Why Are We Going In?

Photo courtesy WikiMedia Commons

(Photo courtesy WikiMedia Commons)

With houses burning quicker and hotter than ever, and firefighter deaths remaining high, it’s time to step back and ask why we’re always going in. Continue reading

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

Recent PA Trooper shooting reminds of past firefighter attacks

An ambush in December, 2012 claimed the lives of two West Webster (NY) firefighters.

An ambush in December, 2012 claimed the lives of two West Webster (NY) firefighters.

With the recent ambush killing of Pennsylvania State Trooper Bryon Dickson that also injured another officer topping newscasts across the region, the incident is eerily similar to an ambush that killed two firefighters in 2012. 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

Deadly Philly Blaze, Ensuing Riots Highlight Misconceptions of Fire Service

The aftermath of a deadly fire in Philadelphia on July 5, 2014 that killed 4 young children. Photo courtesy ABC7.

The aftermath of a deadly fire in Philadelphia on July 5, 2014 that killed 4 young children. Photo courtesy ABC7.

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