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  • Pennington: What Can Emergency! Teach Us Today?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday February 13, 2014
    Excitement would be an understatement of the emotion that this jumpseater is feeling today. I learned that the Squad 51 and Engine 51 will be at Firehouse World in San Diego next week. This will be my second time presenting to West Coast first...
  • Pennington: Water Crisis Brings Out West Virginia Pride

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday January 16, 2014
    There is one thing that I have always been proud of and that is being from the state of West Virginia. Until you have the chance to visit the wild and wonderful hills you may not fully understand what it is like to see the beauty and experience a...
  • Pennington: Don't Hook Over Your Head

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday December 23, 2013
    Say it isn't true, but are we all truckies on the inside? As I fight the urge to become something that this jumpseat rider would never could have imagined, it might be coming true. We all have a truck firefighter inside us.  As a proud engine...
  • Pennington: Can Good Firefighters Cover for Bad Officers?

    By Ryan Pennington - Tuesday December 17, 2013
    Walk into any fire station and look around. What you find is a group of firefighters, officers, and chiefs that come from every walk of life and each has a different level of education, experience, and motivation. These different levels can come...
  • Pennington: Let Your Passion Show

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday November 15, 2013
    As I travel around North America teaching about the response to emergencies involving hoarding conditions, one troubling statement keeps coming up.  Firefighters are being ridiculed for being too passionate for the fire service. How could this ever...
  • Pennington: Culture Change? Whatever

    By Ryan Pennington - Saturday November 9, 2013
    Changing anything in the fire service takes more time than most of us have on earth? One change that I can’t totally agree with is why we need a cultural change. Do we really need to change the reasons, behaviors, and ideals that bring us to serve our...
  • Pennington: The Basics are Where we Fail

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday October 9, 2013
    "I have been in the fire service for 20 years, why should I practice putting on my PPE?" How many times have you heard those words just to see that person on scene with the SCBA straps loosened, waist belt undone, or not wearing a hood.  It is a...
  • Pennington: Goodbye Vertical Ventilation?

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday September 20, 2013
    Command to Truck 1, when you arrive on the scene do not get on the roof!" "Truck 1 to command, is it unsafe?" When was the last time that you ever stopped and thought about putting a firefighter on the roof of a burning building? Was your first...
  • Pennington: Earn Your Spot Everyday

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday September 16, 2013
    Did you earn your spot on the department? If you think back to the days of training, pushing, and working towards becoming a firefighter, do you remember how hard you worked? When was the last time you worked that hard? Forgetting how hard we worked and...
  • Pennington: For Those Who Rushed In

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday September 11, 2013
    Where were you when the world stopped turning? For 343 families in New York and hundreds of families in Virginia and Pennsylvania we knew where are loved ones were, on duty. To many of us it comes as no surprise as we understood the deep commitment that...