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    Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call

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    Tow411/TowForce Login & Member Roll Call

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    I don’t ordinarily talk about my past, but I have to respond again to this post in a different manner as it helps me handle my own personal PTSD. Although this message is lengthy, please read this in its entirety. Regarding this horrible tragedy, I’ve read some unfair comments made by tow company personnel and others at the decisions to cease (temporarily) rescue efforts citing unsafe conditions. To that I share, in September, 1975, I was a young police officer saddled with the task of monitoring the San Diego River during El Nino storms. I remember a similar incident of a heroic rescue attempt where three firefighters drowned attempting to rescue others. Fast forward to 40-years ago, firefighters were attempting to rescue distressed rafters that went into New York’s Susquenna River. During initial rescue attempts, they rescued one rafter from the water with a rescue buoy, but didn’t get the second rafter. Firefighters went back into the swollen river in a small Boston-Whaler type boat when the current sucked the boat into the churning water. All three were tossed into the water. A second boat went into the water and they too capsized. We towers should always remember that, when speed of recovery goes up, safety oftentimes goes down. I want this narrative to serve as training topic for three reasons; one, swift-water tow recoveries are ALWAYS dangerous where I know of as many as five tow operators who died swimming or trying to extract vehicles from swift-water. Two, Mother Nature serves up dangerous conditions that man can never correctly estimate or beat, and three, I had a near drowning experience a few years ago on the Carson River where I’ll attest that even the strongest swimmer may not be able to beat the forces of the river. Note: The video I’ve attached is graphic. The video serves as a reminder that, NO rescuer is safe from the unknown or unseen dangers of any scene. While emotions always run high in these kinds of scenarios, when there’s risk to rescuers, sending rescuers in hastily sometimes leads to additional fatalities. Like the firefighters that you’ll see (if you watch the video), when they tried to attempt rescue under extremely unfavorable conditions, they lost their lives in the line-of-duty. But, where is it written that common sense should trump acts of safety and bravery? And, for those nay sayer’s who’ve dissed the decisions made in Sacramento this week, you should be ashamed of your nonsensical comments. Link: https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/public-safety/2015/09/29/40-years-later-drowned-firefighters-honored/72989294/ Comments that degrade the brave Sacramento’s first responder community are uncalled for. I have every faith the carrier will be recovered when fast flowing waters have slowed. It’s my hope that tower’s come away with a smarter view of just how vulnerable first responders are. And, in that, I also pray for the safety of those rescuers who ultimately will go into the Sacramento River. The water will reside eventually and recovery will take place under proper conditions. Until then, it’s far too dangerous to risk the lives of others via some knee-jerk reaction. I hurt for the Sharma family. R.
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    I am still a member and sponsor
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    So many reading and this new system only registers logged in member views. If you're a regular lurker registering has never been easier. Do It Now! Please Doing so will get TowForce closer to a A New Platinum Sponsor that will participate. However, if we cannot reach the 6000 members by June 11th, we prove them right. The Towing & Recovery Industry is just too small of a market for them to expand into. This potential new sponsor wants to get you to their website as they introduce new products. The have also agreed to post in the General Equipment forum with the goal of having a dedicated forum. The traffic is here, we just need to get the numbers up. That means both membership and topic participation. The message board had good traffic even after it broke. However, it became like "Read Only". Do not let this community go in that direction. Thanks, Now Reply to the Roll Call.
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    ABC Towing "SDMO" Graphix

    Source: Alabama Towing & Recovery Association Facebook Page
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    Ed.... that is a nice job throughout ….something to really get your teeth into...and the profit is sweet !! Shame they totalled the 5th wheeler I guess it must have weighed about 12 ….14000 lbs….that looks like another nice big repair job as well we ran our own bodyshop for many years and did a lot of very big work ….sometimes the odd job tried my patience and had the occasional battle with insurance cos over supplementarys but normally if you kept them informed at every move they were ok ... in the UK …..several insurance companies have their own approved repairer network and occasionally we were approached to join the networks guaranteeing large volumes of continuous work and fast track payment ……...but they wanted us to do free tows....free storage.... discount on all parts and paint materials.... and work for a stupidly low labour rate ……..sorry, No Thanks !! we remained independant. Wish you the best of luck with your new venture …. btw … the new response van kooks really good. John.
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