Smoky Joe & The Volcano

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…

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FireWire Top 5: Worst People in the Firehouse

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…

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Rapid Critical Thinking Pt. 2

(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…

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Rapid Critical Thinking Pt. 1 (The New Guy)

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…

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FireWire Top 5: Best People in the Firehouse

In this edition of FireWire Top 5 we’re ranking the 5 best types of people in the firehouse. These are the types of people/personalities that make the job awesome. We all know them, or we may even fit into one of these categories ourselves! So here’s to the people that make the firehouse a better…

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FireWire Top 5: Best Assignments/Positions

In this series of FireWire Top 5, we’re ranking the best assignments/positions in the fire service. This is all opinion of course, but every position counts in order to get the job done, and there are a few that we’d much rather have over the others. Everyone likes to get in there and do it,…

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FireWire Top 5: Most Embarrassing Things to Happen in the Fire Service

In this segment of FireWire Top 5 we’ll discuss some of the most embarrassing things that can happen to you as a firefighter. Sure, embarrassing things happen all the time, but when it happens in front of your peers at the firehouse, it can become something you’ll hear about for the rest of your career.…

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Who Are The Grant Guys?

In our 16 th year, Grant-Guys Inc. is responsible for $66 MILLION in Federal and State grant funding forcareer, combination and volunteer fire departments in nine states, territories and tribal nations. 99% ofour annual applications are for fire departments making the fire service and EMS service our primaryfocus. Of particular pride is our nine year…

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Making A Difference One Set Of Turnout Gear At A Time

Time For Action Cancer in the fire service is the leading cause of death among firefighters. Odds are if you’rereading this, occupational cancer has impacted your own community. We can continue to list thestatistics and talk about the numbers but what does that achieve? We know this is an epidemicin our industry and the time…

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JOBTOWN TOOLS

Job Town Tools is a small, FDNY firefighter family owned business which makes tools that make first responders jobs easier, while also greatly helping the public. One of the mantra’s of the FDNY is “work smarter, not harder”. We are unique because we’re one of the first companies that really pushed through the lock tools…

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