Animal hoarder charged with death of 20 pets

   By Michael Williams/Today’s Sunbeam from SALEM — An alleged animal hoarder was indicted recently on animal cruelty charges in connection with an incident earlier this year when 20 of her pets burned to death while trapped in a horse trailer. Brenda S. Rhodes, 60, was indicted by a Salem County Grand Juryon third-degree […]

Firefighter’s Goal

Once again, we are back in the jumpseat, welcome back!  Do you have a goal for your fire service career?  This question popped up in my head today as we reviewed the upcoming sports season.  Most athletes have goals that they strive to reach.  From a football player making it to the super bowl to […]

Firefighter Injuries

Good afternoon from the jumpseat.  I must confess that being hurt and unable to head back to the firehouse, STINKS.  As my shoulder begins to heel my brain is back to work thinking about everything fire service. Today’s topic: Firefighter Injuries  Let’s face it, our chosen profession can cause us injury or even death in a blink […]

Fire Training Gone Wrong

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) — As you’re about to see, training to fight fires can be as dangerous as the real thing. News 3’s Mackenzie Warren obtained video of an accident during a training drill in January that lead to last week’s suspension of the North Las Vegas Fire Chief. What was meant […]

Busiest Firefighter on Scene?

Good afternoon from the jumpseat.  As another busy shift progressed on the best side we recieved the three words we all sit around and wait for.  Engine 8 for the “reported Structure Fire.”  Those words came across the radio as I was stepping up to drive the engine while returning from an automatic alarm when […]

PD: ‘Unusual’ note found at Phoenix house fire

Here is a link to a great article out of Phoenix Arizona. According to Steve Kuzi from the fire department responded to a reported structural fire and found a vacant hoarder home at level 5.  While fighting the fire they found a disturbing note admitting to starting the fire and other crimes. This is a classic case of how […]

Firefighter removed New Castle Pa

  In this video shot by Joe DiThomas of News Castle, onlookers cheer on firefighters as they realize Lt. John Onufrak has been rescued from the burning building. For more info on this incident go to  

Aurora Co Movie Theater Shooting FD audio

Aurora Co Movie Theater Shooting FD audio 7/20/12 – YouTube. If you haven’t listened to this tragedy unfold over the fire-ems radio you should.  What a horrible tragedy handled by these brave men and women.  Take a listen to them taking charge while calling for additional support. I’m sure the heroic stories will come out from people […]

Life goes on!

As I sit in my favorite station recliner reflecting on the past week my head just continues to spin like a top.  I can’t remember a week of my personal life that had this many ups and down’s.  From the awesome presentation to the property managers to the loss of a dear friend emotions ran […]

Rest in Peace Firefighter-Paramedic Denise Cooper

It is with a hole in my heart that I write from the jumpseat today.  As the news circulated this morning of  Firefighter-Paramedic Denis Cooper (Ret.) passing my heart sank.  Denise was a valued family friend that was a ROCK.  Her understanding of our lifestyle and contributions to the fire service will never be forgotten. […]

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