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  • Your Crew Has a Mayday: Are you Ready?

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday May 3, 2013
    As I listen to the audio recording from the fire in Baltimore County, Md.,  that claimed the life of Firefighter Gene Kirschner , I reflect on a lesson learned from my recent rapid intervention train-the-trainer class . If a Mayday were to occur...
  • Pennington: Those Who Rush In...

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday April 18, 2013
    As the news continues to come in from West, Texas, we stand by waiting for the inevitable. No one understands the loss of life and when first responders lay down their lives, it hits us all hard. As we learn the details from Texas and Boston , the...
  • Hoping For a Fire?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday April 11, 2013
    "Man, I hope we run a fire today." How many times have you said those words while at the firehouse just to hear a brother or sister ask "you want someone to lose their house?" It’s seems like an age-old battle between those who want to do the job...
  • Teamwork: Build it Before the Bell

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday April 3, 2013
    After the bruises and war marks from one of the most intense training weeks of this Jumpseat rider's life finally faded, I would like to share some thoughts from a class I recently took. I was asked to take "RIT: Training The Trainer Course," led by the...
  • Pennington: Have You Gotten Lucky Lately?

    By Ryan Pennington - Thursday March 21, 2013
    When was the last time you got lucky? Before you start writing e-mails to the editors of Firehouse keep reading because getting lucky means an entirely different meaning in this blog post. For the past two years I have taken on the topic of emergency...
  • Firefighters: Be First in Everything

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday March 11, 2013
    In the movie "Talladega Nights," race car driver Ricky Bobby's dad said "If you're not first, your last." Now I'm sure you're asking how in the world am I going to turn a line from a race car comedy into a meaningful blog from the Jumpseat? Hang on...
  • Remembering the 7 Fallen Charleston, W.Va. FFs

    By Ryan Pennington - Monday March 4, 2013
    Being from a small state like West Virginia has its advantages such as a low cost of living, low crime rate, and a general small-town feel. One downfall is being overlook by many folks and being compared to other big cities. An example of this is our...
  • The Power of Positive

    By Ryan Pennington - Friday March 1, 2013
    When was the last time you were stuck in a rut of negativity? First, I would like to welcome you back to the Jumpseat! I apologize for the length of time since my last post as I studied for promotion and made the journey to the Firehouse World...
  • Training, Who Needs it Anyway?

    By Ryan Pennington - Saturday February 9, 2013
    Have you ever witnessed the senior firefighters standing around when it is drill time? Many firefighters take the stance that they have "been there, done that" and that gives them the reason not to train with their crews. Why would this even be...
  • When We Roll Up

    By Ryan Pennington - Wednesday January 30, 2013
    Cruising down the road in my favorite white pickup, up and down the big beautiful hills of West Virginia with Jumpseat ready firefighting on my mind, a popular song came on the radio. When I got home, that song sent me to my computer faster than...