Tag Archives: Fire

“Game of Fire” by DeShon and Haff for FireRescue Magazine

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Jennifer DeShon and I wrote a piece for Fire Rescue Magazine about My Lost Brothers by Brendan McDonough and his account of being the lone survivor of the Granite Mountain Crew that perished in 2013 when a brutal wildland fire claimed 19 men. This was an exciting, fascinating, and incredibly tragic story about a lost young […]

Smokejumpers; An Endangered Species by Jennifer DeShon

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    I can see the burn scar left on the forested hillsides as I drive my gutless rented Chevy Impala into Washington’s breathtaking Methow Valley. The 2014 Carlton Complex wildfires left their mark. But it’s May and the hills are now covered in yellow arrowroot and purple lupine. The Cascades are a snowcapped backdrop […]

House Fire, a short story

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. . House Fire is a chapter from my novel Thread of Steel, a work in progress.    You can read Tunnel Vision about Tara’s first hoist here . > > >     House Fire, a short story   Firefighter Scott hesitated. She knelt with a charged hose line in her hands watching heavy black smoke […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fire Warriors

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Firefighters–Do We Have the Right to Call Ourselves Warriors?   In the elite world of Military Special Ops, anger and frustration has been expressed at society’s casual entitlement to the word warrior.  It seems everyone from businessmen to vegan yogis are embracing the term.  Loren Schofield, a 16-year veteran of Special Forces, writes in Big […]

Vulnerability

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“What a profound thing it is to call for help.  How astounding, the number of people fate allows to float through this life never once confronting their own mortality.  One of the benefits of the fire and rescue business, if you will have it, is a near-constant sense of vulnerability.  A recognition that at the […]

Career Day

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A few weeks ago, I and my fellow friends, Susanna Oatmeyer and Kalynn Cresse attended Career Day at Kendall Lakes Elementary in Miami, Florida.  Although we are all certified firefighters with MDFR, we appeared in the garb of our different roles:  Firefighter, Special Ops Helicopter Pilot, and Special Ops Flight Medic .   We staged […]

Old School Survival

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I’m reading Dirty Work by one of my favorite writers, Larry Brown, a Captain from Oxford FD.  In this excerpt, a boy has been beat up by a bully.  When the boy returns home and his mother sees what’s happened she shows him no pity and instead gives him a piece of her mind.  This […]

Breaking Out of the Box by Susana Oatmeyer

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We all live in our own personal box of limitations. The size of the box has been determined for numerous reasons.  Maybe we were told, time and time again, that we couldn’t accomplish a goal.  Maybe we failed too many times, or even just once.  The more we believe our limits, the stronger the walls […]

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