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  • If if Looks Vacant...Smells Vacant....Is it Vacant?

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday May 20, 2011
     When does it seem like you have seen it all in the fire-EMS service? How deplorable can the conditions that people live in get?   I often wonder this as we stumble through another place that is so disgusting that a dog shouldn't be living in...
  • Work ethic...Got One??

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday May 10, 2011
      As you progress through your career in the fire service, learning more about our jobs there is one constant that should remain, a good work ethic! The more you learn about fighting fires and the rescue business in general, the more you will realize...
  • A Mother of a Day

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday May 6, 2011
    Good evening from the jumpseat. As the weekend approaches let's join together to celebrate a day where we honor all mothers everywhere. If your mother is anything like mine, they are always their watching the television and newspaper for clips of their...
  • Persistence Wins: Bin Laden is Dead!

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday May 2, 2011
    With the news of Osama Bin Laden's death, the fire service community celebrates a huge  victory of vindication for our fallen brothers and sisters that paid the ultimate price on that fateful day. Since Sept. 11 the fire service has had its highs and...
  • We need your Support!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday April 27, 2011
      On your last response what was the most important role on the fire scene? It might just be the role of a support person. We all fight to be the person grabbing the hose and rushing to the door, but have you stopped to think that this role isn't as...
  • Light it Up!

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday April 22, 2011
     "Jump out and set up the scene lights" is an order that may come your way from the officer's seat and you think, "what?" But is scene lighting an important fireground task? Absolutely, scene lighting is a crucial task that should be done early on in any...
  • Was it worth the Weight?

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday April 19, 2011
    Welcome back to Views from the Jumpseat.  Today I would like to take some time to revisit a subject from last year.  Bailing out a window to save ourselves has continued to be a hot topic around the fire service community.  “Is a bailout system worth...
  • When to be an Outstanding Firefighter!

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday April 14, 2011
    Now that your jumpseat is checked and ready and you have been training with your pack of air, you're ready to be a interior structural firefighter. But what if you arrive to find a well-involved lightweight wood-frame and your ordered to the front door...
  • Pack of Air!

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday April 11, 2011
    Definition of smoke: The byproducts of incomplete combustion. Wow what does that mean to me? Let's stop and think about it. Incomplete combustion means that what's burning is not completely burning away and leaving some of it's parts behind. These...
  • Know your Roll!

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday April 8, 2011
    Doughnut roll or street role is the question? Which roll do you use and why? Both of them have a place and use on the truck, but the application can vary. Is the hose used on the engine to extend an attack line or are you rolling it up to take...