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St. Baldrick’s—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 […]

"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.

I'm Ready For Death.

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Tonight’s patient had a look of utter calm and acceptance on his face.

First-Due History.

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  The 1900-block (1915-1927, specifically) of 16th St, SE, Washington D.C. Thanks to DCFD Lt. Chuck Jones for sourcing this and sending it my way—what a difference from what we see today! Click to enlarge, if you're curious.   At work, usually the only context within which we discuss street names is (obviously) how to […]

100 Years of Glory / installment one.

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As I sit here at work tonight, it's hard not to notice a recent dip in the morale of the Department. Of course, new administrations, new transfer lists, new protocols, and new orders from up top will happen to any agency—but it's always been in the spirit of firefighters to push on through all the […]

Huffington Post: Can D.C. do what Boston did?

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This is verbatim from Huffington Post, to preserve consistency and accuracy. (Sorry for the cop-out copypasta, but it's relevant.) My only thoughts: I would feel more comfortable if the Mayor replied with a strong "yes, we are prepared," instead of his disconcerting use of a litote. Also, with an increasing call volume, continued difficulties with […]

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Alex Capece

Washington, D.C. Firefighter and Paramedic

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