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  • Pennington: Have You Gotten Lucky Lately?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday March 21, 2013
    When was the last time you got lucky? Before you start writing e-mails to the editors of Firehouse keep reading because getting lucky means an entirely different meaning in this blog post. For the past two years I have taken on the topic of emergency...
  • Firefighters: Be First in Everything

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday March 11, 2013
    In the movie "Talladega Nights," race car driver Ricky Bobby's dad said "If you're not first, your last." Now I'm sure you're asking how in the world am I going to turn a line from a race car comedy into a meaningful blog from the Jumpseat? Hang on...
  • Remembering the 7 Fallen Charleston, W.Va. FFs

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday March 4, 2013
    Being from a small state like West Virginia has its advantages such as a low cost of living, low crime rate, and a general small-town feel. One downfall is being overlook by many folks and being compared to other big cities. An example of this is our...
  • The Power of Positive

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday March 1, 2013
    When was the last time you were stuck in a rut of negativity? First, I would like to welcome you back to the Jumpseat! I apologize for the length of time since my last post as I studied for promotion and made the journey to the Firehouse World...
  • Training, Who Needs it Anyway?

    By Ryan Pennington - Saturday February 9, 2013
    Have you ever witnessed the senior firefighters standing around when it is drill time? Many firefighters take the stance that they have "been there, done that" and that gives them the reason not to train with their crews. Why would this even be...
  • When We Roll Up

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday January 30, 2013
    Cruising down the road in my favorite white pickup, up and down the big beautiful hills of West Virginia with Jumpseat ready firefighting on my mind, a popular song came on the radio. When I got home, that song sent me to my computer faster than...
  • Never Leave your Wingman

    By Ryan Pennington - Saturday January 26, 2013
    "Maverick, you never leave your wingman!" How many of us have heard these words from the movie Top Gun as the senior flight instructor told pilot Maverick after he lost a battle in the sky. If we take those words and apply them to our world, they can...
  • How to Keep Jumpseat Ready in 2013

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday January 21, 2013
    As I sit in the fire station waiting for the bells to hit I often wonder what firefighters are thinking about at just that moment in time. I bet they are just like me: wondering what type of call will be next. Statistics say it will, most likely, be an...
  • Talk the Truth - Cancer Kills Firefighters

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday January 10, 2013
    I cannot express how much I enjoy and learn from the continued interaction with all the firefighters or "view crew members" in the various social media accounts. Every day there seems to be another interesting topic that comes up that stirs the...
  • Did You Achieve Your 2012 Goals?

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday December 31, 2012
    As the door closes on another wonderful year, it is time to reflect and review our performance of the past year while making some new goals for 2013. Words cannot express how thankful I am to all of you who read the Views from the Jumpseat. When I...