Best of the Rest – Hero Rush, FDIC, Quick Drills, and More!

I am gearing up for FDIC as many of my friends are as well. This year, Willie and I will be traveling with Mike Elston (Salem FD), and Andrew Catron (Kingsport FD). We look forward to many of the events. I will be posting our itinerary soon to let you all know where we will be.

My wife and I are planning on doing the Hero Rush in Maryland on April 28th. We just need to solidify someone to watch our children. We have a wedding to attend that evening in Norther Virginia as well.

Hopefully, Willie and I will have the patches and challenge coins by FDIC. The patches should be here later this week. We will let you know how to get yours soon! The patches were made by NM Coin LLC.

The pic on the right is our new patch!

This weeks “Best of the Rest” is a little short. Today, I decided to ride my bike (as in bicycle) to the gym and back. Did I mention it was “leg” day at the gym which is about an 8 mile ride one way. It was fun though!

Shoutout: Hero Rush

Web site: Hero Rush


Twitter: @HeroRush

An obstacle race & experience created by firefighters.

Quick Drills

You can view all of the weekly drills by here. Try these two at the firehouse this week:

Random Tweet of the Week

News and Opinion Help spread the word about the Gore VFD needing a tanker. They are in desperate need of a donated tanker after they lost theirs in a wreck that claimed the life of one of their firefighters. Read more here and help by sharing on Facebook! celebrates 5 years as a blog. He also has some stats, like over 12,000 posts! That is an achievement! Read more here

Fire Critic Chicken Salad: You guys asked for it…Here is the recipe that my guys love at the firehouse. Ok, maybe they like more, but this is one of them. Check out the recipe here. has the update on a local story for The Fire Critic. A lawsuit was dismissed by the judge in the case of a firefighter supposedly having sex in a station. The latest lawsuit alleged sex discrimination against Dennis Croft. Read more here

Boron Extrication continues to teach us about vehicles…and what we need to know to keep us safe!

Backstep Firefighter offers some insight and a few links on Transitional Attack. Read more here originally shared this bit below of two firefighters trying to occupy the same space while heading to an alarm.