Burning Up Christmas

A demonstration showing how flammable a dry Christmas tree can be as opposed to a tree watered regularly. This test was conducted by the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters NFPA: On average, one of every 66 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death compared to an average of one death per […]

Expect Hoarding

Another day of Honey-Do checklist getting crossed off I get a tweet from the “Average Jake ‏@AverageJakeFF Now that I’m aware of it they keep popping up in rapid numbers #hoarding #fire #ems #dangerous @Jumpseatviews.  I immediately take to the texting airways to inquire about his experience.  He explains that it was a common occurrence […]

Firefighters in Da Hood

 Good afternoon from the Jumpseat.  After another enjoyable twitter conversation last night, a couple of thoughts kept coming to mind this morning.  First was the issue of carcinogens in our turnout gear.  If you missed the discussion, everyone wanted to know opinions of wearing your gear into the living quarters of the firehouse.  It was […]

The Next Shooting

Good morning from the Jumpseat. As the horrific news came out last Friday of the school shooting in Connecticut we all stayed glued to the television at the firehouse watching.  Violence is nothing new to us, first responders, but this was something unbelievable.  How could anyone choose to harm such innocent young children? Seems unfathomable! […]

Stretching on a Dwelling.

Good morning from the jumpseat.  As I fell asleep last night listening to the scanner app from Detroit I couldn’t help but keep these firefighters in my prayers.  I do believe that these brave men and women are seeing a series of fires that would rival some of the worst in history. One thing that […]

Jumpseat Ready: What does it mean?

Views from the jumpseat was born from the 2009 Firehouse Expo in Baltimore. As the conference progressed, I noticed that the views from the street level firefighter was missing.  The fire service is a lot like the military and other services where we all start in the same place.  It just so happens that all […]

Wv Gas Explosion 12/11/12

Here is some audio from yesterday’s Large Gas Explosion.  I was not on the call but my department sent multiple resources.  More pictures to follow.

Melted Helmets: Badge of Honor?

Does having a melted helmet mean that you are a battle tested Warrior. I am going to talk about an unwritten or very rarely spoken about topic in the fire service, melted helmets.  Why does it seem like we look at the firefighter with the melted eye shields as if they are a true hero.  […]

Buffalo Clutter Fire

  WEST SENECA, NY – A late night fire displaced an Indian Church Road family Sunday night. Union Fire Company Chief Dan Vahught tells 2 On Your Side that the fire appears to have started in the home’s kitchen area. All of the residents made it out okay. Vahught says that crews had trouble getting […]

Outstanding Hoarder Fires

Commonly I will tell someone that I have taken on the topic of emergencies inside Hoarding conditions and the first thing they say is “we just don’t go in”.  Although I often disagree with them this tactic is one that is in the toolbox of fire attacks.  If you arrive to find a yard full […]

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