Normandy’s (not-so) Light Brigade.

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In 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson (the Poet Laureate of the UK at the time), penned a poem entitled “The Charge of The Light Brigade.” Famous for such lines as “Half a league, half a league / Half a league onward…”, and “…Theirs not to make reply / Theirs not to reason why / Theirs but […]

Turning Left.

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“This way! This way, over here!” I could see the frantic full-body gestures from the staff member through the windshield as I pulled off Benning Road into the gravel lot. As if on cue, radio traffic from Engine 10 shot through my vehicle, confirming CPR was in-progress. I mean, hey, it’s your golf course.  I shrugged […]

Farewell, brother.

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I was really hoping that I never had to write another of these. They’re heartbreaking, and difficult, and make me really upset. But just like the last one, it’s someone that means a great deal to me, and I would be remiss if I didn’t pen something about a man who taught me so much […]

Two Attitudes.

Yes, I know, I’ve held off on posting for a long time due to the social media policy our administration was holding people to. It was a difficult road to navigate—but I realized that if I don’t write this stuff down, it’ll be lost forever. And I definitely don’t want that. So after a number of internal […]

Gear Review: Blauer’s new tactical boots

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Back at it again, and under the radar with a few gear reviews. Might as well test out some stuff while holding off on the writing for a bit, no? ————— Blauer, the well-known manufacturer of duty gear (shirts, jackets, pants, etc.) for fire/EMS and law enforcement, has released a new line of footwear this […]

St. Baldrick’ Support a Fellow Brother Fighting Pediatric Cancer!

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As he has in years past, my fellow firefighter Rocky Baldino is preparing to buzz off his hilariously-out-of-control hairstyle for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. A little backstory: In 1999, three New York City insurance executives decided to turn their St. Patrick’s day celebrations into a statement of solidarity for children currently being treated with chemotherapy. […]

“Social Media Policy” How does it affect the bloggers?

Just over three years ago, I penned a post regarding how firefighters and EMS providers were landing themselves in hot water by using various social media outlets to share their antics, thoughts, or general ridiculousness (that we know is rampant in public safety, let’s be honest) with countless strangers over the internet. Every time this […]

Farewell, brother.

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Tomorrow I will don my "Class A" uniform and say farewell to a friend, brother, mentor, and fireman.  The last word seems to be the most important. Yes, I know that all those words are important—but the last one sticks out. It means more than most know, spoken by and about the right people. ————— […]

Gear Review: The Flashlight to End All Flashlights?

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This is it. The bad boy. The big mamma-jamma. "In the red corner… at over 17" long and more than three pounds with batteries… stands COAST's flagship, the HP314!" (Sound like a monster? That's because it is.) Remember the HP14 that I reviewed a while back? Well, this is his ridiculously powerful brother. The bad boy. The big mamma-jamma. […]

Musings from the back of a fire engine.

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Today was a good day, one that restores your faith in a place that has so much wrong with it at the moment.

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