December already! This year seems to have flown by for me. But the reality is that Christmas is just around the corner. For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I would like to share some hopefully familiar safety tips while you prepare your home for the Christmas season.
Unfortunately I have gone to [...]
Each fire department has its very own culture filled with unique and wonderful traditions. They have their own way of doing the job but all have the same goal in mind: to get the job done, whatever it happens to be!
These traditions and differences in how the job is done in part stem from the [...]
I am fortunate to live and work in one of the most beautiful areas this great country of ours has to offer. The Pacific Northwest is filled with an abundance of recreational opportunities involving the ocean, lakes, rivers, and mountains. During the spring and summer there is water skiing, boating, hiking, fishing, mountain biking – [...]
It may take several years before one finds a “home” in the fire department. People come and go. Some get promoted, others retire, and some just move on to another station. But when a crew fits well together it makes life on and off duty fantastic. Right now I have a really awesome Lieutenant and some [...]
Many fire departments in large metropolitan areas are finding that more and more of their firefighters don’t live in the city in which they work. It is not a requirement for the city of Seattle and I fall into the category of those who do not live in the same city. Unfortunately, the cost of living [...]
Sometimes people really get themselves in a bind. For whatever reason things happen and people find themselves trapped and/or hurt, requiring the intervention of “Specialty Teams.” Many fire departments have teams that train to become proficient in a specific discipline. In the city of Seattle, we have several specialty teams.
First we have our Hazmat Team out [...]
Being flexible is very important in the fire service. I’m not just talking about physical flexibility, although that does come in handy when you’re squeezing though confined spaces! I’m also talking about flexibility with one’s schedule. Contrary to what some civilians may think, we don’t just sit around all day and night waiting for the bell [...]
Trauma is something most people don’t have to deal with very often. But for those of us in the fire service it is a regular occurrence. A house fire can expose civilians to several types of trauma: emotional trauma from losing one’s possessions, and physical trauma by possibly being injured in the fire. [...]
It is so great when spring arrives in the Seattle area! People seem to come out of hibernation. It is not that we all hide from the rain around here. If we did, nothing would ever get done! But when the sun comes out and the temperature warms up, it seems like everyone [...]
On Sunday March 10th, I participated in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb. It is the largest individual firefighter competition in the world. And believe me, there are many participants who take the competition part seriously!
But there is another side to the event. It is held in order to raise money for the The [...]