeat until home or their are no more cars in the gaurdrails. At that point resume the steady 80 to 90 until home.

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      • #4
        Great

        It was a great seminar. I know that I learned alot that I can use in future years. Even if you have already received grants, you will learn something new. I learned that firefighters from outside from outside our area don't like snow.

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        • #5
          Thanks to All of You

          I would like to say thank you to all that attended and tried to attend the seminar we had in Alum Bank this past weekend with Kurt Bradley. I would also like to thank you for the generous gifts, food, patches, and memerobilia that was given to us. Your generousity is greatly appreciated. If at all possible, I would like to have a patch from the departments that participated. If you did not give me one at the seminar, would you mind sending me one. Also, I am sure Kurt would also appreciate one for his collection. I have to send one down to him also. It seems that I forgot to give him one. I believe he and Damien were out playing in the snow that they love so much when I was passing them out. By the way, Kurts flight out of Johnstown was once again cancelled when he went to leave. He ended up making the extra 2 hour trip to Pittsburgh by car to catch a flight to Florida. I believe this has been a seminar even Kurt will not forget!!

          It amazes me that a group of strangers can come together at a seminar such as this, and feel so comfortable with each other. It was if I had known you guys (and gals) all my life. I was thinking about the different directions you all were traveling home and figuring about how long it would take. You were in my prayers and I am thankful that you made it home safely.

          This was a lot of work for me, but a really rewarding experience, and I even got to learn a lot of information!! For those of you who thought about attending and didn't, "YOU MISSED IT!!" I am sure Earl will not mind me sending an invitation out for those that are interested in attending a seminar with Kurt in LaPorte, Indiana March 2,3. It is definitely worth spending the little bit of money to receive a wealth of information.

          THANK YOU ALL!! Stay safe and I pray that God will watch over each and every one of you.

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          • #6
            Ditto that. Im trying to get ahold of E.H. from Freedom PA. Need to send him some things, and the email I got from him at the seminar is not working. If you are reading this Ed, please contact me. The networking was great, also putting faces to names on here is also interesting. I did learn alot from the various grant writers in attendance.

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            • #7
              We still have room!!

              Sounds like it was a good two day session in Alum Bank. I went to one of Kurt's seminars in Florida as a skeptic about the expense, then 8 months later got to see many of my "classmates" from that seminar at the CEDAP award training. I don't think that's a coincidence.

              Somebody made a comment in another thread today about being 3 for 6 without hiring a grant writer. Having written a few now, i don't think any "hired gun" can do as good a job as somebody from the applying department. Kurt and Brian are not about writing applications--their objective is to equip us to do it better for ourselves.

              At the moment, the LaPorte session is split between awarded veterans (including two-time SAFER R & R winner K3TWP) and novices. Contacet me off-line for additional info.

              earl

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              • #8
                To all of you who attended the Alum Bank seminar, it was my pleasure meeting all of you and finally putting faces with screen names for a change. Kelly did a fine job and their facility was perfect for this, although their physical location is still, IN THE STICKS! LOL! Oh well, I must admit it was an experience for me, I will not soon forget.

                Earl I'm giving you early warning, I swear, if you make me have to drive in snow and ice from Chicago, just to get to you guys, I am gonna have to get in a new line of work.
                Kurt Bradley
                Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
                " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LFD1MICHAEL View Post
                  Alum Bank was a great weekend, learned TONS thanks Kurt. Alum Bank was a great host, thanks Kelly. Anyone worried about "wasting" $250 think again!
                  The O-fers that where there, were nodding and shaking their heads in the first 1/2 hour of Saturday morning. Everyone had something to add and learn. I'm sure that our group will do well for 2007 Afg and on...
                  Michael
                  Ditto, it was a great weekend. Alum Bank is a top notch organization and they should be proud of their members. I met alot of really great people there and had a great time. It was well worth the money spent. Heck I'm waiting till Kurt comes back this way again. Bet it won't be in the winter. A lot of good ideas. Thanks Kelly and Kurt. Look forward to seeing ya again sometime.

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                  • #10
                    I had a great time as well. Thank you to Kelly for organizing a top notch hosting facility and thank you to Kurt for spreading a wealth of useful information. I would definately recommend this seminar to anybody interested in bettering their organization!

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                    • #11
                      Great seminar, worst weekend of the year. I should have known that when I finally get a fire department sponsored "vacation," it would be on the coldest weekend and during the FIRST snowstorm of the year. I will continue to research that CPR class in Cancun.

                      In all seriousness, it was great meeting everyone and putting faces to screenames here. I'm sorry we didn't have enough time to spend with each person at the seminar, but we all seemed to share stories and I know at the very least I learned from not only Kurt, but the other seminar attendees.

                      Thanks to Kelly and the members of "ABC Fire" for the hospitality.

                      I wrote up a quick article on our website to highlight the weekend's events!

                      http://www.westwoodfire.com/index.cf...ew&News_ID=243

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                      • #12
                        Chief Sly the fire slayer / bingo player.

                        What a beautiful web site! Should I transfer this link over to the off duty forum, and start with the "Dude you have blue trucks thing" or just let it go?

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                        • #13
                          Thank you for the kind remarks Chief. You guys have all been so thoughtful and kind. This article on your website is great. Chief Sly, just yesterday, I saw the same picture of you with the bingo marker hanging in the Post Office under Bedford County's Most Wanted. What else did you guys get into while you were here. Just where have you been since Sunday?

                          I enjoyed meeting up with all of you. It really was a rewarding experience. Thanks again Chief.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SLY4420 View Post
                            Great seminar, worst weekend of the year. I should have known that when I finally get a fire department sponsored "vacation," it would be on the coldest weekend and during the FIRST snowstorm of the year. I will continue to research that CPR class in Cancun.

                            In all seriousness, it was great meeting everyone and putting faces to screenames here. I'm sorry we didn't have enough time to spend with each person at the seminar, but we all seemed to share stories and I know at the very least I learned from not only Kurt, but the other seminar attendees.

                            Thanks to Kelly and the members of "ABC Fire" for the hospitality.

                            I wrote up a quick article on our website to highlight the weekend's events!

                            http://www.westwoodfire.com/index.cf...ew&News_ID=243
                            Wow John, I am impressed. Great article and thanks!
                            Kurt Bradley
                            Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
                            " Never Trade Skill for Luck"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by LFD1MICHAEL View Post
                              What a beautiful web site! Should I transfer this link over to the off duty forum, and start with the "Dude you have blue trucks thing" or just let it go?
                              Michael,

                              Thanks for the website complements. It's been a great investment for us (tons of community support, recognition, respect!) and we try to keep it very professional. Yes, the blue truck thing...there's not much that could be said I haven't heard yet. The only really nice thing is that there's nothing in the program guidance that dictated what color we had to paint the new rescue!

                              Originally posted by imafireman View Post
                              Chief Sly, just yesterday, I saw the same picture of you with the bingo marker hanging in the Post Office under Bedford County's Most Wanted. What else did you guys get into while you were here. Just where have you been since Sunday?
                              If you saw that picture, I hope the bald spot didn't show up as bad in black and white. We actually TRIED to get in trouble but there just weren't enough bars and the local Alum Bank strip club must have been closed due to the weather.

                              Thanks again guys!

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