This was an amazing tribute to a real-life hero, Ben Carlson. Ben died serving his community. I am particularly proud that the fire service recognized this as a line of duty death. In my humble opinion this is no different that a firefighter being killed in a structure fire, or a police officer who is killed in the line of duty. I attended this ceremony with an engine from my department as well as sending a rescue boat to the morning paddle out. I was Continue reading →
The firefighter physical training requirements are as varied as you could imagine. Some believe the best way to train to become a firefighter is to work out with heavy weights. I advocate a combination of strength and fitness. Standard firefighting equipment is heavy and cumbersome. A Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) weighs roughly 50 pounds. A 50 foot length of 3 inch hose also weighs 50 pounds and firefighter turnout gear adds another fifteen pounds. It’s not uncommon to be wearing over 100 pounds while climbing stairs Continue reading →
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the two fallen brothers. RIP Here is the link to the audio of the fire. It’s difficult to listen to. The dispatcher did an incredible job in a very challenging situation.
Hello all, On Sunday March 2nd, I will be in Northern California at Las Posits College doing a live speaking engagement at the Firefighter Workshop. Please stop by and say hello!