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  • A Pile of Shift

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday September 20, 2011
    Good afternoon from the jumpseat. I just finished a webinar on the effects of shift work on the average worker and was blown away. The amazing information about rotating shifts, sleep deprivation and dealing with these issues was an eye opening...
  • Time to Remember September 12, 2001

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday September 12, 2011
    After a day of remembering the horrible events that unfolded on 9/11 some 10 years ago I believe it is time to remember what it was like on 9-12-01!  We had been attacked on our soil by some foreign cowards and America had responded! On Sept. 12 we all...
  • Night time in the Firehouse!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday September 7, 2011
     As the firefighter's lay still in their beds hoping for a peaceful night the words the bells ring out and you hear "possible structure fire!" How often have you been laying in your station bed and hear the pre-alert announce this? It's amazing to listen...
  • When City Hall's Axe Reaches the Jumpseat!

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday August 30, 2011
    Good afternoon from the Jumpseat. How many times a day do you pick up or visit a publication like Firehouse and see cuts being handed down from city hall? It seems like a constant stream of cuts and cutbacks due to today's financial problems are being...
  • Winds of Tragedy

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday August 18, 2011
    When the winds of tragedy come our way who is there to pick up the pieces? It's your emergency services. In the wake of the disaster that took place in Indiana this past week we should be reminded that we need to revisit our training in dealing with...
  • Back to School Already?

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday August 15, 2011
    OK everyone it's that time of the year again. It's hard to believe that summer's over already and the kids will be heading out with their backpacks on. This is a good time to review our driving practices around school zones and school buses. These are...
  • God Bless the Asheville NC Fire Dept.

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday July 29, 2011
     Good afternoon from the jumpseat! As I returned from a family vacation I received the news that a Asheville, NC, firefighter has died in the line of duty. The audio would chill any firefighter to the bone. Captain Jeff Bowen was killed in the...
  • Thankful for Independence!

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday July 4, 2011
     Good afternoon from the jumpseat on this special day in American history.  The Fourth on July symbolizes our nation becoming a free country and we should all take the time to be thankful to the men and women who serve to protect this freedom...
  • Firefighter Down..From your Company!

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday June 23, 2011
     With the 2011 firefighter Health, Safety, and Survival Week coming to a conclusion, I would like to take a moment and ask you one question. How prepared are you if the Mayday is a member from of company? We have spent this week reviewing procedures to...
  • Tight Squeeze!

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday June 16, 2011
     Good afternoon from the jumpseat.  How many of your response districts have tight streets or alleys?  Recently my crew and I were faced with extreme case of the tight squeeze. We responded to a reported structure fire that was extinguished on arrival...