Author Archives: Mike

PG&E’s Preemptive Power Cuts are Ridiculous and Mostly Unsupportable

Residents in Santa Cruz County, California are being advised their power will be cut today as the power company, PG&E is worried their transmission and distribution lines may cause a fire. Red flag warnings are in place today but predicted winds don’t support the premise of a preemptive power blackout. — PG&E is warning affected […]

Back On The Blog

It’s been awhile. I have lots to add but not all at once. With the help of great doctors and good medicine a cancer invader has been vanquished. The blog took on a ghostly appearance in the absence and I’m embarrassed about that. I don’t really know the direction(s) this will go but it’s good […]

Tunnel Visions, a Kurt Kamm Firefighter Novel

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I just finished reading Kurt Kamm’s latest novel, Tunnel Visions. Kamm places us in Southern California where Fire Captain Nick Carter finds himself squarely in the middle of a homeland terror investigation. At question is water delivery to the drought parched Southland and the extremes domestic terrorists might take to interrupt the flow. Events are […]

Insole Review – My Feet Are Now a Little More Pumped Up

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I have been wearing insoles from for the past week. I’ve averaged walking 3 miles combined per day in my work shoes. My Sole Insulated Ultra  insoles are a full foot insole that fit perfectly in my work and walking shoes.  There is no squishy sound and my feet do not feel overly warm, something I […]

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 […]

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