This site is owned and published by Willie Wines Jr (Captain Wines).
Following in his father’s footsteps, Willie is a 2nd generation firefighter. He has 25 years experience as a Firefighter/EMT and has also held certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic.
Following his years as a volunteer, in 1991 he was hired by an urban Department in Virginia where he quickly built an impressive resume and worked his way through the ranks to the level of Captain. Having served 15  years as a Company Officer, his assignments have placed him in a wide variety of companies.
Captain Wines currently runs or is involved with several Fire Service related Blogs / web sites to include Ironfiremen.com and FireProductReview.com . In his postings, he covers a variety of topics such as Firefighter safety, training, news, information, humor, product reviews, life as a firefighter and more. He does this with his unique style of writing while adding his personal opinion and, at times; sense of humor.
Partnered with Lt. Rhett Fleitz (FireCritic.com) he is a motivational speaker for the Fire Service. They are available to speak or teach on a variety of subjects such as Motivating Firefighters, Improving  Morale,  Firefighter Mental Health and Wellness, Social Media for the Fire Service and more. 
Captain Wines is a member in good standing of IAFF Local-1132 and very active in many Firefighter Events across the Nation. He works with companies such as MN8-FoxFire to bring new, innovative and potently  life saving   technology to the Fire Service. He assists organizations such as The Fallen Firefighters Foundation, 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Committee and The National Firefighter’s Endowment
He has been married for 25 years to his wife Donna. They have 2 beautiful (adult) Daughters, Randi-Jo and Reba as well as a grandson, Wesley; who is better known as “The Buckaroo” and can often be found in the pages of Ironfiremen.com

  • Thanks for reading and following Ironfiremen.com Tyler. Thanks too for taking the time to comment. I get a lot of comments / emails from Tn. and it sounds like you fellas do some solid work. One of my friends is a young man named Beau Doss. Beau is an Explorer firefighter and even has a blog to document his journey. Check his site out @ http://www.thefireexplorer.blogspot.com/ Thanks again for following … stay safe.

  • big chris

    hey willie we met outside the university place hotel at fdic you were with the fire critic just wanted to thank you for being real and staying true to the iron firemen persona keep it up i’ll keep reading

  • Bigpapanick44

    Hey brother this is Nick firefighter in charlotte and play for the cobras. I just wanted to say thanks for the great time last weekend and for being such a great host. Keep in touch

    • I will !! It was great to see ya again. I’ll be in town visiting family (Charlotte / Indian Trail) and will look ya up.

  • jonathon viselli

    hey my name is jon i am a vol firefighter out of ct i would just like to say that i love the site and the page you have on face book keep up the good work..

  • Clifton Dalton

    Hey Capt.. Great read…Just looking thru ur posts. Im orginally from Wytheville Va. Living in Chugiak Ak at the moment. Been in the fire service all my life. Love ur posts.

    Clifton Dalton,Asst Chief

    • Thanks Brother! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

  • chad davis

    Looking for some advice on how to start a career as a firefighter,any help would be great.

  • Kevin Weems

    You couldn’t have chosen a better name for this blog. I have been in the fire service for 10 years and I like to consider myself as part of the firefighting “cross-over” generation. The generation that came in when the fire service started embracing a kinder and gentler firehouse atmosphere. The older salty men were starting to become hard to find and leaders were beginning to care about paperwork and NFPA instead of the true qualities of a fireman. I’ve been fortunate enough over the years to have been taught by some true senior firemen. You know, the tough as nails, rough around the edges, straight to the point firemen. I get that atmosphere on this blog, and I would like to say thank you. I feel it is very important to promote pride and ownership of this job to the new generation of upcoming firefighters before they are led astray. Great work!
    P.S. I didn’t know who you were at the time, but I believe I saw you at the PG County, MD 9/11 stairclimb a few years back. Also, I have some short pieces I have written in my free time, dealing mainly with pride and dedication and I’d love to share them on your blog.
    Keep making the push down the hallway, there are still plenty of rookies who are eager to prove that they have what it takes to become a part of something much bigger than themselves.

  • Domingo

    Yo, Willie. I met you and Rhett at the bar at Sullivan’s Steakhouse when you guys were in Baltimore for your convention. I’m the guy that books the music there. You invited me to stop in at your party at the Power Station the next day for a beer. Just wanted you guys to know that I did not blow you off. I was actually on my way there when I got a call about a potential problem at Sullivan’s and I had to take a detour. Ended up having to stay all night. Tell Rhett to give me a call sometime to talk about some music. He has my card.

    Thanks to you and all your firefighter brothers for all you guys and gals do for us.

  • sam

    hellow capt my name is sam i live in alska i'm a huge fire buff. i just wanted to say hi. i have a bunch of friends that are firefighters thay are good guys and gals.i have always dreamd of becoming a fierfighter. i look to firefightres as heros. i like your website verey much. keep up the good work and have a mery chrstmas