Tag Archives: Firefighting

“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 […]

Bright Star: Pink Responder Right Angle in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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One of my mottos since becoming a firefighter is that you can’t have too many flashlights, carabiners, or knives, so I was excited to review the pink Bright Star Right Angle Responder Flashlight in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   . You can never have too many flashlights, carabiners, or knives.   I’m always a […]

Renee Murray–Thoughts About My Fire Company

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My thoughts for today about my fire company:   Being a female in the volunteer fire service comes with a unique set of challenges; some of which are very real and nearly tangible, and others, I admit, may only exist in our (often self-conscious) imaginations. These challenges present themselves differently for all of us, so […]

Advice For A Girl Joining An All Male Fire Department by FF/Paramedic, Kenia Trevino

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Advice for a Girl Joining an all Male Fire Department   This list was given by Kenia Trevino in response to a question posted on Triple F’s group page. I thought it was very wise and so I’m sharing it! Of course, no list is definitive. There’s always more to say or do. What are […]

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 […]

Sweet Maggie Lane

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In the last few years Miami Dade Fire Rescue has lost so many firefighters in their prime, it’s hard to fathom. We are still reeling. It’s taken me a few days to process the loss of Maggie Lane, but I’ve come to feel her life defines her far more than her death. It’s Maggie’s life […]

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 […]

MBAT Firefighter Training, Session 1

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MBAT–Mindfulness Based Attention Training, is a University of Miami study funded by the Department of Defense to determine if mindfulness training can impact firefighter stress and resiliency in a positive way.  My department, Miami Dade Fire Rescue, is the guinea pig.  I first wrote about it in my blog Jedi Mind Training, but my crew and […]

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 […]

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