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Firefighter Rescues A Kitten From A Burning House, Catches It All On A GoPro Camera (VIDEO)

This video will definitely restore your faith in humanity.

The dramatic rescue was shot with a GoPro camera strapped to firefighter Cory Kalanick as he was responding to a call in Fresno, Calif. In the video, Kalanick spots an unconscious kitten lying amid a burned, smoke filled room and immediately takes it to safety and resuscitates him. 

See the full incredible rescue here. 

(GIF Source; GoPro via Youtube)

Hey guys, so this is kind of an important post. The above photo was taken of the devastation caused by a fire that is currently ripping through the north of my state.  

Thousands of homes and lives are at stake, and this heartbreaking statement was released by a local dog and cat shelter:

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So many of my friends have had to flee their homes, and many many people have been left stranded. The fire is still raging and the death toll isn’t confirmed. Updates can be found here.

Please if you have any spare money consider donating to the SACFS (South Australia Country Fire Service) my community is devastated and the level of damage is potentially catastrophic.

This has been called the worst fire since Ash Wednesday

If you’re from South Australia, the CFS have asked that people not come to the fire stations to donate, and instead give to your local Churches and resource centres that are offering aid. 

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Please reblog this and if you can’t physically make a contribution keep my community in your thoughts, my apologies if this is poorly put together, feel free to add anything if you feel necessary.

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Actual Japanese Workwear

Check out these absolutely stunning Japanese firemen coats. Known as Hanten coats, these were worn by Japanese firefighters in the 19th century. At the time, the technology to spray water at a high-enough pressure hadn’t been invented yet, so Japanese men had to fight fires by creating firebreaks downwind. Doing so, however, put them in danger of catching on fire themselves, as hot embers can travel up to a mile. So to make their coats more protective, they were continually doused with water. 

The symbols and designs you see are for several things. Some are just for decoration, of course, while some signal the fire crew that the wearer belonged to. Others are lucky symbols or refer to a heroic story, giving the wearer encouragement to be strong and courageous. 

You can see these coats in person (along with many other awesome things) at Shibui, a shop in New York City for Japanese antiques and collectibles. They’re moving at the end of September and are having a sale right now to lighten their load. Select items are discounted by up to 50%, including lots of boro fabrics, which is a kind of heavily patched and mended Japanese textile. You can see examples of boro here.

For those of us outside of NYC, Shibui has a Google+ page you can admire (they’ll take phone orders, if you’re interested). There’s also a book titled Haten and Happi, which is all about traditional Japanese work coats.