While there are hundreds, if not thousands, of reasons people become firefighters some of the best firefighters happened to stumble upon the noble profession. Looking for a job, acting on a lark, or making money to finish their undergraduate degree in English, many have happened upon firefighting and decided to stay.…Continue
A firefighter from the FDNY became the first to use the Personal Safety System to escape from a perilous situation. As you no doubt recall, the PSS was developed in response to the tragic Black Sunday fire almost three years ago.
If there is a lesson in all of this it's bound to be the fire services dependence on reacting to situations after the fact. The FDNY brass knew the men wanted personal ropes to be able to escape but instead it took line of duty deaths to fix the…Continue
When someone sits down to write a post they expect others to read, comment and take something from it. One of the things you don't want to see is an entire post taken and reproduced under another persons name. It's in poor taste.
If someone needs a post to add to their blog feel free to ask but don't lift something from one persons page and post it on another. In the firehouse it would be considered poor form for a brother to take something not his own and online it is equally…Continue
Firefighters are often walking a thin line. On one side is ignominy and the other is death or serious injury. Walking this line is the most difficult part of the profession because firefighters don't instinctively run from anything.
Two story building with fire showing? No problem. Five car wreck with a haz mat spill? We'll cover it. Speeding down an icy road at 0200 to help Ms. Fallendown back into bed. You guessed it.
The thin line, the razors edge, whatever you want to call…Continue
One of the more popular features at Firefighter Hourly is the podcast. usually, barring a college football game, a daily podcast discusses issues of importance in the fire service. The success has led to the creation, and future roll-out, of a new podcast with it's own site and interviews, etc. We will debut it in January.
When you write or record material daily it becomes a challenge. One of my favorite quotes about writing is apropos:…Continue
I guess it's because most of the day is taken up with writing but I've left this blog and page too quiet. Dave has done a great job with Firefighternation.com and I want to be in on it. This is a good way to communicate in addition to my regular blog and my articles.