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  • 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...
  • Is a Melted Helmet a Badge of Honor?

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday December 25, 2012
    Is your helmet burned beyond recognition? Over the past two or three months, this topic keeps coming up for discussion over the Views From the Jumpseat social media channels. Does the state of burn shown on your helmet really tell the tale of how...
  • (New) Forgotten Vehicle Fire Hazards

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday December 17, 2012
    Sharing the views and experiences that street level firefighters face has always been the mission of Views From the Jumpseat. This week’s view comes from an angle that I have been blessed with participating in for two years now, as an instructor. I...
  • Stepping Up to the Task - You Go, We Go!

    By Ryan Pennington - Saturday December 8, 2012
    Now that I have your attention, how many of us had these words stuck in our heads for years after watching the movie "Backdraft." For years I believed that Bull, the character portrayed by Kurt Russell, was the best firefighter on the face of the earth...
  • Pennington: The SCBA Regulator - Click it or Die

    By Ryan Pennington - Saturday December 1, 2012
    Lessons in firefighting can come from many places, just like many of the views that I write about. This one comes from a personal experience a few days ago as we trained the latest group of rookies in live fire conditions. The stage was set for an...
  • Make Your Career Map

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday November 30, 2012
    Good afternoon from the Jumpseat. It takes a certain type of person to become a firefighter and the endless hours of training, preparing, and learning can be overwhelming to say the least. Since the podcast on The Leaders Toolbox about the mentoring...