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 […]

Cluttered House Fire Rescue

by Catherine Holland PEORIA, Ariz. — A Peoria woman is lucky to be alive after an early morning fire ripped through her home Thursday. According to firefighters, it started in the laundry room of a house in the neighborhood of 86th and Marconi avenues, which is southwest of Loop 101 and Bell Road. The […]

A must see Video!

A video is worth a thousand words! I just can’t get this particular video out of my mind and feel impelled to write a couple observations about it.  I am a HUGE opponent to keyboard quarterbacking videos of firefighters as you are only seeing a small glimpse of the fire scene.  This video offers enough of a […]

Maybe we all should be Bloggers!

  As I have begun the promotional process, I have started reading the massive amounts of reading material.  In this material has been a interesting chapter on firefighting history. I must admit that I haven’t been a huge history fan but maybe with age comes wisdom and it is so interesting now.  Learning about the […]

Hoarder Fire: Common Myths

The stories keep coming in as Firefighters are facing more and more fires inside Hoarded Conditions.   It truly is amazing how many we are facing.  It is troubling to hear many firefighters talk about these conditions and immediately go to the fuel load problem.  Since starting my research into this problem of hoarding I […]

Remembering the Fallen…

Amazing Story

  Great learning points in this video.  Huge shout out to Raleigh NC for opening up after a horrific event so we all can learn! My first day ever driving the 105′ ladder trucks most famous words, before we even left the station….Slow down!

What does your Helmet say about you?

What a sad day, it is the day where my favorite helmet was added to the Jumpseat wall of Flame. Before you click off this blog post, let me answer you this question. What does your helmet say about you?  Why do firefighters have such an attachment to their helmets? This thought came to mind […]

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