2011-12 Judges

The main page for the 2011-12 Blog of the Year Contest is here.

Below are your judges

Captain Willie Wines Jr. – IronFiremen.com

IronFiremen.com was the 2010-11 Fire Blog of the Year Winner.

About Willie:  I am a Professional Firefighter (Captain) and I work in a City located in South West Va. I began blogging a fews years back while assigned to Station #9. The Station (3 shifts) went in together and ran a blog that we hoped would give everyone a look into “firehouse life”. The blog is now dorment due to the Station being shut down (closed and consolidated) but you can still view the site here. I was moved to Station #3 but decided not to participate in their blog but rather start a new one of my own (The Station #3 Blog was not updated regularly and I didn’t want it to seem as if I were “taking over” ).

 Kelly Grayson – A Day in the Life of an Ambulance Driver

AmbulanceDriverFiles.com was the 2010-11 EMS Blog of the Year Winner

About Kelly: By day he is a mild-mannered paramedic, writer and educator. At night, wearing his multi-pocketed EMS pants, he transforms into Ambulance Driver, a trauma-fighting superhero who prowls the dark streets and seamy underbelly of the city in search of little old ladies who have fallen and can’t get up.

Greg Friese – Everyday EMS Tips

Greg runs EverydayEMSTips.com and is a long time friend of The Fire Critic.

About Greg: Greg Friese, Plover, Wisconsin, is the Director of Education for CentreLearn Solutions LLC. As an educator he seeks to honor students’ time, knowledge, and experience with education programs that are innovative and efficient. Greg helps CentreLearn client training officers create, design, distribute and facilitate rapid e-learning for emergency responders. He also really enjoys collaborating with subject matter experts to create online education programs that are educational, engaging, and entertaining. Greg is an educator speaker, author, blogger, and podcaster.

Greg is the co-host of the EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for EMS1.com,  JEMS.comWilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, EMSWorld.com and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.

Rick Markley – FireRescue1.com

Rick is the Editor of FireRescue1.com

Rick Markley is a volunteer firefighter and fire investigator. He serves on the board of directors of and is actively involved with the International Fire Relief Mission, a humanitarian aid organization that delivers unused fire and EMS equipment to firefighters in developing countries. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s of fine arts. He has logged more than 10 years as an editor-in-chief and written numerous articles on firefighting.