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Andy Fredericks Training Days – Updated!

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The first day of the Andy Fredericks Training Days was a great success! The largest group ever to attend the annual three-day conference arrived at the communal breakfast buzzing with energy and brotherhood despite the early hour.

A consulting gig on 15th and East Capitol, NE.

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4:06 a.m. – Engine 8 is dispatched on a single-engine local alarm for smoke in the area. 4:15 a.m. – Everyone else is dispatched to deal with what they found. A great video clip can be found at this link; credit to Vernard Green on Medic 8 at the time. (As usual, click for full-size […]

The Best Camera.

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You know what they say… the best camera is the one that’s with you.

Photo Contest / Fredericks Training Days

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I’m extremely pleased and quite proud to announce that my photo submission for the 2011 Andy Fredericks Training Days was selected as the winning entry! We received dozens of submissions featuring photographs from all over the country.  In the end the photo we choose came from Alex Capece who is a firefighter in nearby Washington, DC and […]

one city block

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“Victim, if you can hear me, keep tapping on something!” It started slowly, almost imperceptibly. I pressed the headphones tighter to my head with one hand and turned the volume up. tap… tap… tap… It was definitely there, and it was clear as day. tap… tap… tap… Whoever was under the rubble had heard us, […]

Photo round-up

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When you abandon a bike near a firehouse dumpster, be prepared for what it may become. I dragged this bike into the apparatus bay one evening after taking out the garbage; several tours later, I found it out behind the firehouse like this. Apparently “Anacostia Choppers” had gotten their hands on it. This bike is […]

A physics nerd's take on technical rescue.

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Today was certainly no exception to my eager thirst for geeky science stuff.

Trench drill; or, playing in the mud for fun and profit.

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One of the unique things about being assigned to Engine 15 is the occasional need to support Rescue Squad 3 in their technical area of expertise: trench and collapse rescue. We’re expected to know more than the average bear about the various tools and concepts within the scope of these topics, and to be able […]

Hockey Tournament Pictures – still up!

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They’ve been available for a few weeks now, and I wasn’t sure if all participating team members were made aware that they’re still up for sale.  Below are a few favorites of mine; if you see anyone you recognize, please let them know! The gallery collection is organized alphabetically by team, and can be reached […]

Recruit Class 362 on the Fire Boat; a quick photo set.

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This past Friday, I was given the distinct pleasure of accompanying Recruit Class 362 to the Fire Boat for their class picture. They seemed excited and appeared in good spirits, seeing as their graduation is just over two weeks away. (We all remember how that felt, don’t we?) Long story short, they seem like a […]

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