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 […]

Coast gear review follow-up: trial by fire.

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“Well, shit, I guess we should mask up for this one.” I could barely hear the Lieutenant’s voice from the front of the fire engine; with the Q siren, the air horn, and all the radio chatter from the first- and second-due companies, his voice was almost imperceptible. A quick glance to the left out […]

Man in Kentucky decides to visit firehouse; manages to leave memories, rather than take them.

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This is clipped directly from Gawker, as I could see no other way to explain this story or offer any further commentary. There are just no words.  Except, perhaps: "…seriously?" Man in Kentucky Arrested for Breaking Into Firehouse, Allegedly Masturbating On Firemen’s Gear  Taylor Berman Last weekend, 27-year-old Nicholas Gonzales got drunk in Louisville, Kentucky. Then, […]

Change.org brings DC's NYE staffing fiasco to the attention of hundreds of thousands.

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A source provided me with the following email, sent to the subscribers of change.org (a for-profit organization that seeks to "empower anyone, anywhere to start, join, and win campaigns for social change.") As reported by NBC on 9 February, Durand Ford, Jr. received an almost $800 bill for Emergency Medical Services from the District, even […]

Gear Review: LED flashlight and pocket-knife, courtesy of COAST.

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Happy New Year to everyone… here's to a safe and exciting 2013! I'm starting my year off nicely; you gotta love getting some new gear to use and abuse on the job, right? I've been offered an opportunity to test out an LED flashlight and a pocketknife from COAST, a Portland, OR -based company who […]

My latest "why didn't I think of this?" moment.

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Sure, it's not as multi-function as some items (remember the Bowring Fire Tool?). It's not as gadget-y as a newfangled door chock design. Hell, it's not even as DIY-and-practical as some of the widgets on VentEnterSearch's "What's In Your Pockets?" page. But it's damned cool, and I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it first. […]

The return of BURN

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I've been enjoying a bit of time off from work lately, so I've been thinking a lot but unfortunately have not been exposed to too much industry news lately. Normally, bullshitting with the fellas (i.e. the oldest tradition in the fire department) is my news source, along with my cohorts on FireEMSBlogs.com. Either way, it's […]

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