RYAN PENNINGTON, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is a firefighter/paramedic for the Charleston, WV, Fire Department. He is a member of the West Virginia Task Force 1 USAR team and has over 19 years of combined fire, rescue and EMS experience. Ryan is currently a West Virginia State Instructor 2, Hazmat Technician, and Certified Fire Officer 2. He is the author of the "Views From the Jumpseat" blog on Firehouse.com. You can also find him on his websites: viewsfromthejumpseat.com and chamberofhoarders.com. You can reach Ryan by e-mail at: email@example.com.