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Into The Smoke

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"Kevin O'Toole and Ethan Sorrell were trapped in a house fire on February 24th, 2012 in Prince Georges County Maryland. They were both riding Truck Company 9 of the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department responding to a reported house fire in the first due response area of a closed firehouse. After making entry, conditions rapidly deteriorated causing Kevin and Ethan to be trapped and severely injured.

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Retirement…. you know when it’s time.

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My dad has been retired from the job for several years now. I’ve been fortunate enough to see several good firemen make to retirement age and beyond. I’ve also seen a few that retired and passed soon after, never getting to reap the rewards of their labor. In a Face Book post yesterday, I mentioned some big news coming today. ...

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Ask a Firefighter

Captain Willie Wines Jr and Battalion Chief Bobbie Slayton 2010

Rhett and I get a LOT of questions from our followers who are seeking guidance and / or advise. For whatever reason, they feel "comfortable" enough with us to ask some of the questions they may not normally ask (especially to someone on their own Department etc).

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Firehouse vs. Fire Station

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I’m safely home from Detroit and pulling my 2nd tour out of a 72 hrs straight. My regular shift has me working Friday, Sunday and Tuesday but I’m working today (Saturday) to pay a Brother back for some time we recently traded. Friday, Saturday, Sunday sucks but I owe him. I’m working out of Station #7 on B-shift. The House ...

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Exclusive Video! The Fire Critic’s son, Preston; catches RV fire in Roanoke Civic Center parking lot on camera!

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO!! RV catches fire amid multiple vehicles parked in the Roanoke Civic Center’s lot as the Circus comes to town. Roanoke Firefighters (B-Shift) quickly and efficiently extinguish the blaze. The Circus is in town and their caravan has filled the Roanoke Civic Center’s parking lot in Roanoke, Va. Earlier today, one of the RVs in the lot caught fire ...

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Doing The Right Thing!

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DTRT or “Do The Right Thing” is an acronym used by the F.O.O.L.S (Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads Society) link . I’ve been thinking a lot about the FOOLS and what they stand for over the past few days. Their Mission Statement says ”┬áThe F.O.O.L.S. exemplify the true meaning of the Brotherhood by providing training opportunities to Brother and Sister Firefighters ...

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Valley Of The FOOLS

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Last Sunday, Rhett and I traveled to Lexington, Va to meet with a group of Brothers wanting to form a F.O.O.L.S (link) Chapter. If you’re on the job and not familiar with F.O.O.L.S then you should be! They’re a GREAT bunch of Brothers and Sisters with a common goal … Doing The Right Thing! Our Mission Statement is simple and ...

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Rekindle … Cold Weather Tips

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Due to the cold weather that’s blanketing much of the United States this week, I figured this “rekindled” post would be fitting. It was originally posted in December 2010. Feel free to leave you suggestions etc for cold weather operations in the comment section. “Cold Weather Tips” from December 2010… Burrrr is an understatement!! Record cold temps and snow falls ...

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All Hands Working …. situation …" Doubtful "..errr … "Will Hold" … maybe??

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First off, I need to say THANK YOU for all the Christmas cards, and messages I received. I personally read each of them and can tell you that they helped lift my spirits (sorry I haven't replied to them all) . I cried every day after coming home to see the fresh stack awaiting me on the kitchen counter. It is very humbling to know that so many of you out there are thinking and care so much about me and my family.

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