Actually, we’re looking at a couple opportunities here.
First, the plans are in the making to produce a movie about the fictitious “Effingwoods Fire & Rescue Department”.
Do you guys remember the web based video series, “Hosed” brought to us Juston McKinney back in February 2011?
Well, not only is Juston a VERY funny guy, the series was a HUGE hit as well. It left many of us wanting more and I’m one of them! If the plan works out, we’re gonna get just that but this time in the form of a full length comedy feature!
The story line is of an underachieving volunteer firefighter, Smitty (played by Gary Valentine aka “cousin Danny” on TV’s King of Queens) who missed his shot at becoming a 4th generation Boston Firefighter. He ends up a volunteer at Effingwood FD (New Hampshire) and is trying to move the Department toward a “paid per call” system thus earning the respect of his father by becoming “paid”. See the video series in the links below ….
The second opportunity is a chance to BE IN THE MOVIE and I may have a pretty decent shot.
Juston has assembled a great team to get the movie plans off the ground and running but they have a ways to go and will need our help.
They’ve started several promotional projects and one of them was all about “the stache”!
How can you have a movie about firefighters without a great mustache?
All you have to do is share a picture of your favorite firefighter mustache on their Face Book page and that stache could end up on the big screen. Of course you could also just go to their page and like MY picture .
I think I send em about 10 pictures a day so just pick your favorite and hit “like”…..LOL.
I’m kidding…. not about liking mine, but about sending in 10 a day…LOL.
Seriously, there are a TON of GREAT LOOKING firefighter mustaches out there so take the time to visit (and “like/follow”) their Face Book page and send them your picture.
They actually need a little more than a starring mustache to get started…. they also need a little cash. $200,000 to be exact and they’re depending on us (the Fire Service) to help them out.
They’ve created a “Kick Starter” campaign and want you to JOIN Effingwoods Fire & Rescue!
They have donation “tiers” set up where you can get all kinds of cool Effingwoods Swag!
You can donate as little as $1.
A $10 donation will list you as a supporter on their web site’s wall of fame as well as allow you to receive up to date e-mails, videos and behind the scene photos from the time of your donation right through the premiere.
The “perks” increase with your donation. You can find all the details in the link to “join” below ….
There are only 43 days left for them to meet their goal … let’s see if we can’t pull together and help em out! Be sure to watch the 4 video episodes I linked to earlier in the post … you’ll laugh your tail off.
If you’re on the job, have you ever thought about it that way? It’s a powerful statement.
What exactly IS worth dying for? A building? If so, at what value does it become “worth it”? How about the people in your 1st due? Are THEY worth dying for? Do you even know them? Do you know their morals… their ethics? Do they share the same views and beliefs as you or your family? How about the folks over in the “lower income” section of town … are they worth dying for?
What about the Brothers and Sisters next to you? Are they “worth it”? I’m struggling today with the word “worth”. Who gives me (us) the right to decide …. to choose?
It’s on my mind tonight because of a piece I watched on this mornings news. I’ll add the video below …. TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH IT and you’ll understand where I’m going with the rest of this post.
Pretty powerful huh? After having met these women, that solider felt as if he had met somebody “worth” dying for. With no disrespect intended, I wonder who he thought he was fighting for before he met these ladies. He certainly didn’t think that all Americans where like her.
I say that because somewhere, deep inside him; he was willing to give his life for another not even knowing who that other may be. He made that decision when he enlisted or at least I hope he knew that’s what he did.
We’ve made that same decision (The Fire Service) but on another “front”. Our battles are here on the streets of every small town and big city in America. I remember the look on “Rookie Randy’s” face when I had that talk with him. I told him that I would do everything within my power to keep him safe but further explained that our job is inherently dangerous and that if need be, I would place him directly in harms way.
I’ve thought about it every day I’ve reported for duty. I think we have to. Leaving the house in the mornings knowing you may not return is what hopefully keeps us on our game.
Everyday I work I meet people “worth” dying for. It’s the people in my territory …. the people I’m sworn to protect. It’s also the Brothers and Sisters I work with … for me, they’re all “worth it” but I don’t think about it that way. For me, it’s doing my job …. it’s doing “the job” (fully understanding that part of our job is making sure everyone goes home).
Kids like the little fella I wrote about back in October 2005. Although his incident wasn’t “fire related”, there are many other kids just like him in my territory.
Is he “worth it”? What about his grandmother? For me, she is too. I don’t have the luxury of being able to pick and choose.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have made a few “grabs” in my career. I never thought about who it was I was going in after. Not about how they lived, what they believed or what they’ve done with their lives etc. Is that necessarily fair to my wife and kids back home??? Maybe not but it’s the life I choose. It’s what we do.
The point I’m getting to here is the 19 members killed in the Yarnell Hill fire this past Sunday. Do you think they thought about the “worth” or “value” of the people or property they sat out to protect?
I think these Brothers were focused on the task at hand. I’d bet they were focused on doing their job in hopes of protecting the lives and property of the residents of Yarnell Hill as well as the Brothers and Sisters battling beside them.
CBS reporter Carter Evans wants to know more.
I can’t believe this reporter got this close to one of the surviving wives this soon and asked the questions he did.
CBS aired an interview Evans did with Andrew Ashcraft’s widow Juliann.
Andrew was 29 years old, a husband and father of 4.
He wanted to know “What do you tell your kids?”(1 min 48 second mark). He also asked her (at the 2 minute 15 second mark) “What do you think was going through his mind?” !!! Did he mean before he deployed his shelter or afterwards while laying there waiting for it to hit? Why would he even ask her such questions? It’s obvious that Juliann Ashcroft is a firefighter’s wife because she handled the interview well. She shouldn’t have had to endure it. The interview video is below ….
Again, the word “worth” comes back to my mind and the question of who applies that “worth”. Juliann said she wants the world to know that Andrew and the other 18 Hotshots killed that day are “HEROES”. I TOO BELIEVE THEY WERE! I believe we all are.
There is no “illusion” to death. It’s real and there’s nothing “easy” about it. Unfortunately, we in the fire service see it from all sides and directions. I wrote about it in a previous post linked below….
I don’t have the answers to “worth” “death” or any of it…. nor will I pretend to. All of us are hurting in one way or another following this monumental and tragic loss and each will deal with it in our own ways.
Some, on the other hand; are praising these deaths and not in a positive way.
Chief Billy Goldfeder alerted us of the plan of the Westboro Baptist Church to “picket” the funerals!
Their web site boasts statements such as “Praise God for the Arizona Wild Fire that killed 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots!”, “Thank God for the fires” and “Firefighters in Hell”!!!!
Just click the picture to the right or HERE to view the full page newsletter.
It makes me SICK TO MY STOMACH and has me wondering if it’s “worth it” for me to fly out and explain it to them face to face. The sad news is that this will not be the first time Westboro has (planned or actually) picketed a firefighter funeral.
Fortunately, a “Sea of Blue” (a large line of Firefighters in their dress blue uniforms) has always shielded the families of the fallen from having to see the display.
How many other people in the world think this way? How many others think this way about us and the job we do? About the sacrifices we and our families make on a day to day basis? Looking at it that way …. now do you think it’s all “worth it”? Or, are you like me and could give a shit what the Westboro Baptist Church or those like them think of what or why we do what we do.
I’m on the job today. I’ve been here for 22 years, my dad and many like him for hundreds of years before that. I’ll be here until I can’t be anymore and there are thousands like me…. standing vigilant. We are making a difference everyday in some form or another. Those 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots did and that’s all the “worth” I need.
The 19 members killed in the Yarnell Hill fire were part of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew from the Prescott Fire Department in Arizona. Here are their names and age ….
Christopher Mackenzie (30), Andrew Ashcraft (29), Kevin Woyjeck ( 21), Anthony Rose ( 23), Eric Marsh ( 43), Robert Caldwell ( 23), Clayton Whitted ( 28), Scott Norris ( 28), Dustin Deford ( 24), Sean Misner ( 26), Garret Zuppiger ( 27), Travis Carter ( 31), Grant McKee ( 21), Travis Turbyfill ( 27), Jesse Steed ( 36), Wade Parker (22), Joe Thurston (32), William Warneke ( 25), John Percin(24)
Please continue to keep these Brothers, their families, co-workers and friends in your thoughts and prayers as I know you have.
If you’d like to do more, the National Fallen firefighters Foundation has established a fund to allow you to securely do so….
From their site …
“In light of the tragic event in Yarnell, Arizona and in cooperation with local support efforts, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has established a national fund to accept monetary donations to assist the survivors and coworkers of the firefighters who died in the line of duty while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire”
They are in Houston and West, Texas. They are on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma. They are still in Charleston, SC, New York City and many, many other places across the country providing various means of support.
Whenever I talk about the NFFF and the support they give, I always have to mention the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs.
Rhett and I have been honored to be able to work behind the scenes with this group and see first hand how their efforts directly affect the FDNY’s Counseling Unit.
We watched, humbled and honored; as the FDNY Commissioner himself explained that without the NFFF and the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs, the FDNY Counseling Unit would have been SHUT DOWN due to lack of funding.
Following the tragic events of Christmas Eve, the Fire Service is in shock. Having lost 2 Brothers in a senseless act of violence, it’s difficult for those of us on the job to be “merry” about anything. Our hearts are heavy while our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of our fallen and injured.
photo from democratandchronicle.com
Firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczówka were killed by a sniper after arriving at a house fire in West Webster, NY yesterday.
Firefighters Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter were also shot in the incident and remain hospitalized.
An on-duty Greece police officer John Ritter, was injured by shrapnel in the attacks as well.
The Fire Critic and Statter 911 has full and continuing coverage of the incident, arrangements and more over on their sites…
The front says “Captain Wines” while the back says “IronFiremen.com”. The anti-sway strap even has “Buckaroo” stamped into it!
Wolfpak is the guys who made our custom suspenders as well. They also personalized those to include the Buckaroo’s name. These guys do GREAT work and it’s evident in their finished product. The fact that offer the option and that Rhett thought enough to include the extra stamping is AWESOME. It was the PERFECT gift!
In return, I got Rhett an APRON …. LOL..yea…. an APRON!
It turned out AWESOME! It was WELL ABOVE my expectations.
The material is actually PBI (the same stuff our Turnout Gear is made of).
It has the reflective stripping just like our gear. The same buckles, snaps and even has pockets!
As much as Rhett LOVES cooking, this should make a great gift.
I even had em put our patch in the center (in case he gets lost at the grocery store).
If nothing else, he’ll stand out in the kitchen.
We’ve already had several folks ask where and how to get one. Even though this was a custom job, Jamie and I discussed the possible demand for them once we got some pictures out.
If you’re interested, use the link above (or just CLICK HERE) and let Jamie know ….
So, I got off duty this morning and headed home.
As it turns out, I was better than I thought I had been and old Santa made a stop in Catawba!
This is where I received my best gifts of the season.
I arrived home to be surrounded by family.
The Buckaroo, my girls (Donna, Randi and Reba), my sister Marci (and Aaron) and even my mom and step father were in from North Carolina.
The stockings were hung and packages under the tree… it made for a peaceful morning.
The Buckaroo had a BLAST and that’s what it’s all about.
I hope that all of you had just a memorable Christmas as I did.
I hope that yours was spent with friends and family as well.
Thanks for all the well wishes, cards etc that we’ve received through the site, Face Book and even “snail mail” ….. it’s humbling.
For those of you who pulled a tour (or has to tomorrow) THANK YOU for the service. Thank you for covering the shift so that the rest of us can be at home, protected with our families.
We wrapped up the 2012 FireCritic / Ironfiremen 12 Days of Christmas Give-A-Way yesterday (we actually released the final winners this morning HERE). Congratulations to all of our winners and THANKS to our contributors!
The 2012 installments of the Ironfiremen.com’s Santa’s Sexy Helpers ends today. We worked our way up to see what ol Santa would find under the tree and I don’t think he was disappointed. Actually, I think Mrs Claus was also pretty happy.
Here is the final installment of Santa’s Sexy Helpers for 2012 … one for the guys and gals… ENJOY!
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY ! Tonight’s post is late because I’ve been going as hard as possible today in an effort to “catch up” from being sick. Despite working all day, I had a wonderful Father’s Day. The girls had the Buckaroo up early and we got to spend the entire day together. He was so excited. “I know a secret Paw-Paw” …. The girls had baked me a “cake” and that was all he could talk about. It was supposed to be a secret but he REALLY wanted a piece so he had to tell me all about it. What made even more funny is the fact that they didn’t bake a cake at all …. it was a pie but I guess they are all the same to a starving 3 year old.. LOL.
The girls also made me a GREAT dinner tonight and for the first time in a long time, we all got to sit down together and eat. The perfect gift .. FAMILY.
I’m fortunate all the way around. Not only am I a happy father with 2 beautiful daughters, I also have 2 fathers of my own who are very active in my life … a father and a step-father. My dad ..aka “Pop” is retired from the job and lives here in town. When he’s not playing golf or traveling the country hauling Nothin Fancy, he can often be found on the farm helping me throw hay.
My step dad .. Jerry lives in North Carolina. I don’t get to see him as often but he always makes up for lost time. Most recently, he has been traveling here to help me rebuild my barn. It’s been a long, slow and difficult process but I couldn’t have got this far without his help. This barn will out last me …
You guys already know that I’ve been sickly and way behind on my postings. I had intended to post on a great potential gift for Father’s Day but didn’t get it up in time. I will post more on this product in the very near future in the form of a “Product Review” but will give you a small sample for now.
This is Channel Lock’s #87 Rescue Tool.
This tool was designed specifically for firefighters and developed from firefighter comments / input.
It is 2 inches shorter and 30% lighter than their previous #89 Rescue Tool.
Whats even better is that now, you can get 2 for the price of one through their “Buy one, Donate one” program. That’s right .. 2 for the price of 1 !!
The “Buy one, Donate one” program is available only at Channel Lock.com Check out their site and tune back to Ironfiremen.com for a complete “Product Review” later this week.
Just because I’ve been down and out doesn’t mean everyone else has…
It seems as though good friend and fellow Blogger “Hydrant Gal” Has been busy showing off her ass … tail.
LOL … that’s NOT Hydrant Girl on the left but she really did show her “back side” Check out her site and the butt in the air pic HERE .
The pic on the left came from a site I never would have figured … from STATTER!
Oh yea … it appears as if Dave is taking a few notes from Ironfiremen.com and using a little nudity on his site…. I knew you’d come around Dave! LOL .. all kidding aside, Statter is always a true professional and the pic is attached to an interesting article. Check out Dave’s site and that post HERE .
Roanoke has made Blog and National news while I’ve been down this week.
I posted on our latest LODD, Firefighter / Paramedic Dave Palmer HERE. I mentioned in the post how I wished it was better attended. Apparently, Rhett felt the same and published a great post over on The Fire Critic. It’s another “MUST READ” from Fire Boy Fleitz …
Captain Dennis Croft has once again found himself in National headlines and on Curt Varone’s site Fire Law. Captain Croft recently won a grievance after being unjustly terminated and was awarded his job back. The battle took almost a year and resulted in his demotion to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. Croft has now filed a sexual discrimination suit against the city that seems bullet proof. Pay off on this one could be HUGE. Get all the details and be sure to follow the case on Curt’s site HERE .
To finish up for the night, The National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation has published their preview of “Courage To Be Safe” with the Chicago Fire Department over at Everyone Goes Home.com Here is the preview … the completed video is scheduled to be out late this summer.
That’s all for tonight .. I’ll check back in the next day or so … until then, stay Safe and in House!
We had a Captain’s meeting today and our Chief updated us on a briefing that he had recently given our City Council.
Kind of a “State of the Department” if you will. Our “numbers aren’t that bad. In my mind, there were 2 “stand out” categories… “Dollar Loss” … in 2010, we had around 3.6 Million Dollars in fire damages. I know … you’re thinking 3.6 mil doesn’t sound so good to me right? Well, there were 2 more factors thrown in there. We had 2 Major fires in the City last year .. that took a BIG chunk of that 3.6 The other factor was the “Pre-incident dollar value”…. what it was worth before it burned. That number was over $185 Million. All the fires were valued at over 185 million and we held damages to 3.6 That means we saved 181.4 MILLION in property!
The other “number” that hit me is our percentage of holding our fires to “the floor of origin“. We dropped off in this category falling to only 62%. Now generally, we do a GREAT job of holding our jobs to the “room of origin” (we are on a fire in 4 minutes or less 90% of the time) so I was shocked to learn that our numbers had fallen as to the floor of origin. Why the drop? ARSON
Our Arson numbers are higher than ever (38%) and climbing. Our Chief explained to Council that it’s even a “different” arson than what you might expect. We are not seeing “arson for hire” (where an arsonist is paid to burn down a building so the owner might collect on insurance) we are seeing intentionally set fires out of vengeance. The story even made the front page of today’s paper .. here’s their “on line” abbreviated article.
The fire from the story (where the fire was out on arrival) is not the only example of “arson for vengeance” here in the City. We had an employee of a local Pet Smart set a fire during business hours, in broad daylight causing over a million in damages. See that post from the “Melrose Misfit” days HERE .
Anyway, I thought that was an interesting fact ….. moving on
I wanted to share a few more shots from Baltimore and EMS Today.
Here’s one of me and PJ Cane. PJ follows the site regularly and was the first guy to come up to Rhett and I when we arrived. PJ not only follows my site, he often takes the time to post comments. I have been wanting to meet him for some time now and was glad to have the chance.
He was there with his soon to be wife and that in itself is a whole other story… I’ll post more on that and PJ soon.
Here’s another shot of me and Dave Statter.
I always enjoy getting up with Dave on these out of town trips because it gives me a little help busting Rhett’s balls…LOL
It is a little embarrassing that everyone else is eating steak and lobster and drinking beer while Dave orders all that fancy / smancy “organic pod of split pea” soup and white wine … LMAO
The good news is that he really is a great guy who’s fun to be around … OK..OK .. the honest answer is that he bribes us to hang around him with wallet photos of his wife…LMAO (just kidding Hillary)
Here’s another of me and my new found “Aussie Medic” buddies and then some fellow bloggers / friends..
We had a really good trip and only met one person who I wish I hadn’t. I don’t know this guys name but he was hanging outside our window Friday morning. Hanging … literally.
Now, we stayed at the Sheraton which by most standards is a fairly fancy joint. The rooms were comfortable and spacious. They had hot water. The heat and AC worked. We had a fridge and the drink / ice machine was on our floor and near by.
I just figured that they would have had a better “wake up call” system in place.
I don’t know “what” this guy was grinding on all morning but what ever it was sounded like finger nails across a chalkboard …. YEA … that’ll get ya out of bed in the morning!
Ok, my post on Snowbird’s custom made Fire Truck Bar was a huge hit. The bad news is that I didn’t even show ya all there is to see. There are so many things, big and little; that he did that I couldn’t cover em all in one post.
One part I didn’t talk much about was the back bar.
If ya look closely in the pic to the right, you notice how the bar top looks like broken glass. It is.
I don’t know how he even came up with half the stuff he did! For the back bar, he used 3 sheets of glass … 2 tempered, 1 laminated (he could NOT use the actual windshield from the truck because it was curved and not flat).
Anyway, through trial and error (it took him a few trys) he figured out to lay down a sheet of tempered first. Then he placed the sheet of laminated glass on top of that. He added the 2nd tempered piece (after placing decals on both the top and bottom sides to give it a 3 dimensional look) on top of that.
His outside framing allowed for room to pour a 1/8″ coat of bar top to seal and protect the glass. THEN, he drilled a hole and hit the laminated piece with a window punch. It “spidered” perfectly and looks super cool! Check out the video of him making the punch..
COOL huh??? Anyway, I talked to Snowbird earlier today and we’re gonna do something here @ Ironfiremen to add a complete slide show or something so you guys and gals can see the entire process .. start to finish.
That’s gonna about do it for tonight … they are calling for heavy rains again tomorrow so I had better try to get a little rest. I’ll check back in as soon as possible. Until then, stay safe and in house!
Well, the Holidays are over and it’s back to the grind stone. Today’s our first day back and it hasn’t been too bad. A few runs scattered here and there but nothing post worthy. I hope and trust that everyone had a very happy new year. No New Years Eve party for me … no dancing girls … nothing… just work, work, work and early to bed. Seriously… LOL it reminds me of one of those baby commercials…
LMAO … I love those comercials. Seriously though … I hope you all had a safe and Happy New year. I can’t wait to get rolling into 2011 … I have a ton of stuff planned and can’t wait to share it with you. For starters, I’ll be hitting the road again this year with the crew of Firefighter Netcast. We will be at EMS Today March 1-5, FDIC, Firehouse Expo, FRI and The National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial Weekend!
I have a ton of stuff planned for Ironfiremen.com as well. I want to take a few trips and do a few “ride alongs” with various Departments and Companies and document the experience for the site. I’m thinking I will see if Kentland will let me tag along for a tour so I can see for myself what all the “hype” is about. I don’t know where I’ll go from there … suggestions?? invites?? Let me know where you’d like to see me post from.
I was doing a little web “surfing” today and ran across this pretty neat video from the Hershey, Pa. Vol. Fire Department. Apparently, this was their 2010 “in review” type video … check it out..
I have some “give aways” and contest in mind for 2011 and of course will continue my normal boring “regular” type postings. I say that but it must not be too bad to read … I’ve been mentioned as a “favorite site” in one of Hyrdant Gal’s contest already … check her, me and the contest out HERE .
I was also mentioned in a post over on the site “unlimited unscheduled hours”. Check out the site and that article HERE.
I won’t give away all my plans for the upcoming year for fear that Rhett or Statter will steal them away but don’t doubt for one second that we wont continue to grow and improve … think I can do it??? Does a woodchuck chuck wood?
LMAO… I like that one too. Anyway, I gonna stop here for now… I may update ya later if anything exciting happens. Otherwise, I’ll catch ya tomorrow or from back here on Tuesday.
I know I’m a little early as far as the clock goes but I’m not sure I’ll be able to stay awake long enough to tell ya right at midnight. I haven’t been regular with post this week due to working my tail off trying to catch up from being out sick. I’m almost there. I did want (and need) to take a minute or two to wish you all well in 2011 and the years to follow.
I notice a lot of my fellow bloggers have been saying “thank yous” etc to their readers and I’d like to do the same. This has been one hell of a ride for me so far and I owe it all to you guys. Acting in his self appointed capacity of “King of Blogs”, Rhett over at The Fire Critic once posted some “tips” for making a successful blog / site. I think I break every rule he posted. Most notable, he said to write about your “readers” .. NOT yourself .. he continued to say “nobody cares”. Here’s the exact quote ..
“Write about your readers…not yourself. Unless you blog in the format like IronFiremen.com, you should write about your readers. Most of them don’t want to hear about you. You can add your thoughts, but don’t make your blog all about you…nobody cares.”
Well, I don’t know why but apparently some of you do care (yea yea Rhett … both of em) because you’re reading and following. For that I say THANK YOU. I haven’t really posted or talked about it much but I guess my writing here is some what of an “outlet” or stress relief for me. A “vent” if you will. I fell like I can (and do) say things here that I wouldn’t necessarily say aloud to someone. Despite what some of ya think, I’m not a great “communicator”. So, anyway .. thanks for allowing me to do so.
2010 was a year of ups and downs for me .. a real “roller coaster” ride if you will …
Obviously, one of my “ups” for the year (and my life for that matter) has been the Buckaroo. The cool thing about this site is that you folks have got to watch him grow over the past 2 years as well … here is a pic of him about 1 week old on his 1st visit to the firehouse (Station #9 aka The Melrose Misfits)
Then he began to grow …
You’ve watch him “trade mark” his signature wave and even sport his first mustache ..
Another “up” for the year was my move over to the Fire/EMS Blog Network WOW!! What and honor to be in the company of these folks! The possibilities and opportunities have kept rolling in since my switch over to “the network”. Promotions, product reviews and the network of contacts!
I have meet so many great people through the site … both on and off the job. I have had some great conversations / debates etc and even downed a few beers with some of the top leaders of today’s fire service. Chris Naum .. Chief “Art” Reason and even Chief Billy Goldfeder to name just a few …
We’ve traveled to Fire Rescue International 2010 as well as to the Memorial Weekend at the National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Emitsburg, Md.
My postings have increased in numbers and matured in context .. errr… well ok, that’s a matter of opinion but my “style” if you will has changed somewhat…. hopefully it’s been an improvment. I lost my senior editor Scott Boone..aka “Coon” due to a station transfer. I wont get into that tonight but will hit that as a “down” for 2010 in a later post. Anyway, without his editing skills, any ol rubbish I could manage to peck out on the computer usually made it to the published screen (you guys should see some of the stuff he edited out).
I must also admit that the majority of my time has been spent baby sitting The Fire Critic. Yea.. he’s more of a handfull than the Buckaroo himself…. I thought pottie training him was hard …..
The good news there is that I’ve had help. I gotta say, there’s not a better babysitter this side of Kentland than that of Dave Statter. Now, Dave and Rhett have a history of their own. Sometimes, it’s more like refereeing than babysitting with these two. We’ve kept Xtranormal plenty busy but we’ve also learned along the way that there really is a special bond between Rhett and Dave ….
LMAO .. all kidding aside, Dave is GREAT with the kids… he has that special ability to “get down on their level”. And who knew.. as right as Dave was on the Obion County deal, maybe Rhett has been right on the height thing … Dave doesn’t seem that tall in this pic …
LMAO.. lock the kids up! Ok, so hopefully, I’ll get a post up this weekend with a good look back at 2010… the highs and lows. Again, I’ll say THANKS for the ride and that it’s been fun.
Best wishes of safety, health and properity for each and every one of you …. Wait…. I guess I should throw in a “true” Ironfiremen like photo for the New Year huh ……..
Sorry I haven’t been here over the past few days but whatever I came down with has had a pretty good hold on me. I have literally been in the bed and unable to move since Sunday night … and NOT because Santa’s Sexy Helpers had me worn down. At first, I thought that maybe one of them gave me “something” . You know … that “gift that keeps on giving” (shoulda paid more attention to the “South Park Sex education episode) but then I thought WAIT; I’m not itching dripping or discolored … I’m puking, pooping and feel like dirt … I must really be sick! LOL (Yes, I said South Park… I love that show).
Anyway, I think I’m on the mend and fianally have that olld “sick” monkey off my back..
Did I say “sick” or “sock” monkey??/ Either way, the monkeys off my back. The bad news is two fold. First, I gave whatever it was that I lived through to the Buckaroo. Second, now that I’m healed, I have a ton of catching up to do here on the farm (and with the Buckaroo down, I’m down my only farm hand). The good news outta all this? I’ll be back to check in and resume “regular” type post tonight.
Until then, Stay safe and in house ….Thanks for all the e-mails , get well soons etc (and especially the “get well soon” flowers from Statter… nothing from that tight ass Cricket..LOL).
I’m SICK. I’m not sure I can say it enough to make ya fully understand. I think one of “Santa’s Sexy Helpers” must have “slipped me a mickey”.. LOL. I’ve always said that if you ever hear that I’m in the hospital and really want to see (or cuss ) me, you had better come quick because it’s BAD. Well, I didn’t go to the hospital but I seriously considered calling a Medic truck to come get. We worked yesterday (26th) and I had to mark the Engine out of service and call in overtime for me to go home.
I don’t think I’ve ever left mid way through a shift but last night was for the safety (and health) of my men as well as for my self. I was useless. I don’t know what I caught but I couldn’t even drive myself home. To spare ya the details, I had it running from both ends. I’m glad the fellas do a good job with their station chores / cleaning because Georgie found me laying in a stall (the cool floor gave some comfort). Anyway, they got me a ride home and I made it none to soon.
Laying in my own bathroom floor, back and abdomen muscles pulled and knotted; my mind drifted to building construction… yea.. you guys already know I’m “warped”. You see, in older homes, the bath tub was most always directly across from the toilet .. less than arms reach as a matter of fact. That way, when faced with a dilema such as mine; one could take care of business from the seat while leaning to the tub for the upper end… gross I know but it works. I don’t have that luxuryin my home. Everything is so spread out. Who needs that much room in a bath room? Everything should be within arms reach … convenient …. accessible.
Damn modern designs / construction! Nothing left to do but the old “back and forth” … the old “switcharoo” ….
The good news (or bad … depending on who you are) is that I lived through the night. I still can’t eat or move about much but I’m gonna survive. Laying here, trying not to shake around too much; I figured I’d try to give ya a little update …
I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas (or Happy Holiday) and that you were able to spend it with friends and family. Our Christmas Eve tour was not uneventful but could have been much worse. Lucky 13 caught an EMS run just before midnight where we were able to make a positive impact and hopefully bring some Christmas cheer to two children who desperately needed some. I wrote a post on the incident but haven’t published it yet .. I may a little later on.
While we were out on that call, our Brothers and Sisters from “The Deuce”, stations #3 and #5 caught some work in a commercial structure. The fellas made a quick knock down, was able to reach “loss stopped” quickly and avoided injury to civilians or FD personnel. Well done boys! Rhett has some other Christmas fire from around the Country over on Fire Critic HERE.
Anyway, the rest of the night was quiet and we were able to get home on Christmas to be with our families. I have gotten several e-mails asking about the Buckaroo, that “Lightning Bike” and pictures. Well, how dare you even question me?? Didn’t you see the pic from the “Christmas Eve Update” post? Hell or high water wouldn’t have stopped me from getting him that bike … he just tripped 100,000 on the odometer…. LOL
Boots also hooked him up on a Tonka dump truck and cement mixer … he LOVES toys that load, dump etc…
Santa scattered the little fella’s packages between 3 or 4 places so as you can imagine … he didn’t get much.
Again, I hope all of you had just as Happy and Merry Christmas and that all of your “Buckaroos” got everything they wanted. It seems like it was just this morning but Christmas morning was more than 48 hours ago. Most of you are cleaning up from Santa and making plans for the new year. Yea … the New year is just around the corner .. Friday night at Midnight to be exact.
I’m not sure what I will do for New Year’s Eve. I usually don’t get too wound up or do the party scene thingy… mostly because I don’t get invited to any .. LOL. Anyway, I know that some of you take “ringing in the New Year” as serious as Christmas. Parties are planned, preparations made and resolutions offered.
Nobody is as excited to forget their “shaddy” past an start anew than 2 of my close friends and fellow bloggers. Rhett (Rhett Fleitz from Fire Critic) and Dave (Dave Statter from Statter 911) are usually “chomping at the bit” to see that old ball drop (yea.. I could go a long way on that statement but wont… for now anyway..LOL). These two jokers have been planning and preparing to bring in 2011 for weeks now …. you wont want to miss this party …
LMAO … here’s to a happy new year! I’ll check in with ya later … if I live. Until then, stay safe and in house!
Ok, that’s enough silliness for the night. It’s Christmas Eve 2010 and I wanted to take a serious moment and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Our Battalion Chief (Teddy Adkins) is off sick but still made arrangements to have steaks delivered to every station on the North Battalion. Well done Chief … they were delicious… and THANKS!!
There was a time when the Chiefs came by and shook the member’s hands during the holidays. Now, we get e-mails. Teddy Chief Adkins came by last cycle to wish us well and Happy Holidays (he was scheduled for vacation this cycle despite now being sick). That’s “old school” to me and I, for one; appreciate it.
There are Brothers and Sisters all across the world who are pulling a tour tonight. I always try to take a moment off to myself and say a little extra “word” for those working the Holidays. Most folks don’t realize the sacrifices made in the name of “public safety”. Firefighters, EMT’s, Paramedics, Police and dispatchers all away from their families to serve and protect yours. If nobody else says it, I will … THANK YOU!
Brothers and Sisters everywhere are hopefully sitting with each other telling stories and rubbing full bellies. If I were a betting man, I’d say there is also a lot of toy “construction” going on tonight. Those are some good memories. The “senior” men throwing away the instructions, telling you how many times they’ve put something “just like” this together. A few runs, a sledge hammer and halligan later, the toy somewhat resembles the picture from the box. LOL. Working Christmas and Christmas Eve is difficult (emotionally) but trust me.. cherish the tour. The men and women beside you are “family” as well.
We didn’t have anything to put together tonight but Georgie did bring in one of his presents for us to play with. A remote controlled helicopter! It is AWESOME … check out this video..
I couldn’t help but to reflect on the two brothers lost this week up in Chicago.. Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum. See a little of who these men were through The Fire Critic’s site HERE. My thoughts drift to their families and the difficult time they are enduring through this Holiday season. I haven’t posted on their deaths yet and won’t get into my thoughts and feelings on the issues tonight … not on Christmas Eve. Dave Statter has the tentative arrangements etc on his site HERE. I also found where my Lt. from the “Melrose Misfit” days took the time to put together a small tribute …nice job “Bugg”. I will post it below with another link from Statter to web sites and Face Book pages where you too can leave your condolences. Find those sites HERE .
Our day has been fairly steady. The morning brought a few runs .. one MVC with moderate damages was the most excitement .. it happened right in front of the station …
Traffic is heavy due to last minute shoppers. Drivers are more pre-occupied then normal … be CAREFUL. Use the rig as a shield… wear your PPE (including safety vest etc) .. and stay alert.
Boots is off on vacation so we have big Dave “The Hammer” Lucas riding OT…. here’s Big Luke
We’ve had a few visitors pass through and a slower evening as far as runs go. I hope we stay in house for the remainder of the shift. I hope you do as well. I’ll leave ya with the Christmas Eve edition of Santa’s Sexy Helper (s)….
I’m not sure if the big guy is gonna make it but I’m pulling for him! Have a safe and Merry Christmas … I’ll check in tomorrow.
Yea, I know…. a much needed one. In my defence, I have been busy and still managed to get a “Sexy Santa’s Helper” up every day as promised. Like everyone else, I’ve spent the last 4 days shopping. Well, I assume everyone else waits until the last minute because I ran into em everywhere I went. For me, shopping is a struggle. I’m not good in crowds and I am not very patient. All in all, I held up pretty good. It wasn’t all shopping though, I did get to spend some time with friends and family along the way … I’ll fill ya in
After the feeding and farm chores, the Buckaroo and I embarked on what I like to call our “scouting” day. We hit the stores and “scout” for gifts that may meet our needs. I dropped in to one of our local “sporting goods” type stores and the Buckaroo was in AWE. I don’t know if you guys know who this “Lightning McQueen” or “Tow Mater” are but the Buckaroo sure does. They are characters from the 2006 movie Cars. Now, there is going to be a Cars 2 and he knows it … I missed True Grit but you can guarantee I wont miss Cars 2. If you really didn’t know about the Cars characters, here’s the link.
Anyway, at the Sporting Goods store, the Buckaroo scouted out a possibility for himself ….
For his sake, I sure hope Santa’s knows that this store had one in stock…. hummmm. We moved on to Victoria Secretions and several other stops (the gals working in Victoria Secretions sure latched on to the Buckaroo .. wink wink). As you can imagine, all that shopping…errrrr “scouting” can make a fella thirsty so we met up with Boots and Pop for some refreshment…
Special thanks to our bartender (server or whatever you call em now) Stacy.. She tolerated us… they were cold and she kept em coming..
We had to drop in by Station #3 (A-shift) for a bit as well. We had to pick up their new kitchen table to have a little custom work done. If everything turns out as planned, this will likely be the top table of the “Noke”. I can’t wait to see the finished product! The guys at #3 have been busy as elves making all sorts of items for in and around the station. One of the most notable is the fireplace they constructed for the dining / living room area. They also put up a tree and hung their stockings with care …. the place looks GREAT!
Later in the break … I also got together with some more friends and family. My dad …. ”Pop” always fries up a bunch of oysters for a Christmas Breakfast. We usually try to do this on Christmas Eve but, since I’m working today; the schedule got bumped forward just a bit. It was a good crowd and fun gathering … just what Christmas should be .. shared with friends and family.
I had a brother from Salem (Kevin Tottin) helping me on the farm that morning and I couldn’t work him that hard and not feed him. 1st Lt. Brent “Lumpy” Berry, currently assigned to “The Deuce” on B-shift was there along with 2 retired members. Riley “Big Joe” Petersand now twice retired Jimmy “Jimbo” Jennings. Here they are …
Pop and his brother (my Uncle Chuck) did a bang up job behind the aprons and there wasn’t a crumb left..
Of course, between the eating, drinking, shopping and scouting, I did have to get some farm work accomplished. A lot of it was regular stuff … feed, checking cow / calves, busting frozen water etc. But, as you’ve come to know with me … I usually don’t do much of anything that’s regular or “normal”. Ever seen an “Outhouse” that’s in house? No??? I though everybody put em inside..
I called it an “outhouse” but you may also know it as a “johnny house” or “sh## house”. You may remember a post a little while back where I talked about the Buckaroo and I spending the evening at the Cabin on the mountain behind the house. If not, catch up HERE . Anyway, the outhouse will soon make the trip up the mountain to it’s resting spot beside the cabin. How’s that for a Christmas gift?
So, as you can see, I have not been ignoring you folks … it’s just that time of year. I should be back on a regular type of schedule now so keep checking back with me.
I need to give a quick shout out and big THANKS to Brother “Firefighter Sonny” who gave me a heads up the other night as to Spike TV’s Hooter’s Snow Angel Special … grrrrrrrrrr…. now that’s quality broadcasting .. pay attention Statter
Ok, I’m gonna stop here for now but I’ll be back in a bit with a little more. David “The Hammer” Lucas is pulling an “OT” tour with us today and thus far, we’ve been busy enough. See ya in a bit, until then, don’t forget those “stocking stuffers” .. stay safe and in house.
I have some really good news to pass along on a local level. Those of you who have followed me for a while (yea…both of ya) will know the boys I’m talking about… for all others, I’ll explain in a moment.
That was my little “happy dance” LOL. Coon and Opie have been with me since our days as “Melrose Misfits” back at station #9. We were just recently separated with my move to Lucky #13. That said, we are only blocks away and that can’t erase the bond we’ve built over the past years. These two guys are very special to me .. the whole crew for that matter. Bugg, Coon, Wheezy, Tyrone and Opie. They were one of the best companies in the “noke”. OUTSTANDING work and honest men. Hard working. They achieved several accomplishments that made me very proud and they continue to do so.
That’s part of what it’s like to be on the job. Especially to be on the job and be a Captain. You watch the men grow. They set goals, work towards them and eventually achieve them. I don’t just mean goals on the job … personal gaols as well. We’ve shared weddings, child births, bought new cars or homes. We’ve celebrated and cried together …we’re a family.
Well, the video above had a little humor in it but it also says what I feel. I AM PROUD! Proud for Coon becoming a father and proud of Opie for obtaining another career goal. Becoming an EMT-I is not easy. Its a step from being a BLS (basic life support) provider to becoming an ALS (advanced life support) provider. Opie took the class and then passed both the written and practical exams on his first attempt. RARE.. and like I said… NOT EASY. And Coon getting Sherrie pregnant …. well ok, maybe that was a little easier …. and 10 times more fun but still… I bet he worked up a sweat ! LMAO .. just kidding. This will be Coon and Sherrie’s first child together and that will a great source of joy for them both I’m sure.
If you’ve never met em (Opie and Coon that is), I’ll take ya back to our “Misfit” days and blog and show you their segments of “meet the members”.
So, there ya go and once again … I’M PROUD OF YA BOYS!
Ok, moving on real quick …. SALVAGE. In case ya haven’t noticed guys… it’s Christmas. No matter where you work, rural, urban etc. we have to pay a little extra attention to a few details concerning our job. I want ya to think about line placement, stream application, overhaul operations and most of all…. SALVAGE. Guys, don’t go kicking doors and blasting through homes like a bunch of bulls! Pay attention to what you’re doing and where you’re doing it.
Some folks are fortunate and have a BIG Christmas. A tree hidden by the piles of gifts, decorations passed down through the family for years etc. Others .. well some others are not so fortunate. I want you to keep in mind that even if it’s only 1 or 2 packages under a tree or maybe even just leaning against the couch (because they couldn’t afford a tree) … maybe if it’s only one small ornament setting somewhere in the room… maybe this is all the Christmas they have. DON’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM EM! The fact that you are there means it is bad enough! Don’t soak down the living room and all the packages under the tree because of a back bedroom fire. If mom was hiding the few small gifts she was able to purchase for her child in the closet, DONT stomp on or soak those either. Slow down just a touch at this time of year. Know your surroundings. Move the ornaments / packages etc before pulling ceiling. You see what I’m getting at here. We can all afford to slow down just a bit and pay a little more attention anyways..right? Try to keep in mind that all so important function we have to complete on each and every fire… SALVAGE!
Ok… that was my mini-rant. Have you guys noticed anything odd?? Are we missing anyone?? It seems as though the Fire Critic has been MIA for a few days. He’s gonna make out like he’s been in Nashville with family but I have a sneaky suspicion he’s been up to something. Maybe he and Statter are conjuring up some kinda scheme for a “mini-Santa” take over of Christmas???
of course, if they are; they’ll need one of Sant’s Sexy Helpers …. guess I’d better leave em with Day 6 …
That’ll do it for now… you guys stay safe and in house!
Oh yea.. I’m hitting the “big time” now! I bet Statter or The Fire Critic don’t have a Christmas oriniment … well, I do. Kinda … sorta… At least Hydrant Gal “thinks” it’s me ..LOL
How’s that for a headline Statter?? “Ironfiremen’s influence has no borders” .. (she’s from Canada Dave). Cool huh? I’ve followed Hydrant Gal for some time now and always enjoy her postings. Check out her latest installment HERE. It’s kinda cool how we have never actually met yet something as simple as a Christmas tree ornament reminds her of me. I hope her and “firefighter” have a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays … thanks for thinking of me … it warms my cold little black heart (LOL) !
Speaking of warming here’s another “cold weather tip” that I forgot. This one is for at home more so than the station but an important one just the same..
1.) Pour Brandy into the toilet (and don’t flush it). That way, if you haven’t paid the ele. or gas bill or maybe if you’ve been too lazy to cut firewood and the heat is off ; the toilets wont freeze. Also, it assures the dogs have a reliable source of water and they end up a lot happier at the end of the day LMAO.
Yea… I’m “sick” (LOL). Either that or my brain is frozen. Have I mentioned how cold it is? Geesh! The Buckaroo is the toughest man I know. He’s running around like it’s summer. We’ve had several chores to accomplish this morning and he’s hung in there like a CHAMP. We fed from the John Deer as opposed to the New Holland and that always gets him a little excited…
This John Deer is a 2555. It’s the oldest tractor I own but there are several “neat” things about it. It’s not every day that you see a IAFF Union sticker in the back window of a tractor now is it?
She was also in the 2009 St. Patty’s Day Parade here in “the Noke” …hauling the IAFF L-1132 wives / kids etc…
I guess when you’re as simple as I am, little things like that are kinda cool. So anyway, the Buckaroo has done just fine today and we’ve even got a little work done.
So, I wanted to take a minute to get ya Day 11 of Santa’s Sexy Helper up just in case I don’t get the chance tonight.. here she is
I may not get the chance to post tonight because Im gonna slide over to BW3′s for a few adult beverages with the boys from #3-A and whoever else shows up. Im sure I’ll have to listen to a few “hero” stories from Rhett (The Fire Critic). They caught some more work the other day . He was the 4th Engine in so I’m sure he made 5 or 6 rescues single handedly or knocked down the fire with a can or booster line. He talks all that “fluff” about working on an Engine and all but there are a few of us who know the REAL truth…
yea.. he’s a Medic at heart.. LMAO. Don’t forget to submit your firefighter tattoo … deadline for the “give away” is midnight tonight!Also, you won’t want to miss Taking it to the Streets with Chris Naum on Firefighter Netcast tomorrow night. Chris has a huge list of guest that are sure to make this a show you wont want to miss. I’ll check back in as soon as I can. Until then, stay warm, dry, safe and in house!
Ok, last night; I mentioned that I have been “elevated” to a new level of “blogdom” but, I’m not real sure if I’ve been elevated or drop kicked! You see, I have now joined the company of the likes of Dave Statter. In many of his previous posts, and as early as in his December 10th “Quick Takes” Dave has mentioned the dislike some readers have expressed of his opinions and views. He has also mentioned on several occasions how this “distaste” is often expressed in the comment section of his site. Just 3 days ago (December 7th) Dave received 130 comments on a single post! View the post and comments HERE.
Well, I haven’t received anywhere near 130 hits on a single post but I have received several on the “Vinton” related posts. If you haven’t been following, read “Vinton home burns …” and “Vinton Fire Update…”to get up to speed. Now, the reason I’m now comparing myself to Statter is that a lot of the comments have been just like what he gets … HATE COMMENTS!
I have a comment policy. I publish most all of them. Even the ones directed toward me … positive or negative. You can call me a skinny, blah, blah, blah. You can say that I am the the dumbest, most arogant piece of whatever that you know. I will publish it. What I will NOT publish is comments containing certain words or phrases .. kinda like George Carlin’s “seven words”.
I will NOT publish comments containing the words “mother****** “, “God**** “ “ **** “ , ” **** ” , ” **** “, ” **** ” or, any variations of those words. I have received several of these type comments and understand that it’s just part of the job. Again, this is NOT why I’m being placed on the same level as Statter. What does give me that distinction is a recent comment naming me the “Fox News” of Fire Blogs! The comment alleges ”fluff” in my postings …. “fluff” ?? from ME? LOL Here’s the comment…
“Also City E6 is recomended by cad for any “comerical” structure the house was a duplex which was considered a “comerical” structural. Calls also roll over to second due after 5 minutes and continue to in those 5 min increments. I feel that Ironfiremen.com is the Fox News of fire blogs. there is so much fluff to the stories”
“The Fox News of fire Blogs” … eat your heart out Statter. I LOVE IT ! I think a lot of folks (the local ones anyway) still haven’t gotten “the point” I was trying to make in the original post. I stated several times that I wasn’t looking for a “he said / she said” or “us against them” issue. I’m still not. There were several of what I considered to be “Safety” issues on the incident and THOSE were the points I wanted to bring out. I could care less how long it takes Vinton to get out … I don’t live or work there. I do care about City units responding into Vinton “alone” or with no backup. There were / are other issues that I pointed out in the post as well. Issues that affect our Auto and Mutual-Aid agreements regardless of who’s giving or receiving it. My sources were and ARE solid but the facts being nit-picked are not the main issues. There was communication failures / issues. There were and are SOP / SOG issues. There were issues with IMS etc. Who cares why so and so was there and how long it was before they were dispatched? Obviously, they were dispatched because sooner or later, they were on scene (some sooner than later and vise versa).
For some reason, there seems to be a small group finger pointers who are passing blame and making lite of these issues. It has even spilled over to sites such as Face Book in a manner that could be concidered less than professional. Here’s a patch someone posted earlier this week..
Are you kidding me? Any idea how many ways this could be turned around and thrown back? The good news is that it hasn’t been. It’s beneath most involved. I know that Roanoke City and County have sat down to discuss the issues. They are committed to identifying the current and / or potential issues and will work together to find a solution beneficial for all involved. I also know that on Monday, Vinton will have a seat at that table. I only hope they can take that chair with the same commitment towards firefighter and public safety as those they will sit with. Enough with the “patch work”, finger pointing etc. Let’s iron out these issues and make the job safer for all 3 departments! That was my “watered down” rant for the night.
Ok, moving on …. I’ve lost the stone from my ring! When I got hired, my dad gave me a “class ring” type “Professional Firefighter” ring. I’ve worn it everyday for almost 20 years now. (maybe a great Christmas gift for your firefighter??)
I’m not sure where or when but I’ve lost the stone. I’ve looked everywhere I can think of. I’m almost SICK.
If any of you Brothers or Sisters out there are jewelers on your days off, give me a shout. I’m gonna keep looking either way. Who knows… I may get lucky. Even a blind squirrel can find a nut every now and then…
LMAO ! I guess I could have just asked Santa for a new one today but it wouldn’t be the one my Pop gave me. Yea… I got to see old Saint Nick today. My oldest Daughter (Randi-Jo) is a librarian. Her branch is here in the City and today, Santa came by to see the kids and read a Christmas story or two. Well, the Buckaroo has been wound up all week waiting for the chance to talk to “that Sanna Clause”. His week has been planned / scheduled around a trip to town to have a face to face with the “big guy”. NO WAY I was gonna miss this. We worked things out so I was able to drop in for a brief visit and see my little fella sit on Santa’s lap for the first time. Santa looked a little puzzled when the Buckaroo began explaining all the implements etc he wanted to go along with the new “John Deer” tractor he asked for LOL.
There’s that “signature wave”. He even got to stop by the station for a short visit afterwards….
Ok, I know it’s getting late so I had better start winding it down. Have you folks ever listened to any of Grace Potter’s stuff? She is AWESOME! I can’t get enough. Easy on the ear and eyes…OOH La La ! Speaking of “Ooh la la” …. she sings it … here’s the video…
See what I mean? I’ll be heading up to DC to see her live in March … I CAN’T WAIT! Speaking of waiting… you guys have been waiting long enough … here she is ….. Santa’s Sexy Helper, Day 15
Gonna shut her down for now. We start 4 day break tomorrow … I’ll check back in with whatever is happening or on my mind. Until then, Stay safe and in house!
While Captain Schmoe is somewhere out west basking in the desert warmth, those of us stranded in the mid-West or East coast are battling extreme cold. Now, “extreme” may not be the right word but, record lows have been broken and the bottom line is …. IT’S COLD! Not the best weather conditions for our line of work …..
Talk about “Iron Firemen” … geesh that looks cold! The bad news is that it’s cold no matter what you’re doing. Even though I’m not at the station today, I still have work to get done. Most firefighters work 2nd and 3rd jobs to “make ends meet”. Fortunately for me, my second job is farming. Texas Long Horn cattle and hay. Hard work with little to no pay but also rewarding in unique ways..(sounds just like firefighting huh?)
Cowboy or firefighter, cold is cold. I mentioned in this morning’s post that we were up and working last night. I’m not sure if it’s the cold or old age but either way, I was tired. I had a short stop at the barn before driving out to check the cows. I rushed to get back to the house so I could 1.) see the Buckaroo 2.) thaw out and 3.) get a little rest. How great is it that I can tie all 3 together ….
Well, there’s 2 outta 3 … the Buckaroo and a blanket. What about the “rest” or relaxation?? That’s easy … a “pap-pap” and tottie..
He has the “pap-pap’ .. I have the “tottie” and yes Statter … we’re working from bed again! I’ll get ya a shot of the Buckaroo’s executive offices soon enough .. until then, don’t knock “Cold Casual Tuesdays” LOL. Ok, moving on ….
I hope the Brothers and Sisters from Baltimore found a warm bed and tottie this morning. I linked to Statter’s story on the 5 Alarm fire on “The Block” yesterday. Come to find out, they had a 2nd 5 Alarm fire yesterday as well … BACK to BACK! OUCH! See Statter’s coverage of the 2nd fire HERE. Talk about taking a toll. I wonder if Baltimore FD thought ahead enough to relieve their members following the 1st fire. After a 5 Alarmer in these conditions, they HAD to be spent. How effective would / could they have been on a “bread and butter” fire afterwards? What condition could they have been in to handle another 5 banger? Is it smart to leave em on duty after the 1st one? Is it safe? I’m just throwing thoughts around here .. I have no idea how Baltimore Fire operates .. I just hate to think of the beating the Brothers and Sisters up there took if they had to work em both.
Speaking of a “beating” and taking a toll, I hope everyone took a moment to remember the sacrifice so many men and women made 69 years ago today. If you didn’t or don’t know, today is Pearl Harbor Day.
Thanks to all of our men and women of the United States Armed forces … past or present … THANK YOU!
On a lighter note, I received another package from AXE today. In my Product Review, I mentioned how I’d like to see a smaller or “travel size” bottle. Whatda ya know … THEY HAVE IT …
How cool is that? That Jill from AXE is some kinda gal! I get home to find a package from Chicago and my day automatically gets better. Some say it’s just good “PR” on AXE’s part .. I think she has a thing for skinny firemen with big mustaches LOL. All kidding aside THANKS to Jill and AXE .. we’ll put the product to good use.
And, speaking of mustaches … Dave Statter wrote me in on the ballot for the “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award”. Find the headline HERE under Statter’s “quick takes”…. Here’s the winner …
You gotta be kidding me!! THAT guy was the winner? The Buckaroo’s Halloween mustache was better than that one. The contest must be rigged … Chief Goldfedder, Chris Naum or myself could top that stache with 5 O’clock shadow LOL.
Ok, I’m gonna wrap it up for tonight. Don’t forget to check back in tomorrow for Day 17 of ”Santa’s Sexy Helper”. Thanks again for reading and following along with my ramblings. Until the next time, stay WARM, DRY, SAFE and IN HOUSE.
The last two post have been a “Hot Topic” for IronFiremen.com I’d like to thank everyone for reading and for taking the time to post comments. It’s time for me to move past the issue for now but I will warn you of a future “follow up” post. Some plans have been made and I believe members are going to sit down and review the incident .. a PIA (post Incident Analysis) of sorts. I will update you on the findings / recommendations as soon as they are available. With the parties involved, I’m sure the outcome will be positive and safety oriented.
I mentioned in the last post that the “Noke” has been fairly busy with fire here lately. Today has been no exception. Our South-side Brothers and Sisters from Stations #6, #11, #1 and #8 made quick work of a fire over in South East today around noon. Here are a couple shots from the Department “Picture Book” page …
The fire displaced a family but they are being assisted by the Red Cross. Our department does a good job of working with our local Red Cross to see that displaced families have food, clothing and shelter following a fire. This has to be a busy time of year for the Red Cross even without the fires etc.
I don’t donate money to a lot of groups etc. (I can’t afford it plus I figure I kinda give through my job) but, when and if I do; the Red Cross is one of the groups that get it. I can remember when they had a van / truck that they would send out to major fires / incidents. If we were there for any extended period of time, or in the rain, snow or cold; the truck would be there with hot coffee and food. So, THANKS to the Red Cross for all they do.
Baltimore’s Bravest have been busy today as well. Dave Statter has tons of video and stories of station closures, “brown outs” and naked residents evacuating the building during a 5 Alarm fire in a section of the city known as “The Block”. Cold tempatures and windy conditions only added to the work at hand for the 125 (or more) Baltimore Jakes on scene. Find all of Statter’s coverage HERE.
Image from WBAL-TV
Ok, moving on; it seems as though everyone in the Fire/EMS Blog Network is doing something “new” for their site. We’re seeing new “categories”, “topics” and “columns”. The FireCritic has once again mounted Statter and Geezer’s horse and began postings things like … ”Weekend Reviews” , “line ups” and “Quick take” type posts. Other Bloggers have run “Count Downs”, “Top 10′s” etc. Ash and Dreams is counting down to Christmas with her series titled “25 Days of Blogging”. All GREAT IDEAS …. why didn’t I think of any of em??? Hummmm … maybe they need a “firefighter” spin…. a “Captain Wines” spin.
Let me think …. it’s Winter….. that means it’s Cold and Christmas is near. Christmas …. the North Pole …. Santa …. Santa’s helpers .. Ahhhhh Ha! THAT’S IT !! I’ll do the 19 Days of Santa’s Helpers ! Oh yea …. this will be good!
Now I’m not talking about those little midget elf ”carpenter type” toy building helpers …
I’m talking talking about Santa’s real helpers. You know.. sexy little “stocking stuffer” type helpers….
Yea… like that…. or maybe something like this ….
Not “sexy” enough for ya?? Try this one …
Gotta love them boots! Oh yea …. this could be good! I’m a genius! We can get those sexy little helpers down to near nothin! How’d ya like to catch this little elf ”wanna be” under your tree?
I don’t know … just doesn’t feel right. That one kinda reminds me of Tyrone’s bathing suit…. Remember????
I know …I know … ”mood killer”. Almost ruined the whole idea…. Don’t worry … I’ll make up for it. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier … I could have done the “50 days of Santa’s Sexy Helpers Countdown” LOL. Oh well … I’ll just have to work with what I have… so…. INTRODUCING …(drum roll please) ….
IRONFIREMEN.COM’S “19 DAY’S OF SANTA’S SEXY HELPERS” !!
I’ll have a new “Santa’s Sexy Helper” up every day until Christmas… 19 days of em! WooooHooooo! I’d hate to see ol Santa have to get all this work done by himself! Stay tuned, thanks for following, and don’t forget to use the tool bar at the bottom of the page to share with all your friends. Until next post, stay safe and in house!
You folks may remember, back in early October; Rhett Fleitz and John Mitchel of Firefighter Netcast let me tag along for another recording gig. We went to Emitsburg Maryland for the 2010 National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial Weekend. Read one of my post from the trip HERE. I had never before been. WOW! I carry the memories and feelings of that weekend with me still today (much like those of Marching with my FDNY Brothers from 39/16 in the NYC St. Patty’s Day Parade in March 2002).
I am not articulate enough to describe the feelings that I took from either event but I will say that I know I will carry them for my life. At the NFF weekend, our job was to record live interviews of the surviving families with Dave Statter. They sat and spoke candidly of their lost loved ones. We knew our job was important … we had no idea how hard and touching it would be.
We laughed and cried with the survivors as they recalled certain stories of the fallen. We interviewed survivors from recient LODD’s and some from as far back as September 11, 2001. All are etched in my mind but a few will stand out. The Kelly family, Survivors of Lt.Kevin M. Kelly of the Boston FD Ladder 26; opened up as if Lt. Kelly was standing there and throwing it back and forth.
The 2nd interview that stands out was one of our very first. Dave sat down with Kelly Walesh and her daughter Lexus who are survivors of Wisconsin Firefighter Stephen ‘Peanut’ Koeser. After seeing and hearing Lexus talk of the loss of her father, we knew that we had “something special” and that it was going to be very difficult to endure 2 days of these interviews. Here they are..
Kelly and Lexus were followed that weekend by a TV crew who documented their story as part of a TV segment on Volunteer Firefighters. That show will air this morning at 9am (EST) on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.
Stop what you’re doing and tune in or set the DVR right NOW…. 9 am Sunday (today) on CBS.
What did you expect?? You did click on IronFiremen.com you know… now get your minds out of the gutter… it’s Thanksgiving for Pete’s sake! LOL
Just a quick post to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Special thoughts and wishes go out to our Brothers and Sisters across the country pulling a tour today so that the rest of us can spend it with friends and family. The same wishes go out to the men and women of our Armed Forces serving us and our Country all over the world.
Sometimes, I don’t always realize it but even the Ironfireman has plenty to be thankful for. Health, friends family etc. I hope everyone takes just a moment today to reflect on the things that you have to be thankful for.
Take the Fire / EMS Blog Network for example. Where else can you get something for free in this day and time? My little buddy Rhett Fleitz has a Holiday ”give away” over on the FireCritic. Check it out here.
My good friend and partner in crime Dave Statter has a gut busting animated video with well wishes over on Statter911. Check it out here but… be careful…. I laughed so hard I wet myself.
I’ll try to get a “regular” post in later on tonight … right now I have to “crack the whip” and make sure the turkey doesn’t dry out….
Yea.. I’m thankful for FHM magazine too…LOL. Happy Holidays! Stay safe and in House.
I’m getting old! Well, I’m not so sure 41 is old but at minimum, I’m worn out. As young privates at #5, Scotty (Scott Mutter) and I wanted to, could and did run all night. Back then, we were busy. We caught a lot of work but also wound just as many street boxes (I even had the nick name “Box Winder” at one time). Anyway, we’d run all night and then run just as hard on our day off and into that night. “Burning it at both ends” is what a lot of old Jakes told us. I wish I’d have listened!
Now, I could still run 24 calls per shift and not bat an eye. The only catch is that I want to run em before 21:00 hrs (9pm). If I run 1 after bed, it kills me. I can’t fall back to sleep like I used to and I don’t (can’t) bounce back like I did if I just stay up. I had been on vacation but gave Opie the last day of the cycle so he could hunt (yesterday was opening day of riffle season for deer). He had better have killed a Moose! We only ran 7 or 8 but they were scattered just enough that I’m dragging butt today. Here’s a shot of the day book…
We ran everything from bowel obstruction, to possible “code blue”, an overturned vehicle and even caught a little work (working fire). I guess if you have a somewhat busy tour, at least some diversity in the calls makes it easier to swallow. Here are a few shots of the overturned vehicle and the fire..
The overturned vehicle was nothing. A single occupant who walked the rest of the way home to call 911… she was lucky … no injuries. The fire was just as anti-climatic. It looked pretty good when we rolled in. Some foams, plastic and clothing burning makes for nasty smoke. The good news is that everyone was out (less 2 cats that were later found and survived). What was even better news was that Boots was in the back and got on it quick. The fire was contained to the room of origin and damage held to a minimum. Easily a “can handle” for the 1st alarm assignment.
I called in our Investigation Unit but apparently, we are going through some changes. For whatever reason, it was decided that it would be MY responsibility to determine the cause and origin and they returned to service ( I have some strong feelings on this issue but wont air them here..at this time anyway). I have the C and O narrowed down real close but lack the training and / or expertise to “pin point” it exactly. I did however document very well and even got some very good pics. The sad news is that I can’t use the pics. I’m not going to go against the “counciling session” or advice I received from the Chief the other week. I wish I could show em here because again, they are very specific pics that show no evidence of the location, owner, wealth, loss, a crime etc. As a matter of fact, I believe they would be a great training tool for my department, and everyone who reads this blog… firefighters and civilians. I don’t see any downside to posting them but have been advised by my Department not to. You know me…. “by the book Wines”…so .. no pics.
Back to the fire… I hardly ever take a hydrant with me because our next in is usually (or used to be anyway) so close behind. Generally, our tactics here is to get the 1st engine in and on the fire and let the 2nd due lay the line. Last night, I even stopped the 2nd due (Engine #4) from laying in (mainly because we didn’t need it). Something I have to get used to is that Engine 13 carries 1,000 gallon of water (most of our rigs carry 500). If you get to the seat of the fire quickly, and don’t wet down smoke; you can put out a ton of fire with just the 500. Having 1,000 gives me that much more of a cushion. It’s nice to have.
That kind of ties in to what I was saying after Chris Naum’s live show on Firefighter Netcast last week … redefining the fire ground. As I said, I agree with a lot of what he said but also believe that the changing materials etc of today make it that much more important that we hit these fires QUICK. Don’t give those foams, plastics, PVC’s etc a chance to get a good start on ya. Educated, calculated yet aggressive attacks and 500 gallon is more than enough for a knock down.
Anyway..moving on. The title was Old Firemen and “dirty balls”. Obviously, I’m quickly becoming the “old fireman”. The dirty balls? Well, they (it) belongs to the buckaroo. You see, I mentioned a little while back that the Roanoke Rampage2011 season is just around the bend. That has the Buckaroo EXCITED. He loves him some football! Well, we were out in the yard playing the other evening and the roll rolled through some cow….ummmmm…errrrrrr… cow “poop”.
Now we have not just a dirty ball … we have a NASTY ball. How do ya clean a football? They are leather … not smooth … have nooks and crannies…. and even the strings. Hummmm…we need some kind of tool.
Well, Axe Body Wash has the solution. Their product can clean most any kind / type of dirty balls. Check out the video here…
See what I mean??? GENIOUS! Now that’s thinking with your dipstick Jimmy !!!! LMAO (thanks to Smurf for the link). Now, believe it or not, some folks have taken the above video wrong. I don’t know how so many people can have their dirty little minds in the gutter but apparently, some viewers believe the video to be “sexual” in nature. Geesh! Well, never fear, Axe is such a stand up company that they have addressed the issue before it gets “out of hand” (catch that one Statter?). Check out the follow up video…
In all honesty… the AXE or Old Spice Body and Hair Wash seem to be a great product for firefighters. I use both (whichever is cheaper at the time) and either does a great job. After a good, hot and smokey job, either product seems to mask the odor better than any other. I say “mask” because we all know that it takes 2-3 days and several showers / baths the get the odor out of your pores etc. You can wash / scrub with any other soap / product and 15 minutes later, we still smell like smoke. It’s like that for days even. Again, either of the above mentioned products seem to mask or cover up that smell better than most. Maybe they should hire me to promote their product?? Or at least do a “review” (like Firecritic and his “feel good” books / romance novels etc). Hey Axe or Old Spice… send me a few cases and we’ll see what firefighters think of your product…. “Axe”..firefighters??? See the link? Send some of those “ball scrubbers” too and we’ll give them a trial run as well.
Ok, we’re on 4-day but I’ll check back in before Thursday. Until then, stay safe and in house.
There are many that think just because I’m associated with the Fire/EMS Blog Network that I know what I’m doing, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth! I’m lost and fortunate enough to be part of this network with such a fantastic support gorup of innovators behind me. I started blogging almost 2 yrs ago now by simply posting the happenings of my shift (“C”) on the Engine Company #9 Blog. (www.enginecompany9.blogspot.com). My ball of rubber bands got bigger and bigger and now, here I am on the Network. Alot of people have asked me why. Why ”waste” the time??
I want you to read this. The following is a comment I received (not a comment, a “message”) on Face Book (aka “picture Book”). This simple statement from a single arthur makes all this time, effort etc worth while….
“ Capt., I wanted to let you know that I am a follower of your website. You are a true leader with a huge heart! That is an awesome combination that you don’t see very much anymore! Without sounding like a suck-up, I just wanted to say that the world could use a few more people like you. Thanks for having the courage to talk in an open forum on your web page. I am not quite that technical, or do I feel like I have time to do it. I know that I’m not the only one who enjoys your take on firehouse life. It is really true that we live a different life then the rest of the world. You do a great job expressing what we all go though and how we all feel at times. Keep up the great work, Capt. You are truly making a difference! Thank you,
WOW!!! Sums it up right?? Well, how about this?? The Fire Critic also hit on the same article here. Starting to see a pattern? If not, check out the comments from the post “Ramblings”. Again….WOW! Lawyer’s comment is as heart felt as the post. Messages etc like those make it worth while. Now, don’t get me wrong; there are other comments / actions that make ya want to throw your hands up and say screw it. Tuesday was almost one of em. I say almost because if it wasn’t so funny I would have just quit.
I received a “counseling session” on Tuesday from my Battalion Chief (no…it’s NOT the first). He advised me that our Deputy Chief had instructed him to “council” me on using “better judgment” pertaining to my post here on the site. He spoke specifically about the first day of this last cycle post ( or the Oct. 23rd post.. Nothing says 4 day break is over like a working fire) where I posted about a “working fire” on our 1st day back from break. Apparently, I should have used better judgment when or while posting pics of the interior of this structure. Hummmmm… better judgment??? I have several thoughts and issues here.
1st.) I never gave an address or name of occupant and / or owner.
2nd.) The exterior pics didn’t show an address or give a clue as to the location of the incident.
3rd.) The interior pics were of “specific” items etc that served or could / should have served as a training tools for us and every other fire department etc who reads or follows this blog.
4th.) The pics in no way showed wealth or valuables etc left behind by this family due to the fire.
My questions??? How much more good judgment could I have used in that post??? I chose those specific pics for a reason. I used them because they didn’t show too much. I understand the concept of not using / showing interior pics etc. If I’ve been there, this person / family has most likely been through enough without having their personal space plastered all over the Internet. There has been a HUGE issue with firefighters, pictures and their appropriate use recently in Georgia. Statter, Geezer and the Firecritic have covered it well. That said, and in this case; I don’t think that’s what happened. I used an interior pic of a propane burner. I used another showing automotive tires inside the structure. Both, were what I perceived as safety issues and wanted / attempted to share that information with the Brothers and Sisters who read this blog. I used specific pics to make a specific point. I thought I had “covered my bases” enough that I did not invade the home owner / occupant’s privacy. Apparently, in the eyes of my Department; I could have done better. How??? I’m not sure. The only way would have been to not use them at all and I believe that would have been an injustice to those of us on the job.
I can’t help but wonder if that in some way, this “counseling session” was more directed to the posting of the child. Again, I was VERY careful not to give details. No address, no names, no ages etc. This kid can and could be most any child in a big city. Those of us with any time at all on the job have ran this call several times before. I felt there was a story there and I told it. Apparently, it touched several others as it had me. I think that maybe due to all the “hype” and negative publicity that the Georgia incident has brought to the Fire Service, my Department may be a little nervous.
Do these stories need to be told? I think so. Somebody has to tell em. We (the Fire Service) have millions of stories just like my last few postings that need to be shared. Shared with one another and with the public. I’ve said it before that most people have no idea what we do and see on a daily basis. I think they should. The story needs to be told but in the right way (in a way protecting those involved).
Social media is growing by leaps and bounds as I type. “Picture Book”, “Churp Churp”, etc. and no one knows how to control it as of yet because it’s inventing itself as it grows. It’s hard to keep up with for those that are involved with and good at it… much less for those of us unfamiliar with it’s uses / possibilities. Much like on the job where we have a “duty to act”, I think here, we have a duty to act responsibly. Should there be guidelines etc for those doing it while on duty … I think it must be. My department has none. No SOP / SOG (standard operating procedure / guideline) for Social Media (or even cell phones or pictures) while on duty. Do we need some??? again, I say yes. Should Social Media even be allowed while on duty? Here, I’ll again say “yes” but with guidelines. When used correctly, These blogs, websites, pics, tweets etc can be learning tools for everyone they reach. WOW… what a concept huh? We can learn lessons on the East coast from a fire out on the West coast just minutes after it happened. We can share stories of the job we do and how it affects us thus giving the public (our true bosses) a better understanding of what we do. How much help could that be when we are up asking for more tax payer money for equipment, raises etc? I guess in short, I think we need to embrace Social Media and use it to our advantage but, do so in a controlled manner.
I personally, my Department, and us here on the Fire/EMS Blog Network; have a great resource for dealing with these issues. Rhett Fleitz (the Fire Critic) is what most consider to be a leader / expert in this area (Rhett and I work for the same Department). Rhett has even been chosen to present a class on Social Media at 2011 FDIC! Statter and I agree that Rhett doesn’t even look old enough to work for the Fire Department yet now here he is going to present at FDIC. Congratulations and WOW! For us, me and my Department; maybe it is Rhett who should be doing the “counseling”. Teaching the “do’s and dont’s” the why and why not’s. On the tail of this Georgia embarrassment and my counseling session I’d ask does your department have policies or guidelines concerning Social Media? Do you think you should have and where and how do we draw the lines?
In the mean time, be smart about what you use / post. Remember, someone is on the other end of that camera or cell phone lens, or reading that post or comment. Try not only to do a good job, try to do “the right thing”. Will I work / try harder (make better decisions) in my postings??? YOU BETCHA!!
Thanks again for reading / following and for all the support and comments.