Not your typical "politicians under fire" story.

(Not sure how I missed this one from over a month ago, but here it is anyway. Thanks to Reddit's /r/firefighting page for helping me out!) Erin Cox, of The Baltimore Sun, covered a "Fire Ops 101" course in late September in Maryland's Anne Arundel County. The purpose was to put council chairs and other […]

Capital Shield 2013 Drill

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I was fortunate enough to be working on Wednesday, October 11th, when the U.S. Army hosted a wide variety of agencies and organizations to take part in the Capital Shield Drill—in no other location than our very own DCFD Training Academy in Southwest Washington. As you can see by the image below, the Technical Rescue […]

OMG 911 plz h3lp meeeeee LOL!

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My wife brought something to my attention the other day that made the color drain from my face. I began to research it, and this sensation transformed into sheer terror. According to Urgent Communications Magazine online, Durham, NC has officially made texting 911 a reality. Yes, that's right. Texting. Holy shit. How this escaped my […]

Some fresh work.

Now there's something you don't see on every run. As my helmet cleared the front of my face and plopped onto my noggin, I could make out a figure frantically waving his arms like spastic semaphore in the middle of the street. Between the intermittent strobe of the lights and the irregular air horn blasts, […]

Bryce Harper: Nationals outfielder, slugger… firefighter?

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You can't help but have some love for the home team, especially when one of the favorites has expressed his off-season desire to "get my EMT [certification] and do the firefighter thing so I have something to fall back on." In an online chat hosted by Washington Post Sports, Harper told fans that "I'd probably […]

Subs, bikes, and contest giveaways!

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A few weeks ago, I had the extreme privilege of meeting Robin Sorenson, the founder of Firehouse Subs. Robin and his brother, Chris are both former Jacksonville firefighters, self-made businessmen, and unabashed “foodies” who founded the restaurant chain in 1994 (on a mother-in-law's credit card, no less!) In the space of eighteen years, the two […]

RaisingLadders is in the final round!

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I'm a finalist in an amazing competition to become a sponsored athlete/brand rep for Foundry Cycles, a newly-minted (hah!) bicycle manufacturer in Minnesota. Their ethos is solid, their bikes are sexy, and I need your help to win! Vote for Alex Capece (use the little blue "Log In to Facebook" button if you need to, […]

Shuttle Discovery, welcome to DC.

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A 300mm lens and a tripod can go a long way… but just like real estate, it's all about location. I bet the Mall or Gravelly Point didn't offer this view… More to come later. /RL Image © RaisingLadders Photography, 2012. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited.    

Firefighter stair-climb in Washington, D.C. / April 25 / Register now!

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Dave Statter was kind enough to let me know about this, and I wanted to spread the word on RL, among other things. The National Fallen Firefighter's Foundation is hosting a 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb at the Capital Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave NW) in Washington, D.C. on April 25th. Registration link is here, and the fee […]

Ride. Report. Repeat – RaisingLadders on Foundry Cycles

Dear readers: Foundry Cycles is a bicycle manufacturing company based out of Bloomington, MN. From the company directly, regarding their recent contest: “Foundry Cycles is looking for five brand ambassadors, Foundry Tradesmen and women, to ride our bikes and document their experiences. If you’re chosen, you’ll be given a Foundry bike. In return, you’ll spend […]

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