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  • 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...
  • Spooktober!

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday November 1, 2011
    Or it's time to focus on prepping for a night of dumpster fires, downed trees in road ways, kids out walking along the roads, and structure fires? If your Halloween night is anything like mine it's a busy night for the fire service.All Hallows Eve...
  • Spooktober!

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday October 26, 2011
     It's that time of year again! You guessed it, it's Halloween! Time to dust off that Batman cape and tights and head out to the parties! Or it's time to focus on prepping for a night of dumpster fires, downed trees in road ways, kids out walking along...
  • Fire Prevention Month: Stop Hoarding Mom and Dad?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday October 13, 2011
    As I logon to Firehouse.com and see another article about fires happening in homes with hoarder type conditions, I just stop and wonder, when will it happen to you?  When I was writing my article on fighting fires in these conditions I never would have...
  • Try Before You Beat Your Brains Out!

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday October 7, 2011
    Good afternoon from the jumpseat! It amazes me sometimes when the things that you are suppose to learn on the first day on the job come back to get you today! We all have heard the old adage "try before you pry," but every now and then you get smacked...
  • 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...