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Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Fire Prevention Week, Oct 5-11, 2014

Every school child learns the story about Mrs. O'Leary's cow being responsible for the great Chicago fire. Although historical research would probably find little proof that a cow kicked over a lantern, the great Chicago fire and the fire in the neighboring state of Wisconsin over a two day period in 1871 made firefighters and public officials realize that fire prevention had to be improved. Although the Chicago fire is more famous, the fire in Peshtigo was more damaging in loss of life and land with over 1100 people dying and over 1 million acres burned in two days.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, "On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention." The website contains information about fire, electrical and building safety and outlines strategies for fire prevention and the history of fire prevention over the years. This year's theme is Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Check Yours Every Month. Visit the site to learn more ways that your school or community can learn about fire prevention.

On Duty

A Glendale salute to the US Navy as it turns 239 on Monday October 13.

This iconic photo depicting Navy history during the Invasion of Normandy is from a great website on Navy History.

"If not me, then who?"

The quote above is from the book, Brothers Forever. Read the true story of 2 best friends and their ultimate sacrifice in the book which salutes Marine Corp 1st Lt. Travis Manion, Navy LT (SEAL) Brendan Looney, and all of our nation's military who fight for our freedom.

Competitive Drill: Speed is an Accessory Style of Drill

Speed is an accessory style of drill. It accentuates the other styles to make them more impressive. It combines with the other styles of drill to accentuate them.

Power, when combined with speed, is very impressive in competition and performances. This is much like the King's Guard style. It is, however, very difficult, because it's harder to stop a rifle travelling faster. If you go back to the equation, M=Fd, the more you increase M (torque/speed), the more you have to increase F (Force exerted) or d (distance). If you already stop the rifle at the top of the barrel and bottom of the butt, the only thing left is to stop with more Force. This is what makes Power x Speed so cool.

Flow combined with Speed drill is impressive because it increases the level of precision we need to have. It is very difficult to snatch a rifle out of the air, especially if it is spinning quickly.

Trick and speed drill is very cool and definitely adds something to drill. Having speed can add rotations to any aerial, which makes them much more difficult, and much more jaw-dropping. Be careful, however, as moving too quickly is a sure way to get hurt.

Adding speed to your drill is very difficult. I recommend you do it only with segments and routines you have already mastered. Start slowly and add speed as you get bored. Do not add speed to a move, transition, segment, etc. that you are not comfortable with. Speed is very dangerous, and is a good way to get hurt if you are not experienced.

If you are experienced, however, it can be a very valuable thing to add to your drill. Practice using wrist weights, available at, to slow yourself down. When you take them off, your arms will seem lighter and move more quickly. You can also just gradually increase your speed as you are more comfortable. You can also watch drill videos at a faster pace (around 1.25-1.5 times normal speed) to skew your interpretation of what quick drill looks like. The bottom line, though, is that adding strength to your wrists, arms, back, fingers, and abs will be the easiest way to increase the speed of your drill.

Don’t forget to stretch before you spin.

Adam Jeup has been an active driller for 11 years and has competed at IWDC. He owns and operates Independent Drill, a learning resource for drillers of all skill levels. Adam is a regular contributor to the Bugler. Stay tuned for his exclusive articles on competitive drill!

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