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  • Winds of Tragedy

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday August 18, 2011
    When the winds of tragedy come our way who is there to pick up the pieces? It's your emergency services. In the wake of the disaster that took place in Indiana this past week we should be reminded that we need to revisit our training in dealing with...
  • Back to School Already?

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday August 15, 2011
    OK everyone it's that time of the year again. It's hard to believe that summer's over already and the kids will be heading out with their backpacks on. This is a good time to review our driving practices around school zones and school buses. These are...
  • God Bless the Asheville NC Fire Dept.

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday July 29, 2011
     Good afternoon from the jumpseat! As I returned from a family vacation I received the news that a Asheville, NC, firefighter has died in the line of duty. The audio would chill any firefighter to the bone. Captain Jeff Bowen was killed in the...
  • Thankful for Independence!

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday July 4, 2011
     Good afternoon from the jumpseat on this special day in American history.  The Fourth on July symbolizes our nation becoming a free country and we should all take the time to be thankful to the men and women who serve to protect this freedom...
  • Firefighter Down..From your Company!

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday June 23, 2011
     With the 2011 firefighter Health, Safety, and Survival Week coming to a conclusion, I would like to take a moment and ask you one question. How prepared are you if the Mayday is a member from of company? We have spent this week reviewing procedures to...
  • Tight Squeeze!

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday June 16, 2011
     Good afternoon from the jumpseat.  How many of your response districts have tight streets or alleys?  Recently my crew and I were faced with extreme case of the tight squeeze. We responded to a reported structure fire that was extinguished on arrival...
  • Shifts in Time

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday June 10, 2011
     Good afternoon from the jumpeat. As I was driving home this morning from a busy shift at the firehouse I started thinking about how it's seems like our call volume goes up in the summertime. It always appears that we run more of everything, except for...
  • Thoughts and Prayers for San Francisco Fire

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday June 3, 2011
     As the reports and audio are made available from the tragic event that unfolded in San Francisco, the fire service mourns another line of duty death, while while praying for the health and recovery of the other two firefighters.   Lieutenant...
  • When the Heat is on...We Need to be On!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday June 1, 2011
    Welcome back to the jumpseat.   I hope that everyone had a wonderful Memorial day weekend and took some time to say “Thank You” to the men and women of our armed forces. With Memorial Day weekend come and gone it looks like summertime is in full...
  • Twisted up Tragedy!

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday May 23, 2011
     As the reports stream in from America’s heartland the death toll continues to rise and the destruction is unimaginable.   It hits you in the gut to hear about the loss of life. While we send out our thoughts and prayers to the missing and deceased...