The days keep getting busier. My daughters competitive cheerleading is in full swing and my son begins basketball tonight. If you follow the Fire Critic on Facebook, I mentioned I got in an accident in the engine yesterday. Everyone is fine. There was minor damage to the engine and the car. The engine did not go out of service, although we missed the call were responding to when it happened.
I am gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have vacation for Thanksgiving and I think we are spending it with my wife’s family in Richmond. I will be in Richmond that weekend and might have some time to get out. If anyone wants to catch up let me know.
In the spirit of Christmas, I put together the yearly Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Firefighters List. Check it out here!
Also in the spirit of Christmas, I am looking for companies who would like to take advantage of a cheap and easy marketing program…more on that here!
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Training – FSW Foundations Book
If you haven’t ordered the Fire Service Warrior Foundations book you should do that right now! The book is a 21-day Program for Personal and Professional Development. Daily FSWFitness, FSWMindfulness, and FSWTraining skills to help you make excellence a habit. I received my copy the other day and can’t wait to delve into it. The book is co-authored by Editor Christopher Brennan, Brian Brush, Jason Jefferies, Gary Lane, Leo Meli, Jonah Smith, and Travis Rask.
Product Review of the Week – Dragon Fire Alpha X Structural Firefighting Glove
The Dragon Fire Alpha X Structural Firefighting glove was reviewed by Captain Willie Wines Jr. including comments by myself. As we found out after the review, the glove has a huge following and is used widely in the fire service. We now know why.
The Dragon Fire glove is thinner than most traditional firefighting gloves yet still offers a level of protection that exceeds NFPA standards.The fingers had a good fit and were not bulky. This allowed for good dexterity and “feel”. - Captain Wines
Tweet of the Week
News and Opinion
IronFiremen.com has a story I wrote and guest posted on his site featuring everyone’s favorite former Fire Chief who was recently arrested for rape…Read it here. Willie also has a decent update on what he has been up to here
First Due Tackle offers an article on cold weather related to getting your cold weather bags ready here.
The Fire Law Blog offers Facebook Post by Illinois Firefighter Prompts Outcry from Elected Officials
Boron Extrication has an article on the 2013 Ford Fusion here.
Fully Involved has a great post on Veterans Day here.
Here is a set of pictures (on facebook) of a fire this past Sunday night in Coloma Michigan . Credits to Mark Parren.
Dave Statter has been burning it up on STATter911.com:
- RAW VIDEO & RADIO TRAFFIC: MIAMI-DADE HANDLES MOBILE HOME FIRE WITH WIRES DOWN.
- DC CHIEF KENNETH ELLERBE DEFENDS PLAN TO REMOVE ALL ALS TRANSPORT UNITS FROM OVERNIGHT HOURS. SAYS CITIZENS BETTER SERVED MOVING MEDICS TO PEAK DEMAND HOURS.
- WALTER PATMON JR. SECOND CHICAGO FIREFIGHTER TO DIE IN 10 DAYS. BECAME ILL AFTER FIRE.
- EARLY VIDEO & FIREGROUND AUDIO: MORE FROM FOUR-ALARM FIRE IN MOUNT CARMEL, PA.
- FIREGROUND AUDIO: EXPLOSION & FIRE IN INDIANAPOLIS THAT KILLED TWO & DESTROYED HOMES.
- TWO DEAD IN INDIANAPOLIS EXPLOSION. 18 HOMES LEVELED OR DAMAGED.
Andrew Catron, the Model City Firefighter offers the picture below “Dave Parnell and myself at the Burn premiere in Greenville, SC. ”