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Waterways

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As the radio crackled to life, sputtering forth the first clear transmission I could hear in several minutes, I stared at the black plastic clipped to my lapel in incredulity. Shouldn't we move off this rickety-ass dock before th— [FLOOOOSH] The fireboat brought my firefighting gear from hot and dry to wet and swampy in […]

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.

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. […]

Early morning basement fire.

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I think I’m getting sick… photos only today, with brief captions. All photos © me unless stated otherwise. /RL This was our view on approach as the third-due engine company. E15 brought the 400′ through the front door and backed up first-due E32. Photo uncredited; http://engine15rescue3.com/fullstory.php?107294 As you can see in the previous picture, the […]

Caught another one…

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Bobo poking his head in and surveying the damage after the fact. Click on the image for full-size. Expecting another “food on the stove” box alarm or “nothing found” gas leak (like the last two had been, at 2 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., respectively), I grumbled as I peeled off my sweatshirt. My feet stung […]

Two tours, one fire.

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As I walked out of the locker room, I saw my officer traversing my field of view in a big hurry. I was on the phone at the time, and my attention was drawn to his form crossing the bay floor. i/This must be something important./i My curiosity was answered a moment later, when I […]

Demotivational Posters, among other things.

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I’ve been gearing up for Ireland and redesigning RaisingLaddersPhotography.com, so I haven’t had much time for writing lately. I do, however, have a few gems that I made a while back tucked away for just this occasion—enjoy the photos! They’re quite the throwback to Academy days—a strange mixture, but I think that’s what makes them […]

Finally, a first-due job… and a pretty good one, at that.

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Our wagon driver’s voice came from the front of the cab, punching through the audible mess of sirens and air horns as we screamed a left out of the firehouse. “It’s off! This one’s off!” The other back step guy and I looked at each other. What? We just left the firehouse… …we’re nowhere near […]

Engine 26 is (almost) famous… again!

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Damn, first we’re in a (most excellent) short film, and now a TV show! Well, almost. Thursday evening, a film crew came by the firehouse to shoot a segment for Extreme Forensics, a show on the Discovery Channel. The subject matter was D.C. area arsonist, Thomas A. Sweatt, who started a wave of fires several […]

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