Every year, I try to do a wrap-up article on the best of what The Fire Critic had to offer for the year. This year, I am incorporating the social media outlets in the article, because The Fire Critic is more of a community than simply the blog FireCritic.com.
This year might not have been the biggest for the blog, but overall it was a great year.
The travel was great! I had a blast everywhere I went. I meet the best the fire service has to offer across the US and I am humbled by so many who treat me like family. I would love to list all of you, but it simply wouldn’t be possible to remember EVERYONE who was a part of this community this year whether in person or remote. Thanks for the friendships!
Probably the biggest adventure this year has been creating EngineCoApparel.com. So far, it has been fun and exciting…but not easy in the least bit. We look forward to an awesome 2016!
The trips this year included:
Northern Michigan Fire Chiefs Conference
FlameFest 2015 (West Virginia)
Westfield FD (Indiana)
SAFRE – (Raleigh, NC)
South Dakota Firefighters Benefit (Pierre)
Wayne County, OH Fire School
NFFF Memorial Weekend (Emmittsburg, MD)
If you put all of that together with my son’s lacrosse games, my daughters allstar cheerleading travel, and family travel…we stay on the road a little bit.
This year, there were 240 new articles published on FireCritic.com. Below are the most popular articles of the year…
- Lansing, MI Firefighter Dies After Deliberate Hit-And-Run at IAFF MDA Fill The Boot Collection Site
- Caught on Camera: Firefighters Caught in Backdraft in Texarkana, AR
- Video: This is why we chock wheels at car fires
- Top Ten Things to Stop Giving a Shit About in 2015
- Video: Apartment Fire in Portland, OR. Watch What They Do With This 2 1/2″
- Video: Houston Fire Station 51 Goes To Jobs…
- 9/11 Naudet Film in its entirety online (this one was posted in 2009 and continues to be popular each year)
- We Lost One Of Our Own Today…
- Shocking DashCam Video: TransAsia plane crashes in Taipei River. At Least 16 Rescued (3 Videos)
- MAYDAY at 4th Alarm Rowhouse Fire in Mount Carmel, PA. News Reports CPR Performed on Firefighter
- It Changes Us
- If You’re a Married Firefighter or Married to a Firefighter…GET IN HERE!
Top Referring sites for 2015:
Readers came from 207 countries. Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & United Kingdom were not far behind.
Most popular Facebook post (162,000 followers)
While it isn’t easy to figure out the most popular FB posts for the year, I believe this is probably the most popular of all time on The Fire Critic Facebook Page.
Most popular Facebook video
Most popular video on The Fire Critic Facebook Page was part 1 of the Max Fire Box. Part 2 was also pretty popular.
The full video of the Max Fire Box was the most popular upload on Youtube for The Fire Critic. It is below
Top Tweet @FireCritic (16,196 followers)
— Rhett Fleitz (@FireCritic) April 24, 2015
Top Instagram post @FireCritic (6,429 followers)
Happy Thanksgiving. Who’s on duty today? If you are, enjoy it. If you aren’t, enjoy it more! #firecritic #firefighter #firefighting A photo posted by Rhett Fleitz (@firecritic) on