The Apparatus Crash Epidemic, and How We Can Prevent It

Crashes involving emergency, like this one in Huntington, WV, are becoming a common sight in the United States. (Photo by flickr user dfirecop)

Crashes involving emergency, like this one in Huntington, WV, are becoming a common sight in the United States. (Photo by flickr user dfirecop)

For those who frequently read or watch the news, it should come as no surprise that one of the most common instances of emergency services in the news include responding to incidents. However, more often than needed, the news is the emergency they’ve caused themselves during their response through an apparatus crash Continue reading

Banner incident shows firefighters’ misunderstanding of new technology, firemen’s convention

The Williamstown Fire Company is in hot water after a photo of a banner asking to see certain female body parts found it's way to the local media. (Photo screenshot of Williamstown FC website)

The Williamstown Fire Company is in hot water after a photo of a banner asking to see certain female body parts found it’s way to the local media. (Photo screenshot of Williamstown FC website)

If you’ve seen the local news in the last week, you’ve likely heard about the controversy brewing a few miles north in Williamstown, NJ thanks to a lewd banner that found its way onto a balcony in Wildwood during firemen’s convention.

Aside from being a ridiculously bad idea by those who Continue reading

Forever Changed: The Road to Recovery

The reflection pool at the site of the South Tower of the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City on August 16, 2012. (Bruce Knoll Jr/ Notions of Knoll)

The reflection pool at the site of the South Tower of the World Trade Center at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City on August 16, 2012. (Bruce Knoll Jr/ Notions of Knoll)

Living in South Jersey, we’re within only a few hours of driving to New York City—“The city that never sleeps.” Times Square, The Rockefeller Center, Central Park, The United Nations, and dozens of other tourist destinations draw millions of visitors to the city each year.

Thanks to my girlfriend who has a love for the arts, I’ve been in the city rather frequently the last few years, and have taken in many of the tourist attractions myself. But not a trip goes by where the events of September 11th don’t cross my mind. Continue reading

A Different Kind of “Challenge”

Consider challenging yourself this fall and getting back into the classroom. Photo courtesy flickr user ijames.

Consider challenging yourself this fall and getting back into the classroom. Photo courtesy flickr user ijames.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been taking the social media world by storm, with users flocking to dump water on their heads in support of the ALS Foundation.

And the campaign has been extremely successful, with at least $30 million Continue reading

Hoping for the “Good Call”

The definition of a "good call" changes drastically as you progress through the service. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The definition of a “good call” changes drastically as you progress through the service. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Recently, I’ve encountered a lot of my newer colleagues in the fire and emergency medical services who are very eager to get into the action. We’ve all encountered these people—the fresh out of school probie who’s dying to get his first job, or the EMT constantly hoping for the big trauma or cardiac arrest.

It’s a natural instinct, to want to put your new skills to the test. Everyone Continue reading

Walking the Social Media Tightrope

In the age of up-to-the-second news, thanks to an ever changing and improving technology field, social media has become a part of everyday life – for better or for worse. And the fire service has been by no means exempt from the social media spectrum.

But make no mistake—social media can present Continue reading

The Firefighters of Chernobyl

A firehouse close to the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant with a memorial for those killed in the disaster. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A firehouse close to the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant with a memorial for those killed in the disaster. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Nuclear power is abundant across the world today, thanks in part to the US and former Soviet Union’s research and competitiveness during the Cold War.

But one April night in 1986 proved that this nuclear power had deadly consequences, and has left many Soviet firefighters in the same situation those who responded to Ground Zero face today. Continue reading