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Station Ready Rookie

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The Station Ready Rookie; Firefighter Preparation Beyond the State Skills Test is a slender gem of a book.  Simple.  Concise.  Direct.  And yet it is chockfull of wisdom and common sense.  It lays out practices essential for anyone who wants to excel in the fire service.  If firefighting is just a paycheck and an ego […]

Free Book Giveaway for Smokejumper by Jason Ramos –ends August 18th!

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I was super excited when I was offered a free copy of Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters with the request that I review it and give a copy away.  And then I was even more excited when it turned out that I loved the book!  That review was easy to write and […]

Smokejumper: A Memoir by One of America’s Most Select Airborne Firefighters

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I absolutely loved this book. Smokejumper by Jason A. Ramos and Julian Smith is a whip fast, fun, and fascinating read. It is also, at times, deeply sad. As a firefighter myself, I’ve always been intrigued by smokejumpers–the fittest and most elite of wildland firefighters. Not only do they parachute out of planes to get […]

Jedi Mind Training

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Jedi Mind Training.  That’s what I keep telling my crew we’re doing.  Who doesn’t want to be a Jedi Knight?  But to be one takes focus.  Concentration.  Attention honed to a blade-like sharpness.  And frankly these skills in the fire service have been sliding away the last six or so years like blood down a […]

Moral Courage

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  The fire service abounds in physical courage. Firefighters will walk into burning buildings, dive into frigid waters, and enter crack houses in the dead of night. Courage is a given. The physical kind, that is. We don’t even think about it much; it’s such a day to day part of our job. Toxic spills? […]

Reflections by Jennifer DeShon

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  It’s dark, hot, and the desert air feels unbelievably dry. Three A.M. in late September, and the temperature is still about 90 degrees. I’m already starting to breathe a little harder as I hop down off the second parapet wall on the roof of an old nightclub. I’m wearing and carrying 70 pounds of firefighting […]

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