Year in Review: The Best of 2014

The Top Post of 2014 was this video post out of Denver, CO.

The Top Post of 2014 was this video post out of Denver, CO.

As the year of 2014 is winding down, I wanted to take the time to highlight some of the accomplishments and most popular posts from this year. When I started The “Model City Firefighter, I had no idea what it would develop to become. This year has been our best year yet, and it is all because of you, the readers.

At the start of 2014, The “Model City” Firefighter joined First Arriving Network, the network of the top fire service blogs in the world.

SAFRE 2014: Raleigh, NC

SAFRE 2014: Raleigh, NC

Throughout the year, I have had the pleasure of travelling the country to a variety of trade shows with two of my best friends, The Fire Critic’s Lt. Rhett Fleitz and’s Cpt. Willie Wines. I attended FDIC in Indianapolis, Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo in Raleigh, the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb/Training Day in Charlotte, and the National Fire Academy for the first time ever in Emmitsburg, MD in October for the NFFF Memorial Weekend. At all of these shows and events, I have had to pleasure to shake hands and take photos with many brothers and sisters from across the country.

Our Facebook following has nearly TRIPLED from 2,998 followers on January 1st, 2014 to nearly 9,000 followers today.

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In early October, The “Model City” Firefighter partnered with The Big Dawg Shirt Shack to launch the sale of our MCFF T-shirts! Quite a few of you have purchased them already, and for those of you who have not, click the link below!


In late 2014, The “Model City” Firefighter added Cpt. Tim Kron of New Albany Fire (IN) to the crew. Cpt. Kron has a column called, Just Livin’ the Dream. We are excited to have Cpt. Kron on board, and look forward to the articles that he will be writing to share with our followers.

Listed below are some of the most popular posts, descriptions of each, videos, and statistics for the site:

Top 10 Articles of 2014

  1. BREAKING NEWS: LODD in Hardin County, TN Tanker Crash– A firefighter from Hardin County, TN was killed in the Line of Duty while responded to a reported structure fire. The tanker collided with a logging truck, and the firefighter passed away after being flown to Memphis.

  2. When Dreams Become Reality…Detroit Mutual Aid– A group of firefighters/supports from across the country travelled to Detroit, MI to deliver fire equipment that was donated to help the members of the DFD.

  3. CrossFit: Shifty Powers Honors Boston Fallen with HERO WOD– CrossFit Shifty Powers held a HERO WOD in memory for two brothers who were killed in the LODD in Boston, MA

  4. Firefighter Fitness: What’s Your Motivation?– Everyone has certain things that keep them motivated…in this article, I share my continuous journey to stay physically fit for the job.

  5. Dollywood Unveils Statue Honoring Firefighters on International Firefighters’ Day– The family theme park, Dollywood, opened their fire themed roller coaster, FireChaser Express with firefighters participating in a bucket brigade line shuttling water to launch the coaster.

  6. A Letter from “The Rogues”– Every department has THAT guy that does his best to demotivate others…while he is trying to get everyone else down, we are working to make things/ourselves better. This is an open letter than many can apply to members of their department.

  7. CLOSE CALL: Firetruck Struck in Hillsville VA During Snow/Ice– A fire engine in Hillsville, VA was struck when a vehicle lost control during an ice storm. Luckily, none of the firefighters were injured during the accident.

  8. Ambulance Service Donates Transport to Bring Veteran Home– A local ambulance service out of Virginia, Abingdon Ambulance Service, donated a trip from Texas to bring a stroke victim back home after over a year.

  9. Station Project: Firehose Flag– Our Station 6 crew worked together to create a firehose flag that measures 3.5’x6′. This article includes step-by-step instructions of how we created the flag.

  10. Birthday Card Request For 6-Year-Old Battling Leukemia– 6 year old Tyler Seddon, a Leukemia patient, is the son of two volunteer firefighters. For his birthday, there was an open request for cards, coins, patches, etc.

Top 3 Video Posts of 2014

  1. Colorado Firefighters Know BIG FIRE means BIG WATER w/ 5 inch Attack Nozzle!– Denver Fire Engine 5 knows how to attack big fire…with LOTS of water! This video was our Number 1 post for 2014 with over 50,000 views, but the video is currently offline.

  2. VIDEO: Tripod Overturns w/ Reporter in Stokes During High Angle Rescue Training– During a training exercise, a tripod overturns and is caught on tape!

  3. Ski Lift Rescue….Attempt?? (Beech Mt, NC)– In Beech Mountain, NC, a skier is stuck on a ski lift as Ski Patrol makes the rescue…MUST WATCH!

Top Readers by Country in 2014

  1. United States

  2. Canada

  3. Germany

  4. Australia

  5. Netherlands

  6. United Kingdom

  7. Chile

  8. Austria

  9. Denmark

  10. Poland

Top Referring Websites in 2014

  1. The First Arriving Network

  2. Statter 911

  3. The Fire Geezer

  4. The Fire Critic

  5. Philly Fire News

  6. NYC

  7. Rescue Humor

  8. Wooden Ladders and Iron Firemen


  10. MN8 Foxfire

As we bring 2014 to an end, we are already planning the various events and trips of 2015. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continuous support! I enjoy writing and sharing articles on a regular basis. If you like what you see…pass it along! We have a few more station projects planned, and look forward to the years to come!