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2014 Wrap-up: KZOO, Detroit, Tampa, South Dakota, Indy, Chicago, Baltimore, Raleigh, and Emmitsburg

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2014 was a great year! I certainly hope that all of you feel the same way. Being the editor of a popular fire blog, I get to know a lot of people...therefore I know that for some of you 2014 was a tough year. That being said, I know there was a lot of joy in 2014...Many of you found employment, moved to a better volunteer dept., met personal goals, welcomed children into the world, got married, and many other joyous occasions.

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12 Days of Christmas Wrap-Up

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Thanks to everyone who entered to win in the FireCritic.com/ IronFiremen.com 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. If you all didn't realize, this was probably the biggest giveaway of the season in the fire service. We gave away almost $10,000 in prizes to 29 lucky winners. We had 16 awesome sponsors for the giveaway. They are companies we believe in and they have products we know you can believe in.

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Searching for History of the RFD

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I am searching for all things related to the Roanoke Fire Department. This includes pictures, tools, equipment, helmets, gear, and even fire apparatus. While I will pay cash for certain artifacts, I am more interested in finding out what is out there and getting copies of photos are just fine.

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12 Days of Christmas Prize Schedule (you can still enter to win)

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The Fire Critic/Iron Firemen 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway begins on 12/14 and ends on 12/25. There will be a total of 29 winners this year. This year each winner will be winning a prize or prize package valued at $200 or more. Daily, we will post on who won the prizes on FireCritic.com. We will also be updating The Fire Critic Facebook page with the winners. All winners will be contacted via email. I cannot thank the companies who gave products for the giveaway enough. This year we have around $10,000 worth of products to give away. That is awesome. I would appreciate it if you patronized these companies and gave them a "like" on Facebook! Without them I wouldn't have anything to give away.

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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Firefighters (2014 edition)

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This years Christmas gifts list is coming out just in time. This year, I tried to focus on more affordable gift ideas than helmets and boots I have always had on the list in the past. There are still some higher dollar gifts, but most are within reason I think. . Take your time and look through them. If you are a firefighter, share this with your friends, family, and significant other!

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Video: Truck Full of Spray Cans Burns After Wreck

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A total of seven people were injured, including the driver of the truck, who could save them from the truck before the fire and was taken with serious injuries with an ambulance to a hospital. Four policemen and onlookers suffered minor injuries caused by the inhalation of smoke, a firefighter fainted at the accident site. According to current estimates, the federal highway Sunday Morning can be released before again as well as the danger of collapsing noise barrier must be removed.

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