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"The Lost Art of Firemanship" – an excerpt.

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I was recently digging through the supply closet at the firehouse when I came across this withered citation in a battered frame. I had seen similar items littering the walls of other firehouses, but I had never paid much attention to them—nearby, the proudly-snapped photos of big fires and grinning, smoke-stained crews always proved to […]

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.

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 […]

Resolutions.

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It’s a yearly thing that I notice in my gym; right around this time of year, the stations seem to be busier, the cardio room is more crowded, and the wife can never seem to find an open elliptical machine. “What gives?” I always ponder, as I turn away from yet another several-deep line in front of a station. Then it hits me, just like it always does.

How does Santa bring YOUR presents?

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I’m off to the first of many holiday parties this weekend. While the holiday season brings its own issues for fellow street providers and our clientele alike, I feel that my FireEMSBlogs compatriots will be more than adequate in offering their own tales of responding in inclement weather, fires caused by Christmas tree lights, hilarious […]

Shanghai apartment fire: simply amazing photos.

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In this photo released by China’s Xinhua news agency, spectators watch an apartment building on fire in the downtown area of Shanghai on Monday Nov. 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Xinhua); via The Big Picture. N.B. – in order to give due respect to Boston.com’s The Big Picture, higher-resolution images will not be made available on RaisingLadders. […]

Building Walkthroughs: How Thorough Are Yours?

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Last tour, the engine went on a walkthrough of a new building in our second-due area: 2323 Pennsylvania Ave, SE. I humbly offer my writeup of our exploration of the building, and ask that readers contribute their thoughts. What questions would you have asked that I missed? Any other details you’d want to know, reading […]

The SCBA revolution

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Thirty pounds. That’s a well-packed office bag, complete with laptop, paperwork, power supplies, etc. It’s a couple of grocery bags, gathered in a bundle to save a last trip from the car to the kitchen.

RaisingLadders Photography on Facebook, Indy, and a few other items.

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I’ve finally put together a Facebook page for the photography business; with the increasing functionality of FB’s pages for services/businesses, it’s almost like you don’t need a home website anymore (don’t worry, I won’t be discarding RLP.com—I’m always wary of FB crashing and burning as it becomes too Big-Brother-esque for its own good). Become a […]

The long-awaited Dublin Fire Brigade update!

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A voice rang out from down the hallway, with it’s owner appearing around a corner seconds later. “Hey! We’ve got a call near the Liffey! Glenn turned his head from us and cursed quietly. “Are we goin’ swimming?” he asked, tentatively. “Nah, I don’t think so.” Glenn’s head lolled back towards us with a sheepish […]

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