Last week, a fiery blaze that ripped through ten buildings in Philadelphia claimed the lives of four young children. It also claimed national headlines after the parents of the children killed criticized the fire department and crowds of supporters gathered outside a firehouse to protest the department. Continue reading
Today, just as our society has every second Sunday of May since 1908, we celebrate our mothers. And as I sit thinking about the holiday, and all of the things that makes mothers like mine great, I couldn’t help but think of the role a mother plays in the fire service. Continue reading
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
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
*This article appeared in the March 19 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Conflict is a basic human interaction—it has been since our cavemen ancestors fought over who got to sleep in what cave.
So naturally, conflict is a common occurrence in the fire service. And it can be a good thing, if certain steps are taken to ensure the conflict is constructive.
But more often than not, conflict is nothing more than lots of shouting that puts both sides no closer to a resolution or agreement. Continue reading
*This article appeared in the March 5 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Firefighter injuries continue to be a key issue in the United States, with nearly 70,000 firefighters injured in the line of duty each year. The fire service has long strived to lower the number of injuries that occur through awareness, and some new technology is set to aid the process. Continue reading
*This article appeared in the February 26 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Construction is a constant sight in Cape May County, and it’s hard to find an area where new residential homes or condos aren’t going up.
Safety is always taken into consideration by builders, and hopefully by homeowners who play a part in their home’s construction. Fire safety is certainly a safety aspect not to be taken lightly, but often homeowners are unaware of their options. Continue reading
*This article appeared in the February 19 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
When fires rage through buildings and homes, firefighters race to the scene in an effort to stop it from spreading. They deploy ladders and hooks, hoses and axes, and often make an aggressive attack to put out the flames. But despite often being overlooked, firefighters aren’t always done when the flames are gone. Continue reading
*This article appeared in the February 12 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
A traffic accident on Interstate 805 in Chula Vista, California made headlines this week not because of the crash, but after a Chula Vista firefighter was handcuffed by a California Highway Patrol officer for refusing to move a fire engine at the scene. Continue reading
*This article appeared in the February 5 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*
Last week, the fire service mourned the loss of two Toledo, Ohio firefighters who were killed in the line of duty while operating at a multi-story mixed-use building in the city on Jan. 26.
Private Stephen A. Machcinski, a 16-year veteran of the department, and Private James A. Dickman, a member of the department for only six months but a longtime firefighter with other area departments, perished after becoming disoriented in the blaze, which “rapidly deteriorated in condition,” according to the department’s chief.
And while the national media may have been more focused on the arrest of Justin Bieber Continue reading