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  • Pennington: Training to the Tip of Perfection

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday June 30, 2014
    When I sat down at my desk a few weeks back, I discovered a speech given by Admiral William H. McRaven at the University of Texas-Austin graduation commencement. He spoke about his time inside the elite special warfare operations group the U.S. Navy...
  • Pennington: If it Will Be, It is Up to Me

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday June 19, 2014
    One thing about the fire service is the fact that nothing is given. From the first day you walk into the fire station the work begins. To become a firefighter you must put forth the effort to pass the test, learn the skills and make your way into the...
  • Pennington: What Have You Done?

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday June 2, 2014
    What have you done for your department today? Have you done something today to make your department better? I had never really thought of this concept and how to apply it until I had the honor of interviewing Kentland Fire Chief Tony Kelleher. I asked...
  • Pennington: What Makes a Firehouse a Home

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday May 16, 2014
    I just arrived home from my last shift on the west side of Charleston, W.Va., where I have been assigned to Station 8 for the past two years. I sat at home to reflect on serving with some of the finest firefighters I have ever worked with. Two years of...
  • 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...
  • By Ryan Pennington - Saturday November 9, 2013