About Us

modelcityAndrew Catron; Blogger: Catron is a career firefighter in Northeast Tennessee, and has been in the fire service for 10 years. He is a native of Southwest Virginia and relocated to Kingsport, Tennessee in early 2008 to pursue his career as a firefighter. Currently assigned to Station 1 and on the Technical Rescue Team, he takes pride in every aspect of the profession. Many of his articles discuss his views about how members should be prideful in the job they have sworn to uphold, and how to make the workplace a comfortable environment for all.

Catron is a proud member of the IAFF, and serves as an Executive Board Member for Local 2270. Andrew also has also traveled to New York City to assist with Hurricane Sandy Relief with Task Force 17 out of the Charlotte, NC area. He sits on the Advisory Board for the National Firefighters Endowment, an organization that provide grants and equipment for departments in need. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, fishing, and working out at his local CrossFit gym, CrossFit: Shifty Powers. He was recently selected as a RideBackwards Athlete, and participates in several physical agility events throughout the year including 9/11 Stair Climbs and 5K’s.

The Model City Firefighter is derived from the city he works and lives in. The “Model City” earned it’s name in 1917 when the city was re-chartered. An architect by the name of John Nolen planned, outlined, and designed the city. The current population of the “Model City” is just over 50,000 residents.

kronCpt. Tim Kron; Author of “Just Livin’ the Dream” column. Tim has been involved in the fire service for 30 years and is a 3rd generation firefighter. He is currently assigned as Captain of Engine 3 with the New Albany Fire Department. New Albany is a river town, located on the shores of the mighty Ohio river and across from Louisville Ky.  NAFD serves approximately 40,000 citizens and covers 15 square miles with 4 Engines, 1 Quint, 1 Ladder, and 1 Batt Chief with a total of 82 uniformed members. 2014 will brought a new assignment for Tim as he was transferred to the newly formed “special ops” division made up of Engine 3, Truck 1, and Heavy Rescue dubbed Rescue 7. The Rescue 7 team members specialize in water, rope, confined space, and trench rescue for Indiana’s Dist 9 which will cover some of the southern part of the state.

Tim holds numerous state and NFPA certifications including EMT-intermediate, Fire Officer and  Instructor 1, Rope, swift water, and Confined space technician level certifications. Tim was actively involved in the Indiana State Fire School at New Albany and was a lead instructor for the class “Dance with the Devil” which involved live fire training in acquired structures that was taught to hundreds of firefighters in both the US and Canada.
Tim is a proud father of 3 children:  Mackenzie, who is a recent graduate of Ball State, Annie, who’s a sophomore at Indiana State University, and Joe, who is a sophomore at New Albany HS ( and plans to enroll in the Fire/Rescue class at prosser vocational school). Tim’s hope for his articles will be to teach new firefighters the art of “the best job on the planet” and hopefully along the way to impart some “food for thought” in an attempt to keep the  true tradition of the fire service alive and well for future generations. His section has been named “just liv’in the dream” in honor of his father who served the citizens of New Albany for 45 years and was Fire chief of the Georgetown Twp FD at the time of his death. Chief Kron used this term often when asked how his day was going, because he truly believed that with his time in the fire service he really was “just liv’in the dream”.



Brian Edwards; Contributing Writer: Brian is a career Firefighter/EMT with Loudoun County Fire Rescue, a combination department located justedwards-265x300
 outside of our Nations Capital. He has been in the fire service for 11 years now, starting out as a member of the Bayview Vol Fire Company in Galloway Twp, NJ. He is currently a Captain and Training Officer for his department. He currently is an Instructor in New Jersey and Virginia, and has been instructing for the past five years. He has a strong passion for firefighter health & wellness, and he takes part in many fire service related athletic events such as Crossfit and The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. He is hoping to give back some of his knowledge to those who may need that extra push of motivation. “Stay safe and do work.”




bishMike Bish; Contributing Writer: Mike left the active duty Air Force in 2009, and became a volunteer firefighter in TX shortly after. He started a blog, 10seventyfive, after a short while in the fire service to help connect with other volunteer firefighters, and to help push issues that volunteers face to the front. After accidental non-renewal of the website, he became a contributing writer here at The “Model City” Firefighter. He is currently selling insurance in Washington, a member of the Oregon ANG, and trying to get a fire job in the Pacific NW.









  • Michael Parris

    I just found out about your site I haven’t seen you in forever I am very interested about going and helping if you decide to go again I would have loved to make the last two trips with you and your crews here is my email keep me informed on what your doing I have several from here that would drop everything they have going on and go keep up the good work tell all of your family hello for me and happy holidays

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  • Good evening,
    My name is Peter Reardon. I am a 43 year old married father of 3 and have been a firefighter for the City of Brockton Massachusetts for 17 years. For over 15 years I have been practicing and playing the bagpipes. I have played numerous events from weddings, funerals, celebrations of life. As well as graduations, college commencements, and even Senate inductions. Some of my favorite events to play are for our men and women in our armed forces. Through all of these times I have often wondered if people would be interested in hearing about my travels. I had kept notes in a spiral note book for some time, recently my notebook got ruined and I was heartbroken. My 11 year old daughter told me I should start a blog so I did. I have been writing for the last two months and am looking to see how other bloggers feel. I am very new to blogging but am enjoying myself. Right now my family and friends are my only feedback so I decided to do some research and found you. If you like it maybe I could get you to follow and maybe even add a link to your page.


    I have added the link to my very first blog post. Please if you can find the time I would appreciate it.


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