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  • Firefighting: A Super Big Game

    By Ryan Pennington - Sunday February 5, 2012
    That's right folks, it's time to order up the chicken wings, chips, and find the biggest television imaginable to watch the biggest game on the biggest stage. It's Super Bowl time! For many the Super Bowl will be the biggest game of their life, one that...
  • Words Can Mean so Much

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday January 27, 2012
    Good afternoon from the warm shores of West Virginia...well at least it's warm in January. First off I would like to take the chance to welcome Battalion Chief (ret.) John Salka to the Firehouse.com blogging community. I have been a fan of his work...
  • The Day The Fire Service Changed for Me in 2005

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday January 23, 2012
    As word spread on this day in 2005 of the horrible day for the fire service, it will always ring out to me as a day that changed the fire service. The two fatal LODD fires in New York City should be on our minds any day that we roll out the door and hear...
  • Merry Hot Christmas!

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday December 22, 2011
    Merry Christmas from the jumpseat! As the big day rapidly approaches the excitement in the children’s eyes grows brighter and brighter, but we need to remember a few things about this time of year.  In today’s world the amount of BTU’s (not big...
  • God Bless the Davis Creek Fire Department

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday December 6, 2011
       I’m lying in my bed at the fire station feeling overwhelmed with life, here it is  December 3,2011, the holiday’s are here and there is so much to do . Looking back I had no idea what was to come that night.  Within minutes of lying down the...
  • Time to Vent!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday November 30, 2011
    OK, so this isn't a blog about vertical or horizontal ventilation, it's a blog venting about an article that was recently published on Firehouse.com. Seemed to be a bean counters view of physical fitness training. It stated that physical training is first...
  • Same Circus, Different Clowns

    By Ryan Pennington - Sunday November 27, 2011
    This is a saying that I found to be accurate and applicable to the fire service. I have had the pleasure of traveling around the country speaking to different fire departments spreading  the message of firefighter safety and during my travels I have...
  • Giving Thanks for the Fire Service!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday November 23, 2011
    As this Thursday approaches and the turkeys are shaking in their feathers it's time for us to pause for a moment to reflect on the things that we are thankful for. We all are blessed with many things in life that could never be expressed with words...
  • On Fire for training!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday November 9, 2011
      On Fire for training! Good afternoon from the jumpseat!  This was a huge weekend for me personally as I was able to run and complete my first Half Marathon.   I started this journey last year being able to run only 1 mile, now I have completed...
  • It's Fight Time!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday November 2, 2011
     That’s rights it’s fighting time!  What’s fighting time you ask? Well to me fighting time is the time when old man winter comes a calling and cold weather sets in.  Here in West Virginia it seems that when cold weather arrives the amount of...