Posts Tagged ‘ firefighting ’

A Great Day For a Grass Fire

March 20, 2018
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Sunday was a great day for a grass fire. No, not that kind of grass, although wildland fires can make your day go to pot. It’s that time of year. People get cabin fever, and…

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Surviving The Fire, But Not the Move

January 28, 2018
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My wife and I, through no fault of our own, had to fill our SUV with boxes this weekend and take them to our house. (The boxes were full–otherwise, what would be the point?) Okay,…

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Pay For a Pumper at Naughty Bingo

February 19, 2017
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So here’s the scenario: You want to support your local volunteer fire department, so you go to their fund-raising bingo night. And it’s your lucky day! You get the B-12, and the I-C, and the…

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Don’t Wait: Check the Date

October 11, 2016
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In my three (or so) decades in the emergency services, I never heard anyone complain that their smoke detectors worked properly. Well, okay, once—but that guy was an arsonist. Fire Prevention Week this year is…

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You Can’t Curse At Antarctic Dogs in England, and other strange laws‏

December 14, 2015
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SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK   You probably think the US Congress, our nation’s legislative body, comes up with some really crazy laws and makes insane, or at least dumb, decisions. You’d be right. However, they’re…

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Can I Ax You a Question?

August 6, 2015
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I got to break things with an ax at a structure fire Wednesday afternoon. (A small outbuilding.) But then I broke the ax. Good thing they don’t take that out of a volunteer firefighter’s pay.…

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Pining Away Over Smoke

April 7, 2015
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Pining Away Over Smoke

It’s not workable to wear air packs at wildland fires, but you can usually stay out of the worst of the smoke if you’re careful. I wasn’t. Sunday we responded to a fire that burned…

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Fire, History, and the Black Building

December 4, 2014
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Fire, History, and the Black Building

It will probably come as a surprise to no one that I’ve been thinking a lot about history lately. There’s a certain irony in the fact that I started out writing science fiction, mostly set…

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Great Fires Aren’t Good

October 22, 2014
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Great Fires Aren’t Good

This column did get printed in time for Fire Prevention Week—it’s just late getting online. But really, shouldn’t something like this be all year round? Meanwhile, the new publisher has allowed me to write a…

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Bleeding Fire Engine Red

October 14, 2014
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Bleeding Fire Engine Red

The editor of the newspapers I work for asked me for a fire service related article for our Fire Prevention Week insert last week, and this is what I came up with:     It’s…

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