There’s more to the job than badges and bugles ….


What I'm most proud of though is that I was able to make an impact on the Department, it's members and the people we served. I wont go as far to say I left the Department better than I found it because it's such a different Department today and I'm not sure it's all "good". Let's just say that, like so many others before me; I made a difference (yea Mutter ...I know...LOL).

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MSA and Firefighter Survival


MSA is looking for feedback on these concepts and would appreciate your feedback. If you are at #FDIC 2016, stop by their booth and let them know what you think. If you can’t make it, leave a comment here or on Facebook. Depending on the feedback, MSA will evaluate these concepts and move forward with these technologies.

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Help Support Firefighter Families… it’s what holds us together!


On a mission to honor, strengthen and support first responder marriages and families. 24-7 Commitment offers a safe community, along with tools and resources designed specifically for the firefighting community. These include online communities, guided marriage support programs, local fire events, live workshops and commitment weekends for firefighters and their spouses.

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FDIC and my Indy On Fire Top Ten!


The Fire Critic, Model City Firefighter and myself will be easy to find. As usual, we will be in many of the booths down on the exhibit floor as well as at many other evening events throughout the week. You can find our complete schedule in the links below... Be sure to drop by and say hello!

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“Dear Me” … A letter to myself as a 21 year old Firefighter

By Michael Dick

You've always given 100% to everything you do but I want to ask you to hold back on this one. Save a little for your family, the ones who love you and for yourself. You are still naive, yet full of life, humility and compassion. The job will demand these qualities from you but it will also strip you of them over time.... be careful of that.

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Bunker Gear Station Duffle Bag by FireMelon USA!!


Fire Melon is based out of Austin, Texas. It is owned & operated by the Highsmith family. Shane Highsmith served as firefighter for 10 years and is a veteran of –the US Navy. During his time as a firefighter he created many useful products for his brothers. Our products are styled and designed with fire tradition in mind. Having our own shop allows us to cut out the middle-man and keep costs low! Our team of talented seamstresses and craftsmen, who also repair fire gear, create the products you see on our website.

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