Taking Fire Safety Seriously —

Sponsored article.  Taking Fire Safety Seriously It can be all too easy – yet all too dangerous – to become complacent about fire and fire safety. Many tragedies have occurred after complacency about fire safety has set in, and many people have died after people have put off purchasing new domestic smoke detectors for example. […]

NYT, Firefighter Profile – Probie Makes a Grab, Share Your Story!

The New York Times wants “first fire” stories by firefighters. As a springboard the news giant offers a most impressive story about FDNY probationary firefighter Jordan Sullivan titled “Baptism By Fire”. Hats off to Firefighter Sullivan and the crew of Ladder Company 105.  A nod as well to N.R. Kleinfield for putting together such a great story. […]

The Atlantic; Fire On The Mountain. One Year Out From The Loss of The Granite Mountain Hotshots

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Author Brian Mockenhaupt writing for The Atlantic offers a detailed review of the tragic loss of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots on the Yarnell Hill Fire June 30, 2013. Mockenhaupt’s Fire On The Mountain is a long read offering details of the fire and conditions on the ground and air leading up to […]

Lompoc California Evacuations Ordered as The Miguelito Fire Advances

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State and local firefighters are battling a wind driven brush fire burning out of control on the southern edge of the city of Lompoc on California’s central coast. The city of 42,000 is home to Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Miguelito Fire started mid afternoon today and quickly jumped from 50 acres to an estimated […]

Cal Fire Battalion Chief On The Run – Suspected of Murdering Girlfriend

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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) Battalion Chief Orville Fleming is wanted by police authorities for questioning in the brutal stabbing death of his 26 year old girlfriend. The 55 year old Fleming has been on the run for more than a week. His assigned State work truck was found abandoned in […]

Clash Tactical Duty Boot by Blauer

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The people at Blauer asked me if I would have a look at their Clash boot product. I gladly accepted the offer. The first thing that struck me is the lacing on the boot. I had no clue how to put the boot on but once I got dialed in (literally) I found the BOA […]

Etiwanda Fire in SoCal

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The Etiwanda Fire is burning in the Etiwanda Preserve on the outskirts of Rancho Cucamonga, a community of 180,000 in San Bernardino County. The wind driven fire started at 8:00 am and has grown quickly to hundreds of acres. Because of high winds air support is unavailable. This looks like a multi day event as […]

Cal Fire Beefing Up For A Busy Fire Season

— CAL FIRE Increases Staffing As Fire Threat Expands – Additional Seasonal Firefighters Hired From Sacramento Foothills to LA Basin Sacramento - Despite recent rainfall, CAL FIRE continues to respond to a significant increase in wildfires across much of California. While March rain totals were higher than this winter, the rain has done little to combat drought […]

Pfeiffer Fire; Wildland Fire On California's Big Sur Coast (Updated)

An onshore wind flow, low humidity, above average temperatures and lack of rain has invited wildfire to California’s central coast.
The ‘Pfeiffer Fire’ has burned in excess of 300 acres and unconfirmed reports suggest numerous homes have been involved.

Shooting At Firehouse Party

A 10-year veteran of the King City Fire Department was hosting a private party in the fire station when brawls broke out and a gun went off.

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