Hello everyone! I am mortified that I haven't updated my blog in probably a year. I hope all my friends on FFN are well.
I am doing well. I am still a volunteer FF although at my age I am delegated to the Accountability board most of the time and truly happy with that! I even designed my own and last drill got to use one our department received for large structure fire/incidents. I also manage our Facebook page and email campaigns so although I'm not out there so to speak I'm…Continue
We get asked this question all the time. Is there a real answer? Let's here them!
There is nothing like coming home from working a day job and talking with my husband while he is getting ready to go to his FD when my pager goes off. While passing in the hall kissing each other and saying be careful he heads to his FD to work shift and I head to our call. There is nothing like living a firefighters life.
Added by Amber Richardson on July 25, 2013 at 7:37pm — No Comments
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Excerpt from post at pipenozzle.com on Ackley Argle Bargle and the Ecology of Fire. Reprinted here with permission.
"But the hazard load won’t go away no matter who runs the department or runs it into the ground. Firefighters see the world as a collection of hazards so the rest of us don’t have to look at them, and the total of hazards in a protection jurisdiction is the hazard load. It’s all part of the ecology of fire, of all things that burn. Firefighters know…Continue
Added by Barry Greer on July 15, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments
I have a question for everyone. My nephew he is a patch collector and he is turning 10 yrs old on August 23. And for his birthday id like to get him some patches. If anyone is willing to send him patches. please get with me...
Good afternoon my fellow Firefighters!
As we all know by now, on June 30th, 19 of our FINEST Firefighters laid down their lives in the line of duty, giving their last full measure of devotion and service.
They have made a Memorial T-Shirt for our fallen brothers; please EVERYONE consider purchasing one. A portion of all proceeds are going to the Burn Institute.
Thank you for sharing with all of your coworkers, friends, and family!…
Added by Jonathan Hearn on July 8, 2013 at 9:11pm — No Comments
Wow...19 deaths of the Hot Shots in Arizona! On the ten year commemoration of The Thirtymile Fire, a New Safety Structure with Accountability was passed. Of the four of us, it was aid that it was "Our Legacy." Now this! Fires, like the recent one in Arizona, should be fought only from the air with water and fire retardent, not live crew! It's too risky! Fire often creates it's own weather, so all it takes is for the wind to come up to create conditions for a burnover. On accountability,…Continue
Added by Karen Lee FitzPatrick on July 5, 2013 at 4:16pm — No Comments
Not long ago, I read an article suggesting firefighters should slow down during training sessions to increase duplication of the skills presented. This seems like a valid argument to ensure basic and advanced skills are learned and mastered. We can look at this type of training as practice, where more time is needed to focus on the subject. While I agree we must take more time when learning new skills and reinforcing important information, our training must also include high intensity and…Continue
Added by Brad Maness on July 3, 2013 at 12:37am — No Comments
To All FirefighterNation Members:
The current Fire Weather forecast reports the Heat Wave that's dominated the Western United States is expected to be around for another couple of days. Today's supposed to be the hottest of it all with a gradual cooling trend coming in later on this week.
It's extremely important that EVERYONE KEEP/STAY HYDRATED, wear a HAT, use SUNSCREEN and SUNGLASSES. If you're planning outdoor activities,…Continue
Added by James Alexander on July 1, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments
by: Lou Angeli
During my career, I’ve covered a number of wildland fire campaigns as a video and photojournalist. One thing I’ve learned is that when Mother Nature whips a firestorm, she does so with a vengeance.
Added by Lou Angeli on July 1, 2013 at 11:38am — No Comments
To All FirefighterNation Members:
Today was a very tragic and unfortunate day for all Firefighters Nationwide in Prescott, Arizona where 19 Firefighters from a 20 man Hot Shot Crew were killed in the line of duty battling a fast-moving wildfire that has forced the evacuation of two small towns in central Arizona on Sunday, fire officials said.…Continue
Added by James Alexander on July 1, 2013 at 2:47am — No Comments
18 firefighters working the Yarnell Hill Fire confirmed dead. Under these circumstances most people will…Continue
Added by Timothy O. Casey on July 1, 2013 at 2:35am — No Comments