Where in the Heck is the Fire Critic?

Great question…

Especially since my wife and children are both out of town this week. My wife is at the University of Kentucky in Lexington having pillow fights and panty raids at the Alpha Phi house. I wish I was there.

My children are at my parents house in Nashville.

As for me, I am sitting at home thinking about how I am going to use this HALL PASS my wife gave me. Just kidding, I would just be wasting my time.

Seriously, where have I been. Well I have good news and bad news.

The Bad News

I am no longer a part of Firefighter Netcast. The live firefighter radio show/network I built with John Mitchell is no longer co-hosted/co-owned/co-produced by me. I have too many things going on and I needed to lighten the load. So I handed over my part of Firefighter Netcast to John. It was not an easy decision, but one that I felt needed to be made.

Don’t worry, we will reunite at the NFFF Memorial this October.

The Good News

I have several things coming up that I am proud of…

Daily911Deals.com will be launching with deals this week! Woohoo. I have been working on this project for several months with Jeff Harkey. Needless to say, this has taken up most of my time outside of my job. Check us out on facebook subscribe and “like” the page!

Some more great news is that I will be teaching some more this year.

Fire Rescue International

I will be at FRI in Atlanta in a little over a week. Willie will be with me as well as Jeff Harkey. We cannot wait. Look for Willie in the MN8 Products booth. Jeff and I will be around as well.

We look forward to catching up with some of our brothers at John’s Creek Fire Department in Georgia as well. They read Willie’s blog, they would read mine but apparently mine is blocked from their browsers. I am working on a fix now! Let me know if this site is blocked by your station computers please!

9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

We will be climbing in Atlanta. If you are planning on climbing please let me know. I would love to catch up!

We are also planning on climbing at the stair climb in Greenbelt, Maryland on September 11th as well.

Several of my brothers will be climbing in the stair climb in Richmond, Virginia on September 11th as well.

Teaching Social Media in the Fire Service

At Fire Rescue International I won’t be teaching, but I will be facilitating a 90 minute discussion on social media. The discussion/conversation on Social Media and Incorporating Technology in the Workplace will be on Friday, August 26, 11:00 am-12:30 pm in the Firehouse Café. Thanks to Dave Statter for being busy!

At Kean University this upcoming semester I will be teaching two days. I am teaching on October 27th at Morris County Firefighter and Police Training Academy and on 28th at Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center. Willie is planning on joining me again this time around. We had a blast back in April in New Jersey!

I am still finalizing the opprotunity of teaching at the Northern Kentucky Officer and Leadership Symposium on November 11th. I will keep you posted.

That is what I have been up to and why you haven’t heard a lot from me in the past month or so. Don’t worry, I will be firing this thing back up more and more in the near future. I am also going to hit you with another side of the blog that is more reminicent of my days when I was blogging at RoanokeFire.com…just wait for that!