Best of the Rest – Officers Club,, Daily911Deals, Why are you here? And Mark Vonappen shares “Shooters”

Last week, Dave Statter, Captain Wines, and I had the enjoyment of presenting at the Ohio Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar. We had a blast. This was the first time that Dave and I had presented together and I believe that the attendees got one of the best well-rounded social media presentations ever offered. If you are interested in hearing us speak, contact me at

Willie, Dave, and I with the guys from Newark Firehouse #1

We also got to hang out with the guys at Newark Firehouse #1. They had us over for dinner and it was excellent. Thanks for the laughs guys!

This weekend I will be up in Monmouth County Fire Academy in Howell, NJ teaching social media. Willie and I will be in and out for a quick trip up Friday night and back by Saturday night.

For those of you in the Roanoke area… 
What: Pipe and Drums Organizational Meeting
When: June 9, 2012 3:00pm
Where: Flanary’s Irish Pub – Downtown Roanoke

Drink and food specials for all in attendance!

Looking for a Father’s Day Present for a special Firefighter? Check this out…

National Firefighters Endowment Officers Club

Mack Fox sent in this picture of himself and his newborn baby girl. Her name is Dylan. Mack is from Local 573 Kirkland Lake

Renowned artist and firefighter Allan Albaitis was generous enough to donate his artwork to National Firefighters Endowment for this limited mint of challenge coins. There are only 343 of each coin. You can’t buy them. But you can get your hands on one… here’s how.

National Firefighters Endowment has opened up membership in The Officers Club. The Officers Club is a limited group who is committed to advancing their legacy to the fire service on a national scale. Their dues allow NFE to continue to make life-saving equipment grants to departments across the U.S. Every piece of equipment we place in service is because of the Officers Club.

Membership is limited to 343 spots per level. Each member is assigned their own numbered, limited edition coin. Additionally, members are included in monthly, “club-only” drawings to win free equipment such as; leather boots, helmets, bailout kits. You do not need to be a company officer or even a firefighter to join. You just need to be committed to the safety of our firefighters and take pride in your role.

For more information on the Officers Club, please visit the website. They look forward to having you in the club.

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About – The last day of 2007 was when it all began for us. Right at shift change the alarm went off for a Structure Fire two blocks from the station. A large two story house with heavy fire and plenty of work to do. During overhaul, I noticed something on one of the Truck guys helmet and soon found out he fixed a sport helmet cam to his lid. After watching the video I was hooked! I soon bought one and began shooting every fire I was knocked out on. I searched the web and watched as many fire videos as I could and still to this day I can’t get enough. Helmet cams have evolved over a few short years and there are tons of makes and models to choose from, but what I couldn’t find was an HD cam that can stand up to the abuse of Firefighting and still be relatively affordable. So, we did what Firefighters have long done…We made our own way. We banded together with a top quality HD camera manufacturer to bring you a highly durable, heat and water resistant camera that cost half of what other companies are charging. We use these cameras daily and guarantee them as tough as the job you do! As a matter of fact, we are willing to put our money where our mouth is…If you trash one of our cameras while getting the job done, just send us the camera AND the video footage and we will replace it FREE!* Try finding that deal anywhere else out there.

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News and Opinion

Mark Vonappen has another excellent post “Shooters”…it is a must read!

I quote: “For every success in the field of play – or on the fireground – there are hours worth of failures in practice.”

Here is a well done documentary on Fitchburg Fire done by some media majors at Fitchburg State University

Our guys from Swoope VFD seen below responding over 15 minutes to a structure fire in Craigsville. The video isn’t anything special…but they are great guys!

World’s Smallest Fire Engine? It reminds me of the hook & ladder tiller from down in Bluffton Township, SC I saw several years ago!