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Started in the fire service at age 16 volunteering. Went full time at age 17 and left to join the military 1 year later. Worked with fire and damage mitigation in the military and came back as a career firefighter in Charleston. Left as the Fire Marshal and worked for two departments prior to coming into my current position.

I've been published in Fire Engineering and all the others.

My writing takes up a lot of time but I'm also helping departments draft SOP's, set up training programs and working with firefighters on Building Construction issues.

I also edit Firefighter Hourly.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
The fire service began for me at age 3. My brother was a firefighter and from that point I was hooked.
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Jay's Blog

The Firefighter Come Lately

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 9:19am 0 Comments

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.…



Posted on January 1, 2008 at 6:17pm 1 Comment

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…


Use of Posts

Posted on January 1, 2008 at 5:52pm 1 Comment

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…


The Razors Edge

Posted on January 1, 2008 at 4:08pm 0 Comments

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…


Podcasts and Thoughts

Posted on December 30, 2007 at 11:31am 1 Comment

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:…



Posted on December 29, 2007 at 9:58am 1 Comment

I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out how best to communicate with my friends in the fire service. Now the solution is clear. I'll use Firefighter Nation.

Blog On

Posted on September 3, 2007 at 6:42pm 0 Comments

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.

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At 4:14pm on December 31, 2007, Firefighter Spot said…
Hey Jay,
Thanks a ton. I noticed the best thing for all of us is spreading the word!
Be Safe !
At 1:01pm on December 29, 2007, Mick Mayers said…
Well, instead of going to check out Hourly then coming over so I can see what's going on here, I guess this means one-stop shopping. Welcome to the Nation.
At 1:42am on September 7, 2007, Firefighter Nation WebChief said…
Jay, you should be able to post the RSS feed from your site right on your profile.

At 11:04pm on September 4, 2007, Thomas Hart said…
Keep the writing.....I write too. Tom
At 9:28pm on July 24, 2007, Firefighter Nation WebChief said…
Welcome to Firefighter Nation!

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Check out the Groups tab and join any that are appropriate -such as your state's group -- or start your own, upload photos and video (including from YouTube, Google Video and MySpace), and more. Thanks for being - part of the first week of Firefighter Nation!

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