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“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter.The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling."

-Chief Edward F. Croker, FDNY circa 1910

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The Development of SCBA

May 22, 2024

Early American firefighters had to face not only fire and the effects of heat with little or no water supply, but also the debilitating effects of smoke with nothing at all to protect them. As was the case for firemen all over the world, they could not effectively operate under the heavy smoke conditions encountered…

Smoky Joe & The Volcano

May 2, 2024

The morning of July 18, 1922 started as a beautiful day in New York City. The summer sun was just peeking over the top of the Manufacturer’s Transit Company’s seven-story warehouse on Jane Street in Greenwich Village. A little after 8 a.m. warehouse workers were busy loading wooden cases filled with powdered magnesium, into the…

FireWire Top 5: Worst People in the Firehouse

April 30, 2024

In this series of FireWire Top 5 we go the opposite of our top 5 best people in the firehouse. Today we discuss the worst types of people/personalities that you’ll run into if you’re a firefighter. Hopefully none of us fall into these categories, but if you find yourself saying “Hey that’s me!” While reading…

Rapid Critical Thinking Pt. 2

April 18, 2024

(The Seasoned Guy) In the previous article in this series, we discussed the role of “the new guy” and how they should apply Rapid Critical Thinking as they continue to learn the job. For the newer guys it’s about learning as much as possible, and using those skills to make quick decisions based on their…

Rapid Critical Thinking Pt. 1 (The New Guy)

April 11, 2024

Being able to think quickly and make the right decisions is not something that every person is capable of doing. You can however prepare yourself to get better at these things. As first responders, we need to have this type of skill due to the circumstances we deal with daily. It’s just as important in…