DCFD's own in Haiti, plus picture compilations.

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First and foremost, I’m proud to see one of DCFD’s own searching for survivors after the terrible earthquake in Haiti. From www.tampabay.com’s All Eyes feature: Christopher Holmes from the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue searches for survivors in the rubble of a building after a massive earthquake on January 14, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. […]

"Documenting the Decade" – or, how I made the New York Times!

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A few weeks back, the New York Times website asked for submissions to be considered in their “Documenting the Decade” feature. I figured I’d toss some of my work into the ring, and two of my photographs were selected! I mean, it’s not the print version (which I’ve always wanted to be included in)—but with […]

Georgetown University EMS: a story in photos.

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A little while back, I spent a day with Georgetown University’s EMS system (officially yet whimsically known as “G.E.R.M.S”). I originally contacted their PR director because I was intrigued by the notion of an independent emergency service provider that operates within a city that already has a full-coverage Fire and EMS Department. It’s not a […]

Recruit Class 360: congratulations, and good luck! (w/pictures)

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Happy New Year! Yes, I haven’t put up a new post since last year, but there were several factors that led to this: I wanted to leave the Nikon Festival instructions up for a while, so visitors could make sure to see them (be sure to vote if you haven’t already, and tell your friends/coworkers […]

The Raising Ladders video made it the final round!

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Yes, it’s true… out of well over a thousand videos, mine was selected as one of the final fifty contenders. I’m very grateful to FireCritic (as well as Captain Wines of Roanoke City Engine 9, who originally passed it on to FireCritic) for plugging my video on his site; all that remains until the contest […]

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 […]

Nikon Festival: Video Submission

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I’ve just completed and uploaded my official submission for the Nikon Festival “A Day Through Your Lens” competition (this might explain the absence from blogging for a bit, eh?) In keeping with contest rules, I’m not supposed to upload the video anywehere for public viewing except through the contest website, so I’ll just have to […]

The Sitting Room: New additions

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The first question is very specific: “Is anyone on the list [of recently graduated recruits] being assigned here?” The next question is more general, and includes an air of devilish curiosity: “So, what’ve you heard about them?” It happens to everyone, I suppose. From our first few days in the Academy, stories began to compile and […]

Car vs. Tree… vs. Rescue Squad

Whap! “Keep your head down, dammit!” Even with my head safely turtled into the collar of my turnout gear, I could still recognize the voice of Truck 15’s driver above me. He had given me a sharp smack on top of my helmet as a gentle reminder that there was a large hydraulic tool nestling […]

Holiday Week!

Between working, traveling, cooking, photo editing, and prepping some upcoming side projects, this has been quite a week. Whether you’re eating, flying, or collecting that lovely holiday pay when you read this, best Thanksgiving wishes to everyone. Stay safe, and I’ll see you on the far side of National Food Coma Day! /RL

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