Friday, November 30, 2012
Garbage Fires Go Mobile
Fri, November 30, 2012 | link
It's a quiet morning in your neighborhood, all is routine. Eat breakfast, comb your hair, brush your teeth,
take out the garbage. But then the routine turns into one of the most disgusting scenes imaginable, delivered right there
to your doorstep: A burning garbage truck. It's more common than you might think.
It happened yesterday in Sparks,
Nevada. Neighbors recalled the heat and smoke as the massive truck and its ton of garbage burned and caught another car on
fire, a line of hydrolic fluid fire rolled down the street gutter and into a storm drain. It took a large contingent of emergency
workers to get the situation under control. KOLO TV sent a reporter to sniff out the story.
Yes, it's terrible and it is a lot more common than you might think. Jut in the month of November alone
there have been 8 reported garbage truck fires throughout the United States. Fire Safety Sales out of Bloomington, Ill says
on its web page that garbage truck fires are “extremely common.” How common? “On average, there are seven refuse truck
fires each day.”
Fire Pro Sales says they have a product that can extinguish the fires. It may be something
municipalities want to explore, because the way garbage truck fires are handled right now is pretty alarming. The burning
garbage is usually dumped out in a huge random pile wherever the garbage truck happens to be at the time, weather it is the
middle of a busy street, a business park or neighborhood. Yeah, that gets a lot of attention. When it gets attention, people
pull out their camera phones. In the past 5 years, 16 burning garbage truck have been caught on video and posted to YouTube.
On the videos you can hear amazed people as they watch the smoking and flaming trash. They can hardly contain their excitement.
Yesterday's garbage truck fire in Sparks, Nevada was the second in the Reno area over the past year. YouTube user
"disneyr" posted this video in August.
It is shot out the front window of a car driving on an un-named road. There is the pleasant sound of
a car radio and a man’s voice can be heard undramatically narrating: “fire, fire, fire. There is a ha ha, garbage
truck, caught on fire.” His camera phone rings and the camera pans down to the BMW steering wheel, then back up to the
closed lanes of traffic and the firefighters. A large plume of brownish smoke can be seen rising out of the green garbage
truck. “Ooooo, stinky too. Good job firefighters. The communities favorite civil servants.”
In another incident, office workers wandered away from their desks on February 19, 2012 to watch another garbage truck fire out the window of
their upper-story building.
“Holy crap," the person with the camera says. "I have never
seen that before. Yeah, that's going to suck. Dump your load. I am recording it. That is freaking awsome! This is going on
YouTube. Oh, it is going to be in the middle of the street and it is going to go up in flames and he pulls away. Now if he
gets out with a fire extinguisher I am going to laugh my ass off... poor guy. His day just got a lot longer . . . at least
its Friday. God the clean up on this. Ugh!"
Most of the videos posted on YouTube are shot out on the street.
YouTube user “SkylarWallace” posted one in November 2011. He said he was on his way to “Planet Sub” when the burning garbage grabbed his attention. He
was really excited.
“Then I would really get 100-thousand hits! So I guess the backs of those (trucks) are
fire proof? I mean this is awsome! It is taking off, look at it go. I gotta film the whole thing. Hey! I know that guy. That
is the fire chief in the white shirt. It's awsome. The guy got back in it. Can he dump it? Oh, he is going to dump it. Oh!
Yes! This is the best video I have ever filmed. Look at that! Dude there is a lot of stuff. If all that catches, this is going
to go from awsome to scary. Woah! Oh. There it is Oh!”
Another woman nearby says, “That is a bad day
at work right there! Ha ha ha.”
Despite hoping he would get 100,000 hits, his video has 2,769 views. But
he is not far off. Some of these mobile trash fires are getting tens of thousands of views. One in December 2010 shows a fire spreading in a neighborhood in McQueeney, TX. It has 64, 000 views.
Here is another with 45,000 views
And, if you have't had your fill of burning garbage deliveries, here are a couple more
While it is interesting for the bystanders, it truly is a bad day at work for the drivers, firefighters
and clean up crews involved. One video actually shows shows a firefighter climbing inside the burning garbage truck. The comments posted by the public on these
videos show that garbage truck fires are a sensitive topic too. One man posted: We own a garbage business and if that was
our truck, we would have dumped the trash on the road. The fine and the clean up would cost less than replacing the
truck. Another wrote: “Maybe one of u pencil pushers should have called the Fire Dept instead of watching.”
Like it or not, the public is intrigued with the mystique of garbage trucks (two videos of garbage
trucks simply operating have more than 11 million views on YouTube). The additional spectacle and prevalence of garbage truck
fires could become an increasing public relations problem for garbage companies.
As I have explored this topic
this morning a few ideas have occured to me that garbage companies might want to explore. A heat sensor in the refuse compartment
connected to an alarm in the cab could quickly alert drivers to a fire. Maybe the trucks already have that. I don't know.
They also might want to explore the "First Responder Stat-X Grenade" by Fire Safety Sales. Here is the video of how it works. The driver could throw it in the refuse compartment giving them enough time to get out of a neighborhood
or off the street and to a safe place. One can is $150, a small price to pay when neighborhoods, lives and expensive trash
trucks are in danger. For now, insurance companies are likely eating the cost when burning garbage strikes. Maybe if garbage
trucks have a Stat-X grenade on board the companies could get an insurance discount? Doesn't hurt to ask.
you on the road!
Twitter: Transporter @kyplaskon
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Todays Exclusives include great work by the Associated Press.
Thu, November 29, 2012 | link
More than 100 people died in
a clothing factory fire over the weekend in Bangladesh. An Associated Press reporter sifted through the rubble and found some
disturbing connections to companies here in the US.
U.S. News & World Report
Iranian scientists have run
computer simulations for a nuclear weapon according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.
Bay News 9C
ruiser video obtained
by Bay News 9 shows Trooper firing at a cemetery owner.
(Reuters) - Sony Corp has been approached by at least three investment banks offering to sell its battery business.
Reno Businesses, City Offering Free Fitness Classes
Thu, November 29, 2012 | link
Free 1-hout pilates, yoga, boot camp, Brazilian Jujitsu, Unlimited Yoga for
$40 per month? Yeah, that is the unheard-of public-private fitness partnership going on right now in Reno. I put together
a little raw video for the City of Reno about it. They will be sending it out to stations for air. Check it out: http://youtu.be/lY3AsNmXFMg The news story is below. My company Video News Releases Direct does this for just
$99 a pop. Call 702-716-0334 for details.
RENO, NV -- After years of trying public-private fitness
partnerships in different cities throughout the nation, City of Reno Recreation Manager, Andy Bass says he has finally found
“We want to be a model for the nation and we hope that we are making the
effort in the fight against obesity. We want to be the leaders and we are trying to do that through national organizations
to show them our model.”
Bass began the effort in the Spring this year. He picked up the phone and called
businesses, asking them to offer their services for free. His first call was to 24 Hour Fitness.
to the manager and he likes the the idea and sees the benefit of trying to help the community as well as trying to get his
name out there,” Bass said. “24 Hour Fitness could do this on their own, but it (the fight agains obesity) is
a lot more powerful if you have three or four partners and that is what we (the City of Reno) have brought to the table.”
The businesses that are on-board include the Studio, KOR and 24-Hour Fitness. They call it “Shape Up Reno.”
The classes include popular exercises like Boot Camp, Yoga, Pilates and beginning January 1st, 2013, 24-Hour Fitness will
offer Brazilian Jujitsu.
“The overall goal is to improve the health of the community and everyone wants
to be in better shape and be healthy so we are trying to facilitate that by removing the barriers,” Bass said.
One of the main barriers he says: Cost. So, the classes are free. The city is also stepping up to the plate, offering unlimited
yoga for just $40 a month.
He says similar efforts didn’t work in other cities because business were afraid
the city would be competing with them.
“No competition and if anything we are their biggest supporters. We
have different markets. If people are going to 24 Hour Fitness they probably have different goals than those who come to a
city fitness program.”
He says, the lower-income classes just get peoples feet in the door of fitness. If
they want to take it to the next level, that is where the private businesses take over. He says it is a model for success
on many levels, from cost, to health and businesses getting some new clients. He explains the secret to his success.
“Really what it comes down to, as professionals that work for the citizens our job is to give all we can to help them
and that is what it takes, you have to have that drive and that firm belief and passion and you can do anything if you have
Not only has he found like-minded people in the business community here and is trying to bring like-minded
individuals on board. People who feel a higher calling like new City of Reno Yoga instructor Kelly Logoteta.
cater the classes to the person and the level of their ability,” she says. “I absolutely do not do it for the
money, you do not become a millionaire by becoming a yoga instructor.”
She may not be a millionaire, but
with people like her backing the “Shape Up Reno” effort, the partnership is accomplishing a healthier population.
Hundreds have already participated. Not only that, but Reno may be setting a national example and that is worth a fortune.
Free & Reduced Cost Fitness Classes
Boot Camp Fri. 12 PM free
100 N Sierra
St. Pilates Tues. 5:30 PM free
Yoga Sat 9 AM
1095 S. Virginia
24-Hour Fitness Brazilian Jujitsu
City of Reno Yoga
M, Tu,Th,Fri 6 am $40 Unlimited
1301 Valley Rd.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Natural Gas Study Outlines Geopolitical Shift
Mon, November 5, 2012 | link
Reno, Nevada (IRIS)--The
first federal world petrolium report in more than a decade was released this year and it shows two major shifts that could
impact our personal and geopolitical futures. There is nearly 1 trillion feet of recoverable natural gas than previously thought
in the world and where that natural gas is located could result in geopolitical shifts.
“By looking at the amount of oil and gas this is exactly the kind of information
for long and medium term planning,” said USGS Director Marsha McNutt in a brief press conference call. She added that
governments will use the information to look at “what will be the infrastructural needs and environmental impacts.”
In terms of gas, look for that development impact in the
arctic and East Africa according to McNutt.
real money is still in oil and the new report has big news in that arena too. Previous report from 2000 showed the largest
recoverable oil reserves in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. But the new report show the largest oil reserves
are closer to home and in poor countries. Sub-Saharan Africa; Caribbean and South American regions are both ranked higher
than the Middle East and Soviet Union.
in Africa and South America that were previously considered resource poor, could be seen as resource rich. But
much of the oil sits in a tough-to-get place “Off-shore areas, many (countries) don’t have the capabilities to
do the drilling,” said Chris Schenk, USGS Research Geologist
You can view the reports
Nation's First Cold
War Memorial Groundbreaking & Book Signing
The Forest Service members of the
CIA and workers from Area 51 were at Mt. Charleston outside Las Vegas for the groundbreaking of the nation's first Cold War
Memorial on Saturday, November 17. This will enhance the regions international recognition for its role in America's victory
in the Cold War. The Atomic Testing museum with its hands-on exhibits, the atomic test site with its bomb-ravaged structures
and now the cold war memorial honoring America's heroes who lost their lives in America's longest war. Vistors can get a signed
first-edition copy of Silent Heroes of the Cold War (Stephen's Press 2008) and learn more at this first public event on a
multi-million dollar Forest Service project in the area.
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