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  • Pennington: The Basics are Where we Fail

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday October 9, 2013
    "I have been in the fire service for 20 years, why should I practice putting on my PPE?" How many times have you heard those words just to see that person on scene with the SCBA straps loosened, waist belt undone, or not wearing a hood.  It is a...
  • Pennington: Goodbye Vertical Ventilation?

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday September 20, 2013
    Command to Truck 1, when you arrive on the scene do not get on the roof!" "Truck 1 to command, is it unsafe?" When was the last time that you ever stopped and thought about putting a firefighter on the roof of a burning building? Was your first...
  • Pennington: Earn Your Spot Everyday

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday September 16, 2013
    Did you earn your spot on the department? If you think back to the days of training, pushing, and working towards becoming a firefighter, do you remember how hard you worked? When was the last time you worked that hard? Forgetting how hard we worked and...
  • Pennington: For Those Who Rushed In

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday September 11, 2013
    Where were you when the world stopped turning? For 343 families in New York and hundreds of families in Virginia and Pennsylvania we knew where are loved ones were, on duty. To many of us it comes as no surprise as we understood the deep commitment that...
  • Pennington: Are We All Heroes?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday August 8, 2013
    Should every firefighter be held to the hero status, no matter what the circumstances? As I returned from Firehouse Expo 2013 and a wonderful Florida vacation, I sat down to read a stirring article about the death of a young firefighter and the...
  • Pennington: How Hot is Too Hot?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday July 11, 2013
    As busy summer keeps us all running around, between our kids' functions, vacations, and  celebrations, we all need to stop and analyze just how hot our last structural fire was. Being the aggressive firefighters that we are, sometimes it can get us...
  • What Hand Tools Do You Choose?

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday June 12, 2013
    As the men and women who ride in the jumpseat, we have a certain level of responsibility to our officers. Following orders and performing to their expectations are two things that remain constant on every run we go on. Performing our tasks to their...
  • Training to Search for Victims

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday June 4, 2013
    The loud speaker opens with a a crackle and the dispatcher says "Stations and units respond for the structure fire with confirmed occupants trapped." If that statement does not get you up and focused, I do not know what would. Searching for occupants...
  • Armpit Firefighters & Hose Stream Management

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday May 24, 2013
    Have you ever seen an armpit firefighter? You know the type, the firefighter who has the nozzle tucked into their armpit while trying to rotate it around to put the fire out. As today's firefighters are not gaining the same amount of nozzle times as our...
  • The Biggest Honor in the Fire Service

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday May 10, 2013
    What is the biggest honor that you have ever received in the fire service? From a medal of valor to recognition for 20 years of service, the fire service hands out many reminders of good times and good work. Recently I received the biggest reward my...