Category Archives: Contrarian

Urban Firefighter is about to piss some people off

And I say good for them! For my money, Urban Firefighter is one of the very best trade journals out there right now. They write unique articles that are thought-provoking and whatever the opposite of pedestrian is. Their graphics and … Continue reading

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I am outraged that I cannot drink your milkshake!

One of the political footballs of the news cycle has come from our own humble corner of the world. It seems a city fire department in Tennessee charges homeowners out in the county a voluntary fee for fire service. No … Continue reading

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343 stickers are cheap

It’s easy to put those stickers on your helmet. It’s easy to buy some tee shirts. It’s easy to look at the logo Pierce has been slapping on trucks for years and say, “Look, we’re never forgetting 9/11.” All of … Continue reading

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Has the urban world passed by the vollies? Part 3- Doug

This post is in response to Patrick’s question (and answer) of August 31st. This topic has been discussed at length in all of the trade rags, and addressed by every fire service group with an interest in volunteer recruitment and … Continue reading

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Has the urban world passed by the vollies? Part 2- Josh

This post is in response to Patrick’s question (and answer) of August 31st. I think it is an oversimplification to differentiate the fire service on volunteer and paid status alone. Too many other variables exist to create success that narrowing it … Continue reading

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Accidentally round-tabling the effectiveness of the VFD

In response to the excellent feedback on my post from last week, we will be posting the responses of our other two bloggers as separate posts. Josh will run Monday and Doug Tuesday. Later in the week I will run … Continue reading

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Has the urban world passed by the vollies?

Let me throw out a little comment bait for you. I had a conversation last night with a friend who volunteers in the DC area in a large combination department. He has a hard time understanding why the paid guys … Continue reading

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