Steady Progress

When I first started, I wasn’t sure what would come out of it. I have usually had topics to right about as different events/incidents occur. I feel like things are coming along great here on the site. I am currently developing posts that will be featured on a regular basis. A few more are currently being developed, but I appreciate everyones patience as I continue to grow the site.

Today, I’m working some trade time for a brother that needed the day off out at Station 8: The Mirage. This station is the newest of our 8 stations here in the city and serves the East end of the city. The majority of the zone is a business district, but we also cover a busy four lane highway that runs through the city. Since it’s the newest station, all the station furniture is in “like new” condition, a new E-One fire engine is in the apparatus bay, and the kitchen has all new appliances. While my assigned station was built in 1941, this is definately a big change to my norm.

Firefighter Fitness

I recently welcomed on Brian Edwards, a firefighter from Loudoun County, VA, who has been featured on the site writing several articles about his battle with obesity, the road to him getting in shape, and his current goals for competing in fitness events. Edwards brings a lot to the table, and stay tuned for more articles featuring his writings. I have listed the links below to his articles.

Becoming Firefighter Fit
Becoming An Athlete
Competing with the Best

Product Reviews

Several product reviews have been featured on the site, and several more are in the works. I am also still looking for more products to review. If you are interested in having your product reviewed, click here to find out more information. If you are in the market for any fire service items, check out and see if there is a review posted. You can even submit your own review for products on the site! I have posted links below for the completed reviews.

NM-Coin LLC– NM-Coin, LLC offers all your custom items such as challenge coins, badges, name plates, lapel pins, and much more.
Crosstitched– Crosstitched offers several great designs of firefighter apparel. Not only are they reasonably priced, but they also offer custom designs for your department, union, or company.
Box Alarm Leather, LLC– Box Alarm Leather, LLC creates custom leather helmet shields, radio straps, glove straps, and suspenders. All these items are hand carved custom masterpieces.

Remembering A Fallen Brother

The ‘Remembering A Fallen Brother’ posts feature influential members of the fire service that have passed away far too early. Some of these individuals have made a personal impact on my career, and others have died in the Line of Duty. There will be additional articles posted in the future. I have linked the current articles below.

Remembering A Fallen Brother: Charles J Berry– Captain Charles J. Berry passed away on January 5, 1988 after an fire apparatus crash. The engine he was riding on crashed while responded to a reported structure fire. Captain Berry was the fourth Line of Duty Death in my department. His grandson, Marcus Dykes, currently has followed in his grandfather’s footsteps, and is a firefighter with my department.

Remembering A Fallen Brother: Earl Morphew– Captain Earl Morphew passed away on January 28, 2009. Morphew succumed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while on his way to work. Cpt. Morphew was a great friend, mentor, instructor, husband, and father. He made a great influence on my career, and comes to mind on a daily basis.

Next week, I will be in Nashville for our annual “Day on the Hill,” and the TPFFA Legislative Conference. The conference usually consists of several different topics being discussed about the issues that firefighters are battling across the nation. We finish up the conference by meeting with our State Representatives and Senators and discussing the bills that involve our issues. I will touch back