Gettin’ “Back in the Saddle”

st3While it’s no secret that I have been away from writing over the last month or so, it’s not been my intentions to have ventured away from writing. I did, however, tell myself when I launched the website that since writing doesn’t come easy to me…if I didn’t have anything to write, I wouldn’t. Not to make excuses, but my personal life has been rather busy and the new station I’m assigned at doesn’t have the best of cel service (and of course no Wi-Fi). I do have a great crew, and it has been a great first month at Station 3 on the East End.

None the less, there has been a lot going on and I have tried to keep everything up to date on social media. If you aren’t already following along, click here to LIKE The “Model City” Firefighter on Facebook! We just hit 11k followers yesterday, and I wanted to thank each and every one of you for the continued support.

mcffnewshirtFirst, I’d like to let everyone know that I recently launched a new shirt over at Engine Co. Apparel. This company is one that I have been working with for a while now on custom challenge coins and patches. The new shirts turned out great, and I will have them on hand for any of you who will be in Raleigh, NC next month at the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. ECA will have a booth that The Fire Critic, Cpt. Wines, and I will be spending some time at during the exhibit hours at the show.

Click here to purchase the new MCFF shirt!

honeybadgerapronOur crew will be rolling into town on Thursday, August 13th, for the BBQ Cook-Off that night. Last year, we had a hell of a time and enjoyed getting to meet all the brothers from the North Carolina area, and this year will not be any different. The only difference is that we are coming back ready to make an impact and WIN! On Thursday, Honey Badger BBQ will be taking on Raleigh, North Carolina by surprise. Many of you have probably heard Cpt. Wines talk about how he is a “Honey Badger: We do what we want, when we want.” This will be the official launch site of the Honey Badger BBQ, and we will have aprons/ t-shirts for sale on site as well. For those of you who plan on attending, you can get your shirt/apron now on Engine Co. Apparel’s website by clicking here (link).

IMG_3225Aside from SAFRE, I have also been busy working on organizing a Memorial Stair Climb in North East Tennessee. For the last several years, I have been traveling down to Charlotte, NC to climb and this year is no different. However, last year, we threw together a climb in Kingsport on the morning before we left town. It was thrown together rather quick and it was a great event for those who haven’t been able to climb before. This year, I decided to expand the climb and invite firefighters from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. We are just a week or so into the planning, and it is going great. If you would like to climb with us, it will be held on September 10th at 9am. Due to time constraints, this is NOT a NFFF sanctioned climb, but donations raised at the event will be given to the NFFF.

I hope to be back to the writing, and I have a few great articles coming soon. I recently had my first leather New Yorker refurbished by Irons and Hoses Helmet Refurbishing and Paint. It turned out great, and I look forward to sharing photos and a full review. I am also working on a review of The HoseClamp by Innovative Fire Safety. This product clamps on fire hose to act as a handle to assist advancing the line.